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Whalefest Monterey and 2-Day Symposium

Old Fisherman's Wharf 101 Washington Street, Monterey, CA 93940
  • 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. Making a big splash for thousands of locals and visitors, the event is fun and informative for all ages. Come out and enjoy a free celebration of cetaceans and so much more. Winter is also a great time to celebrate and learn more about gray and humpback whales who are migrating through the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, as well as dolphins, sea otters, sea birds and more. Whalefest Monterey benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.



    The 2-day Whalefest Monterey event is held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park. GPS to 201 Washington Street in Monterey, CA. Whalefest Monterey features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts at Heritage Harbor, located adjacent to the Recreation Trail and just steps away from the Wharf.

    This year’s lineup includes presentations of cutting edge research findings from MBARI, Moss Landing Marine Lab, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Marine Mammal Center and more. We’ll also learn about MBARI’s new research ship and the latest efforts of Marine Life Studies and the Whale Entanglement Team, as well insights into incredible underwater whale photography.

    The Symposium is held at an indoor venue generously made available by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 


    Event Information:


    Volunteers and Event Sponsors:

    Volunteers are being sought to staff Whalefest Monterey during March 18 and 19, 2023. Corporate sponsors to help underwrite the event costs are also needed. For more information, contact or 831-238-0777.


    Whalefest Monterey 2023 – Schedule of Events:

    11:00 – 5:00 Exhibits

    Custom House Plaza, Causeway and Fisherman’s Wharf

    11:00-5:00 Symposium

    Heritage Harbor Conference Room

    11:00-5:00 Research and Rescue Vessels

    California Dock at Fisherman’s Wharf

    11:00-5:00 Musicians

    At head of Wharf

    12:00-4:00 Gyotaku

    In front of Abalonetti’s Bar and Grill

    12:00-4:00 Scrimshaw

    In front of Abalonetti’s Bar and Grill

    Time TBD

    “World Famous” Abalone Races

    In front of Rockfish Harbor Grill

    11:00 & 12:30 Wharf History Walks with Historian Tim Thomas

    Meet at Harbor House

    10:00 Marine Mammal Center Release (Sunday only)

    Monterey Beach

    11:00-1:00 Beach & Street Clean Up (Sunday only)

    Meet at Marine Life Studies Booth



1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

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