Month: November 2016

Kick-off the Holiday Season in Orange County this Weekend, 11/18-11/20


This weekend is the official kick-off to the holiday season in Orange County. Check out what’s happening 11/18-11/20:

  • The Fashion Island Tree Lighting ceremony is Friday and Saturday night from 6-6:30pm in Newport Beach. Live music, Santa, snowfall & more! FREE to attend.
  • The Surfing Santa Competition is Saturday 11/19 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Surfing starts at 8am. FREE to attend.
  • The Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show starts Saturday 11/19 and runs every weekend through 12/18 in Laguna Beach. Tickets required.
  • Santa is skydiving into Huntington Beach to kick off the holidays at Pacific City on Saturday 11/19. Santa will be landing on the beach in front of Pacific City around noon. Viewing is FREE.
  • The Outlets at San Clemente Tree Lighting is Saturday 11/19 from 4-6:30pm. Santa, photo booth, Christmas carolers & more. FREE to attend.
  • Watch the movie Pollyanna on Sunday 11/20 at city hall in Mission Viejo. Movie starts at 2pm. FREE to attend.
  • The Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting is Sunday 11/20 at 4pm in Dana Point. Live music, Santa & more. FREE to attend.
  • Huntington Beach Miracle on Main St. is Sunday 11/20 from 2-7pm. Shopping, music, tree lighting & more! FREE to attend.

Fun Things To Do This Weekend, 11/5-11/6, in Orange County


Here’s some fun stuff to do this weekend, 11/5-11/6, in Orange County:

  • Irvine Fine Arts Center Holiday Faire is Friday from 5pm-9pm and Saturday from 9am-4pm on Yale Ave in Irvine. Shop for handmade gifts, enjoy festive music & more. Admission is $2.
  • World famous comedian Russell Peters is at the Irvine Improv for 6 shows starting on 11/4. Tickets are still available for 3 shows.
  • Pumpkin Launch is Saturday from 10am-2pm on the athletics fields of CSUF in Fullerton. Watch as pumpkins are launched at targets 200-300 feet away. FREE to attend.
  • Noche de Altares is Saturday from 12pm-10pm on 4th and Birch streets in Santa Ana. This community Dia de los Muertos celebration will include over 100 altars, live entertainment, face painting, shopping, food & more. FREE to attend. 
  • The Balboa Craft Beer Festival is Saturday from 1-5pm in Balboa Village. Unlimited tastings from 15 breweries. Tickets required.
  • Dapper Day Expo is all weekend at the Disneyland Hotel. Followed by the fall 2016 Dapper Day on Sunday. Join 30,000 other Disney fans as they dress in vintage styles from the bygone era. The Expo is at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall and is FREE to attend. Dapper Day requires Disneyland Park admission. Traffic and parking will be impacted in the surrounding area.
  • View the stunning art installation “1/4 Mile Arc” by artist Phillip K. Smith III on the sands of Main Beach in Laguna beach. This installation will only be up for the weekend. View is FREE. 
  • Dia de los Muertos Fiesta (Day of the Dead Festival) is Sunday from 12-4pm at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. Altars, live music, food, kids activities & more. FREE to attend.
  • The Orange County Museum of Art is having Free Family Day Sunday from 11am-4pm. Arts and crafts, story-time, scavenger hunt, tours & more. FREE to attend.
  • Field of Valor will be on display starting Sunday and will run through 11/11. View 1776 ‘3×5’ American Flags on the fields of Handy Park in Orange. Opening ceremonies are at 1pm on Sunday and a flag lowering ceremony will take place everyday at 4:45pm. Viewing is FREE. 
  • BlizzCon Blizzard Entertainment’s gaming convention is all weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Onsite tickets are sold out but you can still buy a virtual ticket to watch the event at home. Traffic and parking will be impacted in the surrounding area. 
  • The inaugural Revolution Bike Fest is all weekend at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. This bicycle festival features bike trails, vendors, live music, food & more. Tickets required.
  • The skating rink is now open at the Irvine Spectrum and runs through 1/16. Tickets required.