The California Poppy Festival™ kicks off spring in the Antelope Valley with a glorious array of celebrated performers, unrivaled events, and mouth-watering delicacies designed to delight, enchant and amuse people of all ages. Join us for two days of music, art, food and fun celebrating the state flower of California and the appearance of poppies in the Antelope Valley!
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.
Set a course for full STEAM ahead to OC Fair’s Imaginology, April 12-14, 2019, where science, technology, engineering, art and math come alive in the most fun and exciting ways. Friday (12-3pm), Saturday (10-3pm), Sunday (10-3pm). Come join us for activities, games and take photos with your favorite characters. We will also have a panel that teaches kids about cosplay.
The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers” but in our case it really should be “January showers lead to flowers in February, March and April.” Come explore the bluffs above Upper Newport Bay and learn about all the different wildflowers which grow there.
The public is encouraged to get outdoors and enjoy the magic of wildflower season. With 7-day self-guided access, the City of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve and the City of Irvine’s Bommer Canyon are a great place to start your wildflower adventure. Just be sure to stay on the trails and leave the wildflowers where you find them. Irvine Ranch Conservancy also offers a full calendar of guided activities and events designed to explore the wildflowers on the open spaces this spring.
The British are coming!
The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host this reenactment of the American Revolution in Huntington Beach Central Park, behind the library. Come experience the founding of our nation with some of the country's finest living history presenters. Spain's role in the independence of the United States was part of its dispute over colonial supremacy with the Kingdom of Great Britain. Spain declared war on Britain as an ally of France, itself an ally of the American colonies, and provided supplies and munitions to the American forces. Come by our tent and learn more! As always these events are absolutely free to the public.
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ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the brand new North American Professional Highland athletics. With falconry, sheep herding and a large array of other activities, guests will have culture at every turn!
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.
Casa Romantica will showcase some of the most significant holdings of The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine in Casa Romantica’s stunning Spanish Revival exhibition space and cultural center by the sea. The Idle Hour captures the beauty of the Southern California landscape as it was painted by the West Coast’s most renowned plein air artists between 1850 and 1930, and includes works by Joseph Kleitsch, Colin Campbell Cooper, Arthur Rider, Franz Bischoff, Granville Redmond, and Laguna Art Museum co-founder Anna Hill.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC - The Idle Hour: The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine curated by Berenika Schmitz. The exhibition, which is on view from November 9, 2018 through March 10, 2019, is a prominent collection of California Impressionist art. Among The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine, select works will be hung at Casa Romantica featuring still-lifes, landscapes and human subjects. Some of the exhibition’s highlights include works from Joseph Kleitsche, Colin Campbell, Aurthur Rider, Franz Bischoff and John Rich.
Join us for Halloween fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include trick-or-treating*, spooky kids crafts, a scavenger hunt, and fun games! (children ages 12 & under)
The first 100 children (ages 12 & under) in costume will receive a free gift!
Come see the zoo animals receive treat-filled pumpkins throughout the day!
Ghostly bubbles, fizzing eyeballs, and glowing slime are just a few of the experiments brewing in our labs during this family friendly Halloween event. Come in your favorite costume as you trick or treat through the Mad Scientist's open labs and meet some animals that might make you go "eek!"
Prehistoric OC is a free event that invites families to explore the prehistoric history of Orange County. Fun and educational activities and information to the public about Orange County’s rich history, prehistory, and Native American culture with activities, fossils, and artifacts. Families can enjoy hands on activities, watch volcano demonstrations by the Geology Department from CSUF, examine fossils and artifacts, learn about Native American culture, and check out the Junior Scientist camp for educational crafts. Event and parking are free.
Immerse yourself in a real Italian Renaissance Faire complete with special sword demonstrations, interactive gallery experiences, face painting, musical performances, and fun for the whole family. Featuring Chivalry Today and Courtly Noyse!
Bring your team to the 57th Annual Sandcastle Contest and have a chance to be recognized, win cash prizes and have a great day at the beach! This year’s theme is “Have a Ball!”
This long-running event is presented by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and attracts thousands of spectators and contest participants ranging from seasoned professionals to first–timers. Get your team together – family, friends, work, church or school group – sign up or come to the beach to watch. Event participants receive a free T-Shirt.
Acorn Day returns to O’Neill Regional Park! This free, familyfriendly day of excitement and learning offers activities for every age including free crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, very special storytelling sessions with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more for the the entire family!
Founded in 1998 by a group of Irvine residents to help promote understanding and build harmony within Irvine’s many diverse cultures, the day-long Global Village Festival is now Irvine’s signature event, featuring more than 100 performances on five stages; international cuisine and food from more than 50 restaurants; an international marketplace filled with unique crafts and textiles; interactive, educational and entertaining cultural displays, demonstrations, and performances; and an international village just for kids.
More than 40 local restaurants and gourmet food trucks serve up samples of regional and international specialties from boba smoothies, miso soup, falafel, Mexican fusion tacos and German pretzels to Japanese dumplings, Hawaiian shaved ice and the all-American bacon-wrapped hot dog. Please be prepared with cash for food and beverage purchases.
Guacamole contest | Arts & crafts | Pony rides | Face painting | Petting zoo | Shopping | Great food | Health/safety information | Gardening workshops | Historical exhibits
This is a FREE event for the public to enjoy the celebration of the Home of the Hass Avocado.
In 1936, the first Solvang Danish Days festival emerged in honor of the village’s 25th anniversary. Ever since, Danish Days celebrates Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities.
This event has grown and grown and now close to 5000 guests of all ages come out for this fun evening under the oak trees and stars. It is important to us that this event remain free to our guests and without the generous donations from our sponsors we would not be able to accomplish that. Located at the beautiful Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at SJC guests can dance to local band the Kelly Family on the largest outdoor dance floor in Orange County, have dinner hosted by local food trucks, shop with our vendors, or support the evening through the raffle and silent auction.
Great friends off stage and on, Liza and Michael come to Segerstrom Center to reminisce about her legendary career, with conversation, clips from her many iconic films and songs.
Surfers Vendor Village – Menehune Surf Contest – 60’s Surf Contest
Tandem Exhibition – Surf Tricks Contest - Kona Beer Garden (with wine and spirits, too)
Live Music – Polynesian Dancing – Great Food – Healthy Living Demonstrations - Surfer’s Art and Collectibles - Classic Longboard Exhibit – Classic Woody Car Show and MORE!
Over a Mile of Art & Live Music!
The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the Island's summer season. The 24th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place along the South Bayfront Promenade. Admission is free.
Rancho Days Fiesta will feature a variety activities, exhibitors, and vibrant performances and demonstrations for all ages. Gather the family for a day of hands-on fun including piñata breaking, butter churning, and candle dipping. The celebration will also feature Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, along with Native American and Folklorico dancing.
Enjoy 700 musicians and dancers performing on four stages, and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors. The 2018 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County's Imagination Celebration.
The Annual Earth Day Sunset Whale Watch with Dana Wharf Whale Watching to benefit the ACS. Past Earth Day trips have yielded great sightings of gray whale cows and calves "coddling" in the coves north of Dana Point, and last year we even saw a fin whale cow/calf pair.
Plus, it's a great two hours with some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable whale-watcher anywhere.
OC Parks would like to invite you and your kids to a fun morning of fishing at Tri-City Regional Park! This Kids’ Fishing Derby (for ages 15 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from our lake.
Whether this is your first time fishing or you’re a regular, you will have fun trying to catch some fish! Instructors will be on hand to demonstrate, assist and answer any questions.