Mendocino Whale Festival

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. 

Events Include:

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, 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:

 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 to

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.

Noyo Center for Marine Science:
March 6th: Noyo Center naturalists “whales and seabirds” walk on the Mendocino headlands.  Meet at the end of Main Street at 10am.
March 13th: Noyo Center naturalists “whales and seabirds” walk at Spring Ranch. Meet at the pullout at the end of Gordon Lane at 10am.
March 7th-11th: Blue whale and orca bones on display at the end of the south Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg.  School kid field trips until 2pm, then open to the public from 2-5pm.
March 12: Blue whale and orca bones on display for the public! End of the south Coastal Trail in Fort Bragg;  10-4pm
March 19th: 3rd Annual Science and Art Fair: Old rec Center Gym, 10-4pm
March 19th: Science Talk at Town Hall: Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbor Porpoises. 4-5:30pm
Golden Gate Cetacean Research:  Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbor Porpoises
Golden Gate Cetacean Research biologists Bill Keener and Jon Stern will present the results of their latest research on the bottlenose dolphins and harbor porpoises of Northern California. Their team has been studying both species, from shore and boat for the past 6 years. They have compiled the first photo-identification catalog for the local bottlenose dolphins, giving us a window into the lives of individual animals. They will share their observations about the dolphins continued northward range expansion that is now bringing them to the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts. They will also share the story of the unexpected return of harbor porpoises to San Francisco Bay. Learn about changes to our marine ecosystem and what this may mean for our coast. Here’s your chance to find out the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise, where to see these fascinating creatures, and what you can do to help in the study of marine mammals.  
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