Calendar of Events
Here is our calendar of events. Click on any tab to see what’s happening in that month.
December 2-31: Mendocino Coast Furnituremakers' Wooden Toy Show Founded in 1997, Mendocino Coast Furnituremakers is dedicated to the preservation and evolution of arts of fine furniture, carving and sculpture. The membership brings a wide range of finely honed skills and a spectrum of sensibilities to the objects in this show. The show is always a surprise and always full of fun things like puzzles, pull toys, tree ornaments and bowls. Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino
December 6-8, 12-15, 19-22 from 5-7:30pm: Festival of Lights Thousands of lights transform the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens into a magical winter wonderland. A spectacular fountain on an island leads visitors to the Perennial garden where swaths of tulips delight the senses, a spider in a web lights a tree and a blanket of stars provides the perfect backdrop for pictures. BE AMAZED. BE DELIGHTED. COME FOR THE FUN. Enjoy HOLIDAY TREATS and a casual supper at RHODY'S GARDEN CAFE.
December 7: Holiday Craft Faire Craft Fair vendors, silent auction & raffle, soup & baked goods, festive & fun! Location: Preston Hall at Mendocino Presbyterian Church on Main St in Mendocino.
25th Annual Mendocino Coast Candlelight Inn Tour: December 12-13-14 This charity event features evening tours of bed-and-breakfast inns and lodges, and it supports programs for Mendocino Coast youth through the Mendocino Unified School Enrichment (MUSE) fund. Thursday, December 12 is Mendocino; Fort Bragg is Friday, December 13; Little River/Albion is Saturday, December 14. The Mendocino Hotel is on the tour on Thursday. Find out more about the tour on their Web site. You can buy tickets in advance through their site, too — $25 for adults, and $10 for Age 10 and under. Begin the tour at any location. Light refreshments included — and remember: there are no bad cooks in the innkeeping business! All three nights for one low price.
Mid-to-Late December: Whale Migration Begins The annual migration of 20,000 California Grey Whales begins sometime around the middle of December, and we'll see whales through April. First, the whales swim south to Baja for birthing new calves, and then they return to the Arctic Ocean with the calves. Since they typically stay pretty close to shore (especially in the latter half of the migration), you can easily see spouts from shore.
December 25 from 3-9:30 pm: Christmas Dinner Christmas Dinner is a superb holiday experience at the Mendocino Hotel. Appetizers include Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Wild Mendocino Mushroom Soup, or Anderson Valley Apple, Parsnip and Pear Salad. Entrees include Herb-Roasted Cornish Hen, Certified Angus Prime Rib, Grilled Fresh Sea Bass, or Roasted Winter Root Risotto. Adults $69 plus tax and gratuity. Child's Plate (10 and under) is $24.Here is the complete menu.
December 15: Gloriana Carolers Free Community Concert Dressed in Victorian costumes, the Gloriana Carolers will sing your favorite Carols, and Old English Classics. Mendocino Presbyterian Church, Main St, Mendocino.
December 31st!: New Year's Eve is always a big deal at the Mendocino Hotel and the Hill House Inn. Details about food and festivities at both will be coming soon!
Late January: Crab and Wine Festival The annual Crab and Wine Festival pairs local Dungeness Crab with local wines. More details coming.
First Weekend in March: Mendocino Whale Festival Festival The annual Whale Festival happens the first weekend in March. More details coming.