All events weather permitting


Whale Watching 

The incredible 5000-mile migration of the majestic California Gray Whale from Alaska to Mexico begins in December and continues through March.  During this peak season, 40 – 50 whales pass by Dana Point each day, using the Dana Point Headland’s 200-foot cliffs near the harbor as a landmark to check their migration path.  Dana Point offers the BEST whale watching along the California Coast – don’t miss it!  There’s a whale watching excursion for everyone.  If you’re interested in getting a glimpse of these majestic leviathans from land, be sure to visit the Headlands Conservation Park.  The Park includes a public trail system, over three miles in length, and links all the parks and open space areas of the Headlands. The system includes pedestrian trails, coastal and beach access, scenic overlooks and the Nature Interpretive Center. The parks and trails can be reached either off of Green Lantern or at Dana Strand Rd., limited parking is available along these streets or at the Nature Interpretive Center parking lot.  The trails are open from 7 AM to sunset daily.  The Nature Interpretive Center is located adjacent to the Headlands Conservation Park, at the terminus of Street of the Green Lantern.  Center Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM.  From Dana Point Harbor visitors may take the FREE shuttle to the Ocean Institute and then proceed up Cove Road to the Park.  It’s a good work out for those looking for a little adventure and some spectacular views!

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clean-greenHelp Us Keep the Festival of Whales Clean and Green

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is an ocean-friendly event with many of our booths, displays and exhibits being very close to water’s edge. We ask that all our sponsors and exhibitors keep this ocean location top-of-mind and refrain from using balloons, stickers, tattoos, flyers, single-serving water bottles or other materials that might find their way to the receiving waters of the Pacific Ocean. We also ask all of our guests to keep these practices in mind as they spend a glorious day or weekend taking in the beauty of this special location. Drinking fountains are plentiful for the refilling of water bottles that can be purchased at multiple event locations OR bring your own and refill throughout the day. Please help us keep the Festival of Whales clean and green for generations to come.


2014 Festival of Whales Merchandise

T-shirts (long and short sleeve) and sweatshirts will be on sale throughout the Harbor during both weekends of the Festival.  All clothing items available for online purchase beginning in January

FREE Shuttle Service

Available every day of the Festival from 10 AM to 4 PM (extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 1) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 9).  Please visit our online map for shuttle stops, routes, parking lot and event locations.  Park and ride free all day long and migrate with the whales!  Doheny State Beach will be offering all day parking at a special discounted rate – more info to follow on this in subsequent Calendar releases.

Water Taxi – NEW THIS YEAR

Daily service from 10 AM to 2 PM during the two Festival weekends will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute for a minimal round trip fee of only $3 per person. Present your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder and ride the water taxi for only $1 round trip.

Tickets may be purchased at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching or at the Ocean Institute. Park and then ride this fun new water taxi and take in all the great sites from the water! Your captain will share interesting facts and features about the Dana Point area and it’s fascinating history. Ride all day for only $5 per person!



March 1, 2, 8, 9

Art in the Park  10 AM – 4 PM  Local artists along with students from Dana Hills High School will be displaying a variety of works, utilizing unique mediums on the grassy areas at the corner of Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive.  Live entertainment throughout the day!  The Festival’s FREE shuttle has a stop immediately in front of “Herb” the topiary whale which is adjacent to the display areas.

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale The Dana Point Fine Arts Association, a nonprofit organization, will host an art show and sale from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.  The art will be on display at the Harbor Boardwalk along the boat docks in Mariner’s Village on the east side of the Coffee Importers Espresso Bar and Harpoon Henry’s restaurant. Watercolor, oil, acrylic, and photography by many award-winning local artists will be available for purchase. Dana Point Fine Arts will donate a portion of the proceeds from the show to Dana Hills High School Art Department. For more info on this exhibit, contact

March 7, 8, 9

Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast  With a spectacular backdrop of Dana Point Harbor, the fourth public community reading of Dana’s Two Years Before The Mast will take place during the second weekend of the Festival of Whales, starting Friday afternoon from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Nature Interpretive Center at the Headlands – 34558 Scenic Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629. A presentation of the Dana Point Historical Society, it is modeled on the public reading of Moby Dick, a highly successful venture of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts. Over one hundred volunteer readers will read for eight to ten minutes each, completing the entire book in about fifteen hours over the three days; Friday, March 7th, 1 PM – 4 PM; Saturday, March 8th, 9 AM – 5 PM Sunday, March 9th, 8 AM – 12 Noon. For more information or to volunteer call the Dana Point Historical Society at (949) 899-0907.  FREE - Donations gladly accepted.

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour of Town Center  At 2 PM meet the guide at 34091 Pacific Coast Hwy (corner of Blue Lantern and PCH) for the historic town center Walking Tour.  See and hear the stories of commercial buildings, private homes and landmarks c. 1924 to 1939, that represent the city’s early development.  A free Walking Tour brochure of Dana Point is included. For more information, call 949-248-8121 or FREE – donations gladly accepted.

March 1

Polynesian Connection The Hula Connection (Leinani Hula Hui’ana) presents a day of Polynesian culture, live entertainment, music, dance, food, drink and hands-on educational experiences for participants of all ages! This exciting event will be offered from 10AM to 4PM at Baby Beach, to span the sandy beach and grassy areas. Activities include cultural demonstrations, Polynesian displays, fun-filled activities for children and adults such as lei-making, ‘fire’ knife and hula/Tahitian dancing, poi-ball twirling, air-brush tattoos and unique face-painting, coconut husking, outrigger canoe demonstrations…even a Hukilau, to name a few! A ‘kau kau’ (food) area offers a taste of Polynesian local favorites – – Spam Musubi, Hawaiian plate lunch, shave ice and more!!

In the evening, enjoy an authentic luau at the OC Sailing and Events Center from 5:30 – 9 PM. Experience or relive the unforgettable sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of beautiful Polynesia! It will include a formal dinner and professional entertainment. Additionally, a beer garden located at the OC Sailing Center will be open from approximately 2-7 PM (overlapping with both the festival and the luau) and will feature Hawaiian beers, New Zealand wines and pineapple champagne. Ticket price for the luau is $50 (your purchase is tax deductible as proceeds benefit 501c3 organizations below) and can be purchased at the Hula Connection website. Proceeds will benefit HALO/Dance for Autism and ALOHA = Arts and Learning Opportunities to Help those with Autism, 501c3 charitable organizations. Come join us to live ALOHA! For more information please call (949) 973-7281 or email



This is a must-see display of one-of-a-kind cars and boats!  FREE shuttle service available at Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive for easy access to the Harbor walkway area.

March 9

So Cal Woodies  The best of the best will be on display from 10 AM to 4 PM from the official Southern California Chapter of the National Woodie Club.  Stroll along the Harbor walkway and enjoy this one-of-a-kind display! The Club’s goal is to promote the wooden car, and the role it has played throughout automotive history, especially in the California surf culture.  For more information visit

March 1, 2

The Antique & Classic Boat Society – Southern California Chapter  Classic vessels will be on display in the water and on land along the Harbor walkway from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Antique & Classic Boat Society is the largest society in the world dedicated to preservation and enjoyment of historic, antique and classic boats of all types.

March 8

Porsche 356 Club Southern California Founded in 1985, the 356 Club is the largest regional 356 club in the world, currently with over 1,000 members and growing. While we are Southern California based, the Club has attracted members from throughout the US, Canada and countries around the world.  These magnificent automobiles will be on display at Waterfall Park from 10 AM to 4 PM. The FREE Festival shuttle stops at the corner of Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive allowing easy and quick access to this fabulous display. While you are there be sure to take in Art in the Park and the Dana Point Historical Society’s public reading of Two Years Before the Mast.

March 8, 9

Whale of a Classic Car Display  The Cal Rod Car Club was formed in 1954 in the San Gabriel Valley and currently has a membership of 386 members. The Club will display a variety of classics and hot rods from 10 AM to 3 PM.  This year the club will feature the renowned Batmobile!  Stroll along the Harbor walkway and take in a bit of yesteryear. Many of these cars have been featured, and on the cover, of several automotive magazines, and have received awards from the Grand National Roadster Show, L.A Roadster Show, La Verne Cool Cruise, Dr. George Charity Car Show in Palm Springs and many other car shows.  The Cal Rods mission statement is to, “establish a family-oriented car club that promotes the enjoyment, restoration, and preservation of street rods, classic cars, and social interaction.” more club information visit and look at the Club’s quarterly newsletter.



(800) 979-3370 or (800) 590-9994 |

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Simply the best – from the originators of whale watching in Orange County and voted #1 five years in a row by Dana Point Times!

Expert captains and certified naturalists narrate each excursion, detailing the whales’ movements through their natural migration path. As the originator of Whale Watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf remains family owned and operated and is exclusively endorsed by world-renowned marine life artist Wyland. Every trip is a new and different adventure, all showcasing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean underwater world right here, off the coast of Dana Point. Kids rock at Dana Wharf and often get to meet the Captain! Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphin or your next trip is FREE! Excursions depart every hour, on the hour, from 8 AM to 4 PM during the Festival weekends and every trip is approx. 2 hours. Prices: Adults $45, Senior and Military $35, Children 3-12 years $25, Children 2 and under are always FREE.

Want a WHALE OF A DEAL? $15 per person on all 8am trips! Hurry, the best deal in town sells out fast. Regular price is $45 – huge savings!

Also take advantage of the wonderful sunsets in Dana Point on our specially priced SUNSET WHALE WATCH trip. Sip cocktails or your favorite wine or beer from our on board bar as you take in the fabulous sunset. All tickets on this 4-6 PM trip are just $25 compared to our usual $45 rate! Check out our schedule and purchase online at

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip  Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts.  Prizes will be raffled off at the end of the clinic – 12:00 – 12:30 pm.  After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $39 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE.  Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life!  This trip includes equipment!  More information and reservations call Dana Wharf 949-496-5794

March 2

Kids Adventure Expo – The 1st annual Kids Adventure Expo will be held in the Dick Simon Yachts parking lot from 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 2. Located adjacent to Harpoon Henry’s Restaurant in the OC Dana Point Harbor, this event is a kid-inspired, cell-free zone! Kids are asked to temporarily exchange their cell phone (or electronic game, iPod, etc.) for a FREE water bottle and FREE meal pass to Chick-Fil-A. Disconnecting from electronics for the event allows kids to re-connect with the ocean adventures right here in the Dana Point Harbor. Attendance is FREE and the event is filled with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits featuring ocean and harbor-related activities like Stand Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Sportfishing and Okuma Casting Crew, Whale Watching, scuba diving, snorkeling and more!

A giant slide/obstacle course, bungy jump, miniature golf, and laser tag are just some of the additional activities available for a nominal fee – along with the Kona Ice mobile!

As kids have become more connected to technology and the electric outlets it mandates, they have become disconnected from the natural world. Our goal is to introduce kids to a new ocean sport or passion – away from the electronic games and the TV.

Join us for a day of adventure and discover a new passion.

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Marine Mammal Lecture Series  10-11 AM at Harpoon Henry’s
This special lecture series from 10 am to 11 AM includes continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s. Perfect for those who want a one-on-one educational experience, marine biologists and guests present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. After the lecture Board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63 ft, state-of-the-art, custom-built OCean Adventures Catamaran for this unique adventure. Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious viewing deck, this is the perfect vessel for whale and dolphin watching – – not to mention a full-service deli-style galley. Hurry, these trips sell out quickly. Our famous “rain check” for marine mammal sightings guarantee applies to these trips as well. Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphin or your next trip is FREE! Tickets that include the whale watching adventure, lecture and continental breakfast are $55 for adults, $35 for Seniors and Children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE! For reservations call 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 for those just attending the lecture the fee is $5 per person.

March 1 Dean Gomersall, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, California Sea Lions
March 2 Doug Thompson – Gray Whales
March 8 Alisa Schulman-Janiger – Gray Whale Census and Killer Whales
March 9 Todd Mansur – Gray Whale Migration and Blue Whales

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10-10:45AM (all new art for 2014) - Learn from one of the masters of marine art by joining us for a dockside presentation and art lesson aboard the “Ocean Adventure” Catamaran, via video feed, by renowned environmental artist, Wyland! Guests will learn how Wyland has created some of the most well known marine wildlife paintings and sculptures of our era.  Children can enter their art in an end-of-season contest for the most accurate portrayal of marine mammals to be judged by Wyland. The winning child will receive a framed limited edition signed and numbered giclee on paper of “Tails of Great Whales” a prize valued of over $1000. Other prizes will be announced soon!  The price for the art lesson is $5 per child, with all proceeds going to the Wyland Foundation. The mission of Wyland’s foundation is to give both children and adults alike, the tools they need to become more creative, positive and solution oriented through art.  Whale watching excursions are available at an additional cost, and the children who participate are given a free Whale Watching trip to be used on the same day as the art lesson at any time with a reservation and with a paid adult,  trips will be departing Dana Wharf every hour on the hour during the Festival of Whales.

Click here to register and purchase tickets



March 9

Diamond Dig 1:30 PM on Baby Beach, in the Dana Point Harbor. Come to Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s 4th Annual Diamond Dig at Baby Beach!! For one hour, starting at noon sharp, you and your child have a whale of an opportunity to become rich by digging for treasure & prizes. Dress as a pirate and get a head start looking for the buried treasure!  Kids and adults are encouraged to arrive early at Baby Beach starting at 1:30 PM, pay $10 for your special Diamond Dig shovel and get ready to dig for treasure at noon sharp! Remember last year – toys, bicycles and a diamond necklace were among the booty found! Sponsored by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club – all proceeds benefit local children’s charities. For more information call: Alan Wickstrom 949-842-0594 or go online:



March 9

Doheny State Beach’s Mobile Marine Mammal Museum 11am – 3pm Meets at Doheny State Beach’s Visitor Center.  There will be a variety of genuine marine mammal artifacts for visitors to actively learn and gain an appreciation of these magnificent creatures of the sea. Please alert entrance station staff upon arrival so they can direct visitors to appropriate parking location.  Please Note: Free vehicle parking at Doheny State Beach for Doheny State Beach’s Mobile Marine Mammal Museum is limited to one hour only.  Rain cancels. 949-496-2704 or  FREE

March 8

Whale of a Beach Cleanup – Festival of Whales Toast to the Coast!  9 AM – Noon  Bring your work gloves and a recyclable bag or bucket and help clean up Doheny State Beach.  Meet Park Interpreter Vicki at the Lifeguard Headquarters and learn more about how you can help maintain our precious coastal resources.  FREE shuttle service to Doheny from most Harbor parking lots.



(949) 488-2828 |

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Join the Dana Point whale watching trip rated #1 on TripAdvisor, Google+ and Yelp. Dolphin and whale watching with Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods that let you feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales without getting wet. Our high-speed, high-tech, catamaran sailboat is never crowded with only 49 passengers. Hear dolphins below the surface with our hydrophone and explore the artifacts in our whale and dolphin micro-museum. The fronts of our boats are low to the water to get you up close and personal with the animals and experienced marine naturalists narrate how the animals live. Trips are broadcast LIVE on so you can wave to family and friends! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back.  Mention this ad for 10% discount. Good during Festival of Whales only.

Saturday, March 1

Lily, a Gray Whale Tribute with Special Presentation by Capt. Dave

FREE tour/lecture/book signing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Captain Dave’s newest 62-foot luxury power catamaran, a state-of-the-art whale research, rescue, and whale watching vessel named Lily. Named after a gray whale horrifically wrapped in gill net that made national headlines when Capt. Dave and rescue team members disentangled her, Lily is a high tech whale rescue vessel that is also used for whale watching and research. Capt. Dave has made headlines with his whale rescue work including a visit on the Ellen Show and he will be discussing ongoing whale rescue and research that will be taking place on Lily. You’ll also have hands-on fun with research and rescue equipment. Purchase signed copies of Capt. Dave’s book, “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey”, which won nine awards in 2013. Whale watching trips are available aboard Lily during the Festival! 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, next to Baby Beach. For more information call Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari (949) 488-2828.

March 8

Captain Dave’s Carnival: Fun for the whole “pod”! Drop by our Dolphin Deck at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive (near Baby Beach) from 12 to 2 p.m. for FREE activities and prizes. Kids of all ages will have fun with games, crafts, a bounce house and more. Face painting and animal balloons will also be available for a small fee. For more info call Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari (949) 488-2828.

Lily, a Gray Whale Tribute with Special Presentation by Capt. Dave: FREE tour/lecture/book signing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Captain Dave’s newest 62-foot luxury power catamaran, a state-of-the-art whale research, rescue, and whale watching vessel named Lily. Named after a gray whale horrifically wrapped in gill net that made national headlines when Capt. Dave and rescue team members disentangled her, Lily is a high tech whale rescue vessel that is also used for whale watching and research. Capt. Dave has made headlines with his whale rescue work including a visit on the Ellen Show and he will be discussing ongoing whale rescue and research that will be taking place on Lily. You’ll also have hands-on fun with research and rescue equipment. Purchase signed copies of Capt. Dave’s book, “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey”, which won nine awards in 2013. Whale watching trips are available aboard Lily during the Festival! 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, next to Baby Beach.  For more information call Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari (949) 488-2828.

Free Award Winning Movie Viewing: Visit our Dolphin Deck at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive (near Baby Beach) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a FREE viewing of Captain Dave’s award winning documentary “Wild Dolphins and Whales of Southern California” and purchase a signed copy of Capt. Dave’s DVD. Screenings held every hour. In 1995 Capt. Dave mounted an underwater camera and hydrophone on the bow of his boat and began taking his cameras on every trip to record what his passengers experienced first-hand. It took him five years to create the documentary, an experience that has forever changed his life.  Throughout the day relax and enjoy our Dolphin Deck with the best view in the harbor. Sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and refreshments are available for purchase. For more information call Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari (949) 488-2828.



March 1

Polynesian Connection Luau   Enjoy an authentic luau at the OC Sailing and Events Center from 5:30 – 9 PM. Experience or relive the unforgettable sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of beautiful Polynesia!  Cost for the luau to be advised in upcoming Calendar release.  FREE shuttle service is available. Proceeds will benefit DANCE for AUTISM. Come join us to live ALOHA! 

March 8

3rd Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off  Sample a variety of tasty chowders from local restaurants and organizations and then vote for your favorite from 10 AM to 2 PM along the Harbor walkway adjacent to Art in the Park, near Island Way.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Chowder, Best Booth Design and People’s Choice.  Tasting packets will include taste sampling tickets, tasting cups and spoons – only $10 to taste every sample – makes a great lunch!  All proceeds will benefit Fish for Life, offering programs designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life.

March 2

Whale of a BBQ  Delicious BBQ specialties at affordable prices will be served up from 11:30 AM to 4 PM adjacent to Baby Beach during Ocean Awareness Day.

March 9

Whale of a Concert BBQ Concessions for scrumptious BBQ specialties will be available from Noon to 5 PM at the OC Sailing & Event Center adjacent to Baby Beach, including a Spirits Garden for those over 21 years old with a valid driver’s license.

March 2

Whale of a Pancake Breakfast & Raffle with Entertainment  Hosted by the Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary 9934 at the OC Sailing & Event Center’s Dana Cove Room from 8 AM – 11 AM.  Start your day with delicious, fluffy pancakes with strawberry topping served hot off the griddle, tasty sausage and bacon, served with juice, milk or coffee.  Over 25 great gifts raffled. Plus we will have surprise entertainment that covers the ages. All proceeds will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Share in the fun and tradition and join us for a delicious breakfast, win a great prize and let us entertain you!  Following breakfast join us for Ocean Awareness Day, Diamond Dig, Sand Sculpting and Rubber Ducky Race – just steps away at Baby Beach.  Pancake Breakfast: Adults – $6, Children under 12 – $3.  If you ran in the Grunion Run, show your racing bib and receive $1 discount off breakfast!  For more information (949) 275-3142.



March 2

The 6th Annual Festival of Whales Grunion Run 10K & 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1K Run will take place in Doheny State Beach.  This is a fast and flat scenic run / walk along the coast and through beautiful Doheny State Beach.

Click here to register online

6:30am     Registration
7:45am     10K Run/Walk Start
8:00am     5K Run/Walk Start
9:00am     Kids’ 1K Run
9:15am     Awards

$40 10K Run/Walk
$35 5K Run/Walk
$15 Kids’ 1K Run
Late (after 2/27/13) and On-site registrations add $5.00

You can also register for this event at packet pick-up (see details below) or on race day from 6:30am until the start of each race. Late and on site registrations add $5.00.  We cannot guarantee t-shirts for on-site registrations.

Packet pick up will be Saturday, March 1st from 10:00am – 5:00pm at Road Runner Sports in Laguna Hills.  Click HERE for directions. You can also pick up your packet on race day - allow extra time and we cannot guarantee t-shirt sizes on site. You can have someone else pick up your packet with a signed acknowledgement and a copy of your driver’s license.

This will be a chip timed event.  Timing services provided by RaceWire. You can also sign up to receive text message alerts. T-shirts and goodie bags provided for all pre-registered participants. Overall Male & Female awards and Age Group medals (three deep.) Ribbons for all kids’ fun run participants (12 and under). Event will be held rain or shine.  No rollerblades or pets allowed.  Strollers will only be allowed behind all other runners.  Registration fees are non-refundable and bibs are non-transferable.

Click HERE for a map of the route. Please note the 10K course is two loops.

Parking is available within the State Park on a first come basis at $8.00 before 7:00am.  After 7:00am the road into the State Park will be closed to traffic.

Proceeds of the event benefit the DSBIA (Doheny State Beach Interpretive Assocation) and will be used to support interpretive events in the park and the refurbisment of the Visitor’s Center, Orange County’s largest public aquarium.

After the Run enjoy a Whale of a Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 AM at Baby Beach. Pancake Breakfast: Adults – $6, Children under 12 – $3.  Bring your racing bib and receive $1 off breakfast!



March 8

5th Annual Mongoose Cup  9 AM – 3 PM at Baby Beach   Come paddle with famous surfing icon and legend Mickey Munoz and friends! Enjoy a great day of paddling fun, SUP Clinics and camaraderie.

Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Sport of Kings Foundation will be held Saturday March 8, 2014 at Dana Cove Park (Baby Beach), Dana Point Harbor. Please join Mickey and his friends for a special fundraiser and a great day of paddling fun. Mongoose Cup activities include a Wounded Warrior Project Paddle, Waterman Expo & Paddling Skills Clinics, Sport of Kings Races, “Luck of the Draw” Relays and a delicious BBQ too.

New this year is the fundraiser to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project provides unique programs and services that directly meet the needs of our nation’s injured veterans. The Mongoose Cup’s goal is to raise awareness, raise funds and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. The event’s opening activity, The Wounded Warrior Project Paddle (around Harbor Island), is designed specifically to raise funds for this mission.

In addition, the Mongoose Cup will feature interesting and inspiring stand-up paddleboard clinics from experts in the sport. The clinics will be set-up at the event site and cover many topics including; paddling & training techniques, SUP racing skills, water safety, fitness, adventure paddling and SUP yoga. There will also be a Waterman Expo that includes many industry exhibitors. Attendees will be able to checkout the latest paddling and surfing equipment, try demos and take advantage of the SUP pros on-site giving instruction throughout the day. For event information contact Event Director Barrett Tester (949) 276-4431 x216

Click here to register online

Learn more about the 5th Annual Mongoose Cup Waterman Expo & Clinics

Click here for the 5th Annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup Press Release



March 1

Join us for Finding Nemo presented by the City of Dana Point Community Services & Parks Department at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. FREE popcorn, hot beverages and snacks will be available.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars.  Movie begins at approximately 6:30pm (dusk). For more information call 949-248-3530 or



March 7, 8

Dana Point Symphony presents Symphony Spectacular aboard the Brig Pilgrim at the Ocean Institute located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. An ocean themed extravaganza with the Symphony, singers, dancers, chorus from South Orange County School of the Arts, and high-flying aerialist dancers from the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles. Let the symphony transport you into a spectacle never seen before in Dana Point. This is a not-to-miss event. Tickets limited.

There will be three performances:

• March 7th evening performance only at 7 PM

• March 8th will feature a matinee at 3 PM and evening performance at 7 PM

Tickets are $25 for adults and children 15 and over.  The Matinee is free to children under 15.  Purchase tickets at  For additional information call 301-832-0388.

The mission of the Dana Point Symphony is to provide world-class classical music to Dana Point and surrounding community, and make it accessible to everyone. The Dana Point Symphony was created through the vision of its artistic and executive director Berenika Schmitz, Dean Anderson, conductor and music director and The City of Dana Point under the leadership of Councilmember Scott Schoeffel. In addition to presenting high caliber music, the Dana Point Symphony features one visual artist exhibition at the meet-the-artist receptions. Each concert experience is artistically crafted to the desires of the audience.


March 1, 2, 8, 9

Harbor Music Series Presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association in the Dana Wharf Courtyard and Harpoon Henry Grassy Area near Mariner’s Village 12 Noon – 3 PM.  Enjoy a variety of musical styles and sounds.  949-923-2255 or  FREE


February 28, March 1, 2

12th Annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival

Opening night offering a Wine and Appetizer Reception and Concert Performance
Wine Reception: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Concert: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
VIP Tickets: $250 (Includes VIP Reception) Only 48 seats available.
Premier Seating: $125
General Seating: $95

The Premiere Evening at the Ocean Institute featureing a Gala Gourmet Dinner and Jazz Performance. The elegant, intimate affair includes a cocktail reception with passed canapés, and an award-winning, four-course taste extravaganza with wine pairing. The dinner is specially created for this event and prepared by celebrated local chefs from the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Montage Laguna Beach, and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The evening also includes connoisseur silent and live auctions.

Gourmet Dinner, Auction and Performance:
Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Silent Auction: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Performance: 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Dinner Seating: $450

A change of pace offering a relaxed lunch and Encore Performance. This unique experience includes a beer and wine tasting as well as a Bristol Farms gourmet boxed lunch and time for questions with the artists.

Lunch: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Performance: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
VIP Table of 12:  $1,000 – Front row seating!
Premier Seating: $100
General Seating: $75

All events benefit the children’s educational programs. For more information:  949-496-2274 Ext. 337 or


March 9

Whale of a Concert and BBQ In honor of the whales migrating by Dana Point Headlands “singing their song” the Festival of Whales festivities will include a FREE outdoor concert at Baby Beach with bands performing on the water on a specially designed stage.  Concert will begin at noon with bands performing from 12 – 1 pm, 1:30 – 3 pm and 3:30 – 5 pm.  Bring your beach chairs, towels and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment. Concessions for scrumptious BBQ specialties will also be available, including a Spirits Garden for those over 21 years old with a valid driver’s license.



March 2

Ocean Awareness Day  Presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association, featuring interactive displays, demonstrations and entertainment showcasing ocean and environmental programs and issues related to our ocean. The event is “plastics free” and located at Baby Beach at the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, 11 AM – 4 PM. The event and parking is FREE and there is also FREE shuttle service from most Harbor parking lots.  949-923-2255 or



March 1, 2, 8, 9

Ocean Institute Ocean Institute During the festival weekends, a hands-on journey into the mysterious and fascinating world of whales will allow visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. There will be opportunities to examine how they communicate and eat, to see how pollution can affect them, learn how whales are different, and create fun children’s crafts. Join us for exciting activities on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Additional activities include animal feedings, ROV driving, and tide pool touch tanks. Public hours are listed below. Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); Children 2 and under are free. Members are free.

March 1: Public hours: 9 AM to 3 PM

March 2: Public hours: 9 AM to 2 PM

March 8 & 9: Public hours: 10 AM to 4 PM
March 1, 8

Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure  From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent Gray Whale.  Join us for an exciting tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast. 2 PM to 4:30 PM.  Cost:  Non-members, $40 adults, $23 children 12 & under.  Members, $36 adults, $21 children 12 & under (min. age 4).


March 1, 2, 8, 9

Seashore Interpretive Family Hike  Time TBA based on tides  Guided family tidepool hikes through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists.  Hikes are available on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited.  Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute after admission is paid, no additional charge.  See admission info below.




Festival of Whales Parade  Parade begins promptly at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern in Dana Point.  FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time.  Arrive early, enjoy breakfast harborside, board the free shuttle and then spend the day visiting all the great events located throughout the Harbor.  Parade entrants are encouraged to embrace the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration when designing parade floats and costumes. Awards will be given to the Best Display of Parade Theme, Best Musical Unit, Best Youth Group, Best Group Spirit and Best Local Entry. For inquiries about giant balloon sponsorships and other parade questions, please contact Sherry Murphy at the City of Dana Point (949) 248-3533 or  Parade applications are on the City’s webpage, Parade entry applications are due no later than end of business day February 14, 2013.



March 2

Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby  Hosted by the Dana Point Women’s Club, this fun spin on a traditional “Rubber Ducky Race” will be held from 11AM – 2PM at Baby Beach.  Duckies may be purchased in advance by contacting Joan Marie Kerr at 949-859-5706 or the day of the event at the DPWC station at Baby Beach.  Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  $6 per Rubber Duck or 2 for $10.  You do not need to be present to win.  Funds raised through this event will benefit the Woman’s Club scholarship fund.



March 2

Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition 8 AM to 2:30 PM on Baby Beach  Presented by OC Parks, this is a great event for teams of every kind – from families and friends to hard core sand sculpting enthusiasts – join us!  Sculpting creation areas limited to 20 plots of 15’ x 15’ each – first come, first serve!  Choose one of five categories:  Castles, Whales and Ocean Creatures, Pirates and Ships, Woodies and Surfboards, or Patriotic Emblems.  Contestants start at 8 am, judging begins at 2:30 with awards to follow.  Bring your own buckets and tools, dyes and stabilizers not allowed – all natural.  Sand provided free!  Bring a team of family and friends and join the fun!



March 1, 2, 8, 9

Sailing Rides Take a sailing ride and learn how to steer and sail a Capri 14!  Ages 5 and up, 10 AM – 4 PM.  $15 per boat, three people maximum (half-hour session).  Weather and conditions dependent.  Lifejackets provided.  Find our booth at the OC Sailing & Event Center.  Contact Westwind Sailing for details:  (949) 492-3035.

Stand-Up Paddling Clinics  Join the SUP craze and learn first hand why it’s the fastest growing water sport today!  45 min on the water clinics held each hour on the hour – weather and conditions dependent. Ages 12 and up, (12 – 14 yr old must be accompanied by an adult)  10 AM – 3 PM.  $10 per person.  Lifejackets provided.  Find our booth at the OC Sailing & Event Center.  Contact Westwind Sailing for details:  (949) 492-3035.




Street Fair Festival In conjunction with the Festival of Whales, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Annual Street Fair for an unforgettable day of food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. The Street Fair runs in conjunction with the Festival of Whales Parade at Dana Point La Plaza Park, from 10am – 2pm. Arrive early and browse the many wonderful vendors from the Dana Point Farmers Market, grab breakfast and get a spot to watch the parade! FREE shuttle service will be available until 2 PM from most Harbor parking lots to Dana Point La Plaza Park.

There are many ways to participate in the Street Fair experience. Applications are now available for vendors & non-profits, as well as food vendors.

For more information on any of these options please call the Dana Point Chamber office at 949.496.1555 or send us an email.