30th Annual Mendocino Coast Whale Festival Takes Place March 3-4; 10-11, 17-18

See migrating Gray whales by horseback, quaff local microbrews, taste chowder cook-off samples, sip fine wines, view art, kayak through sea caves and more.

 In 2012 the 30th annual Mendocino Coast Whale Festival offers three consecutive weekends of whale watching and other family fun, March 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18. Festival weekends take place in Mendocino, Little River and Fort Bragg.

Savor local cuisine, quaff microbrews, purchase a piece of art, enjoy local wine tastings, take a nature walk, and of course — watch migrating Gray whales — from coastal bluffs, by boat, even on horseback. With some 20,000 gray whales migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, visitors have an excellent vantage point for viewing this unforgettable spectacle. The festival is organized by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce. Call 707-961-6300 for most tickets or more details.

Festival Highlights:

MENDOCINO , March 3&4
Wine tasting and whale watching are among the featured attractions. Many wineries will set up tasting stations in inns, galleries and shops throughout Mendocino Village and Little River (Saturday only), while the area’s top chefs produce their favorite seafood chowders in a tasting event (Saturday only). A wildlife art exhibit, live outdoor painting demonstrations, live music and educational activities at the Pt. Cabrillo light station are all part of the two-day festival.

LITTLE RIVER, March 10&11
Fine food, wine tastings and whale watching walks will be among the featured attractions. Little River gourmet chefs pair up with area wineries to deliver a Taste of Little River. Other attractions include artist studio tours, photography workshops, live music, and sea cave kayak tours.

FORT BRAGG, March 17&18
Microbrew tasting, whale watching and chowder tasting are among the featured attractions. Along with dozens of microbrews provided by the Fort Bragg Rotary Club (Saturday only), the area’s top chefs will produce their favorite chowders (Saturday only). Live music, a marine mammal art exhibit and crafts fair are also part of the two-day festival.

For more information: Call 707- 961-6300 or visit www.mendowhale.com.

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