The Official Calendar of Mendocino Events
Our year-round destination flourishes with rich beauty, boasts exceptional cuisine, and is the backdrop for the many Mendocino events. Our cliffside community and the immediate area provide an unparalleled experience that helps you to immerse yourself into our local culture. If you’re wishing to feel like a local on your next vacation, attending one of the annual celebrations will make for a festive addition to your getaway with Sea Rock Inn!
No matter what time of year you visit Northern California, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide. We carefully curated this pocket planner to provide you with our top choices for seasonal celebrations and beloved events. If you’re in the process of planning your visit, our guide showcases the beautifully appointed accommodations and deluxe amenities at our luxurious bed and breakfast.
Which Mendocino Events You Should Attend This Year
One of our favorite things to do in Mendocino is enjoying the exuberant festivities of the many Mendocino events. Each season offers something new for both locals and visitors alike to experience. Here are our recommendations on which annual festivals are worth the trip.
The wonderful weather of our cliffside community welcomes you each May through September with many annual events. To commemorate our nation’s founding, participate in the patriotic festivities of the annual Mendocino Fourth of July Parade. This remarkable celebration showcases a wonderful Fourth of July Fireworks display and the World’s Largest Salmon BBQ. Each of these three star-spangled activities brings together the local community and shows our continuing support of our great nation.
Discover the manicured lawns and unique pieces of art at the annual Art in the Gardens in early August. The Mendocino Coast Botanic Garden is the breathtaking backdrop for this creative showcase and is known for its natural allure. As you stroll this stunning green space, enjoy vistas of the Pacific Ocean while admiring local talent’s work, sipping on a glass of locally sourced beer or wine, and listening to the sounds of music. If you’re in town during this spectacular season, here’s a sample of other wondrous Mendocino events!
- Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour | June
- A Taste of Redwood Valley | June
- Mendocino Music Festival | June
- Mendocino Film Festival | July
- Pure Mendocino | August
As the leaves drastically change the stunning landscape during fall in Northern California, marvel at the magnificent sight during one of these autumn celebrations. Embrace your culinary side and indulge in freshly caught seafood at the annual Abalone Festival, which is held in October, or delight in a variety of mushroom, a craft brew, and a glass of savory vino at the Mendocino Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival in November. Other events include:
- Point Arena Seafood and Harbor Festival | September
- Winesong | September
- Paul Bunyan Days | September | Labor Day Weekend
- Beer Bison Bluegrass Festival | October
- Thanksgiving Fair at Mendocino Art Center | November
Get into the holiday spirit this year by attending one of these Yuletide celebrations. Enjoy the twinkling lights and towering trees of the Festival of Trees in nearby Gualala during November. Or, walk through the enchanting Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens during the Festival of Lights, one of the most popular Mendocino events.
Once the new year begins, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience your favorite events all over again. To kick-start our calendar of events, we recommend attending the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival in January for delectable provisions featuring gourmet crab dishes, wonderful wines, and savory craft beer. Winter in Mendocino is wonderful, and you don’t want to miss these other festivities!
- Seafood, Wine and Beer Festival | January
- Anderson Valley Aromatic White Wine Festival | February
While other areas of the United States are covered in snow, we enjoy the crisp days and the return of whale watching season. This is truly one of the most majestic sights to behold on the Golden Coast, and you can celebrate their annual return at the Mendocino Whale Festival in March. You begin your sightseeing excursion at Headlands State Park and can supplement your experience with excellently seasoned cuisines and a gorgeous selection of libations. In addition, enjoy the refreshing breezes of Northern California at one of these other Mendocino events this spring
- Mendocino Film Festival | May – June
- Symphony at the Redwoods | April
- Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival | May