Events

Fall Events at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mendocino is truly an ideal all-season destination. Whether you're looking to cozy up in your room at the Blue Door Group with a good book or set out on a day explore, our coastal town has everything that you're looking for. As we near the transition into winter, it's the perfect time to take advantage of some great fall events at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. If you're visiting us this fall (and we hope you are), make sure to check out the list of events on your autumnal getaway!

Pumpkin Night | Saturday, October 27 | 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Make sure to dress to impress in your best Halloween costume and enjoy Pumpkin Night – a night viewing some uniquely and creatively-carved gourds and painted pumpkins. Vote for your favorite pumpkins, enjoy spooky games, haunting music by DJ Nutrishious, and fall treats. *Regular Gardens admission applies.


Coastal Cornucopia | Saturday, November 3 | 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

This fall event at The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers up an afternoon to learn all about nourishment, fermentation and all things autumn, focusing on mushrooms, fruits, and vegetables. There is also the opportunity to try a selection of wines and olive oils tastings with Terra Sávia Winery, identification walks with local Mycologist Mario Abreu, a guest lecture by Eric Schramm of Mendocino Mushrooms, fresh pressed apple juice straight from our orchard, Shroom Snack mushroom jerky samples, and much more. Cost is $25 per person; $15 for Gardens Members. Educational demonstrations, fall bites, brews, wine, and beer tastings included! Sign up in advance or pay at the door.


Mushroom Walks| Each Monday, November 12 – December 17 | 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Home to more than 150 species of mushrooms during fall and winter, The Gardens are the only botanical garden in the U.S. to label the mushrooms in their garden with both scientific and common name. Embark on an identification walk and learn mushroom lore with Naturalist and Mycologist, Mario Abreu each Monday from November 12 through December 17 (Nov 12, Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17).


Gala 2018 | Saturday, November 17 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

As crisp fall air gives way to long winter nights, gather in the spirit of the season for an exclusive viewing of the Gardens aglow. Be the first to stroll the scintillant paths of brilliant color. The cozy tent will be transformed into a dazzling fantasia of sparkling ice and snow complete with music, drink, and sumptuous bites. The special evening is sure to be full of surprises and delights. The cost is $100 per person. Tickets are limited and sell fast! Purchased yours today by calling 707-964-4352 ext 10.


Festival of Lights | Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 23 – December 16 | 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (Last entry at 7:00PM)

Each winter the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens transforms into a spectacular show of glittering color. The 9th Annual Festival of Lights is truly the highlight of fall events in Mendocino. Running each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from November 23 through December 16, 2018, the festival is the perfect way to transition from fall into the winter and holiday season. Adult tickets are just $10 and children age 16 and under are free. Tickets are available on the Gardens' website. Tickets purchased in advance are valid for any night of the event.