EVERDAY OF THE FESTIVAL
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!
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 http://festivalofwhales.com/store.php
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! http://festivalofwhales.com/assets/files/map.pdf 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 during the Festival will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute for a minimal round trip fee, TBA. Park and 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. More information to follow in subsequent Calendar release.
ARTS AND CULTURE
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 Franksfotoimages@aol.com.
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 third 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 Waterfall Park in Dana Point Harbor (in the case of inclement weather the reading will move to the Nature Interpretive Center at the Headlands). 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 949-248-8121. 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 www.danapointhistorical.org. FREE – donations gladly accepted.
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 rides…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! Cost for the luau to be advised in upcoming Calendar release. FREE shuttle service is available to both locations. Proceeds will benefit DANCE for AUTISM. Come join us to live ALOHA!
CLASSIC CARS and VINTAGE BOAT DISPLAYS
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Exact schedule of displays to be released in subsequent Calendar release. Please check back for specific line up – 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.
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 along the Harbor Walkway from 10 AM to 4 PM.
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 www.socalwoodies.com.
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.
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 http://calrods.com and look at the Club’s quarterly newsletter.
DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING AND MORE
March 1, 8
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
Kids Adventure Expo Located in the parking lot immediately in front of entrance to Dana Wharf on the right from 10 AM to 4 PM. A whale of an adventure for kids ages 5 – 12. Dana Wharf will host a state-of-the art Extreme Game Truck, climbing wall, big slide, unique petting zoo, hands-on fishing casting pod, boating for kids with emphasis on why life jackets are cool, face painting and a host of other adventures that will entertain, educate and delight! Nominal entry fee TBA in subsequent Calendar release.
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 -11 AM at Harpoon Henry’s
Marine mammals are among the most beloved icons of the California coast and yet much of their life history and biology remains a mystery to us. Nonetheless, local researchers are making fantastic discoveries about marine mammals every day. During Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching’s special marine mammal lecture series you are invited to come learn some of the latest breaking news. Enjoy a continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s as marine biologists and special guests present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. The presentations will include photos, videos, and underwater recordings. Following the lecture, join us for a whale watching trip aboard the OCean Adventures Catamaran for those that want to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Space is limited. The lecture is free with purchase of the whale watching cruise aboard the OCean Adventures Catamaran and includes a continental breakfast. To attend the lecture only, $5 per person will be collected at the door (and also includes the continental breakfast). To purchase visit http://www.danawharf.com/ or call (949) 496-5794.
Speaker line up:
March 8: Alisa Schulman-Janiger
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10-10:45AM - 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 and family will receive a Whale Watching trip accompanied by Wyland aboard the Ocean Adventure. 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 will be departing Dana Wharf every hour on the hour during the Festival of Whales.
Diamond Dig 11:30 AM to 1 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 11:30 AM, 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: MonarchBeachRotary.com
DOHENY STATE BEACH
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 www.dohenystatebeach.org FREE
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.
DOLPHIN SAFARI WHALE WATCHING AND MORE
Every Day of the Festival
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari (949) 488-2828 | dolphinsafari.com
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 – no “cattle boat”! 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 DolphinSafari.com 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.
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.
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!
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. http://www.fishforlife.org/
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.
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.
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.
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.
7:45am 10K Run/Walk Start
8:00am 5K Run/Walk Start
9:00am Kids’ 1K Run
REGISTRATION and PACKET PICK UP
$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!
MICKEY MUÑOZ MONGOOSE CUP STAND UP PADDLE
6th 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. The Mickey Muñoz Mongoose Cup will begin with the Fun Paddle around Dana Point Harbor Island. There will also be a SUPcross. All registered participants will receive a commemorative long sleeve Mongoose Cup long sleeve tee shirt and a delicious BBQ lunch. For event information contact Event Director Barrett Tester (949) 276-4431 x216 firstname.lastname@example.org
MOVIE IN THE PARK
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 www.danapoint.org
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
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 danapointharbor.com FREE
February 28, March 1, 2
12th Annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival
• FRIDAY CONCERT
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
• SATURDAY GALA
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
• SUNDAY ENCORE
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 www.oijazzfestival.com
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.
OCEAN AWARENESS DAY
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 danapointharbor.com
OCEAN INSTITUTE WHALE WATCHING AND MORE
March 1, 2, 8, 9
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 about ongoing research, and create fun whale-theme crafts. Additional activities include animal feedings, ROV driving, and tide pool touch tanks. Public hours are 9 AM – 3 PM on March 1, 9 AM – 2 PM on March 2 and 10 AM – 4 PM on March 8 & 9. . 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, 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 email@example.com. Parade applications are on the City’s webpage, http://www.danapoint.org/index.aspx?page=68&recordid=3831. Parade entry applications are due no later than end of business day February 14, 2013.
RUBBER DUCKY DERBY
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. www.danapointwomensclub.org
SAND SCULPTING FUN
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!
SAILING AND PADDLING
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.
Festival of Whales Street Fair: 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, 10 AM – 2 PM. The Street Fair begins immediately after the Festival of Whales Parade at Dana Point La Plaza Park, Pacific Coast Highway North at La Plaza, FREE shuttle service from most Harbor parking lots to Dana Point La Plaza Park.
There are many ways to participate in the Street Fair experience. The Chamber will be accepting applications for booth vendors, food vendors, non-profits, and volunteers for the event – applications to participate will be available in January 2014.
For more information about the event, or if you are interested in being a vendor, please call the Chamber office at 949.496.1555 or send us an email.