Watching Blue Whales in Dana Point Festival of Whales Dana Point is Southern California’s top destination for whale watching. Only minutes from the coast lives a vast and thriving eco-system teeming with whales, dolphins, sunfish, sea lions, and an abundance of other marine life. Year-round, Dana Point Harbor offers world-class whale watching trips, educational cruises, events, and other fun activities. 47th Annual Festival of Whales March 3,4 & 10,11 | Dana Point Harbor Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the spring migration of gray whales. The annual whale festival spans two weekends and features a parade, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, car shows, art festivals, exhibits, engaging lectures, and more.