Fun Things To Do In Orange County This Weekend, Feb 23-25

There’s something for everyone this weekend. See Cirque du Soleil in Costa Mesa, Melanie Griffith in The Graduate in Laguna Beach, film selections at the Huntington Beach Film Festival, fossils at OC’s Ancient Wonders in Trabuco Canyon, and so much more!

  • The city of San Clemente is celebrating their 90th Anniversary on Saturday 2/24 from 9am-6pm. Events include, trolley tours, historical site open houses, luncheon, birthday cake and ice cream social, and more. Some events require registration and have a fee (fishing derby, luncheon, etc.) http://bit.ly/2EW3Nen
  • Cirque du Soleil LUIZA opens in Costa Mesa this week and runs through 3/25 at the OC Fairgrounds. Tickets required. http://cirk.me/2C1BWIC
  • Melanie Griffith stars in The Graduate at the Laguna Playhouse. The show opened this week and is running through 3/25. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2EXjqSB
  • Old Town Tustin’s Sip & Stroll is Saturday 2/24 from 1-4pm. Enjoy a walking taste tour of Old Town Tustin, with music, food, wine, craft beers, and more. Tickets required and can be purchased day of event. http://conta.cc/2okbsJO
  • The 13th Annual Huntington Beach Film Festival runs through Saturday 2/24 in Huntington Beach. Tickets required and start at $5. http://bit.ly/2EN6b3y
  • Attend a free screening of the movie Trolls at the Huntington Beach City Gym on Saturday 2/24 at 7:15pm. http://bit.ly/2sNms7k
  • Take a mystery hike with the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach on Saturday 2/24 at 8am. http://bit.ly/2HEAgnK
  • The Harlem Globetrotters are at the Honda Center in Anaheim for 2 shows on Saturday 2/24. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2olDyEu
  • Lunar New Year celebrations continue this weekend at South Coast Plaza, with live entertainment, crafts, and exhibits. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8B9vT
  • The 1st Annual Hobie Surf Shop Vintage Surfboard Festival is Sunday 2/25 at La Plaza Park in Dana Point from 8am-3pm. View, buy, or trade surfboards. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2HAvUOx
  • The 41st Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show is all weekend at the OC Fairgrounds (in 2 buildings and the promenade). Parking and admission required. http://bit.ly/2sR4n8u
  • OC’s Ancient Wonders is Sunday 2/25 from 11am-3pm at O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon. Explore over 180 million years of Orange County history, view fossils, artifacts and more. http://bit.ly/2HFZsu3
  • Monster Jam is at Angel Stadium in Anaheim all weekend. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2HEiMIv
  • It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! Girl Scouts will be out in full force at locations across Orange County. It’s the perfect time to stock up on all your favorites. http://bit.ly/2ohz0PG
  • Visit one of the many Farmers Markets in OC:  http://bit.ly/2BdBcuQ

8 Lunar New Year Celebrations in Orange County 2018

The Lunar New Year is upon us and there are many ways to celebrate, this weekend in Orange County…

  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival, 2/16-2/18, at the OC Fairgrounds. Entertainment, cultural displays, games, fireworks & more! Admission and parking fees apply. http://ocevent.co/1o4rJ2I
  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, from 10am-10pm, 2/16-2/18. Live music, Lion Dance, firecrackers, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2GgSKcP
  • The Little Saigon Tet Parade is Saturday 2/17 from 9am-12pm in Westminster. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2CnKxRH
  • South Coast Plaza is celebrating the the Year of the Dog all weekend with live entertainment, crafts, and exhibits. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8B9vT
  • Fashion Island is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday from 1-2pm in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dance, lucky red envelopes, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2HiqCqY
  • Irvine Spectrum Center is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Sunday 2/18 from 1pm-3pm in the Giant Wheel Court. Lucky red envelopes, Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dance, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8UmxK
  • The Source OC in Buena Park is celebrating Lunar New Year Sunday 2/18 from 1pm-5pm. Live performances, Kung Fu demonstration, free face painting. chopstick contest, and more. FREE to attend.  http://bit.ly/2Hjl5R5
  • The Outlets at Orange are celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday 2/17 from 12pm-2pm. Lunar New Year themed photo booth, live performances, lucky envelopes, and more. http://bit.ly/2EyV0iQ

BONUS events:

  • The 119th annual Golden Dragon Parade is in downtown LA on Saturday, 2/17 at 1pm, and the OCTA is giving out FREE tickets to the first 100 people at the Irvine Metrolink Station at 8am.  http://bit.ly/2nZWl8j
  • Disneyland is celebrating the Lunar New Year through Sunday 2/18, with Mulan’s New Year Procession, specialty menu items, live performances, and more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2EvgcGD 

Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Orange County – Feb 16-19, 2018

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend in Orange County (with 6 different events). Other things to do include attending one of 30 different performances at the Newport Beach Jazz Fest, you can take the kids to the San Juan Capistrano Kids’ Pet Parade, attend a beach cleanup, and more!

  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, from 10am-10pm, 2/16-2/18. Live music, Lion Dance, firecrackers, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2GgSKcP
  • Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival, 2/16-2/18, at the OC Fairgrounds. Entertainment, cultural displays, games, fireworks & more! Admission and parking fees apply. http://ocevent.co/1o4rJ2I
  • The Little Saigon Tet Parade is Saturday 2/17 from 9am-12pm in Westminster. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2CnKxRH
  • The 18th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party is happening through 2/18. Event includes 30 Concerts, 2 Jazz brunches, and more. Tickets required.  http://ocevent.co/1KJkkQG
  • The San Juan Capistrano Kids’ Pet Parade is Saturday 2/17 at 12pm in Los Rios Park. Kids can show off their animals and participate in contests. Admission is $5. http://bit.ly/2BxrB6f
  • South Coast Plaza is celebrating the the Year of the Dog all weekend with live entertainment, crafts, and exhibits. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8B9vT
  • Attend a beach cleanup in Seal Beach Saturday 2/17 from 9am-12pm. Meet at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st Street. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8ZH8g
  • Fashion Island is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday from 1-2pm in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dance, lucky red envelopes, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2HiqCqY
  • Irvine Spectrum Center is celebrating the Lunar New Year on Sunday 2/18 from 1pm-3pm in the Giant Wheel Court. Lucky red envelopes, Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Dragon Dance, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2o8UmxK
  • Visit one of the many Farmers Markets in OC: http://bit.ly/2BdBcuQ
  • Celebrate Presidents Day at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, Monday 2/19. First 1000 visitors get a slice of cherry pie. Admission is half price. http://bit.ly/2o2PHOF
  • Military and Veterans receive FREE admission to Mission San Juan Capistrano this weekend for Presidents Day. http://bit.ly/2F5LcKv

And coming up next week:

  • Cirque du Soleil LUIZA opens in Costa Mesa, at the OC Fairgrounds, Wednesday 2/21 and runs through 3/25. Tickets required. http://cirk.me/2C1BWIC
  • Attend a FREE screening of Escape From New York at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana on Wednesday 2/21 in honor of their 3rd birthday. http://bit.ly/2GiN8i9

10 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Orange County

  1. Enter a Crawfish Eating Contest
    Hot N Juicy Crawfish in Fountain Valley is hosting their annual Crawfish Eating Contest and Mardi Celebration Tuesday 2/13. There are prizes for the top 3 contestants…what do they win? More crawfish!
    http://bit.ly/2BSTGph
  2. Party at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
    Ralph Brennan’s in Downtown Disney celebrates Mardi Gras, Tuesday 2/13, with New Orleans cuisine, live jazz music, costume contest, mini King Cakes and more.
    http://bit.ly/2EX4UYx
  3. Visit Bourbon Street
    Well, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Downtown Fullerton, that is! Their Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday 2/13 starts at 11am and includes live music from the Dixiedelics Jazz Band.
    http://bit.ly/2o3tE9Q
  4. Get a fresh baked King Cake

    Porto’s Bakery in Buena Park is baking up traditional King Cake with cream cheese filling, only available through 2/13.
    http://bit.ly/2CdOU1s

  5. Take the kids to their very own Mardi Gras party
    Kids can enjoy Mardi Gras at Pretend City in Irvine on Tuesday 2/13. Activities include a parade, crafts, dancing, and more.
    http://bit.ly/2Cdsj5i
  6. Eat some NOLA-inspired food
    The House of Blues has a special NOLA-inspired menu for the month of February. Enjoy jambalaya, gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp and grits, and more.
    http://bit.ly/2nSFpk2
  7. Get some Mardi Gras inspired desserts

    French’s Pastry is serving up Mardi Gras inspired cupcakes, cakes, and King Cake at their 4 Orange County locations.
    http://bit.ly/2EXJ8En

  8. Enjoy a Crab Boil
    Get your Crab Boil fix at the the Boiling Crab at one of their 4 Orange County locations. They’ll be having beads, beers, and drink specials to celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday 2/13.
    http://bit.ly/2EkcjAn
  9. Take a trip to New Orleans Square

    New Orleans Square in Disneyland will be celebrating Mardi Gras Tuesday 2/13 with Mardi Gras inspired beignets, live jazz music, characters dressed for the occasion (including Princess Tiana), and more.

  10. Catch some beads
    The Outlets at San Clemente is celebrating Mardi Gras on Tuesday 2/13 with free King Cake (while supplies last), “masked revelers tossing Mardi Gras beads” from the balconies, and free beignets at Ruby’s Diner.
    http://bit.ly/2skYGPE

Disneyland Annual Pass Price Increase – Feb 11, 2018

There has been lots of chatter amongst Disneyland fans and annual pass holders about the anticipated price increases for annual passes. Prices were expected to increase this weekend, but by how much, no one really knew.

When you compare the numbers with last years prices, they seem significant, however on the high end it’s only an additional $12.50 a month if you’re on the payment plan.

Is that really enough to deter the diehard fan from renewing? It’s unlikely. As one fan in a Disneyland Annual Passholder Facebook group broke it down to only $3.15 a day for the high end Signature Plus annual pass. They said when you really think about it, Disney is giving you access to the greatest theme park in the world for just around $3 per day. Not that people are likely to go everyday, but their point is that you can, and they believe that even with the higher prices that you’re still getting a lot of value.

Disneyland is working to improve guest experience in anticipation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening in 2019.

So will the new price increase cause enough of a drop off in annual pass holders to see an improvement in crowd size and overall guest experience? Only time will tell.

  • Select Annual Passport
    Was $339 Now $369
  • Deluxe Annual Passport
    Was $619 Now $729
  • Signature Annual Passport
    Was $849 Now $999
  • Signature Plus Annual Passport
    Was $1049 Now $1149

To view all of current annual pass prices see Disneyland’s official page.