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!