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Southern California's summer tourists may have come and gone, but this winter a different type of tourist will be traveling along the West Coast and heading to Baja during its annual migration: the majestic California Gray Whale. The whales will begin their migration in late November, but from March 2 - 3 and 9 - 10 hundreds of these 35-ton leviathans will splash through the seaside community of Dana Point, California - the West Coast's premier location to meet and greet these incredible creatures during the 42nd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales. 

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is one of Southern California's largest seafaring celebrations and reaches out to whale admirers around the world. Dana Point is teeming with festivities every winter during this special time of year, offering something for everyone and you're invited!

Festival highlights include an opening day parade, Street Fare for culinary lovers of all ages, art exhibits, classic car exhibits, paddling events, sand sculpting, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities, and of course, whale watching excursions on a variety of vessels or whale watching from breathtaking Dana Point Headlands Conservation Park. For those wishing to spend more than a day admiring these mighty leviathans and taking in the sights of beautiful Dana Point, a variety of accommodations are available throughout the city, many offering whale watching packages and unforgettable ocean and harbor view guest rooms. The 2013 Festival invites visitors to migrate to each and every exciting event via complimentary shuttle service provided throughout the Festival venues! 

For background information on the Festival and Dana Point, as well as a

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Dana Point Festival of Whales 
Grunion Run
10K  *  5K  *  Kids' 1K Run
Saturday, March 9th
Doheny State Beach

Register by Feb 28th and Receive a $5 Discount using code GRUNION5


The Dana Point Festival of Whales Grunion Run 10K & 5K Run/Walk and Kid's 1K Run will take place in Dohney State Beach on Saturday, March 9th, 2013. This is a fast and flat scenic run along the coast and through Doheny State Beach. This event is part of the fabulous two week 42nd Annual Festival of Whales. For more information about the Festival of Whales, please click here. Proceeds benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

4 Great Events to Choose From 
10K Run/Walk - $40 
5K Run/Walk - $35 
Both 10K & 5K - $55
 Kids' 1K Run - $15 
Late (after 3/7/13) and On-site registrations add $5.00 
Event Times 
6:30am - Registration 
7:00am - Pancake Breakfast 
7:45am - 10K Run/Walk Start* 
9:00am - 5K Run/Walk Start* 
9:45am - Kids' 1K Run 
10:00am - Awards
Registration & Packet Pick Up 
You can also register for this event at packet pick-up or on race day from 6:30am until the start of each race. On site registrations add $5.00. We cannot guarantee t-shirts for on-site registrations. Packet pick up will be Thursday and Friday, March 7th and 8th at Road Runner Sports in Laguna Hills from 12:00 - 8:00pm. You can also pick up your packet on race day - allow extra time and we cannot guarantee t-shirt sizes on site.

Festival of Whales Street Fare
March 2nd   10am - 5pm
La Plaza Park 
In conjunction with the Festival of Whales, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce invites you to indulge in culinary delights at the Annual Street Fare Festival for an unforgettable day of food, music & entertainment for the whole family.

On Saturday, March 2nd, over 80 vendors will descend upon La Plaza Park, offering delicious food, a beer and wine garden, fun family activities, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) information, one of a kind products and much, much more. Our stage will feature entertainment from awesome bands - like Family Style, Kenny Big Daddy Williams and Missiles of October.

The Street Fare will  officially open after the Festival of Whales Parade and run from 10am - 5pm.  

Mark Your Calendars: 
Over 30 Different Festival of Whales Events
Dana Point's Restaurant Week is Back!
During Dana Point's Restaurant Week, some of Dana Point's most talented chefs will personalize their menus to celebrate the Festival of the Whales.

Whether you're a local, or just visiting, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try new places, enjoy a romantic dinner, or meet up with a group of friends to dine out in Dana Point! We invite you to enjoy a week of fabulous dining from March 1 - 10.
Mongoose Cup Stand Up Paddleboard Event
March 9 9am - 3pm at Dana Cove Park  
Come join legendary surfer Mickey Munoz for a great day of fun, camaraderie and immersion in waterman culture. The Mongoose Cup is a great opportunity to learn new skills & techniques and checkout the latest in paddling & surfing products. 
Entrants get to paddle in the Fun Paddle, participate in the SUP Clinics and get a delicious BBQ lunch. 
For more information & to register, click here. 
Whale of a Pancake Breakfast & Raffle with Entertainment
 March 3rd    8 AM - 11 AM. 

Share in the fun and tradition and join us for a delicious breakfast, win a great prize and let us entertain you! Start your day with delicious, fluffy pancakes with strawberry topping served hot off the griddle, tasty sausage and bacon, served with juice, milk or coffee. Following breakfast join us for Ocean Awareness Day, Diamond Dig, Sand Sculpting and Rubber Ducky Race - just steps away at Baby Beach. Pancake 
Breakfast: Adults - $6, Children under 12 - $3. Click here for more information or call (949) 275-3142.

All proceeds will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

2nd Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off
March 3rd  10am - 2pm 

Sample a variety of tasty chowders from local restaurants and organizations and then vote for your favorite on March 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM along the Harbor walkway.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Chowder, Best Booth Design and People's Choice.
Tasting packets will include taste sampling tickets, tasting cups and spoons - $5 for five tastes and $10 for 12 tastes. 

All proceeds will benefit Fish for Life, offering programs designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life.

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