Mendocino County has so much to offer from mountains, parks, vineyards, redwood groves, a rugged coast line with walking and biking trails, world known City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, art centers, and the Mendocino Music Festival. Just a short drive through the coast mountains and redwoods from Hopland, Ukiah, or Willits, you're there in the historic ocean front towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg - where you can enjoy live music every year in July.
Established in 1986, the Mendocino Music Festival was the dream of former principal bassoonist of the San Francisco Symphony, Walter Green, Allan Pollack and Susan Waterfall. The Festival draws outstanding performers to one of the most enchanting sites in Northern California. Evenings include orchestra concerts, Big Band, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and popular contemporary music. Daytime concerts include lecture/recitals at the Piano Series, a performance by participants in the Emerging Artists Program, and small concerts in intimate venues throughout Mendocino and Fort Bragg.
This year's festival series includes orchestra concerts of music by Bernstein, Adams, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, Ravel, Vivaldi, Bach, Mahler, and more. It includes jazz artists like Kevin Eubanks and Julian Waterfall Pollack Trio, and on the world and bluegrass side, the San Jose Taiko and The Travelin' McCourys. You can find artist and ticket information at the Festival's website.
You could take a beautiful drive up for a few concerts from the San Francisco Bay Area which is just 4 hours from the scenic ocean town of Mendocino. Better yet, if you lived in the beauty of Mendocino County, you could attend the complete series or put together your own series of afternoon and evening concerts. It is one more of the charms, enrichments, and pleasures of living in Mendocino County. Contact me if you would like to receive a free custom list of properties that meet your interests and criteria.