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January


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 | 7 pm to midnight
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. Admission to this event is free, ensuring that everyone can participate in this momentous occasion.


Fiesta de las Golondrinas (Festival of the Swallows)

January through March
San Juan Capistrano

949-493-1976

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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February


TET FESTIVAL

February 9-11, 2024
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
714.890.1418

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.


Laguna Beach Music Festival

February 12-18, 2024
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.


Black History Parade and Unity Festival

TBA | 10 am - 5 pm
205 West Center Street Promenade, Anaheim CA

Members of the community are invited to the event to enjoy a well attended parade which includes noted community members, elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas. Immediately following the Black History Parade is a Unity Festival (also known as the Black Cultural Faire) offering interactive lessons on black history in the Youth Village, live music and dance entertainment, business connections and information, health information and screenings, activities for young people, college fair, food booths run by community groups and food trucks.

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March


Festival of Whales

March 1-3, 2024
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
(888) 440-4309

The 52nd 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, 2024 | 11 am - 4 pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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.

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. 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.


Annual Swallows Day Parade & Mercado

Saturday, March 23, 2024
Parade begins at 11:00 am | Mercado runs 9 am - 5 pm

Dowtown San Juan Capistrano
949-493-1976

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 Food & Family Fun 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.


Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Daily March 8 – April 7, Plus Weekends until April 28, 2024
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park

The Knott's Boysenberry Festival is our annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park's historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. Indulge in a tantalizing lineup of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to one-of-a-kind specialty desserts and drinks that you can only find at Knott's Berry Farm during this limited-time food festival. In addition to the numerous food and drink offerings, the Knott's Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of local crafters, live music, musical stage shows, and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy.


Bubblefest & Laser Show

2024 Dates: TBA
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana

Orange County’s number one family-friendly event is back. Come see the amazing Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, a 40-minute production featuring world-famous bubble artists Deni Yang. The show combines music, lasers, and bubble artistry sure to make your kids laugh with delight and bring YOUR inner-child out! Who doesn’t LOVE bubbles?


Easter Events

Easter is Sunday, March 31, 2024

Egg hunts, Easter Brunch, Easter Services and more!

Events listed by City

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April


Kidstock Family Music and Arts Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 10 am - 4 pm

Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 9
(949) 428-3900

Get ready to rock, roll, sway, sing, and bop! Because this month we’re bringing back the Kidstock Music & Arts Festival! Enjoy live musical performances throughout the week and explore different musical stylings, instruments, and sounds!

Will include Live Musical Performances and various learning activities


Imaginology

April 13-14, 2024
OC Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Each April, OC Fair & Event Center transforms into Imaginology, a free family event produced by OC Fair staff that focuses on S.T.E.A.M. education and hands-on learning.

Admission is free. Parking is $10


Bolsa Chica Conservancy's Earth Day Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 10 AM - 2 PM
Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Huntington Beach
714-846-1114

Celebrate Earth Day at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands! The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival offers FREE family fun for everyone! Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with live animals, learn about pollution and wetland ecology, test the water quality, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include a jump tent and guided tours of the reserve!


Festival of Nations

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 10:30 am (parade start) - 6 pm
La Palma Central Park, 7821 Walker Street, La Palma, CA

La Palma Festival of Nations will celebrate La Palma’s cultural heritage through dancing, performances, and exhibits. Kicking off the event will be a hometown parade marching down Walker Street at 10:30 then continuing with the festival until 6 pm

Following the Parade, the Festival will feature fun attractions for all ages, kids-zone, petting zoo, carnival games, international food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. Throughout the day musical performances and dances will be held at the Central Park Pavilion.


South County Pet Expo

2024 Dates: TBA | 10 am - 1 pm
Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Pkwy, Lake Forest, CA

This exciting and informative event, presented by Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, OC The Pet Adoption Center OC, and Saddleback Church. This family and pet friendly event will also feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors providing all manner of pet products and services, food trucks and giveaways. Free admission, parking and shuttle service.

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May


Spring Citrus Fair

May 3-5, 2024
La Habra Boulevard between Euclid and Cypress Streets
562-697-1704

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.


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

2024 Dates: TBA
Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente

The festivities include live entertainment, a Vendor Pavilion, and a Children’s Pavilion with inflatable games, face painting, Fun on the Run Mobile Recreation, and giant slides. The entire family will enjoy this event!


Rancho Days Fiesta

2024 Dates: TBA | 11 am - 3 pm
Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest

Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s rancho era through hands-on activities, crafts, music, dance and more at the annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park!

Activities and performances include: Native American and Folklorico dancing, Early California ranching with hands-on activities and exhibitors, Music, piñata breaking and crafts for children, Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations plus Historic buildings will be open, courtesy of the Amigos de la Colina docents


Soka University's Annual International Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA

This free, day-long event marks the anniversary of our university’s dedication and is open to everyone! Enjoy eclectic programming of musical performances from contemporary artists, delicious food and drink selections, and a variety of exciting activities for the whole family, including balloon animals, bubble artists, inflatable slides, and a bounce house.

Admission is FREE for everyone! Parking is $10 cash on campus


Annual Crawfish Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley

Fresh live crawfish (MORE TENDER THAN LOBSTERS), flown in daily from Louisiana and prepared true, Louisiana-style with Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob, and tangy remoulade dipping sauce. Crawfish Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. Come experience a New Orleans tradition!

New Orleans-style Live Music • Dance Floor
Food Court with New Orleans’s most iconic dishes
Second Line Parade a historical New Orleans tradition
French Quarter Bars • Café du Monde-style Fresh Beignets
Karaoke w/Live Band • Exclusive VIP Lounge
Free Souvenir E-Photo • Carnival Rides & Games
Magic and Illusion Shows • Kids Area
Live Sports Tent AND more.


Greek Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 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.


Strawberry Festival

May 24-27, 2024
Village Green (Euclid St & Main St), Garden Grove
714-638-0981

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.


Scottish Fest

May 25-26, 2024
OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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.

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June


Lions Club Fish Fry & Carnival

2024 Dates: TBA
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa, Ca

Held since 1945, the event features a parade, carnival, food and car show in Fairview Park. The Fish Fry is presented to help raise money for local schools, clubs, and other organizations in the community.

Event includes, fish fry, raffle, baby contest carnival and rides.


Tustin Street Fair & Cook-Off

2024 Dates: TBA| 11 am - 6 pm
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.


Summerfest

2024 Dates: TBA
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.


Summer Suds Brewfest

2024 Dates: TBA | 12-4 pm
Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley
562-495-5959

UNLIMITED TASTINGS! Features 40+ craft breweries with over 100 beers to taste plus food tastings to enjoy. Event includes live performances from local bands and DJ Leenie, a giant party game arena for some friendly competition, beer magicians, local artisans and some of Southern California's best food vendors cuisine. YOU. BEER. MUSIC. FUN.

$50 General Admission (at the door $60) / $60 VIP Admission (at the door $70)


Sawdust Festival

June - September
935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach
949-494-3030

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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July


4th of July Activities

Fireworks displays, festivals, 5K runs and more!

Events listed by City


Festival of Arts

July – September
650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach

800-487-3378

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 – September
650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach

800-487-3378

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.


The Orange County Fair

Jully - August
Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa
714-708-FAIR

Advanced tickets required this year

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

2024 Dates: TBA
San Clemente Municipal Pier & Beach
949-440-6141

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

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August


Brea Fest

2024 Dates: TBA | 6:30 - 10 pm
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA

Brea Fest has spotlighted the area’s most outstanding dining opportunities to celebrate the arts in Brea. Guests sample cuisine from over 30 surrounding restaurants, caterers, and beverage vendors. There will also be live bands, theatre performances, artist demonstrations, and exhibits. Market Place of specialty vendors will also be selling their unique goods. There is a small charge for tickets that can be used for food and/or beverages. Admission and entertainment is free.


San Clemente Music Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Held the second Sunday in August

Ave Del Mar, San Clemente
949-492-1131

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

2024 Dates: TBA
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


BBQ Music Fest

2024 Dates: TBA
Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley

Award-winning BBQ pitmasters all over the nation (like Australia, Florida, etc.) battle it out against locals for grand title for the Best BBQ and your vote as the People's Choice Favorite. Trust us, the competition will be intense and the flavors rich in a fierce effort to produce the best that their secret recipes have to offer. You’ve never had BBQ like this before! Pulled pork sandwiches, fresh-off-the-bone ribs, tangy barbecue chicken and many other finger-licking dishes.

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September


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.


Rocktoberfest

2024 Dates: TBA
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave, Huntington Beach
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Click link above for bands and tickets. Friday & Saturday events are ticket concerts, 21+ only, full bar, food and drinks.

Sundays are free shows (No Tickets Needed) with all ages welcome (with Parents), full bar, food and drinks.


Original Lobster Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
Friday 5-11PM | Sat. 12-11PM | Sun. 12-8PM

Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley

Fresh Live Maine Lobster • Live Music • Dance Floor • Beach Bars DJ & Dance Instructions • Dance Floor • Food Court with Tasty Lobster eats • Exclusive VIP Lounge • Free Souvenir E-Photo • Carnival Rides & Games • Karaoke Lounge w/Live Band • Local Artisans • Kids Area • Cool Critter Show & Close-Up Encounter (Sat./Sun.) • AND much more to explore.


Oktoberfest

September - November
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.


Maritime Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
949-496-2274

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.


Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade

2024 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


Fall Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 9am - 3pm
Westminster Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA

The event will feature live entertainment, delicious food, vendors, activities for the entire family and much more!


San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
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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October


Halloween Events

Haunted Houses, parades, carnivals and much more!

Events listed by city


Orange County Children's Book Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 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.


Cypress Community Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 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.


Tiller Days

2024 Dates: TBA
17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA
714-573-3326

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


Oktoberfest

September - November
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


Newport Beach Film Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
Newport Beach
949-253-2880

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.


La Habra Corn Festival

2024 Dates: TBA
El Centro Park, 201 North Cypress, La Habra

562-691-3482

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 Sea Fest

2024 Dates: TBA | 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Held on the Sunday, following the first
Wednesday in October

San Clemente Pier, San Clemente
949-492-1131

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.


Placentia Heritage Festival and Parade

2024 Dates: TBA
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.


Irvine Global Village Festival

2024 Dates: TBA | 10 am - 6 pm
Bill Barber Park, Irvine

949-724-6606

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.


Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival

2024 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

2024 Dates: TBA
William Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Drive, Buena Park

Held each October, this community festival includes food booths, arts & crafts booths, live music and more! Come dressed in period garb and win a prize! Silly contests daily! Pie, watermelon & corn eatin’ contests, best beard, best dressed 1800’s western & this year’s new hillbilly hippie costume contest!

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November


St. Martin’s Lantern Fest & Parade

2024 Dates: 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.


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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December


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

949-494-3030

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 13-17, 2023
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
949-675-0551


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 | 7 pm to midnight
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. Admission to this event is free, ensuring that everyone can participate in this momentous occasion.

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