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December is here, what fun is going on all over the county

December is here, what fun is going on all over the county !!!

Here are just a few exciting events to get in the holiday spirit and see the beauty displayed in so many places around town.

Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy   Through Dec. 16
Experience unique artwork by 180 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much more!
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org

 

Santas Workshop   Nov. 28-Dec. 19
Along with Mrs. Claus and the elves, Santa will greet all visitors with a cheerful, Ho! Ho! Ho! and a peppermint candy cane. You are welcome to take pictures of your visit. Wed, Sat and Sun.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Civic Center Plaza  Contact: www.cityofmissionviejo.org

 

Aliso Viejo All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting   Nov. 29
A fun-filled magical family celebration featuring Santa, train rides, carolers and snow!
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / Town Center Fountain Contact: www.cityofalisoviejo.com

 

Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Bazaar   Dec. 1
A holiday wonderland with vintage ornaments, twinkling lights, and a beautiful, majestic tree on the beach. Santa, carolers, hot chocolate, cider and home- baked goodies will be provided.
Time/Place: 10am-5:30pm / Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
Contact: 949-376-6200 / www.crystalcove.org

Dana Point Winter Festival & Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Santa Visits, carnival games, craft fair, face painting, crafts, Lego Santas Village Workshop, the Mini Express train ride, petting zoo, pony rides and the annual tree lighting at 5:15 pm.
Time/Place: 12-5:30pm / La Plaza Park

Contact: www.danapoint.org

 

Lake Forest Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 1
Holiday melodies, cookie decorating, and story-time with Santa to add to the wintertime magic. Registration is required.
Time/Place: 8:30am & 11:30am / City Hall

Contact: www.lakeforestca.gov

 

Winter in the Grove   Dec. 1
Enjoy free seasonal refreshments, childrens activities, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an unforgettable tree lighting ceremony. Unlimited snow slide rides are $5.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove

Contact: www.ggcity.org

 

City of SJCs Annual Christmas Celebration   Dec. 1
Live Nativity, Kids Cookie Decorating & Temporary Holiday Tattoo, Free Photo with Santa, Free Kids Crafts, Christmas Train Ride, Christmas at the Mission and more!
Time/Place: 4-9pm / Historic Town Center Park

Contact: www.sanjuancapistrano.org

 

Santa Paws   Dec. 1
Bring down your pet and have their picture taken with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds go to support the Pet Project Foundation which supports the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / El Torito Courtyard, Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-492-1617 / www.petprojectfoundation.org
Fullerton Winter Market   Dec. 1
Beer & wine garden, pictures with Santa, artisan craft & design vendors, holiday performances and food. Bring a toy to donate!
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Downtown Fullerton Plaza

Contact: www.cityoffullerton.com

 

Santas Village by the Sea   Dec. 1
Tree Lighting with Santa arriving from a Firetruck. Christmas at the Casa: Holiday entertainment, crafts, cocoa & cookies. Puttin On The Glitz and Community Center Holiday Hoopla.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Contact: 949-218-5378 / www.villagesanclemente.org

 

Fountain Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 1
Will feature guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!
Time/Place: 4:30-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park
Contact: 714-593-4400 / www.fountainvalley.org

 

Los Alamitos Winter Wonderland   Dec. 1
Free snow play, musical entertainment, tree lighting, snow sledding, Santas Village and toy drive for local charities.
Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / St. Isadore Historical Plaza
Contact: 562-430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org

 

Rancho Santa Margarita Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Musical performances by The Bridge Church. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived to assist with the tree lighting, they will then be available for photos. Join Mrs. Claus for story hour and a sing along, dancing elves and a face painting station!

Time/Place: 5pm / Lago Santa Margarita Lakeshore Park

Contact: 949-709-0013 / www.samlarc.org

 

Laguna Niguel Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 1
Crafts, sweets, and whimsical treats will be available in the land of snowflakes, candy canes, and sugar plum fairies! Santa will be there, so dont forget your camera!

Time/Place: 5-7pm / City Hall: 30111 Crown Valley Parkway

Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

 

Yappy Howl-iday Celebration   Dec. 2
Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor while human guests relax with a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail. Proceeds support the Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Dana Point

Contact: www.ritzcarlton.com

 

Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession   Dec. 2
An evening of holiday cheer and family fun as we sing traditional carols of the season with the Orange Community Master Chorale led by musical director Michael Short.
Time/Place: 3:30-7pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza

Contact: www.cityoforange.org

 

Irvine Winter Wonderland   Dec. 2
Games, crafts, entertainment, food and a tree-lighting ceremony. This event includes a Joyful Jingles program and a visit from Santa Claus. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Irvine Civic Center

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

 

Winter Toy Drive   Dec. 2
The toy drive will include a car show and food sampling. Toys will be donated to local organizations and nonprofits.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Historic Main St., Garden Grove

Contact: www.ggcity.org

 

Light a Light of Love Holiday Parade   Dec. 2
Parade participants include youth groups, a band, several classic cars and Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus on a Huntington Beach Fire Engine. Entertainment at Pier Plaza, a Taste of Main Street, and a snowflake lighting ceremony at the pier.
Time/Place: 3:30-7pm / Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-842-6600 / www.waymakersoc.org

 

Tree Lighting at Pines Park   Dec. 3
Santa Visits, holiday characters, carnival games, Lil Dickens Carolers, dog costume parade, tree lighting, hot chocolate, cookies and dog treats.
Time/Place: 3-5pm / 34941 Camino Capistrano

Contact: www.danapoint.org

 

Westminster Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 3
We will light the tree, sing carols, restock the food closets for the needy, and of course…be visited by Santa Claus himself.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Civic Center

Contact: www.westminster-ca.gov

 

Cypress Holiday Sing and Tree Lighting   Dec. 4
School Performances, Letters to Santa & Veterans, Holiday Craft, Train Rides, Visits with Santa and Refreshments.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Civic Center/Library/Tennis Courts
Contact: 714-229-6780 / www.cypressrec.org

 

Tamale Festival   Dec. 5
Additional festival activities include two stages of live entertainment (Darden Sisters, Groupo Fenix & Mariachi Divas), Christmas Palm Tree Lighting and visits with Santa.
Time/Place: 4-9:30pm / Santa Fe Street, Old Town Placentia
Contact: 714-993-8117 / www.placentia.org

 

La Palma Holiday Tree Lighting   Dec. 5
Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Central Park Amphitheater
Contact: 714-690-3350 / www.cityoflapalma.org

 

Brea Tree Lighting Ceremony   Dec. 6
Live music and entertainment. Watch the holiday tree light up the evening. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / Civic & Cultural Center

Contact: www.ci.brea.ca.us

 

Jingle Jam   Dec. 6
Donated toys will go to Spark of Love; those who donate will receive a front of the line pass to see Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 5-8pm / Eastgate Park, Garden Grove

Contact: www.ggcity.org

 

Stanton Christmas Tree Lighting    Dec. 6
Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, story time with the Stanton Library, and the lighting of the Stanton Central Park Christmas tree. An early visit from Santa Claus!
Time/Place: 6-7:30pm / Central Park

Contact: http://ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Seal Beach Christmas Parade   Dec. 7
The Magic of Christmas Marching bands, dancing groups, youth groups, equestrians, classic cars, local businesses, floats, military displays and more.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Main Street

Contact: www.sealbeachlions.org

 

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night   Dec. 7
Santa Claus will arrive to greet holiday revelers before the tree lighting ceremony at 6:10pm. Community Concert Band, Thurston Middle School Band, Elementary school choirs, arts & crafts, candy canes, community sing along, live music and business open houses.

Time/Place: 5-10pm / Peppertree Parking Lot

Contact: 949-497-0304 / www.visitlagunabeach.com
Tustin Christmas Tree Lighting   Dec. 7
Enjoy holiday carols, stage entertainment, and tree lighting.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / Tustin Library Courtyard

Contact: www.tustinca.org

 

Holly Jolly Lights Tour   Dec. 7-8
Your ticket includes an outdoor party with live entertainment, a holiday cookie and hot chocolate, a marshmallow for toasting and a warm fire.
Time/Place: 6pm & 8pm / Mission Viejo Civic Center Plaza
Contact: 949-470-3062 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org

 

Nights of 1000 Lights   Dec. 7-8
Holiday celebration featuring a dazzling display of lights, live music, visits with Santa, hot chocolate and smores!
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar
Contact: 949-673-2261 / www.slgardens.org

 

Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights   Dec. 7-8 & 14-15
Western Wonderland Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards. Festivities begin at 4:30pm.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Dana Point Harbor

Contact: www.danapointharbor.com

 

Candlelight Walk   Dec. 7-9
Luminaria-lit paths and historic buildings and trees aglow with Christmas lighting. Victorian carolers, live entertainment, storytellers, visits with Santa, and refreshments.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-461-3400 / www.lakeforestca.gov

 

Yorba Linda Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
Add extra cheer to your holiday this year with a special Breakfast with Santa. Event includes breakfast, crafts, live entertainment and chance to meet Santa!
Time/Place: 9-11:30am / Yorba Linda Community Center
Contact: 714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov

 

Laguna Hills Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
Join us for a special celebration complete with a scrumptious breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Community Center & Sports Complex
Contact: 949-707-2680 / www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us

 

Westminster Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 8
After a visit with Santa, enjoy a morning of arts and crafts.  Reservations sell out quickly.
Time/Place: 9-10:30am / Community Services Building
Contact: 714-895-2860 / http://www.westminster-ca.gov

 

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair   Dec. 9
More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring about 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption. Vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping on-site and an opportunity drawing.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Irvine Animal Care Center
Contact: 949-724-7740 / www.irvineanimals.org
Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade   Dec. 9
An asphalt harbor tour where 50 + vessels travel through Villa Park. Activities at the VP Towne Center following parade.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Village Park Towne Center

Contact: https://villapark.co

 

Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour   Dec. 9
Nine uniquely holiday decorated bayfront and island homes. Be sure to visit the shops on Marine and Agate Avenues for your holiday shopping and refreshments!
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Balboa Island

Contact: www.balboaislandnb.org

 

Cruise of Lights   Dec. 14-17 & 20-23
Join us for our 45-minute narrated boat tour through the sparkling waterways of Huntington Harbour. See thousands of lights on boats, decks, docks and homes, plus incredible animation. Benefits the Philharmonic Society of Orange Countys nationally recognized Youth Programs.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Huntington Harbour Mall
Contact: 714-840-7542 / www.cruiseoflights.org

 

OC Autism Breakfast with Santa   Dec. 15
A Family Resource Fair, continental breakfast, healthy snacks, refreshing beverages, and live entertainments in a safe and inviting atmosphere for children with Autism and other disabilities and their families and caregivers.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Atlantis Play Center, Garden Grove
Contact: 714-203-5213 / www.ocautism.org

 

Christmas and Nativity Play   Dec. 16
Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers & dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival   Dec. 16
Family-friendly activities, Live music, art workshops for children, Arts & crafts sale, appearance by Santa Claus.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton  Contact: www.themuck.org

 

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade   Dec. 19-23
The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30pm and will last approximately 3.5 hours. Over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates.
Contact: 949-675-0551 / www.christmasboatparade.com

 

Find even more events and activities at http://orangecounty.net

Have a wonderful holiday season with your family, friends and loved ones.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thankful for November

November is here…can you believe it?

I love all the family, friends & food that gather at Thanksgiving & the start of the holiday season.

But here are a few more fun, unique, artful, active ways to spend some of your time off in November, have fun!

Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship   Oct. 27-Nov. 4
This event will make history as the first edition to feature gender equality, offering equal slots for boys and girls on each team. Watch future Olympians surf the waters of Surf City USA and be a part of the opening ceremony, event, and awards.
Time/Place: Huntington City Beach

Contact: www.isasurf.org

Taste of San Clemente   Nov. 2
Enjoy a wine tasting from area vineyards as well as a sampling of Microbrews. Guests will receive an engraved, limited edition Taste of San Clemente wine glass or beer mug. In addition, the event will include a fabulous Silent Auction with over forty wonderful baskets and gifts. Cocktail attire. No jeans.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Casino San Clemente
Contact: 949-492-1131 / www.scchamber.com

 

Irvine Holiday Faire   Nov. 2-3
More than 100 talented Southern California artists showcase unique handmade gifts for purchase, including holiday decorations, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, clothing and more. Festive holiday music and selected food items for purchase in collectible ceramic bowls and mugs.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / Irvine Fine Arts Center

Contact: www.irvinefinearts.org

 

Trash Bag Fashion Show   Nov. 3
The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, a magnet program for the Huntington Beach UHSD, presents its annual Trash Bag Fashion Show, a fun afternoon of amusement and student-choreographed dancing held by the APA Dance Department. This years theme: Trash N Roll.
Time/Place: 11:30am-4pm / Dwyer Middle School, Huntington Beach
Contact: www.tututix.com/client/apadanceguild

 

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea   Nov. 3
Experience the time-honored, classic ballet The Nutcracker come to life as Ballet Etudes welcomes you to this one-of-a-kind, tutu cute tea party. Enjoy 15 themed tables, full Tea Service with Sandwiches, Pastries, Desserts and a Beverage. Meet Nutcracker Characters in costume and enjoy Story time.
Time/Place: 4-6pm / Senior Center in Central Park, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-469-0142 / www.balletetudes.com

 

OC United Partners with Rotary for Second Annual Pumpkin Run   Nov. 3
A 5k, family-friendly, costumed, walk-run on the Fullerton Trails. Proceeds will go to under-resourced families and children in Fullerton. A post-race party will be held at Fullerton High School Stadium with more fall festivities.
Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / Juanita Cooke & Hilscher Trails Park, Fullerton
Contact: 714-515-3085 / www.ocunited.org

 

Mayors Ball   Nov. 3
Presented by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Mile Square Golf Course, Fountain Valley
Contact: 714-962-3822 / www.fvchamber.com
Big Adventure   Nov. 3-4
The ultimate music, comedy, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming event. Special musical guests include Modest Mouse, Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Echos and more, while the comedy stage brings performers Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Baron Vaughn, Kristen Shaal and Natasha Leggero.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-708-1500 / www.bigadventurefest.com

 

Serving Up Style   Nov. 4
AVPFirst is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Wall of Champions Induction Ceremony and Serving Up Style Fashion Show fundraiser. Recognizes the significant professional and personal contributions of individuals that have paved the way for the advancement and growth of beach volleyball.
Time/Place: 4:30-7pm / Pasa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

Contact: www.avp.com

 

Dino Dash (Run, Walk, Ride)   Nov. 4
Hosted by the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, The Dinosaur Dash is an annual event where walkers, runners, bikers, and volunteers raise money benefiting the non-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation and local public schools.
Time/Place: 5:30-10:30am / The Market Place, Tustin

Contact: www.dinosaurdash.net

 

Art & Nature Family Festival   Nov. 4
Art, nature, and science activities for all ages. Free admission. The museum opens its doors for free to visitors of all ages and offers a variety of interactive art, nature, and science activities, environmental information booths, and face painting.
Time/Place: 2pm / Laguna Art Museum: 307 Cliff Drive
Contact: 949-494-8971 / www.lagunaartmuseum.org

 

The Celebration of the Beautification of Los Alamitos   Nov. 5
Join the celebration and visit local businesses and nonprofits. Free food, popcorn, ice cream, performances, bouncers and games.
Time/Place: 4:30-6pm / Serpentine & Los Alamitos Blvd.
Contact: 562-431-3538 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org

 

Holiday Boutique   Nov. 9
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, stop by for a glass of wine and enjoy our fashion show while shopping for unique products. All to benefit San Juan Childrens Education Foundation.
Time/Place: 12-9pm / Bella Collina Golf Club, San Clemente
Contact: www.sanjuanchamber.com

 

Cypress Veterans Day Tribute   Nov. 9
A special luncheon and tribute to our veterans.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Senior Center: 9031 Grindlay St.
Contact: 714-229-2005 / www.cypressca.org

 

Mission Basilica School Serenade Gala   Nov. 9
Sky Full of Starts Dinner, auction and dancing. Celebrating 90 Years of Education in the San Juan Capistrano Community.
Time/Place: 5:30-11:30pm / The Ritz-Carlton – Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-234-1385 x2 / www.missionbasilicaschool.org
California Wine and Food Festival   Nov. 9-10
Californias best wineries pouring hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of the regions top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers along with live music and an ocean view.
Time/Place: Pasa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
Contact: 800-936-3126 / www.californiawinefestival.com

 

West Coast Gem & Mineral Show   Nov. 9-11
Shop more than 70 local, national and international vendors selling everything from beads and gems to fossils, crystals, meteorites and home dcor. The show is free and open to the public; parking is $5.
Time/Place: Hilton Costa Mesa

Contact: www.mzexpos.com

 

Wounded Warriors Softball Game and Veterans Fair   Nov. 10
Double-header with local celebrities vs. Wounded Warriors Championship Team. Kids games, activities and inflatables! Fun for the whole family.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Saddleback College Baseball Stadium, Mission Viejo
Contact: 949-470-3003 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org

 

Driftwood Festival   Nov. 10-11
Locally sourced food trucks and restaurants serve great artisan nibbles! In addition to 100s of craft beers to taste, the music stage is jammed packed full of amazing country music.
Time/Place: 12-10pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Contact: www.driftwoodfest.com

 

Huntington Beach Veterans Day Ceremony   Nov. 11
Join the Huntington Beach Mayor and American Legion Huntington Beach Post 133. Celebrate the veterans who gave themselves for their country. The valor, dedication, and heroism of veterans will be acknowledged, for without them we would not have the freedom we enjoy today.
Time/Place: 11am / Pier Plaza

Contact: www.surfcityusa.com

 

Totally Tustin Food & Wine Festival   Nov. 11
Taste incredible cuisine from top Tustin restaurants, sip on fine wines, revel the night away to live music.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / The Hangars in Tustin
Contact: 714-573-3803 / www.tustinchamber.org

 

City of Orange Veterans Day Tribute   Nov. 11
Join the City of Orange as we honor past veterans and current military with patriotic music and inspirational speeches. Open to the general public and all veterans, current military, friends, and family are encouraged to attend.
Time/Place: 2-3pm / Depot Park: 100 N Atchison St.
Contact: 714-744-5599 / www.cityoforange.org

 

Surf City Veterans Day Car Show   Nov. 11
Over 500 mixed cars and models. Proceeds benefiting Paralyze Veterans of America.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Huntington City Beach

Contact: www.surfcityusa.com
La Habra Veterans Day Event   Nov. 11
The theme this year is Honoring our Heroes.
Time/Place: 1pm / La Habra Community Center
Contact: 562-383-4200 / www.lahabracity.com

 

Stanton Veterans Day Celebration   Nov. 11
The celebration will include a formal ceremony, a special message from the Mayor, guest speakers, flag folding ceremony, rifle salute and much more. A reception will be held at City Hall upon the ceremonys conclusion. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Veterans Memorial Park

Contact: www.ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Mission Viejo Veterans Day   Nov. 11
Included in this years program is a celebration of the 2018 Mission Viejo Veteran of the Year, with musical performances by Sgt Rachel Bartlett. Following the ceremony will be a reception outside on the Orchard Terrace.
Time/Place: 2-4pm / Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
Contact: 949-470-3062 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org

 

Brea Veterans Day Ceremony   Nov. 12
Time/Place: 10-10:45am / Brea War Memorial Brea Civic & Cultural Center
Contact: 714-990-7600 / www.ci.brea.ca.us

 

Letters to Santa   Nov. 12
Santa has asked us to help him by collecting letters in our North Pole mailbox in front of the Crown Valley Park Registration Office. We will forward the letters to the North Pole for a response from Santa. Santa will be able to write one return letter per family at one address in Laguna Niguel.
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

 

Mayor’s Thanksgiving Breakfast   Nov. 15
Hosted by the Tustin Community Foundation, this event is a wonderful way to kick off the holidays. It will be an inspirational morning with our citys Mayor Al Murray, members of the city council, local business and community leaders, city and school district representatives and nonprofit volunteers.
Time/Place: 7-9am / Salvation Army Tustin Ranch Church
Contact: 714-721-0337 / www.tustincommunityfoundation.org

 

City of Stanton Star Party   Nov. 16
The City of Stanton and OC Astronomers will be hosting a free star-gazing Star Party event for families to looks at planets and other stellar objects through telescopes and discussions with amateur astronomers about the sky, equipment, and involving in astronomy. Early arrival is suggested.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Stanton Central Park

Contact: www.ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Nutcracker Craft Boutique   Nov. 16-17
Admission is $2, with proceeds benefitting youth, teen and family programs, and parking is free. Over 250 vendors will be on-site displaying and selling beautiful handcrafted holiday gifts, decorations, food and collectibles. Shoppers can come one day, or both, to shop for one-of-a-kind items.
Time/Place: Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm / Brea Community Center
Contact: 714-990-7771 / www.ci.brea.ca.us

 

Seal Beach Christmas Tree Lighting   Nov. 17
Santa, Snow and Small Town Cheer!
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Eisnhower Park
Contact: 562-799-0179 / www.sealbeachchamber.org

 

PurpleStride Orange County   Nov. 17
When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Orange County 2018, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease.
Time/Place: 9am / William Mason Regional Park – Shelter 5, Irvine
Contact: https://secure.pancan.org

 

Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy   Nov. 17-Dec. 16
Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. Experience unique artwork by 180 artists, holiday entertainment, outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much more!
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org

 

Dana Point Turkey Trot   Nov. 22
Known for its scenic coastal routes, beautiful weather, and family-friendly activities, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting more than 17,000 participants in its 5K, 10K, Combo, Kids Gobble Wobble, and two-day Health and Wellness Expo.
Time/Place: 6-11am / Dana Point Harbor

Contact: www.turkeytrot.com

 

Tamale Festival   Nov. 25
In addition to tamale vendors, the event will include a tamale contest, general vendors, an art walk, dance and musical performances and more! The Citys annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is now part of the event.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Euclid St. between La Habra & Lambert
Contact: 562-383-4200 / www.lahabratamalefestival.com

 

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting   Nov. 29
A fun-filled magical family celebration featuring Santa, train rides, carolers and snow!
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain
Contact: 949-425-2550 / www.cityofalisoviejo.com

Find even more activities at http://orangecounty.net

Take care and hope to see you soon.

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October FUN things to do… we love FALL !!!!

October haps… so much to do !!! fall fests, October fests, pumpkin fun !!!

Knott’s Scary Farm   Sept. 20-Oct. 31

The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner.

Time/Place: See website for schedule. / 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

Contact: 714-220-5200 / www.knotts.com

 

Octoberfest Orange County   Sept. 29-Oct. 21

Every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy German beer, traditional Bavarian food, live entertainment, dancing, music and more on the oceanfront.

Time/Place: 12-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront

Contact: www.octoberfestoc.com

 

La Habra Movies in the Park   Through Oct. 12

Join the Recreation staff for an outdoor, family-friendly movie on Friday nights.  Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can enjoy food vendors and the Bamboo Kids Club. Movies begin at dusk.

Time/Place: See website for schedule.

Contact: www.lahabracity.com

 

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series   Through Oct. 12

Fridays. Another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheater of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Time/Place: 7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road

Contact: http://series.hyattconcerts.com

 

Huntington Beach Oktoberfest   Through Oct. 28

Every Wednesday through Sunday. Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests and do the Chicken Dance!

Time/Place: Old World Festival Hall

Contact: www.oldworld.ws

 

German Unity Day Celebrations   Oct. 4

We’ve serving FREE FOOD to the 1st 500 people in line. In order to get the FREE FOOD you have to have a ticket and be one of the 1st 500 guests. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

Time/Place: 7-10:30pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach

Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival   Oct. 4-7

You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from over 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews.

Time/Place: Newport Beach Civic Center

Contact: www.newportwineandfood.com

 

Tustin Tiller Days   Oct. 5-7

The event provides an opportunity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainment.

Time/Place: Fri 4-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm / 17522 Beneta Way

Contact: 714-573-3326 / www.tustintillerdays.org

 

 

 

Autumn Harvest Festival   Oct. 6

Trick-or-Treat stations, Adventure Maze, and visit the Haunted School House. Children of all ages can participate in ghoulish games, costume contests and the pumpkin decorating zone.

Time/Place: 4:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest

Contact: 949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage

 

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational   Oct. 6-14

North America’s most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.

Time/Place: Festival of Arts Grounds

Contact: www.lagunapleinair.com

 

San Clemente Sea Fest   Oct. 7

This event features a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation.

Time/Place: 9:30am-3pm / San Clemente Pier

Contact: 949-492-1131 / www.scchamber.com

 

Sandcastle Contest   Oct. 7

Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, thousands of sightseers will descend on “Big Corona Beach” to view amazing sand sculptures created by participants ranging from the novice to the expert.

Time/Place: 10am-3:30pm / Corona del Mar State Beach

Contact: 949-729-4400 / www.newportbeach.com

 

Haunt at Heritage Hill   Oct. 12-13

Haunted House, Mazes, Goblins, Music, Stage Performances, Classic Horror Movie Screening. Wear your costume and come be part of this scary tradition.

Time/Place: 6:30-10:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest

Contact: 949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage

 

Boot Hill   Oct. 12-13, 19-21 & 26-28

The unearthly spirits from the Old West town of Bridgewood will materialize for 8 nights, transforming the residence into the old church and cemetery that once occupied this hallowed ground.

Time/Place: 16 Goldenrod Lane, Irvine

Contact: 818-633-0300 / www.legendofboothill.com

 

Art in the Park   Oct. 13

Stop by to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts.

Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Newport Beach Civic Center

Contact: www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org

 

The Heritage Festival and Parade   Oct. 13

Parade and fair booths. The festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30am followed by the parade and band review at 9:30am. The festival begins at 9:30am and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kids games and more.

Time/Place: Tri-City Park, Placentia

Contact: www.placentia.org

 

 

 

 

Silverado Country Fair & Folk Festival   Oct. 13-14

Explores the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live music, Wild West reenactments, handmade arts and crafts, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, and contests.

Time/Place: Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds

Contact: 714-649-2411 / www.silveradocountryfair.org

 

Spooktacular Fun Days   Oct. 13-14

Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as a treat town, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, entertainment, crafts, inflatables, face painting, community booths, carnival games, food concessions and more. Come in costume!

Time/Place: 9am-4pm / The Great Park, Irvine

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

 

Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K   Oct. 13-14

The spectacular 10K is long enough to challenge your endurance yet is the perfect distance for achieving a PR. The Flat Fast course along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for a leisurely 5K jog.

Time/Place: 21100 PCH, Huntington Beach

Contact: www.motivrunning.com

 

Haunted Trails   Oct. 18-19

Dare to walk the Haunted Trails experiencing medieval life and all of its tales. When the sun sets, the trails will open, guides will escort groups of 10 guests through the halls and tents.

Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel

Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us

 

Choc-Littlest Angel Guild’s Great Kitchens & Garden   Oct. 19

This self-guided tour, our guests will view 6 stunning homes located in Peralta Hills and Yorba Linda. “Tasty Bites” and sips. Also, shopping can be done at the “Petite Boutique.” Event supports CHOC Children’s Hospital.

Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Anaheim/Yorba Linda

Contact: www.littlestangelguild.org

 

Silverado Days   Oct. 19-21

Games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Car Show, a World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, a Amateur Horseshoe Contest, a Pie-Eating Contest, a Baby Contest, a Dog Show, a Chili Cook-off and much more!

Time/Place: William Peak Park, Buena Park

Contact: www.silveradodays.com

 

Historical Cemetery Tour   Oct. 20

Docents will guide visitors through scenes that played important roles in the history of the county, culminating in a presentation in Fairhaven’s beautiful 1916 mausoleum.

Time/Place: Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana

Contact: 714-547-9645 / www.santaanahistory.com

 

Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt   Oct. 20

Celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, and an array of educational booths.

Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Picnic sites A and B

Contact: 949-496-6172 / www.parks.ca.gov/doheny

 

Yappy Howl-O-Ween   Oct. 25

The chance for pups to strut their stuff in their costumes.

Time/Place: 4-7pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Contact: 949-240-2000 / www.ritzcarlton.com

 

Halloween Spooktacular/Moonlight Movies   Oct. 26

Activities from 3-5:30pm include carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, a costume parade and entertainment. The Moonlight Movie begins at 5:30pm with a special showing for the little ones of “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” and at 7pm 1982 “Poltergeist”.

Time/Place: 3-9pm / Dana Point Community Center

Contact: www.danapoint.org

 

Anaheim Fall Festival/Halloween Parade   Oct. 27

Game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, haunted house, pumpkin patch, a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and craft booths are available.

Time/Place: 6pm / Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

Contact: www.anaheimhalloweenparade.org

 

Spooky San Clemente  Oct. 27

A haunted maze, a mystical magic show, a costume contest and parade, a movie on the lawn (MONSTERS, INC at 6 pm), and ghostly games.

Time/Place: 4-7pm / Community Center: 100 N Calle Seville

Contact: 949-361-8200 / www.san-clemente.org

 

Los Alamitos Trunk or Treat   Oct. 27

Trunk-or-treating, treasure hunting, games, costume contests and more! Be sure to dress in your Halloween best and bring a bag for all of your loot!

Time/Place: 5-7:30pm / Little Cottonwood Park

Contact: 562-430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org

 

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree   Oct. 27

Spooky train, carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, goodies, and more! Pumpkins available for sale at the Pumpkin Patch.

Time/Place: 1-4pm / Atlantis Play Center, Garden Grove

Contact: www.ggcity.org

 

Halloween Fun with Family and Friends   Oct. 27

Games, DJ entertainment, costume contests, non-profit food booths and a howling good time for everyone. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bag!

Time/Place: 12-4pm / Stanton Park

Contact: www.ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Villa Park Halloween Fest   Oct. 27

Costumed children will have the opportunity to visit local merchants for treats throughout the Towne Centre. There will also be hayrides, a coloring contest, food, commemorative photos and pumpkin carving.

Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / Villa Park Towne Centre

Contact: www.vpcsfoundation.org

 

Casa Creepy: Haunted House   Oct. 27, 28 & 31

Encounter ghosts, mummies, and creepy surprises around every corner during spooky tours of our historic 1927 home.

Time/Place: 7-9pm / Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Contact: 949-498-2139 / www.casaromantica.org

 

 

 

Dia de los Muertos Car Show & Concert   Oct. 28

Trophies for top 15 cars/trucks, top ten motorcycles, top five bikes/pedal cars, and top three Ofrendas. Come out for food, drinks, live music, cars, and shopping!

Time/Place: 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Contact: 714-557-0420 / www.ocmarketplace.com

 

Happy Hallowiener Doggy Dress Up & Kids Costume   Oct. 28

The kids can enjoy the dog races, carnival games, face painting, a bouncy house, DoDo the chicken, and more..

Time/Place: 2-7pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach

Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

Kidz Block Party   Oct. 31

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown Brea

Contact: www.kidzblockparty.com

 

Cypress Halloween Carnival   Oct. 31

Family Games, Entertainment and Trick or Treat! Food will be sold for an additional cost at the event.

Time/Place: 6-9pm / Cypress Community Center

Contact: www.cypressca.org

 

Main Street Halloween Fest   Oct. 31

The spooky festivities include a pony rides, petting zoo, costume contests and more.

Time/Place: 4-8pm / Downtown Huntington Beach

Contact: www.hbchamber.com

 

La Palma Halloween Carnival   Oct. 31

Carnival games, an area for children under the age of 5 to play games, and those who dare to find their way through a maze PLUS, new this year is the Carved Pumpkin Contest!

Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Central Park

Contact: www.cityoflapalma.org

 

Halloween Howl   Oct. 31

Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy.

Time/Place: 3-5pm / Columbus Tustin Activity Center

Contact: www.tustinca.org

 

Fall Family Festival   Oct. 31

Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment, enjoy multiple inflatables and bounce houses, partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade.

Time/Place: 2-5pm / Rancho Santa Margarita Central Park

Contact: 949-709-0010 / www.samlarc.org

 

Trunk-or-Treat   Oct. 31

A safe Halloween event with trick or treating, games and meal. Kids come in costume and there will be photo opportunities.

Time/Place: 6-8pm / King of Kings Lutheran Church/School, Garden Grove

Contact: 714-530-6584 / www.kingofkingsgg.org

 

Fall Family Fun Fest  Oct 31

Carnival games, Entertainment, Rides, Booths, Food, Music, Prizes and more

Time/Place:  4-9pm  / Yorba Linda Friends Church /

Contact:  http://friends.church/events/

 

 

 

surfers

Fun Things To Do in August!

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing   July 28-Aug. 5

In addition to the surf competition, includes skateboarding and BMX bike competitions, movie premieres, vendor exhibitions, demos and art exhibitions.

Time/Place: Huntington Beach Pier

Contact: www.vansusopenofsurfing.com

 

Laguna Niguel Summer Concerts   Through Aug. 10

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a night of music under the stars! Food and dessert will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks.

Time/Place: Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel

Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

 

The Orange County Fair   Through Aug. 12

Offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games.

Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Contact: www.ocfair.com

 

Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series   Through Aug. 16

Thursdays. There will be free activities for kids in the Kids Zone! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Eastgate Park

Contact: 714-741-5168 / www.ggcf.com

 

Orange Concerts in the Park   Through Aug. 22

Every Wednesday. See website for lineup.

Time/Place: 7-8:30pm / Hart Park Bandshell

Contact: 714-744-7294 / www.cityoforange.org

 

Festival of Arts   Through   Sept. 1

The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Art-related attractions and special events include jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided and audio art tours throughout the eight-week run.

Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Contact: 949-494-1145 / www.foapom.com

 

Pageant of the Masters   Through Sept. 1

Audiences are amazed and enchanted by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Contact: 949-494-1145 / www.foapom.com

 

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Series   Through Sept. 2

Sundays. Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic blankets for this Huntington Beach tradition. The HB Concert Band hosts a free eleven-week series featuring various music groups.

Time/Place: 5pm / Thomas Ridley Central Park Bandstand

Contact: 714-891-6856 / www.hbconcertband.org

 

Sawdust Festival   Through Sept. 2

Art! Three stages of live music and entertainment! Cheap beer and wine! Outdoor eateries and cafes! Free hands-on art classes and daily art demonstrations such as glassblowing!

Time/Place: 10am-10pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Contact: 949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org

 

Dana Point Concerts in the Park   Through Sept. 12

Sundays. Be sure to bring a blanket or low-back beach chair. A Spirit Garden will be available to purchase alcoholic drinks with the proceeds benefiting the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. BBQ food items will be for available for purchase and the proceeds will benefit the Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934.

Time/Place: 3-6pm / Sea Terrace Park

Contact: www.danapoint.org

 

La Habra Movies in the Park   Through Oct. 12

Join the Recreation staff for an outdoor, family-friendly movie on Friday nights.  Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can enjoy food vendors and the Bamboo Kids Club.

Time/Place: Dusk / See website for schedule.

Contact: www.lahabracity.com

 

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series   Through Oct. 12

Fridays. Another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheatre of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Time/Place: 7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road

Contact: http://series.hyattconcerts.com

 

La Habra Corn Festival   Aug. 3-5

Food, Rides, Games, Music and fun for the whole family. Enjoy hot buttery Corn on the Cob, great sandwiches, sweet warm Funnel Cakes and other tasty treats. Be sure to visit the new Corn Festival Marketplace. Parade on Saturday at 9:30am.

Time/Place: See website for schedule. / El Centro Lions Park

Contact: 562-691-3482 / www.lahabracornfestival.com

 

Cruisin For the Cause   Aug. 4

Presented by The Johnny O Foundation and Old World Village. Raffles for “Cool” prizes. The event is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks! Market consists of a Farmers Market, food and drink, collectibles plus arts and crafts from displayed by vendors from all over. Free parking and free admission.

Time/Place: Old World Village West parking lot, Huntington Beach

Contact: 602-751-7522 / www.thejohnnyo.org

 

Furry Friends Pet Fair   Aug. 4

Everything to keep your pets happy and healthy including pet exams, low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping and more. Several vendors will be on hand with products and giveaways.

Time/Place: 9am-Noon / Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center & Vista Park

Contact: 949-425-2550 / www.cityofalisoviejo.com

 

Civil War Days   Aug. 4-5

Heritage Museum will offer two days of learning from both the Confederate and Union soldiers as they reenact daily routines during the civil war. See large and small Civil War weapons and artillery, experience canon fire demonstrations and visit their blacksmith shop for interactive activities.

Time/Place: 3101 W Harvard Street, Santa Ana

Contact: 714-540-0404 / www.heritagemuseumoc.org

 

Cordova Park Camp Out   Aug. 4-5

Family fun activities, including giant life-sized games, crafts, a flashlight hike, and more! S’mores and breakfast provided with registration. Please bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, and tent (stakes are OK). No pets please.

Time/Place: 4pm-10am / 26931 El Retiro, Mission Viejo

Contact: 949-859-4348 x5722 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org

 

Newport Beach Lobsterfest   Aug. 5

Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event. Live entertainment on from our stage located on the beach. A percentage of the proceeds go to Leadership Tomorrow and Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Time/Place: 3-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Contact: 949-478-3468 / www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com

 

Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series   Aug. 5 & 12

Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes.

Gourmet food trucks with be on-site.

Time/Place: 5:30pm / Mike Ward Community Park

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

 

Rancho Summer Nights   Aug. 11

Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter with over 60 million Spotify streams, 55 thousand albums and 400 thousand singles sold. Bring your low lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food trucks will be available, no alcohol permitted.

Time/Place: 4-8pm / Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano

Contact: 949-609-8000 / www.saddleback.com

 

San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival   Aug. 12

Food and game booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations, three stages with continuous live music, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more.

Time/Place: 9am-7pm / Avenida Del Mar

Contact: www.scchamber.com

 

Brea Fest   Aug. 17

Talented live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstrations, along with theatre performances. Over 35 area restaurants will provide food and beverage samples with taste tickets being sold for only $3 each.

Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Brea Civic & Cultural Center

Contact: 714-990-7771 / www.cityofbrea.net

 

Paws in the Park   Aug. 18

Bring your four-legged friends for a fun-filled day with activities for pets and humans alike. Pet-related vendor booths, an obstacle course, races and a pet fashion show.

Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Stanton Central Park

Contact: 714-379-9222 / www.ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Pacific Wine and Food Classic   Aug. 18-19

This all-inclusive event offers incredible food from our top local chefs, wines, beers and premium cocktails on the sand.

Time/Place: 2-5pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Contact: www.pacificwineandfood.com

 

 

 

Plum Festival   Aug. 19

This is a fun family day to celebrate with your family and friends. Live Music, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Plum Cakes, Plum Crepes, Berliners, BBQ Kitchen and Wiener Dog Races. Free admission!

Time/Place: 2-6pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach

Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

Mission Viejo Restaurant Week   Aug. 20-26

No passes, tickets or coupons are required for this scrumptious event. Instead, diners may simply visit participating restaurants during the week to enjoy the restaurant options.

Time/Place: See website for list of participating restaurants.

Contact: 949-441-0602 / www.mvrestaurantweek.org

 

Wedgewood Aliso Viejo Summer Wedding Fair   Aug. 22

This fun event showcases the center’s vast amenities and gives couples and families the chance to tour the property, meet vendors, sample delectable appetizers and entrees, toast with drinks and play wedding games.

Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Aliso Viejo Center

Contact: 949-425-2555 / www.cityofalisoviejo.com

 

One Spirit Many Souls Dance & Music Festival   Aug. 25

Guest Artists, International Dancers, Food, Craft Vendors. Kamakani Komohana Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the preservation and education of Polynesian culture, dance, and music.

Time/Place: 2-7pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

Splash-In Movie & Recreation   Aug. 25

Grab your swimsuit, floatie and family, and come on down to the pool for a movie. Swim and float in the pool while Secret Life of Pets plays on the big screen. Lifeguards will be on duty. Recreation swim fee is $2 per child and $4 per adult.

Time/Place: 6:30pm / William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine

Contact: 949-724-6717 / www.cityofirvine.org

 

Barks & Brews Fundraiser   Aug. 25

Celebrate National Dog Day with Outlets at San Clemente and Pet Project Foundation. Sniff, schmooze and sip craft beer and enjoy the following activities: Doggy Costume Contest with prizes, Craft Beer & Cocktail tastings, Photo Booths, Food Truck, Live Entertainment, Free Treats, Dog-Friendly Vendors, Face Painting & Balloon Animals.

Time/Place: 4-7pm / San Clemente Outlets

Contact: 949-492-1617 / www.petprojectfoundation.org

 

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo   Aug. 25-26

Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year’s Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie down roping and bull riding.

Time/Place: 30753 La Pata Road, SJC

Contact: www.rmvrodeo.com

 

Elvis Festival   Aug. 26

Themed “Always on Our Minds,” the event brings together Elvis fans and tribute artists who emulate the King of Rock and Roll. Activities include the King of Cadillac Car Show, a new Hound Dog Motorcycle Ride and Show presented by Lifestyle Cycles, food trucks, and more!

Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Historic Main Street Garden Grove

Contact: 714-267-4657 / www.facebook.com/ElvisFestival

 

Senior Fitness Expo   Aug. 31

This free event will include health screenings, nutrition information, demonstrations and a wide variety of the latest health and fitness products.

Time/Place: 12pm / Rancho Senior Center, Irvine

Contact: 949-724-6800 / www.cityofirvine.org

4th of July_preview

July 4th in Orange County

Via OrangeCounty.net

Anaheim Hills

Canyon Hills Community Council’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
all day events

This event starts early with a 5K/10K run at 7 a.m. and a pancake breakfast at 7:30 at Canyon High School. The Yankee Doodle Dog Show and parade follows these events. From there, the party moves to Peralta Park, where you will enjoy countless food vendor and expo booths of local businesses and organizations and live musical performances. Don’t forget to grab a seat for your family and friends as the night culminates with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 pm honoring the red white and blue!

LOCATION:
Canyon High School & Peralta Park in Anaheim Hills, California

Balboa

Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay July 4 Fireworks & Parade Cruises
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Newport Landing will have 3 cruises for the 4th Of July including the Firework Spectacular evening cruise. Witness Newport Harbor as it is full of the Spirit of America.

2 1/2 hour daytime cruise times – 1:00pm to 3:30pm & 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Night time fireworks cruise will run 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

INFORMATION:
For additional information or to make reservations call
(949) 673-1489

Brea

Annual Brea Country Fair 
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Day-long festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 -11 a.m. The fair officially opens at 10 a.m. and free entertainment continues until 3 p.m with live music, kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits, teen fun area, and Market Place craft area. Swimming at the Plunge begins at 11 a.m. for $2.

LOCATION:
City Hall Park
401 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

Costa Mesa

Pacific Symphony: Music of Chicago
July 4, 2018
8 pm
Celebrate the Fourth with the music of Chicago, known as the “rock and roll band with horns.” With hits like “You’re the Inspiration,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” you’ll be swept away by the melodies that make this band such a beloved classic. To cap off the evening, sing along to your favorite patriotic tunes as we salute our armed forces and thrill to a sizzling fireworks show. And this year, parking is free!

LOCATION:
Pacific Amphitheatre @ the OC Fair & Event Center88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, California INFORMATION:    714-755-5799

Cypress

Fireworks Celebration
July 4
6 pm gates open

Food Court, Sponsor Booths, Entertainment, Fireworks, Kids Fun Zone. Fireworks begin at 9 pm

Due to security regulations all adults must provide one of the following I.D.s: California Driver’s License or California I.D or Military ID or Passport. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. NO Alcohol Please! $5 event parking

LOCATION:
Held at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos 11200 Lexington Drive (enter at Lexington Gate, South of Katella Avenue).
$5 Event parking

INFORMATION:
714-229-6700

Dana Point
4th of July All American Ocean-View BBQ Buffet at Laguna Cliffs
July 4

LOCATION:
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa
Vue patio and Vue lawn
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point

INFORMATION:
Reservations are required. Please book on Open Table

Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza 
July 4, 2018
Fireworks at 8:45 pm

Start out early in the morning if you’re planning an Independence Day celebration at Doheny State Beach as this is the busiest day of the year. At 8:45 pm, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5FM, look toward the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. The fireworks are synchronized to a captivating musical score….if you haven’t heard the music with the fireworks, you’re only getting half the experience!

Free Shuttle Service from Dana Hills High School to the Dana Point Harbor from 10:00am-11:00pm. Locals are encouraged to bike or walk to their favorite viewing spot to avoid the annual parking difficulties.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor

INFORMATION:
For additional information, call (949) 248-3530
4th of July Fireworks Cruises
July 4, 2018
Enjoy a unique evening of fun on the water, complete with a live Fireworks demonstration sponsored by the city of Dana Point. Cruises detailed below:

Dinner Cruise, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
$89 ADULTS | $45 KIDS (5-12) $10 TODDLERS (0-4)
Held aboard the 95 ft Dana Pride and serving a scrumptious buffet style dinner before watching the fireworks show from their large limited passenger vessel.

Display Cruise, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
$45 ADULTS | $29 KIDS (3-12)
4th of July on the water – an amazing experience! Enjoy fireworks with a spectacular view! Limited seating.

Curlew Sailboat Fireworks Cruise, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
$95 ADULTS | $65 KIDS (2-12)
Kick off the evening with a romantic, adventurous sailing trip on the schooner Curlew, then sit back and enjoy the Dana Point fireworks as you anchor off shore, for a very spectacular close encounter. Complimentary champagne, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

LOCATION:
Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Dana Point Harbor

INFORMATION:
Make reservations online or call (949) 496-5794

Fullerton

Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival
July 4, 2018
5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Food, entertainment and fireworks!

There will be live music (by Deke Dickerson and the Ecofonics) and additional entertainment. NOMINAL FEES MAY APPLY for SOME activities (Approximately $2 to $5). Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and last for approximately 20 minutes.

All food is reasonably priced, and is being offered by local charity organizations. No alcohol is served or allowed in the area. All coolers will be checked. No glass containers, no smoking, no umbrellas, and no pets.

LOCATION:
Fullerton High School Softball Field
located on Lemon between Chapman and Berkeley

INFORMATION:
714-738-3167

Huntington Beach

4th of July Parade & Pier Festival
July 1-4, 2018

Three days of fun with live entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors and family activities.

Pier Plaza Festival runs July 1st – July 4th from 9:00am – 10:00pm. On Wednesday, the 4th, there will be a parade, pancake breakfast, 5K Run and fireworks over the ocean at 9 pm.

LOCATION:
Check website for all activity locations

Laguna Hills

City of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2018
4 pm – 9:30

Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be part of the celebration along with a fabulous fireworks show to conclude the evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and umbrellas.

Parking is available on Paseo de Valencia (between Alicia Pkwy & La Paz) and on Laguna Hills Dr. (between Paseo de Valencia and Indian Hills).

LOCATION:
Laguna Hills Community Center
25555 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

INFORMATION:
(949) 707-2680

Laguna Niguel

Run For Fun on the 4th
July 4, 2018
all day events

Laguna Niguel Family YMCA 40th Annual 4th of July Run in the Parks will take place on Wednesday, July 4th at the Crown Valley Community Park at the Laguna Niguel YMCA.

This proud community tradition features a 5K run/walk, 10K run, dog walk, and children’s races with proceeds benefiting the Y’s scholarship program. Get ready to EXERCISE YOUR INDEPENDENCE!

LOCATION:
Crown Valley Community Park, At the Laguna Niguel YMCA, 29831 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA

4th of July all day celebration 
July 4, 2018
all day events

Pancake Breakfast 7:30 – 10:30 am, Hosted by the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the YMCA. $5 for breakfast. Held at Crown Valley Park

Concert 6-8pm Kick off your evening festivities with a live concert by The Suffragetes (Hits from 70′s & Today) at Crown Valley community Park! After the concert, walk to the Regional Park to watch the Fireworks Spectacular (3/4 mi. walk each way). Bring flashlights and something to sit on in grass/dirt.

FIREWORKS LOCATION: Starts at 9 pm
LN Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd (Over the lake)
Limited parking inside the LN Regional Park (fees apply) and on La Paz Road

INFORMATION:
949-425-5100

La Palma
Annual Run for Fun Event
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A healthy way to kick off your Fourth of July Festivities! La Palma’s Fitness Run for Fun is more than just another run: it’s an opportunity to experience that small town/hometown sense of community. 5K Run, 5K Walk, & 10K Run all start at 7:30 am.

Kids! Join in the 8th annual Yankee Doodle Dash (8:30 a.m.), a race geared for children 2 – 12 years old. This non-competitive run will have two starting points based on age or ability. The 1/5 mile run (6 – 12 year old) will start in front of Bank of America, while the 1/10 mile run (2 – 5 year old) will start in front of the Orange County Library – La Palma Branch. Each runner will receive an official race bib and a participation medal. Although this race is intended for kids, parents are welcome to run with their children. Registration is required for this run and space is limited.

The Family Fun Zone will have plenty to do for families of all ages! The La Palma Kiwanis Club will also serve their annual Pancake Breakfast at 7:30

LOCATION:
La Palma Central Park
7821 Walker St

La Habra
Annual 4th of July Spectacular 
July 4, 2018
Gates open at 4:00 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm

Larger location this year! In addition to a fantastic fireworks display, this event includes live music by Soto (at 6pm), food & drinks, kids’ zone, including balloon artist, face painting, giant slide, obstacle course and game booths.

Pre-sale wristbands are available for sale at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd.

LOCATION:
La Bonita Park
1440 W. Whittier Blvd
La Habra, CA

INFORMATION:
562-383-4200

Lake Forest

Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 2018
10 am – 12 pm

Parade starts at the intersection of Toledo Way and Ridge Route. Parking is located in the El Toro High School back parking lot, which can be accessed on Serrano Road from El Toro Road. This parking lot does fill up quickly. Parking can also be found Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road.

LOCATION:
Starts at the corner of Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive and ends on Serrano at Dayton.

INFORMATION:
949-461-3450

Los Alamitos

Fireworks Celebration
July 4, 2018
Gates open at 4:00 pm, Fireworks begin at 9 pm

Free to attend, there may be a parking fee (bring cash)
Adults must have photo ID to enter.

Food Court, Sponsor Booths and Musical Entertainment. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. No bleachers available this year. NO ALCOHOL please. Dogs, fireworks and motor homes prohibited (service dogs OK!).

Presented in cooperation with the cities of Los Alamitos, Cypress and Seal Beach, The Rossmoor Community Services District and the Joint Forces Training Base

LOCATION:
Joint Forces Training Base.
Enter through Lexington or Orangewood gates.

Mission Viejo

The Mission Viejo Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular
July 4, 2018
Noon – 9:30 pm

Held yearly on Olympiad Road and in the area adjoining Lake Mission Viejo, this Faire provides a classic Fourth of July celebration for the city of Mission Viejo. The fun begins with live entertainment on the Main Stage and youth bands performing on our Freedom Stage. There will be rides for the kiddies to enjoy, Food and Game Booths plus over 30 booths with wonderful craft and gift ideas. Admission is FREE with tickets being sold for games and rides.

For your convenience, a free shuttle will operate from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Shuttle stops are located at twelve stops clearly marked around Lake Mission Viejo. Please no pets, skateboards or roller blades, bicycles or barbecue grills are allowed. The sky will sparkle at 9:00 PM for the fireworks spectacular. Don’t miss out on the good old fashion fun.

LOCATION:
Olympiad & Marquerite

INFORMATION:
949-830-7066

Newport Beach

Old Glory Boat Parade
July 4, 2018
1:00pm -3:30pm

Each year the Newport Beach Harbor becomes a festive delight as owners adorned their boats in red-white-&-blue decorations, balloons, streamers and waving flags that outline the skies as Sousa Marches and Anthems fill the air. Families and friends from near and far arrive at the bay front beaches and yacht clubs along the peninsula and the many islands, vying for the best spot to settle down and view the boat parade.

LOCATION:
Newport Harbor
Newport Beach, Ca
Fireworks & Parade Cruises
July 4, 2018

Newport Landing will have 3 cruises for the 4th Of July including the Firework Spectacular evening cruise. Witness Newport Harbor as it is full of the Spirit of America.

2 1/2 hour daytime cruise times – 1:00pm to 3:30pm & 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Night time fireworks cruise will run 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

INFORMATION:
For additional information or to make reservations call
(949) 673-1489

Orange

3rd of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
4 pm – 9 pm
For over two decades, the City of Orange 3rd of July Celebration has been a beloved community event. The Celebration features live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s activities, community food booths, and an authentic hometown carnival atmosphere. When the sun sets, our grand finale begins with a performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale, and climaxes with a patriotic fireworks salute to America.

Tickets are $7 per person, children ages two and under are free.

LOCATION:
El Modena High School – Fred Kelly Stadium
3920 Spring St.
Orange

San Clemente

San Clemente Fireworks Show 
July 4, 2018
9 pm
At approximately 9:00 p.m. the City continues its annual tradition with a spectacular fireworks display from the Municipal Pier. The fireworks display can also be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente.

The end of the Pier will close at noon on July 3rd for preliminary preparation and the entire Pier will close on July 4th at 8:00 a.m.

LOCATION:
San Clemente Pier

INFORMATION:
949-361-8264

San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano 4th of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
3:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The celebration includes food, vendors, exhibitors along with a beer and wine garden for the adults. There will also be a carnival from 12:00 noon – 10:30 p.m. which features over 15 mechanical rides and attractions including thrill rides and activities for the little ones.

Free activities will include Car Ride, Family Games & Bounce House with the evening’s musical entertainment (“Family Style”) to be on stage at 6:30 p.m. The evening ends with a spectacular Fireworks Display at 9:00 p.m.

Street parking is available along Camino del Avion with additional parking in the Sports Park Complex. Free shuttle service available. No personal fireworks or barbecues will be permitted. Bring your chairs & blankets, Canopies are welcome in the back portion of the sports park.

LOCATION:
The Sports Park
25925 Camino Del Avion.

INFORMATION:
949-493-5911

Santa Ana

Fourth of July at Centennial Park
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
4 – 9:30 pm

The city of Santa Ana will celebrate Independence Day fireworks at 9 p.m. Celebration begins at 4 pm (activities end at 8 pm) with live music, delicious food, youth sports activities, kids jump zone, face painting, and more! Along with the fun, children will have a chance to meet important figures from American History at our annual History Walk and see a civil war cannon display.

To end the festivities, a 20 minute firework finale will light up the night sky! So bring the family, a picnic and lawn chairs, and enjoy a fun-filled evening at Centennial Park!

LOCATION:
Centennial Park
3000 W. Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704

INFORMATION:
714-571-4227

Tustin
Annual Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2018
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Live music (The Silverados) starts at 6:30 P.M. Fireworks at 9:00 P.M. Pack a picnic & blanket. Tustin High Boosters will also be selling drinks, snacks and BBQ.

Operation Warm wishes will also be collecting non-perishable food items for disadvantaged and homeless Veterans.

LOCATION:
Tustin High School
1171 El Camino Real

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326

Yorba Linda

Richard Nixon Library Fourth of July Concert
July 1, 2018
12:300 pm

Concert by Huntington Beach Band, Tom Ridley, Conductor. Part of their concert series which is held on Sundays and are free and open to the public.

LOCATION:
Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, East Room
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda CA 92886

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Annual Fourth of July Spectacular
July 4
5 – 9:30 pm

The event will feature a live band, family activities, kids fun zone, and food and information vendors. Fireworks begin at 9 pm. No alchohol, pets or personal fireworks will be allowed at this event.

LOCATION:
Veterans Park (4756 Valley View Ave) & Yorba Linda Middle School (4777 Casa Loma Ave)

INFORMATION:
714-961-7160