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2018 Wild Willits Festival

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - October 20 @ 5:00 pm


The event kicks off in the morning of October 20 from Recreation Grove in Willits. The course winds through the glorious Little Lake Valley. Runners and walkers will be in touch with the land with every step they take and can expect Mother Nature to show off her brilliant fall colors and smells. Along the route, markers will point out various points of interests and unique activities.

See local farms and ranches. Meet a farmer. Take part in a Pomo dance. Experience the flora and fauna of the Little Lake Valley. Return to a festival of local food, art, and wellness.

Post-run, the Rec Grove will be alive with live music, delicious local food, artist booths, activities for kids, booths featuring body workers, masseuses, herbalists, nutritionists, and performance experts to help runners and non-runners achieve optimal body wellness.

Get in touch with the land by running or walking, smelling, and feeling it. Nourish yourself with food and herbs grown from it. And connect with local wellness experts to get in sync with your own body.

And yes, although this is not another booze fest, there will be a beer garden featuring Mendocino County breweries and wineries as another way for guests to enjoy the bounty of the season.

Friday, October 19th

3:00 pm: Set-up (Packet pick-up, music, snacks, vendors)

4:00 – 7:00 PM: Packet Pickup + Art Center Event

Saturday, October 20th

8:00 – 10:00 am: Vendor set-up + Volunteer huddle + aid station prep

9:00 – 11:30 am: DJ playing jams

8:45 – 9:45 am: Packet pick-up + same day registration

10:00 am: half marathon start

10:30 am: 5k/10k start

10:30 – 5:00 pm: Festival in Rec Grove Park

  • Live bands at the bandshell: Noon – 5:00 PM
  • Food competition: Noon – 3:00 PM
  • Taste of… Awards: 4:00 PM


Lodging Recommendations:

  1. Baechtel Creek Inn (707) 459 – 9063
    • 10% Off – Please mention code: Runners2018
    • Discount Available via Phone only
    • Runners Breakfast & 2 Bottles of water per room
  2. The Old West Inn (707) 459 – 4201
    • 10% Off – Please mention code: Runners2018
    • Discount Available via Phone only
    • 2 Bottles of water per room


Press Release


October 19 @ 3:00 pm
October 20 @ 5:00 pm


Hayley S


Recreation Grove
Willits, CA 95490 United States
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