The headland jutting out into the ocean at Dana Point, is the best spot for whale watching, as it is a along their journey during their migration from Alaska to Mexico. This is also a place from which daily excursions are made to see the behomoths of the deep. Check out the video
During the month of March, the 2nd and 3rd and the 9th and 10th, Dana Point holds their yearly "Festival of the Whales". The fun packed weekends are filled with street fairs, art shows, classic car displays, exhibits, paddle board contest, and historical walking tours. Check out the events here.
A Grand Parade opens the festival followed by 'sand sculpting', a 'rubber ducky race' and 'ocean awareness day' are highlights of the first fun packed Sunday March 3rd. On Mar 10th there will be a 'grand concert ' to close out the event and in between there will be a mobile marine mammal museum, kids grunion run, 5 & 10k races and a beach cleanup at Doheny State park.
The main attraction, of course, is whale watching and getting as close to the whales as possible. Attendees can take one of the many daily excursions being run by Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari and Dana Wharf Whale Watching.
Food is a big part of any festival and this is no different, attend the pancake breakfast, enjoy the Clam Chowder cook off or the delicious BBQ. In addition there are many find dining places in the Marina. Booths will feature T's and sweatshirts among the many other arts & crafts items.
Getting to the event is easy, both OCTA and Metrolink can get you there. For those who drive take the Pacific Coast Highway off-ramp, from the 5 Freeway going south. Follow the signs to one of the many parking lots where there are free shuttles to take you to the festival event.
References: Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari; OCTA & Metro; Parking info.