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JANUARY 2020 FESTIVITIES

Winter Fest OC    Through Jan. 5
Featuring ice tubing down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area, ice skating on SoCals largest outdoor ice rink, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters. Fireworks and snow flurries, Santa and his reindeer flying over the fairgrounds, Alpine Village with a new light maze and wintery attractions, over 20 carnival rides and attractions, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and more.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: www.winterfestoc.com

 

Capistrano Lights   Through Jan. 6
Experience the Mission at Night featuring a nightly tree lighting and music program. After the Mission closes, guests can take their complimentary downtown San Juan Capistrano map and discover the historic downtown district with plenty of holiday shopping, dining, and wine tasting all season long.
Time/Place: 5:30-6pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-234-1300 / www.missionsjc.com

 

Surf City Splash   Jan. 1
Registration, a pancake breakfast, and a craft fair will begin at 8am next to Zacks Pier Plaza. A costume contest will take place at 11:30am, with prizes for funniest, best celebrity, most sparkly, best animal-themed, and group costume. The big SPLASH into the ocean will take place at noon. $20 registration benefits the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. All participants will receive breakfast, and certificate of appreciation.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Huntington Beach Pier
Contact: 714-231-4623 / www.hbsurfcitysplash.com

 

Monster Energy Supercross   Jan. 4
Three first-time champions, Cooper Webb (450SX Class), Dylan Ferrandis (Western Regional 250SX Class) and Chase Sexton (Eastern Regional 250SX Class) will be eager to defend their titles. Fan Fest from 12-6pm.
Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Angel Stadium Of Anaheim
Contact: www.supercrosslive.com

 

Bride World Expo   Jan. 4
Over 150 wedding venues, florists, photographers, DJs, photo booths, invitations, decor ideas, honeymoon packages, fashion shows, giant gown sale and DIY seminars. Meet local experts and find the best wedding planning values.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-670-7800 / www.brideworld.com

 

Premier Bridal Show   Jan. 4-5
Bringing Wedding Professionals together with Brides since 1997. Photography, dresses, venues, invitations, cakes & desserts, DJ & entertainment and much more!
Time/Place: Anaheim Convention Center
Contact: 714-572-1363 / www.premierbridalshows.com

 

Dia de los Reyes   Jan. 5
The event includes performances, photo op, crafts, storytelling and prizes. Guests can try Rosca de Reyes (Kings Cake) while supplies last.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-556-2787 / www.scfta.org

 

Village Art Faire   Jan. 5
First Sunday of every month. Our artisans offer a beautiful selection of hand-crafted work which includes photography, fine art, jewelry, woodwork, botanicals, apothecary, leather, wearables, ceramics, home decor, fused/blown glass, metal work, and much more.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Contact: 949-395-7008 / www.scdba.org/village-art-faire

 

Senior Wellness Week   Jan. 6-10
Come and enjoy a week of activities and seminars to help you live your healthiest life! Throughout the week, there will be doctor presentations, fitness class demos, health screenings and more.
Time/Place: 7:30am-4:30pm / Yorba Linda Community Center
Contact: 714-961-7181 / www.yorbalindaca.gov

 

Laguna Hills State of the City Address & Luncheon   Jan. 9
Time/Place: 11:30am-1pm / Laguna Hills Community Center
Contact: 949-542-6016 / www.lagunahillschamber.com

 

Heritage House Open House   Jan. 11
Learn fun facts about Mission Viejos past at the Heritage House.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Melinda Park, Mission Viejo
Contact: 949-470-8488 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org

 

Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Gala   Jan. 16
Join us in honoring the businesses and individuals who make our community great.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Navy Golf Course
Contact: 562-598-6659 / www.losalchamber.org

 

Laguna Playhouse presents: The Perfect Dog   Jan. 17-19
This heartwarming musical about mans best friend and their people is sure to be treasured by dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / 606 Laguna Canyon Road
Contact: 949-497-2787 / www.lagunaplayhouse.com

 

SoCal World Guitar Show   Jan. 18-19
If you have guitars, amplifiers, effects, parts or other musical items to sell or trade, you may bring all you can carry into the show at no extra charge. Many of the nations top foreign and domestic buyers will be at this show to pay top prices for your vintage, newer, used or rare gear.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 918-288-2222 / www.amigoguitarshows.com

 

Pizza with Police   Jan. 20
The Laguna Niguel Youth Committee, together with Laguna Niguel Police Services, is hosting this event for 9th-12th graders. Break down the barriers by getting to know your local deputies, ask questions about their jobs, and enjoy some great pizza with other high school students.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Ballpark Pizza, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

 

UVSA Tet Festival   Jan. 24-26
The largest Vietnamese New Year Festival in the nation. It is run entirely by volunteers consisting of high school and college students, young professionals, and parents. Our goals are to help preserve and share the Vietnamese culture, and to serve our community.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-388-6711 / www.tetfestival.org

 

Brave Race 5K & Joyful Child Fun Run   Jan. 26
Benefits The Joyful Child Foundations Be Brave-Be Save Empowerment Programs to stop crimes against children. This fun event includes a Child Safety Expo and Joyful Costume Fun Run thats free for all.
Time/Place: 8-11am / Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo
Contact: 866-756-9385 / www.thejoyfulchild.org

 

Cypress State of the City Luncheon   Jan. 29
Will feature a keynote address by the 2020 Cypress Mayor, who will be highlighting the Citys accomplishments for the past year and outlines plans for future projects. The City will also honor its Business of the Year for the BRACE, AGENT and SPIRIT programs.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / 5700 Orange Avenue
Contact: 714-484-6015 / www.cypresschamber.org

 

State of CERT Awards Banquet   Jan. 29
The Newport Beach Fire Department will host its annual banquet to recognize the volunteer efforts of all of their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program volunteers. The awards banquet is open to any Newport Beach resident that is interested in community preparedness. The cost to attend is $10.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / OASIS Senior Center, Corona del Mar
Contact: 949-644-3112 / www.newportbeachca.gov

 

Laguna Playhouse present: To Sir, With Love   Jan. 29-Feb. 23
When Rick Braithwaite arrives to teach a totally undisciplined class at a rough East End London high school, he discovers he has more in common with these kids than originally thought.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / 606 Laguna Canyon Road
Contact:  949-497-2787 / www.lagunaplayhouse.com

 

Excellence In Placentia Gala   Jan. 30
Please join us for our 55th Annual celebration honoring the amazing Citizens and Businesses that make Placentia such a great place to live and work.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Alta Vista Country Club
Contact: 714-528-1873 / www.placentiachamber.com
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction   Jan. 31
Open to the public, the gala will honor the winners of the 2019 Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights competitions and raise funds for next years Parade. All award winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to take part in an incredible live and silent auction.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / The Fashion Island Hotel
Contact: 949-729-4400 / www.newportbeach.com

 

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Things to do in Orange County, November 2019

Meet on the Beach   Nov. 17
From the hills of La Habra, down to the ocean at Huntington Beach, enjoy 1.5 miles of open streets, bike and pedestrian-friendly activities, live performances, food, giveaways and much more at seven pop-up sites along or nearby Beach Boulevard.
Time/Place: La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster and Huntington Beach
Contact: 213-365-0605 / www.meetonbeach.com

 

Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique   Nov. 22
A tour of three beautiful homes and a garden tour of a neighboring home. All the homes are decorated for the holidays and feature fantastic views and fabulous landscaping. Lunch is included in ticket price and served at the Clifton Miller Community Center, where guests can view and purchase special items from over 30 vendors.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Clifton Miller Community Center, Tustin
Contact: 714-997-3000 / www.choc.org

 

Surfing Santa Competition   Nov. 23-24
A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.
Time/Place: Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point
Contact: www.surfingsantacontest.org
Plymouth Rock N Run 5k   Nov. 28
The 5k, 10k and a new 10 mile course is around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park, and the Santa Ana River trail. There will be a finish-line festival with silent auction, costume contest, food, fun and more! All of the funds raised will directly support the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC, Irvine.
Time/Place: 6am / Anaheim Hills
Contact: www.plymouthrun.com

 

Dana Point Turkey Trot   Nov. 28
Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. This flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble. Participants will receive a shirt and medal.
Time/Place: Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-496-1555 / www.turkeytrot.com
Causelife Turkey Trot   Nov. 28
This 5K/10K Turkey Trot features a flat ocean-front course and a 1K walk for kids 12 and under. Funds raised from this event go to Causelife, which provides clean water to those in need in developing countries.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Huntington City Beach
Contact: www.active.com
Turkey Trot on the Ranch   Nov. 28
The race features a 5K and 1K Little Gobblers run. Start a new family tradition and join the fun! Proceeds from the race will benefit The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo connecting Orange County residents to nature through school programs, on-site education and recreation.
Time/Place: 7:30am / The Pavilion & Sendero Field, Rancho Mission Viejo
Contact: www.turkeytrotontheranch.com

 

Lighting of the Bay   Nov. 30
Families will enjoy live chorale and concert performances by various artists, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

Time/Place: 3-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
Contact: 949-729-3863 / www.newportdunes.com
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Newport Landing Boat Parade & Holiday of Lights Cruises   Nov. 30-Jan. 1
By the first weekend of December Newport Bay is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. The parade takes place over 5 nights from the third Wednesday in December to the third Sunday in December.
Time/Place: Newport Landing Whale Watching
Contact: 949-675-0551 / www.christmasparadeboats.com

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Things to do around the OC in October 2019

Things to do around the OC in October 2019

Huntington Beach Oktoberfest   Through Nov. 3
Every Wednesday through Sunday. Sample Imported German Beer and food. Guests can also enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course, do the Chicken Dance! Wednesday through Saturday are adult nights & Sundays are a family day with Dachshund Races.
Time/Place: Old World Festival Hall

Contact: 714-696-TAP1 / www.oldworld.ws

Haunt at Heritage Hill   Oct. 1-12
The park will once again transform into a haunted adventure with scream zones, music, and game booths. Costumes encouraged, but no masks or face paint will be permitted to enter the event.
Time/Place: 6:30-10:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com

German Unity Day Celebrations   Oct. 2
We’re serving FREE FOOD to the 1st 500 people in line. Free food is served at 7pm. In order to get the FREE FOOD you have to have a ticket and be one of the 1st 500 guests.
Time/Place: 7-10:30pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

Orange County International Auto Show   Oct. 3-6
Attendees are invited to sit behind wheels, inspect engines, experience new technologies and even take a test drive in more than 150 new vehicles.
Time/Place: Anaheim Convention Center
Contact: www.AutoShowOC.com

Tustin Tiller Days   Oct. 4-6
Celebrates OCs agricultural heritage while providing an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to promote their cause and raise much-needed funds.
Time/Place: 17522 Beneta Way
Contact: 714-573-3326 / www.tustintillerdays.org

Craft & Artisan Faire   Oct. 5
Join community crafters and artists for unique, one of a kind handmade goods. Seasonal and year-round gifts will be available. This is a perfect time to get some Christmas shopping done and support our local talent.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Bridge Fellowship Plaza, Rancho Santa Margarita
Contact: 949-370-7299 / www.thebridgeoc.com

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational   Oct. 5-13
North Americas 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: Dawn to Dusk / Festival of Arts Grounds
Contact: www.lpapa.org
Orange County Children’s Book Festival   Oct. 6
This family-fun festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors who will be entertained by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much more. Admission and parking are free.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-838-4528 / www.kidsbookfestival.com

San Clemente Sea Fest   Oct. 6
This event features a Chowder Cook-off, Fishermans Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation which all takes place at the historic San Clemente Pier area.
Time/Place: 9:30am-3pm / San Clemente Pier
Contact: www.scchamber.com

Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours   Oct. 10-11, 15-19, 22-26 & 29-30
A celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullertons history, particularly that of the downtown.
Time/Place: Fullerton Museum
Contact: www.cityoffullerton.com

Boot Hill   Oct. 11, 12, 14, 18-20 & 25-27
The unearthly spirits from the Old West town of Bridgewood will materialize for EIGHT haunting nights, transforming the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetery that once occupied this hallowed ground.
Time/Place: 7-10pm / 16 Goldenrod, Irvine
Contact: www.legendofboothill.com
Mystery at the Monster Mixer   Oct. 11, 26-27 & 30
A night of ghouls, grub, and gut-busting laughter awaits you at Mystery at the Monster Mixer! A fully-immersive dinner party that has you enjoying a delicious spread and solving a puzzling mystery whilst sitting amongst vampires, phantoms, demons and more!
Time/Place: Angelo & Vincis Ristorante, Fullerton
Contact: www.klubhousearts.com

The Heritage Festival and Parade   Oct. 12
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 9:30 a.m. and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Tri-City Park, Placentia
Contact: www.placentia.org

Irvine Global Village Festival   Oct. 12-13
More than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and international marketplace.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Orange County Great Park
Contact: www.irvinefestival.org
Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival   Oct. 12-13
Explores the wonders of the areas Old West rustic culture, great live Bluegrass, Country and Folk music, Wild West reenactments, arts and crafts, 1800s activities & makeshift jail, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, plus ole timey contests.
Time/Place: Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds
Contact: 714-649-2411 / www.silveradocountryfair.org

Glitterfest   Oct. 13
Hand-picked artisans, home decor vendors, and vintage ephemera from all over the California area will gather together. Art is all handmade mixed-media wonderfulness featuring Halloween, Christmas and seasonal decor.  Admission is $7.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
Contact: 714-573-1025 / www.glitterfest.com
Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails   Oct. 17-19
There was a hotel in the Valley of Crowns that sat empty for years due to mysterious sounds. Guides will escort groups through the old hotel, the lobby, kitchen, and the gardens.
Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Crown Valley Community Park
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us

 

Silverado Days   Oct. 18-20
Games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Featured contests include a Car Show, a Amateur Horseshoe Contest, a Pie-Eating Contest, a Hog Calling, a Dog Show, a Chili Cook-off and much more!
Time/Place: William Peak Park
Contact: www.silveradodays.com

 

OC Japan Fair   Oct. 18-20
Enjoy the experience of shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performance, games, Kimono models and more!
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: www.oc-japanfair.com

 

Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt   Oct. 19
Good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, and an array of educational booths. Rangers, Lifeguards and other volunteers all pitch in to make this a really fun evening.
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Picnic Sites A & B
Contact: www.dohenystatebeach.org

 

Da de los Muertos Celebration   Oct. 19
Enjoy kid-friendly activities and traditional music, featuring tunes from Disney-Pixars Coco and more.
Time/Place: 10am / Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-755-5799 / www.pacificsymphony.org
Pacific Symphony presents: Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival   Oct. 24
Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / Old Towne Orange Plaza
Contact: www.cityoforange.org

 

Dana Point Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat   Oct. 25
Carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, entertainment, costume parade, and treats for all the children. Dana Point Police Services will be holding their Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot area. Free BBQ hot dogs and refreshments.
Time/Place: 4:30-8:30pm / Community Center: 34052 Del Obispo St.
Contact: 949-248-3530 / www.danapoint.org

 

Ghosts and Legends Tour   Oct. 25-26
Get in the spirit of Halloween by joining the Historical Society Walking Tour Guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California.
Time/Place: ONeill Museum / Historical Society, San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-493-8444 / www.sjchistoricalsociety.com

Casa Creepy: Haunted House   Oct. 25-27
Werewolves, vampires and ghosts are waiting behind every corner of our historic home, and you can bet on plenty of creepy-crawlies in the gardens.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
Contact: 949-498-2139 / www.casaromantica.org
Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade   Oct. 26
Game and food booths, entertainment, craft fair, haunted house, pumpkin patch, costume contest and trick-or-treating.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Downtown Anaheim
Contact: 714-999-3456 / www.anaheimfallfestival.org
Los Alamitos Trunk or Treat   Oct. 26
Fun family activities for all ages including costume contest, pie eating contest, train ride, trunk or treating, prizes, food trucks, inflatables, and photo booth!
Time/Place: 5-7:30pm / Little Cottonwood Park
Contact: www.cityoflosalamitos.org

 

Spooky San Clemente   Oct. 26
Join us for a night of haunted houses, spooky corn maze, tricks on Del Mar and a movie in the dark.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / Community Center
Contact: www.san-clemente.org
Villa Park Halloween Fest   Oct. 26
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: 4-7pm / Villa Park Towne Centre
Contact: www.vpcsfoundation.org

 

Stanton Halloween Festival   Oct. 26
This special event is open to ghosts and goblins of all ages and will feature 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: 4-8pm / Stanton Central Park
Contact: www.ci.stanton.ca.us

 

Aliso Viejo Fall Fest   Oct. 31
Costumes are welcomed…and encouraged. But please, for the sake of our younger guests NO SCARY COSTUMES. The event is free, along with rides, games and candy. There will be small charge for food.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Compass Bible Church
Contact: www.compasschurch.org

 

All Treats No Tricks at the Mall   Oct. 31
Come in costume for spooky family fun and activities based on Vampirina and your favorite Disney Junior pals! There will also be trick or treating at the mall from 4-7pm.
Time/Place: 3-7pm / Brea Mall Center Court
Contact: www.simon.com/mall/brea-mall

 

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 / Community Center
Contact: www.cypressca.org

 

Main Street Halloween Fest   Oct. 31
Trick-or-treating in the BID downtown zone on Main (and side-streets), PCH, the Pier, and 5th with businesses providing candy to children. There will be a Halloween costume contest for kids and dogs on 5th Street plus inflatable games.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Downtown HB
Contact: www.hbdowntown.com

 

La Palma Halloween Carnival   Oct. 31
Will feature carnival games, an area for children under the age of 5 to play games, and those who dare to find their way through a scary maze!
Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Central Park
Contact: www.cityoflapalma.org

 

Rancho Santa Margarita Fall Family Festival   Oct. 31
Trick-or-Treat, enjoy multiple inflatables and bounce houses, partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade while you listen to music and play games.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Central Park
Contact: www.samlarc.org

 

Tustin Halloween Howl   Oct. 31
Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy.
Time/Place: 3-5pm / Columbus Tustin Activity Center
Contact: 714-873-3009 / www.tustinca.org

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Things to do in Orange County, June 2019

Things to do in Orange County,  June 2019

Newport Beach Jazz Festival   May 31-June 2 
Celebrate the kick-off of summer with a star-studded lineup of musicians, delectable food and drink selections, and dancing on the lawn.
Time/Place: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Contact: https://festivals.hyattconcerts.com
Rare Vintage Air VW Show   June 1 
Bring your VW to the Rare Vintage Air VW dElegance to kick off the Prado & Classic weekends.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws
Shea Center Annual Gala   June 1 
With 400 guests in attendance, the evening includes silent and live auctions, live entertainment, music for dancing, and a gourmet dinner followed by the 2019 Michael Lewis Friends of the Disabled Awards honoring individuals/businesses that have made a difference in the lives of others at The Shea Center and in the community.
Time/Place: 5:30-11pm / Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-240-8441 / www.sheacenter.org
Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup   June 1 
A hosted breakfast and lunch, live entertainment, partner exhibitor booths, raffle prizes, and a flurry of volunteers deployed around the harbor on Duffy electric boats to achieve the greater goal of a cleaner, safer harbor and ocean.
Time/Place: 7am-2pm / The Balboa Bay Club
Contact: www.facebook.com/NHUnderwaterCleanUp

 

 

Corona del Mar Scenic 5K   June 1 
Whether running the 5K course, participating in the 2-mile Celebration Walk, or simply cheering the kids on in the Youth and Dolphin Dash series, all registered participants are hosted to a complimentary restaurant row feast of local eateries. Don’t miss the festive post event party complete with live entertainment, unique sponsor and vendors, awards ceremony and more.
Time/Place: 6am / Ocean Blvd & Heliotrope Ave.
Contact: 949-673-4050 / www.cdmchamber.com
Huntington Beach Concours   June 1-2 
Classic Car & Motorcycle Show! A fun event where car lovers and enthusiasts can come to enjoy themselves, while knowing that they are also helping a worthy cause, The Huntington Beach Library Childrens Resource Center.
Time/Place: Huntington Beach Central Park
Contact: www.hbconcours.org

Dino Days   June 1-2 
Experience the adventure as the Nature Park is transformed into Dino Days with life-size moving dinosaurs! The event will also have arts & crafts, a balloon artist, face painting, dinosaur displays, and much more.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / 26215 Dimension Drive, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-461-3400 / www.lakeforestca.gov
Tustin Street Fair & Cook-Off   June 2 
The event features a one-day Chili Cook-Off, salsa competitions, craft booths, non-profit food vendors, commercial vendors, entertainment, kids area, music, family friendly contests, wine & beer booths, family plaza and carnival attractions.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Old Town Tustin
Contact: 714-573-3326 / www.tustinchilicookoff.com

 

Super Pet Adoption   June 2 
More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring more than 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals for adoption. This annual event features vendors, gourmet food trucks and a bake sale, a silent auction, and low-cost microchipping.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Irvine Animal Care Center
Contact: www.cityofirvine.org
Dana Point ArtFest   June 2 
Join us for this annual Community Celebration of Fine Art, Live Music, Food, Wine and Beer Gardens and more in the heart of the City’s Lantern District. FREE Parking. Fine Art and Crafts. Paintings. Photography. Ceramics, Jewelry and more!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Dana Point Lantern District
Contact: www.dpartfest.com
Balboa Island Parade & After Party   June 2 
Children on Bikes, Island Dogs, Decorated Golf Carts and Floats, Vintage Cars, USC Marching Band, Keystone Cops, Drill Teams, Marching Bands, Local Dignitaries and much more! Come for the parade and stay for the after party featuring live music and dancing in the street at the fire station.
Time/Place: 11am / 127 Marine Avenue
Contact: www.balboaislandnb.org
Celebration of the Arts   June 2 
Dozens of artists exhibits and sales, including paintings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, sculptures, wood carving, glass art, mixed media and cultural activities. This is a family friendly event offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Thomas Lasorda Jr. Memorial Field House & Hurless Barton Park
Contact: 714-996-1960 / www.artsyl.org
Integrity Golf Classic   June 6 
Business Leaders Unite for a Day of Networking, Fundraising and Team Building on the Putting Green! Dinner & awards, and raffle.
Time/Place: 10:30am / Maderas Golf Club, Poway
Contact: http://golf.bbbcommunity.org
Annual Pier Swim   June 8 
Get yourself in shape, practice your stroke, learn the motions of the waves and you’ll be in good company when the pier swim arrives. Join or watch this annual tradition as groups of swimmers from 12 years old and up swim approximately 1/2 mile around the Huntington Beach Pier. $25 entry fee.
Time/Place: 7am / Huntington Beach Pier
Contact: 714-960-8870 / www.huntingtonbeachca.gov
KROQ Weenie Roast Luau & Beach Party   June 8 
The Lumineers, 311, Silversun Pickups, The Revivalists, Catfish and the Bottlemen, X Ambassadors, Flora Cash, Smith & Thell, and The Regrettes!
Time/Place: 12-9:30pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Contact: https://kroq.radio.com/weenieroast
Chili at the Beach   June 15 
Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting Contest. In addition there will be children’s activities with kids games and entertainment, all benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Main St & PCH, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-536-8300 / www.hbdowntown.com

 

 

 

Newport Beach Art Exhibition   June 15 
Watercolors, acrylics oil, photography, sculpture and mixed media from hundreds of artists will be on display and available for purchase. Enjoy a fun afternoon with art, food, wine, music, art activities for children and more!
Time/Place: 1-6pm / Newport Beach Public Library
Contact: 949-717-3816 / www.newportbeachca.gov

 

West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting   June 15 
Here you will be able to sample some of the worlds greatest spirits and take home hundreds of dollars worth of premium cigars while enjoying live music, entertainment, give aways and best of all, the camaraderie and friendly atmosphere that a great spirit and delicious smoke creates.
Time/Place: 5:30-9:30pm / Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Contact: www.eventbrite.com

 

White Glove Concours & Porsche Display   June 15 
Enjoy seeing over 100 Porsches new and old on display.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
Contact: www.danapoint.org

 

Summer of Mud Run   June 15 
Celebrate summer by running (or come cheer on the runners!) the approximate +5k course beginning and ending at Irvine Lake. The course is partially on the road and partially on trails and includes hills, water, professionally built obstacles and over a dozen mud pits.
Time/Place: 9am / Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
Contact: www.irvinelakemudrun.com
Fete de la Musique   June 15 
The event takes place in various parts of the world each June, in anticipation of the coming solstice. The free Laguna Beach celebration coincides with World Music Day in the spirit of all the music fans moving to the rhythm internationally.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Main Beach Park, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-715-7241 / www.lagunabeachsistercities.com

 

Summer Solstice Garden Gala   June 15 
An evening under the stars with an evening of exquisite food, fine wines, & moonlight dancing in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum at California State University, Fullerton. This annual event raises vital support for the living and historical collections of the Fullerton Arboretum.
Time/Place: Fullerton Arboretum
Contact: www.fullertonarboretum.org

 

Summerfest   June 20-23 
Carnival rides, vendors, food booths and the famous FV Classic Car Show, great entertainment, and beer garden.
Time/Place: The Recreation Center and Sports Park, Fountain Valley
Contact: 714-649-2760 / www.fvsummerfest.com
Make Music Day   June 21 
Make Music Buena Park is part of the worldwide music celebration of Make Music Day, that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / The Source OC, Buena Park
Contact: www.thesourceoc.com

 

Day of Music   June 21 
Day of Music Fullerton is a unique festival of 150+ FREE concerts in in over 40 venues throughout the city of Fullerton, California. DoMF takes place simultaneously with similar festivities, currently in more than 700 cities globally in alliance with the internationally renowned Fte de la Musique.
Contact: www.thedayofmusic.com

 

Serve Los Al Volunteer Event   June 21-22 
Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of service projects around the City of Los Alamitos at several of the nonprofit locations, senior resident homes, city parks and facilities.
Contact: 562-430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org
Summer Suds Brewfest   June 22 
40+ craft breweries with over 70 beers to taste. Festival will include live performances from The Microphone Doctors, Outerwave, & Casey Sullivan and Friends. Visit our giant party game arena for some friendly competition and feast on some of Southern Californias best food vendors cuisine.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Miles Square Sports Park, Fountain Valley
Contact: 562-495-5959 / www.summersudsbrewfestfv.com

 

Old Town Doggy Showdown   June 22 
Free events, doggy games, live DJ, adoptable dogs and puppies, prize drawing, vendors and food trucks.
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Historic Town Center Park, San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-444-9154 / www.fur-ever-home.org

 

Doheny Surf & Art Festival   June 22-23 
Surfers Vendor Village, Surfers Art & Collectibles, menehune (kids) Surf Contest, 60s Surf Contest, Tandem Exhibition, Surf Tricks Exhibition, Local Surfboard shops, Beer Garden, Live Music, Food, Polynesian Dancing, Healthy Living Demos!
Time/Place: 9am-6pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Contact: 949-496-6171 / www.dohenystatebeach.org

 

Baroque Music Festival   June 23-30 
This Festival provides astounding wealth and diversity of the Baroque era in a wide variety of ways. Large-scale works, with and without singers, are offered during Sunday concerts, while three mid-week programs give the opportunity to enjoy solo recitals and chamber music.
Time/Place: Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Corona del Mar
Contact: 949-760-7887 / www.bmf-cdm.org

 

A Taste of Greece   June 28-30 
Pastries, dancing, full-Scale carnival, boutique & delicious Greek food including a wine taverna. There will also be cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons, church tours and opportunity drawings.
Time/Place: Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
Contact: 949-733-2366 / www.irvinegreekfest.com

 

Sawdust Festival   June 29-Sept. 2 
Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists.
Time/Place: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org

 

Laguna Art-A-Fair   June 29-Sept. 2 
Stroll through Laguna Art-A-Fairs peaceful garden setting and enjoy a variety of art including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood.
Time/Place: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Contact: www.art-a-fair.com

 

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Hello May, plenty to do around town before school gets out and summer begins

Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! why has happiness no second Spring?                                                                                                                                                  Charlotte Smith

Hello May,  plenty to do around town before school gets out and summer begins…  enjoy!!!

Newport Beach Film Festival   Apr. 25-May 2
The Festival annually hosts several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience. This years festival will be screening over 300 features and short films and welcoming over 500 filmmakers and 50,000 film fans to Orange County.
Time/Place: Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana
Contact: 949-253-2880 / www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

Spring Citrus Fair   May 3-5
Showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission.
Time/Place: La Habra Boulevard between Euclid & Cypress
Contact: www.citrusfair.com

OC Marathon   May 3-5
Join thousands of other community-minded runners and walkers at the OC Marathon, beginning at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. Pledges to benefit eleven local childrens charities through Run for Orange County Kids (ROCK).
Contact: 949-222-3327 / www.ocmarathon.com

Soka University International Festival   May 4
Enjoy over 700 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors! There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales, a childrens play area with Bounce House, student projects and much more!
Time/Place: 10:30am-5pm / 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo Contact: www.soka.edu

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta   May 4
Traditional Mariachis and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups will be serving up authentic Mexican food fare and other activities will include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths and a vendor area.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente
Contact: 949-361-8264 / www.san-clemente.org
Rancho Days Fiesta   May 4
Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange Countys Ranchos and Native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and first-person presentations. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage
Like Totally Music Festival   May 11
Bringing music, style and memories to the beach! Event features national 1980s bands. Tons of vendors for shopping. Lots of yummy food trucks and a full bar. Celebrity impersonators, an 80s themed costume contest and so much more!
Time/Place: 11am-9pm / Huntington State Beach

Contact: www.liketotallyfestival.com

Discovery Cubes Annual Rocket Launch   May 11
Hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where youll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-913-5039 / https://oc.discoverycube.org

Rose Garden Tour   May 11
The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain (RSSM) sponsors Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tours of four unique and innovative private gardens in south Orange County. The self guided tour offers visitors magnificent floral and plant displays, garden architecture and ideas for environmentally sound garden practices.
Time/Place: Laguna Niguel & Portola Hills

Contact: www.rosesrosesroses.org

Open Garden Day   May 11
Experience the inviting neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. This one day community event offers an array of activities: lovely gardens to tour, water-wise front yard sidewalk tour, garden expert talks & demonstrations, vintage cars to peruse, a street full of vendors selling unique garden treasures, and gourmet food trucks with plenty of tasty treats.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Santa Ana

Contact: www.opengardenday.com

Yorba Linda Lobsterfest   May 17
The 32nd Annual Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Lobsterfest & Silent Auction! ALL YOU CAN EAT Maine Lobster and Tri-tip.
Time/Place: 5:30-11pm / Yorba Linda Comm. Center

Contact: www.yllobsterfest.com

Anaheim Children’s Festival   May 18
Free arts and crafts, dance lessons and performing arts classes. Over 50 organizations, city departments and more bring art projects to the Park atmosphere and invite the kids to try art.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Pearson Park

Contact: www.muzeo.org

Mariachi Festival   May 18
Will include entertainment Battle of the Mariachis and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-234-1321 / www.missionsjc.com
Tustin LobsterFest   May 18
Enjoy entertainment, games, music and prizes. The Tustin Lobsterfest is a fundraiser event that provides financial support for the programs and services sponsored by the Tustin / Santa Ana Rotary Club. All net proceeds from this event help pay for local Rotary programs throughout Tustin and Santa Ana.
Time/Place: 4pm / Peppertree Park

Contact: www.tustinlobsterfest.com

 

Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival   May 18-19
Featuring car rally, motor movies & Concours dElegance and Horseless Carriage Tour. Live performances in the outdoor amphitheater by The Pleasure Tones on Saturday and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys on Sunday.
Time/Place: 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton

Contact: www.muckcarshow.org

 

Doheny Blues Festival   May 18-19
The International Food Court at Doheny Blues will have a variety of authentic vendors sampling everything from BBQ Ribs to Cajun Sausage to Vegetarian Pitas. Our Vendor Village is strewn throughout the entire lawn at Sea Terrace Park and consists of 50+ different storefronts.
Time/Place: Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point

Contact: www.dohenybluesfestival.com

Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo   May 19
Multiple Model Kit Vendors (Cars, Ships, Planes, Helicopters, Tanks, and Armored Vehicles), 1/6 scale Figure and Armor Vendors, Toy Soldier Vendors, Miniature Gaming Vendors, Military Book and Decal Vendors, Documentary and Movie DVD Vendors, Die-cast Toy Vendors and so on.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Old World Huntington Beach

Contact: www.oldworld.ws

Balboa Island ArtWalk   May 19
The premier showcases for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Islands summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Balboa Island

Contact: www.balboaislandartwalk.info

 

Santa Ana Zoos Party for the Planet/Endangered Species Day   May 19
Guests can create conservation-friendly crafts and play fun games, as well as learn from hands-on demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, recycling, sustainable living and a variety of special guests including members of the Santa Ana City Water District, Fullerton Arboretum and other community organizations.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Santa Ana Zoo

Contact: www.santaanazoo.org
Taste of Brea & Business Expo   May 23
Visitors will enjoy dancing to live music featuring Cold Duck. A DJ will be present as well during the event while you indulge in tasty treats and beverages.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown Birch St. Promenade
Contact: www.tasteofbrea.com
Strawberry Festival   May 24-27
Celebrating Family A parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Rides, contests, Strawberry Festival Parade, vendor booths, charity food & game booths, snowmobile performances, amphitheater performances, Garden Grove Strawberry Stomp 5K and more!
Time/Place: Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove
Contact: www.strawberryfestival.org

Scottish Fest   May 25-26
Hundreds of bagpipers and drummers, Scottish and Irish food and vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing and traditional Scottish feats of strength like the hammer throw, putting the stone and caber toss. Part of the United Scottish Society, the festival was established in 1932 and was called a Highland Games in the tradition of Scottish heritage.
Time/Place: OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-708-1500 / www.scottishfest.com
Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony   May 26
In partnership with Northwood Memorial Committee, a special candle lighting ceremony will be held and will include presentations by Gold Star families. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Time/Place: 4pm / Northwood Community Park

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org
Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony   May 27
Attendees can memorialize our troop’s sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board.
Time/Place: 10am / Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
Contact: 949-724-6606 / www.cityofirvine.org
Anaheim Cemetery Memorial Day Program   May 28
The program is sponsored by The American Legion Post 72 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3173 and includes a variety of guest speakers, wreath presentations, and an Honor Guard Firing Salute.
Time/Place: 11am / 1400 E Sycamore St.

Contact: www.occemeterydistrict.com

Veterans of War Memorial Day Event   May 28
Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton. Boots and Rifle ceremony conducted by officers of Post 9934, and the bugle call, TAPS. Flowers to be placed on memorial for loved ones and friends who served our country.
Time/Place: 10am / Pines Park, Capistrano Beach

Contact: www.vfwpost9934.org

 

Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K & 10K   May 28
Honoring the U.S. Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion, this favorite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful OC cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel.
Time/Place: Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
Contact: www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com

 

El Toro Memorial Park Memorial Day Program   May 28
Guest speakers, special musical performances, a wreath-laying ceremony, and an honor guard firing salute.
Time/Place: 11am / 25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest
Contact: 949-951-9102 x110 / www.occemeterydistrict.com
Fullerton Memorial Day Ceremony   May 28
Patriotic speaker for this years event will be Captain Curt Jones, United States Navy. Free to the public, the program is sponsored by the nonprofit American Veterans Memorial Association and the City of Fullerton.
Time/Place: 10am / Loma Vista Memorial Park

Contact: www.avmafullerton.org

 

Huntington Beach Memorial Day Ceremony   May 28
In honor of veterans who have lost their lives in battle is hosted by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans. Hosted by the American Legion Post 133, this event features a 21-gun salute, flag-raising and playing of taps. Local dignitaries will officiate.
Time/Place: 11am / Pier Plaza

Contact: www.surfcityusa.com

 

San Clemente Memorial Day Event   May 28
Keynote speaker Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Mount, United States Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
Time/Place: 11am / Community Center: 100 N. Calle Seville
Contact: 949-361-8264 / www.san-clemente.org

 

Santa Ana Memorial Day Program   May 28
Guest speakers, special musical performances, combined color guards with a parade of flags, a wreath presentation ceremony, cannon salutes and an honor guard rifle salute.Time/Place: 10am / 1919 E Santa Clara Avenue
Contact: 949-951-9102 / www.occemeterydistrict.com

 

Memorial Day at the Nixon Library   May 28
Wreath laying and remarks by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel Woody Williams. Renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will perform their classic setlist of All-American favorites in the East Room at 3:30pm.
Time/Place: 11am / 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda
Contact: 714-993-5075 / www.nixonfoundation.org

 

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

Happy Easter

Spring is trying to spring… with a little rain still watering our gardens.

Spring is trying to spring… with a little rain still watering our gardens.

But there is plenty to do around the County for Spring, Spring Break, Weekends with friends and loved ones… ENJOY !!

Mission Fine Art Gallery Artist Studio Sale Apr. 5-7
Artists are bringing in their sketches and small hidden treasures for sale at greatly reduced prices.
Time/Place: 31760 Camino Capistrano, SJC

Contact: www.missionfineart.gallery

Walk MS Apr. 6
Fun, festival-like event including food, drink, entertainment and a 2 mile walk at UCI. The National MS Societys mission is to end the devastating ef- fects of multiple sclerosis.
Time/Place: 7am / Orange County Great Park, Irvine
Contact: 800-486-6762 / https://secure.nationalmssociety.org

Disaster Preparedness Expo Apr. 6
Emergency response vehicles, equipment, displays and informational booths. Ready America will also feature the Big Shaker, the worlds largest mobile earthquake simulator.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Tustin Hangar

Contact: www.tustinca.org

Bunny Blast: A Seuss Eggstravaganza Apr. 6
A fun-filled event for the entire family, with a day of activities including

game booths, rides, music and other funny things.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / El Toro Park: 23701 Los Alisos Blvd, Lake Forest 
 Contact: 949-461-3450 / www.lakeforestca.gov

AVCA Spring Celebration & Pancake Breakfast Apr. 6
Egg hunts, face painting, community booths, balloon twisters, arts & crafts, Peter Rabbit pictures.
Time/Place: 9-11:30am / Grand Park/Town Center Amphitheater, Aliso Viejo
Contact: 949-243-7750 / www.avca.net

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival Apr. 6-7
A weekend filled with craft beer, tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling and live music! Up to four hours of unlimited craft beer tastings featuring over 150 craft beers.
Time/Place: 1-9pm / Dana Point

Contact: www.sabrosotacofest.com

Wild West Steamfest Apr. 6-7
Serves to celebrate two worlds merged – The Old West & Steampunk. This concert event which will include a beer garden and vendors, panels, Faro, Tea Dueling Blacksmith, costume contest, gold mining and living history tours.
Time/Place: 11am-7pm / Heritage Museum of OC, Santa Ana
Contact: www.wildweststeamfest.com

Green Scene Plant and Garden Show Apr. 6-7
This is the only major outdoor sales event in Orange County focused exclu- sively on the home gardener, garden accessories, environmental education programs and products.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Fullerton Arboretum

Contact: www.fullertonarboretum.org

Bolsa Chicas Earth Day Festival Apr. 13
The festival will include educational activity booths, tours, food, a bounce house and more! Don t miss out on the eco-friendly fun!
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Conservancy Interpretive Center, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-846-1114 / www.bolsachica.org

San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest Apr. 13
Mico-Brews from all over Southern California – Enjoy Micro-Brew sampling, home-made food provided by various non-profit organizations and live en- tertainment.
Time/Place: 12-5pm / Left Coast Brewing Co

Contact: www.scchamber.com

Gardenfest Apr. 13
Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, San Clemente Art Associations Garden and Flower Show painting competition, Butterfly Habitat Education and Water Smart Program.
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / San Clemente Community Center
Contact: www.sanclementegardenclub.com

Community Cleanup Day Apr. 13
Drive-thru drop off Household Hazardous Waste, Bulky Items, E-Waste or any other solid waste. Please be prepared to show proof of Cypress resi- dency (valid drivers license or utility bill).
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Cypress Civic Center/Library/Tennis Courts 
 Contact: 714-380-5450 / www.cypressca.org

Placentia Easter Eggcitement/Spring Carnival Apr. 13
Enjoy an Easter egg hunt (children ages 12 and under), storytime, crafts, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and more!
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Kraemer Park

Contact: www.placentialibrary.org

Mayors Egg Roll on the Civic Green Apr. 13
Sack races, various games and most importantly, egg races across the lawn. Photo opportunities with the Civic Center bunnies, bounce houses, face painting, train rides, and food.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Newport Beach Civic Center
Contact: 949-644-3151 / www.newportbeachca.gov

Westminster Spring Festival Apr. 13
Live entertainment, food, craft vendors, an extensive resource fair, fun chil- drens activities and of course…a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Civic Center: 8200 Westminster
Contact: 714-898-4684 / www.westminster-ca.gov

Laguna Niguel Bunny Bonanza Apr. 13
The Easter Bunny will be hoping around! NO egg hunt. Childrens activities include: crafts, games, face painting, entertainment, instructor showcase and Touch a Truck where kids will get to climb, work on and drive a fun work truck.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Chapparosa Park

Contact: www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

La Habra Egg Night Apr. 19
This event is open to youth ages 7-13 years old. The cost is $10 per child, which includes all activities. Bring your empty basket and a flashlight and get ready for some fun!
Time/Place: 7-8pm / La Bonita Park

Contact: www.lahabraca.gov

Yorba Linda Late Night Flight Light Egg Hunt Apr. 19
For children 7-13 years of age. Special hunt for eggs in the dark! Flash- lights, running shoes, and a basket to hunt for eggs filled with candy and prizes will be required.
Time/Place: 7:30-8:30pm / Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House
Contact: 714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov

Buena Park Spring Eggstravaganza Apr. 20
Egg Hunt for kids 12 yrs. and under at noon! Stage entertainment, chil- drens crafts, field games, a petting zoo, moonbounces, visits with the Spring Bunny, candy scramble for children 12 years of age and younger.

Pancake Breakfast 8am.
Time/Place: 9am / Henry Boisseranc Park

Contact: www.buenapark.com

Costa Mesa EGG-citement Apr. 20
A fun filled day with the Easter bunny! Activities include: Egg Hunt, Bounce House, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and Arts & Crafts! Refreshments being sold by local schools.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Tanager Park: 1780 Hummingbird Dr.
Contact: 714-540-7355 / www.torellirealty.com

Yorba Linda Egg-Citement Hunt Apr. 20
Children 2-9 years of age. Crafts, games, petting zoo, face painting and separate egg hunt areas for children ages 2-9 years. Bring your own basket to collect your goodies.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Hurless Barton Park

Contact: www.yorbalindaca.gov

San Clemente Sensational Springtacular Apr. 20
Get ready for some photos & arrive on time to scramble for some eggs and hunt for the special golden egg!
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Vista Hermosa Park

Contact: www.san-clemente.org

Etnies Egg Hunt & Festivals of Colors Apr. 20
Visit with the Skateboarding Bunny, play in the bounce houses, make crafts and play fun games. There will be an egg hunt zone and the event ends with a color blast.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest
Contact: 949-916-5870 / www.etniesskatepark.com

Tustin Easter Egg Hunt Apr. 20
Bring a basket or a bag to collect all the treats! There will also be a inflata- bles, petting zoo, pony rides, live music, game booths and an animal and puppet show on the main stage.
Time/Place: 8:30-11:30am / Tustin Sports Park: 12850 Robinson Drive 
 Contact: 714-573-3326 / www.tustinca.org

Dana Point Egg Hunts Apr. 20
Discover the hidden treasure of candy and plastic filled eggs at Dana Points spring time Egg Hunts for children up to 10 years of age. There will be two Egg Hunts.
Time/Place: 9-10am / Pines Park & Sea Canyon Park

Contact: www.danapoint.org

Los Alamitos Spring Carnival Apr. 20
Egg hunt, family style carnival, games and food trucks. Free event which is for children ages 1-14 years and their families.
Time/Place: 9-11:30am / Little Cottonwood Park: 4000 Farquhar Ave 
 Contact: 562-430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org

Huntington Beach Easter Hunt & Family Fun Day Apr. 20
Hunt for candy, take a picture with the Easter Bunny, play a game at the many game booths, visit the various displays from Community Services, pancake breakfast, enjoy the live band, and try out some new classes. 
 Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Sports Complex: 18002 Goldenwest St. 
 Contact: 714-960-8895 / www.huntingtonbeachca.gov

Fountain Valley Easter Egg Hunt Apr. 20
Carnival games, crafts, egg hunts, and much more! The Egg Hunts will run continuously for ages 11 and under.
Time/Place: 8:30-11:30am / Recreation Center & Sports Park
Contact: 714-839-8611 / www.fountainvalley.org

Cypress Spring Egg Hunt Apr. 20
Crafts, Face Painting, Activities, Egg hunt for children 4-11, Special Activity Area for ages 0-3 plus visits with the Easter Bunny (Please, dont forget your camera!).
Time/Place: 10:30am / Oak Knoll Park: 5700 Orange Avenue
Contact: 714-229-6700 / www.cypressca.org

Easter Eggstravaganza at OWV Apr. 20
Easter Egg Hunt around Old World Village, Easter Egg coloring, Easter Egg Run, Sack Race, Face painting, and a group Dance for all of you to the Earth song.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach
Contact: www.oldworld.ws

La Habra Spring Family Eggstravaganza Apr. 20
Eggs-Treme Kid Zone, with games, crafts, inflatables, balloon twisters, live DJ and more. To add to the excitement, eggs for the egg hunt will be dropped by a helicopter!
Time/Place: 8am-12pm / La Bonita Park

Contact: www.lahabraca.gov

Newport Beach Film Festival Apr. 25-May 2
The Festival annually hosts several premieres and galas for a singular festi- val experience.
Time/Place: Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana 
 Contact: 949-253-2880 / www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

SCC &Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Apr. 26
Join faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Santiago Canyon College for a day of golf on a world-class course.
Time/Place: Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Contact: www.sccollege.edu

Dana Point California Wine Festival Apr. 26-27
Wine lovers find hundreds of fine wines, regional craft brews and a dizzying variety of foods to sample. A live band keeps the beat for this all-day feast for the senses.
Time/Place: Fri 6:30-9pm, Sat 12-4pm / Yacht Club & Lantern Bay Park 
 Contact: www.californiawinefestival.com/dana-point

Pet Expo Apr. 26-28
Over 1,000 animals will entertain you in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, miniature horses and more. Pet adoptions, pet prod- ucts for sale, petting zoo, how-to workshops and advice from animal ex- perts.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Contact: www.petexpooc.org

Doheny Wood Apr. 27
Show is free to woodie owners and spectators. The state beach does have a park entry fee. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on dis- play.
Time/Place: 8am-3pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Contact: 714-968-9798 / www.socalwoodies.com

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour Apr. 27-28
Whether experiencing a stroll through the beautiful vintage homes and gardens, searching for treasures at the Antique & Collectables Sale, viewing the Classic Automobile Display, or enjoying a snack at the food and drink concessions, you will surely leave with nostalgic memories of a day well spent.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Santa Ana

Contact: www.floralpark.com

Taste of Huntington Beach Apr. 28
A unique sampling of favorite local restaurants in Huntington Beach, paired with the finest wines in California, all in the name of charity! Proceeds ben-

efit the childrens wing of the Huntington Beach Library. 
 Time/Place: 12-4pm / Sports Complex at Talbert & Goldenwest 
 Contact: 714-375-5023 / www.tastehb.com

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Daddy Daughter Prince & Princess Dance   Mar. 1
Princesses are invited to have an exciting night out with their Prince Charming. Activities include dinner, dancing, crafts and games. $20 per person.
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Yorba Linda Community Center
Contact: 714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov

 

Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade   Mar. 2
Everyday Heroes Entries in the popular event range from civic and veterans organizations to school bands, floats, vintage automobiles, and light-hearted novelty groups. The parade also honors citizens who have served the community and those who have served the nation in time of war or national emergency.
Time/Place: 11am / Laguna Beach

Contact: www.lagunabeachparade.org

 

GEMfest   Mar. 2
For Middle school girls in grades 6 through 8! Become part of the Girls Empowerment Movement to make changes in your life, your school, your community and the world. Free snacks, a delicious lunch and a gift bag full of awesome swag.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Sage Hill School, Newport Coast
Contact: www.gemfestoc.com

 

Los Olivos Community Park Dedication   Mar. 2
The event will showcase the new 12.5-acre park, which features lighted baseball and soccer fields, a lighted basketball court, four tennis courts, and a musical-themed playground inspired by the former Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
Time/Place: 4-6pm / 101 Alfonso, Irvine

Contact: www.cityofirvine.org

 

Parenting OCs Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree   Mar. 2
This year, Jamboree will have special guests, along with games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information. The Aquarium of the Pacific will be in attendance with the acclaimed Aquarium on Wheels, and back by popular demand is the Bubble-Dash Games. Come on down for this fun-filled, free family event.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Discovery Cube Science Center, Santa Ana
Contact: 714-630-4510 x8 / www.parentingoc.com

 

Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival   Mar. 2
Takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. Decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more!
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-556-2787 / www.pacificsymphony.org
Festival of Whales   Mar. 2-3 & 9-10
Celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale. In addition to whale watching, the festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-472-7888 / www.dpfestivalofwhales.com

 

German Style Carnival FASCHING   Mar. 3
Families with children ages 4-17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of GermanSchoolCampus.com.
Time/Place: 3-6pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws

 

Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k Race   Mar. 3
These races are designed to raise the maximum amount of funds for nonprofits and charities, while showcasing one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Southern California.
Time/Place: 7am-12pm / The District at Tustin Legacy
Contact: 714-544-5341 / www.tustinhangarhalf.com

 

Hoag Classic   Mar. 6-10
Each year, the tournament raises over $1 million for Hoag and other local charities, totaling more than $20 million in its history making it the most philanthropic event on the PGA TOUR Champions. Additionally, it attracts a field of professional players that rivals any major championship in golf.
Time/Place: 8am / Newport Beach Country Club

Contact: www.hoagclassic.com

 

South County Pet Expo   Mar. 9
This family and pet friendly event will feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, food trucks and giveaways.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Lake Forest Sports Park
Contact: 949-858-1000 / www.adoptocpets.org/events

 

La Habra Races   Mar. 9
Includes a 5K race for all ages, as well as a 1K Kiddy Run (ages 6-9 yrs.) and a 50-Yard Diaper Dash (ages 3-5 yrs.).
Time/Place: 6-9am / La Habra Marketplace Shopping Center
Contact: 562-383-4211 / www.lahabracity.com
Kite Party   Mar. 9-10
Kite fliers connecting face to face with people who they may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with. Kite Party is about socializing with people we have known for years, and meeting people we will know for years.
Time/Place: Huntington Beach Pier

Contact: www.kiteparty.com

 

Surfin Sundays Concert Series   Mar. 9-10
Enjoy shopping from local vendors on Saturdays and live music on Sundays throughout the Summer. Pier Plaza concerts are from 11am-5:30pm. Vendors will be in Pier Plaza all day, from 8am-5pm during the months of summer.
Time/Place: 8am-5:30pm / Huntington Beach Pier Plaza
Contact: 714-465-4350 / www.surfingmuseum.org

 

Cherry Blossom Festival   Mar. 15-17
A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids. This festival is in support of the over 30 year student exchange relationship Huntington Beach shares with their sister city of Anjo, Japan.
Time/Place: Huntington Central Park

Contact: www.hbcbfest.com

 

El Presidente Ball   Mar. 16
Journey back to the late 1800s of early California and let the Fiesta Association show you how the West was fun at this western style dinner dance. Enjoy some great food and old-fashioned fun while dancing under the stars (weather permitting) to live country-western style music.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / El Adobe de Capistrano, SJC
Contact: 949-493-1976 / www.swallowsparade.com

 

Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School   Mar. 16
Taste home-cooked delicacies from virtually every nation represented at Sage Hill; enjoy non-stop musical and dance performances; bid on tantalizing baskets of themed goodies; browse the ethnic bazaar; and plenty of entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Wilkins Town Square, Newport Coast
Contact: 949-219-0100 / www.sagehillschool.org
Kids Night Out-Spring Break Party   Mar. 16
Spring Break brings plenty of opportunities for students to play outdoors. A light snack will be provided.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Stanton Central Park

Contact: http://ci.stanton.ca.us
Newport-Mesa Spirit Run   Mar. 17
Twelve racing events plus a 5k Family Walk and Toddler Trot. In between races, participants and spectators enjoy the Youth & Fitness Expo is located adjacent to the start/finish area in Edwards Big Newport. A fun family expo showcases products and services of community businesses. Bungee jumping, rock climbing, a skate park, massage, running footwear and apparel, shopping, and more.
Time/Place: 6am / Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Contact: www.nmspiritrun.org

 

Saint Josephs Day at the Mission   Mar. 19
Live mariachi music, community presentations, Special Guest Swallows Speakers, Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Josephs Day and Swallows Legend. Free for Mission Members.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Contact: www.missionsjc.com

Swallows Day Fiesta Grande   Mar. 20
Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, and the Hairiest Man (best moustache and/or beard). There is a $5 entry fee (pay when you arrive) per category for each contestant entered. For the more timid, spectators are always welcome at the hilarious Fiesta Grand.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Swallows Inn, SJC

Contact: www.swallowsparade.com
Swallows Day Parade & Mercado   Mar. 23
The nations largest non-motorized parade. The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop. Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.
Time/Place: 11am / Dowtown San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-493-1976 / www.swallowsparade.com
Huntington Beachcruisers Meet   Mar. 23
A popular gathering of beach cruising vehicles manufactured through 1972, featuring nomads, woodies, VW Transporters, convertibles, steel wagons and other beach cruisin vehicles of the era. Vehicles will be on display throughout the weekend along Main Street and in Pier Plaza.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / Downtown Huntington Beach
Contact: www.hbcruisers.com

 

Mad Hatter Childrens Tea Party   Mar. 23
Guests will be treated to a delicious lunch and sweet treats, take part in a photo op with tea party characters and enjoy fun games and crafts. Tickets are $10 per person; complimentary for children under 12 months.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club
Contact: 949-709-0010 / www.samlarc.org

 

Birthday Bash   Mar. 24
Exciting plans are in progress for LOCAs biggest fundraising celebration to date. The public is invited to enjoy amazing food and wines, interactive art activities and art auctions.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / Neighborhood Congregational Church-Bridge Hall, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-363-4700 / www.locaarts.org
CRY OC – Holi By The Sea   Mar. 24
Bring color to a Childs Life! Celebrate HOLI – The Festival of Colors! with Child Rights & You America, Inc. – Orange County, and ensure a brighter and more colorful future for children everywhere. Be ready to get very colorful and enjoy Amazing Bollywood music by Fusion Sounds!
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Bolsa Chica State Beach

Contact: www.cryamerica.org

 

Swing for the Sea Lions   Mar. 25
Benefiting Pacific Marine Mammal Center. 18 holes of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A, beverages provided by Laguna Beach Beer Company, Titos Handmade Vodka and more, a buffet dinner and contest opportunities. The helicopter golf ball drop, silent auction, dinner and awards ceremony follow at 5pm.
Time/Place: 12-7pm / Aliso Viejo Country Club
Contact: 949-494-3050 / https://pmmcgolf.accelraising.com

 

CrabFest 2019   Mar. 29
Hosted by the Huntington Beach Lions Club. Enjoy all you can eat salad, chowder, crab and shrimp!  During the event there will be a silent auction, raffle and live auction. Fundraiser will benefit a number of local charities and organizations, including Off the Streets Huntington Beach, Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach and many others.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / Huntington Beach Senior Center in Central Park
Contact: www.eventbrite.com
Jazz Festival 2019   Mar. 29-30
Friday Concert: Enjoy small bites from the best local restaurants. Mix and mingle while enjoying hosted bars, a silent auction and more. Saturday Jazz Gala: A four-course gala dinner presented by the Executive Chefs from Monarch Beach Resort, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach, and The Laguna Cliffs Marriott.
Time/Place: Ocean Institute, Dana Point

Contact: www.ocean-institute.org

 

Laguna Niguel Senior Games   Mar. 30-31
Soccer, basketball, bocce ball, billiards, pickleball and table tennis. Opening Ceremony: March 29 at 6pm at Sea Country Senior and Community Center.
Contact: 949-425-5151 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Glitterfest   Mar. 31
This event features a collection of creative folks who express their talent through mixed media art. It includes handmade jewelry, sculpture, primitive dolls, paper whimsy and more!
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Spring Field Conference Center, Fullerton
Contact: 714-573-1025 / www.glitterfest.com

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February is here! Best things to do…

Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano   Through Jan. 6
Mission will host Capistrano Lights 2018: a nightly tree lighting. After the Mission closes, guests can take their complimentary downtown San Juan Capistrano map and discover the historic downtown district with plenty of holiday shopping, dining, and wine tasting all season long.
Time/Place: 5pm / 26801 Ortega Highway
Contact: 949-234-1300 / www.missionsjc.com

 

OC Chill Ice Rink   Through Jan. 7
Irvine Spectrum Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland when the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink returns to Giant Wheel Court this holiday season. The outdoor Ice Rink will offer fun for the whole family. Skate sessions are 75 minutes. Helmets are optional and provided free of charge. Season passes, private lessons and private parties are also available.
Time/Place: Irvine Spectrum Center
Contact: 949-748-8280 / www.skatespectrum.com

Bride World Expo   Jan. 5
150 florists, photographers, DJs, wedding venues, photo booths, invitations, decor ideas, honeymoon packages, fashion shows, a gown sale and DIY seminars.Meet local experts & find amazing wedding planning values.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: www.brideworld.com

D. Yoder Family Sundays   Jan. 6
Held on the first Sunday of each month for activities and a program thematically based on Casa Romanticas Casa Captivating programs for all age. Wind down with a visit to the vivid gardens at Casa Romantica with FREE admission and self-guided tours!
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Casa Romantica, San Clemente
Contact: 949-498-2139 / www.casaromantica.org

 

Village Art Faire   Jan. 6
The first Sunday of every month. Fine art, photography, ceramics, wood work, metal work, jewelry, fused/blown glass, candles, apothecary, home decor, leather work, botanicals, sculpture, textiles, and much more.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Contact: 949-218-5378 / www.villagesanclemente.org

 

Los Alamitos Chamber Installation Gala   Jan. 10
Celebrate the installation of the new board and honor those who do great in our community. Please contact the Chamber Office directly to donate items of $100 or more for the silent auction 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Non-Profit of the Year.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / On The Greens at the Navy Golf Course, Cypress
Contact: 562-598-6659 / www.losalchamber.org

 

Laguna Hills State of the City   Jan. 11
Please join chamber members, business and community leaders, and elected officials, for the annual Mayors State of the City Address, where you will hear how city leaders plan to address the challenges and opportunities facing our city. Lunch free with RSVP.
Time/Place:11:30am-1pm/Heritage Room,LagunaHillsCommunityCenter
Contact: 949-542-6016 / www.lagunahillschamber.com

 

HB APAs Side Show   Jan. 11-13 & 18-20
The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts presents Side Show, a musical based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression. Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame, but denies them love. HB APAs Musical Theatre department presents this annual fundraiser and show, which will be complete with opportunity baskets, auctions, and a pre-show one hour before each performance.
Time/Place: APA Studio Theater (Black Box)
Contact: 714-536-2514 x4025 / www.hbapa.org

 

Sister Cities Presents Gianne de Genevraye   Jan. 12
The Newport Beach Sister City Association, with special thanks to the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, will host a reception and conversation with international artist Gianne de Genevraye. Small bites and no host wine bar. Gianne de Genevraye is a Contemporary Nature Artist who paints in public gardens and exhibits in public spaces. Her work focuses on contemporary approaches to nature.
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Newport Beach Central Library Friends Room
Contact: 949-650-0594 / www.newportbeachca.gov

 

Whale Talk & Walk   Jan. 12
Join us for a Naturalist led presentation on whales, other cetaceans, and marine mammals that can frequently be seen from the Dana Point Headlands. Designed to introduce participants to the natural history of marine mammals, whale characterization, and interesting tidbits about these large and fascinating creatures of the sea. Second Saturday of each month.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Contact: 949-248-3527 / www.danapoint.org
Artesanos Village Craft Fair   Jan. 12
Community Crafters meet every 2nd Saturday of the month to sell their beautiful art and display their talented skills.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Hecho en Mexico, Placentia
Contact: 714-353-7517 / www.hechoenmexico-giftstore.com

OC Festival of Speed    Jan. 12-13
We will have the opportunity to watch some of the worlds most extreme hypercars and exotics do what they do best showcase their performance abilities on a track with side-by-side racing, high speed passes, extreme acceleration, and maybe even the occasional burnout! Benefits the Special Olympics Southern California – Inland Empire Region.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
Contact: https://ocfestivalofspeed.com

 

Discovery Day at Centennial Farm   Jan. 18
Gives guests an opportunity to take a self-guided tour through the farm with volunteers nearby to provide information and answer farm-related questions. Reservations are required for groups of six or more children.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / OC Fair & Event Center

Contact: www.ocfair.com

 

Aliso Viejo Chamber 2019 Gala   Jan. 18
An Evening of Dinner, Dancing, and Fun! Enjoy Hors d Oeuvres and drinks, moving into a sumptuous dinner with wine. Following a brief installation of 2018 officers, we will dance our way through the evening with old and new friends. Tickets are $50 per person.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Aliso Viejo Center
Contact: 949-243-7042 / www.alisoviejochamber.com

 

2019 Miss Anaheim Competition   Jan. 19
Watch contestants from the Anaheim and surrounding communities compete for over $10,000 in scholarships and awards. This is an official preliminary to the Miss California and Miss America competitions.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Anaheim Performing Arts Center-Servite High School
Contact: 714-273-3935 / www.missanaheimpageant.org

 

Excellence In Placentia Gala   Jan. 24
Please join us for our annual celebration honoring the amazing Citizens and Businesses that make Placentia such a great place to live and work. This year, we are adding Best Employer and Best Youth Volunteer to our list of honorees.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Alta Vista Country Club
Contact: 714-528-1873 / www.placentiachamber.com
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner & Auction   Jan. 25
Open to the public, the gala will honor the winners of the 2018 Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights competitions and raise funds for next years Parade. All award winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. In addition to the awards ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to take part in an incredible live and silent auction.
Time/Place: 6-11pm / The Fashion Island Hotel
Contact: www.newportbeach.com

 

Lake Forest SnowFest   Jan. 26
Pre-registration is mandatory. Tickets are sold out by the time of the event. Bring your family and friends to our annual winter event, SnowFest, featuring snow laden slopes, snow play area, and guest appearances from visitors from a galaxy far-far-away! Food & drinks available for a nominal fee.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Lake Forest Sports Park
Contact: 949-461-3459 / www.lakeforestca.gov

 

Fountain Valley State of the City Luncheon   Jan. 29
Panel discussion on City & Chamber goals for 2019.
Time/Place: 11:30am-1:30pm / Los Caballeros Sports Village
Contact: 714-962-3822 / www.fvchamber.com

 

Pizza with Police   Jan. 31
The Laguna Niguel Youth Committee, together with Laguna Niguel Police Services, is hosting this event for 9-12th graders at Fresh Brothers Pizza. Break down the barriers by getting to know your local Deputies, ask questions about their jobs, and enjoy some great pizza with other high school students!
Time/Place: 5-7pm / 24002 Aliso Creek Road
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org

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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!