9 Amazing Dana Point Events

9 Amazing Dana Point Events
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It’s time to enjoy this laid-back community in Orange County. Dana Point, also known as the “Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World”, offers fun activities and attractions for all ages! Dana Point is home to an ever-growing population and its residents are known for having a wide range of interests. From healthy lifestyles to the arts and culture, this community shows that it thrives on being both fun and interesting.
Join us as we unfold all the exciting events this city has to offer.

Festival of Whales

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Location: Dana Point Harbor
DateMarch 5 – March 6
The Dana Point Festival of Whales is all about up-close encounters with the marine life that adorns our horizon each spring. It is important to recognize the delicate habitats of marine life and safeguard them for future generations. It’s also about gathering with family to celebrate the breathtaking views of our home, Dana Point.

Doheny Blues Festival

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Sea Terrace Community Park
Pacific Coast Hwy & Niguel Rd, Dana Point, CA
The Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California, features rock, soul, and blues on the beach. The musical showcase, one of the best blues festivals in Southern California, features a weekend of great music, microbrews, and beach parties. The festival also features an informal wine bar, an international food court, and a Kidz EcoFest with activities and exhibits for young visitors. BB King, Etta James, Al Green, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash have all performed at this annual event.

4th of July Fireworks

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Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
Date & Time: July 4, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM
The BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California will take place at Doheny State Beach. North American AT-6 aircraft from the Second World War’s Condor Squadron will fly over Dana Point before the fireworks display.

Dana Point Lantern District Car & Motorcycle Show

Del Prado Avenue
24582 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629 United States
Date: August 28
Dana Point Classic Car Show features 250 vintage automobiles on Del Prado Avenue. The event is FREE to the public and will feature awards, entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, and more.

Annual Maritime Festival (Tall Ships Festival)

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Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
This festival honors California’s rich maritime heritage and our ties to the sea! Visiting Tall Ships, Mermaid Swim Shows, a Beer Garden, a Pirate and Mermaid Ball, Cannon Battles, a Pirate School, a Reenactors and Sailor Camp, Live Music, Vendors, Food Trucks, and more will all be part of this weekend event that is jam-packed with fun!
Experience a bit of life at sea with the tall ships in Dana Point. The Tall Ships Festival, which began in 1984, is the Ocean Institute’s premier annual event, attracting thousands of visitors to Dana Point’s beautiful harbor. The Pilgrim brig, a goodwill ambassador for the Ocean Institute and the City of Dana Point, returns from her yearly summer sail during this festival, which honors her arrival. The Pilgrim is a scaled-down version of the hide brig that Richard Henry Dana, Jr. immortalized in his famous seafaring book Two Years Before the Mast. Thousands of kids have stepped onto her decks since she arrived in Dana Point in 1981 to take part in one of her numerous accoladed living history programs.

Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat

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Dana Point Community Center
34052 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, California 92629
Date: October 22, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fun Halloween-themed event at the community center in Dana Point. The City’s Recreation Division is collaborating with Dana Point Police Services to host two fantastic family events on the same day. From 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be indoor activities, including a detailed Halloween maze, games, crafts, entertainment, and kid-friendly treats. The Dana Point Police Services Trunk or Treat is one of the outdoor events that take place from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be candy for the kids at each display they visit. Meet the dedicated staff that keeps Dana Point safe, including the Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, Bloodhounds, K-9 Unit, and more. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a costume parade for children, with prizes! Food trucks will be selling food and refreshments.

Turkey Trot

Dana Point Harbor
24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
Date: November 24, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 AM
The Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine. More than 10,000 runners and spectators attend the 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, Kids’ 1-mile Gobble Wobble, and two-day expo. Experience Dana Point’s breathtaking beach, soaring cliffs, and coves.

Boat Parade

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Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date & Time: December 9, 7:00 PM – December 11, 10:00 PM
The 47th Annual Boat Parade of Lights, “Surfin’ USA,” will return to Dana Point Harbor this December! Decorate your boats for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes in a number of different award categories.
Starting on November 16, the annual holiday light display, which features over 700,000 LED lights, will illuminate the harbor. The Boat Parade of Lights will take place from December 9 to December 11.
Lighting installations such as the giant whale sculpture and the “Merry Kiss Me” arch, as well as holiday-themed photo opportunities, visits with Santa, strolling carolers, and more, are available to both locals and visitors.

California Wine Festival

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Location: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa – Vue Lawn
Date & Time: Friday, April 14, 2023 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Guests are invited to sip fine wines and sample a wide range of delicious cuisine at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This is an elegant VIP event for true fine wine enthusiasts, taking place in Dana Point, a beautiful coastal city in Orange County. The few tickets available are quickly sold out (because the wines being poured are rare). An evening of tasting rare trophy wines for an adoring crowd dressed in their best casual/elegant resort wear will begin with a champagne reception.
Location: NEW LARGER VENUE – Sea Terrace Park
Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 2023 – 1 PM – 4 PM (VIPs 12 PM)
Sun, sea, food, drink, and music all come together at this sun-drenched wine festival in the grassy, palm-lined Sea Terrace Park to create the ultimate California wine tasting experience. At this all-day event, wine and food enthusiasts will be able to sample hundreds of fine wines, local craft beers, and a dizzying array of foods. The festival is in full swing by 1:00 p.m. at this white-topped tent village that resembles Camelot next to the glistening Pacific Ocean.
Our real estate agents are always on top of the city’s events and notable moments. It is also a wonderful time of year to look for a home in Dana Point and throughout Orange County.
Reach out to us at 949-541-8122 for the latest events and updates on our local real estate market.

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