Mendocino’s annual Crab & Wine Days festival is stocked with all-you-can-eat crab feeds, crab cruises, cooking classes, cioppino nights and other crab-related merriment. Watch for special events and deals from businesses Friday through Jan. 26.
Just outside the Noyo Harbor, you can see whales as they migrate along the coast while you fish for crabs on one of many charter boats. Yes, you’ll get to keep and eat some of the sea creatures.
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If a giant pot bubbling with seafood, shellfish and Dungeness crab sounds like an ideal feast to you, buy a ticket for the big cioppino dinner at Historic Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart St. in Fort Bragg. Adults pay $35 in advance, $45 at the door; for ages 6-12 the charge is $15. The family-style feast includes salad, bread, ice cream and coffee. That event takes place Jan. 23, with three seatings to choose from. On the following day at 3 p.m., head to the Crab Cake Cook-Off & Wine Tasting competition, under a big white tent on the corner of Main and Spruce streets in Fort Bragg. Try hundreds of crab cakes from Mendocino chefs alongside local wine and microbrews. Tickets cost $100.
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When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Various locations, Big Sur
Cost: Event prices vary
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When: Friday through Jan. 19
Where: Various locations, Napa
Cost: Event prices vary
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When: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Tahoe Donner, 12790 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee
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When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto
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When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek
Cost: $3 general, $2 seniors and children, free ages 5 and under