Mendocino Events

The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek is perfectly situated just two miles south of the hustle and bustle of the historic village of Mendocino. It is close to all the action, activities, and events that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike. The Mendocino Coast offers cultural, musical, and educational events spread throughout the year. View the events in the area and starting planning your trip and stay at Inn at Schoolhouse Creek.

Annual Zacha Legacy Society Dinner
October 24, 2015
Mendocino Art Center
Bill Zacha, an artist who revived interest in Mendocino while keeping the area's small-town character intact, is honored each year at the Zacha Legacy Society Dinner at the Center he helped form.

Mendocino Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival
November 6-15, 2015
Did you know Mendocino County is home to thousands of mushroom varieties? Try some for yourself at the county's Mushroom, Wine & Beer fest, when restaurants and vineyards will be serving tasty dishes based all based around the many kinds available. Look for educational lectures and tours, art, train rides and many other special activities that will be taking place during the festival period.

Symphony of the Redwoods Fall Concert
November 14-15, 2015
Cotton Auditorium
Beethoven's 4th Symphony will be the centerpiece of the Symphony of the Redwoods Fall Concert, taking place at the Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg. This acclaimed ensemble features more than 50 performers largely drawn from Mendocino and surrounding areas.

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair
November 27-28, 2015
Mendocino Arts Center
Support local artists and get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the Mendocino Art Center's annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Fair! Paintings, clothing, ceramics and more will all be featured. Admission is free!

Festival of Lights
November 27-December 20, 2015
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino's Botanical Gardens bring a sleigh's worth of Christmas cheer with live music, home-baked treats, visits from Santa and a fantastic show of twinkling lights strung throughout the gardens. Join in the festivities every Friday, Saturday and Sunday the weekend after Thanksgiving through December 20.

Christmas Train
December 3-23, 2015
Skunk Train
The Skunk Train presents a special edition of their historic sightseeing route along the Mendocino Coast. A ride on board the Magical Christmas train includes appearances from elves, Santa, hot chocolate and a majestic winterland view! This is a perfect event for families enjoying the holidays together. Trains depart from Fort Bragg, less than 20 minutes from our Mendocino lodging.

Crab, Wine & Beer Fest
January 22-31, 2016
Special offers from Mendocino County’s best restaurants are just the tip of the area's Crab, Wine & Beer Fest. Take a special ride on the Skunk Train, watch a Crab cake Cook-Off, sample the wines at special tastings and more! Check out the Mendocino town website for complete details.

Black & White Ball
February 6, 2016
Mendocino Art Center
Treat yourself to a classy time at the Mendocino Art Center's Black & White Ball, a night of live music, dancing, gourmet local food and drinks, plus a silent auction.

Symphony of the Redwoods Winter Concert
February 6-7, 2016
Cotton Auditorium
The Symphony of the Redwoods' Winter Concert will feature works by Delius, Berlioz and Dvorak, performed by acclaimed classical musicians largely drawn from the Mendocino area. Both shows will be held at the Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg.

ALSACE Festival
February 20-21, 2016
Cotton Auditorium
Wineries throughout Anderson open their doors for this special showcase of the valley's Alsace Varietals, plus samples of the kind from as far as Europe and New Zealand. Food pairings, educational sessions and a Grand Tasting are included with your ticket.

Whale Watching Festivals
March 7-22, 2015
Mendocino, Little River and Fort Bragg each get a turn at hosting this year's Whale Festival. Try one of the area's most popular (and eco-friendly) activities for yourself! Food and wine tastings, guided walks, a crafts fair and several other activities will also be held—a different lineup is included at each of the neighboring towns.

Museum Roadshow
March 21, 2015
Cotton Auditorium
The Mendocino County Museum Roadshow brings history to life with "Live History Theatre": songs and performances backed with maps, artifacts and much more. This fun and educational event is most ideal for younger audience members, although parents are sure to be entertained as well!

Whale and Jazz Festival
March 24-May 14, 2016
Jazz fans will want to take a look at this special lineup of concerts and events taking place at venues throughout Mendocino County. Along with live performances, the schedule includes a presentation of the documentary Rediscovering Dave Brubeck and a poetry reading with improvised backing. Please note that these are located at a farther distance than our other Mendocino events, but are sure to be well worth your efforts to attend!

Symphony of the Redwoods Spring Concert
April 9-10, 2016
Cotton Auditorium
Welcome the arrival of a new spring with a Haydn symphony, Brahms piano concerto and Beethoven overture. Symphony of the Redwoods is mostly made of musicians from Mendocino and other towns nearby. Both performances take place at the Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg.

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
March 15, 2016
The spotlight is on Pinot Noir and the grapes of Anderson Valley at this three-day event. Join in a social BBQ, Grand Tasting and open houses from at all the area's wineries on Sunday!

Visit Mendocino’s website for more events in the area and book your accommodations during the events in the area with Inn at Schoolhouse Creek in one of our 18 cottages and rooms.