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April

Earth Day Events

Find Earth Day events and activities going on in the month of April throughout Orange County.

Educational events, volunteer opportunities, festivals and more.

 

UCI Annual Open House - Irvine
Saturday, April 18, 2015

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

INFORMATION:
(949) 824-5182

Green Scene Plant and Garden Show - Fullerton
April 18-19, 2015
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.

Ticket Price: $10.00 for all ages

LOCATION:
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton

INFORMATION:
(714) 278.3407

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
April 19. 2015
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. Admission $2.

Arrive early and stay for lunch!

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 23-30, 2015

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.

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

Prep Stars Free Trial Days
April 23 & 26, 2015

Prep Stars is offering a free trial-day for their youth sports camps on April 23rd, and 26th! Their popular sports camps are a great way for boys and girls to hone their skills and make new friends! Prep Stars has camps for basketball (boys/girls ages 6-12), soccer (boys 3-12, girls 3-8), and volleyball (girls 7-15).

The Sand Volleyball trial day is Thursday, April 23rd from 4:30pm-6:00pm (at CLHS park: 6301 Portola Parkway Irvine).

The Indoor Volleyball and Basketball trial day is April 26th from 1:00pm-2:30pm inside the gym at Crean Lutheran High School (12500 Sand Canyon ave, Irvine).

The soccer free-trial day is on April 26th from 3:00pm-4:30pm at Crean Lutheran High School.

LOCATIONS:
Thursday, April 23rd:
CLHS park
6301 Portola Parkway, Irvine

Sunday, April 26th:
Crean Lutheran High School
12500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine

INFORMATION:
Please call (949)466-3737 if you have additional questions, or browse the Prep Stars website

SCC Hawks Golf Tournament - Tustin
Friday, April 24, 2015

Pesented by the Santiago Canyon College Foundation and Athletics Department. 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

Doheny Wood - Dana Point
April 25, 2015
8 am - 3 pm

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

San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest - San Clemente
April 25, 2015
12:00 PM - 5:00

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

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
April 25-26, 2015

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.

Taste of Huntington Beach - Huntington Beach
Sunday, April 26, 2015
12 noon to 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

Superhero Day at Pretend City! - Irvine
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Children love superheroes. What’s not to love? Strength, courage, smarts, super powers, the ability to conquer any obstacle in the blink of an eye! Today your children’s imaginations will soar as they become our city’s superheroes during our 5th Annual Imagination Celebration event.

Activities will inspire them to do good and be the best they can be:
Smart Art: Make your very own superhero threads in the art studio
Let’s Move: Visit our Superhero Training Course to build your skills! Café Creations: Super Snacks are necessary for any super hero to keep their energy up to power through the day.

Activities included with museum admission. Children who come dressed up as their favorite superhero will receive FREE admission!

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA

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!

Spring Citrus Fair - La Habra
May 1-3, 2015

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

Soka University's Annual International Festival - Aliso Viejo
May 2, 2015
10:30 am - 5 pm

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, children's Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations and a chance to win a trip to China!

New this year -- FunWithChalk Street Painting Festival bringing dozens of street painting artists that you can watch as they create an amazing art walk above Adventure Land, plus the US Air Force Band of the Golden West will be there for the first time.

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

25th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
San Clemente
May 2, 2015

2015 marks the 25th 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

Annual Street Painting - Arts Alive Festival - Mission Viejo
May 2-3, 2015

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

Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival - Silverado
Sunday, May 3, 2015
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Come spend a pre-Cinco de Mayo afternoon with us at beautiful Irvine Lake on May 3rd, taste the competition chili and vote for your favorite family recipe! Browse the arts & craft expo with local vendors, and businesses while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo entertainment lineup & family activities such as crafts, bouncehouse, facepainting 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 taster’s kit! You’re welcome to tour the scenic Irvine Lake by boat (additional cost) or by foot…free! This is a favorite family event you won’t want to miss so be sure to bring your friends and family!

FREE Admission to lake! Parking Fee $3/vehicle, $5 fee for Chili. Proceeds from this event will help fund SMRPD parks and recreation programs, including those for children.

LOCATION:
Irvine Lake
4621 Santiago Canyon Rd
Orange, CA, 92676

OC MARATHON - Newport Beach
May 3, 2015

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

Rancho Days Fiesta
May 3, 2015
11 am

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 hands on activities for all ages.

Admission is $5 for adults and children (3-12). All tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the event only

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

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Moreno's Restaurant - Orange
May 5, 2015

Please join us at Moreno's Restaurant in Orange to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Entertainment includes Danzantes Del Sol, Aztec Sun Dancer, Mariachis & Folklorico

LOCATION:
Moreno’s Restaurant
4328 E Chapman
Orange, Ca 92869

INFORMATION:
Make your reservation - 714 639-2181

Taste of Anaheim
May 7, 2015

Taste of Anaheim showcases all things Anaheim including restaurants, beer and wine, local art, music, and the business community. This year’s Taste of Anaheim is expected to feature fifty of your favorite restaurants, three exciting bands, and more than 5,000 patrons

LOCATION:
Anaheim Gardenwalk
321 W Katella Ave
Anaheim

INFORMATION:
(714) 758-0222

Mariachi Festival - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, May 9, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The festival will include entertainment "Battle of the Mariachis" and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes.

LOCATION:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
El Camino Real/Ortega Hwy

San Juan Capistrano

INFORMATION:
(949) 234-1321

Rose Garden Tour - Laguna Hils/San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10AM to 4PM

Tour beautiful and enchanting gardens located in Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano, Capistrano Beach and San Clemente. This is a truly rare opportunity to view these beautiful, published, private gardens up close. This also makes a wonderful pre-Mother's Day event! Come and share the beauty! Visit their website to sign up for the tour.

INFORMATION:
714-731-9242

2015 Yappy Hour
Thursday, May 15, 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

Greek Festival
May 15-17, 2015

Come experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Greece at the OC Greek Fest: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church’s Annual Greek Food Festival celebrating the food, music, and culture of Greece! Authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides & games and other children’s activities, and much more.

LOCATION:
St. John Greek Orthodox Church
405 N. Dale St.
Anaheim

INFORMATION:
(714) 827-0182

Tustin LobsterFest - Tustin
Saturday, May 16, 2015

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 16-17, 2015

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 16-17, 2015

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 17, 2015
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 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
May 21, 2015

Over 100 exhibitors and restaurants will be out promoting their businesses and fine cuisine.

Come early and come hungry. Lots of fun for the whole family. There will be plenty of room for you to dance up a storm and burn off the food you are going to eat. There will also be a mini car show as well and if the kids get bored you can always send them to the movies at the Edwards Theater while you make a date out this event.

LOCATION:
Downtown Birch St. promenade

Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove
May 22-25, 2015

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

Annual UCLA Orange County Golf Classic - Dana Point
May 23-24, 2015

Make a difference in the life of an incoming UCLA student. Be a part of the Annual UCLA Orange County Golf Classic, A Fundraiser for Outstanding Students and the UCLA Fund.

This year, join Head Coaches Mora and Alford for exciting changes to the highly anticipated UCLA Golf Classic with its breathtaking, coastal location and exclusive Five-Star resort setting.

LOCATION:
Monarch Beach Golf Links

INFORMATION:
949-887-1065

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Mission Viejo
Sunday, May 24, 2015

With more than 30 headliners playing with each other in a giant jazz jam, each Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime concert for both the artists and the audience. The music will never happen in exactly the same way again. The listeners know that the event is something special - it has sold out each of the past 11 years even before the full line up was announced. More than 25 Restaurants and Wineries will be at the festival.

LOCATION:
Oso Viejo Park / Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

INFORMATION:
(949) 582-4714

Lions Club Fish Fry & Carnival - Costa Mesa
May 29-31, 2015

Held since 1945, the event features a parade, carnival, food and rides in Fairview Park.

Event includes, fish fry, raffle, baby contest carnival and rides.

LOCATION:
Fairview Park
Placentia Ave. Near Estancia High School
Costa Mesa, Ca

Volks Addiction So Cal 2nd Annual Car Show - Huntington Beach
May 31. 2015
8 am - 2 pm

100 VWs in Old World Village parking lot. Raffles, prizes, vendors, awards.

Show entry fee - $15 + 1 canned food donation

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

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