Old Fisherman's Wharf Association presents the 9th Annual Whalefest Monterey™ to be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World™ on Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

This free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages celebrates the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and much more! The event, which features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Fun edutaining interactive exhibits at the upcoming 9th Annual Whalefest Monterey include over two dozen interactive marine related exhibits by numerous local organizations. Click here for details. 

Speakers at the 2-day Symposium during Whalefest Monterey represent The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary/NOAA, MBARI, Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, the Whale Entanglement Team and more. The Symposium will be held at the Wharf Theatre. Click here for details.


In addition, Whalefest brings the return of Dee, the 43-foot inflatable whale model people can enter and see its internal organs, and photo ops with costumed creatures roaming the area. 
There will be four boats at various times at the California Dock at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf including the Fulmar (NOAA’s research ship - Saturday only), Current Sea (Marine Life Studies research and WET™ boat), the Coast Guard 43’ foot boat and The Pearl (Monterey Fire Boat). While touring the NOAA Research Vessel Fulmar at the dock on Saturday, visitors can listen to the vocalizations of whales and other marine mammals recorded by MBARI in Monterey Bay.

Monterey Abalone Company will host Abalone Races. Monterey Bay Whale Watching will host scrimshaw-making using soap. Chefs from the Wharf will conduct cooking demos. Discovery Whale Watching/J & M Fishing will host Gyutaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish.


On the Causeway will be Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club boats, US Coast Guard 29’ foot boat, the Science Seafloor ROV and more.

Maritime Historian Tim Thomas will lead Wharf Walks and share the history of the fishing industry and Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Old Fisherman's Wharf

There will also be live musical entertainment at the head of the Wharf across from the Harbor House as well as an information and merchandise booth, with Whalefest Monterey T-shirts and aprons for donations.

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

Special discount Hotel Rates: Stay for the weekend!

Special Whalefest Monterey discount room rates are available at some local Monterey Hotels, including the Portola Inn and Spa. Subject to availability, guests can reserve rooms for a discounted rate of $149 plus taxes per room per night January 25, 26 or 27, 2019.

Also, there will be discount room rates at the Comfort Inn on both North Fremont and on Munras. Please call the hotel directly. Comfort Inn Monterey By the Sea, 1252 Munras Avenue: 831 372-2908. www.stayatmonterey.com and Comfort Inn Monterey Bay, 2050 North Fremont Street 831-373-3081 www.montereygetaway.com.

For more information about Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf, go to www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.