Save the Date! 2023 Right Whale Festival will be held on November 4 & 5, 2023!!!!
The Right Whale Festival will feature live music, exhibits promoting marine conservation with onsite marine mammal scientists, kid's activities, art and unique gifts, a beach clean-up, food trucks, and much more.
Delight in an exceptional opportunity to engage with an extensive roster of over 75 exhibitors, all deeply committed to marine conservation and education, water recreation and sports, boating and fishing, as well as a variety of other outdoor pursuits. Immerse yourself in a shopping experience, where a captivating selection of whale and ocean themed gifts, art, photography, and more awaits.
Get ready to groove, sway, and dance to music that will make your heart sing and your feet move uncontrollably! These local musicians will be singing their hearts out for right whales! So, gather your friends, bring your spirit of adventure, and let's make this a celebration that will go down in history!
Dive headfirst into an interactive marine wonderland! Armed with your trusty map,
navigate the grounds like true sea explorers, seeking out exhibitors who hold the secrets of the majestic right whales and their fascinating marine companions. Answer all the questions and choose a prize from our treasure chest!
Step into a world where the giants of the deep come to life in a jaw-dropping spectacle! Witness firsthand the sheer scale of these magnificent creatures as you stand face to face with actual baleen and bones from right whales and their awe-inspiring whale counterparts!
Calling all ocean champions…get ready to transform into the mighty right whale on a daring quest like no other! Learn about the threats to the right whale population by dodging propellers, maneuvering thorough ropes, and wading through trash.
The festival has an extraordinary treat that will have you jumping for joy! Marine-themed
bounce houses, tailor-made for kids to let loose and unleash their boundless energy! It's a win-win for everyone as parents get to savor the great music, indulge in delectable food, and soak in the festival's vibrant atmosphere!
Step into a realm of magic and wonder as you meet and greet your most beloved mermaid and local swashbuckling pirates! There's nothing quite like getting up close and personal with these mystical beings of the sea and fearless pirates of the high seas!
Experience the extreme size of large whale species when you stand beside these life-size whale inflatables. Walk inside of a North Atlantic right whale to learn about its biology. Snuggle up to an inflatable right whale calf as you learn about its fight to survive.
All aboard! Experience the thrill of exploring a law enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard vessel used to protect right whales. Learn about right whale research and see the vessels scientists use to study these whales. Check out vessels that play a crucial role in rescuing entangled whales!
Learn about right whales and other marine mammals directly from the biologists that work so hard to protect them. Experts will be on-hand throughout the festival to tell you about their efforts and answer your questions.
We've lined up the extraordinary, the awe inspiring, and the award-winning documentary "Entangled: The Race to Save Right Whales from Extinction." Prepare to be swept away on a rollercoaster of emotions as you witness the gripping chronicle of heroic efforts to safeguard the majestic North Atlantic right whales from the brink of extinction.
Get ready for a truly magical and uplifting experience that will connect you with the majesty of the ocean and the gentle giants that roam its depths! As you flow through your yoga poses, you'll feel an energy coursing through you, as if you're bridging the gap between land and sea! Check out the Schedule of Events for dates and times.
Join in cleaning up the beaches and surrounding areas in preparation for the upcoming right whale calving season. Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) and community volunteers will remove litter and debris on the beach, beach access points, and beach parks and parking lots. Please register ONLINE.
With wagging tails and slobbery smiles, furry friends are welcome to support of right whale conservation by participating in our dog parade. Participants are encouraged to dress their pets in a marine-themed costumes! Humane Society of Nassau County and Tails of the Trail will be hosting this pawsome parade; please register at Redbones Dog Bakery or ONLINE.
This skateboard competition will show off amazing local talent with skills used not only on the ramps but while surfing in the ocean. Don't miss this adrenaline-pumping event with a purpose, where extreme sports meets ocean conservation in an epic collision of thrill and responsibility. Friends of Fernandina Skatepark and Amelia Surf Co. will be hosting this contest; register ONLINE!
Jessica Koelsch Bibza was a driving force behind the creation of this festival. As an Ironman athlete and marine scientist, she believed a way to get the community involved in right whale conservation was through athletics. Her memory lives on through this 35-mile tribute ride for experienced cyclists. North Florida Bicycle Club will be hosting this event; check back for details.
With each stroke of your paddle, you'll encounter an array of fascinating wildlife,
from majestic birds soaring above to mysterious marine creatures gliding beneath your kayak! Join Amelia Island Kayak Excursions an adventure that will take your love for marine life to new heights! Complimentary kayak tours on November 4 at 1:30pm are available; spaces is limited, so book ONLINE today using code WHALE2023!
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you sail along salt marshes and riverbanks, spotting fascinating wildlife at every turn, while a professional nature and history expert narrates the journey. Amelia Island River Cruises and Charters will be hosting this cruise! Proceeds go towards the Right Whale Festival; purchase your ticket ONLINE today!