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April

SCC Hawks Golf Tournament - Tustin
Friday, April 20, 2018

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 is officially April 22, but there are many celebrations and events throughout the weekend and beyond.

Volunteer opportunities, hiking, expos and more!

Events detailed by city

Celebrate UCI - Annual Open House - Irvine
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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

Green Scene Plant and Garden Show - Fullerton
April 21-22, 2018
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.

$8 admission/members free.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton

INFORMATION:
(714) 278.3407

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
April 26 - May 3, 2018

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

Pet Expo - Costa Mesa
April 27-29, 2018

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

Golden West College Theater Presents: EVITA The Musical - Huntington Beach
April 27-28, May 3-5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
April 29 & May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm

She was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at age thirty-three. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, Eva Peron was a saint to the working class yet reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military. She was destined to leave a beguiling political legacy unique in the 20th century. Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic Tony Award winning musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Told through a compelling musical score with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates a fascinating theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

Ticket prices: $23 general admission; $21 seniors, veterans, and students

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, April 28, 2018

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 28-29, 2018

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

Doheny Wood - Dana Point
April 28 - 29, 2018

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

Taste of Huntington Beach - Huntington Beach
Sunday, April 29, 2018
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

Discovery Cube's Rainforest Adventure - Santa Ana
January 20 - September 9, 2018
10 am - 5 pm

Gear up for the ultimate rainforest adventure to explore and learn about these tropical environments! Dress up as a research assistant to learn about the different plants and animals living in these environments, identify endangered species, and learn about products that come from the rainforest. Plus, “visit” children around the world to learn about life in the rainforest and how you can help protect rainforests!

LOCATION:
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N Main St
Santa Ana, 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 4-6, 2018

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

Golden West College Theater Presents: EVITA The Musical - Huntington Beach
April 27-28, May 3-5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
April 29 & May 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm

She was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at age thirty-three. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, Eva Peron was a saint to the working class yet reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military. She was destined to leave a beguiling political legacy unique in the 20th century. Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic Tony Award winning musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Told through a compelling musical score with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates a fascinating theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

Ticket prices: $23 general admission; $21 seniors, veterans, and students

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

LOCATION:
Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
714-895-8150

Bananas Over Reading! - Anaheim
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

At Fairmont Private Schools, we know that reading is definitely not monkey business — it’s beneficial to all students and is also a tremendous amount of FUN! Join us May 5 for a wonderful family event filled with engaging story time, carnival games, snow cones, face painting, and an exciting opportunity for your child to take a photo with PBS KIDS character Curious George as seen on PBS SoCal.

Because we believe every child deserves to go bananas over reading, we are asking families to bring new books to the event to donate to the Children's Hospital of Orange County. Can't make the event? You can still donate a book by bringing it to the front office of any Fairmont Private Schools' campus.

Free Event!

LOCATION:
Fairmont Private Schools
Anaheim Hills Campus
5300 East La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA

INFORMATION:
SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP TODAY!
RSVP and learn more on our website

Wild West Steamfest - Santa Ana
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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

Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
San Clemente
May 5, 2018
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2018 marks the 28th 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 5, 2018

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

OC MARATHON - Newport Beach
May 5-6, 2018

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

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, May 6, 2018
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 World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

$3 admission fee for adults, $2 for kids. Admission Tickets sold at #38. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

MORE 2018 DATES:
June 24, July 8, August 19, November 11, December 9

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

ACES Hot Rod Resurrection Car Show - Huntington Beach
May 9, 2018
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: TBD
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

3rd Annual Like Totally 80's Festival - Huntington Beach
Saturday, May 12, 2018
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Event features national 80’s bands. With retail vendors for shopping, lots of food trucks, a full bar, celebrity impersonators and so much more. Bringing 80s music, style and memories to the beach!

Featuring full sets from:
The Human League
The Alarm
Dramarama
Martha Davis & The Motels
Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel
Bell
Tiffany
The Untouchables

LOCATION:
Huntington State Beach
21899 Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, Ca 92648 - At PCH & Newland St.

INFORMATION:
tickets

Discovery Cube’s Annual Rocket Launch - Huntington Beach
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Located on campus at The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, this event is full of hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded prizes!

Rocket Launch is a free community event available to science, rocket and engineer enthusiasts of all ages.

LOCATION:
The Boeing Company
5301 Bolsa Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Open Garden Day - Santa Ana
Saturday, May 12, 2018
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

Mariachi Festival - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, May 12, 2018
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

Anaheim Children's Festival - Anaheim
Saturday May 19, 2018
11 am - 4 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.

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 19, 2018

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 19-20, 2018

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 19-20, 2018

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 20, 2018
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

Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo - Huntington Beach
May 20, 2018
9 am - 3 pm

For Model Kit & Hobby enthusiats, Old World Village will have some great Vendors lined up this year with quite a few of them blowing out their collections! The Line-Up includes: Multiple Model Kit Vendors (Cars, Ships, Planes, Helicopters, Tanks, and Armored Vehicles), 1/6 scale Figure and Armor Vendors, Toy Soldier Vendors, Miniature Gaming Vendors, Military Book and Decal Vendors, Documentary and Movie DVD Vendors, Die-cast Toy Vendors and much more!

Expo starts at 9AM at the Old World Banquet Hall. Tickets are $6 at the door and children under 12 are FREE! Parking is FREE.

LOCATION:
Old World Huntington Beach
7561 Center Ave., #49
Huntington Beach, CA

Santa Ana Zoo's Party for the Planet / Endangered Species Day - Santa Ana
May 20, 2018
12 noon - 3pm

Open to the public, Party for the Planet is a fun-filled day that celebrates wildlife while promoting conservation and educating Zoo guests about the different ways they can explore and help protect the environment. The event is FREE for FOSAZ Members and included in the price of general admission. Santa Ana locals with proof of residency are welcome to join the Zoo's Party for the Planet free of charge.

Throughout the event, Zoo guests can create conservation-friendly crafts and play fun games, as well as learn from hands-on demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, recycling, sustainable living and a variety of special guests including members of the Santa Ana City Water District, Fullerton Arboretum and other community organizations.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E Chestnut Ave
Santa Ana, CA

Taste of Brea & Business Expo
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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 25-28, 2018

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 26-27, 2018

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

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