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


New Years Eve Events in Orange County

Listed by city. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events in Orange County

First Night in Fullerton

New Year's Eve
Downtown Fullerton

"First Night" is the city of Fullerton'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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Laguna Beach Music Festival

February 6 - 10, 2019
Laguna Beach

This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.


February 8-10, 2019
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, Pho eating contest, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

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 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2019
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
(888) 440-4309

The 47th 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!

Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival

March 2, 2019 | 11 am - 5 pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Bring the entire family for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Pig! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family.

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. At the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more!

60th Annual Swallows Day Parade & Mercado

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Parade begins at 11:00 am | Mercado runs 9 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.


March 30 - April 21, 2019
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana

Includes activities such as the bubble zone, water spheres, educational bubble activities, an early learners area and admission into the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. 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 21, 2019!

Egg hunts, Easter Brunch, Easter Services and more!

Events listed by City

Newport Beach Film Festival

April 25th – May 2nd, 2019
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.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy's Earth Day Festival

April 13, 2019 | 10 AM - 3 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!

San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest

April 13, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Left Coast Brewing Co.
1245 Puerta Del Sol in San Clemente

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!

Annual Street Painting - Arts Alive Festival

No 2019 event - will return in 2020
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

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Spring Citrus Fair

May 3-5, 2019
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.

Soka University's Annual International Festival

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo

Enjoy over 700 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors. The 2018 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!

Rancho Days Fiesta

May 4, 2019 | 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.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 5, 2019 | 2 - 6 pm
Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente

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.

Like Totally Music Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 11 am - 9 pm
Huntington State Beach, On the sand at PCH and Magnolia St
21601 Pacific Coast Hwy

Bringing music, style and memories to the beach! Event features national 1980’s bands. Tons of vendors for shopping. Lots of yummy food trucks and a full bar. Celebrity impersonators, an 80s themed costume contest and so much more!

2 stages & 16 bands on the sand at Huntington State Beach.

Festival of the Hearts

Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:00 am – 2:30 pm | Registration 8-9 am

Saddleback College Quad, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo

A fun and educational event for teens. A 1 day conference, taking place during Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month, will inspire and empower attendees with the theme of creating healthy relationships. During the summit, teens and parents will participate in interactive workshops on topics such as leadership, dating violence, healthy relationships, and cyber safety.

Event includes live music, educational workshops, interactive social activities, vendor and resource booths, breakfast and lunch, as well as giveaways.

Annual Battle of the Mariachi Festival

May 18, 2019 | 11 am - 4 pm
Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
(949) 234-1321

The festival features live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also include: 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.

Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival

Saturday, May (2019 date TBA)
Silverado Community Center Fairgrounds

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

Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival

May 18-19, 2019
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 17-19, 2019 | 12-10 pm
St. John Greek Orthodox Church
405 North Dale Street, Anaheim

Come and experience the sight, sounds and tastes of Greece. 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.

Doheny Blues Festival

May 18-19, 2019
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

May 24-27, 2019
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 2, 2019 | 11 a.m. to 6 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.


June 20-23, 2019
Recreation Center and Sports Park, Fountain Valley

Carnival rides, vendors, food booths and the famous FV Classic Car Show, great entertainment, and beer garden. Preview Night on Thursday where all rides are $1.

St. Pauls 36th Annual Greek Festival

June 28-30, 2019
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

Friday, June 28 through Sunday, September 1, 2019
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

Festival of Arts

July 5 - August 31, 2019
650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach


Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all.

Pageant of the Masters

July 7 – August 31, 2019
650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach


This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage. In the 2018 production, “Under the Sun,” the Pageant will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

German Heritage Day

July 14, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach

Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as the Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, German American Brass Band, Carnival Games, Face Painting, and Wiener Dog Races.

FREE Admission
German Heritage is from 2pm – 6pm
Wiener Dachshund Race at 3pm – 4pm

The Orange County Fair

July 12 - August 11, 2019
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.

Fiesta de Solano

July (2019 dates TBA) | Fri 5 - 10 pm | Sat & Sun 1 - 10 pm
San Francisco Solano Catholic Church
22082 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita

A three day community event filled with rides, games, food, live entertainment, bingo games and a silent auction. Fun for the entire family! Admission and parking are FREE!

Ocean Festival

July 20-21, 2019
San Clemente Municipal Pier & 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 27, 2019 | 9 am - 5 pm
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 (2019 dates TBA)
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

August 11, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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.

Brea Fest

August 16, 2019 | 6:30 - 10 pm
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA

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 small charge for tickets that can be used for food and/or beverages. Admission and entertainment is free.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

August 24 - 25, 2019
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

Plum Festival

August 25, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Old World German Restaurant and Beer Garden, Huntington Beach

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. FREE Admission

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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.

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.

Tall Ships Festival

September 7-8, 2019
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.


September - October
EVERY Wednesday through Sunday
Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave, #49 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.

Special dates to remember Oktoberfest Parade Sunday Sept. 30th 2pm, German Day Thursday, Oct. 4th 7pm

Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade

September (2019 dates TBA)
Downtown Santa Ana

This annual tradition celebrates Santa Ana‟s vibrant Mexican culture with a parade, performers each night, delicious food, affor dable shopping, interactive activities, and exciting carnival rides for children of all ages

Irvine Global Village Festival

September 22, 2018 | 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.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival

September 28-29, 2019
San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano

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.

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Halloween Events

Haunted Houses, parades, carnivals and much more!

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September - October
EVERY Wednesday through Sunday
Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave, #49 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.

Special dates to remember Oktoberfest Parade Sunday Sept. 30th 2pm, German Day Thursday, Oct. 4th 7pm

Tiller Days

October 5-6, 2019
17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA

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

Orange County Children's Book Festival

October 6, 2019 | 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.

San Clemente Sea Fest

October 6, 2019 | 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 12, 2019
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.

Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival

October (2019 dates TBA)
Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds
27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, Ca

The Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival is one of the best family events of the season which explores the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live Bluegrass, Country and Folk music, Wild West reenactments, handmade arts and crafts, 1800's activities & lock 'em up makeshift jail, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, plus some silly ‘ole timey’ contests, all nestled under the Oak trees below Orange County’s famous Saddleback Mountain. $5 adult admission, $3 kiddos, under 3 are free!

Silverado Days

October 18-20, 2019
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.

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Dia De Los Muertos Annual Festival

(2019 date TBA) | 5-9 pm
Moreno's Restaurant, 4328 E. Chapman Ave, Orange, Ca 92869

Come join everyone at Moreno's Restaurant for their 6th annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration with Folklorico dancers Mariachi and Veracruz Music, featuring Danzantes del Sol. There will also be face painting, treats and giveaway prizes. Enjoy dinner and drinks and bring the whole family to enjoy the celebration.

Annual European Food Festival

November (2019 date TBA) | 12 noon - 10 pm
Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA 92604

Food, live music, folk dance, arts & crafts, carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, and more. Hosted by Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Orthodox Church, all are welcome to this free event!

St. Martin’s Lantern Fest & Parade

November (2019 date TBA)
Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave, #49 Huntington Beach
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

The Lantern Fest is a beautiful family affair that will mark the start of the festive season and fill everyone with Christmas spirit. It's free and enjoyable for all ages. The Lantern Fest will start with the registration from 4 pm - 5:30 pm during which hot chocolate, coffee and cake and also “Weckmännchen”, a traditional pastry, will be available for purchase. A short performance, telling the story of Saint Martin, will be followed by the lantern parade starting at 6:15 pm. Stay on after for the lantern contest results and to celebrate the season with Old World’s goulash soup and hot cider. Lanterns will be available for purchase during registration as well as tickets for goulash soup and hot cider to warm up after the lantern parade event.

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 through December
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 (2019 dates TBA)
Newport Beach

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights from December 14-December 18, 2016. 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 from December 2, 2016 through January 1, 2017. 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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