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Fun Things To Do This Weekend in Orange County, Feb 21-23

Happy weekend, Orange County! As usual, there is a variety of activities just waiting for you this weekend. Attend the OC Home & Garden Show, get outside for a beach clean-up, find out who will win the U.S. Barista Championship, and more.

All Weekend:

  • The OC Home & Garden Show is this weekend 2/21-2/23 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Browse everything from bathrooms to gardens, attend a workshop, and get inspired. Tickets required, but free with pre-registration. 
  • Calling all caffeine addicts! The U.S. Coffee Championships are this weekend in Costa Mesa at the OC Fair & Event Center. Competitors will go head to head in the U.S. Barista Championship and U.S. Brewer’s Cup. Spectators free Friday, $5 tickets required Saturday & Sunday. 
  • 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.


  • The Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival is Saturday 2/22 at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Experience live performances, food, lantern decorating, and more. Free admission, $5 craft fee. Tickets required. 
  • Feast on a delicious Mardi Gras Brunch at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney on Saturday 2/22 at noon. Tickets include a full brunch buffet, coffee, tea, and sodas with a cash bar available. 
  • Roll up your sleeves and fight the good fight at the War on Trash beach cleanup at Huntington State Beach on Saturday 2/22 from 8 am to 11 am. Free to attend, though charity donations accepted. 
  • The annual Winter Bar Crawl for a Cause is this Saturday 2/22 1 – 6:30 pm in Newport Beach with a rad 80s ski apparel theme! Sip adult libations, play some games, win a prize, and have a great time all while raising money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation OC chapter. Tickets required; ages 21+. 
  • The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday 2/22. Tickets required. 


  • The Kids Mardi Gras party is Sunday 2/23 at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim from 1-4 pm. Guests are encouraged to come in costume for a chance to win a prize! Free family event. 
  • Have a smashing time at Monster Jam in Anaheim, Sunday 2/23 2:30 pm at Angel Stadium. 


Fun Things To Do in Orange County on Presidents’ Day Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day, Orange County. This weekend OC has jazz, zydeco, a beach cleanup, pets in costume, a 5K, and even epic dance battles! So grab your sweetie, your friends, or your family, and go have an adventure. 

All Weekend:


  • The San Juan Capistrano Kids’ Pet Parade is Saturday 2/15 at 12 pm in Los Rios Park. Kids ages 5-12 can show off their animals and participate in contests. Prizes awarded! Tickets required. 
  • Attend a beach cleanup in Seal Beach Saturday 2/15 from 9 am – 12 pm. Meet at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st Street. FREE to attend. 
  • The Cars & Coffee morning meet up is Saturday 2/15 at the Enderle Center in Tustin from 7 am to 10 am. All enthusiasts and unique car owners welcome. Free to attend, but patronage at the center’s businesses is suggested. 
  • If you love a good dance battle, don’t miss the Costa Mesa Art Walk & Dance Battle at Lions Park on Saturday 2/15 starting at 2 pm. Enjoy art from 30+ artists, live performances, food trucks, and a silent disco–we know you’re at least a little curious! 
  • The 3rd Annual Hearts & Heroes 5K is Saturday 2/15 at Grace OC in Anaheim, beginning at 7:30 am. All proceeds from the 5K go to benefitting foster children in Orange County. Registration required.  
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Saturday 2/15, 6 pm – 9 pm. Enjoy mask making and live musical performances. Free to attend. 


  • Celebrate an evening of tradition and fun for the family at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda for their Lunar New Year spring festival on Sunday 2/16 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Museum admission required. 


  • Celebrate Presidents Day at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, Monday 2/17. First 1000 visitors get a slice of cherry pie! Enjoy photo ops, a concert, and all the museum has to offer. Admission is half price. 
  • Military and Veterans receive FREE admission to Mission San Juan Capistrano this weekend for Presidents Day. 
  • The Holiday Skate Center in Orange has special daytime public skate hours from 1 to 5 pm on Monday 2/17. Admission is $12, skate rentals are $5. 

10 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in OC!

Fat Tuesday is next week! Just because you’re not down in The Big Easy, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some Mardi Gras fun. Orange County has some great options to get you in the Mardi Gras spirit. Below are 10 ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Orange County.


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 3/5.


Party at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Fat Tuesday is back at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen! The fun celebration includes a crowning of the King and Queen for the day, as well as specialty menu items, mini king cakes and lots and lots of beads!


Enter a Crawfish Eating Contest

Hot N Juicy OC is bringing back their crawfish eating contest! Show up before 6pm on Tuesday, March 5th to register, or just come by anytime that evening to enjoy the drink specials! For more information, check out the events page here.


Visit Bourbon Street

Head down to Bourbon Street, Bar & Grill of course, in Downtown Fullerton for a Mardi Gras celebration with food, drinks and live music from DixieDelics and DJ Barbosa. The party begins at 4pm on March 5th.


Get some Mardi Gras inspired desserts

French’s Bakery is a great place to grab an authentic King Cake for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration. They also have delicious Mardi Gras decorated tiered cakes and cupcakes too!


Take a trip to New Orleans Square

What better place to get into the Mardi Gras spirit than New Orleans Square in Disneyland? Check out the larger-than-life decorations, grab a Mickey beignet and a mint julep and maybe even catch a performance from the Jambalaya Jazz Band!

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The festive New Orleans Square. One of my favorite areas

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Eat some NOLA-inspired food

Grab some authentic, live Louisiana crawfish or one of the other great Cajun combo meals from The Fire Crab in Garden Grove. No need to wait until Fat Tuesday, they have great specials every day!


Take the kids to their very own Mardi Gras party

Kids can celebrate Mardi Gras too at Pretend City in Irvine! On Tuesday, March 5th, Pretend City is hosting their own family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration with fun themed activities, King Cake tasting and a Mardi Gras Parade!


Catch some beads

Head to Campus Jax for Super Fat Tuesday, featuring $5 hurricanes, delicious cajun food and live music from 6pm to 10pm on Tuesday, March 5th.


Enjoy a Mardi Gras Happy Hour

Celebrate Mardi Gras at On The Hook in Newport Beach on March 5th! Guest can enjoy Happy Hour all night long including $1 oysters, and great drink specials and try out their new Cajun Tacos!


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