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- Revised 5/31/2012 -

Kate Wolf Festival main stage
Kate Wolf Music Festival main stage, 2006 

View a special tribute page for Utah Phillips taken at the 2006

The Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus in concert in the festival's giant canvas concert hall.

Index and information page to all of Nicholas Wilson's photos of the Mendocino Music Festival

Go directly to the web gallery of the MMF 2011 season

Go directly to the web gallery of the MMF 2010 season

The Mendocino Music Festival takes place in July each year in Mendocino, California.
For official information and current schedule visit the MMF website www.mendocinomusic.com 


The 2006 festival box office in the historic Kasten-Heeser House, now part of the Mendocino Hotel Garden Suites..

Click the photo above or here for an index to the web photo galleries of each of the MFFs seasons.

For official information about the Mendocino Film Festival visit the MFF website www.mendocinofilmfestival.org  (The link opens in a new window.)

The nationally known Wailin' Jennys and the Mendocino Coast's own Blushin' Roulettes are acoustic music ensembles that write and perform original music. They appeared in a concert benefit for public radio station KZYX&Z at Fort Bragg's Cotton Auditorium on March 7, 2010. Click to view a web photo gallery.

The Wailin' Jennys (top) and The Blushin' Roulettes at Cotton Auditorium.

The annual CasparFest fills the Caspar Community Center with music, artists, crafters, and "green" enterprises – all sharing traditions that connect with the sun, the planet, and the finest traditions of lasting technology from the folk of many lands over centuries. Renowned multi-instrumentalist and honorary Casparado Joe Craven leads Gertie, Caspar's reclusive Gorse Monster, on her annual procession amongst the booths, local musicians jam on the outdoor stage, and babies dance in the grass. Beautiful handmade objects are admired and change hands. Delicious locally-grown food is prepared and shared. Caspar, the friendly ghost town, is a former sawmill town on the Mendocino Coast of California midway between Mendocino and Fort Bragg.

CasparFest 2007 featured Kevin & the Coconuts steel band, hot air balloon rides, workshops, and lots more. 
Click the photo or here for a web gallery of 50 photos.

Click here for more information about this year's Casparfest. (opens in a new window)


Since 1979, the people of Elk have put on the annual Great Day In Elk, a parade and carnival of fun and games to benefit the Greenwood Community Center. The carnival features live dance performance, live music, food and drink, and a Saturday night dance. There are old-fashioned events like a watermelon eating contest, sack race, greased pole climb, egg toss and plenty of fun for young and old.  

2007 Watermelon Eating Contest, Junior Division
Ready, set, EAT! No hands!  (click the photo or here for over 140 more 2007 Great Day photos)

Don't miss the 2008 Great Day In Elk, Saturday, August 23, 2008, parade at noon!


Bill Irwin live in Fort Bragg, California, July 8, 2007