Dana Point Festival of Whales 2021 Guide

Dana Point Festival of Whales 2021 (March 6 2021 and March 7 2021)

Dana Point Festival of the Whales is scheduled for Saturday March 6 2021 and Sunday March 7 2021.
South OC Beaches has all the info for you to enjoy Festival of Whales!

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this event is traditional in person events and hybrid in-person/virtual model.

Festival of the Whales 2021 Event Calendar is Online

Dana Point Festival of Whales Saturday March 6 2021

Festival of Whales Splash Dash
Run/Walk/Bike/Swim. Virtually on Saturday March 6 2021 and Sunday March 7 2021.
Register Online at Dana Point Festival of Whales
$25.00 Registration Fee.
100% of proceeds from the Splash Dash benefit the Dana Point Festival of Whales Foundation and Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

8:00am: Dave’s Virtual Safari
Watch Capt Dave’s Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari Louis Psihoyos, Whale World Changer Zoom Meeting on YouTube

8:30am: Virtual Dr. Lei Lane Stelle: Lecture on Photo ID of Marine Mammals

8:30am: Intro to Sailing with Westwind Sailing

9:00am: The Pod Cast Virtual Marine Mammal Lecture Series Features: Capt. Todd Mansur on YouTube

9:00am: Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild (Ocean Adventure Catamaran, Dana Wharf Dock)

9:00am: Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour

9:00am-12:45pm: Dana Point Under The Sea Trolley

9:00am-9:45am Dana Harbor Drive by Baby Beach
10:00am-10:45am Dana Harbor Drive & Island Way
11:00am-11:45am Dana Harbor Drive & Golden Lantern
12:00pm-12:45pm Mariner’s Village walkway by Harpoon Henrys

9:30am-2:20amOcean Institute Festival of Whales Events
Features: Marine Mammal Lectures/Kayak Tours/Whale Experiments on the Wharf/Marine Mammal Cruise/History of Whaling/Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Sail

9:30am –Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Lecture and Exhibit

10:00am – Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Cruise departs

10:00am – Ocean Institute Kayak tour Check-in

10:00am-4:00pm: Festival Merchandise Booth at Dana Wharf Whale Watching

10:00am-5:00pm: Dana Point Fine Arts Show and Sale
Harbor Walkway Near Mariners Village

10:30am – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

11:30am – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

12:00pm-3:00pm: Harbor Music Series
Dana Wharf Courtyard, Mariner’s Village clock courtyard area in front of El Torito, and along the Harbor Walkway in front of Coffee Importers

12:30pm – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on Wharf

12:30pm – Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Lecture and Exhibit

1:00pm – Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Cruise

1:00pm: Watch Capt Dave’s Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari YouTube Whale World Changers Virtual Interview Series Featuring Dylan Walker, Ben Williamson, Donna Kalez

1:30 pm – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

1:30 pm- Ocean Institute History of Whaling in Orange County (for guest of Spirit of Dana Point Sail)

2:00 pm – Ocean Institute Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Sail

2:30pm – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

Sunday March 7 2021

Festival of Whales Splash Dash
Run/Walk/Bike/Swim. Virtually on Saturday March 6 2021 and Sunday March 7 2021.
Register Online at Dana Point Festival of Whales
$25.00 Registration Fee.
100% of proceeds from the Splash Dash benefit the Dana Point Festival of Whales Foundation and Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour

Doheny State Beach Virtual Springtime 2021 Tour on YouTube
Join Park Naturalist Vicki for a tour of the Doheny State Beach Visitor Center in honor of the Dana Point Festival of Whales. See the center’s wide variety of local wildlife displays including a tidepool aquarium featuring leopard sharks, and more.

9:00am: Dana Wharf StoryTime with Nona The Naturalist
Story Time on Facebook Live

9:00am-10:30am: Stand Up Paddle Family Lessons with Westwind Sailing

9:30am-2:20amOcean Institute Festival of Whales Events
Features: Marine Mammal Lectures/Kayak Tours/Whale Experiments on the Wharf/Marine Mammal Cruise/History of Whaling/Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Sail

9:30am –Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Lecture and Exhibit

10:00am – Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Cruise departs

10:00am – Ocean Institute Kayak tour Check-in

10:00am-5:00pm: Dana Point Fine Arts Show and Sale
Harbor Walkway Near Mariners Village

10:00am-4:00pm: Festival Merchandise Booth at Dana Wharf Whale Watching

10:00am: Marine Mammal Lecture Series Features: Alisa Schulman-Janiger YouTube Podcast
She will be speaking on the Gray Whale Census and Behavior project.

10:30am – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

11:30am – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

12:00pm-3:00pm: Harbor Music Series
Dana Wharf Courtyard, Mariner’s Village clock courtyard area in front of El Torito, and along the Harbor Walkway in front of Coffee Importers

12:15pm-12:45: Dana Wharf Kids Fishing Clinic

12:30pm – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on Wharf

12:30pm – Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Lecture and Exhibit

1:00pm – Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Cruise

1:00pm-5:30pm: Dana Wharf Kids and Adults Fishing Trip

1:30 pm – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

1:30 pm- Ocean Institute History of Whaling in Orange County (for guest of Spirit of Dana Point Sail)

2:00 pm – Ocean Institute Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Sail

2:30pm – Ocean Institute Whale Experiments on the Wharf

Whale Watching Tour Information Is Online

Some Festival of Whale Traditions Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Large group events (Parade, Concert & BBQ, Clam Chowder Cook-off, Cardboard Classic & Dinghy Dash, Sand Sculpting Contest, Ocean Awareness Day, Street Fair, Kids’ Fun Zone, Car & Boat Shows, etc. will not be held this year.

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