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Dana Point: Whale Party Time

How mondo is the annual Festival of Whales? It covers two weekends.

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    Dana Point: Whale Party Time
    Festival of Whales
    How mondo is the annual Festival of Whales? It covers the first two weekends in March.

    MARCH 4, 5, 11, AND 12: Four days of whale love equals a whole bunch of blowhole-esque to-dos, from the already mentioned parade to Ocean Awareness Day to a free outdoor screening of "Finding Dory" to whale watching trips galore (it's that time of year for some chances-are-good gray sightings). The whale watching'll has a fee, but many of the happenings around the charmer of a Pacific-adjacent town are free. A rubber ducky derby, sand sculpting, and a cardboard dinghy dash lend the lark an air of community spirit and not-too-serious pizzazz. Of course, staying aware of our co-mammals, the ones that live out in the ocean and rock their majestic flukes, is important, and knowing what hurdles they face, and future, is on the serious side. Both stewardship, and light-hearted doings, weave together over the two-weekend tradition. How do you spot a whale? It all depends if that whale is in a parade or happily cruising out in the watery distance, just below the surface but near enough to give those on a boat a true thrill.