There is no onsite parking at the Ocean Institute or along Dana Point Harbor Drive. Visitors are encouraged to park at one of the lots listed below and take the free shuttle to the Festival.
Please allow ample time to get from the offsite parking lots to the Ocean Institute festival site. Shuttles will run continuously during Festival hours. The last shuttle will leave the Ocean Institute lot 1/2 hour after Cannon Battle Cruise ships return. Official shuttle hours are from 8:30am-8:30pm. Festival begins at 10:00am. Please note there will be no restrooms at these locations.
Parking Lot at Strands Beach (Selva Rd)
If traveling on the I-5 South: exit on Pacific Coast Highway. If traveling on the I-5 North: exit at Beach Cities. From either offramp, go past Dana Point Harbor Drive approximately 1.7 miles. Turn left on Selva Road. Lot will be on the right.*
*If you are coming for Cannon Battle Sails, please park here.
Parking Lot at Dana Hills High School
If traveling on the 5 south: Exit on Pacific Coast Highway. If traveling on the 5 north: Exit at Beach Cities. From either offramp go past Dana Point Harbor Drive for approximately 1.5 miles, until the signal light at Golden Lantern. Turn Right on Golden Lantern and travel about one mile until Acapulco Dr. At Acapulco Drive make a u-turn, and proceed to the Dana Hills parking lot on the right.
Please note, this lot will close at 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The last shuttle will depart from Dana Point Harbor at 5:00 pm.
Metrolink Additional Shuttle
Take the Metrolink Orange County Line or Inland Empire Orange County Line to the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink Station where you can show your valid Metrolink ticket to board a free shuttle to the festival. You can purchase a ticket through the Metrolink App or at any station.