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12 Fun Things To Do this Weekend in Orange County

It’s going to be a great weekend in Orange County! The Swallows Day Parade and Street Fair is back for its 60th year, there are 3 beer festivals, a Beachcruiser meet in HB, Wonder Con arrives in Anaheim, and much more!

  • The 60th Annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair is Saturday 3/24 in San Juan Capistrano. Parade starts at 11am (RAIN or SHINE). Street Fair runs from 9am-5pm.
  • The 18th Annual Beachcruiser Meet is this weekend in downtown Huntington Beach. You’ll see woodies, steel wagons, convertibles, and more. Viewing is FREE.
  • Pop culture convention WonderCon is at the Anaheim Convention Center 3/23-3/25. Comics, movies, tv, books, authors, collectibles, masquerade and more! 3 day tickets are still available, as well as Friday and Sunday.
  • FirkFest “Tiki Beer Festival” is Saturday 3/24 in Anaheim. Enjoy unlimited tastings of 50 casks from 30 breweries. To get $5 off tickets use code boozeblogoc
  • The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival continues this weekend and runs through 4/12. Celebrity chefs, culinary demos, seminars, special food items & more. Park admission required.
  • Bockbierfest is Saturday 3/24 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Enjoy German and local craft beer, German food, live music, and more. Admission required.
  • See 8ft tall Easter eggs at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. There are 5 hand-painted Easter eggs on display now through 4/8. Viewing is FREE.
  • The Orange County Beer & Music Festival is Saturday 3/24 in downtown Santa Ana. Sample over 70 craft beers. Tickets required.
  • It’s the last weekend to see Cirque du Soleil LUIZA in Costa Mesa at the OC Fairgrounds, ends 3/25. Tickets required.
  • It’s the last weekend to see Melanie Griffith in The Graduate at the Laguna Playhouse, ends 3/25. Tickets required.
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC:
  • March For Our Lives is taking place Saturday 3/24 at locations throughout the world. Here are the marches taking place in Orange County:
    Huntington Beach:
    Laguna Beach:
    San Clemente:
    Santa Ana:
    South Orange:
    The largest march in OC is anticipated in Santa Ana. As it is the “March For Our Lives OC”. More info:

8 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County

  1. Have a traditional Irish breakfast:
    The following pubs will be serving up breakfast starting at early as 6:30am…

  2. Grab a dozen green doughnuts:
    Krispy Kreme is whipping up green doughnuts for this special occasion. It’s not just a green glaze, these doughnuts are green through and through. You can visit Krispy Kreme at the Outlets at Orange.

  3. Party all day at a pub:
    • Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Newport Beach is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Live bands during the day & night and opening at 9am for breakfast.
    • Malarky’s Irish Pub in Newport Beach opens at 6:30am with a full breakfast and will be open until 2am.
    • Patsy’s Irish Pub in Laguna Niguel is having a Bagpiper, live music, a photobooth, Irish Food & more.

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    • The Harp Inn in Costa Mesa opens at 7am with a full Irish Breakfast. Throughout the day they’ll be having Bagpipers, Irish dancers, live music, and more.
    • Silky Sullivans in Fountain Valley will have green beer, an Irish menu, live music, and more.

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    • Macallan’s Pub in Brea opens at 6am with an Irish breakfast starting at 9am. There will be live music across the street, Irish buffet, and more.
    • The Auld Dubliner in Tustin opens at 9am. They’ll be having drinking games, food specials and live DJ sets.
    • The Shamrock Bar & Grill in Newport Beach will be having a menu featuring 5 Irish foods, live music starting at 2pm, and more.
    • Gallagher’s Pub in Huntington Beach opens at 7am with an Irish breakfast. They’ll also have Irish tacos, corned beef and cabbage, corned beef hash, live music & more.
    • O’Malley’s on Main in Seal beach opens at 8am for for breakfast and will be serving dinner until 10pm.
  4. Take the kids to on a Leprechaun hunt at Pretend City:
    Pretend City in Irvine is having special St. Patrick’s Day activities throughout the day, including an “end of the rainbow treasure hunt”, leprechaun hunt, and more. Admission required.
  5. Get some shamrock shaped cookies and dip them in green milk:
    Blackmarket Bakery in Santa Ana and Costa Mesa are serving up shamrock shaped cookies. The perfect treat to go with some homemade green milk.

  6. Indulge in some adults-only ice cream:
    Chunk-N-Chip at 4th Street Market in Santa Ana has created a special Boozy Lucky Charms ice cream infused with Irish whiskey. This adult only treat is available until it sells out.

  7. Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage:
    The following pubs will be serving up a St. Patrick’s Day favorite corned beef and cabbage…

  8. Listen to live music:


11 Things To Do if it Rains this Weekend in Orange County

Things to do if it’s raining this weekend in OC:

  1. Visit a Food Hall: 
    Anaheim Packing House in Anaheim, and 4th Street Market, and McFadden Public Market in Santa Ana, are indoor food halls where you can try various trendy food items, from up and coming chefs and restauranteurs.
    Anaheim Packing House:
    4th Street Market:
    McFadden Public Market:
  2. Attend a late night showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show:
    The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana is hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day “Rocky Horror Picture Show” event on Friday 3/9 at 11:30pm. Tickets required.
  3. Visit an Air Museum:
    The Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana gives you the opportunity to view authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with many items from WWII. Saturday 3/10 you can take a tour inside the DC-3 Flagship Orange County.
  4. Take a journey to an imaginary Mexico: 
    Cirque du Soleil LUIZA is in Costa Mesa at the OC Fairgrounds through 3/25. LUZIA takes you on a journey to an imaginary Mexico, with stunning sights, sounds, and breathtaking acrobatic performances. Tickets required.
  5. Visit the newly updated Nixon Museum:
    The Richard Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda has been recently updated and now has nearly 70 new exhibits, a replica of the Nixon’s Oval Office, interactive displays, and more. Admission required:
  6. View an Emmy-winning film and stay for the Q&A with the film maker:
    View the film Sonic Sea at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on Sunday 3/11 from 6pm-9pm, and after the film there will be a Q&A with the film maker. Tickets required:
  7. Visit a Tiki Market or visit 2 for a double dose of Tiki:
    Don the Beachcomber’s Tiki Makeke is Saturday 3/10 from 10am-3pm in Huntington Beach. Shop from 50 vendors while you enjoy live entertainment. Admission is $10 but you get a $10 drink/food voucher.
    The Original Tiki Market Place is Saturday 3/10 from 10am-3pm at Elks Lodge in Garden Grove. Shop from Tiki vendors and listen to live music. Admission is $10 but you get a $10 drink voucher.
  8. See a Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominated actresses in a live performance: 
    Melanie Griffith stars in The Graduate at the Laguna Playhouse through 3/25. Tickets required.
  9. Visit an arcade:
    The top floor of the McFadden Public Market in Santa Ana is home to Mission Control, a bar and retro 80’s arcade. Fill your pockets with quarters and play Pacman, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, classic pinball games, and more. No cover.
  10. Attend a musical: 
    Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The KING AND I is at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. There are 4 performances this weekend. Tickets required.
  11. Take the kids to the Discovery Cube:
    Discovery Cube in Santa Ana is the perfect rainy day destination for kids in OC. There are plenty of exhibits and things to do to keep the kids busy.

If it doesn’t rain, make sure to check out our list of events for this weekend:

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