Mar 4-5, 2017 | Mar 11-12, 2017
Dana Point, CA
Each spring, thousands of gray whales and their calves begin the journey back north from the Baja, passing just off the SoCal coast in the process. To celebrate, Dana Point hosts two weekends of festivities dedicated to the marine migration. Festivities include art, beachside entertainment, whale watching and more. The festival kicks off with a parade filled with spectacular floats, costumes and giant balloons, and the festivities continue with a street fair featuring live music, a Pet Costume Contest and a special area for kids. The jam-packed program of events also includes a Rubber Ducky Derby, a Sand Sculpting Competition, sailing adventures, stand-up padding clinics, whale-related crafts, a classic car and vintage boat display and a fishing class for kids. There are also film screenings, several concerts, a run/walk, two BBQs, a luau, educational marine-themed events, and whale watching excursions, making for a whale of a good time!
The festival takes place all over the Dana Point Harbor; you’ll find free four-hour parking in the harbor lots, as well as all-day parking ($8) at Doheney State Beach, with a free shuttle servicing the festival area.
Visit www.FestivalofWhales.com for more information!