Dana Point Events and Happenings
Dana Point Harbor
33°27.4'N - 117°41.4'W


WALK YOUR WAY TO FITNESS with the South Coast Beachcombers Walking Club. They meet two mornings a week and walk a 2 ˝ mile course within the picturesque Harbor. Join them on Tues & Thurs. at 9:45-10:45am, meet near Beach Cities Pizza. Give them a call at (949) 499-7114 or register online at www.southcoastmedcenter.com.


Daily Whale Watching Cruises
Each winter, thousands of California Gray Whales leave the cold Artic Seas and follow the coastline to the warm, calm waters of Southern California and Baja. This 5,000-mile migration brings much of the pod past Dana Point, where pods of Giant Grays can be easily seen and photographed. Many believe Dana Point is a reference “landmark” for the whales and is famous as a gathering area; they trace one of nature’s longest migratory paths.
The Gray Whale has become symbolic of the vast, mysterious and fragile marine resources of the Pacific Coast. The Gray Whale is the most accessible for human observation. During their southern migration, they tend to hug the shore. This allows for visitors to approach the whales in a peaceful manner, letting us make more intimate contact with them. Today’s whale watchers hunt with cameras and binoculars, not harpoons.
Due to the unique shape of Dana Point Harbor, it is ideally located for easy and quick access to board a boat and be in the open ocean in 5 minutes. Whale watching has, in fact, become a traditional winter activity in California. Dana Point Harbor is the official “Whale Watching Capital of the West”.
You can whale watch with other whale watching public on a guided tour or you can get your own group together and charter a boat for a guided cruise. The following companies offer various types of whale watching trips from public to private, contact each of them to set sail for your particular adventure.

Dana Wharf Sport – (949) 496-5794 

Ocean Institute – (949) 496-2274 

Aventura Sailing Association – (949) 493-9493

Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari – (949) 488-2828

APRIL 2012
April  The Pet Project Foundation presents the 16th Annual Wag-A-Thon
MAY 2012
May 13 Mother's Day Art Show & Sale
May TBD 12th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Show
JULY 2011
July 4 Dana Point 4th of July Fireworks Show
The City of Dana Point presents an aerial sky show, featuring a musical simulcast presented by radio station KSBR 88.5 FM. Arrive early to picnic over the Harbor on the cliffs of Blue Lantern Park or Heritage Park.
When: July 4, 9 pm, beach opens at 6 am
Sept  The Toshiba Tallships Festival — the largest annual gathering of tallships on the west coast. The festival offers living history demonstrations, live music, art shows, tours of the tallships, interactive displays and so much more! Come experience the wonders of the majestic tallships and our unique maritime past in this exciting family event.
November 25 California’s Thanksgiving Day Run with more than 10,000 participants - The Dana Point Turkey Trot - One of America's Most Scenic Coastal Runs... hosted by The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.
Dec 9, 10 & 16, 17 Jingle Bell Rock Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade

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