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9 Annual Events in Mendocino County to Experience Local Culture

Mendocino County hosts an array of signature events year-round, celebrating the region’s rich culture, natural beauty, and local talents. From lively festivals to intimate gatherings, experience the vibrant spirit and community that make this destination truly enchanting.

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Mendocino Whale Festival

Celebrate the annual migration of gray whales with a weekend full of events, including wine tastings, chowder tastings, marine-themed art exhibits, and whale watching excursions. Held in March in the town of Mendocino.

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Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

This three-day event in May showcases the region’s exceptional Pinot Noir wines. Attend winemaker dinners, educational seminars, and wine tastings while enjoying the picturesque Anderson Valley.

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Mendocino Film Festival

Held in June, this international film festival features independent films, documentaries, and shorts. Attend screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and special events in the charming coastal town of Mendocino.

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Paul Bunyan Days

Celebrate Fort Bragg’s logging heritage during this fun-filled Labor Day weekend event. Enjoy a parade, logging competitions, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and family-friendly activities.

Harvest Mendocino

This 10-day festival in November highlights Mendocino County’s wild mushroom bounty and local wines and beers. Participate in mushroom foraging, winemaker dinners, cooking classes, and more at various locations throughout the county.

Seafood & Sips

Our annual seafood & sips festival celebrates the region’s bountiful seafood and culinary traditions. Enjoy mouthwatering crab dishes, wine pairings, and lively entertainment, as you immerse yourself in this delicious, community-driven event along the stunning Northern California coast.

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Urchin Festival

Our new urchin festival highlights the delectable flavors of sea urchin, a local delicacy. Join in the festivities, featuring fresh uni dishes, expert preparation demonstrations, and wine and sake pairings, as you revel in this unique gastronomic experience by the mesmerizing oceanfront.

Almost Fringe Festival

Point Arena carries on the tradition of the Almost Fringe Festival in April. The event starts with a glorious Wind & Whale Giant Kite Celebration at the Point Arena Lighthouse. Then downtown Point Arena livens up with entertainment, food vendors, a craft fair and more. Mosey down to the pier at Arena Cove for more activities and fun at this family-friendly event!

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Art in the Gardens

Join the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in a celebration of creative expression, gorgeous gardens, music, food, and drink. Mingle with more than 50 artists and enjoy live music, entertainment, and dramatic summertime blooms the first weekend in August.

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