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Fort Bragg Certified Farmers Market Now Year-Round!

Posted on: October 18, 2014 at 11:28 am by Julia Conway No Comments

Bartlett pears


Fans of the Fort Bragg Certified Farmers Market, held on Franklin Street between Laurel and Pine in historic downtown Fort Bragg usually feel a wistful sense of the passing seasons, as the last market day of the year approaches at the end of October.  Not so this year, as the market has secured an indoor location; in the old gym behind City Hall.  The Fort Bragg market has traditionally been a seasonal one, open the first Wednesday in May through the last Wednesday in October.  Locals and visitors alike anxiously await the spring opening and a return to the beautiful and fresh local produce.  The market will move to the new location on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, and will be held during the usual hours of 3:00P through 6:00P.

Support your local food producers and come to the new winter market at City Hall on Laurel Street just down from Franklin.  Our local farmers and producers will thank you, and so will your taste buds!  For more information, click HERE.

With the first rain comes……mushrooms!

Posted on: October 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Julia Conway No Comments
Festival attendee with giant boletes

Festival attendee with giant boletes

What is the first sign of fall on the north coast?  Our first good rain and the appearance of our first wild mushrooms of the season.  Food lovers from all over the west converge on the forests of Fort Bragg this time of year with good reason; the hunt for the elusive golden chanterelles or the coveted boletus edulis, also known as porcini, or according to the local “gamboni,” which means leg in Italian.  The reference is to the robust and shapely stem of the mushroom that is likened to the calf of a lady’s leg.  You can recognize the mushroom hunters by their downcast gaze and slow, shuffling gait through the woods.  Veteran mushroom hunters guard their favorite picking locations, sometimes leading unwary observers on a merry chase….away from their prized patch!

Locals celebrate the arrival of the mushrooms in style, with the Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival, which runs from Saturday, November 8th through Sunday November 15th this year.  Many of the Festival events are right here in Fort Bragg.  Click HERE for a link to the Festival Brochure.

Historic Downtown 3rd Annual Sidewalk Saturday September 20th

Posted on: September 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Julia Conway


looking east up Laurel Street

Laurel Street

In town for the 75th Anniversary of the Festival of the Holy Ghost (Portuguese Festa) on the weekend of September 21st, or just looking for something fun for the family?  Shop historic downtown Fort Bragg during the annual Sidewalk Saturday celebration.  The merchants of downtown Fort Bragg have joined forces to showcase the best in art, merchandise and services, all available right here in town.  Start your holiday shopping early and join us on Saturday.  Local musician Earl Oliver will be strolling the neighborhood, providing a festive accompaniment to the many activities.  Stores on Laurel Street, Franklin Street, Redwood Street and, of course, Main Street will be celebrating with us.  Don’t miss the historic photos of downtown Fort Bragg displayed at Town Hall, and stop by for some refreshments.  Pick out an outfit for Saturday’s Dinner, Dance and Coronation at the Portuguese Hall or browse the many galleries featuring local artists and artisans.  Don’t forget to enjoy lunch at one of our many outstanding restaurants and cafes while you shop.

Mark your calendars; Saturday, September 20th, 11:00A to 4:00P in historic downtown Fort Bragg.  Hospitality center at Town Hall at the corner of Main and Laurel streets.  Shop local, shop downtown Fort Bragg!

75th Anniversary of Paul Bunyan Days

Posted on: August 18, 2014 at 10:31 am by Julia Conway

Paul Bunyan Days


This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Paul Bunyan Days celebration!  Named for the bigger-than-life logger and his giant blue ox, the festival celebrates the history of the community and pays tribute to the strength of the people who live here.  Whether you attend the logging show and competition or the parade, or many of the other events, this Labor Day weekend festival is not to be missed!  For the schedule of activities, go to  The festival will run from Friday, August 29th through Monday, September 1st, 2014.


Fort Bragg’s 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted on: August 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Julia Conway 1 Comment
 A scene from by-gone days.

A scene from by-gone days.

The City of Fort Bragg is observing an important anniversary this year!  August 5th will mark the date of the official incorporation as a City, which occurred on August 5, 1889.  In celebration, the City and the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee have planned a series of community events, with participation from various historical and civic organizations and businesses.

C. R. Johnson, president of the Fort Bragg Redwood Company, was named the first president of the board of trustees, and the town was laid out much as it exists today – with a uniform street grid and mid-block alleys.  The City was established on the sight of the historic military post, established in 1857 about a mile north of the Mendocino Indian Reservation.  Native Americans of the Pomo tribe have inhabited the area for approximately 10,000 years, with their seasonal villages, located along the coast.  The military post was short-lived, and records show that in 1864, after the forced relocation of the Native American population, commemorated as the Trail of Tears, the military post was formally abandoned.  However, the booming logging industry ensured the continued existence of the settlement.

In historic Town Hall, the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee will sponsors a display of historic photographs  and will be open from 4:00P – 8:00P on Friday night the 8th, on Saturday the 9th from 10:00A – 4:00P and on Sunday the 10th from 11:00A to 4:00P.  In conjunction with this exhibit, the Paul Bunyan Days Association sponsors a historic logging display under the arbor at Town Hall.

On Saturday the 9th, from 12:00 noon – 3:00P, there will be an Community Picnic held at Bainbridge Park to be enjoyed at picnic tables or seated on your own picnic blanket in the lawn area.  There will be live music, a petting zoo sponsored by Fort Bragg High School FFA.  City officials will re-enact the signing of the City Charter, complete with period costumes and appropriate ceremony followed by cutting and serving a cake.  Rumor has it that Paul Bunyan will make an appearance at the picnic.  Bring the family and enjoy lunch, which includes a hot dog, chips, watermelon and water, and of course, some of the City’s birthday cake!

On Labor Day weekend, in conjunction with the annual Paul Bunyan Days events, there will be a dedication of the Founders’ Grove in Otis Johnson Park.  The Founders’ Grove dedication will acknowledge the City’s 125th years of incorporation and will commemorate the 75th celebration of Paul Bunyan Days, which celebrate the colorful history of the logging and forest products industry on the north coast.  More information on this event will be available in the Paul Bunyan Days program, available soon at or at

The City and the Paul Bunyan Days Association are seeking committee members and community participants to assemble a time capsule.  Contents for the capsule will be collected throughout the City’s 125th year (starting August 9, 2014) and it will be buried at the end of the celebration year, in August of 2015.  Do you or your family have a place in Fort Bragg’s history?  If so, the organizers welcome you contributions of photos, memories and memorabilia.   Please contact City Hall at 707-961-2823 if you are interested in participating in this activity.


37th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale May 10-11

Posted on: May 5, 2014 at 3:22 am by bruce
Photo courtesy of the Botanical Gardens.

Photo courtesy of the Botanical Gardens.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will host the annual John Drueckher rhody show – a wonderful event on Mothers’ Day weekend.

More than 700 entries will judged during this event which is co-sponsored with the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, on Saturday.

The largest rhododendron show in California, the weekend includes sales of rhododendrons and a special lunch offering at Rhody’s Garden Café.


Where Do You Find the World’s Best Beaches? You Start in Fort Bragg

Posted on: March 16, 2014 at 7:00 am by bruce

Glass Beach Treasure, Fort Bragg, CaliforniaTravel blogs, magazines and newspapers (printed and Web-based) regularly publish stories about the best destinations to visit or where you can find the most romantic getaway or best beach.

In fact, the New York Times recently said the Mendocino Coast (where you will find Fort Bragg) is #3 among 52 must-see destinations in 2014.

There is a good reason for that endorsement: it’s isolated from big city hustle-bustle (100 miles from the nearest big shopping mall or Apple Store), but has plenty to offer in Downtown Fort Bragg (where you’ll find lots to buy and friendly merchants to serve you). You may be a long way from the big box stores, but you are minutes away from a world of beauty, including world-class botanical garden, ecological staircase, a pygmy forest, a waterfall, giant redwoods, a beach piled high with beautiful sea glass, surfing, abalone diving, whale watching, seaweed farming, horseback riding (beach and forest), a microbrewery, a working lighthouse with original Fresnel lens, a real blue whale skeleton, and five California State Parks or preserves. Did we mention pristine beaches that stretch for miles?

If you need more reasons to visit — such as festivals or special events – we’ve got those, too:

Annual Whale Festival – Saturday and Sunday, March 15 & 16 (just this past weekend)

Fourth of July Fireworks – Saturday, July 5

World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue – Saturday, July 5

Paul Bunyan Days – Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Holiday Lights Parade – Saturday, December 6

Then, of course, there are simple pleasures everyone can enjoy (and most of these you won’t find in your town).


Whale Festival to Feature Blue Whale Bones and New Science ant Art Festival

Posted on: March 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm by bruce

The Noyo Center for Marine Science — future home of Fort Bragg’s 75-foot Blue Whale skeleton — is sponsoring the first annual Marine Science and Art Fair  1pm-4pm, Sunday, March 16, at Town Hall, 363 N. Main Street (corner of Laurel and Main) in Fort Bragg. It’s the newest addition to the Fort Bragg Whale Festival.

This year’s fair will feature science and art projects from local kids in grades kindergarten through 6th at the Montessori Del Mar School.

Noyo Center staff has worked with students in a pilot education program, introducing students to marine mammals and the Fort Bragg Blue Whale. Hands‐on scientific investigation, inventions, and creativity are the focus of the fair as the kids explore the concepts of size in marine mammals.

Fort Bragg Whale Festival Scheduled for Saturday, March 15

Posted on: March 10, 2014 at 9:50 am by bruce

If you haven’t already gotten your tickets for various Whale Festival Activities, it’s not too late. In fact  you can just decide at the last minute to attend various events and purchase them at the door, so to speak. Whatever you decide to do, do not miss this Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce created event, which is supported by the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee.

Here is a rundown of what’s coming up this weekend.

Whale Festival Offers Some of the Best Chowders Ever

Posted on: March 5, 2014 at 5:31 am by bruce

One of the highlights of the Fort Bragg Whale Festival each year is the chowder tasting. This year the tasting takes place Saturday, March 15, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (or until the chowder runs out) at Town Hall, 363 Main Street in Historic Downtown Fort Bragg.

Providing mouth-watering tastes of their own special chowder creations will be chefs from nine great local restaurants, including Cafe One, Cliff House, Harvest Market, Living Light , North Coast Brewing Company, Angelina’s, The Restaurant, JJ’s Family Restaurant and Laurel Cafe and Deli.

The cost is just $10. Click here to buy tickets in advance. Or you can buy them at the door. Happy tasting!


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