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


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


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.

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