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Explore Dana Point Events and Happenings

From Shoreline Festivals to Holiday Jubilee

Whether you love tall ships, live music or the peace of quiet of nature, Dana Point has something for visitors every day of the year. Maybe it’s the gorgeous weather year-round, or the friendly local spirit, but Dana Point sweeps up all who visit in fabulous events like live music festivals, vibrant seasonal celebrations, awesome professional surfing competitions and more. Browse eclectic shops and farmers markets. Head out on a whale watching charter during whale migration season, catch a sailing regatta or watch 4th of July fireworks explode high over Dana Point Harbor.

Dana West Yacht Club Leukemia Cup
Dana West Yacht Club Leukemia Cup

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Sailboat racing, dinghy contests and so much more are scheduled to delight festival goers at this year’s Dana West Yacht Club Leukemia Cup. Many of the west coast’s best sailors are ready to showcase their skills for these great events. So stop by and help benefit cancer research.

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Summer Concerts at the Park
Free Summer Concerts In The Park

Listen to great music throughout the summer for free! Just bring a blanket or a low-back beach chair to experience these complimentary concerts. Food and drinks are available for purchase, if you wish. But you’re always welcome to sit back, relax and hear terrific tunes for no charge at all.

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Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta
Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta

Support the education of young sailors at this wonderful charity event that takes place every year. You’ll enjoy exciting races and other fun activities when you attend this beloved festival.

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Tall Ships Festival
Toshiba Tall Ships Festival

Cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaids and ship tours are just some of the kinds of experiences you can enjoy at this annual festival. Step back into history to meet the ships’ crews and see reenactments of key events.

Photo courtesy: "Toshiba Tall Ships Festival" / Visit Dana Point

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Ohana Music Festival

Headlined with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder and The Strokes, this three-day music festival returns to Doheny State Beach this summer. Experience the festival in Dana Point fashion— with craft beer or artisan food in hand, roaming along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Ohana Music Festival is donating a portion of proceeds go to the San Onofre Parks Foundation to develop, preserve and enhance California's coastal parks.

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Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot – 5K / 10K Run

A popular tradition in Orange County, this race gives you gorgeous views of Dana Point Harbor while also supporting local charities. With a variety of runs for different skill levels, you’re sure to have a fantastic time!

Photo courtesy: Captivating Sports

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Holiday on the Harbor
Holiday in The Harbor

Get into the holiday spirit with this well-loved, day-long event. From photos with Santa to fun performances to holiday crafts and so much more, you and your family will really enjoy the exciting celebration along Dana Point Harbor.

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Boat Rides with Santa
Boat Rides with Santa

Take a 20-minute harbor cruise and speak with Santa! Kids can share their holiday wishes with Santa and his helpers. It’s a popular Dana Wharf tradition that’s been carried on for generations.

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Boat Parade of Lights
Boat Parade of Lights

See boats from around the harbor light up for this much-anticipated holiday tradition. The decorations are always festive and specifically designed to win some enchanting competitions. It’s a spectacular event that you can enjoy from any place along the harbor.

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Dana Point Festival of Whales Parade
Festival of Whales

Once an endangered species, the California gray whale is now celebrated every March in Dana Point. Join this yearly festival, which attracts thousands of visitors during the gray whale watching season.

Photo courtesy: "Festival of Whales" / Visit Dana Point

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