California Travel Tips

Ocean Festivals to See in California

Published on: March 10, 2015


Pictured is Dana Point’s Festival of Whales, a two week event which concludes this weekend on March 14 & 15, 2015.  Ocean festivals offer fun sensory experiences where you can touch a starfish, build a sand castle and even look for whales.

Here are the best ocean festivals to see in California:

  • DANA POINT Festival of Whales with cars shows, art shows and a parade.
  • LAGUNA BEACH Kelpfest explores importance of kelp and restoration efforts.
  • LONG BEACH Urban Ocean Festival  at Aquarium of the Pacific.
  • RANCHO PALOS VERDES Whale of a Day Celebration at one of the best Southern California vistas for whale migrations.
  • LITTLE RIVER Whale Festival includes kayaking and whale watch walk.
  • SAN CLEMENTE Ocean Festival with sports contests and beach fun.
  • FORT BRAGG Whale Festival with chowder cook-off  and whale walk on the new coastal trail!
  • MENDOCINO Whale Festival in early March.
  • SAN PEDRO Whale Fiesta in early March at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
  • MONTEREY Whalefest Monterey in January at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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