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August

Vendors Club Boutique & Treasures Sale - Laguna Woods
Saturday, August 1, 2015
9:30 -2:30 p.m.

Featuring Antiques, Jewelry, Collectibles, Art, Crafts, Pottery, Clothing, Pet Beds, handmade items, gently used household goods and more.

Free coffee, admission and parking. Baked goods available for sale.

LOCATION:
Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 7
24111 Moulton Parkway
Laguna Woods

Across from Gate 12, open to public, no gate pass needed.

INFORMATION:
949-241-7045

Richard Henry Dana's 200th Birthday Bash with 'Romancing the West' - San Juan Capistrano
Satuday, August 1, 2015
10 am - 10 pm

Day long activities celebrating RH Dana's 200th birthday featuring evening concert, displays, activities, lectures, and more!

10 am-4 pm: exhibit: Shore Whaling Along So Cal Coast.
2:30: Lecture, book signing with David T Dana III, 'Into the Tiger’s Mouth: A Novel of the China Trade 1857-1863'
4-5:30 pm: Croquet Tournament
4:30 – 7:30: A Culinary Journey Around Cape Horn, featuring South American Bocaditos (Mini-bites) from Local Restaurants
5-5:30: Mexican lasso demonstration

8 pm: Live in Concert: Romancing the West presents 'A musical history of the American West with a tribute to Richard Henry Dana's human rights legacy'.

Take the trolley! Free trolley service runs until 10 pm!

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Library Courtyard
31495-A El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
(949) 218-4512 for information/tickets

La Habra Corn Festival - La Habra
August 7-9, 2015

Food, Rides, Games, Music and fun for the whole family. Daytime or night time, anytime is the right time for fun at the La Habra Corn Festival. Meet Miss La Habra and her court when you purchase raffle tickets for a new Car or other great prizes. Enjoy hot buttery Corn on the Cob, great sandwiches, sweet warm Funnel Cakes and other tasty treats. Be sure to visit the new Corn Festival Marketplace

Spectator admission and live entertainment is free throughout the weekend

LOCATION:
El Centro Lions Park
201 North Cypress
La Habra, Ca

INFORMATION:
562-691-3482

Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons - Huntington Beach
August 7 – 9, 2015

Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ competition and Beer festival is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event. Beach goers will had the chance to revel in enjoyment of professionally prepared BBQ treats, craft beers and ice cold watermelon in Huntington Beach at Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons. Beer tasting event on Saturday and live music all weekend.

This event also helps raise funding to continue the work of the “Homeless to Hope to Home” shelter programs of the non-profit American Family Housing .

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach State Beach
Beach Blvd. and PCH Lot 9 & 10

San Clemente Street Faire and Fiesta - San Clemente
August 9, 2015
9 am - 7 pm

Held on scenic Ave. Del Mar, two main blocks of downtown San Clemente are dedicated to an entire day of FUN. Three stages with continuous entertainment throughout the day, food booths, contests and events, business expo and children's activities are provided by non-profit organizations.

LOCATION:
Ave Del Mar
San Clemente

INFORMATION:
949-492-1131

2015 Yappy Hour
Thursday, August 13, 2015
5 to 8 p.m.

Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions held on The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Pooches, hounds and pups enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines. Proceeds from the 2015 Yappy Hour season will go to the Wounded Veteran's Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

Upcoming events:
Thursday, September 10

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest - Brea
August 15, 2015

The 6th Annual Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club's Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest is going to once again be the party at the beach you won't want to miss this summer. Entry price includes steak, lobster & seafood dinner with no-host bar, live music from 2 bands and dancing under the stars! There will also be a Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing plus a No-Host Bar for the adults to purchase adult beverages at the event.

LAST YEAR SOLD OUT - BUY EARLY AND $AVE!!

LOCATION:
Doheny State Beach
Dana Point, CA

The Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
July 17 - August 16, 2015
Wednesdays through Sundays

The annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games.

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

INFORMATION:
714-708-FAIR

Brea Fest - Brea
August 21, 2015
6:30 - 10 p.m.

Brea Fest features wonderful food from over 35 local restaurants and distributors, live music, theatre performances, gallery exhibits, live artist demonstrations, and free activities for kids. Local restaurants donate food to this annual community event that celebrates Brea's Art Programs such as the Curtis Theatre, Brea Art Gallery, and Concerts in the Park.

There is a nominal charge of $3 per ticket that can be used for food and/or beverages. Admission and entertainment is free.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

The Fit Expo - Anaheim
August 22-23, 2015

Non stop competitions for fitness, physique, women’s figure, martial arts, and strength contests. Events also include bodybuilding, the Gracie family’s Jiu Jitsu tournament, powerlifting, strongman, arm wrestling, jump rope and Olympic weightlifting contests, and loopkicks demonstrations. Your ticket includes admission into the giant exhibition floor filled with cutting edge companies displaying, promoting and selling fitness, health and well-being products and services and also includes FREE admission to all competitions taking place on TheFitExpo Anaheim exhibit floor! Don't forget to check out the FREE seminars, demonstrations and celebrity autograph sessions and grab all the FREE samples. Many of our exhibitors are offering great new products at discounted prices so be prepared for the shopping action.

$25 One day or $40 weekend package. Included in your paid admission to the show is a one-year magazine subscription ($9.99 value) to either Women's Health or Men's Health!

LOCATION:
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
August 22-23, 2015

This Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good ol' entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation. Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year's Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie down roping and bull riding. You won't want to miss this year's excitement.

LOCATION:
30753 La Pata Road
San Juan Capistrano

Plum Festival - Huntington Beach
August 23, 2015
2-6 pm

The Annual Plum Festival at Old World Huntington Beach is August 23rd. This is a fun family day to celebrate before Oktoberfest kicks in.

Carnival games, Medieval Sword Fighters, the beach city floggers, Face Painting, and a great selection of plum recipes, crepes, berliners and our BBQ kitchen and more…

LOCATION:
Old World German Restaurant and Beer Garden
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

Harvest Crusade - Anaheim
August 28-30, 2015

Annual Harvest Crusade event, designed to be opportunities for Christians to invite family members, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to hear the life-changing message of the gospel in an entertaining environment.

LOCATION:
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anahiem, California

INFORMATION:
(714) 638-0981

Free Summer Concerts

Guide to summer concerts throughout Orange County.

Pictured - San Juan Summer Nights

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 8 – August 31, 2015

Presented in July and August since the early 1930's, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Pageant consists of ninety minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

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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September

Fall Blue Whale Migration - $20 Cruises Daily To View These Giants - Newport Beach

September is a special time along the coast of Orange County with warm and mild days and huge numbers of blue whales feeding sometimes just several hundred yards from shore. The Blue Whale Migration is in full swing in September with cruises often seeing several blue whales or more during a single whale watching cruise. And if blue whales weren't enough, finback whales, and minke whales or also viewed regularly. A great opportunity for even the most seasoned whale watcher. Newport Beach is regarded as one of top whale watching destinations worldwide. See why.

LOCATION:
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661

International Street Fair - Orange
September 4 - 6, 2015

International foods, crafts, folk dancing and music. Many different ethnic foods and costume. The Street Fair has become known for the variety of food reflecting cuisine from around the world. They provide food, drink, entertainment and crafts to the visitors.

LOCATION:
Street Fair is located in a four-square block area radiating out from the center of the Orange Plaza, which is the intersection of Chapman and Glassell.

Annual Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
September 7, 2015
10 am - 4 pm

Featuring an extraordinary display of show cars from distinguished European and American Classics to racy Street Rods, Sports Cars and custom Woodies. The seaside setting for this event is an exciting venue for family, friends and extreme car enthusiasts. Vintage & dealer select automobiles in 13 classes will be at this judged event. Festivities include live entertainment, food & beverages, unique vendor exhibits, VIP hospitality and awards ceremony emceed by Automotive Commentators Dave Kunz (KABC) & Art Gould (KPFK).

LOCATION:
Big Corona del Mar State Beach

CaterCon - Anaheim
Thursday, September 10, 2015
3 – 8 PM

This 5 hour long expo has been specially designed for all consumers of event services. CaterCon will offer a unique opportunity to sample delectable cuisine, wine and beer from popular local caterers, network with event professionals, learn the latest trends in professional event services, meet with hosts of local venues and hotels and experience the music of local entertainers.

CaterCon expo and conference is produced and hosted by the Business Expo Center (OC’s premier event venue) in its 36,000 Sq.Ft. facility.

LOCATION:
Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA

INFORMATION:
Visit CaterCon.com for more info, or call 714.978.9000 and register now! Limited tickets available.

2015 Yappy Hour
Thursday, September 10, 2015
5 to 8 p.m.

Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions held on The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Pooches, hounds and pups enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines. Proceeds from the 2015 Yappy Hour season will go to the Wounded Veteran's Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

LOCATION:
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Orange County Beer Festival - Silverado
September 12, 2015

This year there will be over 80 breweries serving over 175 craft & import beers plus awesome food, live entertainment, beer seminars, all at the best location in Orange County. This is one beer fest where you won’t feel like you are choosing from the same brands you can get in your grocery store. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

This event raises thousands of dollars for the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund

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

INFORMATION:
949-363-1774

Annual Southern California Brain Tumor Walk - Anaheim
Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Southern California Brain Tumor Walk is an inspirational, all-ages fundraising walk and community day to support the brain tumor cause. Form a team of family, friends and co-workers and help make a difference in the fight against brain tumors!

LOCATION:
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA

Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta - Dana Point
September 12 & 13, 2015

Four days of events in the Annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta that include: Marine Fishing, Sailing Regatta including the Audi Cup, SUP Events, Juniors Regatta, Fishing Tournament, Poker Run, and VIP/Sponsor Event. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Dana Point Yacht Club, which features a breathtaking clubhouse and panoramic views of the Dana Point Harbor.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Yacht Club
Dana Point, CA

INFORMATION:
949-496-2900

Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
September 12-13, 2015

The festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Shuttle service from Salt Creek Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road & from Dana Hills High School)

INFORMATION:
949-496-2274

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 13 - November 1, 2015

Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with live Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany. Come get your prost on with one of your favorite Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more....

Guests can enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course do the Chicken Dance! Enjoy tasty shots served by their beautiful shot hostesses. This is the party capitol of the OC Don’t miss the fun Wednesday through Saturday is our adult nights & Sunday’s are family day and Dachshund Races.

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

Brea Jazzestival - Brea
September 18, 19, 20, 2015

The Jazz Festival is a crowd favorite from people in and around Orange County. The outdoor event draws well over 12,000 people during the four-weekend musical jazz extravaganza in the month of September. A prime seating area is set up for visitors. People can also bring their chairs and watch the festival from their vantage point, as Brea Downtown sets the ambiance.

There is a beer and wine garden, VIP seating area, fine arts & craft show and kid’s zone. Attendees can plan a grand Jazz night out by including dining and shopping at the various choices of restaurants and retail shops in Brea Downtown. General admission and parking is free.

LOCATION:
Downtown Brea

INFORMATION:
714-674-0801

Dozynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
September 19-20, 2015

Celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. Held at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center.

LOCATION:
3999 Rose Dr
Yorba Linda, CA

INFORMATION:
714-996-8161

St NorbertFest - Orange
September 19, 20 & 21, 2015

The annual St. Norbertfest (formerly Oktoberfest) continues to grow and helps to build the parish, school, and the Orange community. There will be great food fun games such as Sumo Mania, bingo, raffles, exciting ridesand awesome entertainment for everyone—it’s a perfect time for fellowship!

LOCATION:
St. Norbert Catholic Church
300 E. Taft Avenue
Orange, CA 92865

INFORMATION:
(714) 637-4360

Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show
Costa Mesa

September 26, 2015

The world's largest one day car show dedicated to helping find a cure for Prostate Cancer. Live music, food and vendors.

LOCATION:
OC Fair and Expo Center
Costa Mesa

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival - San Juan Capistrano
September 25-27, 2015
11 am

Be Greek for the day! Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and dancing, shopping at the Greek bazaar, kid friendly activities and exhibits featuring Byzantine icons and traditional Greek costumes.

FREE Admission and FREE Parking. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the SJC Metrolink Station.

LOCATION:
27129 Calle Arroyo
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 542-3445

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire - San Juan Capistrano
September 26, 2015
Gates open at 4 pm

Traditional family barbecue in a casual setting featuring live country western entertainment, activities for children, live and silent auctions and riding demonstrations throughout the evening. Country western wear is encouraged!

All proceeds benefit the programs of the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities through horsemanship.

LOCATION:
The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
26284 Oso Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
949-240-8441

Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 26, 2015
10 am - 6 pm

Boasting artistic cultural performances on five stages, the Festival's live entertainment is a mosaic of music and dance representing more than 50 cultures from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Immerse yourself in cultural displays, world religion and demonstrations, indulge in international cuisine, explore the world marketplace and keep the little ones in motion with hands-on art projects, games and activities in a giant, interactive Kids Village. Festival admission and parking are free.

LOCATION:
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

Annual Fascination of Orchids International Show - Costa Mesa
September 26 and 27, 2015
10 am - 5 pm

One of the largest orchid shows in the world, in addition to many orchid lectures, there will be over 100 orchid exhibits and thousands of orchids available for purchase from world wide growers.

LOCATION:
South Coast Plaza Village

A Harvest of Quilts - Aliso Viejo
Sept. 26 & 27, 2015

The Flying Geese Quilters Guild presents their annual Quilt Show where over 300 traditional and non-traditional style quilts will be on display. It brings together the “best of the best” in quiltmaking, with aisles of displays, retail exhibits, live quilt auction, antique quilts display, and hours of hands-on workshops.

LOCATION:
SOKA University
1 University Dr.
Aliso Viejo

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