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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  

Holiday Fun This Weekend in Orange County

It’s beginning to look a lot like…fun festive activities! For those of you who aren’t on a mad dash to the mall for last minute shopping, check out what’s going on in Orange County this weekend.  

All weekend:

  • The 57th Annual Huntington Harbour “Cruise of Lights” runs 12/17-12/23. Cruise through Huntington Beach waterways and see thousands of lights on boats, decks, homes & more on a 45-minute narrated ride. Tickets required. Funds raised from ticket sales support youth programs in OC. http://ocevent.co/1O7g0FT
  • The Newport Beach Boat Parade runs 12/18-12/23 each night at 6:30pm. We recommend arriving early to stake out a good spot! The best viewing spots around the bay are: Balboa Funzone/Boardwalk, Peninsula Point Beach, the walkways on both sides of the Balboa Island Ferry crossing, and Lido Park. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2gHhAVR
  • Enjoy a unique educational experience as you stroll through historic Heritage Hill Park in Lake Forest, which has a holiday light display and special evening hours 5-7pm 12/20 & 12/21 and 12/27 & 12/28. Attendance and parking are FREE. https://bit.ly/2Q0O6pB 
  • Last chance! This is the final weekend to attend the Sawdust Winter Fantasy arts & crafts show in Laguna Beach. Open Friday 12/20 through Sunday 12/22. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2fKwv2g
  • Winter Fest kicks-off at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on Thursday, 12/19 and runs through Sunday, 1/5. Nightly fireworks, ice tubing, a snow play area, concerts, a light display with over two million twinkling lights, & more! Admission is required. http://bit.ly/2hnwbcX

Saturday:

  • The South Coast Plaza Tree Lighting is Saturday 12/21 at 6pm in Town Center Park. Complimentary drinks and treats, carolers, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2EvivXF 

Sunday:

  • The Laguna Niguel Hanukkah Wonderland and Menorah Lighting is Sunday 12/22 from 4-5pm. Live entertainment, crafts, food, & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2zFIxn1
  • The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s Annual Holiday Festival is Sunday 12/22 from 12pm-4pm in Fullerton. Live entertainment, arts & crafts fair, food, Santa, & more! FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/35F7mQ0 

 

Holiday Events This Weekend in Orange County

Whether you’re looking forward to lights, crafts, carols, or all of the above, Orange County has something to offer you this weekend!

All weekend:

  • The Annual Heritage Hill Candlelight Walk is Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5:30-8:30pm in Lake Forest. Stroll along paths lit by 1,000+ luminarias, enjoy live music, carolers, visits with Santa & more. Admission is $5. http://bit.ly/2wMalHx 
  • The 45th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade continues Friday, 12/13 & Saturday, 12/14. Enjoy holiday festivities with a fun tiki twist. Activities begin at 4:30pm, parade starts at 7:30pm at Water’s Edge. FREE to attend. https://bit.ly/2YquK18 
  • The 3rd Annual Holidays Around the World is all weekend at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Enjoy live performances, crafts, vendors, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2EbGHOC 
  • Capistrano Lights is back and brighter than ever, nightly through 1/6 at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Snow, carolers, cookie decorating, & more. Admission is payable at the gate, $10-15. https://bit.ly/2LrCGK8 
  • 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 

Saturday:

  • The City of Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade is Saturday, 12/14 at 10am. See over 100 entries including marching bands, equestrian units, floats, and of course an appearance by Santa himself. Watchers are encouraged to arrive early. https://bit.ly/2P7Pjwb 
  • Christmas at the OC Zoo is Saturday 12/14 from 10am-3pm in Orange. Watch as the zoo animals receive treat-filled gifts, Santa, storytime & more. Admission is $2 and there is a parking fee. http://bit.ly/2rxr1CY
  • Anaheim Night Market is Saturday 12/12 from 5-9pm at Farmer’s Park at the Packing District. Shop from local crafters, enjoy carolers, and the movie “Elf” (at 8pm). FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/35jlVbM
  • Join park Ranger Alex for a family-friendly Beach Scavenger Hunt at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday 12/14 1-2pm to learn about coastal marine wildlife. Fee required. https://bit.ly/35audD5  
  • Bundle up, take in a beautiful sunset, and learn about the unique ecosystem of Crystal Cove State Park at the Sunset Bluff and Beach Walk on Saturday 12/14 at 4pm. https://bit.ly/35audD5 
  • Bust out your board and your favorite ugly sweater for Ugly Sweater Skate Night at the Laguna Niguel Skate Park on Saturday, 12/14 from 6pm to midnight. There will be a prize for the best ugly sweater, so do your worst! https://bit.ly/2E5p4jx 

Sunday:

  • Celebrate the season and support CUSD schools on Sunday, 12/15 3-5pm with a tree lighting ceremony at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. Hear musical performances from CUSD students, visit with Santa, and enjoy some free hot cocoa & treats. Tickets required; free valet parking provided. https://bit.ly/2YASpfe 
  • Watch “Home Alone” on Sunday 12/15 at Mission Viejo City Hall. Movie starts at 1pm. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/34fs2Nb 

 

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