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Mendocino festivals

Mendocino loves to celebrate it's rich culture of arts, food and wine. With some of the world's finest wineries in our backyard and the beautiful pacific ocean is our frontyard. It's fun to celebrate the beauty and bounty of Mendocino County. From Wine Tastings and Seafood celebrations to the oldest rodeo and kooky parades, there is always something fun to din in and around Mendocino County!

Calendar of Festivals in Mendocino County


Click for more information on Mendocino Crab & Wine Festival.
Mendocino Crab & Wine Festival
Special events held throughout January in Mendocino County. Meet our Crab Fishermen, Take a Cruise, Local Chefs Do Their Thing, Meet Our Winemakers, Outstanding Crab Cake & Wine Competition, Crab Feeds and other Special Events
Click for more information on International Alsace Varietals Festival.
International Alsace Varietals Festival
Anderson Valley
Wineries from Mendocino Wine Country and around the world will participate in this annual festival celebrating Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and other noble Alsace varietals.
Click for more information on MENDOCINO WHALE FESTIVALS.

First Weekend in MARCH ~ Mendocino
Second Weekend in MARCH ~ Little River
Third Weekend in MARCH ~ Ft. Bragg
Click for more information on WHALE RUN & WALK.
Whale Run & Walk ~ Join us on our annual Whale Run and Walk with a 10k/5k Run, 5K Competitive Walk and a 5K Fun Walk, a raffle and more...
Click for more information on Mendocino Museum Road Show.
Mendocino Museum Road Show
Bringing artifacts to the people:
  • MAR , Willits
  • MAR , Point Arena
  • MAR , Ukiah
  • MAR , Philo
  • MAR , Fort Bragg
Click for more information on WHALE and JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Annual Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival combines whale watching with the finest in jazz entertainment, culinary delights and fun activities over 3 spectacular weekends.
Click for more information on Mendocino Sparkling Wine Festival.
Mendocino Sparkling Wine Festival
Numerous Mendocino County Sparkling Wine producers come together for a stellar wine and food event celebrating Mendocino County's renowned bubblies. This fun and classy gathering, with live music, takes place at the Terra Savia winery, pairing local foods specially chosen to match the different types of wines.
Click for more information on Ukulele Festival.
Ukulele Festival
Caspar Community Center
The all-day festival features instructional workshops, jam sessions, retail sales and evening performances, complemented by "...fresh, local, and gourmet cuisine prepared by the volunteers in Caspar's kitchen." This is an All Ages, All levels of interest and expertise event.
Click for more information on BOONVILLE BEER FESTIVAL.
AVBC, Boonville
The Boonville Beer Festival is an annual event, that showcases breweries from all over the west to come and share their wares in a pleasant, relaxed, outdoor setting to enjoy well over a hundred brews from fifty-two breweries.
Click for more information on HOPLAND PASSPORT ~ SPRING.
Hopland ~ Hwy 101
With 14 participating wineries pouring their best wines, incredible food pairings at each stop, art, and live music, Hopland is the place to be for wine lovers. Continue the fun at the Fire Fighter’s Annual BBQ Dinner, starts at 5 pm with music and dancing at 7pm.
Click for more information on Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale.
Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale
Fort Bragg
One of the largest shows on the west coast with over 700 entries including rhododendron flowers, pictures, bonsai and arrangements of locally hybridized varieties and rare varieties from the northwest. Raffles, refreshments, educational displays and more! FREE
Click for more information on PINOT NOIR FESTIVAL.
Anderson Valley
Taste Pinot Noir from more than 35 wineries. Enjoy sumptuous food that pairs perfectly with Pinot. Learn all about Pinot at the technical conference, and visit our local Pinot Noir producers at their open houses. It's a full weekend for those who love Pinot Noir!
Click for more information on MENDOCINO COAST GARDEN TOUR.
Showcasing Art Festivals throughout the year.
  • Artists Exhibits
  • Garden Tours
  • Art & Wine Events
  • Arts & Crafts Fair
  • Art Studio Tours
Click for more information on Mendocino Film Festival.
Mendocino Film Festival
Mendocino Village
Showcasing independent filmmakers and their work - feature length, shorts, animation, documentaries, and foreign films at this exciting event. Special guests, filmmakers, workshops and panels, Opening Night Gala, and Awards Ceremony await the film buff.
Click for more information on CORO MENDOCINO Vintage Release.
CORO MENDOCINO Vintage Release
Every Coro wine is a signature blend, individually crafted in Mendocino County from 100 percent Mendocino County grapes. Each Coro wine must lead with 40-70 percent Zinfandel and may be blended with up to nine named varietals, honoring the "Old Italian" field blends of Mendocino.
Click for more information on A Taste of Redwood Valley.
A Taste of Redwood Valley
Redwood Valley
You are invited to attend the annual "A Taste of Redwood Valley" wine festival where a rich experience awaits you as you tour the wineries and taste the wines and foods at participating wineries.
Click for more information on July 4th - Mendocino Style.
July 4th - Mendocino Style
Mendocino is full of characters marching to their own tune, and you'll see some on parade! Our unique small towns love to celebrate the 4th of July in their own style - Usually all weekend! From kooky parades to BBQ's and fireworks - Fun for All!
Click for more information on World\'s Largest Salmon BBQ.
World's Largest Salmon BBQ
Noyo Harbor ~ Fort Bragg
Join us for a good old fashioned barbeque. Bring your appetite and a few friends for Delicious Grilled Salmon, Fresh Green Salad, Good ole Corn on the Cob and Garlic Bread...yum - and help out a good cause!
Click for more information on WILLITS FRONTIER DAYS.
4th JULY WEEKEND ~ Willits
California's oldest continuous rodeo. Plan on throwing your rope around our fun events from the barbecue to the parade, from the gymkhana to the rodeo, from the horse show to the Cutest Little Cowboy & Cowgirl contest, and much, much more.
Click for more information on MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Mendocino Headlands
Two weeks every July the Tent Concert Hall rises on the Mendocino Headlands to house an exhilarating range of music from classical and chamber to jazz, blues and bluegrass plus dance and sometimes even light opera. Come for the music and enjoy the beauty of the Coast, the art-filled Village, and outstanding eateries.
Click for more information on Anderson Valley/Yorkville Highlands.
Anderson Valley/Yorkville Highlands
Explore the area, discover new wineries, and enjoy a beautiful time in Mendocino's Pinot country, with unprecedented access to winery cellars, taste yet-to-be-released wines, and purchase futures of your favorites at a special barrel tasting price!
Click for more information on CasparFest.
Filling the old school house with dancing and the Village Square with music, artists, crafters, and "green" enterprises Join Renowned multi-instrumentalist and honorary Casparado Joe Craven and other local musicians amongst the booths of beautiful handmade objects.
Click for more information on MENDOCINO ARTS FAIR.
JULY ~ Mendocino
Sixty-five arts and crafts booths with unique hand made artwork, including glass works, fiber wearables, hand-created jewelry, functional and sculptural ceramics, paintings, photography, live music and a variety of tasty treats.
Click for more information on ART in the GARDENS.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Imagine a beautiful summer's day with over 60 local artists, a dozen of the finest Mendocino County wineries, and our favorite local musicians all coming together to create a dynamic event right in the heart of the Botanical Gardens.
Click for more information on PURE MENDOCINO.
A weekend of organic farm and processor tours, presentations and workshops during the days, culminating in a big tent organic food and wine tasting, dinner and auction benefit.
Click for more information on YORKVILLE HIGHLANDS WINE FESTIVAL.
There are a limited number of tickets available, so purchase in advance to be sure of attending! Admission includes food, wine tasting of over 30 local wines, games including a grape stomp, silent auction, and winery tour.
Click for more information on GREAT DAY IN ELK.
The day begins with a parade which winds down Highway One through Elk to the Greenwood Community Center, continues with an afternoon carnival and food and moves into the evening with a dinner and dance.
Click for more information on Kinetic Carnival.
Kinetic Carnival
Mendocino County Museum, Willits
Visitors are encouraged (but not required) to wear a vintage or steampunk costumes for fun activities, entertainment, crafts and food, rides on restored rail cars, sundry Museum exhibits and fan favorites including the popular kinetic handcar races; the Whimsy Circus for children; the Mustache and Beard competition; and the evening spectacular known as the Grand Ball.
Click for more information on Gualala Arts Festivals.
Gualala Arts Festivals
Art Festival: Once again the Art in the Redwoods Festival will include a full array of entertainment in addition to the extensive display of art and crafts. Gualala Arts Center
Click for more information on Art by the Sea | Sea Ranch Art Tour.
Art by the Sea | Sea Ranch Art Tour
Gualala, Mendocino Coast
Annual Art by the Sea tour (Sea Ranch Art Tour) featuring an incredible ensemble of work from extraordinary local artists in an array of mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and photography.
Click for more information on Pt Arena Harbor and Seafood Festival.
Pt Arena Harbor and Seafood Festival
The Pier ~ Point Arena
Annual POINT ARENA HARBOR & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL. Enjoy fresh local seafood, live music, boat rides, kid games, a raffle, Organic beer and much more. Come spend the day at the beautiful Point Arena Pier.
Click for more information on Roots of Motive Power Steam Festival.
Roots of Motive Power Steam Festival
Roots of Motive Power - Willits
Plumes of steam and shrieks of steam whistles will fill the air as a variety of steam-powered equipment are fired up. Enjoy Recreation Grove Park's Early Day Gas Engine Society, and Bill Rose's Model A Tour under the Oaks. The fun continues Saturday afternoon at the Gourmet BBQ and raffle.
Click for more information on MENDOCINO COUNTY FAIR.
Fair Grounds ~ Boonville
Great fun for the entire family! Three fun filled days of old fashioned country fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. The Fair features, rodeo, sheep dog trials, animal judging, midway, square dancing hoedown and a parade on Sunday and much more......
Click for more information on STUDIO DISCOVERY TOUR.
Little River to Sea Ranch
Two weekends! 48 artists open their studios along the scenic Coast for a free self-guided tour. Original work in watercolor, oils, glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture & textiles!
Free maps available.
Click for more information on WINESONG!.
Join us at MCDH's annual wine tasting event and auction in the Gardens by the Sea. Meander throughout the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and taste the elegant wines and food of Mendocino County. EVENT USUALLY SELLS OUT - Tickets on sale Spring 2016.
Click for more information on PAUL BUNYAN DAYS.
Family Fun! Contests include: King of the Log Pillow Fight, Pie Eating Contest, Tricycle Race, Belle of the Redwoods, Blue Ox Beer Festival, Ugly Dog Contest, Craft Fair, Fire Dept Water Fights, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, Logging Show and Parade
Click for more information on HOPLAND PASSPORT ~ FALL.
Hopland ~ Hwy 101
Receive a Passport logo glass, entry to all wine tastings, food pairings and entertainment at the ten wineries. Enter to win the Passport Prize Giveaway!
Click for more information on ABALONE FESTIVAL COOK OFF.
Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg
Guests are welcome and can participate for free. Although abalone tasting is limited to the judges; other food, beverages and Local Mendocino Wine will be available for purchase. Enjoy the live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction.
Click for more information on WINE and MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
Mendocino County
Spread throughout Mendocino County's popular Inns and Restaurants, Dozens of Fabulous Edible Events, Meet the Chefs, Gatherers and Walk in the Woods, Learn From The Culinary Experts, Meet Mendocino's Winemakers and Mushroom Passports.
Click for more information on FESTIVAL of LIGHTS.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Thousands of lights transform Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens into a magical Winter Wonderland. Be awestruck by a forest of decorated holiday trees; enjoy a hot drink and dessert; shop for holiday treasures and natural wonders with special pricing on unique holiday gifts and decorations. Come! Bring the kids and join the festivities and take care of all of your holiday shopping. | ©1998 - 2016 | MENDOCINO, Inc.