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Getting to the Festival

Parking, Trolley & Overnight Stays

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Parking, E-bikes & Trolley Service

The FREE DP Trolley will be in service Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5. The special trolley route will service most areas of the Dana Point Harbor as well as a few downtown stops.


For a live trolley tracker, visit or download The DP Trolley App.

Trolley Hours of Operation:

  • Saturday, March 4 @ 8am – 6pm
  • Sunday, March 5 @ 10am – 6:30pm

Free parking is available at Dana Hills High School (33333 Golden Lantern). There will be a trolley stop near the high school.

Many of the parking lots in the Dana Point Harbor are free parking, limited to four hours maximum. Hourly parking and day parking passes are available at Doheny State Beach at the automated payment kiosks. Explore other public parking lots in the City of Dana Point here.

Please note, road closures will be in effect Saturday, March 4 from 9am-Noon for the parade. View Road Closure Notice

A FREE e-bike corral will be available for the public at the locations below courtesy of Doheny Bike. Riders must supply their own lock.

  • Saturday, March 4 @ 10am – 4pm in the main Harbor parking lot on the corner of Golden Lantern & Dana Point Harbor Dr.
  • Sunday, March 5 @ 10am-4pm at Baby Beach

Official Lodging Partner

Elevate your Orange County escape at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, where their beach-chic hotel provides awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean. Seek new adventures with their prime location near Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Throughout the resort, enjoy a casually sophisticated setting across our guest rooms, restaurants and full-service spa. Book Your Stay

Driving Directions

  • From the Los Angeles area, take the Interstate 5 Fwy South and exit PCH/Beach Cities (Pacific Coast Highway).
  • From the San Diego area, take the Interstate 5 Fwy North, exit PCH/Beach Cities (Pacific Coast Highway) off ramp.

Both these exits will take you directly into Dana Point.

Drive under the Dana Point Bridge and make a left at the 2nd signal, Dana Point Harbor Drive. Doheny State Beach will be on your immediate left at the first signal, Park Lantern. Just a few more short blocks and you’ll arrive at Golden Lantern with the entrance to the Harbor on your left.

Help Us Keep the Festival of Whales Clean and Green

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is an ocean-friendly event with many of our booths, displays and exhibits being very close to water’s edge. We ask that all our sponsors and exhibitors keep this ocean location top-of-mind and refrain from using balloons, stickers, temporary tattoos, flyers or other materials that might find their way to the receiving waters of the Pacific Ocean. We also ask all of our guests to keep these practices in mind as they spend a glorious day or weekend taking in the beauty of this special location. Drinking fountains are plentiful for the refilling of water bottles. Please don’t forget to BYO (bring your own) and refill throughout the day. Please help us keep the Festival of Whales clean and green for generations to come. Click here to learn more.

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