Family Friendly Festival of Whales Returns March 1-3 at Dana Point, CA, with March 2 Parade and Vintage Car Show

The Dana Point Festival of Whales returns for the 53rd time from Friday through Sunday March 1st – 3rd with a full slate of fun for young and old alike. The festival honors the beauty of the ocean and its incredible inhabitants and pays homage to the majestic whales that grace our shores each year during their migratory journey.  From a concert to art exhibits, street fair, educational lectures and outdoor walks and activities the festival calendar promises a good time for all. Picture a vibrant tapestry of marine-themed activities, educational exhibits, and family-friendly entertainment that captures the essence of our deep-sea neighbors from whale-watching excursions to engaging marine conservation talks.

A joyous Magical Migration Parade and vintage car show highlight the Saturday March 2 slate where the sea meets the spirit of community. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Richard Henry Dana statue on the Island Way Bridge and proceeds over the bridge, then right on Dana Point Harbor Dr. and continues until it ends at Golden Lantern. The parade lasts about one hour and  features vintage cars, giant helium parade balloons, 50+ participants and organizations, marching bands, school groups, nonprofit organizations, and floats.  Following the parade the car show will continue dockside until 4 p.m.

A good plan for watching the parade is arrive by 8 a.m. and park in the lot adjacent to Harpoon Henry’s restaurant, 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 and walk to nearby Dana Point Harbor Drive or the Island Way Bridge. If you wish to view the car show, best to come after 12 p.m. and park at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, and take the free trolley shuttle to the festival activities.

%d bloggers like this: