Fort Bragg Whale Festival
The whales are in town! Celebrate with Fort Bragg and participate in the many events happening throughout the weekend. For complete information on events, times and locations, visit the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, March 15 at 7PM
Whale Lecture: Join State Parks for an exciting lecture given by a guest speaker about the whales of the Pacific. Refreshments, interactive activities and a raffle to take place at the time of the lecture. Event to take place rain or shine. Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Fort Bragg.
Saturday, March 16
Chowder Tasting & Competition: Make your way to Masonic Hall in Fort Bragg to sample chowders ranging from traditional to the not-so-traditional from some of the best chefs on the coast. You get to declare the winner at this year’s Fort Bragg Whale Festival. This event will be from 11AM–1PM or until the chowder runs out (get there early!).
Beer Tasting: Craft brews from North Coast Brewing Company are only $5 and include a free 3 oz. pour of North Coast Brewing Company’s new North Coast Steller IPA! Proceeds from Stellar provide support for marine mammal research and rescue.
Wine Tasting: Wineries from Mendocino County come together to pour wine for tasters in downtown Fort Bragg from 1PM to 4PM. Tickets are $35 pre-sale; $40 at the Masonic Hall where you can pick up your Mendo Whale wine glass/es.
Tickets for the events above are at Brown Paper Tickets, at the Chamber of Commerce office in Fort Bragg, or at the door.
24th Annual Beer Festival
Fort Bragg Rotary Club is holding their 24th Annual Beer Festival on March 16th from 12-4pm. Will be at the historic Eagles Hall (210 N. Corry St.). Tickets are $30. Come and enjoy the live music and BBQ!
35th Annual Whale Run & Walk
For all you early risers and exercise enthusiasts, Soroptimists international of Fort Bragg will be holding their 35th Annual Whale Run and Walk on March 17 starting at 7:30am. For more information and to register visit www.soroptimistfortbraggca.org.
Meet at 11AM. Docents and State Parks’ staff lead informative guided whale walks. The program will start at the Gray Whale Skeleton in MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center for discussion before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching. Binoculars are available. Events to take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately.
Family event includes arts and crafts, games and educational activities
Learn all about the whales of the Pacific in this interactive learning event. Visit our education stations to learn more about whales. Play games, make art, listen to music and enjoy a free hot dog lunch (donations accepted). Event to take place at the MacKerricher campfire center, rain or shine from 1 to 4PM. Dress appropriately.
Sunday, March 17 & All Weekend
Boat Tours – Book a whale-watching boat tour to encounter the whales up close. Boats leave from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Call the Chamber for referrals at 707-961-6300.
Point Cabrillo Light Station A spectacular opportunity for family fun awaits visitors during the Fort Bragg Whale Festival at the Light Station from 10AM to 4PM each day. In addition to a grandstand view of the annual gray whale migration, you may visit the 240 gallon saltwater aquarium and our Marine Science Exhibit.
Noyo Center for Marine Science Come and check out the skeleton of a huge blue whale at the Crow’s Nest Interpretive Center along the Noyo Headlands Trail. Park at the Cypress Street entrance and take a stroll along the headlands to the center … you’ll even spot some whales on the way! Visit on March 17 and enjoy some wine (with whales) from 1PM to 4PM.
MacKerricher State Park offers free admission throughout the weekend with a Friday evening talk, whale walks, family events, and the opportunity to help preserve the gray whale skeleton! From 1 to 3PM on Sunday March 17, come to MacKerricher State Park Visitor Center to help paint and preserve the whale skeleton. Every year a fresh coat of paint is applied to the famous gray whale skeleton to help protect it from the elements. Bring a paint brush and wear your painting clothes.