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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights. The Granddaddy Of Holiday Events In Southern California
San Clemente's Ocean Festival


First Night in Fullerton

New Year's Eve
Downtown Fullerton

"First Night" is the city's annual New Year's Eve party, offering family-oriented, alcohol-free activities at numerous locations in the streets, sidewalks and buildings in Fullerton's historic downtown.

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2017 dates TBA
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

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. New this year - Pho Eating Contest!

Fiesta de las Golondrinas (Festival of the Swallows)

February through March
San Juan Capistrano


Fiesta de las Golondrinas is tied to the legendary return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day, March 19th. Some of the activities and events include the annual Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, El Presidente Ball, Fiesta Grande which includes the Hairiest Man & Soiled Dove Contests, and the infamous Hoosegow Day round-up. All these events culminating with the Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire.

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Festival of Whales

March 4-5 & 11-12, 2017
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
(888) 440-4309

The 45th 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!

58th Annual Swallows Day Parade & Mercado

2017 Date TBA
Parade begins at 11:00 am | Mercado runs 8 am - 5 pm

Dowtown San Juan Capistrano

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 dine, dance, play and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.


2017 Dates TBA
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana

Pop in March 26 to April 10 for the 20th annual Bubblefest XIX at Discovery Cube Orange County! This year’s celebration will be grander than ever, and include exciting activities such as the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, Water Spheres, Bubble Zones, and so much more! For a day bursting with fun, your family won’t want to miss this effervescent and educational experience!

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Easter Events

Easter is Sunday, April 16, 2017!

Egg hunts, Easter Brunch, Easter Services and more!

Events listed by City

Bolsa Chica Conservancy's Earth Day Festival

2017 Date TBA | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Huntington Beach

The Earth Day Celebration at Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a fun free way to get outside and learn about the environment with the whole family! The day will include interactive booths and games that explore all aspects of the wetlands! Featuring marine animals, birds, coyotes and racoons, wetland ecology, history of the wetlands, and guided tours; kids can have fun while learning all about the wetlands and recieve prizes for answering questions! Hot dogs, sno cones, refreshments and more!

Newport Beach Film Festival

2017 Dates TBA
Newport Beach

Showcasing more than 350 films from around the world, offering an ambitious and international selection of features, shorts, documentaries and animation that will compete for both Jury and Audience awards. During the week of the festival, screenings are held at several venues in the Newport Beach area. With 15 screens showing films each day, our venue partners provide a fantastic viewing experience for all festival-goers.

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Spring Citrus Fair

Late April
La Habra Boulevard between Euclid and Cypress Streets

With period charm, a bubble parade, food competition, entertainment and carnival rides, this fair is sure to be a county-wide crowd pleaser!! The 2015 Citrus Fair will almost double in size! New Entertainment venue, lots of great food and a new Agriculture area in the park.

Annual Street Painting - Arts Alive Festival

2017 Dates TBA | starts at noon
Norman P. Murray Community Center, Mission Viejo

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. 2016 festival will celebrate the arts and culture of the 1990s

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Early May | noon - 6 pm
Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente

The 2016 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta has moved to a SUNDAY! The Annual celebration showcases live entertainment featuring Mariachis, Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folkloric and live bands along with a colorful student art contest and exhibit, children’s activities, authentic food and drinks.

Rancho Days Fiesta

Early May | 11:00 a.m - 3 p.m.
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest

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.

Soka University's Annual International Festival

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo

Enjoy over 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors. The 2016 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County's Imagination Celebration, presented in cooperation with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education. There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demos, a children's play area with Superslide and Bounce House, student projects --- and much more!

Annual Battle of the Mariachi Festival

2017 Dates TBA | 11 am - 4 pm
Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
(949) 234-1321

The festival includes "Battle of the Mariachis", ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano, bilingual marionette shows and exhibition performances by local Capistrano Community Mariachi Program.

Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival

2017 Dates TBA
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton

A One-of-a-kind Automotive Cultural Event, this oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d'Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over 8 acres of lawns.

Greek Festival

May 20-22, 2016 | 12-10 pm
St. John Greek Orthodox Church
405 North Dale Street, Anaheim

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!

Doheny Blues Festival

May 20-21, 2017
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Ticket Sales & info: (949) 360-7800

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!

Strawberry Festival

2017 Dates TBA
Village Green (Euclid St & Main St), Garden Grove

The Strawberry Festival over the years has evolved into a variety of Commercial booths, Arts and Crafts, Game Booths, Food and major Carnival Rides. Stage shows feature celebrity and local performers and the largest Strawberry Shortcake is devoured by hungry fairgoers on opening night. Parade is held on Saturday.

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Tustin Street Fair & Cook-Off

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Old Town Tustin
(714) 573-3326

The event features the Chili Cook-Off, craft booths, non-profit food vendors, entertainment, kids carnival, music and much more. Admission is free.

St. Pauls 36th Annual Greek Festival

2017 Dates TBA
4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine

"A Taste of Greece"
This is a fun-filled Festival for the whole family! Pastries, dancing, full-Scale carnival, boutique & delicious Greek food including a wine taverna. There will also be cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons, church tours and opportunity drawings

Sawdust Festival

June 24 – August
935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach

Featuring the fine art and craft of nearly 200 Laguna Beach artists. Art enthusiasts, collectors, and novice artists have come to the Sawdust since the beginning of this festival in 1966. Meet the artists and try your hand at some of the art and craft projects provided.

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4th of July Activities

Fireworks displays, festivals, 5K runs and more!

Events listed by City

Pageant of the Masters

July 7 – August 31, 2016
650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach


Presented in July and August since the early 1930's, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Festival is a juried exhibit of fine, strictly original works by 160 gifted artists, while the Pageant is a spectacular stage production of living art re-creations. In 2014 the themed The Art Detective, will reveal how lost treasures were discovered, where crimes of passion were uncovered (or covered up) and how creative riddles were unraveled, with a gallery of the world's great masterpieces providing the clues.

The Orange County Fair

July 15 - August 14, 2016
Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa

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.

Ocean Festival

July 16-17, 2016
San Clemente Municipal Prier & Beach

Full weekend of family events Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included.

Cypress Community Festival

July 23, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave, Cypress
(714) 229-6780

One of the largest one-day festival in Orange County that attracts over 20,000 people annually. Event includes: an early morning 5K/10K run, a delicious pancake breakfast, a car show, chili cook-off, family games, food booths, the Chamber of Commerce business expo, children's rides, arts and crafts booths and four stages with continuous entertainment.

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La Habra Corn Festival

August 5-7, 2016
Always the first full weekend in August

El Centro Park, 201 North Cypress, La Habra


The festival includes a fall parade and two day carnival at El Centro Park. The Corn Festival Parade is open to most any group that wants to participate. Applications may be obtained at the La Habra Chamber of Commerce or from Pageantry Productions in South Gate. The parade is one of the largest daytime parades in southern California.

San Clemente Street Faire and Fiesta

Held the second Sunday in August
Ave Del Mar, San Clemente

A unique family-orientated event with continuous entertainment on three stages. Food booths, contests and games provided by non-profit organizations.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

August 27 & 28, 2016
30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano

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 Rodeo features saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping

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Blue Whale & Finback Whale Migration

September 1-30
Newport Beach, CA

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.

Magnificent Blue Whale Watching *With Underwater Viewing*

September 1-30
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari
Dana Point, CA 949-488-2828

Highest rated Orange County whale watching adventure! Get up close & personal with magnificent whales including blue whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and mega-pods of dolphins up to 10,000 strong aboard our high-tech, never crowded, catamaran sailboat with 2 Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins without getting wet! Knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live while you see and touch our collection of whale and dolphin artifacts. You can listen below the surface too with our hydrophone. Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies served complimentary aboard the most unique whale watching boat in the world. 2 and 1/2 hours.

Reservations recommended. 949-488-2828 or online (link above)

International Street Fair

Labor Day weekend
Downtown Orange

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.


September 11 - October 30, 2016
Old World Village,
7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany. Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can also enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course do the Chicken Dance! Wednesday through Saturday are adult nights & Sunday’s are family day with Dachshund Races.

Tall Ships Festival

September 10-11, 2016
Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute

The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this 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.

Irvine Global Village Festival

September 24, 2016 | 10 am - 6 pm
Bill Barber Park, Irvine


Boasting artistic cultural performances on three 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 our 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.

Orange County Children's Book Festival

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 | 9:30am - 4:30pm
Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa
(714) 838-4528

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is designed specifically for children of all ages. This family-fun festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors who will be entertained and delighted by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much, much more.

Tiller Days

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Columbus Tustin Park, (corner of Prospect and Irvine Blvd)

Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular event in Tustin since 1957. The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County's agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainmnet

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Halloween Events

Haunted Houses, parades, carnivals and much more!

Events listed by city

San Clemente Sea Fest

October 2, 2016 | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Held on the Sunday, following the first
Wednesday in October

San Clemente Pier, San Clemente

Sponsored by the San Clemente Chamber, this event features a Chowder Cook-off, an Arts & Craft Show, Business Expo, entertainment and an array of fresh seafood, served seaside on the beach in the historic San Clemente Pier area.

The Heritage Festival and Parade

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Tri-City Park, 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd, Placentia

(714) 524-8535

Since 1965, this celebration of the city's heritage includes a parade and fair booths. The events begins with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast followed by the parade and band review. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and features many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kids games and more.

Silverado Days

October 14-16, 2016
William Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Drive, Buena Park

Held each October, this community festival includes a parade, food and game booths. Featured contests include World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, Custom Car Show,a pie-eating contest, International Chili Society Chili Cook off, hog calling, sexiest/hairiest legs, Little Miss Chili Pepper & Mr Hot Stuff Baby Contest, dog show and Karaoke Contest.

Dana Point Oktoberfest

October 15, 2016
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point

German bands, great authentic German food and large selection of German and Craft brews on tap. It is also Southern California’s largest free Oktoberfest Celebration. Fun for the entire family featuring activities for the kids too.

Sea Terrace Park is located at the corner of Niguel Rd. and PCH in Dana Point just outside of the St. Regis Hotel.

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Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day
Dana Point
Race Hotline: 949-496-1555

California's Largest Thanksgiving Day Run Event and one of America's Most Scenic Runs... hosted by The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Enjoy pounding surf, rugged cliffs, and cool ocean breezes as you sail through the Dana Point Marina, Doheny State Park and pass the historic tallship Pilgrim moored in Dana Point Harbor.

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Holiday Events

Details of holiday events beginning in November.

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Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Five Weekends: November 19 through December 18, 2016
935 Laguna Canyon Rd


This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

General Admission:
$9.00 Adults, $4.00 children 6-12

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 14 – 18, 2016
Newport Beach

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights from December 16-December 20 2015. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over 1 million people view the parade each year.

For those of you that would like to be in parade Newport Landing offers 3 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Viewing the parade from a ship means that you see all of the parade and homes in full decor that line the waterfront. Can't make the five nights of the parade Newport Landing offers Holiday Lights Cruises every night in December. General admission tickets can be reserved over the phone.

Location for cruises:
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A Newport Beach Ca

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