Sausalito Herring Festival Sunday, January 31

michael moyle

Remember those silvery little fish that swarm into Richardson Bay by the thousands each year? And the fishing boats anchored off the Sausalito shoreline clanking away as they reel in their nets, competing in decibel level with the barking seals and squealing gulls? Remember the grandiose Pelicans dive bombing for fish and the fisherman in their foul weather gear and rubber boots? Well, it’s that time of year again and the big ruckus is all about Herring – the last commercial fishing operation in the San Francisco Bay.

To celebrate the season, and build awareness in order to sustain this last remaining fishery, the Sausalito Community Boating Center (SCBC) at Cass Gidley Marina will stage the 4th Annual Sausalito Herring Festival, Sunday January 31, at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If it rains: head to the Bay Model. Rain or shine, the fishy festival will go on.

The festival offers food from local purveyors (Fish, Angelino, Davey Jones Catering & Deli, Osteria Divino, Passionfish, Real Good Fish, and Walzwerk) including a “tasting plate” featuring samples of herring delicacies prepared by local award-winning chefs. Adult beverages and other drinks will be available from Dry Creek Vineyard, Tricycle Wine’s Rosé for the Bay, Lagunitas Brewery, Driver’s Market, Philz Coffee and more.

There will also live music provided by 6 different groups with repertoires ranging from sea shanties to jug band music, classic rock and Americana.  Got kids?  Bring ‘em. Plenty of activities for children are promised as well as a wide range of environmental and historical exhibits hosted by Oceana, Sea Forager, Marine Mammal Center, Audubon Society of California and Marin, Point Blue, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, and the Romberg Center in Tiburon. Anything you ever wanted to know about herring, as well as our local bay ecology and boating will be covered. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. when the student winners of the annual herring drawing contest will be announced.

Admission to the event is free. All proceeds from food and beverage sales benefit 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.

Advance tickets for the herring dish tasting plate can be purchased at For more information visit and SCBC at Cass Gidley on Facebook.

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