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Arts on the Coast - Mendocino Festivals & more!

The beauty of Mendocino is inspiring and spacious. So, it follows that this rural, hard to reach place has long been a magnet for curious minds, artists, and creatives. Mendocino’s summer arts festival season is a testament to the history here, and a tip of that hat to the ongoing ingenuity of human creativity.

Summer opens with the Mendocino Film Festival, which usually runs the first weekend of June. Now in its 17th year, MFF is a thoughtfully curated screening experience packed with good stuff. Films play across Mendocino Village and Fort Bragg, offering selections for all ages and ilks, plus live music, too.

The Flynn Creek Circus comes to town in late June, opening its annual season in the Village of Mendocino, usually in late June, but always in time for the festive 4th of July performance. Flynn Green Circus brings world-class to small towns, with acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, mimes, and more. The circus experience is not to be missed, transporting the audience with humor, magical storytelling, and physical feats that wow.

Mid-July enter the Mendocino Music Festival. A two-week music extravaganza with its performance tent on the oceanfront Headlands, MMF has been a North Coast arts staple for 38th years now! Showcasing a wide variety of music from classical to folk, opera to bluegrass, the Mendo Music Fest prides itself on its eclectic flare. Acts travel from far and wide and there is truly something for everyone.

The Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference opens August with a call to both masters of the pen, as well as those aspiring to be so. The Writer’s Conference offers intensive courses in all different writing genres with world-renowned authors, and an emphasis on local talent. The evening talks and meet-n-greets are open to the public, too so you can just drop in for a little literary light-up if that’s more your speed.

The energy of summer is a'buzz with artsy intoxication, buuuuuut there are also plenty of incredible art experiences on the Mendocino Coast all year round. Mendocino and Fort Bragg are both dotted with countless art galleries, and each holds its own downtown monthly art walk with gallery and shop open houses. There are also incredible pop-up art exhibits and performances in the Botanical Gardens, as well as the world famous Mendocino Art Center, a community theater, much live music, multiple kilns, and a fine woodworking school. These are just a handful of the incredible creative outlets that are pillars of the Mendocino Coast community.

We invite you to come discover what makes Mendocino artfully unique!

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