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Drive-In Movie Night
Wednesday, September 25 at 5 pm
Dana Point Harbor Parking Lot - Corner of Harbor Drive & Golden Lantern
Presented by SHACC and Dana Point Harbor Partners

Join Surfing Heritage and Culture Center on Wednesday, September 25 for a nostalgic throwback to the 70's as we show Five Summer Stories on the big screen. Fill the family truckster, classic rod, Woody or VW Bus with friends and family or bring your chair and sit up front on the "Beach." Gates open at 5 pm and and the movie starts at approximately 8 pm. Pre-sale tickets are $30 per carload and tickets will be $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Dana Point Harbor 50-Year Time Capsule Celebration
Monday, October 28 at 3:00 PM
Staging Area adjacent to El Torito Restaurant

This special occasion is being presented by Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Dana Point Harbor Partners LLC, Dana Point Historical Society, OC Parks, the City of Dana Point, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, and Ocean Institute. Hundreds of community members and local leaders will be present to witness this historic occasion, which will also serve as the kick-off celebration for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project.  Interested in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of history? Click here for details of sponsorship levels, incentives and remittance for the Time Capsule Celebration.

45th Annual Boat Parade of Lights
"Tiki Holiday"
Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Get ready for a Tiki Holiday takeover at Dana Point Harbor during the 45th Annual Boat Parade of Lights Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14!

Friday & Saturday – Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14

Family Fun Festivities – 7:30 PM @ the Restaurants & Shops Area
Boat Parade – 7:30 PM @ Water’s Edge
Trolley Service - 4:30 - 10:30 PM

Boat Rides with Santa

Sat. Dec. 7th & Sun. Dec. 8th from 10 AM - 2 PM @ Dana Wharf Docks

Santa Paws Photo

Sat. Dec. 7th from 9 AM - 3 PM @ the El Torito Courtyard

Santa Photos

Bring your cameras & snap a free selfie with Santa
Friday & Saturday - Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM @ the Restaurants & Shops Area


Festival of Whales
Join Dana Point Harbor for Festival of Whales! The annual family-friendly event celebrates the spring migration of gray whales with a parade, concerts, children’s activities, car shows, art shows, educational opportunities, food and fun in the harbor.

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Gather friends and family for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza and enjoy a spectacular firework display that lights up the harbor.

Tall Ships Festival
Celebrate California’s rich maritime history during the Ocean Institute’s annual Tall Ships Festival, September 6-8.

Friday, September 6:
Cannon Battles: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Sails ‘n Ales Night One 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, September 7:
Breakfast with a Mermaid 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Festival 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cannon Battles 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Sails ‘n Ales Night Two 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 8:
Breakfast with a Mermaid 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Festival 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cannon Battles 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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Turkey Trot
Each Thanksgiving Day, the Turkey Trot returns to beautiful Dana Point Harbor where participants wobble before they gobble! The panoramic and scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble and gives participants an excuse to eat that extra slice of pie! Dana Point Harbor Partners is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Dana Point Turkey Trot.

Holiday Boat Parade

Friday, Dec 6 and Saturday, Dec 7 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec 13 and Saturday, Dec 14 – 7:30 pm
4:30 pm-7:30 pm – Family Fun Festivities at Mariner’s Village/Alley and Dana Wharf

Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries. They light up the evening with their amazing boats as they parade throughout the Harbor.

You can view the parade FREE from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of our restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Come on down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

Dana Point Harbor is at 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA. Additional parking is available for a fee at Doheny State Beach and you can jump on the FREE Trolley for a ride to the festivities (3:30pm-10:30pm).



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