Festival of Whales – Event Calendar

2020 CHRONOLOGICAL EVENT SCHEDULE

FESTIVAL OF WHALES WEEKEND TWO CANCELED

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 DanaPointHarbor.com 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.

Click here to view our corresponding map for event locations, as well as shuttle stops, routes and parking options.
*PURPLE numbers next to each listing below coincide with map locations

Saturday, March 7

 

15 8 AM – 1 PM Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition (Baby Beach)
3 9 AM – 9:45 AM Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran, Dana Wharf Dock)
 1-2 10 AM Festival of Whales Parade (Dana Drive >Island Way >Dana Point Harbor Drive)
2 10 AM – 4 PM Street Fair  “Whales, Tails & Ales”  (Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern)
5 10 AM – 3 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
15 10 AM – 4 PM Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center (Baby Beach)
7 10 AM – 3 PM Sailing & Stand-up Paddling Clinic (Westwind Sailing, OC Sailing & Event Center)
11 10 AM – 4 PM So Cal Woodies (Harbor walkway)
11 10 AM – 4 PM The Legendary Corvette (Harbor walkway)
6 10 AM – 4 PM The Antique & Classic Boat Society (Harbor walkway)
8 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor walkway near Mariners Village)
4 Noon – 2 PM Captain Dave’s Under Sea Eco Carnival (Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Deck near Baby Beach)
15 Noon – 4 PM Whale of a Pizza Party (Baby Beach)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Mariners Village)
8 2 PM Walking Tour of Town Center (Blue Lantern Street/Pacific Coast Highway)
7 2 PM – 3 PM Capt. Dave’s Presents “Entangled Whales: What Can We Do?” (OC Sailing & Event Center)
16 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Campfire Talk About Whales (Doheny State Beach)

 

Sunday, March 8

 6  10 AM – 4 PM  Planters NUTmobile (Parking lot between Harpoon Henry’s and Dana Wharf at Kid’s Fun Zone)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
5 10 AM – 3 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
6 10 AM – 4 PM Kids’ Fun Zone (Parking lot between Harpoon Henry’s and Dana Wharf)
7 10 AM – 3 PM Sailing & Stand-up Paddling Clinic (Westwind Sailing, OC Sailing & Event Center)
11 10 AM – 4 PM So Cal Woodies (Harbor walkway)
11 10 AM – 4 PM The Legendary Corvette (Harbor walkway)
8 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor walkway near Mariners Village)
15 11 AM – 4 PM Ocean Awareness Day (Baby Beach Park)
15 11:30 AM – 1 PM Diamond Dig (Baby Beach)
15 Noon – 4 PM Whale of a BBQ (Baby Beach Park)
3 Noon – 12:30 PM;
12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip (Dana Wharf Docks)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village)
8 2 PM Walking Tour of Town Center (Blue Lantern Street/Pacific Coast Highway)

 

Saturday, March 14

15 8 AM – 1 PM Cardboard Classic Dinghy Dash & Expo (Baby Beach)
15 8 AM – Noon Boat Builders’ Brekky and BBQ on the Beach (Baby Beach)
3 9 AM – 9:45 AM Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran, Dana Wharf Dock)
16 9 AM – Noon Whale of a Beach Cleanup (Doheny State Beach)
6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor walkway near Mariners Village)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
5 10 AM – 3 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
6 10 AM to 4 PM Kids’ Fun Zone (Parking lot between Harpoon Henry’s and Dana Wharf)
11 10 AM – 4 PM British Invasion (Harbor walkway)
8 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
15 11 AM – 3 PM 9th Annual Clam Chowder Cook Off (Baby Beach Park)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village)

 

Sunday, March 15

6 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale (Harbor Walkway near Mariners Village)
13 10 AM – 11 AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
5 10 AM – 3 PM Ocean Institute Education Center (Ocean Institute)
6 10 AM to 4 PM Kids’ Fun Zone (Parking lot between Harpoon Henry’s and Dana Wharf)
11 10 AM – 4 PM British Invasion (Harbor walkway)
10 10 AM – 4 PM Just Havin’ Fun Car Club Show (Harbor Walkway)
12 10 AM – 5 PM Dana Hills High School & San Juan Hills High School Young Artists Show and Sale (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
8 10 AM – 5 PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
10 Noon – 3 PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village)
15 Noon – 5 PM Whale of a Concert on the Water (Baby Beach)
15 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Whale of a Concert BBQ and Spirits Garden (Baby Beach)
3 Noon – 12:30 PM;
12:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip (Dana Wharf Docks)

 

Whale Watching (every day of the event)

Whale 8 AM – 4 PM Whale Watching (Dana Wharf Whale Watching)
Whale 8 AM – 4 PM Whale Watching (Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari)
Whale 8:30 AM – 2 PM Whale Watching (Ocean Institute)
Whale 8 AM – 4 PM Whale Watch from Land – bluff top viewing (Headlands Nature Interpretive Center)

 

Please visit our online map for shuttle stops, routes, parking options and event locations.