Ahoy!  Thar She Blows!

Southern California’s summer tourists may have come and gone, but this winter a different type of tourist will be traveling along the West Coast and heading to Baja during its annual migration: the majestic California Gray Whale. The whales begin their migration in late November, but from March 5 – 6 and 12 – 13 hundreds of these 35-ton leviathans will splash through the seaside community of Dana Point, California – the West Coast’s premier location to meet and greet these incredible creatures during the 45th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales.

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is one of Southern California’s largest seafaring celebrations and reaches out to whale admirers around the world.  Dana Point is teeming with festivities every winter during this special time of year, offering something for everyone.  The Festival draws nearly 100,000 visitors each year over these two special weekends.

Festival highlights include an opening day parade and Street Fair geared for families, a Polynesian cultural experience, art and craft exhibits, classic car and vintage boat exhibits, paddling and sailing opportunities, sand sculpting, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities, fun food, and of course, whale watching excursions on a variety of vessels or whale watching from breathtaking Dana Point Headlands Conservation Park.  For those wishing to spend more than a day admiring these graceful leviathans and taking in the sights of beautiful Dana Point, a variety of accommodations are available throughout the city, many offering whale watching packages and unforgettable ocean and harbor view guest rooms. The 2016 Festival invites visitors to migrate to each and every exciting event via complimentary shuttle service provided throughout the Festival venues and parking lots.  This year our water taxi will be back by popular demand for those that want to actually migrate on the water!

I may be reached at 949-499-4499 or fill out our contact form.  Please note this is a fantastic photo opp, so please consider also bringing a representative to capture the great visuals.

For more information on the Festival or to request additional media materials, please contact me at the phone number or email address above. Thank you for your interest in the Dana Point Festival of Whales!


Penny Elia
Executive Director
Dana Point Festival of Whales