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Annual UCLA Orange County Golf Classic - Dana Point
Friday, May 6, 2016

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

Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival - Silverado
Saturday, May 7, 2016

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

The Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District (SMRPD) announces the 11th 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 entertainment lineup and Mexican folk heritage.

Enjoy 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

Rose Garden Tour - San Clemente & San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, May 7, 2016
10AM to 4PM

The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain (RSSM) is sponsoring its 25th Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour of four unique and innovative private gardens in south Orange County.

The self guided tour offers visitors magnificent floral and plant displays, garden architecture and ideas for environmentally sound garden practices. RSSM funds Horticulture and Plant Science-related scholarships for college and university students To date, RSSM has provided more than $50,000.00 in scholarships from prior tours. All tour organizers and participants are volunteers.

Tickets are $25.00 purchased in advance.

INFORMATION:
To order tickets, visit the RSSM website or call 949-837-2141.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - Los Alamitos
Saturday, May 7, 2016
2-10 pm

Join us for a day of great entertainment, and delicious food. Come support the Choir from McAuliffe Middle School and be captivated by the Esencia Flamenca Dancers. There will also be games for the children. Then, Dance into the night with Café Caribe.

Free admission!

LOCATION:
St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan St.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Soka University's Annual International Festival - Aliso Viejo
May 7, 2016

Enjoy over 700 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 230 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

Coup de Comedy Festival - Irvine
May 11-14, 2016

Hosted by Improv Revolution and sponsored by the Department of Drama, this four-day comedy extravaganza featues the best of the best shows, panels, and workshops all on the UCI campus. High quality individuals in the industry conduct panels, workshops, and performances along with student performances and participation.

This year, in addition to bringing back some of some of the best participants in years’ past, iRev will also feature a special presentation by Aretha Sills about the birth of improvisation.

Free admission, online registration

LOCATION:
UC Irvine

Open Garden Day - Santa Ana
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Mariachi Festival - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, May 14, 2016
11 am - 4 pm

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

Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
May 14-15, 2016

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

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
May 15, 2016
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.

Upcoming dates:
June 19, July 10, Aug 21, Sept 11, 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Dec 4

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Greek Festival
May 20-22, 2016
12-10 pm

Come and experience the sight, sounds and tastes of Greece. Join us for St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church’s Annual OC Greek Fest – May 20-21-22, 2016. Along with authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, you will find traditional Greek dancing, an outdoor market place and a Kids Zone with carnival rides, games and other activities for the children. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter too!

$3.00 Regular Admission
Children Under 12 Free
Free to all Military, Police and Fire Personnel (with ID)
Seniors admitted Free.

LOCATION:
St. John Greek Orthodox Church
405 North Dale Street, Anaheim

INFORMATION:
714-827-0182

Tustin LobsterFest - Tustin
Saturday, May 21, 2016

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

Doheny Blues Festival - Dana Point
May 21-22, 2016

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 22, 2016
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
Thursday, May 26, 2016
5-9 PM

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 27-30, 2016

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

KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash - Mission Viejo
Sunday, May 29, 2016

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

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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June

Summerfest - Silverado
June 4-5, 2016

Some of this year's vendors include: ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, photography, oil and water colored artists, and much, much more. Enjoy the live music, BBQ, wine tasting, children's activities, demonstrations, nature programs, eco vendor and pony pictures.

LOCATION:
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
29322 Modjeska Cyn. Rd.
Silverado,CA 92676

INFORMATION:
(714) 649-2760

Huntington Beach Concours - Huntington Beach
June 4-5, 2016

Classic Car & Motorcycle Show - Two Days of Fun!

The Huntington Beach Concours is a fun event where car lovers and enthusiasts can come to enjoy themselves, while knowing that they are also helping a worthy cause, The Huntington Beach Library Children's Resource Center. It is rated # 1 in California, please help us keep it that why by attending this years event.

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach Central Park
7111 Talbert Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA

Tustin Street Fair & Cook-Off -
Tustin
Sunday, June 5, 2016
11:00 am to 5:30 pm

The event features the Chili Cook-Off, craft booths, non-profit food vendors, entertainment, Chili Pepper & watermelon eating contests, kids carnival, Lazy Dog beer stein holding, music and much more.

Admission is free.

LOCATION:
Old Town Tustin
El Camino Real and Main Street

INFORMATION:
(714) 573-3326

Celebration of the Arts - Yorba Linda
Sunday, June 5, 2016
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dozens of artists exhibits and sales, including paintings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, sculptures, wood carving, glass art, mixed media and cultural activities. This is a family friendly event offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, beerfest, or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired!

LOCATIONS:
Two locations- Thomas Lasorda Jr. Memorial Field House & Hurless Barton Park

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

Aliso Island Volleyball Club 1 Day Clinic - Laguna Hills
June 11, 2016
5:30-7:30pm

Aliso Island VBC is hosting a 2-hour clinic at the Laguna Hills Community Center Gym on Saturday, June 11 from 5:30-7:30pm.

This is a great opportunity for girls in 3rd through 7th grades to get a sneak peek at club volleyball. Cost is just $25.

LOCATION:
Laguna Hills Community Center Gym
25555 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA

Annual Pier Swim - Huntington Beach
Saturday, June 11, 2016
7:00 am

Get yourself in shape, practice your stroke, learn the motions of the waves and you'll be in good company when the pier swim arrives. Join or watch this annual tradition as groups of swimmers from 12 years old and up swim approximately 1/2 mile around the Huntington Beach Pier. $25 entry fee

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach Pier
1 Main Street
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
Huntington Beach Community Services Department
714-960-8870

Relay for Life - San Juan Capistrano
June 11-12, 2016
10 a.m.-10 a.m

A fun and inspirational 24-hour event that brings together a community to raise funds for cancer research. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the largest cancer-fighting event in the nation, raising nearly hundreds of millions of dollars last year alone! It's a time and place where people come to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those we've lost, and fight back against a disease that touches too many lives.

LOCATION:
SJC Sports Park
San Juan Capistrano

OC Pop Concert - Santa Ana
June 12, 2016

Young artists showcase their talents on the big stage at the City National Grove of Anaheim Theater!

Melody Makers and MDI producers are excited to present performances by the Melody Makers artist development students with special guest performances by MDI hits recording artists and more!

LOCATION:
OCSA's Margaret A Webb Theater

801 Main Street
Santa Ana

INFORMATION:
(949) 582-4714

Summer Solstice Garden Gala - Fullerton
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Guests will enjoy an evening "under the stars" with an evening of exquisite food, fine wines, & moonlight dancing in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum at California State University, Fullerton.

This annual event raises vital support for the living and historical collections of the Fullerton Arboretum.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road, on the CSUF campus

(714) 278-4792

Chili at the Beach - Huntington Beach
June 18, 2016
11am-5pm

Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Tasting Contest. In addition there will be children's activities with kid's games and entertainment, all benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley. Attendance is free with unlimited chili and salsa tasting tickets at $10 each

LOCATION:
Main St & Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
(714) 536-8300

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
June 19, 2016
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.

Upcoming dates:
July 10, Aug 21, Sept 11, 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Dec 4

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 24 - August 28, 2016

Outdoor arts and craftes festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

LOCATION:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival - Dana Point
June 25, 2016
12-7

In 2013, Eventwerks launched the Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival. The event was an instant hit with more than 100 exhibitors in attendance, 15 restaurants, chocolatiers, live music from tribute bands, kids fun zone, International wine festival, art in the park and a microbrew festival. Food can be purchased directly from the various restaurant stands at the event. Restaurants provide their own menus and pricing which will be advertised at each booth. The event will also be serving beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda and water.

LOCATION:
Sea Terrace Park
Dana Point, CA

Wags n Wine - Huntington Beach
June 26, 2016

An afternoon of wine and food tasting, live entertainment, silent & live auction and "Pooch Pageant". Raising money for Waggin' Trails - rescuing dogs (and other animals) from certain death in our shelters or bad living situations ensuring they get placed in a forever home.

LOCATION:
Huntington Harbor Bay Club
4121 Warner
Huntington Beach

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