Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dana Point Festival of Whales: Top 5 Events This Weekend | @FestivalofWhales

Have you heard? The Dana Point Festival of Whales is the next two weekends! March 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th, there will be amazing and fun activities for the whole family! 

Southern California’s summer tourists may have come and gone, but this winter a different type of tourist will be traveling along the West Coast and heading to Baja during its annual migration: the majestic California Gray Whale. The whales will begin their migration in late November, but from March 5 – 6 and 12 – 13 hundreds of these 35-ton leviathans will splash through the seaside community of Dana Point, California – the West Coast’s premier location to meet and greet these incredible creatures during the 45th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales.

With so much fun packed into these two weekends, my top choices for heading down there THIS weekend are these Top 5 Events!


Have your kids dress up as pirates and enter the Diamond Dig!  What is the Diamond Dig?  From 11:30-1PM on March 6th, you and your children can dig for buried treasure at Baby Beach!  There is even a pair of real Diamond Earrings donated by Marinelli Fine Jewelry!  This event is $10 per person and they recommend you get there by 11:30.

Sponsored by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club – all proceeds benefit local children’s charities. For more information call: Alan Wickstrom 949-842-0594 or go online:

Join us for a great al fresco family night while we watch Free Willy: Escape from Pirates Cove under the stars. This PG-rated movie is presented by the City of Dana Point Community Services & Parks Department. FREE popcorn, hot beverages and snacks will be available. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and picnic dinners for an evening of entertainment under the stars.

Movie will begin at 6:30 PM and will be shown at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point. For more information call 949-248-3530.


Westwind Sailing is honored to host the Kickoff Event for the Dana Point Festival of the Whales, 2016 – the Cardboard Classic “Dinghy Dash”! This 1st annual event promises to be a fun-filled, family oriented day that includes a Cardboard Boat Building Contest and Race (the Dinghy Dash), Vendor Booths, BBQ, Event Emcee – Jim Taylor, Music and Awards! Serious fun for competitors and spectators alike!

There are race categories for ages 8 and up and even dogs!


Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby Hosted by the Dana Point Women’s Club, this fun spin on a traditional “Rubber Ducky Race” will be held from11AM – 2PM at Baby Beach. Duckies may be purchased in advance by contacting Joan Marie Kerr at 949-859-5706 or the day of the event at the DPWC station at Baby Beach. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

$6 per Rubber Duck or 2 for $10. You do not need to be present to win. Funds raised through this event will be donated to the Dana Point Library’s Children’s Summer Reading

There are so many great reasons to head to Dana Point this month I can't list them all but you can check out all of their activities at

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