Paul Bunyan Days For the Lumberjack Inside You


Fort Bragg Paul Bunyan Days

August 30-September 2, 2019

 Labor Day Weekend

FORT BRAGG, CALIF.–Paul Bunyan Days is oversized fun with a BIG pancake breakfast, parade, and the burley lumberjack, Paul Bunyan, with his axe. If you recall, Bunyan and his Blue Ox, Babe, grew out of Canadian folk tales. Each year Fort Bragg hosts Paul Bunyan Days celebration that includes a 20' Axe Throw, Hand Chopping and Chain Saw Bucking contests. It takes place on Labor Day Weekend. See

Parade 2019 theme is  80 Years of Memories with Paul and Babe!

Paul Bunyan Days Parade is always on Labor Day (Monday); it begins at 12 noon; participants start checking in at the Pine Street Skunk Train parking lot at 10 a.m.

2019 Entertainment

  • BBQ: Mon 12-3p Bainbridge Park & Veterans Hall Live music, beer/wine, BBQ Lions Club $10-15. After Monday's Paul Bunyan Days parade is the Fort Bragg Lions Club BBQ
  • Belle of the Redwoods Sunday Awards: Contestants in old-fashioned dress sell raffle tickets to benefit Paul Bunyan Days. August through Labor Day $5 single or  $20 / 6 tickets. Not a beauty contest, women dress in old fashioned or theme appropriate dress to sell raffle tickets. The winning Belle will be crowned at Sunday Logging Show.
  • Beer, Bison and Bluegrass: Saturday 12-4 p.m. 605 Maple St Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall Bison burgers, Cowlick's Ice Cream, Thanksgiving Coffee, beer tasting, live music. Wine by the glass.  $25-45
  • Bird Walk:  Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 18220 Highway 1 Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Audubon Guided Beginners Bird Walk FREE with Gardens Admission
  • Book Sale: Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Veterans Building, Laurel & Harrison. Friends of the Fort Bragg Library FREE
  • Breakfast for Loggers: Sunday Breakfast at Fort Bragg Guild, 26500 N Hwy 1, 6 miles north of Fort Bragg. Breakfast is served  8-11:3 a.m. $8, $4 kids
  • Classic Car Show: Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Classic Car Care, Main & Pine FREE
  • Craft Fair: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CV Starr Community Center 300 S. Lincoln Soroptimist of Fort Bragg FREE 
  • Fireman's Ball: Saturday 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart St. 21 and older $10. In 2018 the Ball features Chad Bushnell Band
  • Fireman's Water Fight: Saturday 1 p.m. 800 block of Stewart Street Fort Bragg Firemen FREE
  • Flynn Creek Circus: Fri 7p, Sat 4 & 7:30 p.m. age 18+ | Sun 4 & 7:30p, Mon 2p. 20300 Ocean View Dr. Founded on circus production, also features musicians, actors and visual artists.
  • Footlighters Gas Light Gayeties: Wed., Sat. & Sun. Doors at 7:30 Show at 8 248 E Laurel St. Gaslight gayeties $15. 2018 Show is: Bedlam at the Boardinghouse or  The Jig Is Up
  • Forestland Expo: Sunday, explores changes happening in today's logging industry. Happens during Sunday's Logging Show
  • Gem & Mineral Show: Fri-Sun 10-6 & Mon 10-4 363 N Main St, Town Hall Mendocino Coast Gem & Mineral Society FREE
  • Historic Model Trains: Daily Fri - Mon 10:30a- 2:30p Skunk Train Depot, 100 W Laurel St Model railroad display of region's logging history $5 - $3
  • Horseshoe Tournament: Sat 9 Todd Point, Ocean View Dr Singles & Doubles, $10 per event
  • Kangaroo Kort: The Kort arrests men for not having a mustache or beard and women who are not in historic dress and throws them in jail. Avoid jail by wearing facial hair
  • Kiddie Games, Parade and Tricycle Races: Saturday CV Starr Center 300 S. Lincoln FREE
  • Log Rolling Tournament: Fri 5-7:30p 300 S Lincoln CV Starr Center Pool Compete - pool admission, FREE to watch.
  • Logging Show: Always on Sunday. Sun 12-4p Todd Point, Ocean View Drive. Locals compete in logging events for big prize money. Also Expo showcasing sustainable forestland practices. $8, kids under 12 FREE
  • Old Fashion Dress Review: Saturday 2p St Michael's, N Franklin & Fir Locals model historic dresses & outfits FREE
  • Open Studios: Saturday and Sunday  11 a.m.-5 p.m. Self-guided tour to 15 artists' studios FREE
  • Parade: Always on Labor Day Monday, 12 p.m. The theme for this year's fantastic parade is Under the Big Top with Paul & Babe. Route: Pine to Franklin, Franklin to Oak, Oak to Main, Main to Pine. FREE
  • Pie Sale: Sat 10a until pies are gone. 367 S Sanderson Way Presbyterian women's homemade pies.
  • Steam Donkey Fun Run/Walk: Mon 11a. $20, $10 age 17yrs and younger.
  • Tricycle Races Saturday 10 a.m.
  • Ugly Dog (and More) Contests: Sat 2p- registration, 3p show start. Smallest, Largest, Prettiest (big and small), Best Dressed, Smartest, Best Frisbee, Owner-Look-Alike, Ugliest and Best In Show. Dog Park, CV Starr Community Center 300 S. Lincoln. FREE
  • Walk Rose Memorial Cemetery Fort Bragg with Paul and Friends: Fri 3p Join Paul Bunyan and the Native Daughters of the Golden West for a history walking tour of Fort Bragg. 760 N. Franklin
  • Whales and More: Sat 9a-12p, Noyo Center for Marine Science ‘Crow's Nest', North end of South Coast Trail (Cypress St Gate). FREE

Activities include:

Logging, Labor Day Parade, Ugly Dog Contest
Old Fashion Dress Review, Craft Show, Belle of the Redwoods
Pie Sale, Fish Fry, Labor Day BBQ, Logger Breakfast at Fort Bragg Grange
Fireman's Water-Fight & Ball
Horseshoe Tournament, Kangaroo Kort
Gem & Mineral Show
Classic Car Show
Footlighters Gaslight Gayeties
Walk in the Park, Steam Donkey Mile

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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