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Festival of Whales 2020



Festival of Whales 2020

Join us for two fun-filled weekends, this March 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, 2020, as we celebrate our 49th anniversary of the Festival of Whales-one of the most sought after Orange County events at the Harbor. 

The Festival of Whales is a celebration of the California gray whale migration. The parade will embrace the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration accented with parade floats and entries decorated in an ocean/whale theme and costumes. It is one of the  Orange County events that also highlights the overhead parade of giant helium balloons of a blue whale, orca, and many other sea life creatures.

A Little History

Known as the Whale Capital of the World, Dana Harbor Point is a reference “landmark” for the whales. Dana Point is a lovely town located south to Los Angeles on the way to San Diego. For more than 40 years, the city hosts the large nature lover crowd who arrive in the town to watch thousands of gray whales.

Apart from the migrating gray whales in the winter and the blue whales in the spring and summer, Dana Harbor Point offers an easy and quick access to board a boat or to be in the open ocean in just 5 minutes.

Details Of the Event

The festival will be staged on the west island side of the harbor near the Dana Point Yacht Club. 

The parade begins at 10 AM with a new route starting at Dana Drive on the island side of Island Way, continuing over to the Island Way bridge, then right on Dana Point Harbor Drive. It will end in the Brig parking lot at the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern.

The City of Dana Point handles the parade signup and info. For more information, contact Sherry Murphy, Recreation Manager at the City of Dana Point at or 949.248.3533.

The said celebration also includes Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, plus much more!


Enjoy FREE shuttle service from 10 AM to 4 PM daily (extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 7) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 15).


Take a relaxing Harbor Cruise with great sights from the water while your captain shares interesting facts about whales, features of the Dana Point area, and its fascinating history. Daily from noon until five in the afternoon between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute. It is the best alternative to walking or riding the shuttle from one end of the Harbor to the other. 

Round trip tickets are $5 per person. and must be purchased on the boat or at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. 


T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, tote bags, and lapel pins will also be on sale throughout the Harbor during both weekends of the Festival.

For More Information

Event links: Dana Point Festival of Whales website

Contact details:

Dana Point Festival of Whales Information

Phone: (949) 472-7888

Toll-Free: (888) 440-4309

Contact Email:

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