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Year Round Events

Whale Watching

Giant blue whales migrate into Orange County waters during summer and fall months. Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through early April.

Since both the blue whales and grey whales migrate just a few miles off the coast, simple cruises from Newport Beach enable you to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

 

 

Winter

Annual Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade
December

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies
November

Celebrating the beginning of the holiday season by illuminating Fashion Island's majestic tree with over 17,000 lights and ornaments. This event will be accompanied by Santa's arrival and a song and dance spectacular featuring talented singers and dancers from The Orange County High School of the Arts.

The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the Bloomingdale's Courtyard.

LOCATION:
Fashion Island
(949) 721-2000

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
December

Celebrate Hanukkah at Fashion Island with singing and festive traditions beginning at 3 pm.

LOCATION:
Fashion Island

INFORMATION:
For more information, please contact the Chabad Jewish Center Newport Beach at (949) 721-9800.

Newport Landing Sportfishing - Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Cruises
December

Newport Harbor comes alive in December with decorations. Homes, yachts, docks, whole landscapes are transformed into a magical holiday experience. Newport Landing has 5 ships that offer cruises during the entire month of December.

LOCATION:
Newport Landing Sportfishing
309 Palm - Suite A
Balboa CA.

INFORMATION:
949-675-0551

 

Spring

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race
April

More than 600 boats race from Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico

INFORMATION:
714-834-6106

Newport Beach Film Festival
April

Showcasing more than 350 films from around the world, offering an ambitious and international selection of features, shorts, documentaries and animation that will compete for both Jury and Audience awards.

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

Newport Dunes Movies on The Beach
May

Movies are shown every Friday and Saturday night at dusk, and will continue throughout the summer. Admission is free! $10 for parking. Open to the public

LOCATION:
Newport Dunes Resort - Beautiful outdoor arts and craft show overlooking the Back Bay.

INFORMATION:
949-729-3863

Newport Beach

EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS
March -April

Children are invited to have their picture taken with the Easter bunny in the spring garden located on Atrium Lawn from 11 am to 6 pm daily.

LOCATION:
Fashion Island

INFORMATION:
949-721-2000

 

Summer

Fireworks Show at Newport Dunes
July 4

Family fun and games throughout the day with music, food, raffle, carnival games, contests, tournaments, ending with a spectacular fireworks finale! But you better get here early and save your spot to watch the show! There is a fee per car to enter.

(949) 729-DUNE

 

Fall

Annual Taste of Newport
September

The Taste of Newport is a three-day festival drawing over 75,000 people with approximately 30 restaurants, 15 wineries, rich tasting brews, flavorful drinks and top notch live entertainment. The Taste is truly Newport Beach's social event of the year!

LOCATION:
Newport Center Drive,
Fashion Island in Newport Beach

INFORMATION:
949-729-4400

Annual Sandcastle Contest
October

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

Whether you're a participant or a spectator, it's a perfect way to spend the day with family and friends.

LOCATION:
Corona del Mar State Beach
(Marguerite & Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar)

INFORMATION:
949-729-4400


 
 

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