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Mendocino

The magnificent Mendocino Coast is noted for its spectacular ocean views and charming Victorian villages dotting the scenic coastline. Mendocino village is situated on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by picturesque wildflower covered bluffs and crashing surf. Established in the 1850s, many of the New England style Victorians have been lovingly restored into romantic inns, world class restaurants and quaint shops. It takes about an hour to stroll the town if you aren’t lured into shopping along the way. The entire village of Mendocino is designated as a National Historic District.

Mendocino's weather has the wild and unpredictable nature of most great beauties! You may start out in a romantic foggy landscape in the village and emerge into glorious, grape-ripening sunshine once you drive further inland. Be prepared for both! You can check current weather conditions below.

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ONGOING EVENTS

First Friday — Gallery Openings in Fort Bragg
On the first Friday of every month visit participating art galleries and shops near the cross section of Main and Laurel streets in Fort Bragg between the hours of 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Most galleries have featured artist openings or group shows and provide some refreshments.

Second Saturday — Gallery Openings in Mendocino
On the second Saturday of every month visit participating Mendocino galleries, shops and the Mendocino Arts Center for featured artist openings and group shows between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Most participating galleries offer refreshments.

Ongoing First Monday of the Month — Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Plant Identification Walks
The Gardens' Nursery Supervisor will lead special walks to help you learn many of the Gardens' plant varieties. Walks start at 2pm. Fee included in Gardens' admission price. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg.
Fee: Adult $7.50 Senior $6 13-17 $3 6-12 $1
Time: Walks start at 2pm. Open Daily: Mar - Oct.: 9 am to 5 pm; Nov. - Feb.: 9 am to 4 pm
Phone Number: 707.964.4352

Ongoing Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Weekly Docent Tours
Join staff members every Friday at 1 pm for an informative walk through the Gardens. Free with Gardens' admission, weather permitting. Walks begin at the Gardens entrance.
1st Friday- Natural History of the Gardens
2nd Friday- Guided Garden Tour
3rd Friday- Mushrooms of the Gardens
4th Friday- Birds in the Gardens

ANNUAL FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Mendocino Whale Festival - First Weekend in March

Whale and Wine Festival On Saturday only, Mendocino County wineries bring their unique vintages for tasting to historic Mendocino Village shops, galleries and inns. A free trolley offers rides to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse for family activities, participating merchants and nearby events, like the chowder tasting, whale watching walks.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, three miles north of Mendocino, offers activities for the whole family, including games for kids, whale watching, and information on the shipwreck Frolic, 1909 Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and annual gray whale migration. Each year, an estimated 20,000 gray whales migrate from Alaska to Mexico and back from December through April.

On both festival days, you can walk along the cliffs of Mendocino Headlands State Park to see the whales or take a whale watching charter boat from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg.

Fort Bragg Whale Festival — Third Weekend March

Regional microbreweries come to town, offering their best pilsners, stouts and ales for tasting at historic Eagle's Hall. Other events include arts & crafts fair, chowder tasting, art exhibits and guided whale walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and MacKerricher State Park. While in Fort Bragg, don't forget to plan a whale watching boat tour on the sea with Whale Watching Charter Boats out of Noyo Harbor. Also that weekend, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse offers great activities for the whole family, including information on the migration of our gentle giants of the Pacific.

For further information on either of the Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals, call 707.961.6300 or visit mendowhale.com.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival — May

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival features an educational conference, a grand tasting, winemaker dinners and barrel tasting. Tickets for the Pinot Noir Festival always sell out quickly. Don't miss out on this fun, educational and delicious event. Order yours today! For more event information visit avwines.com, email info@avwines.com or call 707.895.9463.
Mendocino Film Festival June

Mendocino Film FestivalThe Mendocino Film Festival is dedicated to providing quality independent films, documentaries, foreign films, short films, and animation to audiences of all ages and cinematic tastes and to educate film and video students in the art of filmmaking and production.

Mendocino is a magical place for film and all creative arts. Over the past 101 years, Mendocino has been the location to over 60 films including East of Eden, Summer of '42, and Same Time Next Year. With its stunning scenery and historically preserved town, Mendocino is the perfect setting for film locations as well as film festivals.

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Annual California Wine Tasting Championships For a festive weekend of extraordinary wine, food and music, visit the annual California Wine Tasting Championships. A drive through the rolling hills of Mendocino County will take you to this unique event at Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, located on the crest of a beautiful ridge overlooking Anderson Valley.

A rollicking good time prevails at the international chocolate tasting and cheese tasting contests as well as at the wine tasting competition. There are also guided vineyards tours and olive oil tasting demonstrations.

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Mendocino's Annual 4th of July Parade
12:00 pm Come and enjoy this home town event. Parade starts at Noon. Come early to get a good spot. Parade starts near Crown Hall on Ukiah Street and continues down Main Street and up Lansing Street.


World's Largest Salmon Barbeque — July

Join the fun at this annual event, sponsored by the Salmon Restoration Association to raise money to take positive action to restore salmon to our rivers and streams. Great food and a love of the outdoors are all part of the atmosphere at the barbeque. Trade fish stories with an "old salt", or join one of our younger attendees in learning about the efforts of the Salmon Restoration Association. What's on the Menu? Delicious Grilled Salmon, Fresh Green Salad, Good ole' Corn on the Cob and Garlic Bread...yum! at the World's Largest Salmon BBQ.
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Fort Bragg Fireworks — July

Fort Bragg will celebrate with fireworks at Pomo Bluff Park. The Mendocino Coast loves to celebrate all weekend long! So come early, see fireworks over the ocean in Fort Bragg, along the ocean side of Pomo Bluffs on Todd's Point at dusk to watch the fireworks!

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Mendocino Music Festival — August

Mendocino Music FestivalIn a tent on the Mendocino headlands, the Mendocino Music Festival presents extraordinary music in a spectacular setting.

Evenings include breathtaking concerts featuring the glorious Festival Orchestra, the popular Big Band concert, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, and folk music. Days include lecture/recitals at the Piano Series, a children's matinee, performances by the Young Musicians, and chamber concerts at beautiful venues throughout Mendocino Villag
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For more info visit mendocinomusic.com 707.937.2044
Annual Pure Mendocino™ CelebrationAugust

Pure MendocinoThe premier organic food and wine adventure in the known world.

Pure Mendocino weekend is a real and memorable adventure with hidden locations to discover throughout the county and surprising new food and beverage products to learn about and enjoy.



Art in the Gardens — August

Join us in August when the best Californian artists, musicians, and wine makers bring their perspectives, skills and original art to the Gardens! Spend the day in the Gardens in full summer bloom, meander along garden paths, meet the artists and shop their fine art, walk along the coastal bluffs and enjoy great BBQ & blues.

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Winesong — September

Winesong is an annual charity auction and wine tasting produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Proceeds are used to enhance equipment, facilities and services at the Mendocino Coast Hospital. The Diagnostic Imaging Center, Medical Evacuation Helipad, Out-Patient Surgical services and Emergency Department Equipment are just a few of the vital areas that Winesong funds have enhanced. Since 1985 Winesong has raised over $6 million for improvements in local healthcare.

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Annual Mushroom Festival — November

Mushroom Festival Join us as we embrace the edible funghi at Mendocino County’s Mushroom Festival. There will be tastings at various local restaurants as well as mushroom and wine pairings.

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Taste Mendocino - Celebrating Regional Bounty
January – February

Crab and Wine Days logoTaste Mendocino, a Celebration of Mendocino County's Regional Bounty, kicks off with a week of fresh shellfish and wine events on the Mendocino Coast, continues with a week celebrating locally foraged mushrooms and ends with a flourish in the town of Boonville with the third annual International Alsace Varietals Festival.
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