From Art to Wine: 10 of the Best Northern California Festivals

When you live in a place like California, there is a lot to celebrate. When you are in Mendocino, it seems like we don’t stop celebrating. We love being here in Mendocino and sharing all our local events with our guests. If you are the type who loves to party, there are plenty of Norther California festivals and Mendocino events to choose from. Not sure where to start? Here are our top 10 Mendocino events that you should consider going to the next time you are here.

  1. Mendocino Whale Festival
    The Mendocino Whale Festival happens every March and lasts for most of the month in different towns in Mendocino County. Each spring, California whales grace our coastlines as they migrate up north for the summer. You will be able to see adult and baby whales during this time. Have a look at all of their wonderful activities.
  2. Crab, Wine and Beer Festival
    Another great aspect of living on the coast is having fantastic and fresh seafood right on your doorstep. In January, we have the annual Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival. Because what goes better with crab than delicious local wines and beers? Throughout this Northern California festival, there will be lots of events for you to enjoy not only eating crab but learning about our local crabs as well.
  3. Winesong
    This fantastic wine auction goes to benefit the local Hospital Foundation that over the years has benefited so many in the community. During Winesong, there is the auction, tastings, and more for you to go to. This Mendocino event happens every September and this year it will be on September 10th.
  4. Mendocino Film Festival
    This Northern California film festival takes place each May through June. The Mendocino Film Festival is a wonderful attraction for cinephiles and casual movie-goers alike. The festival also features a special event focused on food, wine, and agrarian living along with movies: Cinema in the Vineyards. Be sure to check out their site for more information on films and schedules as well as other film festivals in the area.
  5. Festival of Lights
    Each Christmas season, every town loves to show off a local lights display. Here in Mendocino, locals love going to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for their annual light show. They not only put lights on their flower beds and shrubs but they show the region off by making light structures out of sea animals as well. This is one that shouldn’t be missed!
  6. Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival
    This fall festival is one of the most beloved Mendocino events of the year. During the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival, there are events like mushroom hikes, cooking classes, tastings, and so much more. Be sure to check out the full calendar to be able to pick and choose what you would like to do.
  7. Mendocino Music Festival
    For 2 weeks each July, Mendocino is filled with the sweet sounds of all sorts of music. The Mendocino Music Festival has daytime concerts and lecture series as well as night concerts too. Be sure to have a look at their whole list of concerts as well as who will be playing them.
  8. Abalone Cook-Off and Festival
    Sometimes, a festival isn’t just about celebrating a certain time but can be about a great competition. The Mendocino Abalone Cook-Off and Festival is one such event, featuring participants diving, catching their own abalone, and then cooking them. Have a stroll and see what the chefs are preparing this year as they try and win first place.
  9. Paul Bunyan Days
    Each Labor Day, we celebrate Paul Bunyan in Fort Bragg with Paul Bunyan Days. Enjoy learning more about this logger and his famous blue ox, Babe. There will be road races, craft fair, old fashioned dress show, and much more.
  10. Pinot Noir Festival
    We couldn’t have a list of Northern California festivals and not include a wine festival. The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival is one of the best and will include a full day of tastings, lectures, and more all to help you understand the region where this delicious wine thrives.

As you can see, not only do we love celebrating these Northern California festivals but we have so much to be thankful for. Whenever you decide to come to these Mendocino events, consider staying with us at Sea Rock Inn. We are conveniently located close to town or Hwy 1 to get to other local sights. Our B&B is on the coast and our property as well as our rooms give our guests ample views of the Pacific Ocean. Each morning, join us for a delicious breakfast to get your day going right. Want to enhance your stay with us? Have a look at our spa services or our packages. Contact us today and begin planning your trip to Mendocino for one of these wonderful events.

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