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13th Annual Whalefest Monterey

Old Fisherman's Wharf 101 Washington Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Mar 18 - 19 2023
  • Location: Old Fisherman's Wharf, 101 Washington Street, Monterey, CA
  • Phone: (831) 238-0777
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: free
  • Description:

    Save the date for the 13th Annual Whalefest Monterey on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, 2023 from 11 am - 5 pm each day.

    This "edutaining" family friendly event will be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Custom House Plaza -Monterey State Historic Park. It includes fun activities for all ages, musicians, boat displays and dozens of fascinating marine-related interactive exhibits by numerous local and national 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). The event will also feature a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and historians. Be sure to check out the prior Symposium presentations from 2022 and earlier at

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

    American Cetacean Society

    California Coastal Commission

    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/MontereySEA

    Sea Otter Savvy

    Seafloor Science ROV

    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

    Squid 4 Kids

    Surfrider Foundation

    Sustainability Office, City of Monterey

    The Marine Mammal Center

    The Wahine Project

    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 annually by many outstanding sponsors including the Arts Council for Monterey County, thanks to support from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Fisherman’s Wharf Association, Marine Life Studies, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Mechanics Bank, Bay Federal Credit Union, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Monterey County Bank and Andronicos, among others. Media sponsors may include KSBW TV Action News 8, Central Coast ABC, Estrella TV Costa Central, Foolish Times and the Shagbag Radio Show. Corporate sponsorships are available.  Please contact Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis at for more details.




1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

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