Mendocino Coast Purple Urchin Festival

Mendocino Coast
Purple Urchin Festival

June 7 to 16 – Noyo Harbor and throughout Mendocino Coast

The last week of North Coast Kelp Fest will spotlight the delicious, invasive, spiky creatures impacting our coastlines. There will be educational opportunities along the coast and in Noyo Harbor, along with uni dining experiences by local chefs.

Purple Urchin Festival

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North Coast Kelp Fest

North Coast Kelp Fest

May 18 – June 16 – Mendocino & Fort Bragg

Explore the beauty and benefits of the region’s irreplaceable underwater ecosystem. Learn about the many benefits of bull kelp forests, and the efforts under way to help them recover through art,  science, food and film events along the Mendocino Coast.

North Coast Kelp Fest

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Mendocino Coast Clinic's Crab & Wine Festival 2024

Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition

Saturday, February 3, 2024  – Corner of Main & Spruce Streets

Mendocino Coast Clinic’s annual fundraiser celebrates its 30th anniversary of providing quality healthcare services on the Mendocino Coast.

  • Indulge in crab cakes prepared by Mendocino County chefs.
  • Sip luscious Mendocino wines from America’s greenest wine region.
  • Savor specialty foods & beverages prepared for your enjoyment.
  • Vote for your favorites to win the People’s Choice Award.

Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition

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Festival of Lights

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’
Festival of Lights

Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
November 24 — December 17 from 5PM — 7PM

The 13th annual Festival of Lights will happen rain or shine every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 24 through December 17 at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The doors open at 5PM and last entry is at 7PM.

This unique light show is 100% original and lovingly handmade. This year will include an exciting new route, new displays created by MCBG staff and volunteers, and more dazzling backdrops for your family photos. Our gift shop will be open and there will be hot cocoa, apple cider, and sweets available at the FOG Holiday Cafe (cash and Venmo). Santa Claus will be available for photos and wish lists on November 26, December 3, and December 10. We are bringing back the Festival Shuttle to help accommodate more guests at this beloved event. Bundle up and enjoy the imaginative displays, sweet treats, and holiday fun during this year’s Festival of Lights!

Noyo Harbor Festival

Noyo Harbor Festival

Saturday, September 21, 2024 – 11 am to 5 pm

The Noyo Fish Company and the Noyo Harbor District are proud to present the second annual Noyo Harbor Festival. It’s a full day of great food, music, dancing and games for the whole family on the north shores of Noyo Harbor. All process will be donated to the Noyo Harbor District and Mendocino Coast Humane Society.

Food & Beverages:

  • Wonton & Chowder Cook-Off, plus much more
  • Beer donated from North Coast Brewing, plus more brews and wines



All Day:

  • 30+ Vendors
  • 47’ Coast Guard Lifeboat Open House
  • Kids Bounce House & Face Painting
  • Corn Hole Competition
  • Humane Society Adopt-A-Buddy
  • Raffle

When: Saturday, September 21 – 11am to 5pm
Where: Noyo Harbor North Side – Park at Mendocino Coast Clinics – Shuttle Service Available



Friday and Saturday, September 8 & 9, 2023

The Winesong Grand Tasting, Live & Silent Auction takes place on Saturday, September 9th from 11 AM to 4 PM at the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg. For 37 years, Winesong has brought together local artists, winemakers, vintners, chefs, volunteers, and supporters to help raise critical funds for our community’s health and wellness needs through the Mendocino Coast Healthcare Foundation.

The weekend schedule includes:

  • Pinot Noir Celebration at Little River Inn – 1 PM to 4 PM
  • Grand Tasting, Live & Silent Auctions at Botanical Gardens – 11 AM to 4 PM
  • Winesong After Dark, New This Year at Skunk Train – 5 PM to 9 PM

Nor Coast Rodders Classic Car Show

Nor Coast Rodders Classic Car Show

Saturday, June 15, 2023 – Downtown Fort Bragg

Classic Car Show in the heart of downtown Fort Bragg

If you need an entry form or more information send an email to or call Danny (707)964-6660 or Mike (707)964-8648. 

When: June 15, 2024

Where: Downtown Fort Bragg

Nor Coast Rodders Classic Car Show


Summer Kick-Off

Summer Kick-Off

Launch into the Summer Season with a fun party on the streets of Downtown Fort Bragg. Enjoy live music, a corn hole tournament, food trucks, plein-air painting, scavenger hunt and more.

  • Where: Laurel and Franklin Streets

  • When: Friday, June 1