News from Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. Join us for the 10th annual Festival of Lights each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 29 through December 22. The event will run rain or shine from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. 

Take a stroll along twinkling pathways lined with inventive displays. Then warm up in our beautifully decorated tent complete with live music, beer, wine, hot cocoa, spiced cider, and sweet treats.

The FREE Parking Shuttle will be available each night of the Festival of Lights. The shuttle will pick up from the Mendocino Community College parking lot off of Ocean Drive (1211 Del Mar Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437) beginning at 4:45 PM and take you directly to the Gardens' entrance. The last shuttle pick-up from the College parking lot will be at 6:45 PM.

Tickets are $10 per adult, children age 16 and under attend for FREE!
All proceeds from this fundraiser event help to support this community event and the Gardens. Tickets are available at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, online until Nov 29*, or at the door.

*Please note: Online ticket sales will end on Friday, November 29 at 3:00PM.  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online!

Festival of Lights – Nightly Calendar

11/29 — Aaron Ford (American roots music)

11/30 — Shuga (eclectic contemporary)

12/1 — Seaside String Sisters (American folk music)

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12/6 — Mendocino High School Choir — *Featuring Navarro Vineyards & Winery

12/7 — Jason Moore (acoustic folk-rock)   

12/8 — Fort Bragg High School Choir

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12/13 — Francis Vanek Quartet (jazz) — *Featuring Pennyroyal Farm & Vineyard

12/14 — Small Hat Band (soul, southern rock, blues, and roots) — Visit from Santa Claus

12/15 — GroundLoop Events (DJ) — Holiday karaoke & free photo booth! *Featuring Bee Hunter Wine

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12/20 — Chuck T (classic rock, country, folk, and blues) — *Featuring Boochcraft Hard Kombucha

12/21 — Matt Westmoreland (bluegrass and honky-tonk) — Free face painting & a visit from Santa Claus!

12/22 — 2nd Hand Grass — Ugly sweater night... come wearing your holiday worst!

*On select nights local wineries are pouring. Those evenings will still be a cash bar and craft brews by North Coast Brewing Company will still be available.

Festival Guidelines

Dress for winter—the event will run rain or shine! Parking is free but limited, please plan to carpool or take the FREE Festival Parking Shuttle (see details above). Electric mobility scooters will not be available for rent during the event. Dogs are not allowed at the Festival of Lights. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is well-known for its pet-friendly nature. However, during this special event, we ask that you please keep your pets (service animals excluded) at home or arrange for doggy daycare. No outside food or beverages allowed. No smoking anywhere in the Gardens. No refunds as all proceeds will be donated to our nonprofit botanical gardens. General admission guest passes are not allowed for entry; an event ticket must be purchased as this is a fundraiser for the Gardens.

Special event photography: Festival of Lights is an event where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use in promotion of Festival of Lights and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (MCBG). 

Gala & Preview Party
this Saturday, November 23
6:00 to 9:00PM

Each year we hold a grand event to kick off the holiday season. We invite you to an exclusive viewing of the Gardens aglow during our annual holiday soirée. The big tent will be transformed into a festive gathering place wrapped in a warm glow of red and gold, complete with music, drink, and sumptuous bites. This year we are adding spirited signature cocktails, a silent auction, and an intriguingly interactive way to capture the memories. Radio Push and Pull (Erin Brazil, Laura Marone, and Chad Swimmer) is our musical act for this year's Gala, the trio will play a danceable mix of holiday music, salsa, jazz, and originals.

Tickets to the Gala are $100 per person and include live music, food, cocktails, wine, beer, bubbly, a special preview of the lighted gardens, and the chance to win raffle prizes! Tickets are limited and will sell out! Purchased yours at The Garden Store or call 707-964-4352 ext 16.

Hope to see you soon!

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