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Welcome to the Dana Point Festival of Whales

In light of the announcement by Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health advising the postponement or cancellation of public mass gatherings of 250 or more to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), weekend two of the Dana Point Festival of Whales has been canceled.

Dana Point Harbor and its businesses are open. For Harbor information visit or call 949.388.3663.

Whale watching trips will operate as scheduled. For information regarding your booked whale watching trip, or to book a whale watching trip, please contact the chosen whale watching company directly. 

Wishing you health and happiness and to see you back in Dana Point next year for the 50th annual Festival of Whales.

Join us in the whale watching capital of the world for our 49th anniversary! Our schedule of events includes a variety of fun activities that you and your family can observe and participate in.

Watch the experts in the Sand Sculpting Competition, view spectacular works of art with our Art in the Park art fair, and check out one-of-a-kind automobiles during the So Cal Woodies car show. Your family will love participating in our Wyland Art Lessons, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding lessons, and spectacular whale watching trips throughout the day.

Learn all about what we have to offer before you visit us in March 2020 for the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales!

Want to add more fun to your festival weekend?

Dana Wharf Whale Watching The Original 2-Hour Whale Watching Trip

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

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Join Dana Point’s number one rated whale watching experience!

Ocean Institute Pacific Marine Exploration Cruise Come aboard the R/V Sea Explorer

Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration program.