The popular event in Dana Point which marks the 47th year of its existence this year, will start this following weekend ( March 3-4) and finalize on March 10-11 2018.
The festivities on this two-weekend event brings together the community in no other way. Highlights for this year’s Festival of Whales, besides the incredible gray whale watching expeditions, include lessons by wildlife artist Wyland, Marine Mammal lectures, sailing and stand-up paddling clinics, Captain Dave’s Undersea Eco Carnival and the delectable 7th annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook-off.
To kick off the event, there will be a parade on Saturday March 3rd along PCH at Selva Road and ending at Golden Lantern in Dana Point, starting at 10 am. The parade embraces the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration with parade floats and entries decorating in an ocean/whale theme and costumes. Giant helium parade balloons of a Blue Whale, Orca and many other sea life creatures fill the air over head during the parade.
There will be a FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots to the parade viewing area will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time. Come early and enjoy breakfast in the harbor before catching a shuttle to the parade viewing area!
Right after the parade, don't forget to come by and enjoy the Street Fair at La Plaza Park, or join the Sand Sculpting Competition or the Pizza Party at Baby Beach and others.
For a detailed list of events happening this and next weekend, please visit