2019 Events at Fort Ross

California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact (707) 847-3437.
We also have one beach wheelchair available to use on the premises.
Ongoing Events:
Fort Ross Conservancy 2019 Board Meetings: February 23rd,  August 17th, and December 14th, 2019.  If you plan on attending please review the board policy for attending the meetings.  FRC Members’ Meeting is on April 13th, 2019.
Upcoming Marine Mammal Monitoring Events:
Harbor Seal Surveys
Assist us with our citizen scientist effort monitoring the harbor seals that haul out along our coast. After meeting at the FRSHP Visitor Center, our surveys begin roadside at Highway One Mile Marker 33.52, just north of the park entrance. These almost two mile low-tide shoreline surveys end at Fort Ross Cove and take about two hours’ time.
Steller Sea Lion Surveys: Contact Charon Vilnai at charonv@fortross.org for survey dates.
Call House tours – Volunteers maintain the historic garden and give guided house museum tours on the first weekend of each month from 1 to 4pm. Many of the furnishings belonged to the Call family.
Windmill Turning – First Saturday of each month at 12 Noon.

Click here to see the listing of past events

FIRST DAY HIKE: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, Salt Point State Park

Fisk Mill – Stump Beach – Salt Point First Day Hike

Start off the New Year on the right foot: good exercise, good company and the pristine beauty of our Sonoma coast!  This approximately three-and-a-half mile, three-hour easy-to-moderate hike will take us through arguably the most scenic section of Salt Point State Park. Meet at 10:30am at the Gerstle Cove/Salt Point parking lot and carpool to trailhead at Sentinel Rock/Fisk Mill. For more information Email hankb@fortross.org or call (707) 847-3437.


Saturday, January 19th: Kolyadki

Winter Village Celebration with Kedry families. Villagers start Winter Celebration with “visitations” to different buildings inside the fort singing “Carole” songs. Some of the songs are very old and some are funny; most of them have words of gratitude and blessings. The “hosts” give the visitors treats. Traditionally it ends with the feast and then more community singing and dancing if weather permits. This is a free event but state parks day use fees apply.




Saturday, May 18th: Alaska Native Day

Fifth Annual Alaska Native Day to celebrate the Alaska Native history at Fort Ross/Metini and to build community among the Alaska Native people. Kayak race, crafts, dance performance, story telling, and games. Come learn about the Alaska Native community at Fort Ross.







Snapshot Cal CoastSnapshot Cal Coast: June 8, 9 AM – 1 PM

Dust off your rubber boots. Dig out your Chacos or Tevas. Grab a tide table and a friend. Get your cameras and smartphones ready!

Join Fort Ross Conservancy as we come together for the statewide movement lead by The California Academy of Sciences to get out to the coast, search for as many creatures as we can find, and share the photos of our discoveries on the website and app, iNaturalist.


Contact Song Hunter for more info at songh@fortross.org.  


Saturday, July 27th: Fort Ross Festival


Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Summer in Sonoma County? Join us on July 27th for Fort Ross Festival! Where else can you witness Kashia Pomo ceremonial dancing, sing along to Americana Swing, learn from Alaska Native craftspeople, and take in traditional Russian performances, all together on the most beautiful stretch of the Sonoma coast? Grab a pint from our Beer Garden and enjoy an amazing day celebrating different cultures. In addition, with fantastic support from California State Parks, we are bringing back the cannon and militia to this year’s celebration!


Su Nu Nu ShinalSaturday, August 3rd: Metini Day

SuNuNu Shinal Pomo Dance Group is hosting the third annual Metini Day at Fort Ross. This event is open to all, so come on out and help celebrate this special place. Details to follow.






Saturday, October 12th: Harvest Festival

Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn’s fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us.

  • Apple and pear picking in the historic orchard.
  • Russian group Kedry and their families in traditional costume singing and performing seasonal games.
  • Juicing the apples. Store bought apple juice will be served.
  • Kids games, seasonal food samples.


COMMUNITY POTLUCK: Saturday, December 14th, 12 – 3 pm

Fort Ross Auditorium
We invite our friends, members, and local community to join us on December 8th at 12pm for our annual holiday party. FRC will bring a few hearty main dishes to share. Please bring a side, salad, or dessert for the table.
Questions? Email Sarjan Holt at sarjanh@fortross.org or call 707/847-3437.