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52nd Annual Festival of Whales

Join us for the 52nd Annual Festival of Whales!

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Welcome to the Dana Point Festival of Whales March 3rd ,4th and 5th, 2023

Join us on March 3rd ,4th and 5th in the dolphin & whale watching capital of the world (R) for the 52nd annual Dana Point Festival of Whales!

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 kick off will be the Welcoming of the Whales Ceremony  (Friday, March 3 at dusk, on the beach behind the Ocean Institute) after the paddle out and ceremony the Ocean Institute will be open to the public . The kickoff event will include speakers, food trucks/refreshments, and hands-on educational activities.

Our Whale watching excursions will be available and expanded for the Festival of Whale weekend.

Click here for more information on the Festival of Whales!