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The Annual Festival of Whales Is Coming To Dana Point this March!

Mark your calendars because you wouldn't want to miss the 48th annual festival of Whales happening on two consecutive weekends on March 2nd and 3rd, and March 9th and 10th from 8 am to 4 pm.

The Festival of Whales, a yearly event in Dana Point, is a celebration of the annual migration of the California Gray Whales. Festival highlights include an opening day parade, street fair, art and craft shows and sales, classic car exhibits, stand-up paddling and sailing opportunities, sand sculpting and chowder cook-off competitions, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities, culinary delights, spirits/beer gardens, and whale watching excursions aboard a variety of vessels.

Additional family-friendly festivities happening throughout the Dana Point Festival of Whales include:

March 2

Festival of Whales Parade & Street Fair Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition at Baby Beach

March 2, 3, 9, 10

Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale at the Harbor Boardwalk Classic Car & Boat Displays along the Harbor walkway Harbor Music Series in the Harbor Courtyards Marine Mammal Lecture Series at Harpoon Henry’s


March 3

Diamond Dig at Baby Beach Ocean Awareness Day at Baby Beach

March 3, 10

Kids Free Fishing Clinic & Free Fishing Trip at Dana Wharf Sportfishing.

March 9

Cardboard Classic & Dinghy Dash at Baby Beach Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook-Off at Baby Beach Grassy area Captain Dave’s Under the Sea Eco Carnival

March 10

Concert on the Water at Baby Beach

The event is taking place at Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point, California. For more information, visit the festival's official website.

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