The majesty of whales on the Mendocino Coast!

Natural majesty and awe are a weekend trip away!

Make plans now to explore the Mendocino Coast during the

2019 Mendocino Whale Festival in March

What time do the whales come by?! Well, we can’t predict exactly what time the whales come by; however, for almost 40 years, the Mendocino Coast has celebrated the northern migration of gray whales with an activity-filled Whale Festival (rain or shine) during the first three weekends in March. To celebrate this annual journey, you can experience festive activities.

Imagine … tasting delightful wines in elegant shops and galleries just steps from the dramatic Pacific Ocean cliffs. Taste delicious chowder from some of the best chefs and restaurants on the coast and enjoy craft beer from the North Coast Brewing Company. You can experience this and much more at the Annual Mendocino Coast Whale Festivals:

Mendocino: March 2nd and 3rd: Wine and beer tasting, chowder tasting, wildlife art exhibit and more.

Little River: March 8th through 10th: Food and wine tasting, whale watching walks, sea cave kayak tours and more.

Fort Bragg: March 16th and 17th: Chowder competition and beer tasting, wine tasting, Annual 10K/5K Whale Run & Walk, charter boats for whale watching and more.

Tickets are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets (Mendocino Whale Festival, Fort Bragg Whale Festival) at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce at 217 S. Main St., Fort Bragg or by calling 1-707-961-6300. You can also visit the festival link of your choice at and click the ticket links available.

PACIFIC GRAY WHALE FACTS: Adults average 70,000 to 90,000 pounds; live 60 to 70 years; have no teeth; eat a diet of small shrimp-like crustaceans called amphipods; and mostly live off their blubber during their round-trip migration of some 12,000 miles. They breed in the warmer waters of Southern California and travel to the Pacific Coast lagoons off Baja California, where whales calve and nurse before their northbound journey. Their gestation period lasts 13 months.