Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!


Pacific Marine Exploration
An ecosystem excursion for all ages

Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration program.


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.


Adults: $25.00 
Children: $10.00
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)


Kayak Harbor Tour
Join us for our Public Kayak Program!

This program includes: 
- 2 hour interactive tour around the Dana Point Harbor
- A history of the harbor and its unique ecosystem
- Admission to the Ocean Institute
- Ocean Institute baseball cap and bag

All experience levels are welcome. Must be at least 12 years old to participate. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Parade of Sail
Join the armada

Set sail on any one of the historic tall ships and watch the sun dip below the horizon as you help the Ocean Institute kick-off the 34th Annual Festival. Experience the wind, the sounds, and the firing of the cannon as you sail along the coast in the Parade of Sail. 

Eventbrite - Parade of Sail: Friday, September 7


Sails ‘n Ales Kick-Off Party
Celebrate the start of the 34th annual Festival

Featuring beer tastings from Sierra Nevada, Mother Earth Brew Company, Lost Winds Brewing, Bottle Logic Brewing, Stereo Brewing, Docent Brewing, and Laguna Beach Beer Co., live music from LA Edwards, food trucks and mermaid encounters, it’s an event the whole family can enjoy!


Breakfast with a Mermaid
A one-of-a-kind experience

Meet our mermaid friends, make a fun mermaid craft, enjoy pancakes, and watch our mermaids swim underwater! Family fun for all mermaids at heart.

Be sure to book your ticket in advance as this event sells out every year and there are limited spots available. 

Eventbrite - Breakfast with a Mermaid 2018



Making Waves

Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education