7th Annual Whalefest Monterey

Event Date:
Jan 28 - Jan 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Old Fisherman’s Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940



For Immediate Release

Publicity Contact: Wendy Brickman

(831) 633-4444 or brickman@brickmanmarketing.com


7th Annual Whalefest Monterey to be held on January 28 & 29, 2017 at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California including an outstanding 2-day Symposium

The Whale Watching Capital of the World™

Don’t miss this free fun and educational, interactive family event for all ages that celebrates the migration of the gray whales and much more! The event also benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

The Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association will sponsor and hold the 7th Annual Whalefest Monterey™ at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World™ on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The event celebrates the migration of the gray whales, and benefits the many local and national marine organizations that build awareness about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect it.

Among the highlights will be a Symposium with lectures and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Dali17/Museum of Monterey at the Stanton Center Auditorium, musical performances, and many educational displays by participating organizations. Thousands of attendees are expected again this year that range from local families and school children who want to learn more about our maritime environment to visitors from near and far who want to explore the annual whale migration.

Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans who continue to feast on a “krill and anchovy buffet” in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Throughout the year, this Whale Watching Capital of the World offers sightings of 15 species of whales, 10 species of dolphins, 2 species of porpoise, 6 species of pinnipeds and 1 species of Fissiped (sea otter).

Weather permitting, whale watching tours, fishing, sailing and glass bottom boats will be operating from the Wharf (for a fee), and Wharf restaurants will be serving lunch and dinner. Wharf shops will also be featuring marine-themed merchandise.

The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:

•            New! "Dee" created by Save The Whales will be on display this year! Dee is a 43-foot life-size inflatable humpback whale, and children and adults can go inside and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach and esophagus of this mammoth mammal. 

•             A 60-foot model whale – Humphrey the Humpback Whale (attendees can climb inside) provided by MAOS, will be on site in front of the Custom House both days to honor the migration of his friends, the gray whales.

•             There will be squid dissection by scientists from the Hopkins Marine station and interactive displays from the Pacific Shark Research Center.

•             Learn more about the Whale Entanglement Team (WET)? Marine Life Studies who help rescue the increasing number of entangled whales.

•             Gyutaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish, will be a fun activity for kids from Noon to 4:00 pm both days in front of Abalonetti Bar & Grill as well as scrimshaw-making with soap.

•             MY Museum will bring Wheelie Mobilee with lots of interactive activities for kids (Saturday only) sponsored by First 5 Monterey County.

•             There will also be the very popular Abalone Races with abalone donated by the Monterey Abalone Company. The Abalone Races will be held 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  near the Big Fish Grill.

•             On the California Dock, the Shoreline Operations Fire Boat and U. S. Coast Guard 47’ Surf Boat will be on hand.

•             The 29’ Response Boat from the The U.S. Coast Guard Station Monterey will be on display on the Causeway next to the Custom House Plaza. Their popular animatronic Coastie the Safety Boat™, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 64 Monterey, will roam and talk with attendees.

•             Seafloor Science ROV Day Camp (for ages 8-10 and 11-14) will have underwater robotic kits for visitors to build and control in an enclosed tank! Stop by the SS-ROV Day Camp tent to say hello, have some fun, and discover a bit about the nuts and bolts of ocean exploration! 

•             Sea Otter Savvy will have an information table with giveaways, videos and games for kids of all ages.

•             Marine Life Studies Take it to the Streets™  is partnering with Save Our Shores and Surfrider for the Whalefest Community Cleanup (beach and streets). Meet 11:00 am on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Marine Life Studies Booth.   

Plus many other interactive displays and activities on both days!

The event will feature an array of great live music including the Monterey High Jazz Band, Kuumbwa Honor Jazz Band, Nick Fettis & His "Orca" stra, Bill Minor & Richard Rosen, Richard Carr, John Tallon and the Ragtime Stompers, Jonah and the Whale Watchers, Mark Richardson with "Mountain Dulcimer of an Eclectic Kind".

There will be Whalefest Monterey commemorative t-shirts and with a $15 donation to MAOS, attendees will receive a t-shirt. Special Whalefest Monterey aprons will also be available for sale.    

There will also be many colorful photo ops with costumed animals roaming the Wharf area including a whale, leatherback turtle, mola-mola, shark and the Bag Monster.

Save The Whales will present "Dee The Beautiful Whale," a 43-foot inflatable humpback whale that people will be able to go inside of and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach and esophagus. The whale will teach people about the similarities we share as mammals, but also the harm we cause them and all ocean life, when litter and marine debris enter the ocean. Dee will encourage discussion about how to protect whales and their ocean home.  She will provide an experience that children will not forget.
Seafloor Science ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Day Camp delivers week-long STEM summer day camps at Monterey High with MAOS (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Sciences). Camps are offered for two age levels: 8-10 (entering grades 3-5) and 11-14 (entering grades 6-9). STEM activities focus on ocean exploration and the science, technology, and operations that enable it. Team-oriented challenges engage students in applying the scientific method and various ocean technologies in a real-world framework of discovery.  Exciting, student-directed missions incorporate electronics, programming rovers (Level II), designing, building and driving underwater ROVs, sensors, seafloor geology, and biology. For more information, visit www.ssrovcamp.org.
Sea Otter Savvy is a new multi-agency collaborative program supported by US Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Friends of the Sea Otter. Our goal is to use outreach to create awareness to prevent human-caused disturbance to sea ottes and other marine wildlife.  You can see more information about their program here: http://www.seaottersavvy.org/


The event’s sponsors include Monterey State Historic Parks, Marine Life Studies, MAOS, Monterey History and Art Association, Dali17, Monterey Signs, Fashion Streaks, Pepsi, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Catalina Photography and the Wecker Group. Media sponsors include KRML Radio, KSBW TV, Central Coast ABC, Estrella TV, Santa Cruz Waves and the Monterey Herald.

The array of participating non-profit organizations can be seen here

The outstanding Symposium expert presenters and their presentation synopses, subject to change, can be seen here and the schedule is below:

Whalefest Symposium Schedule - Click here

Whalefest Symposium Program Synopses:  https://goo.gl/BXp1V4

Whalefest Symposium Speaker Biographies:   https://goo.gl/SQGUqb

Subject to availability, special Whalefest Monterey discount room rates are available at some local Monterey Hotels, including the Portola Inn and Spa (click here for the discounted rate), and the Comfort Inn on both North Fremont and on Munras. Call the hotel directly to arrange the discounted rate.

For more information and updates, continue to check the website: www.montereywharf.com or call 831-238-0777 or 831-594-1500.

7th Annual Whalefest Monterey Symposium Schedule (subject to change)

Music Schedule
Saturday, January 28
Near the Wharf
Kuumbwa Honor Jazz Band
12:15-1:30 and 2:30-3:30

At the Wharf Entrance
10:00-11:00 Nick Fettis and His "Orca"-stra
11:00- 12:00 Mark Richardson
and his "Mountain Dulcimer of an Eclectic Kind"

12:00-1:00 Richard Carr, Creator/performer of piano/keyboard soundtracks for the soul, mind & body
1:00- 2:00 Bill Minor on Keyboards & Richard Rosen on Harmonica
2:00-3:00 John Tallon and the Ragtime Stompers
3:00-5:00 Jonah and the Whale Watchers

Sunday, January 29
10:00-11:30 Nick Fettis and His "Orca-" stra
11:30-1:00 Michael Brautovich and HIs Saxophone
1:00-1:45 Monterey High School Jazz Band
Bill Minor on keyboards and Richard Rosen on Harmonica
3:00-4:00 Mark Richardson and his "Mountain Dulcimer of an Eclectic Kind"
4:00-5:00 Richard Carr, Creator/performer of piano/keyboard soundtracks for the soul, mind & body