herring Festival Poster for 2016

Join us to celebrate the little silvery fish that comes to Richardson Bay by the thousands each year and sustains the last commercial fishery in San Francisco Bay – right off our shore!

This is a lively festival on the Sausalito waterfront to celebrate the fishing and maritime history of Sausalito, and to promote the SCBC agenda of environmental stewardship and education.

Enjoy delicious food, free live music, kids’ activities, and environmental and historical exhibits.

Purchase a tasting plate to sample a variety of herring delicacies prepared by local award-winning chefs.  Come enjoy the music, learn all about the herring, our local bay ecology, and the future Sausalito Community Boating Center at Cass Gidley Marina!

Musical entertainment includes:

Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlinesrousing sea shanties & celtic music to get us started!
The Trolley Dropsa lively jug band and Santa Cruz favorite
Fishwiveslyrical sea shanty trio singing all things fish – always an engaging crowd pleaser at this event!
The Newcastle Brotherssing along to your favorite retro rock songs & blues
The BlendersThe Sausalito Women’s Club singers will once again bring you the hits!
The Bohemian Highwaydelicious bluegrass & folk from recording artist Doug Blumer & friends

Participating restaurants include:
Fish, Angelino’s, Davey Jones Catering & Deli, Osteria Divino, Passionfish, Real Good Fish, and Walzwerk.
Enjoy beverages from Dry Creek Vineyard, Tricycle Winery Rosé for the Bay, Lagunitas Brewery, Driver’s Market, Philz Coffee and more!

Exhibitors include:
Oceana, Sea Forager, Marine Mammal Center, Audubon Societies Marin and Richardson Bay, Point Blue Conservation Science, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, California Fish and Wildlife.

Admission to the event is free.  All proceeds from food and beverage sales support the Sausalito Community Boating Center at Cass Gidley Marina – a 501(c)(3) non profit organization established to create a place that provides affordable access to boats and the water, preserves our maritime history through education and skill building, and promotes stewardship of our local bay ecosystem.



The Herring Art Contest has ended, the winners have been selected and will be announced on stage at 11am during the festival. Thank you to all the Sausalito school children who participated and their parents, teachers and afterschool staff and volunteers for facilitating.

All entries can be view in our first Herring Art exhibition in the ICB Gallery the week after the Herring Festival.  Opening reception on Wednesday Feb 3rd from 6pm – 8pm and an all day open gallery on Thursday, Feb. 4th (11am-5pm).

two men and two women standing around a table with the children's drawings of herring. in the art studio there is other art on the walls.The Jury consisted of artist Suzie Buchholz, Sausalito Parks and Rec. commissioner Doreen Gounard, herring fisherman Ernie Koepf, and race car driver (and Cass Gidley’s son) Memo Gidley. Photo: Soren Hemmila