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Fun Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend, Jan 24-26

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Orange County is celebrating the Year of the Rat, with many different festivals to choose from. With so many options, you could attend a different festival every day. And don’t forget, free museum day is this weekend too!

 

All Weekend:

  • Both Saturday and Sunday have several different Farmers Markets to choose from all over OC! Check out a full list of Orange County weekend Farmers Markets. https://ocevents.co/farmersmarkets/
  • Celebrate Vietnamese culture with food, rides, lion dancers, and more while you welcome in the Year of the Rat at the OC Tet Festival, Friday through Sunday at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2vdp4g9 
  • Keep the celebration of culture and tradition going with the UVSA Tet Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday–the largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival in the nation! Tickets required. https://bit.ly/2tPe0FR  

 

Saturday:

  • The Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine is hosting a Lunar New Year event on Saturday 1/25. Experience Chinese history and culture through a variety of hands-on, kid-friendly activities. Museum admission required. https://bit.ly/2NRQq28 
  • The Annual SoCal Museum Free-for-All Day is Saturday 1/25. Over 30 museums in SoCal will be opening their doors for free, including the Bowers Museum and the Orange County Modern Art museum here in OC. View the full list of participating museums: http://ocevent.co/1ZOT8l9
  • The 2020 Westminster Tet Parade is Saturday 1/25. The parade starts at 8 am on Bolsa Ave., but we recommend arriving early to scope out a good spot. Free to attend. https://bit.ly/2ROaNhT 
  • The District in Tustin will host a Lunar New Year celebration from 12-2pm Saturday, featuring a lion dance performance, Taiko drummers, stilt walkers, and kids’ crafts. Free to attend. https://bit.ly/2tPeV9h 
  • Lion Dance performers will take the stage at Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center in the main rotunda area from 7-8pm. Free to attend. https://bit.ly/2NTW4Rc 
  • Snow? In Orange County?! Visit SnowFest 2020 at Pittsford Park in Lake Forest and hit the slopes on Saturday 1/25. Make sure to pre-register; small fee required. https://bit.ly/37tuW3q 

 

Sunday:

  • CalComicCon 2020 is Sunday, 1/26 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The event features special guest comic artists and exhibitors from California and beyond! Tickets required. https://bit.ly/2NW0gQx  

Weekend Farmers Markets in Orange County

A trip to the Farmers Markets is a great low-key adventure for any weekend in Orange County. Here is a list of all of the weekend Farmers Markets. With 9 events on Saturdays and 5 on Sundays, pick from farm fresh produce, to handmade baked goods, to locally crafted treats, and so much more. The only tough choice will be which one to visit!

Saturday: 

Buena Park

The downtown Buena Park Certified Farmers Market is on Saturdays from 9am-2pm in the Sears parking lot at the corners of LaPalma Ave & Stanton Ave. https://bit.ly/2TxjfUZ 

Corona Del Mar

The Corona Del Mar Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 9am-1pm at the intersection of Marguerite & PCH. http://bit.ly/2Dp7p7Z

Costa Mesa

The Costa Mesa Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 9am-2pm at SOCO on Hyland Ave. http://bit.ly/2DmZhWe

Cypress

The Cypress Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 9am-2pm in the parking lot of Cottonwood Church on Katella Ave in Los Alamitos. https://bit.ly/2Tznm34 

Dana Point 

The Dana Point Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 9am-1pm at La Plaza Park, at the intersection of PCH & Golden Lantern. http://bit.ly/2rgH9Yg

Irvine

The Irvine Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 8am-12pm in the parking lot of Mariners Church, at the corner of Bonita Canyon and Turtle Ridge Road. https://bit.ly/2Ru4lMu 

Laguna Beach

The Laguna Beach Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 8am-12pm in the parking lot at the corner of Forest Ave and Laguna Canyon Road. https://bit.ly/2u5Tssq 

Orange

The Orange Home Grown Certified Farmers Market is Saturdays from 9am-1pm in the parking lot of Chapman University’s Becket Building on Palm Avenue. https://bit.ly/363jKc6 

Yorba Linda 

The Yorba Linda Certified Old Town Farmers Market is Saturdays from 9am-1pm on Main Street next to the winery. http://bit.ly/2Dp7p7Z

 

Sunday:

Garden Grove 

The Historic Main Street Garden Grove Certified Farmers Market is Sundays from 9am-2pm on Historic Main Street between Garden Grove & Acacia Pkwy. https://bit.ly/38hP9Jn 

Irvine

A second Irvine Certified Farmers Market is held Sundays from 10am-2pm at the Orange County Great Park. http://bit.ly/2Bf5gqe

Laguna Niguel

The Laguna Niguel Certified Farmers Market is Sundays from 8am-12pm at the Plaza de la Paz shopping center, at the intersection of La Paz and Pacific Park. https://bit.ly/2R6gKaR 

Newport Beach

The Newport Beach Certified Farmers Market is Sundays from 9am-1pm on the Newport Beach Pier. http://bit.ly/2mQwEFZ

San Clemente 

The San Clemente Certified Farmers Market is Sundays from 9am-1pm at the intersection of South Calle Seville and Avenida Del Mar. http://bit.ly/2DsSRE1

Can’t wait ‘til the weekend? There are even several Farmers Markets throughout the week in OC. https://bit.ly/2R1wYBK 

Holiday events and more, this weekend in Orange County

It’s the hap-hap-happiest season of all, and holiday events are what’s hap-happenin’ in the OC this weekend! All weekend long you can enjoy everything from boat parades and carolers to tree lighting ceremonies, crafts, and even a little bit of “snowfall” brought to you by holiday magic.

  • The 45th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade begins Friday 12/6 and can be enjoyed on the 7th as well as December 13th & 14th. This parade is a tiki holiday takeover! Fun activities begin at 4:30pm, parade starts at 7:30pm at Water’s Edge. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2YquK18 
  • The Fountain Valley Tree Lighting is on Saturday, 12/7 from 4:30pm-8pm at the Recreation Center and Sports Park. See Santa, live entertainment, games, and more! FREE to attend. http://ocevent.co/1G7q6qG 
  • The Tustin Holiday Talent Show is Saturday, 12/7 at 2pm at the Community Center at the Market Place. Admission is $5. https://bit.ly/2qmt6ki 
  • Come say “mele kalikimaka” to your friends and neighbors at the Laguna Niguel Hawaiian Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, 12/7 from 5pm-7pm at City Hall. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/38dJuEM 
  • San Clemente Santa’s Village By The Sea is Saturday, 12/7 with activities 2-9pm. Santa, sledding, cookie decorating, live entertainment, outdoor movie & more! FREE to attend; some activities require small fee. https://bit.ly/2s3dbIo 
  • The San Juan Capistrano Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/7 in the Historic Town Center Park on El Camino Real. Festivities begin at 4pm, tree lighting at 5:45pm. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2OWb9m0 
  • Buena Park Candy Caneland and Craft Faire is Saturday 12/7 from 10am-4pm at the Ehlers Event Center. Snow, Santa, petting zoo, games, 100+ artisan craft booths, food & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2fPMStm 
  • Create a unique holiday memory and cruise with Santa! Take a 20-minute harbor cruise aboard the Dana Pride on Saturday 12/7 or Sunday 12/8 from 10am-2pm at Dana Wharf in Dana Point. FREE, but donations are suggested. http://bit.ly/2QqWm4y
  • The 23rd Annual Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Holiday Beach Bazaar is Saturday 12/7 from 10am-5:30pm. Carolers, hot cocoa, complimentary treats, Santa, arts & crafts, and more. FREE to attend but there is a fee to park. https://bit.ly/33XLCNz 
  • Capistrano Lights is back, starting with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, 12/7 from 5:30pm-8pm at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Snow, carolers, cookie decorating, tree lighting & more. Admission is payable at the gate, $10-15. https://bit.ly/2LrCGK8 
  • Downtown Fullerton Winter Market and Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/7 from 12-5pm. Shopping, food, face painting, free pictures with Santa (12pm-4pm) & more. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2OTmaEF 
  • Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting is Saturday, 12/7 from 12-5:30pm at La Plaza Park. Santa, craft fair, live entertainment & more. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2LrOITP
  • Irvine Winter Wonderland is Saturday, 12/7 from 4pm-6:30pm at the Civic Center. Enjoy “snowfall”, games, crafts, music, food, Santa, tree lighting & more. Rain or shine! FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2YkTQyl 
  • The 25th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Shopping Village is Saturday, 12/7 from 10am-7pm in Downtown Anaheim. Ballet & choral performances, kids’ activities, canine costume contest, Santa, tree lighting & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2AirPO2 
  • The 8th Annual OC Brew HO HO Holiday Ale Festival is Saturday 12/7 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Ages 21+, tickets required. http://bit.ly/2Umpid5
  • Help our furry friends have a happy holiday at the 13th annual Home for the Holidays pet adoption fair in Irvine on Sunday, 12/8 10am-2pm. 30+ animal rescue organizations will have pets looking for their fur-ever home, along with pet-related vendors, food trucks, and low-cost microchipping available on site. Event is FREE to attend; donations are suggested. https://bit.ly/2qrF78j 
  • The 25th Annual Old Town Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession is Sunday 12/8 in the Old Towne Plaza. Activities begin at 3:30pm; main tree lighting and musical program start at 5:15pm. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2RvEOo9 
  • Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk is Sunday 12/8 from 11am-4pm. Live entertainment, prizes, shopping, Santa & more. https://bit.ly/2Yqt8EC 
  • The Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show continues this weekend and runs every weekend through 12/22 in Laguna Beach. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2fKwv2g
  • The Gem Faire is at the OC Fairgrounds all weekend. Shop for gemstones, crystals, jewelry & more. There is a fee for admission and parking. https://bit.ly/2Pjc1jS 
  • The Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival is all weekend in Buena Park at the Buena Park Downtown Mall. Shop for holiday-themed craft items from vendors. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2dbo8QT
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