California Festivals


Duck-a-thon Festival Huntington Beach

May 31-June 2, 2019

Free admission, plus May 31, 2019 Wine Reception

Huntington Beach, CA

300 Pacific Coast Hwy

Location: Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA.

Friday Food & Wine Tasting 6-9 p.m. $50-up
Silent Auction Opportunity Drawing Hors D'oeuvres Wine Tastings Beer Tastings. Outdoor Tent Event at Pier Plaza next to Huntington Beach Pier. Age 21+ only

Saturday 10 am - 6 pm duck race at Huntington Beach Pier
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm corporate duck race at Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach, California - Duck-a-thon may sound like some duck hunting event, and in a way it is. The hunting is more like catching rubber ducks as they get dumped from the Huntington Beach Pier and bob their way with the ocean currents back to Huntington City Beach.


Friday, Sunset Wine Tasting at the Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach. 6-9 p.m.

Local restaurants supply tantalizing hors d'oeuvres while wineries from across California donate boutique wines that are poured all evening.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Vendors with arts & crafts, food treats, décor, jewelry and more. Children's Area includes bounce houses, retired rubber duck decorating, games, a toddler's zone and prizes!

Duck Race 3 p.m. Huntington Beach Pier -Over 4,000 rubber ducks are dumped from a big truck into the Pacific Ocean. The first 60 baby ducks to shore win their owners a prize.

Sunday, The Duck Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Vendors with arts & crafts, food treats, décor, jewelry and more. Children's Area includes bounce houses, retired rubber duck decorating, games, a toddler's zone and prizes!

Corporate Duck Race 1 p.m. Huntington Beach Pier - On Sunday, Corporate ducks compete for the coveted Golden Duck Traveling Trophy. Corporate ducks are larger rubber ducks and there is only one winner in this race.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Food and Wine Tasting / 6 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Vendor Festival / 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Baby Duck Race / 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Vendor Festival / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Corporate Duck Race / 1 p.m.

Music Provided by  Crew 52 Lifeguard Band

We hope you join us for our 28th annual celebration as we anticipate a spectacular and successful event. For additional sponsorship and volunteer information, contact Director of Special Events, Elizabeth Romero at or 323-622-2405.

Conceived nearly 20 years ago, Duck-a-thon event was launched as an annual fundraiser for the Huntington Beach Community Clinic. The volunteer organization has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for that non-profit which has provided health care to those who can't afford it otherwise. Several years ago the Community Clinic was sold to AltaMed, another such provider of medical services, and the Duck-a-thon continues to raise money for AltaMed.

The event, Duck-a-thon Festival, is held a weekend in May and is comprised of rubber duck sponsorship sales. You can purchase a sponsor opportunity and have a name of your choice put on the duck that will be entered into the race. A grand prize is awarded to the top winner and other ducks gathered up as first arrivals on the beach.

A team of volunteers with plastic laundry baskets gather the ducks as they arrive on the beach, and an official watch to monitor and decide the grand prize winner.

Those who sponsor ducks can collect their ducks afterwards if they like. The time normally is 5-6 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday.

Events included in the festival are a Friday evening wine reception for 21+, duck dip with a scooper where a child gets a gift for a $1 scoop, vendor booths, food vendors, live entertainment, kids activities such as bounce house and fun things to do.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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