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  Fifth Annual Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival

Whale Watching

Point Arena Lighthouse

Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival

Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival: Point Arena Lighthouse Set in one of the most spectacular, yet peaceful surroundings on the northern California coast, the Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast lighthouse of significant height (115 feet) that you can climb to the top!

Climb to the top of one of the tallest Pacific Coast Lighthouses as Keepers have done for over 100 years! Guided tours of the light station as well as self-guided tours of the grounds are available daily. Afterward, spend some time browsing through our Lighthouse Gift shop featuring unique souvenirs, interesting gifts, custom made abalone jewelry, beautiful collectibles, and lighthouse clothing.

During the Whale & Jazz Festival, docents will be giving talks on the Gray Whale migration, and the Lighthouse and surrounding grounds are one of the best places to view whales on the Mendonoma coast.

Other great spots to watch whales are: Gualala Point Regional Park, Gualala's Bluff Top Trail, Vista Point near Schooner Gulch State Beach, Arena Cove and Stornetta Ranch Preserve. See detailed information about our Redwood "Mendonoma" Coast beaches and parks.

Gray whale cow and calf heading north
Gray whale cow and calf heading north
This gray whale spout makes rainbows!
This gray whale spout makes rainbows!
Gray whale flipping its flukes
Gray whale flipping its flukes
Thar' she blows!
Thar' she blows!
Local 'resident' oblivious to the gray whale spout offshore
Local 'resident' oblivious to
the gray whale spout offshore

On Saturday evening, the Main Event Jazz Concert at Gualala Arts Center features the Montclair Women's Jazz Ensemble, with vocalist Rhonda Benin selected from the Montclair Women's Big Band, and 11-year-old jazz flute sensation, Elena Pinderhughes.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for beer, wine and a martini bar along with savory and sweet tapas plates available for purchase. Limited open cabaret seating at 7:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance or $35 the day of the event. Call Gualala Arts at (707) 884-1138 weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Visa and MC accepted.

The Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival runs four days and kicks off Thursday, April 5 evening at Point Arena CityArt for Poetry & Jazz, with a jazz ensemble accompanying both local and guest artist poets. The Dinner & Jazz, Brunch & Jazz and Sunset & Jazz events hosted by local restaurants are returning by popular demand, along with Chowder & Jazz and the Whale and Jazz Festival Main Event, both at the Gualala Arts Center.

And what about the whales? There will be plenty of opportunities around the jazz events to observe the gray whale migration that passes Gualala heading north at this time of year. Point Arena Lighthouse offers exceptional spots to view the whales, as does Gualala Point Regional Park, and the film, Whales: An Unforgettable Journey, will be shown on Saturday, April 7.

The Whale and Jazz Festival is produced by Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce and Gualala Arts, Inc. More information about festival events is available in Gualala Arts' monthly newsletter, Sketches, and at

Whale and Jazz Tote Bag
Check out the new
Whale and Jazz Tote Bag,
now available at Gualala Arts.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.