Mendocino Whale Festival
March 4 & 5, 2017
Mendocino, Calif. –—Enjoy Wine, Chowder and Craft Beer Tasting while exploring the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park. Taste some of Mendocino County's finest varietals in shops and galleries throughout Mendocino village. A complimentary trolley will be provided for your convenience. Tickets can be bought online for the chowder, wine, and beer tasting at Brown Paper Tickets.
Enjoy a variety of chowders ranging from the traditional to the not so traditional! Our Chowder Tasting will feature chowders from various local restaurants - and you can be there to taste them all!
Chowder Tasting which features delicious chowders. You can try them all!
When: Saturday, March 4th from 11:00am - 1:00pm or until the chowder runs out.
Where: Crown Hall, Mendocino, CA
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 Craft Brews from North Coast Brewing Company are only $5 and include a FREE 3 oz. pour of North Coast Brewing Company's new North Coast Steller IPA!
Proceeds from Stellar provide support for marine mammal research and rescue.
When: Saturday, March 4th from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Where: Crown Hall, Mendocino, CA
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: Over a dozen wineries From Mendocino County come together to pour wine for tasters in Mendocino Village.
When: Saturday, March 4th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Ford House Museum, 45035 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460
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 where you will also be able to pick up your Mendo Whale wine glass/es.
Remember to bring your ID!
Other Whale Festival Activities
Book a whale-watching boat tour to encounter the whales up close. Boats leave from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Call the Chamber for referrals at 707-961-6300.
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse will have funfilled 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, 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 also 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, go to http://pointcabrillo.org/visit/events/
33rd Annual Whale Run and Walk: Soroptimist international of Fort Bragg will be holding their 33rd Annual Whale Run and Walk on March 18 starting at 7:30am. For more information and to register visit www.soroptimistfortbraggca.org .
21st Annual Beer Festival: Fort Bragg Rotary Club is holding their 21st Annual Beer Festival on March 18th from 12-4pm. Will be at the historic Eagles Hall ( 210 N. Corry St.). Come and enjoy the live music and BBQ.
MacKerricher State Park, Located three miles North of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, is an ideal location for watching the gray whale migration. The park has a wheelchair accessible boardwalk allowing access to the headlands of Laguna Point with stunning views of the coastline.
The 2017 Whale Festival is a ‘must attend’ event on March 17th, 18th and 19th. Events and admission to the park are free and all ages are welcome. Events are listed below. For additional information or questions contact (707)961-0471 or visit www.mendoparks.org.
Friday, March 17th, 7:00 p.m. Lecture to take place in the Veterans’ Memorial Building located at 360 North Harrison St., in Fort Bragg. Join State Parks for an exciting lecture given by a guest speaker about the whales of the Pacific. Refreshments, interactive activities and a raffle to take place at the time of the lecture. Event to take place rain or shine.
Saturday, March 18th, beginning at 11 a.m.
Whale Walk at MacKerricher State Park
Docents and State Parks’ staff lead informative guided whale walks. The program will start at the Visitor Center and whale skeleton for discussion before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching. Binoculars are available. Event to take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately.
Saturday, March 18th: 1 to 3 p.m.
Family event includes artrs and crafts, games and educational activities.
Learn all about the whales of the Pacific in this interactive learning event. Visit our education stations to collect information so you can build your very own badge of whale knowledge. Play games, make art, listen to music and enjoy a free hot dog lunch (donations accepted). Event to take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately.
Sunday, March 19th, 1 to 3 p.m. Help preserve our whale skeleton.
Mendocino Headlands State Park: (Located in Mendocino village off HWY 1) The park will hold the following events at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum, 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA open 11am to 4pm daily:
Built in 1854 for Jerome Ford, the acknowledged founder of Mendocino, the Ford House has exhibits highlighting the area’s natural and cultural history, including a scale model of Mendocino as it was in 1890. 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.
Schedule of Events at the Ford House:
"Whale Tales" - Exhibit at the Ford House Visitor's Center, featuring bones from a Gray Whale, information regarding the gray whale migration, and an interactive exhibit that lets you quiz yourself on whale facts. Thought 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 - Walks are scheduled during the Mendocino Whale Festival at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 6th. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes are available. Meet at the Ford House.
Thanksgiving Coffee will be providing free coffee tasting - Try some Thanksgiving Coffee at the Ford House during the Mendocino Whale Festival , Saturday only, March 5th, 12 p.m. to 4p.m. The visitor center will be opening at 9:30 a.m.