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, Cruise the Coast and more.
Check back frequently for updates and mark your own calendar with something special to do at the Lighthouse this month!
Sunday, July 22 Cruise the Coast 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, July 27 Full Buck Moon Night Tour Gates 8:30 p.m., Tour 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 Chowder Under the Full Moon Gates 7:30 p.m., Chowder Dinner 8 p.m., Tour around 9 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7 National Lighthouse Day 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 Lighthouse Lecture Series 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 (almost) Full Sturgeon Moon Night Tour Gates 7:30 p.m., Tour 8 p.m.
Monday, August 27 Full Sturgeon Moon Night Tour Gates 8 p.m., Tour 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 15 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Saturday, September 22 (almost) Full Harvest Moon Night Tour Gates 6:30 p.m., Tour 7 p.m.
Monday, September 24 Full Harvest Moon Night Tour 7 p.m., Tour 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24 Full Hunter’s Moon Night Tour Gates 86:30 p.m., Tour 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 15 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 24 Full Beaver Moon Night Tour Gates 6:30 p.m., Tour 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 Holiday Open House 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 Lighthouse Lecture Series 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 Full Cold Moon Night Tour Gates 5 p.m., Tour 5:30 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.
Special Event – Chowder Under the Full Moon!
Followed by the (almost) Full Buck Moon Night Tour
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Gates open 7:30 p.m., Chowder Dinner at 8 p.m., Tour starts around 9 p.m.
Join us for the first Chowder Under the Full Moon! Enjoy a dinner of rich and creamy clam chowder, fresh organic and locally sourced salad and locally baked bread in the Fog Signal Building Museum. This delicious clam chowder is lovingly made by Lisa Giacomini of Baby Tomato using only the finest ingredients. After enjoying your dinner you will be treated to a special presentation about the Lighthouse, and then the Lighthouse Guide will lead you to the top of the Tower under the (almost) Full Buck Moon.
The evening will still feature champagne, sparkling juice and sweet and savory snacks and you get to take home an etched Point Arena Lighthouse champagne flute as a souvenir of this unique experience. Tickets for this unique dinner and tour experience are $60 per person or $100 for 2 people. Make your reservations early as this special event (limited to 20 guests) is sure to sell out!
*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.
Cruise the Coast is Sunday, July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A complement to Dirty Jack’s Outlaw Car Show and the Gualala Arts Auto Show, this special event will see the Lighthouse surrounded by beautiful classic cars, hot rods and customs. Participants in both Gualala shows – Dirty Jack’s on Friday, July 20 behind the Gualala Hotel and the Gualala Arts Auto Show which will be held on Saturday, July 21at the Gualala Arts Center – will receive a free pass for a Lighthouse Museum and Tower Tour as part of their participation. Attendees to either show will be able to pick up a ticket to Cruise the Coast that will let the holder get a Museum and Tower tour for the discounted price of $3 which is a $4.50 savings over the regular admission. For all other visitors the normal admission rates will apply.
On Saturday, August 25, at 5 p.m. author Jeanne A. Jackson will present “Nature Sightings at the Point Arena Lighthouse” as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series. Jeanne will present a slideshow of what you might see in late August and early September, from whales to wildflowers.
Jeanne moved to the coast 22 years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up. Twelve years ago she queried Editor/Publisher of the Independent Coast Observer, Stephen McLaughlin, about writing a column where people share their nature sightings. Jackson’s popular column has expanded to be one full page. To further share the many photos she receives every week, she started a daily Sightings blog from her website. She is the author of “Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year.” Jackson enjoys hiking with her husband, Richard, and their rescue golden retriever, believing that her connection with Nature adds immensely to her life.