31st Annual Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce Whale Festival

Whale Festival Clam Chowder & Wine Tasting

MARCH 2 & 3

MENDOCINO, Calif. — Explore the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino Headlands State Park, while tasting chowder and wine, and discovering art exhibits, local shops and Inns.

MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDE:
  • Wine Tasting (Saturday only) Taste some of Mendocino County’s finest varietals. Purchase Advance Tickets
  • Chowder Tasting (Saturday only) Sample chowder from some of the best chefs on the coast. Thank you to our participating Chowder Restaurants and Chef’s: – 955 UKIAH ST – ALBION RIVER INN – CLIFF HOUSE – HARVEST AT MENDOSAS – LIVING LIGHT – MACCALLUM HOUSE Plus more to come… Purchase Advance Tickets

MORE WHALE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

  • Whale Watching Docent-led whale watch walks are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd. A limited number of binoculars and spotting scopes are available. Meet at the Ford House.
  • Wildlife Art Exhibit The exhibit can be viewed at the Mendocino Art Center (45200 Little Lake Street) 10:00am–5:00pm daily.
  • Plein-air Artist Display (Weather permitting) See artists in their natural habitat and in action.
  • Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park The Coast Guard Auxilliary will give lens tours, on-site docents will be available to answer questions, help visitors find whales and tell stories about the Station and its history.

MARCH 9 & 10

LITTLE RIVER, Calif. — A sampler of hospitality and adventure in Little River is served up for your convenience all in one weekend.

MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDE:
  • Whale of a Deal! Stay at two nights during the Little River Whale Festival at any Inn in Little River and get the third night free!
  • Taste of Little River: (Saturday only, 1 – 4) Discover the many flavors of Little River as local gourmet chefs show off their specialties paired with local wines. Advance tickets available at Little River Inn and day of the event at the Andiron. Fundraiser for Mendocino Area Parks Association and the preservation of the Spring Ranch Barns at Van Damme State Park. $25, includes Whale Festival Commemorative wine glass.
  • Little River Improvement Club presents “Tales from Little River” (Sunday, only, 11)
  • Kayak Mendocino Sea Cave Tours: Paddle through sea caves and meet the harbor seals, sea stars, algae and shorebirds. Saturday & Sunday 11:30 & 2, $50
  • Adventure Passport: Explore Little River’s classes, art studios, trails and tours collecting a sticker at each. Attend three or more events for a chance to win a local prize.

MORE WHALE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

  • Docent Led Whale Watch Walk (free)
  • Walking tour of Spring Ranch property (free)
  • Mendocino Rotary Club Hosts Vegas Night (Saturday only 6:30pm) Crown Hall, Mendocino. Texas Holdem, Wheel of Fortune, Black Jack and more. Refreshments, music, silent and noisy auctions great prizes.
  • Watch for other additional Little River discounts and specials during the Festival.
MARCH 16 & 17

FORT BRAGG, Calif. –—Enjoy Wine, Chowder and microbrew tasting while visiting our local shops and Inns, and whale watch from the Pomo Bluffs Park in Fort Bragg, as well as from miles of beaches.

MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDE:
  • Chowder Tasting $10 (Saturday only). Sample chowders from some of the best chefs on the coast! Tasting will be held at Town Hall (363 N Main Street) between 11:00am–1:00pm or until chowder runs out, so get there early! Thank you to our participating Chowder Restaurants and Chef’s: – CAFE’ ONE – CLIFF HOUSE – EGGHEADS – HARVEST MARKET – LIVING LIGHT – SAL’S BISTRO/SENIOR CENTER Plus more to come… Purchase Advance Tickets
  • Passport Wine Tasting Event (Saturday only): $25 advance tickets and $30 at the door. Taste some of Mendocino County’s finest varietals in shops and galleries in Historic Downtown Fort Bragg. Purchase wrist bands and a glass from Town Hall beginning at 1:00pm . Purchase Advance Tickets
  • Microbrew Beer Tasting: $30 (Saturday only). Taste beer like you’ve never tasted it before, right here in your own backyard at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg (210 N Corry); 12:00–4:00pm.
  • Soroptimist of Fort Bragg Annual Whale Run Saturday, March 16, 2013 8 AM 10K, 5K Run * 5K Competitive Walk * 5K Run Walk * Kiddie Race 7:40 am For more info and to register

MORE WHALE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

  • Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park The Coast Guard Auxilliary will give lens tours, on-site docents will be available to answer questions, help visitors find whales and tell stories about the Station and its history.
  • MacKerricher State Park: Scavenger hunt, paint the whale skeleton and more.
  • Whale slide show 7 pm (3/15) at the Mendocino Coast Photography Guild and Gallery in Fort Bragg.

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