UPDATE: RAIN DELAYS:Dana Point’s Festival of the Whales is on Sunday March 6 2016 rain or shine.
Check their Facebook Page for the latest updates on events.
Ocean Awareness Day and The Rubber Ducky Derby is cancelled and the Diamond Dig has been rescheduled to next Saturday at the same time.
All other events will continue as scheduled. For questions regarding whale watching reservations, please call the provider.
The Dana Point Festival of the Whales is Sunday March 6 2016.
South OC Beaches has all the details for you to enjoy this Family Friendly Event!
Dana Point is home to Whales natural migration path. Hundreds of Whales are passing through the Dana Point Coastal Waters.
Dana Point Festival highlights include:an opening day parade, Street Fair, art and craft shows and sales, classic car exhibits, paddling and sailing opportunities, Boating Extravaganza, 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.
Dana Point Festival of the Whales Sunday March 6 2016 Schedule
8:00AM–2:30 PM Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition (Baby Beach)
8:30AM–9:30 AM Lily, a Gray Whale Tribute (Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari)
9:00AM–2:00 PM Whale Walk Painting (Doheny State Beach)
10:00AM–10:45AM Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran – Dana Wharf Dock)
10:00AM–11:00AM Marine Mammal Lecture Series (Harpoon Henry’s)
10:00AM–4:00PM Sailing & Stand-up Paddling Clinic (Westwind Sailing, OC Sailing & Event Center)
10:00AM–4:00PM So Cal Woodies (Harbor walkway)
10:00AM–4:00PM The Legendary Corvette (Harbor walkway)
10:00AM–5:00PM Art in the Park (Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive)
11:00AM–4:00PM Ocean Awareness Day (Baby Beach Park) CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
11:30AM–1:00PM Diamond Dig (Baby Beach) RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY MARCH 12 2016
11:00AM–2:00 PM Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby (Baby Beach) CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
11:30AM–4:00PM Whale of a BBQ (Baby Beach Park)
Noon–3:00PM Harbor Music Series (Dana Wharf, Mariners Village, Art in the Park)
Noon–2:30PM Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip (Dana Wharf Docks)
12:45PM–5:15PM Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip (Dana Wharf Docks)
2:00PM Walking Tour of Town Center (Blue Lantern Street/Pacific Coast Highway)
2:00PM–4:30PM Drone and Go Pro Demo (Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching)
Dana Point Festival of the Whales 2016 Parking
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.
Please refer to the Festival map for parking options at the following link Festival of Whales
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 for only $1.00per hour each weekend of the Festival.
If you wish to take advantage of this pricing please visit the automated pay machines located in the parking lots.
From Doheny, catch the FREE shuttle that services this area approximately every 15 minutes.
Water Taxi – Back by popular demand
Daily service during the Festival will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Round trip tickets are $5 per person.
Present your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder and ride the water taxi for only $3 round trip per person.
Park and ride and take in all the great sights from the water!
Your captain will share interesting facts and features about the Dana Point area and it’s fascinating history.