March 5 & 6, 2016
MENDOCINO, Calif. — Explore the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park. Chowder, Beer and Wine Tasting options festoon pedestrian-friendly lanes, while you explore art exhibits, local shops and Inns.
Chowder Tasting which features delicious red, white and vegetarian chowder from various local restaurants. You can try them all!
When: Saturday, March 5th from 11:00am - 1:00pm or until the chowder runs out.
Where: Crown Hall (45285 Ukiah Street)
Tickets for the chowder tasting are $10 and can be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets, at the Mendocino Coast Chamber office at 217 S Main Street, Fort Bragg, and at the venue.
Beer Tasting North Coast Brewing Company will be showcasing their new North Coast Steller IPA. It's no wonder that the beers made here are famous worldwide; lauded by connoisseurs.
When: Saturday, March 5th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Crown Hall (45285 Ukiah Street)
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets, at the Mendocino Coast Chamber office at 217 S Main Street, Fort Bragg, and at the venue.
Don't forget your ID!
Wine Tasting highlights delicious local wines poured at various locations throughout Mendocino village.
When: Saturday, March 5th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Tickets are $35 pre-sale and can be bought online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Mendocino Coast Chamber office at 217 S Main Street, Fort Bragg.
You can also purchase your ticket on the date itself for $40; tickets will be available at the Ford House Museum where you will also be able to pick up your Mendo Whale wine glass/es.
Remember to bring your ID!
Events and exhibitions hosted by other organizations:
Mendocino Headlands State Park will hold the following events at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum, 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA open 11am to 4pm daily:
“Whale Tales” Exhibit at the Ford House Visitor’s Center, featuring bones from a Gray Whale, information regarding the grays whale migration, and an interactive exhibit that lets you quiz yourself on whale facts. Throughout the month of March.
Knowledgeable docents will be on hand at the Ford House throughout the Whale Festival with tips on when and where to watch for whales, and to answer questions regarding gray whale natural history.
Docent-led whale watch walks are scheduled during the Mendocino Whale Festival at TBA on Saturday, March 5th, and on Sunday, March 6th. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes are available. Meet at the Ford House.
For additional information, visit the Ford House online at http://mendoparks.org, on facebook, or by calling the Ford House Visitor Center at (707) 937-5397.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse will have fun filled activities on Saturday and Sunday including docent-led tours, whale watching and spectacular lens tours from 10am-4pm.
Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) volunteer docents will highlight Light Station history and local culture with visitor presentations at the Lighthouse and other locations in the State Historic Park.
Weather permitting, there will be docent-led whale-watching tours with lots of information on these placent giants, as well as walks to nearby Frolic Cove with the story of the clipper brig Frolic, wrecked off the cove in July 1850 bound from China to San Francisco with a valuable cargo of Chinese merchandise for the Gold Rush miners and their families. The tours are family friendly.
You may also visit the 240 gallon saltwater aquarium and our Marine Science Exhibit with a view down into the ocean, or the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House. This period museum shows how lightkeepers and their families lived in the 1930s.
There will be lens tours which are offered only eight days each year, giving you the exciting opportunity to visit the Lantern Room and the beautifully restored operational 3rd order Fresnel lens. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate.
For more information, visit the lighthouse website: http://pointcabrillo.org/visit/events/
The Mendocino Art Center’s “Marine Wildlife Exhibit,” celebrates the oceanic wildlife that is such an integral part of the local environment. The invitational showing features all-media artwork by local artists.
The Mendocino Art Center, and the Mendocino Coast, is an ideal location to host a marine wildlife exhibit. Over the years, many artists have been attracted to the ocean environment, drawing inspiration from the sea and the wildlife it contains. One such local marine wildlife artist, the late J.D. Mayhew, served as inspiration, and was instrumental in providing assistance, for the 2004 inauguration of the exhibit. For more information, go tohttp://www.mendocinoartcenter.org
Whale-watching tours are a great way to encounter the whales up close. Boats leave from Noyo Harbor - call the Chamber for referrals at 707-961-6300.
MEA and Flockworks are pleased to present a new special exhibit of fine art, “Watershed Visions,” benefitting the Noyo Center for Marine Science. The show will be open for your enjoyment from March 1 through March 27 with new pieces of art coming in regularly.