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Dana Point Events

Dana Point events range from rocking music festivals on the beach to surfing competitions. Good times and good vibes can be found nightly at Dana Point bars and music venues. Head to one of our oceanfront resorts for their iconic events like Yappy Hour—a shindig for you and your furry friend. Stroll the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings or take a walk through history at the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center.

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February 2023

Stand Up to Trash Beach Clean Up

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Beach Cleanup and Lunch & Learn What would happen if everyone picked up at least one piece of trash? Join us for a day of fun on the water, beach and surrounding areas to cleanup our natural world. ​ Saturday February 11, 2023 9-11 Beach Cleanup and Lunch & Learn 9-10:30 Beach Cleanup 10:30 Free Lunch & Learn at Ocean Institute Theme: Love Our Beach and Harbor Speaker: TBA 11:00 - Lunch provided by Subway Lantern District

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Valentine’s Day Brunch and Whale Watching Safari

February 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Your Valentines Day brunch kicks off aboard our upscale catamaran Hoku Nai’a with a catered brunch buffet and a complimentary glass of Champagne while a live Dixieland band plays. You’ll also enjoy dolphin and whale watching along Dana Point’s beautiful coastline during your Valentine’s Day cruise. A variety of whale watching sightings can be had in February including gray whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, common dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and Risso’s dolphins. Book your Valentines Day brunch now!

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Valentine’s Day Cruises

February 11 @ 4:30 pm - February 14 @ 6:30 pm

Valentine's Day Whale Watching: Tuesday, Feb. 14 4:30-6:30pm Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage & chocolate treats while we gaze at the beautiful sunset and look for marine life. Raffle to wine a harbor inspired gift package! Sunset Cruise: Sat , Feb. 11 & Sun, Feb. 12 4:30-6:30pm Whale watch during a romantic sunset. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. Wine Cruise: Sunday, Feb. 12 5:30-7:00pm Join in for a wine tasting harbor cruise. Enjoy 4 wine…

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Brews & Bites at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel kicks off the 2023 Culinary Cookout on the Coast Series with Brews & Bites, a reimagined backyard barbecue presented on the resort's oceanfront Dana Lawn. Collaborating with local breweries to create a Beer Garden experience, guests are invited to enjoy the beachside beer festival, featuring an afternoon of global street-food stations, regional craft brews, live music, and lawn games. The resort’s culinary team presents a variety of unique stations, including Wood Fire Bavarian Pretzels, Gourmet Sliders,…

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March 2023

Dana Point Festival of Whales

March 3 - March 4

Celebrate the migration of the grey whale with a two day event and join the 52nd Anniversary celebration of the Dana Point Festival of Whales! For more information, visit the Dana Point Festival of Whales website here!

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DPFAA Festival of Whales Art Show

March 4 @ 9:30 am - March 5 @ 5:00 pm

Join Dana Point Fine Art Association for the Whales Festival Art Show Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th.

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Beach Cleanup & Lunch and Learn

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Celebrate the grey whale migration with us during the 52nd Festival of Whales! 🐋 Sunday March 5 Beach Cleanup and Lunch & Learn 9-10:30 am Beach Cleanup 10:30 Lunch & Learn at Ocean Institute Theme: Celebrating Grey Whales Speaker: Naturalist Laura Lopez from Dana Wharf 11:00 - Lunch Provided We encourage the “BYOB” (bring your own bucket or reusable bag, gloves, reusable water bottle, coffee cup and water) philosophy to help reduce any additional waste!

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Ocean Institute Jazz Gala 2023

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ocean Institute • 03.11.2023 @ 05:00 PM (PST) • Tickets: $200/ Person Jazz is back again for another night of live music, great food, thrills, and philanthropy! Join us for our annual Gala that raises funds for Ocean Institute's Adopt-A-Class Program and general operations.   EVENT OVERVIEW March 11, 2023 at 5:00 - 11:00 pm Ticket Prices: $200/ Person *Includes 2 drink tickets, unlimited food ​ Featuring:​ - Sustainably sourced food provided by Chef Damian Collins of Stillwater Spirits and Chef Patrick (Paddy) Glennon of Superior…

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Dana Point Farmers Market

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

The Dana Point Certified Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy local, organic produce every Saturday plus arts & crafts vendors every 2nd Saturday of the month. The Farmers Market is located adjacent to the Dana Point Plaza in La Plaza Park, Dana Point, California 92629 PCH & Golden Lantern IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT CUSTOMERS BRING THEIR OWN REUSABLE BAGS TO THE DANA POINT FARMERS MARKET!!

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Orange County Sunset Wine Cruise

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Sunday and Friday, repeating until January 1, 2024

Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran, your special cruise is limited to a select amount of passengers to optimize your wine experience . In the spring and summer enjoy an evening of sunshine, cool ocean breezes and romantic Sunset summer views. In the winter, take in the romantic atmosphere of the beautifully lit Dana Point Harbor. This cruise will feature a wine host who will explain all the wines you will be sampling from The…

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