The 44th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales is so big it takes two fun-packed weekends in March to celebrate. Although the whales start their migration in late November, you can see hundreds of them right here in beautiful Dana Point during the Festival of Whales.
This multi-weekend festival draws nearly 100,000 visitors each year. The event is filled with something for the everyone! The festival starts off with a family friendly Parade and a Street Fair on Saturday, March 7th followed by festivities through the day and continues on Sunday, March 8th, Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th & Sunday, March 15th.
In addition to the parade & street fair, you can look forward a Polynesian cultural experience, a Clam Chowder cook-off (you all know how much I love food), art and craft exhibits, vintage boats and classic cars ( I love classic cars), Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild, Art Walks, Concerts by Sea, sailing and paddling opportunities, sand sculpting, movies in the park and selection of whale watching excursions or you can whale watch from breathtaking Dana Point Headlands Conservation Park. .
There’s plenty for the kids too. Kids take part in a free fishing clinic, A kids adventure expo, environmental activities, educational opportunities, storytime, citizen science Programs, interpretive crafts & kids activities and more.
Take a look at the Calendar of Events for a complete listing of daily activities, including location, time and a short description of each event. You can even print a map to help you navigate through the festivities.
Programs and maps will be available throughout the Harbor and on all of the FREE Festival shuttles that transport you to each and every Festival event. Visit their online store to shop for your favorite Festival of Whales merchandise or you can buy it at the Festival both weekends.
Bring your refillable water bottles – there will be clean, fresh, available. South Coast Water District will be providing water via it’s Emergency Water Trailer. Visit the trailer, fill up and learn how you can reduce water usage during the prolonged drought. Trailer location for each day of the Festival will be included on the event map. Tips on water savings and California friendly landscaping that reduces water usage will also be available from South Coast Water District staff on site.