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Mendocino Ocean and Seafood Fair
Thursday, October 4th, 2018

This Saturday is the first annual Mendocino Ocean and Seafood Fair in Fort Bragg’s South Noyo Headlands Park. If you enjoyed the World Championship Abalone Cook-off sponsored by Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA), you won’t want to miss this!

MAPA has invited the participation of other local organizations who are working to preserve and protect our ocean and natural resources. We hope you will join us to learn more about our coastal economy and ways these organizations are preserving the health of our planet for future generations. Tickets will be available at the event, or in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information call 707-937-4700.

When: Saturday, October 6th, 11am to 4pm
Where: South Noyo Headlands Park, Fort Bragg, CA

Article contributed by MAPA.

Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Lens Tour at Point Cabrillo Light Station
Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Saturday is your last opportunity this season to tour the restored 3rd order Fresnel lens. Once you ascend the stairs and emerge onto the platform, it’s hard to remember that you’re on the lens tour. The view from this vantage point is like none other. Once you catch your breath, turn around and fix your gaze on the magnificent lantern that, even today, acts as a guiding light for ships cruising the California coast. Learn more about the history of the station and the people who lived here on the Point Cabrillo website.

This is a family-friendly activity, but children must be at least 42 inches tall to go on the tour. There is a ½ mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking area.

Date: Saturday, September 22

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

Fee:  $5 pp


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Whale Festivals in March 2012
Monday, February 20th, 2012

30th Annual Mendocino Coast Whale FestivalsThe Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals are coming up in March for the 30th straight year. The Mendocino festival is March 3-4, the Little River festival is March 10-11, and the Fort Bragg festival is March 17-18. Here are some highlights from the festivals:

Mendocino • March 3-4

  • Wine-Tasting throughout Mendocino Village.
  • KOZT Presents “An Evening of Wood and Steel”: former members of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Van Morrison Band, Jesse Colin Young Band, Sons Of Champlin, Moby Grape and more…Steven Bates, Roger Fritz, David Hayes, Gene Parson and James Preston. Guitars, upright bass, mandolin, pedal steel guitar and more plus Mendocino County wine bar benefiting Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce programs.
  • Chowder Tasting at Crown Hall
  • Marine Life Exhibit at Mendocino Art Center
  • Whalewatching Boat Tours
  • Whalewatching walks at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Little River • March 10-11

  • Taste of Little River: local chefs paired with Mendocino County wines
  • Whalewatching Boat Tours
  • Whalewatching walks at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Fort Bragg • March 17-18

  • Whale Run and Walk
  • Fort Bragg Kiddie Parade
  • Chowder Tasting
  • Wine Tasting and Microbrew Beer Tasting
  • Whalewatching Boat Tours
  • Whalewatching walks at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Whales and First Day Hikes Start January 1
Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Migrating California Gray whales, numbering between 18,000–23,000 individuals, pass by the Mendocino coast twice each year. Here are several ways you can check out the whales and other wildlife along the Mendocino Coast, thanks to State Parks.

Whale Tail Seen From Shore!FIRST DAY WALKS: California State Parks announces guided interpretive hikes at 4 state parks along the Mendocino Coast on January 1, 2012. These hikes are part of a nationwide effort of special hikes on New Years Day in state parks in all 50 states. This will promote state parks and participation in healthy activities. All of these hikes will take place on California’s North Coast in wintertime. Be prepared for cool temperatures.

WALK #1: Westport-Union Landing State Beach. Meet the docent at 1:00 p.m. at the park headquarters building at park main entrance, just west of Hwy 1. The park is located about 19 miles north of Fort Bragg, California on Hwy 1. This will be a 1 mile long moderate hike. This hike is suggested for children 8 years and older, and adults. Learn fun facts about the once bustling town of Westport from local resident Steve Brigham.

WALK #2: MacKerricher State Park. Meet the docent at 10:00 a.m. at the Laguna Point parking lot, from Mill Creek Road, three miles north of Fort Bragg, California, west of Hwy 1. This will be an easy three-quarter-mile walk along a boardwalk. This short walk will be filled with fun facts about MacKerricher State Park as you walk to an overlook above the ocean. Park Naturalist Teresa Hurray will lead this walk. The walk is suggested for children 12 years and older, and adults.
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Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Farmer’s Markets open for 2011
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Mendocino Farmer's Market is running again!

Mendocino Farmer's Market is running again!

Once again, the farmer’s markets are open at towns all along the Mendocino Coast (and inland, too). I’ve been dropping by the markets in Mendocino and Fort Bragg for years, and there’s really a wide variety of produce available. You can also find cut flowers for sale, and local honey and berries, and who knows what else? The market in Mendocino takes place on Howard Street, in the block just north of Main Street, from noon until 2:00 every Friday through October 28. The Fort Bragg market is on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 pm in the 400 block of Franklin St, in front of City Hall. The Gualala market is on Saturdays from 9:30-12:30pm at the Gualala Community Center. The Mendocino County Farmer’s Market Association has a Web site with pointers to all of the locations in the county, and more. They’re still working on their site, evidently, but the basic info is there.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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