Loading Events

Little River Whale Festival

3/8 - 3/10

Little River Whale Festival


The 13th annual Little River Whale Festival will be held March 8–10. Come for the whales, Bloody Marys, sandcastles and lodging specials at properties throughout the seaside town of Little River, CA. This is just the weekend to pack up the family for some fun activities and nature adventure all rolled into one! For complete details, visit the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce or call 707-961-6300. Lodging specials can be found here.

Friday, March 8

Enjoy a spectacular winemaker dinner presented by Seebass Family Wines, featuring a carefully crafted meal with six courses, each paired perfectly with local Mendocino County wine. Contact the Heritage House Resort and Spa for more information.

Saturday, March 9

There’s lots to do with the entire family! Take a Whale Watching Walk with a docent to view the majestic California Gray Whales.

Bring your bucket and spade (or big yellow digger!) to participate in the Sandcastle Building Contest, which will held from 1–3PM at Big River Beach in Mendocino. Head to the rive side of the beach… and bring a picnic!

Make your reservations for a Sea Cave Kayak Tour with Kayak Mendocino, which leaves from Van Damme State Beach at 11:30AM and 2PM each day of the festival. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with the ocean as you follow your professional guide through the inlets and caves that provide homes to the harbour seals, sea stars, algae, and shore birds in this incredibly rich and diverse habitat. All tours are easily paddled by beginners and require no prior experience. All equipment is provided; wetsuits as necessary.

Sunday, March 10

Head to the Little River Inn on Sunday March 10! This is your headquarters for the Inaugural Battle of the Bloody Marys,Sunday high noon at the Abalone Room.  Be a judge at this  MendoParks event where both locals and professional bartenders go head to head to claim the prize of Best Bloody Mary and Best Bacon with Bloody Marys.  Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka. This lively competition is the perfect wrap-up to a great weekend!

Lodging Specials

Get a fabulous deal on Little River lodging for March 7–March 10. Check them out here and make sure to reserve your room early!

Event Categories:




Little River
Little River Hwy 1
Little River, CA 95456 United States
+ Google Map