March 4-5 and 11-12: Join the 46th annual seaside event that celebrates the migration of the California Gray Whale. Festival highlights include an opening day parade and street fair geared for families, a cardboard classic dingy dash, art exhibits and lessons, vintage cars, BBQ, live music, sand sculpting contests, a mobile marine mammal museum, sailing and stand-up paddling clinics, a rubber duck derby, kids’ fishing clinics, a clam chowder cook-off, town center walking tours, drone and Go Pro demos, and a Saturday night screening of “Free Willy.” Saturday and Sunday, activities and events all day, visit the website for daily schedules. Please remember, the goal (with your help) is to keep the Festival of Whales “clean and green!”
4. Go Fly A Kite – Or Watch a Few
March 11-12: The annual kite event produced by owner of the Kite Connection on Huntington Beach Pier is a by-invitation-only party for skilled kite flyers. You can stake out a spot in the sand to watch the festivities, and buy your own kits to fly kites in a special area. Held at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier, usually on the north side, the action begins in the morning and ends in the afternoon. There’s no fee to watch the action. Saturday and Sunday. Huntington Beach Pier.
March 18: At the annual Mile Square Park Fishing Derby, kids (6-15) have the opportunity fish for trout and catfish while competing for prizes. Fishing clinics will be held on-site and a limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – noon; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Free admission; parking, $5. Bait is not provided. North Lake, near Edinger and Euclid. Hooked? Check out Kidsguide’s list of Fishing Spots to visit as the weather heats up.
16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley