Whalefest Monterey 2019Event Date:
Jan 26 - Jan 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf
1 Old Fisherman's Wharf
Save the date for the 9th Annual Whalefest Monterey on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 2019. More details coming soon!
8th Annual Whalefest Monterey to be held on January 27 & 28, 2018 at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California including an outstanding 2-day Symposium at the Wharf Theatre
The Whale Watching Capital of the World™
January 15, 2018. Monterey, CA. Don’t miss a 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 inspire, educate, explore, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
At a Glance:
What: The Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association will sponsor and hold the 8th Annual Whalefest Monterey
Where: At and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World™ . Directions: https://www.montereywharf.com/
When: Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The schedule for the weekend event and the 2-day Symposium is now posted on https://www.montereywharf.
There is 4-hour free parking, courtesy of the City of Monterey, for locals with Monterey County ID from January 26-28, 2018.
Information: [email protected] or (831) 238-0777.
About Whalefest Monterey:
Whalefest Monterey™ 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 an outstanding Symposium with lectures and documentaries related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Wharf Theatre. Check https://www.montereywharf.com/
For a list of the 2018 Symposium lecture videos, click here.
Besides musical performances, there will be many educational displays by organizations that affect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 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:
• Dee: The Beautiful Inflatable 43-foot Whale will be back at Whalefest. Attendees are able to go inside and see the ribs, heart, lungs, baleen, stomach and esophagus.
• A 13-foot whale from MAOS will also be on display.
• Gyutaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish, will be a fun activity for kids from Noon to 4:00 pm both days outside of Discovery Whale Watching from 12-4 both days.
• Scrimshaw, the antique art of carving created by Basque and Portuguese whalers will take place outside of Monterey Bay Whale Watching from 12 - 4 both days.
• The popular animatronic Coastie the Safety Boat™, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 64 Monterey, will roam and talk with attendees.
• Fire Boat and US Coast Guard 47' Surf Boat will be at the Fisherman's Wharf California Dock near the Big Fish Grill. The US Coast Guard 29' Fast Response Boat will be on the Causeway.
• Seafloor Science ROV Summer Day Camp (for ages 8-10 and 11-14) will have underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for visitors of all ages to "drive" 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!
• Marine Life Studies Take it to the Streets™ is partnering with Surfrider for the Whalefest Community Beach & Bike Path Cleanup. Meet 11:00 am on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Marine Life Studies Booth.
• Chef Tene Shake of the American Culinary Federation will do a seafood cooking demonstration on Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm in front of Old Fisherman's Grotto.
• Abalone Races sponsored by Monterey Abalone Company. Watch multi-footed mollusks race marathons on Saturday at 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm and Sunday at 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm outside of Big Fish Grill.
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.
The event will feature many other interactive “edutaining” displays and activities on both days from American Cetacean Society, California Coastal Commission, Camp SEA Lab, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reservation, Friends of the Monterey Public Library, Heirs to Our Oceans, Hess Design, Marine Life Studies, Marine Mammal Center, Monterey Academy Oceanographic Science (MAOS), Monterey Fire Department's Fire Boat, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Mt. Madonna School, Otter Project, Pacific Grove Museum, Save the Whales, Seafloor Science ROV. Sea Otter Savvy, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Student Oceanography Club, Sustainable Monterey, United State Coast Guard, with additional organizations to be confirmed soon.
The 2-Day Symposium line up is also listed on https://www.montereywharf.
Whalefest commemorative t-shirts will be available for a donation of $10 and whale and dolphin print aprons will be available for a $18 donation or both for a $25 donation. This year, the donations will benefit the non-profit, CASA, which helps the underserved children of Monterey County.
Live Musical Entertainment
The event will feature an array of great live music bpth days including Nick Fettis and his “Orca”stra, Richard Carr (Creator/performer of piano/keyboard soundtracks for the soul, mind & body), Mark Richardson (“Mountain Dulcimer of an Eclectic Kind”), Bill Minor (keyboards) & Richard Rosen (harmonica), Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, Monterey High School Jazz Band and Jonah and the Whale Watchers.
The event’s sponsors include Monterey State Historic Park, Marine Life Studies, MAOS, Monterey Signs, Fashion Streaks, Santa Cruz Waves, Pepsi, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Catalina Photography and the Wecker Group. Media sponsors include KAZU Radio, Monterey Herald and KSBW TV, Central Coast ABC, Estrella TV.
Check out video excerpts from prior years of outstanding Whalefest Monterey Symposium Presentations:
6th Annual Monterey Whalefest (2016)
7th Annual Monterey Whalefest (2017)