festival_of_whales_activities_for_march_3rd_2013As part of the many festivities during the Dana Point Festival of Whales 2013, we wanted to share what the events are for Sunday March the 3rd, after the 'big day' of the Whales Parade. The fun doesn't end that weekend, there's many others the following weekend during the two-week activities that celebrate the migration of the Gray Whales.

March 3rd 2013 we have:

Whale of a Rubber Ducky Race - Hosted by the Dana Point Woman’s Club, this fun spin on a traditional “Rubber Ducky Race” will be held from 11AM – 2PM at Baby Beach. Duckies may be purchased in advance by contacting Joan Marie Kerr at 949-859-7506 or the day of the event at the DPWC station at Baby Beach. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. $6 per Rubber Duck or 2 for $10. You do not need to be present to win. Funds raised through this event will benefit the Woman’s Club scholarship fund. www.danapointwomansclub.com

Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition 8 AM to 2:30 PM on Baby Beach – Presented by OC Parks, this is a great event for teams of every kind – from families and friends to hard core sand sculpting enthusiasts – join us! Sculpting creation areas limited to 20 plots of 15’ x 15’ each – first come, first serve! Choose one of five categories: Castles, Whales and Ocean Creatures, Pirates and Ships, Woodies and Surfboards, or Patriotic Emblems. Contestants start at 8 am, judging begins at 2:30 with awards to follow. Bring your own buckets and tools, dyes and stabilizers not allowed – all natural. Sand provided free! Bring a team of family and friends and join the fun!


Story- From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent Gray Whale. Join us for an exciting tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast. 2 PM to 4:30 PM. Cost: Non-members, $40 adults, $23 children 12 & under. Members, $36 adults, $21 children 12 & under (min. age 4).

Ocean Awareness Day Presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association, featuring interactive displays, demonstrations and entertainment showcasing ocean and environmental programs and issues related to our ocean. The event is located at Baby Beach at the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, 11 AM – 4 PM. The event and parking is FREE and there is also FREE shuttle service from most Harbor parking


From 11:30 AM to 1 PM on Baby Beach, in the Dana Point Harbor. Come to Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s 4th Annual Diamond Dig at Baby Beach!! For one hour, starting at noon sharp, you and your child have a whale of an opportunity to become rich by digging for treasure & prizes. Dress as a pirate and get a head start looking for the buried treasure! Kids and adults are encouraged to arrive early at Baby Beach starting at 11:30am, pay $10 for your special Diamond Dig shovel and get ready to dig for treasure at noon sharp! Remember last year – toys, bicycles and a diamond necklace were among the booty found! Sponsored by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club – all proceeds benefit local children’s charities


Seashore Interpretive Family Hike - Time TBA based on tides Guided family tidepool hikes through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists. Hikes are available on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute after admission is paid, no additional charge. See admission info below.


Whale of a Pancake Breakfast & Raffle with Entertainment Hosted by the Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary 9934 at the OC Sailing & Event Center’s Dana Cove Room from 8 AM – 11 AM. Start your day with delicious, fluffy pancakes with strawberry topping served hot off the griddle, tasty sausage and bacon, served with juice, milk or coffee. Over 25 great gifts raffled. Plus we will have surprise entertainment that covers the ages. All proceeds will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Share in the fun and tradition and join us for a delicious breakfast, win a great prize and let us entertain you! Following breakfast join us for Ocean Awareness Day, Diamond Dig and Sand Sculpting and Rubber Ducky Race – just steps away at Baby Beach. Pancake Breakfast: Adults – $6, Children under 12 – $3.       


Delicious BBQ specialties at affordable prices will be served up from 11:30 AM to 4 PM adjacent to Baby Beach. Choose from tri-tip sandwiches, mouth-watering chicken sandwiches, scrumptious salads and more!


2nd Annual ! Sample a variety of tasty chowders from local restaurants and organizations and then vote for your favorite from 10 AM to 2 PM along the Harbor walkway adjacent to Art in the Park, near Island Way. Prizes will be awarded for Best Chowder, Best Booth Design and People’s Choice. Tasting packets will include taste sampling tickets, tasting cups and spoons – $5 for five tastes and $10 for 12 tastes. All proceeds will benefit Fish for Life, offering programs designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. http://www.fishforlife.org/

Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip – Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. Prizes will be raffled off at the end of the clinic – 12:00 – 12:30 pm. After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $39 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE. Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life!

So Cal Woodies 12 Noon – 4 PM (March 2) and 10 AM – 4PM (March 3) – The best of the best will be on display from the official Southern California Chapter of the National Woodie Club. Immediately following the Festival parade So Cal Woodies will cruise down from the parade to the grassy areas along the Harbor walkway. Stroll along the Harbor walkway and enjoy this one-of-a-kind display! The Club’s goal is to promote the wooden car, and the role it has played throughout automotive history, especially in the California surf culture. For more information visit http://www.socalwoodies.com/

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