There are multiple parking lots throughout the Festival. Some of these lots fill earlier than others, but ALL lots are serviced by the FREE shuttle. See below for shuttle stops, routes, and event locations.
• Park free for up to 4 hours in most Harbor lots. Please remember, 4 hours maximum in these lots. All parking lots are monitored by Orange County Sheriff’s Department so please do check your watch when you park and keep an eye on the time. No matter where you park the FREE shuttle services all event locations.
• Park at Doheny State Beach ALL day or for $3 per hour with a $6 minimum payable at automated pay machines/kiosks located in the parking lots. Hourly parking rates at Doheny State Beach are available at the numerous automated payment machine kiosks located throughout the park, or better yet through the PassportParking Mobile Pay app for smartphones and tablets. This app is available for both iPhones and Android phones (App Store and Google Play). Sign up online at https://ppprk.com/park/. The benefit of the PassportParking Mobile Pay application is in addition to making the initial payment for parking, time can also be added remotely in case you are having a great time at the harbor events and don’t want to return to the parking lot just yet to retrieve your car!
FREE Shuttle Info
Available every day of the Festival from 10 AM to 4 PM (extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 3) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 11). View our online map below for shuttle stops, routes, parking options and event locations. Park and ride free all day long and migrate with the whales!
New Parade Route
The 2020 Festival of Whales Parade, March 7 will be held entirely within the Harbor. See map below. The parade will be staged on the west island side of the Harbor near the Dana Point Yacht Club. It will proceed east on Dana Drive toward the RH Dana statue and then (left/north) over the Island Way Bridge to Dana Point Harbor Drive. It will then turn right/east on Dana Point Harbor Drive toward Golden Lantern and end in the Brig parking lot at the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern. Parade signup and info is handled by the City of Dana Point. For more information contact Sherry Murphy, Recreation Manager at the City of Dana Point at [email protected] or 949.248.3533.
Free Shuttle Service
Daily from 10 AM to 4 PM (extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 7) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 10). Please see map below for shuttle stops and routes. Park and ride free all day long and migrate with the whales!
Daily from NOON to 5 PM (last pick up at Ocean Institute will be at 5 PM) between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute. Take a relaxing Harbor Cruise or utilize the boat as an alternative to walking or riding the shuttle from one end of the Harbor to the other. Round trip tickets are $5 per person. and must be purchased on the boat or at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Take in all the great sights from the water! Your captain will share interesting facts about whales, features of the Dana Point area and its fascinating history.
Updated Event Map Coming Soon
Please stand by as we update our event locations for the 2020 Festival of Whales. In order to accommodate for the new parade venue in the Harbor, a few of our fun and exciting events will be moving to new locations. Updated information will be posted here shortly.