March 1 - March 2
Dana Point Whale Festival
March 1,2 and 8,9, Dana Point, CA, USA
the festival’s introductory weekend will take flight with culturally rich traditional ceremonies from native americans and a polynesian connection. following a festive parade and evening luau, the host of fun amusements begin such as an adjoining street fair replete with arts and crafts, classic car displays, and vintage boat exhibits adorning the harbor walkways detailed accounts from local historians land and water concerts and many others. a convenient shuttle service, provided by festival venues, will allow guests to easily access the myriad pursuits during both weekends. guests will have the potential to see the massive majestic mammals from a pleasant view aboard ocean going vessels water taxis will be available to those desiring a calm cruise through the harbor. while the majority of the days’ events will take place at the harbor, celebrants who would rather stick to land can enjoy a scenic vista off the dana point headlands conservation park, which is a navigational landmark for the migrating gray whales.
a special new feature of the festival, a kid’s adventure expo, will complement the event through a unique approach: young guests who participate in the area will need to temporarily turn in their cell phones before they are admitted. beyond, a world of watersports wonders such as scuba, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, sup, and many other activities awaits. local watersports businesses will be on hand to help showcase the joy of sea and surf: west wind sailing will feature sailing and sup girl in the curl will highlight surfing and beach city scuba will illustrate the ins and outs of scuba and snorkeling. additionally, a stationary yacht will allow intrepid young adventurers to explore it. according to the festival’s utive director, penny elia, the tradeoff was made in order to help participants break free from “nature deficit disorder”: a hypothesis in which people suffer from a disjointed view of the natural world due to heavy use of technology and electronic entertainment.
“kids are so locked into their screens and computers – we’re going to unplug them at least for a time during this particular area,” elia explains. “we’re going to show them what they can take away that day without their cellphones out in the water.”
http://festivalofwhales.com/ for more information.