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51st Annual Festival of Whales

Join us for the 51st Annual Festival of Whales!

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Welcome to the Dana Point Festival of Whales March 5 & 6 , 2022

Join us on March 5 and 6, 2022 in the dolphin & whale watching capital of the world (R) for the 51st annual Dana Point Festival of Whales!

The Festival will proceed as an in-person two-day festival.  With COVID restrictions eased, most of the Festival’s traditional events and attractions are returning to the schedule. A few virtual events will remain on the calendar as well.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful Dana Point Harbor to celebrate the annual return of the California gray whales as they grace our coast during their annual, awe-inspiring migration.

This year the Welcoming of the Whales Ceremony (Friday, March 4 at dusk, on the beach behind the Ocean Institute) will be open to the public and followed by a kickoff party at the Ocean Institute. The kickoff event will include speakers, food trucks/refreshments, and hands-on educational activities. Stay tuned for more on that.

Whale watching excursions operating out of Dana Point will be offered on a special Festival schedule, with COVID protocols in place to provide viewing in a safe and socially-distanced manner. All Festival events will be tailored to adhere to current health restrictions.

Dana Point Harbor and its businesses are open. For Harbor information visit or call 949.388.3663.