Month: February 2018 (page 1 of 3)

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
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