Whale Fest 2024


Whale Fest is taking over Downtown Fort Bragg on the weekend of March 15th through 17th and, like the migrating leviathans we celebrate, this year’s festivities will be bigger and better than ever. There’s a Downtown Wine Walk, the Fort Bragg Beer Festival, a 10k/5k Whale Run and Walk, a craft fair, live music, food trucks and much more.
Could there be a better time to visit Fort Bragg?
Of course, the whales will be moving through all winter, so if March 15th-17th doesn’t work out, no worries. Come anytime through April to see the amazing migration of Fort Bragg’s favorite cetaceans

All events take place rain or shine.

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Whale Run 5k & 10k and Fun Walk
Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg and Noyo Sunrise is proud to sponsor and host the ever-popular run and walk along the coast that includes a Kiddie Race, 10k and 5k runs and a Fun Walk.

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Downtown Wine Walk

Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce and Visit Fort Bragg are thrilled to bring back the Fort Bragg Whale Festival Downtown Wine Walk. On Saturday, March 16 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM over a dozen merchants will host wineries and serve complimentary food to pair with wines.

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Fort Bragg Rotary Club’s Beer Fest

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Rotary Beer Festival is back. Save the date and join us on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at the Eagles Hall from 12-4pm for an incredible selection of beer and some great live music. Tickets are $40 and food will be available for purchase. So come taste some ales and watch the whales at this benefit for Fort Bragg Rotary Club with proceeds going to scholarships as well as local and international projects. 


Symphony of the Redwoods

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Andrew Sords will be the featured artist on violin, with Bryan Niles conducting as the Symphony of the Redwoods performs the works of Bruch, Victor Bendix and Borodin at Cotton Auditorium on Saturday, March 16th at 7:30 PM.

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Town Hall Craft Fair

Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17

The Soroptimists are hosting a whale of sale at Town Hall from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Treat yourself to a unique shopping experience at two craft fairs — one inside and one outside. You’ll find a wide variety of amazing, handcrafted items, from quilts and toys to iron works, pottery, knits and crochet, jewelry, paintings, tools, and puzzles. You won’t find a better place to get a one-of-a-kind gift for a fan of Fort Bragg.


Noyo Center Whale Events & Exhibits

Friday – Sunday, March 15 – 17

Join the Noyo Center for Marine Science throughout March for a variety of special events and exhibits to celebrate Whale Festival and the annual gray whale migration. Click the link below for the full schedule and remember that your support helps the Noyo Center do its incredible work.

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Mendo Park Educational Activities

Friday – Sunday, March 15 – 17

Join MendoParks for free guided whale walks at MacKerricher State Park on Fridays and Saturdays in March, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. While you’re there, check out the gray whale skeleton articulation next to the Visitor Center.

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Whale Watching Tours

Looking to get up close and personal with Fort Bragg’s migratory whales? Multiple whale watching charters depart out of Noyo Harbor throughout the season. You’ll find them below on the coastal activities page. Be sure to reach out to them directly for current weather conditions and departure times.

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The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is an organization committed to inspiring appreciation and protection of marine mammals, and several designated whale trail sites are in or near Fort Bragg, including Mendocino Botanical Gardens, Noyo Center for Marine Science and Laguna Point at MacKerricher State Park.

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FloBeds


Natural Talalay Latex Mattresses

Everyone is built differently. Your mattress should be built for you.
Get the comfort and quality you need with a customizable latex mattress from FloBeds, made with 100% natural, organic materials. 
Made in Fort Bragg. Shipped worldwide.

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234 E Redwood Ave
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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Art and The Explorers

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Art & The Explorers

Welcome to Art Explorers, a nonprofit creative art studio for people with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. When the artists are here, they experience a sense of both purpose and camaraderie through making art in a community setting. It is a place that feels nurturing and comfortable and allows them space to just be themselves.

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The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. Look for a piece for yourself or to give as a gift.
Art pieces from Art Explorers are one of the most impactful gifts you can give because it gives so much back to the creator.

A variety of artwork and merchandise is for sale including original works on paper, painting and ceramics, original t-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, tote bags, cards and more. Proceeds are split 50/50 between the artist themselves and the organization. When a member of the public purchases their art at the gallery, the artists feel a sense of great pride. The self-esteem built through the Art Explorers program offers a pathway toward personal growth and inclusion into the wider community.

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We believe that art has the power to transform lives, and opens a window to the deepest expressions of the human spirit. Our philosophy is rooted in total respect for the individual and the core belief that all people have a unique artistic voice.

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Todd Farmhouse Antiques and Museum


Todd Farmhouse Antiques & Museum

Antiques, art, apparel, candles and more. We also carry the full line of Saltgirl Apparel.

Todd Farmhouse Antiques and Museum

100 Highway 20
(corner of Hw1 1 and Hwy 20)


707-964-6575

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Sew and Sew


Sew and Sew

High quality fabrics, quilting and sewing supplies. We also offer classes and online purchasing from our shop.

Sew and Sew

890 N FRANKLIN ST
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Fort Bragg, CA

707-964-4152

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Splendiferous Boutique


Splendiferous Boutique

Contemporary womens’ clothing and accessories featuring a selection of today’s most fashionable brands.

Splendiferous Boutique

400 N. Main Street

Corner of Main and Laurel Streets

707-964-8880

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The Brewery Shop at North Coast Brewing Company


The Brewery Shop at North Coast Brewing Company

A leader in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast.
Under the leadership of original Brewmaster & Co-Founder, Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality, having won more than 110 awards in national and international competitions.
Featuring Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Brother Thelonious Abbey Ale, North Coast Steller IPA and other fine North Coast brands, they continue their mission to “Make the World a Better Place, One Pint at a Time”.

The Brewery Shop at North Coast Brewing Company

501 North Main Street
Fort Bragg

707-964-1286

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Coast Collective


Coast Collective

Coast Collective is a furniture studio with a purpose: to connect interior dreamers with the most talented makers on the California coast. Coast Collective release curated and exclusive collections several times a year, and can match buyers with artisans for bespoke pieces made especially for them and their space.

Coast Collective

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Obsidian Monarch


Obsidian Monarch

Custom leather work and other heart and soul made fetishes.

Obsidian Monarch

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Hot Pepper Jelly Co.


Hot Pepper Jelly Co.

Fall flavor in a jar, locally produced pumpkin butter is a delicious addition to morning toast and Sunday pancakes.

Hot Pepper Jelly Co.

330 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

 

707-961-1899

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