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Easter Events

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Egg hunts, Easter Brunch, Easter Services and more!

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THE RiDE 7D - New Location & New Ride - Irvine Spectrum
Re-opening Saturday, April 1, 2017

The RiDE 7D is moving to a new spot within the Spectrum Center and will now be located between Yard House and Old Navy.

Their new Ride Release called Werewolves also launching on April 1st. Ride Storyline - It's the year 2156 and pollution, famine and war has brought civilization to an end. An evil group affected by the high level of radiation have been spared and are now fighting for their lives and to find food. Don't let them be your destruction! Suitable for ages 7+ (Fantasy Violence Ride with Simulated Motion, combat situations with one free fall drop)

THE RiDE 7D is an immersive, interactive motion ride experience. You will feel the thrill of a rollercoaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game all in one! Their theaters have the newest 7D technology which will keep your senses reeling and coming back for more!

LOCATION:
630 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

April Fool’s Day at Pretend City - Irvine
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join the folks at Pretend City for their wacky rendition of acting foolish and being silly! The day will be full of fun-filled activities to celebrate this silly day!

Some of the activities will include Sensational Storytime: Wacky Wednesday, Loud & Proud: Knock, Knock, Simple Science, Let's Move and more!

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Annual 'Gardenfest' - San Clemente
Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hosted by the San Clemente Garden Club. Admission is FREE! Families are welcome.

This years highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community, Open to the Public 'funky container' and 'floral design' contests, San Clemente Art Association's Garden and Flower Show painting competition, Butterfly Habitat Education and Water Smart Program.

LOCATION:
San Clemente Community Center
Avenida Del Mar at Calle Seville.

Anaheim Plaza - Easter Event - Anaheim
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm

Free Fun Family Event - Anaheim Plaza Food Court

Anaheim Plaza will be hosting an Easter Event. This event is for the whole family and will include the Easter Bunny, plus a bunny petting area, face painting and a kid friendly DJ. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a selfie with the Easter Bunny!

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Fwy
Anaheim, CA 92801

Spectacular Eventz presents: Ensenada 3 Day Komedy Cruise
April 13-16, 2017

Treat yourself to a fun, affordable vaction aboard the luxurious 2,976-passenger ship, "Carnival Imagination". Live shows, dancing, karaoke, space, piano bar, serenity retreat area, live music and various shows, and food-food-food. Featuring Comedians Monty B. Sharpton (TBN Comedy Specials)

A long list of excursions in Ensenada include La Bufadora blow hole, jeep adventure or scenic bus tour, shopping & much more (additional fees). Reserve today with $25 deposit. Per person rates begin at $240.

Limited cabins available. Don't miss the boat!

Organized by Spectacular Eventz, a leading organization in Southern California that organize dances, cruises and other fun events.

INFORMATION
CALL 714-622-4977 TODAY TO BOOK YOUR CRUISE.

Mission Art Center Painting For Fun Workshop
April 16, 2017
3 pm

This is a painting 2 to 2.1/2 hours workshop great for friends, couples, or individuals who are looking to have fun with music and painting at Mission Art Center. This workshop presented by Shabnam Zafarmand will teach you how to paint with a simple method. At the end of the session, participants will have 1 completed canvas to take home with them. All supplies are provided. No prior art experience is required. In fact, many times some of the best paintings are done by people who have never painted prior to the workshop. It isn’t about talent; it’s about the process and how much you will enjoy the painting!

All the painting materials and refreshments included $38.00 for each

LOCATION:
Mission Art Center
1730 N. Tustin Street
Orange CA 92865

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 20-27, 2017

Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually host several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience.

LOCATION:
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

SCC Hawks Golf Tournament - Tustin
Friday April 21, 2017

Join faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Santiago Canyon College for a day of golf and camaraderie on a world-class course. Golf package includes round of golf, on-cart lunch, green fees, golf cart, driving range, on-course beverages, goodie gift bag and famous Wrangler Grill dinner.

LOCATION:
Tustin Ranch Golf Club

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
(714) 628-4790

Earth Day Events

Earth Day festivals, volunteer opportunities for planting or clean ups, workshops and many more activities can be found in Orange County on Earth Day weekend.

Celebrate UCI - Annual Open House - Irvine
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m

This spring event features an outdoor Festival, Open House and Car Show. Wayzgoose, UCI's oldest tradition, is a student run festival in Aldrich Park - filled with live entertainment, food, games and rides for UCI and the community. Many offices and services will be open or available with information for everyone especially prospective students. This includes academic program information and sessions; campus, housing and recreation facilities tours; Financial Aid and Admissions; and much more.

Events and Parking are FREE.

LOCATION:
UCI Campus
Irvine

San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest - San Clemente
April 22, 2017
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Presented by Left Coast Brewing Co., is an exciting event which features Mico-Brews from all over Southern California - Enjoy Micro-Brew sampling, home-made food provided by various non-profit organizations and live entertainment. VIP guests enjoyed tours of the Left Coast Brewery and premier samplings. This Tasting is one you won't want to miss!

LOCATION:
Held at Left Coast Brewing Co.
1245 Puerta Del Sol in San Clemente

Wild West Steamfest - Santa Ana
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00am-6:00pm

Wild West Steam Fest 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

LOCATION:
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W Harvard St
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Bolsa Chica Conservancy's Earth Day Festival - Huntington Beach
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival is a fun way to get outside and learn about the environment with the whole family! This fun and educational festival is a treat for the whole family!

Visitors will have the opportunity to touch live snakes, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test the water, and much more! The festival will include educational activity booths, tours, food, a bounce house and more! Entry to event is free!

Sponsored by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.

LOCATION:
Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach
Public Parking Across the Street from the Interpretive Center

Phone:
714-846-1114

Green Scene Plant and Garden Show - Fullerton
April 22-23, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00pm

Green Scene is the perfect place for any gardener looking for new ideas to improve their gardens or outdoor habitats. This is the only major outdoor sales event in Orange County focused exclusively on the home gardener, garden accessories, environmental education programs and products.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton

INFORMATION:
(714) 278.3407

Pet Expo - Costa Mesa
April 28-30, 2017

A giant animal entertainment and education festival. It’s the largest pet and pet product expo in the world. 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. There will also be pet adoptions, pet products for sale, petting zoo, how-to workshops and advice from animal experts. It is presented by a nonprofit organization to promote responsible pet care. Please do not bring your pets.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
800-999-7295

Doheny Wood - Dana Point
April 28-30, 2017

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 display.

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach [south end of park]

INFORMATION:
714 968-9798

Walk MS - Irvine
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fun, festival-like event including food, drink, entertainment and a 2 mile walk at UCI. The National MS Society's mission is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. They are currently accepting registrations via, email, mail or over the telephone for this walk.

LOCATION:
University of California Irvine
513 Aldrich hall #5
Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
(800) 486-6762

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
April 29-30, 2017

Once again the Floral Park Neighborhood, recipient of Neighborhoods USA's "Neighborhood of the Year", will be hosting its annual Home and Garden Tour. 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 the Floral Park Home & Garden Tour with nostalgic memories of a day well spent.

Annual Street Painting - Arts Alive Festival - Mission Viejo
April 29-30, 2017

Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist's techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you.

LOCATION:
Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way at La Paz Rd
Mission Viejo.

INFORMATION:
949-470-8440

Pooch in the Park - Rancho Santa Margarita
Sunday, April 30, 2017
12-4 PM

A Dog Show Competition with music, food, vendors, opportunity prizes and pet celebrities. Open to the public, this dog show will provide hours of entertainment for you and your pets. Come and watch or enter to win! Vendors welcome. Contestants and Vendors can register below.

Supporting music education for the youth in Orange County through our love of dogs. Register your dog to compete or just attend and enjoy the show!

LOCATION:
Rancho Santa Margarita Central Park
30842 La Miranda
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, April 30, 2017
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old Wold Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

MORE 2017 DATES:
June 11, July 9, August 20, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Taste of Huntington Beach - Huntington Beach
Sunday, April 30, 2017
noon - 4 pm

A unique sampling of favorite local restaurants in Huntington Beach, paired with the finest wines in California, all in the name of charity! Proceeds benefit the children's wing of the Huntington Beach Library

LOCATION:
Sports Complex at Talbert and Goldenwest
18100 Goldenwest
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-375-5023

Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

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 the Gray Whales migrate just a few miles off the coast, simple cruises from Dana Point and Newport Beach enable you to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

LOCATIONS:
You can book cruises at the following locations:

DANA POINT:
NEWPORT BEACH:
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, Ca 92661
Dana Wharf
Sportfishing

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661

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May

Mother's Day Events

Find fun things to do with mom on Mother's Day throughout Orange Count.

Cruises, brunch and more!

Rancho Days Fiesta
May 5, 2017
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange County's Ranchos and Native American tribes!

Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and and first-person presentations. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free

LOCATION:
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest
949-923-2230

Spring Citrus Fair - La Habra
May 5-7, 2017

The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Annual Spring Citrus Fair — full of period charm — showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley.

Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission

LOCATION:
La Habra Boulevard between Euclid and Cypress Streets

Phone:
562-697-1704

Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival - Silverado
May 6, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Festival, Chili Cook-Off, LIVE MUSIC & Entertainment, Artists, Vendors, Family Activities, Petting Zoo, Beer & Wine Cantina, Food & Beverages

The Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District (SMRPD) announces the 12th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival. Taste the competition chili and vote for your favorite family recipe! Browse the arts & craft expo with local vendors, while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo Mexican folk heritage entertainment lineup, and local Country, Blues artists.

Family activities such as crafts and games, bounce house, face painting and farm animal petting zoo! Everyone has the opportunity to sing-a-long and dance to great local musicians on stage…all for just the price of a $5 taster’s kit! Proceeds benefit SMRPD recreation programs including those for children.

LOCATION:
Silverado Community Center Fairgrounds
27641 Silverado Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA

INFORMATION:
714-649-2820

Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
San Clemente
May 6, 2017
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2017 marks the 27th year of celebrating Mexican culture in our Spanish Village by the Sea. The Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration showcases live entertainment featuring traditional Mariachi’s 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.

LOCATION:
Max Berg Plaza Park
1100 Calle Puente
San Clemente, CA

INFORMATION:
949-361-8264

Soka University's Annual International Festival - Aliso Viejo
May 6, 2017

Enjoy over 900 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 children's play area with Bounce House, student projects --- and much more!

Admission is FREE for everyone! Parking is $10 cash on campus

LOCATION:
Soka University
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

INFORMATION:
949-480-4081

Eco Garden Expo - San Juan Capistrano
May 6-7, 2017

Hosted and organized by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens, a non-profit organization, Eco Garden Expo is free to the public and will feature a huge plant sale and a vast array of unique environmental friendly products, resources and services from vendors throughout Southern CA.

The Expo will also feature water-saving demonstration gardens, habitat gardens, edible landscapes, electric cars, solar and free seminars from top landscape and environmental experts.

LOCATION:
Los Rios Park
San Juan Capistrano

OC MARATHON - Newport Beach
May 7, 2017

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 children's charities through Run for Orange County Kids (ROCK).

INFORMATION:
(949) 222-3327

Open Garden Day - Santa Ana
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10 am - 4 pm

Experience the inviting neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. You are invited to stroll through our variety of gardens throughout the day. Tranquil spaces, unique planting ideas and inspiring yard designs are open for your viewing. 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. This year marks our 10th Annual Open Garden Day and it is sure to be the best one yet.

$15 Presale Tickets/Person.
Presale tickets can be purchased online at www.opengardenday.com

LOCATION:
Neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
714-836-9777

ACES Hot Rod Resurrection Car Show - Huntington Beach
May 20, 2017
10 am - 3 pm

ACES Car Club to host Resurection 12 in Huntington Beach, Old World. This event is open to pre ‘65 traditional hot rods, customs & vintage/classic bikes only, and being held in Huntington Beach, Old World in Orange County.

FEE: $20 per ride.
ADMISSION: Spectator’s admission and parking are free.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
For additional information and to RSVP, visit www.acescarclub.com or call 949.547.7269

Anaheim Children's Festival - Anaheim
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10 am - 3 pm

Fun for the whole family with free arts and crafts, dance lessons and performing arts classes. Over 20 booths will decorate the entrance area outside the Amphitheater in Pearson Park. Two stages will be located at the Festival – local groups that do a variety of entertainment will be featured. Musicians, puppets, bands, vocal groups, and dancers will perform from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Music and Art:
Hands on music will bring a "petting zoo" of musical instruments to the Festival. Art lessons and technique will come to the Festival as well.

LOCATION:
Pearson Park
Anaheim, CA

Tustin LobsterFest - Tustin
Saturday, May 20, 2017

An afternoon of FUN for the family - enjoy entertainment, games, music and prizes.

The Tustin Lobsterfest is an annual 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.

LOCATION:
Peppertree Park – Corner of First and C street
Tustin, CA

Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
May 20-21, 2017

A One-of-a-kind Automotive Cultural Event. Featuring car rally, motor movies & Concours d'Elegance 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. Proceeds benefit youth arts education and outreach programs.

LOCATION:
Held at Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave.

INFORMATION:
714/738-6595

Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
May 20-21, 2017

The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County's Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival!

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach
Dana Point

Ticket Sales & info: (949) 360-7800

Balboa Island ArtWalk - Balboa
Sunday, May 21, 2017
9am-5pm

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island's summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.

LOCATION:
Balboa Island, CA

Taste of Brea & Business Expo
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5-9 PM

The Brea Chamber's annual family-friendly festival regularly attracts over 2,500 visitors and showcases our vibrant business community and city as one of Southern California's premiere destinations for exceptional dining, quality entertainment, and diverse shopping options. Vistors will also 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.

LOCATION:
Downtown Birch St. promenade

Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove
May 26-29, 2017

The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history. Free admission!

LOCATION:
Euclid St & Main St
Garden Grove, CA

INFORMATION:
714-638-0981

Scottish Fest - Costa Mesa
May 27-28, 2017

The event features 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.

LOCATION:
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Anaheim
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This year's KSBR Birthday Bash is a special "night club style" event. In addition to another incomparable show, there are gourmet food choices, a full bar and luxury seating options available.

LOCATION:
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 E. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

INFORMATION:
(949) 582-4051

Memorial Day Events
Monday, May 29, 2017

List of ceremonies throughout Orange County honoring those who served our country.

 

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