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Art & Culture Center of Whidbey Island

Welcome the Whales Festival

Welcome back the whales to Whidbey!

whale1Don’t miss the annual “Welcome the Whales Parade and Festival” in Langley to honor and celebrate the arrival of Gray whales to Whidbey Island. Welcome the Whales Festival is sponsored by Orca Network and the Langley Chamber of Commerce.

The Langley Whale Parade and Festival will include hands-on educational displays, costume-making, and children’s activities, followed by the Whale and Critter Parade in downtown Langley, ending at the Waterfront “Whale Bell” Park with a blessing for the whales, music, and celebration on the beach, while watching for Gray whales in Saratoga Passage. The Langley Whale Center will be open from 11 am – 5 pm, with special activities and displays about Gray whales and staffed by Orca Network/Whale Center docents.

In the afternoon presentations will include our featured speaker Joel Reynolds, Western Director and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who has led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns, including campaigns to protect the gray whale birthing lagoon and World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California. Mr. Reynolds’ legal challenges and negotiations with the Navy to protect whales and dolphins are told in the book War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz.

Browse the Langley Whale Center’s Exhibits, displays and gift shop from 11 am – 5pm, and in the afternoon from 3 to 5 PM take to the water to see the Gray whales, on Orca Network’s Gray Whale Fundraising Cruise on board the Mystic Sea whale watch boat.

For more information about Welcome the Whales weekend or Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network, visit their website at

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