Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor September 7-9
Festivities include the Parade of Sail, mock cannon battles, craft beer tastings, mermaid encounters, historical reenactments and more
The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor.
“History and passion come alive during the Tall Ships Festival,” said Ocean Institute CEO, Dan Pingaro. “Whether sailing on a tall ship, watching mock cannon battles or enjoying festival activities while listening to live entertainment, there’s something for all ages to engage with the history and adventure of Dana Point Harbor.”
Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.
“The Tall Ships Festival is a fantastic celebration of Dana Point Harbor’s maritime history,” said Orange County Supervisor, Lisa Bartlett. “Now in its 34th year, this unique event welcomes the community to explore the days of Richard Henry Dana and beyond in a family friendly atmosphere.”
On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic tall ships pass by as the sun sets behind the open sails. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the remarkable views.
Festival-goers can continue the festivities during Sails ‘n Ales on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with craft beer tastings from six different California breweries. Visitors will be able to sip craft beer and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks while listening to live music.
The young and young at heart can enjoy a Mermaid Breakfast on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind breakfast experience will give visitors the chance to make crafts, enjoy pancakes and interact with mermaids as they swim underwater.
Experience the action of Cannon Battle Sails on board a historical tall ship! Guests ages 4 and older can end their Tall Ships Festival experience with a bang during an exciting mock cannon battle on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Tall Ships Festival Pass includes tours of the Brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point and all visiting vessels from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in addition to access to pirate encampments, exhibits, crafts, the craft beer garden and much more.
Prices vary per event and can be found at www.oceaninstitute.org. Free parking is available at the designated shuttle lots located at Strand Vista Park and Dana Hills High School with free shuttle rides to the festival. Shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from all lots.
OC Parks, Dana Point Harbor and the Ocean Institute encourage guests to embark on the ultimate seaside adventure during the Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba September 7-9. For more information on activities, events, tickets, and parking visit https://www.oceaninstitute.org/tall-ships-festival.
DANA POINT WELCOMES BACK SUMMER TROLLEY & SHUTTLE SERVICES
The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor are pleased to welcome back the Dana Point Trolley and Shuttle services this summer through Labor Day. This summer’s program will give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy the shopping, dining, attractions, and more throughout Dana Point Harbor and beyond.
The Dana Point Trolleys and the Dana Point Harbor Shuttle are handicap accessible and are free of charge. For a map of summertime trolley and shuttle services click here.
Dana Point Trolley Service Days
- M-Th: Noon – 9 p.m.
- Fri: Noon – 10 p.m.
- Sat: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sun: Noon – 9 p.m.
Dana Point Harbor Shuttle Service Days
- M- Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sun: Noon – 9 p.m.
- 10 a.m. 8:30 p.m.
Riders can access real-time Dana Point Trolley and Shuttle locations at DPTrolley.com or by downloading the app (Android and iPhone Search: Dana Point Trolley.)
Experience the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Dana Point Harbor
The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate July 4th at Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy holiday events including July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, ocean activities, dining specials, and shopping all summer long.
Experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display during the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Dana Point Harbor. Display begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4 and will light up the harbor with fantastic views from Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries within the harbor. Visitors can tune in to the City of Dana Point’s Spotify playlist and listen to patriotic music accompanying the display.
Free shuttles will be available 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; shuttle services will suspend from 9 p.m. until end of display. A free shuttle will be available from Dana Hills High School to and from the harbor throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (City sponsored 248-3530 http://www.danapoint.org) drops off at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks, then it will resume until 11 p.m. A free inter-harbor shuttle will be available from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. servicing Harbor and Island. For more information on parking and harbor shuttles click here.
Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stops #5 and #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For a map of trolley and shuttle services click here.
Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks. For full parking and traffic details click here.
Celebrate summertime holidays at Dana Point Harbor and experience the ultimate seaside adventure all summer long.
Explore Dana Point Harbor Mother’s Day Weekend
Spend May 12 – 13 at Dana Point Harbor to enjoy dining, shopping, whale watching excursions, art sales and more
The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend at picturesque Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy ocean activities, dining specials, shopping, art sales and seaside scenery May 12 – 13.
“Families are welcome to celebrate the special women in their life at Dana Point Harbor during Mother’s Day weekend,” Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, 5th District, said. “From brunch to shopping to adventures at sea, the Harbor offers locals and visitors alike an opportunity to make memories that will last for years to come.”
Enjoy the ocean breeze during the Mother’s Day Fine Art Show & Sale May 12 – 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. along the boardwalk between Harpoon Henry’s and Wind & Sea. Presented by the Dana Point Fine Arts Association, visitors can enjoy displays featuring watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography and more.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers excursions daily, and Dana Wharf cruises on May 13 will offer moms a complimentary “MOMosa” or glass of champagne. Dana Wharf also offers fishing trips on the high seas and on May 13 moms fish free and receive a complimentary equipment rental. Additional whale watching excursions are available from the Ocean Institute and Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. Sailing, parasailing, and paddle boarding activities are also available in the harbor.
Indulge in delicious food at Dana Point Harbor this Mother’s Day weekend. The Harbor features several dining options including fine and casual dining, coffee shops, and niche eateries. On May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Waterman’s Harbor Restaurant invites families to indulge in an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet while overlooking the Harbor. Visitors can also enjoy seaside eateries at Wind & Sea, Jon’s Fish Market, El Torito, Proud Mary’s, The Brig, Harbor Grill, Gemmell’s Restaurant, Harpoon Henry’s, Harbor Deli, Turks, Coffee Importers & Deli, Jerky & Cali Gifts, and more.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dana Point Harbor
Enjoy seaside dining, sunset cruises, and explore the harbor throughout February
The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to celebrate Valentine’s Day seaside in romantic Dana Point Harbor. Filled with picturesque harbor views and beautiful sunsets, couples and families can enjoy dining, shopping and cruises in the harbor.
- Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will host Valentine’s Day cruises February 13 & Dana Wharf will also host Senior Specials throughout the month of February. For more information visit www.DanaWharf.com.
- Woody Hut will welcome customers to surprise their loved ones with unique Hawaiian Jewelry at 20% off in store or online, promo code: love. For more information visit www.TheWoodyHut.com.
- Waterman’s Harbor is introducing new menu items, expanding events, and increasing philanthropic work during the month of February! Stop by early in the week for new and improved Taco Tuesdays, check out a new dessert menu just in time for Valentine’s Day, and make your reservation for February 14th while tables are still available (special three-course meal offered $65/person with wine pairing $20/person). Visit WatermanDP.com for more information.
(Dana Point, Calif.) – The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor welcome the community to enjoy delicious foods, drinks, and special menu items at select eateries in Dana Point Harbor during the holidays. Dana Point Harbor is known as the “Whale Capitol of the West” and is home to exciting ocean activities, unique shopping, delicious food and more. From seafood eateries to pizzerias to coffee and sandwich shops, Dana Point Harbor offers diverse dining options. Visit the restaurants below on the indicated holidays and explore Dana Point Harbor year-round for tasty foods and beverages by the water’s edge.
- The Brig December 25 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 34461
- Golden Lantern Street Dana Point, CA 92629
- Harpoon Henry’s December 25 – 12 to 8 p.m. December 31 – New Year’s Eve show featuring Phil Shane 34555 Golden Lantern Street Dana Point, CA 92629
- Lil Skipper’s December 25 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 34669 Golden Lantern Street Dana Point, CA 92629
- Turk’s December 25 – 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. 34683 Golden Lantern Street Dana Point, CA 92629
Dana Point Harbor Welcomes A Superhero Holiday 43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights Dec. 8-16
Enjoy free holiday activities, Santa, superheroes, and more
(Dana Point, Calif.) – Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate the season with “A Superhero Holiday” at the 43rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy jolly activities with a superhero twist on select dates December 8-16 by the water’s edge.
The 43nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 8, 9, 15 and 16 and feature the theme “A Superhero Holiday.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, photos and selfies with Santa, superhero encounters and live entertainment. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade starts at 7:30 p.m.
“Dana Point Harbor will welcome more holiday festivities and entertainment than ever before during the 43rd Annual Boat Parade,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said. “Join us for A Superhero Holiday and enjoy free, family-friendly activities that culminate each night with the spectacular Boat Parade.”
The young and the young at heart are encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroes during the Boat Parade. Everyday heroes, including first responders and military, will be collecting unwrapped toy donations for Operation Santa Claus under the corridor of lights at the pergola. Donations will also be accepted at businesses throughout the harbor.
Free trolleys for each night of the Boat Parade will be running from 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive at Doheny State Beach, The Visitor’s Center, Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, Island Way, Retail Area and back to Doheny.
The holiday season kicks off with Merry Movie Night at Baby Beach on Saturday, December 2 and will feature the holiday favorite film, “Elf.” Festive activities begin at 3:30 p.m., movie begins around 5:15 p.m.; event is free and food and drink will be available for purchase.
Sail through the harbor in holiday spirit during Boat Rides with Santa on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 2. p.m; rides launch from Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
Saturday, December 2 also welcomes Santa Paws for festive photos with the furry friends in your life from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the El Torito Courtyard.
Celebrate the holiday season at the spectacular 43rd annual Boat Parade of Lights at Dana Point Harbor. For more information on the evening’s festivities, visit DanaPointHarbor.com.
Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 40th Annual Turkey Trot
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the harbor during the Turkey Trot race and enjoy holiday dining options
(Dana Point, Calif.) – The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to experience the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s 40th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. The community is also invited to enjoy special Thanksgiving menu items and prices at select restaurants in the harbor.
“The Turkey Trot is a long-standing tradition at Dana Point Harbor and we’re excited to celebrate this family-friendly race for its 40th year,” commented Dana Point Harbor manager Shannon Levin. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy the harbor, and indulge in the Thanksgiving specials offered at select eateries throughout the harbor.”
The Dana Point Turkey Trot will be held from 6 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 23. Registered participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K or 10K through picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 5-12 can also join the fun during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble race. Parents are allowed and encouraged to join their children during the Gobble Wobble race without prior registration. All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and will awarded a medal after crossing the finish line. For more information and to register visit www.TurkeyTrot.com, online registration closes November 20.
Explore Dana Point Harbor on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy coffee and breakfast from Coffee Importers, where the espresso bar will be open from 5:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Deli & Juice Bar will serve guests from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visitors and locals can also enjoy Gemmell’s Restaurant from 12 – 7 p.m. for traditional French style cuisine.
Wind & Sea Restaurant will feature a traditional family style Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. including staple dishes like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with the guests’ choice of oven roasted turkey, grilled Atlantic salmon, or prime top sirloin.
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Dana Point Harbor to experience the 40th annual Turkey Trot and to enjoy food and drink from select eateries. For more information please visit www.DanaPointHarbor.com.
Celebrate the Harvest Season at Dana Point Harbor
Enjoy spooky activities, dining, shopping, tricks and treats in the harbor
(Dana Point, Calif.) – The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to celebrate the harvest season on land and at sea this October. From ghostly ocean adventures to seaside treasure hunts, Dana Point Harbor offers visitors of all ages the chance to experience frighteningly fun activities, shopping and dining.
“The Halloween season is here and it’s a wonderful time to visit the harbor,” Dana Point Harbor Manager Shannon Levin said. “We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Wind & Sea Restaurant this month, as well as offering Halloween themed boat rides, tricks and treats throughout the harbor.”
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching will host the charitable Boo Cruise on October 20 that features a costume contest, raffles and surprise entertainment for visitors on land and at sea. Cruises set sail at 5 p.m. and depart every 20 minutes until 7 p.m.; tickets are $5 per person. All funds raised will go directly to the Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education organization that provides scholarships to children with special needs in the community.
Wind & Sea Restaurant will celebrate its 45th anniversary from October 22 through 25. For three days and nights, Wind & Sea will offer special selections from their 1972 menu at opening night prices, including select entrees and side dishes. Throwback prices meet delicious food for this landmark anniversary.
The Ocean Institute’s Spooky Seas offers two nights full of fright and Halloween fun on October 27 and 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors ages 8 and older can embark on a haunted adventure aboard the brig Pilgrim, through the historic Boathouse and into the Mad Scientist lab. Visitors can also enjoy hot cocoa and educational activities in the Ocean Education Center. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 15 and over; $7 for children ages 8 to14.
Enjoy Halloween treats from Chocolate Soldier, where locally handmade chocolates and beautifully decorated Day of the Dead chocolate skulls will be available. Treasure hunters are encouraged to locate a green spider within the shop to receive a free spider-themed treat in return.
Woody Hut will offer “No Tricks, Only Treats” during the month of October, when customers receive a gift with purchase by mentioning “trick or treat” at checkout.
For more information on Dana Point Harbor activities, events, tickets, and parking visit DanaPointHarbor.com.
Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor
(Dana Point, Calif.) – OC Parks invites the community to spend Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy waterfront dining, ocean activities, boating, sailing, and experience south Orange County’s best aerial fireworks display, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza.
The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will light up Dana Point Harbor. Visitors can enjoy fantastic views from the harbor, Baby Beach, the Island, and the many waterfront eateries located within the harbor. The display begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and early arrival is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to bring a personal FM radio to tune into KSBR 88.5FM and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks display.
Spend the week of Independence Day enjoying Dana Point Harbor’s many waterfront restaurants and ocean activities, or take a cruise in the harbor on July 4th to view the fireworks display. The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari are all offering 4th of July Fireworks cruises.
Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle services on July 4th to avoid traffic jams. The shuttles will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Shuttle service will suspend at 9 p.m. until after the fireworks and will resume until 11 p.m.
The Dana Point Trolley will drop off and pick up at stop #6 on July 4th in the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the inter Harbor shuttle will pick up and drop off at the restaurants and retail area, Baby Beach, the Island, and Ocean Institute from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Streets within Dana Point Harbor will have restricted left hand turn lanes and cars will be detoured to go right only (Dana Point Harbor Drive, Puerto Place & Island Way). Cove Road will be closed during the fireworks and re-opened after the fireworks. For a map of trolley and shuttle services click here
Celebrate Independence Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information visit www.DanaPointHarbor.com.
Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at Dana Point Harbor
The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend enjoying ocean activities, delicious dining and more at Dana Point Harbor.
The weekend of May 13 – 14 will welcome a calendar of special activities including an art sale, trunk show, brunch menus and marine events. Known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point Harbor is home to many marine activities perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers excursions daily. All Dana Wharf whale watching cruises on May 14 will offer moms a complimentary “MOMosa” or glass of champagne. Additional whale watching excursions are available from the Ocean Institute and Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. Parasailing and sailing activities are also available in the harbor. Dana Point Harbor features a variety of signature dining options for Mother’s Day weekend. Waterman’s Harbor will offer a Mother’s Day buffet overlooking Dana Point Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families can enjoy dining at the many eateries at the harbor including Wind & Sea, El Torito, Proud Mary’s, The Brigg, Harbor Grill, Gemmell’s Restaurant, Harpoon Henry’s, Harbor Deli, Coffee Importers & Deli, and more.
Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to enjoy shopping in Dana Point Harbor during the weekend-long Mother’s Day Fine Art Show from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. under the outdoor pergola. The White Pelican Gallery will be hosting a trunk show featuring the designs of David Rosales from May 6 – 14.
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Dana Point Harbor and experience the ultimate springtime adventure. For more information visit www.DanaPointHarbor.com.