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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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October 2021

Ohana Festival Encore – October 1-2, 2021 Doheny State Beach (2nd Weekend)

October 1, 2021 - October 2, 2021
Encore Festival Doheny Beach

Never miss the ENCORE! Ohana Festival returns for a 2nd weekend in 2021!! October 1st & 2nd at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point! BUY TICKETS* *Selling out quickly!

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Dana Point Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

October 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce presents the Dana Point Lantern District Classic Car & Motorcycle Show! Located on Del Prado Avenue, between Violet Lantern and the Pacific Coast Highway/Del Prado Archway, this event attracts thousands of spectators to enjoy hundreds of custom and classic cars, a motorcycle display, awards, entertainment, food and more. Come for the classic cars and motorcycles, stay for the great dining and shopping.

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November 2021

Surfing Santa Contest

November 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until November 21, 2021

Surfing Santa Event

The Surfing Santa and SUP contest is a two-day event, November 20-21, 2021, where contestants dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and battle it out in the waves of Salt Creek Beach, located directly below The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, and known as one of the best surfing destinations in Southern California.

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Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

November 21, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Holiday Tree

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel kicks off the most wonderful time of the year with the annual holiday open house and tree lighting on Sunday, November 21, 2021 co-hosted by General Manager Karen Chastain and KTLA Channel 5’s Wendy Burch. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. including live holiday music performed by The Jeeps; a special appearance from Santa Claus; and the official lighting of the 40-foot decorated tree from the Pacific Northwest. Holiday cookies and hot chocolate are complimentary with additional…

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SoCal Challenge Men’s Basketball Event

November 22, 2021 - November 24, 2021
SoCal Challenge Basketball Tournament

SoCal Challenge Men's Basketball Event The SoCal Challenge is a multi-team event featuring eight top Division I men’s college basketball teams. Games will take place on November 22 & 24 and selected games will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.  The SoCal Challenge is proud to partner with the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa to offer SoCal Challenge attendees special room rates. Learn More - Buy Tickets - Book Hotel Rooms  

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Dana Point Turkey Trot

November 25, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dana Point race

Celebrate the 44th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot and run before you have that extra piece of pie! Run a 10k, 5k, or the Kids Gobble Wobble, all on a flat and scenic route. Race Day Event Schedule (Thanksgiving Day): 7:00 AM    10K Race 8:30 AM    5K Race 9:15 AM    Costume Contest 9:30 AM    5K Race 10:15 AM    Kids 1-mile Gobble Wobble Register here.

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December 2021

Ocean Institute’s Yule-Tide Holiday Market

December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Ocean Institute's Yule-Tide Holiday Market will bring local makers, artists, and craftspeople together with the community for a unique holiday shopping experience filled with high quality one-of-a-kind handmade goods. Enjoy an eco-friendly event and purchase gifts for their loved ones in a way that will make a positive impact on participating small businesses as well as a treasured local institution. Free to the public! Date: December 11, 2021 Event Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Location:  Ocean Institute main parking lot

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Breakfast with Santa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

December 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a festive breakfast buffet, sweet treats, and kid-friendly activities! Plus take home a keepsake photo with Santa! December 12th, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Pricing (excluding tax & gratuity): Adults: $49 per person; Children (ages 5-12): $25 per child Kindly note that reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve, please contact Carmen Araya at 949-487-7516 or [email protected]

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Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights

December 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on December 11, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on December 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Dana Point Harbor Holiday Lights

Dana Point Harbor’s annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place December 10th, 11th, and 12th with a “Fiesta Holiday” theme. Boaters decorate their vessels to the theme of the parade, for a chance to win cash prizes across several award categories. December 10th: 7:30 PM December 11th: 7:30 PM December 12th: 6:00 PM Cruise the Harbor to see the lights with Captain Dave's, Dana Wharf, and the Ocean Institute! Park at Doheny State Beach and take the FREE Dana…

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March 2022

Festival of Whales

March 5 - March 6
Gray Whale Dana Point

At the Dana Point Festival of Whales,  it’s about getting up close and personal with the marine wildlife that dots our horizon each spring. It’s about understanding marine life habitats and protecting these delicate areas for generations to come. And it’s about coming together with family to celebrate the stunning beauty and scenic wonder of our home we call Dana Point.

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