Friday, March 4
4:45-9 p.m. The 51st Annual Festival of Whales will kick off with a sunset welcoming ceremony by members of the local Acjachemen Nation and a surfers’ paddle-out at the Marine Protected Area beach behind the Ocean Institute. Following the beach ceremony, a reception with guest speakers will be held inside the Ocean Institute and will include an update about Dana Point’s World Cetacean Alliance designation as the first and only Whale Heritage Site in the Americas. The event will include food truck cuisine for purchase, free non-alcoholic beverages, and the Ocean Institute’s free interactive educational activities and displays. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949.496.2274. oceaninstitute.org. A schedule and map of all the event activities and information can be found in the Festival of Whales Guide insert in last week’s issue, as well as on the Festival of Whales website at festivalofwhales.com.