Festival of Whales 2017 – Chronological Event Listing

View our corresponding map for event locations (which are noted in purple below), as well as shuttle stops, routes and parking options.

Click here to read and download the event guide published by official media sponsor, the Dana Point Times.

*PURPLE numbers coincide with map locations

 

Saturday, March 4

15 8 AM – 2:30 PM Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition (Baby Beach)
1 10 AM Festival of Whales Parade (Pacific Coast Highway)
3 10 AM – 10:45 AM Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran, Dana Wharf Dock)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
2 10 AM – 3 PM Street Fair (La Plaza Park)
5 10 AM – 4 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
7 10 AM – 4 PM Sailing & Stand-up Paddling Clinic (Westwind Sailing, OC Sailing & Event Center)
11 10 AM – 4 PM So Cal Woodies (Harbor walkway)
11 10 AM – 4 PM The Legendary Corvette (Harbor walkway)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor walkway near Mariners Village)
5 11 AM – 1 PM Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure (Ocean Institute)
15 11:30 AM – 4 PM Whale of a Pizza Party (Baby Beach)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Mariners Village)
8 2 PM Walking Tour of Town Center (Blue Lantern Street/Pacific Coast Highway)
3 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Drone and Go Pro Demo (Dana Wharf Whale Watching)

 

Sunday, March 5

15 8 AM – 10:30 AM Whale of a Pancake Breakfast (Baby Beach Park)
16 9 AM – 2 PM Whale Walk Painting (Doheny State Beach)
3 10 AM – 10:45 AM Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran – Dana Wharf Dock)
5 10 AM – 11 AM Art & the Sea: Paint Class (Ocean Institute)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
5 10 AM – 4 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
7 10 AM – 4 PM Sailing & Stand-up Paddling Clinic (Westwind Sailing, OC Sailing & Event Center)
11 10 AM – 4 PM So Cal Woodies (Harbor walkway)
11 10 AM – 4 PM The Legendary Corvette (Harbor walkway)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor walkway near Mariners Village)
15 11 AM – 4 PM Ocean Awareness Day (Baby Beach Park)
5 11 AM – 1 PM Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure (Ocean Institute)
15 11 AM – 2 PM Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby (Baby Beach)
15 11:30 AM – 1 PM Diamond Dig (Baby Beach)
15 11:30 AM – 4 PM Whale of a BBQ (Baby Beach Park)
3 Noon – 12:30 PM;
12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip (Dana Wharf Docks)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village)
8 2 PM Walking Tour of Town Center (Blue Lantern Street/Pacific Coast Highway)
3 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Drone and Go Pro Demo (Dana Wharf Whale Watching)
5 6 PM – 9 PM Movie Screening: “Humpback Whales” (Ocean Institute)

 

Saturday, March 11

16 9 AM – Noon Whale of a Beach Cleanup (Doheny State Beach)
6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor walkway near Mariners Village)
15 10 AM – 4 PM Cardboard Classic Dinghy Dash & Expo (Baby Beach)
13 10 AM – 4 PM Kids’ Fun Fair (East Marina Parking Lot)
3 10 AM – 10:45 AM Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran, Dana Wharf Dock)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
5 10 AM – 4 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
11 10 AM – 4 PM British Invasion (Harbor walkway)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Hills High School Young Artists Show and Sale (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
15 11 AM – 3 PM 6th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off (Baby Beach Park)
4 Noon – 2 PM Captain Dave’s Under Sea Eco Carnival (Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Deck near Baby Beach)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village)
3 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Drone and Go Pro Demo (Dana Wharf Whale Watching)
9 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Capt. Dave’s Presents “Entangled Whales: What Can We Do?” (OC Sailing & Event Center)
14 6:30 PM – 9 PM Free Movie Screening: “Finding Dory” (Dana Point Community Center)

 

Sunday, March 12

15 11 AM  Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby (Baby Beach) rescheduled fromMarch 5

 

6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor Walkway near Mariners Village)
3 10 AM – 10:45 AM Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran, Dana Wharf Dock)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
13 10 AM – 4 PM Kids’ Fun Fair (East Marina Parking Lot)
5 10 AM – 4 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
11 10 AM – 4 PM British Invasion (Harbor walkway)
7 10 AM – 4 PM Sailing & Stand-up Paddling Clinic (Westwind Sailing, OC Sailing & Event Center)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Hills High School Young Artists Show and Sale (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
16 11 AM – 3 PM Mobile Marine Mammal Museum (Doheny State Beach Visitor Center)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village)
15 Noon – 5 PM Whale of a Concert on the Water (Baby Beach)
15 Noon – 5 PM Whale of a Concert BBQ and Spirits Garden (Baby Beach)
3 Noon – 12:30 PM;
12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip (Dana Wharf Docks)
3 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Drone and Go Pro Demo (Dana Wharf Whale Watching)

 

Whale Watching (every day of the event)

Whale 8 AM – 4 PM Whale Watching (Dana Wharf Whale Watching)
Whale 8 AM – 4 PM Whale Watching (Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari)
Whale 10 AM – 1 PM Whale Watching (Ocean Institute)
Whale 8 AM – 4 PM Whale Watch from Land – bluff top viewing (Headlands Nature Interpretive Center)