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23rd Annual Celebration of the Whales (Cancelled)

March 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Celebration of Whales attendees pictured in their whale hats, from a prior year

UPDATE: With the continued expansion of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the safety of the public in mind, we have decided to cancel the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Whales event, scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020.

According to Governor Gavin Newsom, California’s public health experts determined March 11, 2020 that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if organizers can implement social distancing of 6-feet per person.

The Celebration of the Whales is a popular event and attendance far exceeds 250 people. We are committed to doing our part to help protect the health of event volunteers, staff, attendees, and Ventura County residents.

There will not be a shortage of activities for visitors who attend the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Whales.

The free event will include family-friendly activities, chalk art, shopping and prize drawings that include whale watching excursions for the entire family.

The event is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Activities will be held at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Marine Emporium Landing, Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market, and a “Gray Whale Migration Trail” along the marina path that connects the two activity centers.

The Celebration of Whales is a collaborate event among the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Harbor businesses, and the Ventura County Harbor Department that celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale.


March 22, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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