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Mendocino Whale Festival

Thankfully, this event makes whale-watching lots more fun than just staring at the ocean, waiting to see a spout or a fluke. This annual celebration, timed to coincide with the annual gray whale migration, includes wine and craft beer tasting events, quality arts and crafts, docent-led lighthouse tours, and, of course, plenty of guided whale watching cruises and talks by noted whale experts. There’s also a spirited competition, held in Fort Bragg, with local chefs seeing who can whip up the best chowder.