Whale Of A Day festival is back again this year in person and will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners and their neighbors throughout the South Bay to celebrate these monumental marine mammals. This annual event is co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente. This festival celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas in Alaska to its winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja. The whale counting season starts on December 1st and goes through May. As of yesterday, the season count from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center is 713 whale sightings. (That is 292 southbound & 421 northbound). Yesterday, they spotted 35 southbound calves, and 2 northbound calves. If you are looking for a great adventure for the whole family, stop by the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and participate in the free “Whale Of A Day” activities.
Whale Of A Day will include whale watching from the shore and there will be tours of the Interpretive Center’s museum. At the Whale of A Day festival, children will enjoy related marine exhibits, arts & crafts, fun zone, face painting, games, marine themed vendors and organizations – all at no charge. The event will have music from PT & The Cruisers from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., & Smoky Hollow from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to live music, there will be animal exhibits throughout the day. Some of the past participants have included The Aquarium of the Pacific with its Aquarium on Wheels, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, Save the Manatee, National Marine Fisheries, Heal the Bay, Marine Mammal Care Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab (with their rescued hawks and raptors), Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, California Native Plant Society, and Las Candalistas. There will be multiple food booths on location to buy snacks throughout the day.
To read my prior article on Whale of a Day click here.
There is free parking and even a shuttle to drive you to and from the event. Park at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 544-5260 (Point Vicente Interpretive Center).
Photo courtesy of the city of Rancho Palos Verdes