The Point Arena Lighthouse is home to a number of special events throughout the year. From holiday celebrations to educational programs, there is a lot going on at the Point. Please review the calendar below for the dates and times of our offerings, and be sure to scroll down for detailed information on such events as the monthly Night Tour, Lighthouse Lecture Series, Wind & Whale Celebration and more.
Check back frequently for updates and mark your own calendar with something special to do at the Lighthouse this month!
Saturday, August 5 (almost) Full Sturgeon Moon Tour Gates open 8 p.m., Tour starts 8:30 p.m.
Monday, August 7 Full Sturgeon Moon Tour Gates open 8 p.m., Tour starts 8:30 p.m.
Monday, August 7 National Lighthouse Day 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 20 Lighthouse Lecture Series 5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6 Full Corn Moon Tour Gates open 7 p.m., Tour starts 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 5 Full Hunter’s Moon Tour Gates open 7 p.m., Tour starts 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 (almost) Full Hunter’s Moon Tour Gates open 7 p.m., Tour starts 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Friday, November 3 Full Beaver Moon Tour Gates open 6 p.m., Tour starts 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 (almost) Full Beaver Moon Tour Gates open 6 p.m., Tour starts 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 (almost) Full Cold Moon Tour Gates open 6 p.m., Tour starts 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 Full Cold Moon Tour Gates open 6 p.m., Tour starts 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Night Tours Every Full Moon!
Join us for the unique experience of climbing the 145 steps to the top of the Lighthouse Tower at night and enjoying an unparalleled view of the full moon – weather permitting, of course! Night Tours are held every full moon year round.
*NOTE: Tours will take place regardless of the weather conditions if the minimum number of guests sign up. Guests understand that visibility could be limited due to fog, rain, etc. and there is no guarantee that the full moon will be visible during the tour.
Lighthouse Lecture Series
On Sunday, August 20 at 5 p.m. Lisa Giacomini will present “Running of the Red Abalone.” This will be a varied presentation with both some fun stuff about the stunning sea snail and facts about the Red Abalone that we find here on the North Coast. How we find them, take them and prepare them for eating. Maybe a few diving stories thrown in for fun!
Lisa is a resident of Point Arena and lives with her husband Warren Giacomini on Windy Hollow Road. Lisa has been diving since 1992 and is also NAUI certified for SCUBA. Lisa’s other interests are entrepreneurial related where she invents, designs and manufactures lifesaving equipment for police, firefighters and military. Her hobbies include spearfishing, growing Mendocino Renegade Certified foods, cooking, forest foraging for mushrooms and hunting and generally everything “outdoors”. Lisa is the Head Cook and Bottle Washer for Baby Tomato. Lisa and her husband Warren also offer personalized Abalone diving lessons for those who would like to learn about our beautiful, blue pacific from May through October. Don’t be afraid!! Just DO IT!
The Point Arena Lighthouse Celebrates National Lighthouse Day!
The Point Arena Lighthouse will celebrate National Lighthouse Day on Monday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All visitors will enjoy free admission to the Grounds, Museum and Tower Tours. Wind, weather and emergencies permitting this great day will also feature a static display of a Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter! Guests can also purchase award-winning clam chowder and finish it off with our famous homemade Lighthouse Keepers Strawberry Shortcake and home baked brownies.
Barring an emergency call, the rescue helicopter will be on display at the Light Station helipad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the aircraft and even sit in the pilot’s seat. The flight crew will be available as part of their public affairs responsibility to explain how it all works.
National Lighthouse Day was originally established in 1989 to “honor the beacon of light that, for hundreds of years, symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea,” according to the National Lighthouse Society. Point Arena Lighthouse joins hundreds of lighthouses across America on August 7 in celebrating the day by offering free admission and special events.
More information is available by calling the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448, ext. 1 or 707-882-2809, ext 1.