12th Annual Whalefest Monterey

Event Date:
Mar 19 - Mar 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


12th Annual Whalefest Monterey Announces New Dates: March 19 and 20, 2022

 The Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World 

January 2022. Monterey, CA. Save the date for the 12th Annual Whalefest Monterey on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 2022.

This "edutaining" family friendly event will be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Custom House Plaza -Monterey State Historic Park.  The event will also feature a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts. Whalefest Monterey includes fun activities for all ages, musicians, boat displays and dozens of fascinating marine-related interactive exhibits by numerous local organizations.

Whalefest Monterey benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Of special note is that in 2022, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of ocean protection and the 30th anniversary of the local Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Whalefest Monterey will feature many educational and engaging displays from local, regional and national non-profits that include:


American Cetacean Society

California Coastal Commission

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Camp SEA Lab

Community Builders for Monterey County

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Greenfield Community Science Workshop

Marine Life Studies

Monterey Bay Aquarium Underwater Explorers

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary MBNMS

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Santa Catalina Middle School

Save Our Shores

Save the Whales

Sea Otter Savvy

Seafloor Science ROV

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Squid 4 Kids

Surfrider Foundation

Sustainability Office, City of Monterey

The Marine Mammal Center

Ventana Wildlife Society

Yacht Club - Monterey Peninsula

(Note: Subject to change.)


Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans who come 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).

Whalefest Monterey is supported by many outstanding sponsors including the Arts Council for Monterey County, Fisherman’s Wharf Association, Marine Life Studies, Mechanics Bank, Monterey Bay Federal Credit Union, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Monterey County Bank and Safeway.    Corporate sponsorships are still available.  Please contact Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis at [email protected] for more details.

About NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Serving as the trustee for 14 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of protected marine and Great Lakes waters. Few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the system, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The system works with diverse partners and stakeholders to promote responsible, sustainable ocean uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean places. A healthy ocean is the basis for thriving recreation, tourism and commercial activities that drive coastal economies. Backed by one of the nation's strongest pieces of ocean conservation legislation, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, sanctuaries seek to preserve the extraordinary scenic beauty, biodiversity, historical connections. and economic productivity of our most precious underwater parks.

For more information to www.montereywharf.com or www.whalefest.org or call 831-238-0777 or email [email protected] 






Thank you to our valued sponsors: