Every September the Dana Point Harbor becomes a forest of towering masts, billowing sails, and stately wooden ships in early September during the annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, the largest gathering of historic sailing ships on the West Coast. 

Join us for a day of fun among these historic tall ships! Your Tall Ship Festival pass includes: 

-Admission for both days of the festival

-Tours of the ships from 10 am to 3:30 pm

-Access to visiting demonstartions, exhibits, crafts, reniactor encampment, and more inside the Ocean Institute

-Entertainment, Live Music and Craft Beer Garden


Members: $9 / adults (15 years and up), $7 / child (ages 3-14)
Non-members: $10 / adults (15 years and up), $8 / child (ages 3-14)
Family 4-Pack: $30.00 


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Here are 17 Solar Eclipse Events in Orange County:

  • Caspers Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano is having a viewing from 9am-12pm. View the eclipse through telescopes with special solar filters. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2xcklHr
  • The Astronomy Department of OCC is having a viewing event from 7am-2pm in Costa Mesa. Telescopes and equipment will be available to the public for viewing. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2uVhNg3
  • The Ocean Institute is having a eclipse viewing party starting at 9am. The first 50 people will receive a set of eclipse viewers. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2uZCxDw
  • Dana Wharf Whale Watching is having a solar eclipse whale watching trip from 10am-12pm. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2wZgtuc
  • Cal State…

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Here's an article originally published by the Ocean Institute in Dana Point by Nathan Taxel. For all of us wondering about the eclipse, and how and if we are going to be able to see any of it here in South Orange County, read below :

"On Monday Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918.  This 90-minute event will cover 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the earth and sun during a new moon. During these rare events, the earth, moon and sun briefly form a straight line while traveling along their orbits.  There are three types of solar eclipse: a total eclipse, like the one we are having on Aug. 21, is when the orbits are exactly…

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A 45 Year Tradition of Outrigger Canoe Racing in Dana Point

When: Saturday, August 8th, 2017

Where: Doheny State Beach

The Whitey Harrison Classic was established in 1971 as part of the Dana Point Harbor opening ceremonies. Today, It’s one of Southern California’s most popular outrigger canoe racing events with over 800 athletes competing on a 20 mile course from Doheny State Beach to Laguna Main Beach and back.

This is the first of the nine-man outrigger canoe races of the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association, hosted by the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club.  These are exciting races with 6 paddlers in the canoe and 3 more on a support boat who swap out during the race with the canoe keeping a steady pace.  Vendors and displays will be on…

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One of the world’s top biggest surf contests also boasts top-flight skate and BMX competition. Even if you’re not an action sports devotee, the extensive merchandise area and people-watching opportunities are a draw.

The World Surf League (WSL) Women's Championship Tour, Men's Qualifying Series, and combined Pro Junior events will take place during a competitive window from July 31 - August 6, 2017. Based on the conditions, the WSL Commissioners Office will make a decision about the surf schedule during the 7-day window.

When: July 29-Aug. 6

Where: South side of the Huntington Beach Pier, Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street

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