"Whale Watching Capital of the World!"
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 marine organizations. Come out and enjoy many dynamic, interesting and fun events and informative exhibits from over 30 marine organizations, and a 60' gray whale!
WHALEFEST MONTEREY will be held at Old Fisherman's Wharf located at #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California near the Custom House on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. WHALEFEST MONTEREY is held in January during the migration of the gray whales, although whales are spotted in the Monterey Bay year-round.
The Old Fisherman's Wharf Association is sponsoring WHALEFEST MONTEREY, a fundraising event to benefit many local marine conservation non-profit organizations in association with California State Parks, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Sciences (MAOS), Monterey History and Art Association and BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit. The day will feature a wide array of fun activities including a special marine-themed concert with Barbara Joy and the La Mesa School Children's Chorus ,
Tim Thomas will conduct “Wharf Walks” at 10:00 AM, Noon and 2:00 PM both days.
MAOS (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science) will bring a Remote Operated Vehicle, a beach clean-up by the Wahine Project, and the “Take It to the Streets Clean-Up” will be organized by Marine Life Studies a costumed otter, whale, sea turtle and jelly fish wandering the Wharf and explaining about the marine environment provided by Save the Whales, a 60-foot gray whale to climb inside, the Yacht Club Remote-Controlled Sailing Regatta,
Monterey’s Fire Boat will shower the marina with water, Monterey’s Whaling History Walking Tours led by author and historian Tim Thomas, Coast Guard Boat Tours (two boats at the dock and the inflatable search and rescue boat at the head of the Wharf), Randy’s Guided Whale Watching (half-price for kids), and a ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle), and a concierge desk for information staffed by the Monterey Library.
Among the talented musicians playing on the Wharf will be The Whales and Nick Fettis and many others. Lecturers include Steve Palumbi of Hopkins Marine Station and Peggy Stap of Marine Life Studies, and more. Save the Whales will have two presentations that day.
Special Hotel Rates: The Portola Hotel and Spa, Comfort Inns on Munras and North Fremont, and Best Western De Anza Inn, are offering a special rate to the WHALEFEST attendees on Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, 2012. Attendees must contact the hotel/motels directly to get the special rate Comfort Inns located within 2 miles to Fisherman's wharf offers a wide range of rooms including Jacuzzi rooms and family suites. Our guests will enjoy many amenities including our complimentary Hot Breakfast, WIFI, local calls and parking. Book your room in advance online or call Hotel direct and ask for the WHALEFEST rate. Comfort Inn Monterey Bay: (888) 990-7666 - www.montereygetaway.com. Comfort Inn Monterey By the Sea: (888)390-7666 - www.stayatmonterey.com Discover the Best Western Plus De Anza Inn located just minutes away from Fisherman's Wharf, historic Cannery Row and the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Best Western Plus De Anza Inn offers a convenient location, quality amenities and reasonable rates to ensure a comfortable stay while enjoying WHALEFEST Monterey 2012. Call today to make reservations and ask for the special WHALEFEST Monterey 2012 rate. Reservations (800) 858-8775 or (831) 646-8300.
Participating Marine Conservation Organizations: The participating marine conservation organizations that will line the Causeway at Old Fisherman’s Wharf (some are worldwide and some are only based in Monterey) include American Cetacean Society - Monterey Bay Chapter, BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, California State Parks, Camp SEA Lab, Department of Fish and Game, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Friends of Moss Landing Marine Lab, Marine Life Studies, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Education Department, Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, Monterey History and Art Association Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Monterey Public Library, Monterey Regional Waste Management, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA, Marine Protected Areas Center, Pacific Shark Research Center, PUACF, REI, Save Our Shores, Save The Whales, Surfrider Foundation-Monterey Chapter, The Marine Mammal Center, The Otter Project, and United States Coast Guard. Other participating organizations include REI. WHALEFEST MONTEREY is sponsored by Old Fisherman's Wharf Association, California State Parks, BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, MAOS (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science) and Monterey History and Art Association. Special thanks go to The Wharf Theater.
The mission of WHALEFEST MONTEREY is to bring public awareness to the dynamic marine organizations that affect 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 [email protected] and check out the website at www.montereywharf.com.