The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales will be taking place March 4-5th and March 11-12th this year. The event will be celebrating the once-endangered California Gray Whale with two weekends of events, booths, displays, and exhibits all close to the water’s edge.
This annual celebration attracts over 100,000 visitors to Dana Point each year during the height of the gray whale watching season. If you wish to embark on a whale watching excursion during your weekend at Dana Point, there are numerous vendors that can provide you with an exceptional experience. Please note that most excursions are 2-3 hours in length and reservations are recommended:
● Dana Wharf Whale Watching
● Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruise
● Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
The Dana Point Festival is also offering many exciting events for guests of all ages. On Saturday, March 4th, you can attend events such as the Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure at the Ocean Institute. Or, if you prefer an afternoon of music, then head over to the Mariners Village for the Harbor Music Series. There will also be a Walking Tour of the Town Center where you will get first hand insight into all of the local attractions.
These enjoyable events continue the following day, Sunday, March 5th. In fact, visitors can start their day with a delicious breakfast at the Whale of a Pancake Breakfast. There are also a series of artistic events being held, including, but not limited to: the Whale Walk Painting, the Art & the Sea: Painting Class, Art in the Park, and the Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale.
The festival will recommence the following weekend, on Saturday, March 11th, allowing those who missed the first weekend to partake in the festivities. For those invested in preserving the ocean’s wildlife from pollution, there will be a morning cleanup at Doheny State Beach. There also also ample opportunities to inform yourself about preserving marine habitats through the many educational programs, such as the Marine Mammals Lecture Series and by heading over to the Ocean Institute Education Center.
Sunday, March 12th is the final day of the festival. The activities include a Whale of a Concert on the Water, a Whale of a Concert BBQ and Spirits Garden, a Sailing and Stand-Up Paddling Clinic, countless activities for kids, and many more promising events.
This clean and green event is committed to educating visitors about and preventing the pollution of plastic waste in the ocean. As a result, all sponsors and exhibitors are asked to refrain from using balloons, stickers, temporary tattoos, flyers, and single-serving water bottles to prevent any debris from finding its way into the Pacific Ocean. With such mindfulness practiced by both visitors and sponsors, we can preserve the beauty of this special location.You can also make your experience at the festival more relaxing and enjoyable by reserving nearby accommodations. The Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods and the Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo are two beautiful lodgings near the Dana Point Festival.