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February

Valentines Day & Valentines Weekend Events

Special dinners, romance hotel packages, cruises, concerts and gift ideas!


Laguna Beach Music Festival - Laguna Beach
February 10 - 14, 2016

This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.

LOCATION:
Laguna Beach
- check site for venues

Taste of San Juan - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M

Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The San Juan Hills Golf Club. The Taste brings together many of San Juan's marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with 'tastes' of their fare. Come and be tempted by all there is at "The Taste of San Juan".

LOCATION:
San Juan Hills Golf Course
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

TET FESTIVAL - Costa Mesa
February 12-14, 2016

Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

Timberwolf 5 K Run/Walk - Irvine
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, and the 1K Fun Run, feature breathtaking views, fantastic free food, event t-shirts and the company of hundreds of friendly fitness enthusiasts. Proceeds from registration and sponsorships benefit Northwood High School and Families Forward, a local non-profit providing supported housing programs, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services for families in crisis. Register by January 24th for the best price.

LOCATION:
Northwood High School
4515 Portola Pkwy
Irvine, CA

Art Crawl Experience - Anaheim
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE”, an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers.

LOCATION:
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

INFORMATION:
714 956 3586

A Valentine’s Day Event for Couples, The Mindful Couple - Trabuco Canyon
February 14, 2016
9am to 6pm

Mindful Her, a company that creates unique event experiences that educate, inspire and empower individuals be mindful and healthy in mind, body and spirit, is hosting a romantic Valentine’s Day event for couples called The Mindful Couple. The Mindful Couple is designed to help couples create more mindful, meaningful and intimate relationships in a fun, social and romantic setting.

The event will be held at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas, a sprawling Spanish hacienda and exotic animal zoo, in Trabuco Canyon. Tickets are $425 per couple. Speakers include: Keith Mitchel, former NFL player and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Yoga Instructor" on Meditation for Enhanced Relationships; Thomas Taubman, YogaWorks Teacher on Couples Yoga and Introduction to Yo-Box; Tawny Avonne, Wisdom Teacher on Conflict Resolution; Liz Dube , Sexual Desire Therapist on Enhancing Sexual Desire. The event will feature: three delicious healthy meals and a blind wine tasting class led by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan; live music and zoo tours, an awesome gift bag.

LOCATION:
Rancho Las Lomas
Trabuco Canyon

INFORMATION:
More information and tickets are available at http://mindfulher.com.

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 20, 2016
(rain date 2/27)
10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Location:
Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 20-21, 2016

To celebrate their 20th year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversay weekend… including $2.00 train rides!

The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold (gold panning requires two $2.00 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
(714) 997-3968

Discovery CubePresents: Engineer's Week - Santa Ana
February 20-28, 2016

Tinkerers and builders of all ages are invited to Discovery Cube OC to celebrate national Engineer’s Week! Future engineers will enjoy a week of exploring, creating, and building with hands-on activities in various fields of engineering.

Egg Drop Competition - Don’t miss your chance to join the annual Egg Drop Competition on February 27th! Bring your homemade ETV (egg transport vehicle) and put it to the ultimate test as it drops from 20 feet in the air.

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

Los Alamitos 'Race on the Base' - Los Alamitos
Saturday, February 27, 2016

The yearly event has continued to provide not only a forum for local avid runners and walkers, but has also instilled a sense of pride and teamwork between the Los Alamitos City Council, the citizens of Los Alamitos, the Rossmoor Community Services District, and the local business community.

The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family!

INOFORMATION:
562-430-1073

Irvine Lake Mud Run
Saturday, February 27, 2016
9 am

Celebrate spring break this year 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. You asked for even more mud, you got it! You will get wet and you will get muddy. Be sure to bring towels and a change of clothing.

LOCATION:
Oak Canyon Park
5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

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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March

Easter Events

Egg hunts, Easter Brunch, Easter Services and more!

Events detailed by city

El Presidente Ball - San Juan Capistrano
Friday March 4, 2016
6-10 pm

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.

LOCATION:
El Adobe
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Parenting OC's Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree - Santa Ana
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10 AM to 3 PM

Parenting OC has partnered with Orange County’s Discovery Cube Science Center to present the 10th Anniversary edition of the Kid’s Summer Opportunities Jamboree event, to take place on March 5, 2016, at the iconic Orange County family destination. This event will take place in the Showcase Theater and will feature exhibitors specializing in summer fun and learning opportunities for families, including overnight camps, day camps, sports leagues and clinics, outdoor adventures, horse and cattle ranches, surf and swim programs, science and technology camps and more.

On the day of the event, guests to the Jamboree will receive tickets for free child admission to the Discovery Cube (each ticket a $12.95 value). Admission to the Jamboree is free.

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA, 92705

Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 5-6 & 12-13, 2016

The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, 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!

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor

Festival Info:
949-472-7888 or 1-888-440-4309

Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruises!

Dana Wharf Whale Watching is offering special cruises during this event! Buy tickets online at www.danawharf.com or call (949) 496-5794 for more information!

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza
March 5 - 26, 2016

At Irvine Park Railroad's Easter Eggstravaganza, children and adults can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt. Each egg is filled with candy or a prize. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad also offers Easter baskets for sale.

Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Children can also meet and have their picture taken with the Easter bunny (visit web site for cost). Other activities include hay rides, Easter cookie decorating, face painting, carnival games and a lot more. Additional Irvine Regional Park activities inside of the park include Irvine Park Rentals' paddle boats and Wheel Fun Rentals® bikes (single surrey bikes, deuce coupes, choppers, beach cruises and more), the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Visit web site for costs and full details.

LOCATION:
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
714-997-3968

Swallows Day Fiesta Grande - San Juan Capistrano
Wednesday , March 9, 2016
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

This night of Old West entertainment consists of four contests are rolled into one! Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, and the Hairiest Man (best moustache and/or beard). So don your finest Old West outfit, belt buckle or facial hair! and enter one or more of the contests. There is a $5 entry fee per category for each contestant entered.

For the more timid, spectators are always welcome at the hilarious Fiesta Grandé.

LOCATION:
Swallow's Inn
San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION
949-493-1976

International Day of Happiness - Mission Viejo
Saturday, March 12, 2016
11 am - 5 pm

A free fun event in celebration of The International Day of Happiness. March 20th has been declared the International Day of Happiness by the United Nations - a day to inspire action for a happier world. The initiative to declare a Day of Happiness was inspired by Bhutan – a country whose citizens are considered to be some of the happiest people in the world.

The theme for this year's event is “The Pursuit of Happiness is Reaching Beyond You," which focuses on happiness begins with you and as result, will reach out to your family, friends, community and nation. Be a part of our Happy Wall and Crazy Hat contest show and tell. Be creative and happy in this fun and festive environment!

LOCATION:
Norman P. Murray Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Parade takes place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am.

The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.

LOCATION:
Dowtown San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION
949-493-1976

Annual Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School
Saturday, March 12, 2016

This colorful, fun-filled event showcases and celebrates Sage Hill school's--and the community's--amazing cultural diversity. 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 for the kids.

LOCATION:
Wilkins Town Square
Sage Hill School
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA

Saint Joseph's Day at the Mission
March 19, 2016

Live music, community presentations, Special Guest "Swallows Speakers", Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph's Day and Swallows Legend

Free for Mission Members.

Location:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Ortega Hwy

INFORMATION:
949-234-1300

Cherry Blossum Festival
Sunday, March 20, 2016
11 AM to 4 PM

A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, an Anime costume contest, 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.

LOCATION:
Central Park Bandstand
7111 Talbert
Huntington Beach

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