Emma The Musical - Chance Theater
Nov
23
to Dec 23

Emma The Musical - Chance Theater

Jane Austen’s enduring love story is brought to life as a romantic-comedy musical. The story revolves around Emma, a well-meaning, but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings while setting out to find a suitor for her friend Harriet. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to comic complications. We invite you to fall in love again with one of Jane Austen’s most adored characters, featuring an intelligent and buoyant score from Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre).

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Nov
23
to Dec 22

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television more than 50 years ago.

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
24
to Dec 24

A Christmas Carol

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Nov
24
to Dec 23

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus kidnapped by Martians! Will the children on Earth have no toys on Christmas day? Only Hollywood could cook up such an absurd story and only the Maverick Theater would want to adapt it to the stage. This holiday season join Santa on a madcap adventure in outer space!  The show is performed with a light hearted “Saturday Night Live” style that is suitable for children and even cranky adults.

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Holiday Fun at ZOOMAR'S
Nov
26
to Dec 24

Holiday Fun at ZOOMAR'S

Celebrate the holidays this year with all your farm friends!
December 1st: Come watch a live Nativity Scene in our Farm Yard at 6 pm to 8 pm 🎄 
December 8th: Decorate cookies with MRS. CLAUS from 1 pm to 4 pm 🤶 
December 16th: SANTA IS COMING TO ZOOMARS from 10 am to 2 pm 🎅 

Also don't forget! We have our Mini Christmas Tree Farm all through out December. Purchase a fun kid-sized Christmas tree to decorate their little rooms with!

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LA Zoo Lights
Nov
29
to Jan 6

LA Zoo Lights

Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Make unforgettable holiday memories as you explore this wild wonderland of light under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo. Along the way, view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.

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Irvine Railroad Christmas Train
Nov
30
to Dec 23

Irvine Railroad Christmas Train

‘Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Children can share their wish list with Santa and have their photo taken with him too. You may take pictures with your personal camera or you may purchase a photo taken by Irvine Park Railroad.

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Holiday Movie Nights at Pacific City
Dec
5
to Dec 19

Holiday Movie Nights at Pacific City

FREE Movie Nights at Surf Theater big screen on the Second Level each Wednesday this holiday season!  These movie nights are FREE and fun for the whole family! 
December 5: Don’t miss the classic Home Alone! 
December 12: Catch the always fun Elf! 
December 19: Of course, Jim Carrey in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! 
Movie begins at 6 pm, so bring the family, friends, chairs, blankets and get cozy for a perfect December evening!

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Beauty and the Beast
Dec
5
to Dec 30

Beauty and the Beast

This modern version of the classic fairytale, Lythgoe Family Panto’s Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose brings all the magic of the traditional British family Holiday Panto to American audiences. In this interactive experience, the audience is encouraged to CHEER for Belle, BOO for Gus and sing along with popular songs such as the BeeGees’ “Staying Alive,” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” and Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”

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Capistrano Lights
Dec
6
to Jan 6

Capistrano Lights

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mission will host Capistrano Lights 2018: a nightly tree lighting at 5:00 p.m. The Mission’s new nightly lighting and music program will be held from December 2 through January 6, 2019. Guests must be on the grounds before closing at 5 p.m. to enjoy the lighting experience. After the Mission closes, guests can take their complimentary downtown San Juan Capistrano map and discover the historic downtown district with plenty of holiday shopping, dining, and wine tasting all season long.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec
7
to Dec 23

A Charlie Brown Christmas

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.

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The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec
8
to Dec 24

The Nutcracker Ballet

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly breathtaking production features superb colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands.

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Christmas Cabaret
Dec
13
to Dec 23

Christmas Cabaret

  • Vanguard University Lyceum Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After you see the world premiere of Once Upon a Christmas Time, come back to get a second dose of Christmas spirit with ACTC’s brand new variety style cabaret. With a different program each year, it is sure to invite, delight, and excite. This song and dance show will highlight sacred and popular Christmas folk tunes with six of the most talented professionals in Orange County!

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Dec
14
to Dec 23

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! Family friendly and great for all ages, whether you're 4 or 104 years old!

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110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Dec
19
to Dec 23

110th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Each year the beloved holiday tradition lights up the harbor and draws holiday enthusiasts from across the region. Residents and visitors can enjoy the spectacle from a variety of public viewing locations including the new 10.5-acre Marina Park, which offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route.

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Winter Fest - OC Fairgrounds
Dec
20
to Jan 6

Winter Fest - OC Fairgrounds

Featuring ice tubing down an 8 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area with separate areas for toddlers and kids with fresh snow blown in daily, ice skating on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink under the stars in the middle of Winter Fest OC, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters, fireworks and snow flurries, plus a not to be missed experience with Santa and his reindeer flying over the fairgrounds through Christmas Eve, an all new Alpine Village with a new light maze and new wintery attractions, over 20 carnival rides and attractions, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

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Festival of Lights
Dec
20
to Jan 6

Festival of Lights

The all new Festival of Lights with more than 2 million lights, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with spectacular fireworks and snowfall and ice skating under the stars on SoCal's largest outdoor ice rink. Winter Fest OC is also packed with over 30 carnival rides, attractions and games, a petting zoo, pony rides, trackless train through the Festival of Lights, interactive model trains, craft-making activities and plenty of Instagram-worthy picture opportunities. Make sure you also don't miss ringing in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks spectacular and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6:00 pm and midnight.

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The Nutcracker - La Mirada Theater - 2:00 and 7:30 pm
Dec
22
2:00 PM14:00

The Nutcracker - La Mirada Theater - 2:00 and 7:30 pm

This most beloved holiday classic comes to vibrant life in the acclaimed production from Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet! The majestic sounds of Tchaikovsky’s legendary score are matched by sumptuous sets & costumes. Join young Clara on a magical adventure with her Nutcracker Prince, as she travels through the beautiful Land of the Snowflakes to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. Humor, virtuosic dancing, and breathtaking choreography create a richly beautiful performance to delight audiences of all ages! 
VIP Package: For a truly special holiday experience, enjoy curbside valet parking, the best center seats, special “Nutcracker” souvenir holiday gifts, free sweets & beverages, and a private backstage “meet-and-greet” with the stars after the show!

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9th Annual Elf Crawl
Dec
26
12:00 PM12:00

9th Annual Elf Crawl

The Annual Elf Crawl returns again this year with a twist. Purchase an Inaugural SJC Chamber Elf Crawl Cup and receive Elf Specials at participating locations. Most locations will be dog and kid friendly. Cups can be purchased online or after December 21 at El Adobe de Capistrano or Swallows Inn for $5 each.  

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Donavon Frankenreiter
Dec
27
8:00 PM20:00

Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter's new album, "The Heart," officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter's second decade as a solo recording artist. It's been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He's raising a family and nurturing two creative careers-one onstage, one in the waves-but on top of all that, he's still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he named his album after his ticker.

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Ludacris
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

Ludacris

Recording artist, actor, philanthropist, restaurateur…just a few of the befitting titles for Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who first gained worldwide acclaim more than 10 years ago with his debut album, Back for the First Time (2000). Ever since, his unrivaled lyrical prowess, dynamic performances and timeless hits including “Stand Up,” “Get Back,”, “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker,” and “My Chick Bad,” have solidified him as one of music’s best entertainers and led to the sale of more than 20 million albums domestically.

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Culture Clash (Still) in AmeriCCa
Dec
30
to Jan 20

Culture Clash (Still) in AmeriCCa

Those equal​-opportunity offenders are back at it, bringing their special style of irreverent, thought-provoking social satire with them. SCR audiences first experienced their smart, outrageous ​comedy in a playful adaptation of The Birds and later with the wildly popular Culture Clash in AmeriCCa. With the world back under their microscope, expect laundry to be aired, public figures skewered and sacred cows poked. In other words: Classic Culture Clash!

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"Absolutely, Positively Rita's Last Show Ever in 2018"
Dec
31
7:00 PM19:00

"Absolutely, Positively Rita's Last Show Ever in 2018"

This comedy legend is hosting her own early evening New Year's Eve party at the Laguna Playhouse, where you'll toast the end of 2018 and watch the ball drop on the East Coast with a complimentary champagne drink and dessert. Rita Rudner's "Absolutely, Positively Rita's Last Show Ever in 2018" is a one night special performance featuring special musical guests.

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First Night in Fullerton
Dec
31
to Jan 1

First Night in Fullerton

  • Fullerton Downtown Plaza (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The City of Fullerton will be celebrating the 27th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton” on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 12 midnight. This popular family-oriented, alcohol-free event will take place in Downtown Fullerton on Harbor Blvd., Pomona Ave., and Wilshire Ave. The event is free to the public and has an estimated attendance of over 15,000 guests every year.

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New Year's Eve Party at San Juan Hills
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve Party at San Juan Hills

Ring in the New Year at San Juan Hills. Doors open at 8:00, band plays 9:30 to 12:30. Enjoy complimentary tapas, appetizer stations, midnight munchies and west coast champagne toast. Take home a souvenir photo (or two) from our New Year's themed photo experience. Don't miss this chance to dance into the New Year with style... FAMILY STYLE!!

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New Year's Eve with Beatles vs Stones
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve with Beatles vs Stones

The British Invasion brought us the two most popular rock groups of all time, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history - which band is the greatest? These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage, mash-up duel - a musical “shoot out of the hits” if you will – featuring internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash.

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New Year's Eve Yacht Party - Newport Beach
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve Yacht Party - Newport Beach

  • 2901 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4027, United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style! Join us on Newport’s most elegant oversized luxury yacht, The Royal Princess! 120 Feet, 2 levels, outdoor decks, Lounge and a beautiful dance floor. This event has SOLD OUT 15 years in a row so get your tickets early!

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Driving Miss Daisy - Laguna Playhouse
Jan
9
to Jan 27

Driving Miss Daisy - Laguna Playhouse

Sparks fly in Alfred Uhry’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the decades-long relationship between a strong-willed, well-to-do Jewish woman and her black chauffeur, in the Jim Crow south. Set against a backdrop of changing world events between the late 1940s and early ‘70s, what begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. Starring 4-time Emmy award winner The Walton’s Michael Learned and Lance Nichols

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1776 - La Mirada Theater
Jan
11
to Feb 3

1776 - La Mirada Theater

Engaging, tuneful, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical shows us the likes of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as we’ve never seen them before --- with humor and humanity.  Irreverent and topical, 1776 is the musical that celebrates what truly made America great… in the first place. 

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Showoff! - International Playwriting Festival
Jan
11
to Jan 20

Showoff! - International Playwriting Festival

ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is our subscribers' favorite, with drama, comedy and intrigue and the variety that comes from seeing 7 short plays and a wonderful extra in Reader's Theatre! As the audience you only see the top seven and nightly you will also hear one of our runner-up plays read as a "Reader's Theater". 7 different directors ... 7 different plays. Suitable for teenagers to adult.

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San Diego Brew Fest
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

San Diego Brew Fest

The 9th annual San Diego Beer Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks.  Admission is $45 for general admission (1pm to 4pm) and $55 for Early Admission (noon to 4pm). Both include unlimited beer tastings, with VIP admission offering an added hour.

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Murder on the Nile
Jan
18
to Feb 10

Murder on the Nile

  • 400 West Commonwealth Avenue Fullerton, CA, 92832 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with enormous wealth, beauty and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a remarkable and audacious conspiracy is uncovered. Written by Agatha Christie

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The Cemetary Club
Jan
18
to Feb 3

The Cemetary Club

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. 

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Painting Churches - Cabrillo Playhouse
Jan
18
to Feb 10

Painting Churches - Cabrillo Playhouse

Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and them with her. Mags triumphs in the end as Fanny and Gardner actually step through the frame and become a work of art ineffable and timeless.

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The Gin Game
Jan
18
to Feb 17

The Gin Game

  • Newport Theater Arts center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The play’s brilliance lies in its simplicity and economy. The metaphor of a common card game played by two people raises universal issues… This will become one of the great classics of the American theater. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1978 and four Tony Nominations.

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Sweeney Todd
Jan
19
to Feb 16

Sweeney Todd

In a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop, Sweeney Todd plots revenge on the lecherous judge who wronged him and his family. In the seedy underbelly of 19th-century London, desperate times lead to diabolical schemes—and strange alliances. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary songs like “Pretty Women” and “Not While I’m Around,” this Tony Award-winning masterpiece was proclaimed, “more fun than a graveyard on the night of the annual skeleton’s ball”

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Wait Until Dark
Feb
8
to Feb 24

Wait Until Dark

Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine set the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Susan, a blind woman, lives with her husband Sam in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village. While away on business, Sam unknowingly smuggles a peculiar doll into the States. But when the doll goes missing, a woman is murdered and a mystery begins to unravel that leaves Susan tangled up with a ruthless con man. A battle of wits ensues and light becomes dark as the tables are turned in a deadly game of cat and mouse , all leading to a gripping finish.

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Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus Live!
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Men are from Mars, Women are From Venus Live!

A Valentine’s Day “date night” special! This hit comedy is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. A delicious evening of entertainment!

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1776 - Laguna Playhouse
Feb
20
to Mar 17

1776 - Laguna Playhouse

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence ... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! Follow John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Musical, this funny, insightful and compelling drama with a striking score blazes to vivid life one of the seminal events in American history.

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Pirates of Penzance
Feb
21
to Mar 10

Pirates of Penzance

  • Vanguard University Lyceum theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pirates of Penzance follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an "ingenious paradox" may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of "The very model of a modern Major-General.

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Moon Over Buffalo - Cabrillo Playhouse
Mar
1
to Mar 24

Moon Over Buffalo - Cabrillo Playhouse

In this madcap comedy, this hilarious play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother.

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Cabaret
Mar
2
to Mar 23

Cabaret

In Berlin in 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets British academic Brian Roberts, who is finishing his university studies. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. This love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic.

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Photograph 51
Mar
3
to Mar 24

Photograph 51

Rosalind Franklin was a British pioneer in science in the early 1950s, yet her groundbreaking role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure is still often overlooked. Based on a true story, Photograph 51 presents an intriguing portrait of a complex, courageous woman making her way in a male-dominated field. While rival teams of researchers compete for a breakthrough, Rosalind, focused and unbending, is locked in a race of her own. A hit in the West End, it was proclaimed “A triumph” by The Telegraph.

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Aladdin
Mar
6
to Mar 23

Aladdin

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of ALADDIN, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

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The Cherry Orchard
Mar
8
to Mar 24

The Cherry Orchard

 It’s a frosty May morning, the cherry trees are in bloom and a destitute Russian aristocrat returns to her decaying ancestral home with her daughter, still grief-stricken by the premature death of her son five years earlier. The family’s financial crisis forces them to sell their estate at public auction to pay off their debts and as the woodmen’s axes crash into the falling trees to make way for a housing development, the family must decide on their prospects for happiness and how to rebuild their lives and fortunes.

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Avenue Q
Mar
22
to Apr 21

Avenue Q

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.

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Floyd Collins
Mar
22
to Apr 21

Floyd Collins

  • Newport Theater ARts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 1925, a heedless Kentucky spelunker, Floyd Collins, got trapped underground while searching for a cave big enough to turn into a tourist attraction. The rescue effort gained national attention with reporters being sent from all over to cover the story, becoming the first media circus, everyone looking to cash in on Floyd’s misfortune.

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Heisenberg - Laguna Playhouse
Mar
27
to Apr 14

Heisenberg - Laguna Playhouse

In a bustling London train station free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of mid-70s British butcher Alex as he sits on a bench at St Pancras Station. And when she turns up in his shop a few days later, she sets the suspicious man’s world reeling. As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. Peeling away the many layers of everyday relationships with subtle humor and quiet poeticism, Heisenberg brings to poignant theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. 

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Play it Again, Sam
Mar
29
to Apr 14

Play it Again, Sam

Woody Allen's - Play it Again Sam revolves around neurotic and depressed Allan Felix, a film critic and recent divorcee navigating the world of dating once again. In a series of hilariously failed dates, Felix relies on relationship advice from his friends and ghostly apparitions of his idol, Humphrey Bogart. The result is a charming, witty comedy that is sure to entertain.

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Poor Yella Rednecks
Mar
30
to Apr 27

Poor Yella Rednecks

In the award-winning Vietgone, Qui Nguyen recounted his parents’ hot and hilarious courtship in a Vietnamese refugee camp in 1975. Now, six years later, Tong and Quang are building new lives in a foreign land called Arkansas. But marriage is hard​—especially when she’s having doubts and his first one isn’t over yet. One family’s history makes for a raucously funny, deeply moving take on the immigrant story, told with hip-hop style.

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Classic Albums Live Performs  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedoes
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Classic Albums Live Performs Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedoes

Classic Albums Live has earned their reputation of performing rock’s most influential albums live on stage note for note, cut for cut. Featuring a roster of world-class musicians, they will perform Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 1979 critically acclaimed album Damn the Torpedoes in its entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits. 
With such classic songs as “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee,” the album was a breakthrough success, cementing the band’s well-deserved place in rock & roll history.

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The 39 Steps
Apr
6
to Apr 27

The 39 Steps

Richard Hannay is at a London theatre, attending a demonstration of the remarkable powers of “Mr. Memory”, a man with a photographic memory, when a fight breaks out and a shot is fired. In the ensuing panic, he finds himself holding a frightened Annabella Schmidt, who talks him into taking her back to his flat.

There, she tells him that she is a spy, being chased by assassins out to kill her. She claims to have uncovered a plot to steal vital British military secrets, implemented by a man who is the head of an espionage organization called “The 39 Steps.”

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Around the World in 80 Days
Apr
12
to Apr 28

Around the World in 80 Days

  • Vanguard University Lyceum Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer, Phileas Fogg, and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as the they traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

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Lysistrata
Apr
12
to May 5

Lysistrata

 This timely, political comedy centers on an Athenian housewife who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. Her plan is hard-hitting and radical: all women must refuse to have sex with their husbands until they agree to peace in Greece. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?

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Sheepdog
Apr
14
to May 5

Sheepdog

What begins as a love story about two Cleveland cops​—an African-American woman who falls for her white male partner​—changes when he shoots a young black man in the line of duty. Amina loves Ryan.  But can she trust her heart when the truth about the shooting, and her man, becomes more and more slippery? A relationship gets shaken to the core in this riveting drama by an up-and-coming playwright.

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Dastardly Deeds at Harmony House
Apr
19
to May 5

Dastardly Deeds at Harmony House

Most people see Judge Egan's Harmony House home in San Juan and don't realize how much of a hero he was for this town and County. They say that the best parts of history are found between the lines ... and in our melodramas you will find those best parts hidden between jokes, puns, and authentic old-time music. 

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Heathers The Musical
Apr
19
to May 5

Heathers The Musical

 Westerberg High School is ruled by the ruthless clique of Heather, Heather, and Heather, the sexiest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. Misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and dangerous J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place--six feet under. This Off-Broadway Alliance 2014 Nominee for Best New Musical is a lascivious, laughable and homicidal look at the bliss, anxiety and agony of high school. Are you in or are you out?

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Exit Laughing - Cabrillo Playhouse
Apr
26
to May 19

Exit Laughing - Cabrillo Playhouse

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you're Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you've ever done. You "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.

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Nunsense
May
4
to May 25

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God.

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M. Butterfly
May
11
to Jun 8

M. Butterfly

When this rich, compelling drama debuted on Broadway, it became an instant sensation, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle ​awards. A married French diplomat. A mysterious Chinese opera diva. A passionate 20-year affair. Inspired by true events, this break-out hit by the author of Chinglish and Golden Child proved much more than a steamy tale of seduction. Obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy make for a remarkable tale of espionage and betrayal described as “visionary

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Joshua Tree Music Festival
May
16
to May 19

Joshua Tree Music Festival

  • Joshua Tree Lake Campground (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A growing family of music and art lovers convene in the Mojave desert twice a year - each May and October. This 4 day event features continuous live music, yoga from sunrise to sunset, kids activities, magical visual arts, healthy food options, inspiring play-shops, world market, Astronomy Theater + so much more. Leave inspired, rejuvenated, refreshed and full of LOVE.

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Harvey - Laguna Playhouse
May
19
to Jun 16

Harvey - Laguna Playhouse

It is a spring afternoon at the Dowd family home when Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, to guests at his sister Veta’s society luncheon. Horrified that the embarrassing family secret is now exposed, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium, but a mistake is made when Veta is committed rather than Elwood. French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun, Mom) and real life wife Vanessa Stewart (Laguna Playhouse’s “Keeley” inLouis and Keely, Live at the Sahara) star in Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy that has everyone questioning what exactly is real, and who is really crazy?

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The Addams Family
May
24
to Jun 9

The Addams Family

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor
May
24
to Jun 23

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

  • Newport Theater Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A fictionalized look at the backstage chaos involved in producing one of the landmarks of television’s golden age. Inspired by Simon’s own early career experience as a junior writer for Your Show of Shows, Laughter focuses on the temperamental star, modeled after Sid Caesar, and the writers of the TV comedy-variety show in the 1950s,

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Nunsense - Cabrillo Playhouse
Jun
7
to Jun 30

Nunsense - Cabrillo Playhouse

Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise while they were off playing bingo. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success and, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought a VCR and camcorder for the convent, leaving her with no money to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze, they decide to stage a variety show to raise the necessary amount.

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Jesus Christ Superstar
Jun
8
to Jun 29

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. A rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a modern rock-opera. Loosely based on the Gospels, Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome.

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The Graduate
Jun
14
to Jun 30

The Graduate

Benjamin Braddock has just finished college, and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: "what do you want to do with your life?" An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson, a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from: her daughter, Elaine.

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Damn Yankees
Aug
24
to Sep 14

Damn Yankees

Joe Boyd, an aging Washington Senators fan, would sell his soul for the Senators to beat the New York Yankees and win the pennant. Enter Applegate, who offers to turn Boyd into Joe Hardy, a powerful young baseball player, in exchange for his soul. When Boyd agrees, he becomes Hardy and leads the Senators on a winning streak. When he starts to miss his wife, though, and questions the deal, Applegate sends temptress Lola into the mix.

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Oct
5
to Oct 26

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

In the Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After fifteen years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy swallowed arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.

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Robert Cray
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Robert Cray

Open ears and an open mind are the essence of singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray’s approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. 

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Christmas at the OC Zoo
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Christmas at the OC Zoo

Christmas at the OC Zoo invites guests to watch the loveable resident animals open treat-filled gifts, and treats hidden inside of Christmas trees throughout the day. Children can join the holiday fun with seasonally inspired crafts. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children and spreading holiday cheer, and the jolly fun continues with games and a photo station. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission.

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Celtic Consort of Hollywood - Laguna Live
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Celtic Consort of Hollywood - Laguna Live

The Celtic Consort of Hollywood consists of award winning concert and studio musicians Christina Linhardt (soprano, flute), Shawna Selline (harp) and Mark Sellin (cello, mandolin and fiddle).Together they have performed all over Southern California from the Dorothy Chandler pavilion to Disney Hall, with weddings,club dates and recording sessions in between. Individually, the members of the Consort are distinguished soloists who perform nationally and internationally. They are eclectic and versatile artists who boast many recording, film, television and theater credits between them.

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Christmas Fantasia
Dec
10
8:00 PM20:00

Christmas Fantasia

Ring in the Christmas season with beloved carols and musical masterpieces performed by Vanguard University's nationally-known, vocal and instrumental ensembles in the elegance and acoustical perfection of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Proceeds support Vanguard University music students, scholarships and other educational resources.

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I Touch My Elf - The Skivvies
Dec
10
to Dec 11

I Touch My Elf - The Skivvies

Broadway's Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley return to the Laguna Playhouse for two nights of the most outrageous holiday show of the season. This undie-rock, comedy pop, award-winning duo perform stripped down, mashed up versions of holiday favorites and more. Expect to see ukulele, electric cello and an array of zany instruments. Special guest stars to be announced. 

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Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade

  • St. Timothy's Church, Laguan Niguel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The theme for the 2018 parade is 'Snow Much Fun'. 
The parade includes beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, 
world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, 
and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!

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Christmas in the Canyons
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

Christmas in the Canyons

Plan to spend the day in Historic Downtown Silverado with a day of Fun,Food and Holiday music. Santa arrives at 10 am leading the annual Holiday Un-Parade. Photos with him from 10am-3:30pm. Come into town on the free wagon hayride. Do you holiday shopping choosing from the hand items from over 60 craft vendors. Food, music and wine tasting. Something for everybody.

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Candlelight Walk and Holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park
Dec
7
to Dec 9

Candlelight Walk and Holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Hundreds of luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the night air with seasonal music. The historical buildings will be aglow with Christmas lights and holiday decoration and will be staffed with docents to share each building’s history. Children can visit with Santa in the Arbor, enjoy crafts with Mrs. Claus, watch puppet shows in the Wagon Wheel Corral, and sit at a school desk while storytellers from OC Public Libraries spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar School.  Visitors will enjoy historic holiday radio shows as they tour the 1930s Bennett Ranch house and can listen to a Spanish guitarist in the 1863 Serrano Adobe. There will also be musical entertainment in the 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission.  Hot chocolate, apple cider, popcorn and cookies will be available for purchase.

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Dana Point Harbor Parade of Lights
Dec
7
to Dec 15

Dana Point Harbor Parade of Lights

The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m.

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The Magic of Christmas with The Young Americans
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

The Magic of Christmas with The Young Americans

Join us as all 250 Young Americans cast members come together to turn La Mirada Theatre into a winter wonderland and bring holiday cheer to theatre-goers of all ages. 

The Magic of Christmas features state of the art 45-foot LED walls, over 6,000 costumes and 30 festive scene changes. Creatively produced and choreographed, these ‘fun for the whole family’ musical numbers range from hip-hopping penguins, dancing Santas, and The Nutcracker Suite, to Toyland, The Polar Express and Christmas choral music including Handel’s Messiah. 

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Johnny Lang
Dec
6
to Dec 7

Johnny Lang

What began as a bluesy sound, influenced by electric pioneers like Albert Collins, B. B. King, and Buddy Guy, evolved over those recordings into a modern R&B style closer to Stevie Wonder and contemporary gospel music. Lang’s distinctive, blues-inflected licks appeared on every album, but became one element in a sea of passionately sung and tightly arranged songs.

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Casa Kinetic: The Nutcracker
Dec
6
to Dec 7

Casa Kinetic: The Nutcracker

Featuring all the favorites, including the sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers, The Nutcracker returns to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens this holiday season, performed by Orange County Ballet Theater. This fully staged production of the beloved holiday classic features choreography specifically designed for the intimate Main Salon of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson's historic home

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Squirrel Nut Zippers
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Squirrel Nut Zippers

“Zipsters!  Round up the kids, grandparents, friends, enemies, acquaintances and maybe even your family; this year we’ll be spreading our holiday cheer on the west coast!” band leader Jimbo Mathus remarked.  “We’ll be playing selections from our old Christmas Caravan album, holiday hits and of course the finest new and old Squirrel Nut Zippers music for you all.”

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Dweezil Zappa
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa was born on September 5, 1969 in Los Angeles the son of Frank and Gail Zappa. It was inevitable that from the moment of his birth his life would be filled wall-to wall with music (his father having listed his religion as “musician” on Dweezil’s birth certificate). Dweezil’s early years were spent largely away from the spotlight—something of a rarity for the child of a celebrity, but perfect for cultivating a close relationship with his family.

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Merry Monarch: A Festive Tree Lighting
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

Merry Monarch: A Festive Tree Lighting

A Festive Tree Lighting with Performances by Capistrano Unified Schools. Join us as we celebrate the season and support our schools at Monarch Beach Resort. Enjoy a variety of musical performances by our students, cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa Claus and the official lighting of the holiday tree, hosted by KOST radio’s lively Ellen K.
All ticket proceeds will benefit Capistrano Unified School District.

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40th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

40th Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk

This is an absolute can’t miss special event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends, residents and visitors looking for a spectacular way to ring in the holiday season. Each year “The Walk” brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for live entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit!

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Caring Santa - Shops at Mission Viejo
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Caring Santa - Shops at Mission Viejo

Please join us for a private photo experience for children with special needs and their families. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. The Shops at Mission Viejo will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event.

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Trader Santa's: TikiLand Trading Co.
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Trader Santa's: TikiLand Trading Co.

  • 777 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, California 92651 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Greetings fellow TikiLanders! We're going to be in Laguna Beach again, this time for "Trader Santa's TikiLand Trading Co." marketplace of over 60 Tiki artists, makers, and vendors.
Feel the ocean breeze as you stroll and indulge in Dole Whips, by Hula Girls Shave Ice, tiki cocktails and cuisine at the on-site pop-up by Royal Hawaiian, our grand sponsor.

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OC Mo Fest - Beard & Moustache competition
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

OC Mo Fest - Beard & Moustache competition

Orange County Movember Network presents OCMOFEST  featuring the 6th Annual Dubs Was Here Beard & Moustache competition. Live Music after the competition with special guest and raffle prizes and drinks specials! $10 at donation at the door.  First 200 people will receive a gift bag with all kinds of goodies! 

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Christmas Tree Lighting - Laguna Niguel
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Tree Lighting - Laguna Niguel

Join us for a Christmas party as we light the community tree in this magical ceremony. Crafts, sweets, and whimsical treats will be available in the land of snowflakes, nutcrackers, and sugar plum fairies! Santa will be there, so don't forget your camera! Bring your loved ones, and friends; please leave your pets at home. Free to attend!

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Christmas at the Mission - San Juan Capistrano
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at the Mission - San Juan Capistrano

SAVE THE DATE! Celebrate the holiday season at the historic Mission. Join us for Christmas at the Mission on Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. featuring the first-ever Christmas Tree Lighting in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church along with a Candlelight Procession and the Reading of the First Christmas. Christmas at the Mission tickets on sale online only beginning November 1. After Christmas at the Mission, join us from December 2 through January 6 for a new tradition, "Capistrano Lights, " featuring a nightly "Tree Lighting" at 5:00 p.m. Learn more by visiting our website at www.missionsjc.com/christmas

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Puttin' on the Glitz
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Puttin' on the Glitz

Join us on Del Mar street for Puttin' On the Glitz at Santa's Village By The Sea as we kick off the holiday season with Live Entertainment, Beer & Wine Garden, Children’s Crafts, Mini Train Rides, Cinderella’s Carriage, Vendors, Food Trucks & Stores Open Late for Shopping. Free shuttle from 2-10 pm between San Clemente High School and Del Mar street.

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DSB - Journey Tribute
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

DSB - Journey Tribute

SB has been highly revered as the "next best thing" to Journey. They have captured the lush, signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime. Complete with a band of world-class Los Angeles musicians, DSB remains true to Journey's musical legacy and delivers the nostalgic concert experience that will keep you Believin'!

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Black Market Trust - Lord of the Strings
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Black Market Trust - Lord of the Strings

3 concerts to choose from! The Black Market Trust is a five member jazz band based in Los Angeles. Since the 2012 release of their all instrumental debut album "The Black Market Trust," a milestone in the genre of gypsy jazz, the band has gone on to record two more albums, maintain a busy touring schedule, and have their music featured on TV shows like the ABC television series "Happy Endings" and the Hulu original program "Casual." 

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Once Upon a Christmas Time
Nov
30
to Dec 9

Once Upon a Christmas Time

  • Vanguard University Lyceum Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It is Christmas Eve and Princess Aubrianna is awaiting her wedding the next day – to a man she’s never met! An arranged marriage between two warring countries has kept the peace for 20 years. Now, both the Prince and Princess are 20 years old and it is time to seal the pact. However, Aubrianna wants to have one last night of freedom and sneaks out of the castle disguised as a peasant. She meets a handsome young man that challenges her as well as charms her. What will she do on her wedding day? Will she choose duty or love?

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