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Travel Guide to California - - GOLF -

WHALES AND WINE Gray whales pass by Men­do­cino in Novem­ber on their way south for the win­ter. At the Men­do­cino Whale Fes­ti­val, you can sam­ple all man­ner of chow­der, lo­cally brewed beer and wine, while—with any luck—the pass­ing cetaceans spout just off the Men­do­cino head­lands. March 3-4 men­dowhale.com

KI­NETIC SCULP­TURE RACE Peri­patetic artists of ge­nius or pos­si­bly bor­der­line san­ity gather each Me­mo­rial Day week­end to race gi­ant, whim­si­cal, peo­ple-pow­ered sculp­tures from Ar­cata to Fern­dale along a 40-mile course that in­cludes a cross­ing of Hum­boldt Bay. It’s called “the triathalon of the art world.” May 26-28 ki­net­ic­grand­cham­pi­onship.com

BIG­FOOT DAYS The ear­li­est and most per­sis­tent sight­ings of that elu­sive crea­ture known as Big­foot have hap­pened around the Siskiyou Moun­tain town of Wil­low Creek. Each year on La­bor Day week­end, the com­mu­nity fetes its furry friend with Big­foot Days. Don’t ex­pect to see the big guy him­self, but you’ll en­counter a num­ber of peo­ple who claim to have met him. Sept. 1 big­foot­coun­try.net

SYM­PHONY OF THE RED­WOODS For more than 30 years, this or­ga­ni­za­tion has brought a wide va­ri­ety of clas­si­cal per­for­mances to the North Coast, in­clud­ing a sea­sonal con­cert se­ries in Fort Bragg. Feb. 2-3, April 28-29. sym­pho­ny­ofthered­woods.org

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