When you think of Northern California, what comes to mind? Is it the gorgeous coast? The intricate history? Or, is it the towering forests? For many years, lumberjacks have cut down trees in our area to provide for their families. Perhaps you have heard tales of the larger-than-life lumberjack, Paul Bunyan; every year, we celebrate his legacy with Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg. This four-day celebration takes place in September and features plenty of exciting activities. Find out more about this iconic weekend and start planning your trip today!
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What to Expect at the Paul Bunyan Days
Paul Bunyan Days have celebrated over 75 years of crowd-pleasing in Fort Bragg and are one of the most popular festivals on the Mendocino Coast. Read over our local insights and discover everything you need to know about the event!
No Paul Bunyan festival is complete without a logging show! Join the crowds and watch as participants bring their competitive spirits to each event. You can even show off your skills at the ax throwing contest, Jack and Jill hand saw, pole climb, and so much more!
Belle of the Redwoods
If you want to experience a unique beauty pageant, purchase your tickets for Belle of the Redwoods. Contestants dress up in theme-appropriate gowns and sell as many raffle tickets as possible. The winner rides in the Labor Day Parade and receives 20% of her ticket sales!
Labor Day Parade
Paul Bunyan Days is famous for its parade. On Labor Day, the streets of Fort Bragg transform into an exciting lumberjack showcase. Both locals and visitors alike line the streets and join in the festivities. Be sure to get there early to claim your spot and enjoy the floats, marching bands, and local groups!
Old Fashioned Dress Review
Do you want to get a glimpse of fashion over the decades? If so, attend the dress review at St. Michael’s, situated on North Franklin. You’ll be captivated by the evolution of clothing throughout the years!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in delicious handmade pies at the Paul Bunyan pie sale. Every pie sold helps fund mission work for a local church. The sale begins at 10 a.m. on the Saturday of the event.
Relax at Sea Rock Inn
After you experience Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg, unwind in luxury at Sea Rock Inn. Our cliffside bed and breakfast allows you to disconnect from the modern world and experience the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the Mendocino Coast.
Each of our accommodations boasts stunning views and provides you with the perfect retreat. All you have to do is pick the right room for you! Get a good night’s sleep, and when you wake the next morning, enjoy the delicious aromas and flavors of our homemade breakfast items.