Dana Point Festival of Whales Continues March 9-10posted: 2/27/2013
Whales pass Dana Point each day this time of year during their annual migration north, including California gray whales, humpbacks and orcas. Boaters will be cruising offshore to see them -- and so will passengers aboard charter whale-watching cruises.
This year’s festival events include a kick-off parade (starting at 10 a.m. March 2), sand sculpting, musical entertainment and concerts on and off the water, a Street Fare Festival for culinary aficionados of all ages (10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2), art shows, pancake breakfasts, a chowder cook-off, barbecues, classic car exhibits, a Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby (11 a.m. March 3) historic walking tours, tall ship adventures, fishing trips, sailing/rowing/kayak/paddleboard demonstrations, a run/walk event 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-3:30 p.m. March 9) and the Polynesian Connection Festival (11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9). A free shuttle is available throughout the event.
For details, visit festivalofwhales.com or call (888) 440-4309.