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17 Fun Things To Do During this Gorgeous Weekend in Orange County

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend in Orange County! There are 10 Earth Day events including beach cleanups, restoration projects, and actives for kids. There’s a movie in the park Saturday night in Yorba Linda, a wine festival in Dana Point, Record Store Day across OC, Dapper Day, and more.

  • The California Wine Festival is Friday and Saturday in Dana Point. California’s best wineries, top chefs, live music and more. Tickets required.
  • Movie in the Park: Watch Trolls on Saturday 4/21 in Hurless Barton Park in Yorba Linda. Movie starts at dusk. FREE snacks and FREE to attend.
  • Dapper Day Expo is all weekend at the Disneyland Hotel. Followed by the Spring 2018 Dapper Day on Sunday 4/22. Join thousands of Disney fans dressed in vintage styles from the bygone era. The Expo is at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall. Dapper Day requires Disneyland Park admission. Traffic and parking will be impacted in the surrounding area.
  • The 11th Annual Record Store Day is Saturday 4/21. Support your local record store and find exclusives available only on Record Store Day.
  • Watch Willy Wonka on the big screen all weekend at The Frida Cinema in downtown Santa Ana, as part of their “Weekend Family Matinees” series. Tickets required.
  • The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum’s Sunday Concert Series continues on 4/22 at 2pm in Yorba Linda, with a British Brass Band. FREE to attend.
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC

Outside of OC but worth the drive…

  • Renaissance Pleasure Faire is in Irwindale through 5/20. Live performances, jousting, shopping, food, and more. Admission required.

Earth Day Events: 

  • The “Green Scene” Plant and Garden Expo is all weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum. Workshops, garden talks, specialty plants and more. Admission required.
  • San Clemente is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday 4/21 from 10am-2pm at Parque Del Mar. Beach cleanup at 8:30am, followed by educational displays, arts & crafts, and more. FREE to attend.
  • Crystal Cove State Beach is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday 4/21 in Laguna Beach. Help with beautification projects such as planting, watering, mulching, beach cleanup and more. FREE to attend. Day use fee is waved for volunteers.
  • The City of Laguna Niguel is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday 4/21 with a “Go Green” volunteer event from 8:30am-11:30am at Crown Valley Community Park. Help improve the landscaping of the 18-acre preserve. FREE to attend.
  • Earth Day at the Bay is Sunday 4/22 from 10am-3pm at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach. Scavenger hunt, exhibits, arts & crafts and more. FREE to attend.
  • The City of Mission Viejo is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday 4/21 from 8am-12pm. Help plant drought-tolerant trees, shrubs & more. Volunteers must sign a waiver. FREE hotdogs and ice cream for volunteers. FREE to attend.
  • The Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area Earth Day Celebration is Saturday 4/21 from 11am-2pm. Nature tours, crafts, snake interaction, basket weaving and more. FREE to attend.
  • The Newport Beach chapter of Surfrider is having an Earth Day Cleanup  on Saturday 4/21 from 9am-12pm.
  • The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano is celebrating Earth Day on Sunday 4/22 at 11am. Learn about composting, organic container gardening, pickling and more. FREE to attend.
  • Band Dirty Heads and OC Coastkeeper have teamed up for a beach cleanup in Huntington Beach on Sunday 4/22 from 10am-12pm at Huntington State Beach. FREE to attend.

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.
  • 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.
  • The Little Saigon Tet Parade is Saturday 2/17 from 9am-12pm in Westminster. FREE to attend.
  • South Coast Plaza is celebrating the the Year of the Dog all weekend with live entertainment, crafts, and exhibits. FREE to attend.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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. 

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!
  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.
  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.
  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.

  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.
  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.
  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.

  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.
  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.
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