It’s back and, like the migrating leviathans we celebrate, bigger and better than ever. Fort Bragg Whale Festivities include a Downtown Wine Walk, the Fort Bragg Beer Festival, a 10k/5k Whale Run and Walk, craft fair, live music and more. Oh, and it’s all happening during Fort Bragg Restaurant Week. Could there be a better time to visit Fort Bragg? Of course, the whales will be moving through all winter, so if March 18th doesn’t work out, no worries. Come anytime through April to see the amazing migration of Fort Bragg’s favorite cetaceans.

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Restaurant Week

Fort Bragg Restaurant Week runs from March 13th through the 19th. So come for the food and enjoy the whales or vice versa. Local eateries will be pulling out all the stops, with many restaurants serving up special offerings.

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Fort Bragg Rotary Club’s Beer Fest

After 3 years, the Rotary Beer Festival is back. Save the date and join us on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Eagles Hall from 12-4pm. Tickets are $40 and will be available soon. The Rotary Club is lining up some great beer to taste and an awesome band.

Rotary Club of Fort Bragg

Whale Festival Downtown Wine Walk

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 18 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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Whale Run 5k, 10k & Fun Walk

Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg is once again hosting the ever-popular run and walk along the coast that includes a Kiddie Race, 10k and 5k runs and a Fun Walk. Click below to see the course map and registration.

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Town Hall Craft Fair

The Soroptimists are also hosting an indoor craft fair at town hall on Sat-Sun March 18-19 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Come by to see the incredible work of local artisans and craftspeople. You won’t find a better place to get a one-of-a-kind gift for a fan of Fort Bragg.

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Noyo Center Whale Events & Exhibits

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

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.


Try the Chowders

The Official Fort Bragg Chowder Tasting and Competition is still on hiatus. But don’t let that stop you from visiting local restaurants during Whale Fest to enjoy a piping hot cup or bowl full of coastal deliciousness.

Princess Sea Food

Noyo Fish Co.

Sea Pal Cove

The Wharf