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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 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:


Fun Things To Do In Orange County This Weekend, Feb 23-25

There’s something for everyone this weekend. See Cirque du Soleil in Costa Mesa, Melanie Griffith in The Graduate in Laguna Beach, film selections at the Huntington Beach Film Festival, fossils at OC’s Ancient Wonders in Trabuco Canyon, and so much more!

  • The city of San Clemente is celebrating their 90th Anniversary on Saturday 2/24 from 9am-6pm. Events include, trolley tours, historical site open houses, luncheon, birthday cake and ice cream social, and more. Some events require registration and have a fee (fishing derby, luncheon, etc.)
  • Cirque du Soleil LUIZA opens in Costa Mesa this week and runs through 3/25 at the OC Fairgrounds. Tickets required.
  • Melanie Griffith stars in The Graduate at the Laguna Playhouse. The show opened this week and is running through 3/25. Tickets required.
  • Old Town Tustin’s Sip & Stroll is Saturday 2/24 from 1-4pm. Enjoy a walking taste tour of Old Town Tustin, with music, food, wine, craft beers, and more. Tickets required and can be purchased day of event.
  • The 13th Annual Huntington Beach Film Festival runs through Saturday 2/24 in Huntington Beach. Tickets required and start at $5.
  • Attend a free screening of the movie Trolls at the Huntington Beach City Gym on Saturday 2/24 at 7:15pm.
  • Take a mystery hike with the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach on Saturday 2/24 at 8am.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters are at the Honda Center in Anaheim for 2 shows on Saturday 2/24. Tickets required.
  • Lunar New Year celebrations continue this weekend at South Coast Plaza, with live entertainment, crafts, and exhibits. FREE to attend.
  • The 1st Annual Hobie Surf Shop Vintage Surfboard Festival is Sunday 2/25 at La Plaza Park in Dana Point from 8am-3pm. View, buy, or trade surfboards. FREE to attend.
  • The 41st Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show is all weekend at the OC Fairgrounds (in 2 buildings and the promenade). Parking and admission required.
  • OC’s Ancient Wonders is Sunday 2/25 from 11am-3pm at O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon. Explore over 180 million years of Orange County history, view fossils, artifacts and more.
  • Monster Jam is at Angel Stadium in Anaheim all weekend. Tickets required.
  • It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend! Girl Scouts will be out in full force at locations across Orange County. It’s the perfect time to stock up on all your favorites.
  • Visit one of the many Farmers Markets in OC:
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