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Dana Point Events

 

Whale Watching Excursions

December - April
Dana Wharf Sportsfishing
Dana Point Harbor

Whale Watching Excursions Migration season for the Gray Whale is December through early April. Dana Point Harbor has great Whale Watching Excursion Services to provide you with an exciting and and awesome experience. Each service is different, so check them out before you decide on your whale watch experience.


Dana Point Festival of the Whales

March

It's time for the whales to make their annual trip down south and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will celebrate with their 9th Annual Street Fair, which is part of the 30th Whale Festival with a weekend of fun, food, entertainment and an arts & craft show with over 100 vendors.


Doheny Blues Festival

May

The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County?s Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival!


California Coastal Cleanup Day

September - all Beaches!

This premier volunteer event focuses on the marine environment in Orange Country. Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers turn out to over 400 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest garbage collection" (1993). Since the program started in 1985, over 552,000 Californians have removed almost 8.5 million pounds of debris from our state's shorelines and coast. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year!


Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival

June
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point

This FREE event has something for everyone! Great music including the Spazmatic’s.. everyone’s favorite nerd 80’s tribute band and Platinum RockStars featuring David Victor of Boston belting out rock hit after hit. There will be tasty food from great local restaurants, Art In The Park, Kids Zone, Dozens of Wines from around the world and more than 150 different types of Beer representing more than 50 Breweries, a Cigar Bar, Champagne bubbly tent, Desserts and more!


Ohana Fest

August
Doheny State Beach

The two-day music festival features:

performances by Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Band Of Horses and tons more. In addition to offering a full day in the sun with a diverse music lineup, Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks.


Toshiba TallShips Festival

September
Dana Point Harbor

At the Marine Institute: Sea Chantey Concert, maritime exhibits and demonstrations, Port Royal Privateers encampment, model boat building, wood carving, touch tank encounters, rope challenge course, crafts and food.

Dana Point State BBQ Championship

October
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point

Heading into it’s third year, The Dana Point State Barbecue Championship has already become the largest BBQ event on the West Coast. More than 100 teams from all over the country compete for cash and prizes in this Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event. Last year the event drew more than 10,000 people who got to sample some of the best BBQ they will ever eat. The FREE event will feature great live music, a wide variety of microbrews, a vendor midway, Kids Zone, fun activities and more.


Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day
Dana Point Marina

California's Largest Thanksgiving Day Run Event - The Dana Point Turkey Trot - One of America's Most Scenic Runs... hosted by The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Enjoy pounding surf, rugged cliffs, and cool ocean breezes as you sail through the Dana Point Marina, Doheny State Park and pass the historic tallship Pilgrim moored in Dana Point Harbor.

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Laguna Beach

 

Sawdust Festival

June - September
935 Laguna Canyon Road

Join the fun in a shady canyon by the sea. Continuous entertainment, fine food, and the best fine art and crafts shopping in Southern California.


Art-A-Fair

June - August
777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

The Art-A-Fair Festival is the ultimate destination for lovers of art to visit this summer! Nestled in a Colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon.


Pageant of the Masters

July - August
650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, California

Presented in July and August since the early 1930's, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Festival is a juried exhibit of fine, strictly original works by 160 gifted artists, while the Pageant is a spectacular stage production of living art re-creations.


Sawdust Winter Fantasy

Weekends
November – December

Laguna Canyon Rd.

Over 175 Artists, many of them new to the Winter Fantasy. A wide selection of Original Arts and Crafts, many with holiday themes. Artists Demonstrations & Hands-on Workshops.

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San Clemente Events

 

Spring Garden Tour

July
San Clemente Municipal
Prier & Beach

Annual one-day self-guided tour of five outstanding local gardens. The community and members of the Garden Club are invited to visit these showplace gardens that offer diverse landscape design, plant materials and lots of good ideas to take home to their own garden. Proceeds from the tour benefit their scholarship project and civic beautification projects.


Ocean Festival

July
San Clemente Municipal
Prier & Beach

Full weekend of family events Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


San Clemente Street Festival

August
Held on Ave. Del Mar

Besides the Run/Walk, this event features food and game booths, three stages with continuous live music throughout the day, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie rides, exhibits, clowns, jugglers, face painters and much more!


San Clemente Sea Fest

Second Sunday in October
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
San Clemente Pier

Sponsored by the San Clemente Chamber, this event features a Chowder Cook-off, an Arts & Craft Show, a two day Surf Contest, entertainment and an array of fresh seafood, served seaside on the beach in the historic San Clemente Pier area.

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San Juan Capistrano Events

 

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado

March
Dowtown San Juan Capistrano

Taking place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. Organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association.


Music Under the Stars

June through September
Mission San Juan Capistrano

Concerts feature live music, picnic dining and dancing in the Central Courtyard of the beautiful historic Mission. All proceeds support the non-profit's historic preservation efforts and education programming.


Romance at the Mission - Benefit Gala Concert & Dinner

September
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Information call: 949-234-1322

Concert in the Great Stone Church followed by dinner, compliments of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with opportunity items for the evening donated by Traditional Jewelers of Newport Beach.


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Corona Del Mar Events

 

Corona del Mar Scenic 5K

June
949- 673-4050

Presented by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce and City of Newport Beach, this event draws thousands of folks for a scenic race/walk along the enchanting streets of CDM. The race finishes along the bluffs of Big Corona State Beach with restaurant row, merchant booths and live entertainment. The Corona del Mar Scenic 5K Race, 2 Mile Fun Walk and 1 Mile Kids Dolphin Dash is a signature special event that you will not want to miss.


Annual Sandcastle Contest

October
949-729-4400

A popular tradition in our community for 40 years, the Sandcastle contest draws participants of all levels and experience to build creations on the beach. Awards are given by a panel of judges. A fun day for everyone! Some very incredible creations are made! Held at Big Corona State Beach

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Newport Beach Events

 

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race

April

In the yachting world, no other international race attracts more entries. This annual event takes place the last weekend in April. With its spectacular starts off the shores of Newport Beach, this is always reported as one of the greatest sailing events of the year.


Newport Beach International Film Festival

April/May

Attracts nearly 20,000 film devotees from around Southern California and beyond. More than 170 features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films compete for dozens of Jury Awards and Audience Awards. In addition to film screenings, the Festival hosts several premiere galas, yacht parties, and question and answer sessions with filmmakers.


Summer Jazz Series

June - October
Various Locations
Recorded Information:

The smooth sounds of jazz return to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach each summer during the three-month Newport Beach Jazz Series, hosted by The Wave 94.7. In addition to popular tunes by such jazz greats as Bobby Caldwell and Richard Elliott, attendees enjoy a selection of food and wine amidst an unforgettable setting.


Annual Taste of Newport

September
Newport Center Drive
Fashion Island in Newport Beach
949-729-4400

The Taste of Newport is a three-day festival drawing over 75,000 people with over 30 restaurants, 15 wineries, rich tasting brews, flavorful drinks and top notch live entertainment. The Taste is truly Newport Beach's social event of the year!

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Huntington Beach Events


Surf City Marathon

February

Orange County's only Beachfront Marathon, events include a half Marathon, 5k and Surf Kids mile run. A three-day expo encompases health and fitness vendors, exhibitors, community groups and event charities.


Annual Duck-A-Thon

May

Thousands of rubber ducks are sold to the public and tagged with numbers for entry into a race. During the race, they are launched from the Huntington Beach Pier and recaptured by a team of volunteers as they float ashore. Prizes are awarded for the first ducks to come arrive. There's live musical entertainment all day long, food booths and children's activities that include face painting, duck dip and more.


Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance

June

The Huntington Beach Concours is a fun event where car lovers and enthusiasts can come to enjoy themselves, while knowing that they are also helping a worthy cause, The Huntington Beach Library Children's Resource Center. It is rated # 1 in California, please help us keep it that why by attending this years event.


HB Civil War Days

Sept
Central Park

In Huntington Beach Central Park. The annual two-day re-enactment event includes cannon blasts, fiddlers, banjos, flutes, drums, festive costumes, troop encampments and booths where hoop skirts and military period costumes were sold.


Old World Oktoberfest

September - October
Old World Village

If you love to drink beer, eat bratw?st and sauerkraut and enjoy dancing to "Oompah-pa music directly from Linzerbuben, Austria, then you'll love the Oktoberfest at Old World Village with its traditional German festivity. Complete with German bands imported from Europe, dancing, and imported beers (of course) and tasty German foods from bratw?st to potato salad to hot pretzels and apple strudel, Oktoberfest has something for everyone.


Seal Beach Events


Lions Club Annual Fish Fry

Third weekend of July

Held since 1945, the event features a parade, carnival, food and rides in Lions Park.

 

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Ongoing Community Events


Community Events


Beach Cleanup

Huntington/Seal Beach

Community event where 'all are welcome'. They provide hand sanitizer and a gorgeous view!



Music, Theatre & Art Events

The Coach House Concert Schedule

33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, Ca
(949)496-8930

Concert Theater and dinner house.


Camino Real Playhouse

1776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 489-8082

Finding it's home in the beautiful and historic city of San Juan Capistrano ... the Camino Real Playhouse is South Orange County's destination for whimsical, gripping and compelling performances. From their annual worldwide playwriting festival ShowOff! to their annual Shakespeare under the Stars performed in Historic Town Center Park next to the Playhouse.


Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652
(800) 946-5556

Founded in 1920, when a group of Laguna Beach citizens met in a living room to establish a local theatre.


Family Arts Days

Orange County Museum of Art
Newport Beach
949-759-1122

Every other month Discover art at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. Special FREE program designed for children and their families.


LOCA Art Escapes Workshop

Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center
380 Third Street
Laguna Beach, CA

For seniors 55 and over.

Workshops are each held two consecutive Wednesdays.



Meetings & Lectures


Wine Club Appreciation Night

Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach
949-715-9463 (Wine)
Meets the first Friday of every month
6-8 pm

For Wine Club members & non-members. Come and enjoy the wines of Laguna Canyon Winery with breads, crackers & cheeses. Bring some friends, mingle, and get to know other club members. Members - Free Non-members - $20

 

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