Dana Point Festival of Whales

Celebrate the Gray Whale Migration at the 46th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales

46th Annual Festival of Whales LogoThe 46th annual Dana Point Festival of Whales will be held March 4 – 5 and 11 – 12, 2017.

The Dana Point Festival of Whales began 46 years ago as an annual community event in the coastal town of Dana Point, located in picturesque Orange  County, California. During the two-weekend festival held every March, residents and visitors celebrate the migration of Gray Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and presentations emphasizing education and environmental responsibility. A variety of family friendly activities will take place and the premiere event is, of course, whale watching!

About Gray Whales

Breaching Gray WhaleGray whales can be seen migrating off the coast of Dana Point from December through May. In rare instances they’re seen as early as November and as late as July. Gray Whale are often are seen within just a mile or two of the shoreline, where they’re believed to use Dana Point’s headlands as a landmark on their journey.  Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal, traveling about 12,000 miles from the cold waters near Alaska, where they feed, to the warm lagoons of Baja California, Mexico, where the gray whales mate and give birth to their calves. Learn more about gray whales.

Important Tip
Festival of Whales dates can be very popular for whale watching tours. Be sure to make book your tickets in advance!

The Following Festival of Whales Events are Hosted by Capt. Dave’s

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Daily
Under the Sea Eco Carnival, March 11
Whale Entanglement Presentation, March 11

For a full list of events please visit the Festival of Whales website.