Fisherman's Wharf Monterey

A big thank you to everyone for coming out to Whalefest 2014! The Fifth Annual Whalefest Monterey 2015 will be held on January 24 & 25, 2015. More details to come but please save the date!

LAST YEAR'S (2014) INFORMATION -- Please join us at Whalefest Monterey on January 24 & 25, 2015. 

Protect Our Beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

4th Annual Whalefest Monterey to be held at Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Whale Watching Capital of the World!™

Inspire - Educate - Explore – Empower & Protect Our Beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

January 16, 2014. Monterey, CA. Hundreds of humpback whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans have been feasting recently on an amazing invasion of anchovies in the Monterey Bay, in Monterey, California to the delight of thousands of whale watchers. A very special festival, Whalefest Monterey, celebrates its 4th year rallying community efforts and building more awareness about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, helping to educate, inspire, empower and protect it. Don't miss a free fun family event for all ages that celebrates the Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and whales, while benefiting many local and national marine organizations.

On Saturday, January 25 and 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association ( will hold the 4th Annual WHALEFEST MONTEREY at and around Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CA. This popular event celebrates the migration of the gray whales. It is designed to educate and inspire the public about many of the outstanding marine organizations that are involved in the Monterey Bay area and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Among the highlights will be lectures related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Museum of Monterey (MoM) Theater, documentary films sponsored by BLUE Ocean Festival organizers and book signings by some of the participating authors. There will be musical and theatrical performances with a maritime theme, and many educational displays by participating organizations. Thousands of attendees are expected again this year that range from local families and school children who want to learn more about our maritime environment to visitors from near and far who want to explore the annual whale migration. The event will also feature a science credit program for students from university level to schoolchildren. The merchants on the Wharf will be serving a variety of small bites.

The two days will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:

o   A 60-foot model gray whale  (attendees can climb inside)

o   Live musical performances including Barbara Joy and A Children's Chorus - La Mesa Tech Center Chorus Club - Salvation Army on Saturday, January 25th and Peggy Stap of Marine Life Studies with Whiskie the Whale Spotter™ at 1:30 PM

o   Other live musical performances will be provided by Nick Fettis & His Orca-stra, Thom Cuneo Jazz Band, Monterey High School Jazz Band, West of One, Michael Brautovich, Jonah & The Whale Watchers, Sugar Sauce, Million Dollar Ticket, and Lillie Lemon, Kuumbwa, and more (see schedule below)

o   Whale watching trips on Monterey Bay will run all day from the wharf, weather permitting including an American Cetacean Society Benefit Whale Watching Cruise at 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26th

o   A U.S. Coast Guard 29’ transportable response boat for tours

o   Award-winning documentaries sponsored by BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Green Fire Productions, Dr. Carol Reeb, and Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association on topics that range from squid to whales

o   Lectures by world renowned scientists including:

§  Dr. Steve Palumbi , Director of Hopkins Marine Station

§  Dr. Carol Reeb, Research Scientist at Hopkins Marine Station

§  Mr. William Douros, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA

§  Dr. Michael Vincent McGinnis of Monterey Institute of International Studies

o   Expert panelists including scientists and business leaders*

*See more details below

o   American Cetacean Society Benefit Whale Watch cruise on Sunday, January 26th at 8:00 am

o    “Sea creatures” from Save the Whales will be interacting with attendees and providing marine and event information

o   Beach and street cleanups by The Wahine Project on Saturday, January 25th at 9:00 am and by Marine Life Studies (Take It to the Streets) and Save Our Shores on Sunday, January 26th at 11 am – 1 pm

o   Shark and Humboldt Squid will be dissected

o   Mock Whale Disentanglement demonstrations

o   Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) demonstrations staffed by volunteers from the Japanese American Citizens League

o   Historic walking tours by maritime historian, Tim Thomas

o   U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will display Coastie the Safety Tug Boat, its rescue boat and a Coast Guard 29' Transportable Response Boat and Auxter, the Otter

o   Underwater remote camera from MAOS controlled by attendees

o   Remote controlled model sailing regatta

o   Photo opportunity by Sea Save Foundation to be part of the “Give ‘em the Fin!” campaign and worldwide photo mosaic for shark conservation

o   Local marine photography fundraiser exhibit and drawing at Museum of Monterey (MoM), 5 Custom House Plaza.

o   A remote-controlled model sailing regatta by the Monterey  Yacht Club

Delicious Small Bites at the participating restaurants for $3-$5 each that includes Garlic Prawns from Crabby Jim's; Calamari from Crab Louie; Fried Anchovy Bites from Domenico's; Shrimp Quiche from Liberty Fish; and Cannolis from Old Fisherman's Grotto.

Stop by Carousel Candies to see their new Whale Apples from the Sea! One is a Fancy Fresh Deluxe Apple covered in caramel made from scratch, dipped in Belgium Chocolate with a solid chocolate whale on top. The other apple is caramel dipped in their rich Belgium White Chocolate, also with a chocolate whale on top.

o   And much, much more!

Participating Marine Conservation Organizations:

The participating local, national and international marine conservation organizations that will line the Causeway at Old Fisherman’s Wharf will include the following:

American Cetacean Society - Monterey Bay Chapter

BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit

California Coastal Commission

California State Parks

Camp SEA Lab

City of Monterey Environmental Program

Coast Guard Auxiliary

Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

Marine Life Studiesb

Marine Mammal Center

Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science

Monterey Green Action

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Monterey History and Art Association

Monterey Public Library

Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club

Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Pacific Shark Research Center


Save Our Shores

Save the Whales

Surfrider Foundation – Monterey Chapter

The Marine Mammal Center

The Otter Project

U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary

Wahine Project

(Note: Participating organizations subject to change

In addition to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association, sponsors include BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science, California State Parks, Monterey Signs, Wharf Marketplace, Sarah’s Designs & Marketing, Green Pedal Couriers, and more. Special thanks also go to The Wharf Theater. The mission of WHALEFEST MONTEREY is to bring public awareness to the dynamic marine organizations that impact the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Bob Massaro at (831) 649-6544 or email Bob at and check out the website at


Don't miss the Inspire, Educate, Explore and Empower Symposium and Documentary Films Program hosted by Marine Life Studies. The Take Away is an interactive series that will enable the public to meet with ocean scientists and hear the factual stories of Cetacean behaviors. Experience through magnificent underwater photography what is happening to the Cetacean's ecosystem globally. this program is designed to expand everyone's understanding of what is happening above the surface and below the surface of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and our oceans.

Click below for the Symposium and Documentary Films Program Schedule:

Inspire, Educate, Explore and Empower Symposium and Documentary Films Program


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