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Mendocino County appreciates its relationship with the forest and sea by celebrating their harvests! Throughout Mendocino County, restaurants, winemakers, and even the fishermen and mushroom pickers welcome locals and visitors alike to join in celebrating. Enjoy Mushrooms and then Dungeness crab by pairing with a wide variety of locally-crafted Mendocino wines during our these festivals.
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Annual Mendocino Festivals

Crab and Wine DaysWine and Mushroom Festival


JANUARY EVENTS Mendocino's Crab and Wine Days is rated one of America's Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine you'll devour the all-you-can-eat crab feeds, winemaker's dinners, wine competitions, crab cruises, cooking classes, family-style cioppino feeds and crab cake cook off and lots of seafood! Many restaurants and Inns are celebrating with specials and events throughout the county, from the coast to the inland valleys.
Click for more information on Hotels w/ Festival Discounts. Hotels w/ Festival Discounts
Many of the Mendocino Coast's B&B's, Inns and Hotels are offering deals and discounts on their rooms and other activities throughout the festival.
Mention Deals
Click for more information on Crab Fishing Charter Boats. Crab Fishing Charter Boats
Several fishing charter boats offer whale watching trips. Just outside Noyo Harbor you'll be able to see whales as they migrate along the coast.
Crab Fishing
Keep & Eat some CRABS!
Click for more information on Catch A Canoe . Catch A Canoe
JAN 16-26, SAVE $20.00
Explore beautiful Big River Estuary by canoe or bike and receive $20 discount on rentals . Complimentary map of the estuary with historical and contemporary photographs depicting the history of the beautiful estuary. Rent a mountain bike to explore Mendocino’s trails and back roads.
Click for more information on Goldeneye Winery. Goldeneye Winery
JAN 17, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Celebrating Goldeneye Wines and the Mendocino Crab, Wine and Beer Days! Join us at the Gowan Creek Vineyard as we celebrate in Anderson Valley. Winemaker Michael Fay will be on hand to discuss the wines and winemaking process.
Reservations required
Click for more information on CRAB & WINE EXPRESS. CRAB & WINE EXPRESS
10:00 a.m. climb aboard the historic Skunk Train as it chugs deep into the heart of Mendocino County along the forest floor, while tasting local Mendocino County wines and tasty food featuring crab.
Click for more information on CIOPPINO DINNER. CIOPPINO DINNER
JAN 23 ~ Pentecost Hall, Ft Bragg
The giant Cioppino pot brims with seafood, shellfish & local Dungeness crab! Served family-style with Café Beaujolais' bread, tossed salad, dessert, Thanksgiving Coffee, bibs & plenty of napkins! Treat yourself to Mendocino County wines & North Coast Brewing Company beer in the Crabby Bar. Silent Auction & Raffle!
Click for more information on 16th Annual Crabulious Wine Tasting. 16th Annual Crabulious Wine Tasting
JAN 24, Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse, Little River
Navarro will be pouring their exceptional wines along side Dennen's "pull out the stops" Crab Hors d'oeuvres from 5:30PM - 7PM. Overnight guests are treated to gourmet crab breakfasts brought to your room, Navarro Wine upon arrival and NO Charge for the Crabulious Wine Tasting. Call early for reservations, this event books quickly. Call (800)264-4723 and reserve your space for $25 per person.
Click for more information on CRABCAKE COOK-OFF. CRABCAKE COOK-OFF
JAN 24, 12-3pm Fort Bragg
Savor crab cakes! Sip the very best of Mendocino wines! Mendocino County chefs prepare hundreds of crab cakes for your sampling pleasure. Vote your favorite Chef & Winery for the coveted Peoples' Choice Award to see how your vote matches up with the Professional Judges' Awards! Taste the best microbrews & wares from our fine food purveyors, all Made in Mendocino! Raffle, Silent & LIVE Auctions.
Click for more information on ALL-You-Can-EAT CRAB FEED. ALL-You-Can-EAT CRAB FEED
JAN 24, Mendocino, Crown Hall
Loads of crab, plus salad, bread, wine and dessert! Live entertainment at 8:00 pm and the Grand Raffle at 9:00 pm. 6:00 pm, No Host Bar; 7:00 pm. Sells out every year, Get your tickets early.
Tickets: Call Wally Wetterman at 707-937-1803 for reservations.
Click for more information on All you Can Eat CRAB FEED!. All you Can Eat CRAB FEED!
JAN 24, Fort Bragg Fire House.
All-you-can-eat crab, salad and garlic bread! Proceeds go to Fort Bragg Rotary projects and the Timberwolf Stadium project. Pre-sale tickets available at Pyorre Insurance Agency, Harvest Market, Sport Dodge, Curves of Fort Bragg
Click for more information on Crab Feed at Little River Inn. Crab Feed at Little River Inn
Little River Inn
Don your bib and pour the wine! Join us for a traditional crab feed, complete with bib, crackers and newspaper-covered tables. The star of the menu is, of course, fresh crab brought in fresh to Noyo Harbor and served cold and cracked. Includes all you can eat sides. Seating is limited, reservations required.
Click for more information on Gualala Arts Festival. Gualala Arts Festival
Live Music
Art Showings
and other great surprises
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HWY 101 Wine Tasting Tour
These wineries are pairing their Wines with Crab appetizers for tasting:
Maple Creek Winery
McNab Ridge Winery
Jeriko Estate Winery
Parducci Wine Cellars
Testa Ranch Winery
Click for more information on Crab Feed at Weller House. Crab Feed at Weller House
Fort Bragg
Enjoy authentic Fort Bragg-style Crab Louie at the historic 1886 Weller House Inn. Appetizers, crab served with lettuce, Cowboy Sauce, potato salad, locally baked bread, créme caramel...and flamingos!
Click for more information on Mendocino Stories & Music Events. Mendocino Stories & Music Events
Live Entertainment in Mendocino
Live Music
Live Comics
Live Theater
Improv and more
Click for more information on Mendocino Bike Sprite. Mendocino Bike Sprite
Grab your mountain bike and let the expert guides (commonly referred to as the "Bike Sprites") show you the magic of the forests of Mendocino County! Half-day rides and bike rental available. All skill levels welcome.


NOVEMBER EVENTS Mushroom dinners, wine- and beer-pairing workshops, cooking classes, musical performances, exhibits, guided mushroom foraging there is something for everyone during this magical season of mushrooms. Events will take place throughout the County, from the coast to the inland valley.