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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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December 2019

Yappy Hour

December 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join other canines and their companions at Yappy Hour. Pups sniff and schmooze while human guests relax with a glass of wine, cocktail, or beer and a selection of barbecue items available for purchase. Yappy Hour is complimentary – Food & Beverage available for purchase.

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March 2020

Festival of Whales – Weekend 1

March 7, 2020 - March 8, 2020

49th Annual Festival of Whales! NEW PARADE ROUTE The 2020 Festival of Whales Parade, March 7 will be held entirely within the Harbor. See map below. The parade will be staged on the west island side of the Harbor near the Dana Point Yacht Club. It will proceed east on Dana Drive toward the RH Dana statue and then (left/north) over the Island Way Bridge to Dana Point Harbor Drive. It will then turn right/east on Dana Point Harbor Drive toward…

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Festival of Whales – Cancellation

March 14, 2020 - March 15, 2020

In light of yesterday's announcement by Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health advising the postponement or cancelation of public mass gatherings of 250 or more to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), weekend two of the Dana Point Festival of Whales has been canceled. The Harbor and its businesses are open. For Harbor information, please visit Whale watching trips will operate as scheduled.  

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September 2020

Outdoor Live Music Performances

September 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - September 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Enjoy live music, summer shopping, outdoor adventures and expanded al fresco dining patios  Dana Point Harbor continues to present live music performances throughout the month of September as part of “You, Me + Vitamin Sea,” welcoming the community back to a safe Harbor. Guests can enjoy free live music at select locations throughout the Harbor while indulging in al fresco dining along the water’s edge. Music performances will include a variety of genres including folk, jazz, country, contemporary island music, and…

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July 2021

4th of July in Dana Point

July 4, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Dana Point Fireworks

The BEST Southern California fireworks display is back with a BANG!  Join us on Sunday, July 4th at 9:00pm to view this incredible show.  The fireworks are shot from a barge on the water, located off the coastline of Doheny State Beach. The music for the show is available on Spotify:

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September 2021

Ohana Festival – September 24-26, 2021 Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

September 24, 2021 - September 26, 2021
Ohana Music Festival

The annual Ohana Festival returns to Dana Point! September 24-26, 2021! BUY TICKETS

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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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