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Festival of Whales Magical Migration Parade

Festival of Whales Update: After speaking with the National Weather Service about the weather forecast for this week, the Festival of Whales Parade that was scheduled to take place Saturday morning has been canceled. Activities over the next two weekends celebrating the 48th migration of gray whales will continue. Check the festivalofwhales.com for updated event information.  

Date: Saturday, March 2nd

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Location: Parade begins at PCH and Selva and runs down to Golden Lantern

The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the two weekend celebration of the California Grey Whale migration. The parade embraces the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration with parade floats and entries decorating in an ocean/whale theme and costumes. Giant helium parade balloons of a Blue Whale, Orca and many other sea life creatures fill the air over head during the parade. The parade promptly begins at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway beginning at Selva Road and ending at Golden Lantern in Dana Point, approximately 1 mile. FREE shuttle service to and from Harbor parking lots to the parade viewing area will be available beginning one hour (9 AM) from the parade start time. Come early and enjoy breakfast in the harbor before catching a shuttle to the parade viewing area. If you are interested in having an entry in the parade, please contact Sherry Murphy, Recreation Manager at  smurphy@danapoint.org.


Whale of a Concert & BBQ

Date: Sunday, March 10th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Baby Beach, 34451 Ensenada Place

In honor of the whales migrating by Dana Point Headlands “singing their song” the Festival of Whales festivities will include a FREE outdoor concert at Baby Beach with bands performing on the water atop a specially designed floating stage. The concert will feature three bands, with music starting at noon and going until 5 p.m.

2019 Lineup:

Noon-1 PM                        Neon Nation – The Ultimate Live ’80s Experience

1:30 PM-3 PM                   Keston & The Rhythm Killers

3:30 PM-5 PM                   DSB – The Next Best Thing To Journey

Bring your low back beach chairs or blankets and enjoy an afternoon of great music! Delicious BBQ favorites will be available along with a Spirits Garden for adults 21+, with valid driver’s license.

Baby Beach is located adjacent to the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point. For more information call the City of Dana Point Recreation Department at 949-248-3530 or via email at recreation@danapoint.org.


Egg Hunts

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Pines Park (34942 Camino Capistrano) & Sea Canyon Park (33093 Santiago Drive)

Hop on down with your family on Saturday, April 20th and discover the hidden treasure of candy and plastic filled eggs at our spring time Egg Hunts for children up to 10 years of age. We offer two Egg Hunts, one at Pines Park, and one at Sea Canyon Park. Family activities and Easter Bunny visits held from 9:00 am - 10:00 am, with the Egg Hunts beginning promptly at 10:00 am. For more information call the City of Dana Point Recreation Department at (949) 248-3536 or via email at recreation@danapoint.org.






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