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Fourth of July Weekend Celebration Mendocino, California
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 by bruce

I’m certain that if they did a USA Today reader survey of Best Fourth of July Parades in America, Mendocino’s would rank right up there. Tiny Historic Mendocino Village (population 1,000) swells with kids, families, locals and tourists all coming to see what organizer have cooked up. For a small time, it’s a pretty big parade. Visits come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and all the tiny communities stretching along the Mendocino Coast from Westport to Gualala.

Monday, July 4th – A Parade with a Punch … Sometimes

Like most rural parades, you’ll find fire trucks, military displays and community groups, like Rotary and the library, waving their banners and proudly struting their stuff. And, of course, there will be farm animals and oddball parade floats. But beware: the Coast’s progressive bent can draw protests in the form of parade entries that make powerful political statements. A dozen years ago, there were one or two anti-George Bush floats, that upset some locals. Still, it’s all in good fun. And worth the experience. I’ve attended more than 15 parades and they are generally rated G, family-fun events with lots to eat and drink. Check out Rotary Park at the corner of Lansing and Main Streets for food and activities. It’s also a great place to put a chair and watch the parade go by.

World’s Largest Salmon BBQ — Saturday, July 1

This is just one massive salmon feast (with all the trimmings). All for a good cause: preserving and building the local fish population so that it is healthy and sustainable. Learn more.

BBQ Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at the Harvest Market or online (up until 5pm the Friday before the BBQ). Kids 12 and under $10. Or you can purchase your tickets online by clicking the button below. Admission is free. Come and listen to the music and enjoy the afternoon in Noyo Harbor.

Fireworks – Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg

Coastal weather is a crapshoot in July (fog can move in any moment and wipe out ocean views). Sometimes, you get clear weather with spectacular fireworks shooting off a barge in Noyo Harbor. Other times, even a 100 yards away you can barely see them. Still, anticipation is everything. And being on the coast with its wonderful cool weather while the inland towns are seething in 100+ weather, is enough reason to come. There is lots of parking (some paid to help pay for the event) and free spots on the local streets. Will it be clear or foggy? You may not know until the hour of the launch! Still, it’s worth finding a spot near the harbor to watch. Prepare to bundle up in any case. The summer temperature, even with the sun out, is likely to be 55-65 degrees.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue – Saturday, July 1
Monday, June 19th, 2017 by bruce

This is just one massive salmon feast (with all the trimmings). All for a good cause: preserving and building the local fish population so that it is healthy and sustainable. Learn more.

BBQ Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at the Harvest Market or online (up until 5pm the Friday before the BBQ). Kids 12 and under $10. Or you can purchase your tickets online by clicking the button below. Admission is free. Come and listen to the music and enjoy the afternoon in Noyo Harbor.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

52nd Father’s Day Chicken BBQ – Best in the West
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 by bruce

Father’s Day BBQ – Comptche – noon – 4 pm, Sunday, June 18

This is a local favorite. You drive 15 miles east of Mendocino on the Ukiah-Comptche Road and land right in the middle of town where you’ll find the Comptche Fire Department Fundraiser in fullswing. Great BBQ, and a ton of homemade pies. A craft fair and music. Even if the coast is foggy, you can depend on it to be warm here. This little forest oasis couldn’t be prettier.

Local’s tip: if you’re a cyclist, the Mendocino Coast Cyclists take an annual ride over single tracks trails of the Jackson State Forest to the BBQ. When you get there, you’ve burned off 10,000 calories (a wild guess) and all that BBQ and pie will be calorie free. Now, riding back might be a little more effort. A lot of cyclists arrange car trips back to the coast. For information, check out the MendoCC website for contact information.

The firefighters make one request: no pets. “Please leave them at home.” Makes for a better people experience, they have decided.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

Summer on the Mendocino Coast. – Parades, Salmon BBQ, Fireworks and Festivals
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 by bruce

It’s summer. And time to enjoy the clean, cool breezes of the Mendocino Coast. Major upcoming events:

Father’s Day BBQ – Comptche – June 18

World’s Largest Salmon BBQ – Fort Bragg – July 1

Fourth of July Parade – Mendocino – Noon, July 4

Fourth of July Fireworks – Fort Bragg – July 4

Mendocino Music Festival – Mendocino – July 8 – 22

Art in the Gardens – Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – August 5

National Lighthouse Day Lens Tours – Point Cabrillo Lighthouse – August 5

Paul Bunyan Days – Memorial Day Celebration – Fort Bragg – Sept. 1 – 4

 


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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.

Rhododendrons Ablaze at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by bruce

IMG_1551If you are a flower photographer, gardener, or just love nature’s beauty, the Rhododendrons in bloom (now through June) at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (Highway 1 mile south of Fort Bragg) are a must-see.

According to the Garden’s website, “As of 2013, the MCBG collection includes over 125 species of rhododendrons and more than 190 cultivars, many of them developed by the region’s prolific, enthusiastic, and generous rhododendron growers. Over 1,000 Rhododendrons can be seen blooming throughout the Gardens from early spring until June.”

You also won’t want to miss the 39th Annual John Druecker Rhododendron Show May 7 and 8.

Since the gardens encompasses 47-acre from Highway 1 to the Pacific Ocean, you may want to loop out to the ocean for great views — and a little exercise.

 


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 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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