The Right Whale Festival celebrates the annual return of endangered North Atlantic right whales to the warm coastal water off northeast Florida and Georgia, where they give birth to and nurse their young. With as few as 465 remaining, this family-fun event raises awareness of the threats to right whales and how we can help in their recovery. The festival highlights local efforts to protect these whales from extinction, as well as ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products.

The Right Whale Festival attracts 5,000+ visitors each year!
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The Festival is fun for all ages. Enjoy live music, food trucks, art and photography, water recreation displays and more while learning about the right whale. 


2011 RWF poster.

FWC photo under NOAA permit #15488

Right Whales are making a comeback thanks to Sea to Shore Alliance, NOAA Fisheries, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Florida Fish & Wildlife and other groups. 


2017 Date Announced!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -Free AdmissionCome early and spend the day!

2015 RWF poster.

2014 RWF poster.

2010 RWF poster.

2009 RWF poster.

Inflatable Right Whale Calf

Photo of Sea Walk Pavilion

Be part of the eighth annual celebration of the return of the right whales to their vital calving grounds along the northeast coast of Florida


2016 RWF poster.

2013 RWF poster.

2012 RWF poster.

Copyright Right Whale Festival 2015.

Right Whale Festival