DANA POINT – The 43rd annual Dana Point Festival of Whales will help celebrate the return of gray whales to local waters with festival events scheduled for March 1-2 and 8-9.
Whales pass Dana Point each day this time of year during their annual migration north. Hundreds of the whales will splash through the city on their way to the Baja. The 35-ton leviathans can be seen by boaters cruising offshore – as well as passengers aboard whale-watching charter boats.
This year’s festival events include a kick-parade (starting at 10 a.m. March 1), sand sculpting, musical entertainment and concerts on and off the water, food vendors, art shows, pancake breakfasts, the 3rd annual chowder cook-off, barbecues, classic car exhibits, a Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby (11 a.m. March 2) historic walking tours, tall ship adventures, fishing trips, sailing/rowing/kayak/paddleboard demonstrations, and seminars at multiple venues, including the Ocean Institute.
There will also be environmental activities, interpretive crafts, the Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup stand-up paddleboard event (9 a.m-3 p.m. March 8) and a grunion run and walk for adults and kids (March 2).
A water taxi will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute for a fee of $3 per person. Guests can also board a free shuttle available every day of the festival.
For details, visit festivalofwhales.com or call (888) 440-4309.