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Festival of Whales Parade- New Parade Route in Dana Point Harbor

Date: Saturday, March 7th

Time: 10:00 am 

Location: Dana Point Harbor *New Location for the parade

This event is weather permitting. If canceled, no make-up date will be arranged.

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 overhead during the parade. The parade promptly begins at 10 AM with a new route beginning at the island side of Island Way and then proceeding over the Island Way bridge, then right on Dana Point Harbor Drive and ending at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive. Come early and enjoy breakfast in the harbor. If you are interested in having an entry in the parade, please contact Sherry Murphy, Recreation Manager at the City of Dana Point at (949) 248-3533 or via email at smurphy@danapoint.org.


Festival of Whales Parade- Whale of a Concert & BBQ

Date: Sunday, March 15th

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Baby Beach, 34451 Ensenada Place

This event is weather permitting. If canceled, no make-up date will be arranged.

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.


Noon-1 PM – The Dave Silver Band (Rock & Original Music)

1:30 PM-3 PM – Tricia Freeman’s Tribute to Ronstadt, Nicks & Joplin

3:30 PM-5 PM – Turn the Page – Tribute to Bob Seger

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.

For more information call the City of Dana Point Recreation Division at 949-248-3536.


Egg Hunts

Date: Saturday, April 11th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Pines Park, 34941 Camino Capistrano, and Sea Canyon Park, 33093 Santiago Dr

Additional Information is TBD

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