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Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 1-3, 2024

The 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!

Dana Point Harbor

Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruises!

Dana Wharf Whale Watching is offering special cruises during this event! Buy tickets online at or call (949) 496-5794 for more information!

Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival - Costa Mesa
Saturday, March 2, 2024
11 am - 4 pm

Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Dragon! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, marks the return of spring and the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Due to venue capacity, admission in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. You will need a ticket for every person in your party, including babies in arms and small children. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


School Readiness Fair : Learn Succeed Grow - Irvine
Saturday, March 2, 2024
9 am - 2 pm

Did you know that 47% of Orange County children are NOT ready for Kindergarten, regardless of income? Which is why we want to connect families with resources, experts, and support. We also know that these last couple of years have left parents without support systems, like-minded cohorts, and community. The School Readiness Fair was designed to help all attendees “Support Child’s Developmental Success” – parents and children alike. So join us for this fun-filled event designed to connect and support families of all kinds!

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

The Festival of Arts Presents: Ephemeral Monuments: A Stillman Sawyer Retrospective - Laguna Beach
January 10 – March 31, 2024
Open daily 9am – 8pm

This captivating showcase delves into the intricate relationship between Sawyer, a longtime Festival of Arts exhibitor, and his distinctive black and white photography, nature, and the passage of time.

With a keen photographer’s eye, Sawyer adeptly captures two types of natural monuments: those immortalizing fleeting, ephemeral moments and others documenting the endurance of gradually formed landscapes. Exploring his photographs across diverse biomes, from the serene deserts to the rhythmic seas and the majestic mountain peaks, "Ephemeral Monuments" invites contemplation on the majesty of nature, prompting viewers to enter the same contemplative state as Sawyer patiently waits for the perfect moment.

The exhibit, hosted at foaSOUTH within Active Culture at 1006 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, is free to the public and open daily from 9am to 8pm through March 31, 2024.

1006 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
1 pm

The Walking Tour visits two San Juan Capistrano adobes built in the 1790s and the Victorian Pryor House. Hear tales of Buchard the pirate, Juan Flores the bandito, Chola Martina the bruja and much more.

The Historical Society gives tours every Saturday at 1:00 pm starting at the train depot. Tours last about 45 minutes and include the Society’s own collection of historic structures as well as other homes in the Los Rios District. As the oldest, continuously inhabited street in California, Los Rios Street is a charming neighborhood with a colorful history.

Meet your guide at the railroad depot platform on Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

(949) 493-8444

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Sunday Brunch

Orange County Mining Co.
9:30 am - 3 pm - temporarily closed

Sunday Brunch in Orange County is a wonderful way to enjoy your weekend. At our View Restaurant, Sunday Brunch is always accompanied by champagne, rustic favorites, spectacular views and unique atmosphere. Our elaborate brunch menu includes-but is certainly not limited to-traditional breakfast foods and lunch favorites like barbeque, prime rib, teriyaki chicken and fresh fish selections. You can also choose to view sporting events in the bar or enjoy your Sunday Brunch on the Terrace. With enough variety to satisfy every appetite from the kids to the adults, this is one Sunday Brunch you'll keep coming back to!

1000 Crawford Canyon Rd.
City of Orange

(Discount $5/each adult seated before 10 am. Additional Sunday Brunch Coupons on Website)

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