Big Bay Whale Watching Festival in San Diego
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Whale Festival is Sat. Jan. 25th

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Free Family Fun at the San Diego Whale Festival

This waterfront celebration with a fun family theme is in honor of the whales each year to mark the return of Whale Watching season and the California Gray Whale.

Whale Watching Festival in San Diego

San Diego Celebrates Gray Whale Migration at 6th Annual FREE San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival

Free Community ‘Whale Festival’ on the Broadway Pier Facility - Saturday, Jan. 25th

On Saturday, January 25 2014 from 11:00am – 3:00pm the event will culminate with a free Whale Festival along the Embarcadero. The Whale Festival is free to the public and will be held outdoors at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, located at 1010 North Harbor Drive on the corner of Harbor Drive and Broadway in Downtown San Diego.  A collaborative effort among many San Diego bay front businesses, Big Bay Whale Days features discounted whale watching and bay cruises, admission specials to waterfront museums, and money saving offers at Embarcadero attractions. restaurants and retailers for the entire month of January.

The FREE Whale Festival will offer a wide variety of interactive and hands on displays to spark the interest and imagination of any child including a walk-through whale, live sea creatures, face painting, art projects, and a bounce house. Enjoy the "Whale of a Stage" featuring live blues music with James Gibson Band and new country with Moon Dog plus enjoy a performance by Flamenco with Roots Childrens Troupe and meet Captain Sam Diego. There are chances to win free Whale Watching cruises and much more at the KYXY and Energy 103.7 Radio booth. Best of all, kids 12 and under will cruise free (with paid adult) on Hornblower Cruises whale watching cruises or Harbor Tours all day long.

During the month of January the USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego will have Big Bay Whale Days admission specials and money saving coupons will be available for select Embarcadero merchants including Anthony’s Fish Grotto and Seaport Village. In addition, discounted Big Bay Whale Days cruises will be featured all month at Hornblower Cruises.

Whale watching season has become one of San Diego’s favorite times of the year. The Big Bay Whale Days and Whale Festival provide the community with the best place to learn about California gray whale ecology and conservation and find information about opportunities to interact with the whales safely and affordably.

Information about the annual gray whale migration, Big Bay Whale Days, the free Whale Festival, special event discounts, and coupons are available at, on participating Embarcadero merchants’ websites, or by calling 619-686-8700.


Whale Watching Festival in San Diego

Knowing it was early in the year for Whale Migration, what a treat it was to see a grey Whale. Capt. Bill and his crew were very professional and very respectful of the whale and very informative. We enjoyed it very much.

– Tim G

Every year I take students whale watching and I have tried different companies. Hornblower, You are the best. This year, I took a group of 100 students and (we) were lucky to have seen whales. The "adventure" is the best vessel I've gone whale watching on. The size helps so the rocking of the waves does not feel too harsh on them. The space is perfect so people can move around. Everyone was delighted

– June P

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