Los Alamitos Police Appreciation Luncheon May 2
You are invited to express your support and appreciation of the Los Alamitos Police Department. The keynote speaker will be Ray Fenton, Head Football Coach at Los Alamitos High School.
Time/Place: 11:15am-1pm / Navy Golf Course, Cypress
Contact: 562-598-6659 / www.losalchamber.org
The 2018 FIVB Huntington Beach Open May 2-6
The best athletes and Olympians from across the globe will be competing in Surf City at this beach volleyball tournament.
Time/Place: Huntington City Beach
Gate & Garden Tour May 4
A fundraiser for school gardens, scholarships and community projects. The winding downhill walking route toward the ocean features fancy gardens. Celebrate the “Eve of Cinco de Mayo” with margaritas, Mexican food, free refreshments and a raffle.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / South Laguna
Spring Citrus Fair May 4-6
Showcases the history of the La Habra Valley. Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission.
Time/Place: Fri 4-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm / La Habra Blvd.
Contact: 562-697-1704 / www.citrusfair.com
Wild West Steamfest May 5
Celebrates The Old West & Steampunk. This concert event includes a beer garden, vendors, panels, Faro, costume contest, gold mining and living history tours.
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
San Clemente Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 5
Traditional Mariachi’s and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups will be serving up authentic Mexican food fare and other activities will include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths and a vendor area.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Max Berg Plaza Park: 1100 Calle Puente
Contact: 949-361-8264 / www.san-clemente.org
Soka University’s International Festival May 5
Over 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors! There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales, and children’s play area.
Time/Place: 10:30am-5pm / 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo
Cinco de Mayo Yacht Party May 5
This booze cruise will be equipped with one of a kind Margaritas, an array street tacos, rice & beans and churros; all while listening to the beats of top 40 music and the best Salsa/Latin hits!
Time/Place: 1-4pm & 7-10pm / Royal Princess Yacht, Newport Beach
Contact: 714-485-6543 / www.annualyachtparties.com
OC Marathon May 5-6
Pledges to benefit eleven local children’s charities through Run for Orange County Kids (ROCK). The Ultimate Finish Line Festival on Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
Time/Place: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Cars ‘N Copters on the Coast May 6
This unique show will feature a stunning array of exotic cars, as well as an impressive lineup of helicopters. Proceeds go to the Huntington Beach Police & Community Foundation, benefiting the Huntington Beach Police Department Air Support Unit and many other community and police programs the HBPCF supports.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Huntington City Beach
Dachshund Races May 6
Come see these short legged but swift ‘wiener dogs’ race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.
Time/Place: 3-4pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
ACES Hot Rod Resurrection Car Show May 9
Open to pre ‘65 traditional hot rods, customs & vintage/classic bikes only, and being held in Huntington Beach, Old World in Orange County. Spectator’s admission and parking are free.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Old World Village
Discovery Cube’s Annual Rocket Launch May 12
This event is full of hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-542-2823 / https://oc.discoverycube.org
Open Garden Day May 12
Experience the inviting neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. Lovely gardens to tour, water-wise front yard sidewalk tour, garden expert talks & demonstrations, vintage cars to peruse, a street full of vendors selling unique garden treasures, and gourmet food trucks.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Santa Ana
Mariachi Festival May 12
“Battle of the Mariachis” and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-234-1321 / www.missionsjc.com
A Taste for Charity May 16
A fun filled evening under the stars to benefit local Laguna Beach charities. Silent art auction, raffle items, ‘tastes’ from twelve of the finest local Laguna Beach restaurants, and a live auction of indescribable artwork and items all generously donated by the local artists, galleries, and merchants.
Time/Place: 6pm / Tivoli Too: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
Music and Arts Festival May 18
The Laguna Niguel Youth Committee hosts this annual music festival to give local middle and high school students an opportunity to perform.
Time/Place: 6:30-9:30pm / Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Anaheim Children’s Festival May 19
Fun for the whole family with free arts and crafts, dance lessons and performing arts classes. Over 20 booths will decorate the entrance area outside the Amphitheater in Pearson Park. Two stages will be located at the Festival. Musicians, puppets, bands, vocal groups, and dancers will perform.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Pearson Park
Race Against Extinction 5K Run May 19
Generation Awakening, a local nonprofit is hosting its inaugural 5K run to raise funds for local and international conservation and wildlife organizations. A family-friendly walk/run event for all ages on sand and through a fun obstacle course.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-222-7570 / www.generationawakening.org
Tustin LobsterFest May 19
An afternoon of FUN for the family - enjoy entertainment, games, music and prizes. Annual fundraiser event that provides financial support for the programs and services sponsored by the Tustin / Santa Ana Rotary Club.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Peppertree Park
Newport Beach Spirits Tasting Event May 19
The SIP Awards is the only spirit tasting competition that puts you in the judging seat. Categories include: Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Mezcal, Rum, Whiskey, Scotch, Cognac, Bourbon, Liqueurs, Infused Spirits, Mixers, and many others.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival May 19-20
Featuring car rally, motor movies & Concours d’Elegance and Horseless Carriage Tour. Live performances in the outdoor amphitheater. Proceeds benefit youth arts education and outreach programs.
Time/Place: Sat 8am-2pm, Sun 10am-4pm / 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
Contact: 714-738-6595 / www.muckcarshow.org
Doheny Blues Festival May 19-20
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.
Time/Place: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Contact: 949-360-7800 / www.dohenybluesfestival.com
Balboa Island ArtWalk May 20
The premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Balboa Island
Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo May 20
Multiple Model Kit Vendors, 1/6 scale Figure and Armor Vendors, Toy Soldier Vendors, Miniature Gaming Vendors, Military Book and Decal Vendors, Documentary and Movie DVD Vendors, Die-cast Toy Vendors and much more!
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws
Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation May 20
Join No Kid Hungry in Laguna Beach as the top chefs in the area come together to make a difference and end child hunger in the US at Taste of the Nation. Celebrated CA chefs, Amar Santana and Joe Sasto, will be joining the line-up.
Time/Place: 2:30-7:30pm / Montage Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-295-2801 / https://events.nokidhungry.org
Santa Ana Zoo’s Party for the Planet-Endangered Species Day May 20
Throughout the event, Zoo guests can create conservation-friendly crafts and play fun games, as well as learn from hands-on demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, recycling, sustainable living and special guests.
Time/Place: 12-3pm / 1801 E Chestnut Avenue
Contact: 714-836-4000 / www.santaanazoo.org
Taste of Brea & Business Expo May 24
Showcases our vibrant business community and city as one of Southern California’s premiere destinations for exceptional dining, quality entertainment, and diverse shopping options. Vistors will also enjoy dancing to live music.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown Birch St. promenade
Contact: 714-529-3660 / www.tasteofbrea.com
Strawberry Festival May 25-28
The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Contests, cake cutting ceremony, vendor & food booths, showmobile performances, rides and attractions. Free admission!
Time/Place: Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove
Contact: 714-638-0981 / www.strawberryfestival.org
Scottish Fest May 26-27
The event features hundreds of bagpipers and drummers, Scottish and Irish food and vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing and traditional Scottish feats of strength like the hammer throw, putting the stone and caber toss.
Time/Place: 9am-6pm / OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-708-1500 / www.scottishfest.com
San Clemente Memorial Day Remembrance May 28
Join us as we honor all branches of the United States Military at the Marine Monument, in Park Semper Fi overlooking the SC Pier and ocean. All service members welcome. Meet our Marines from Camp Pendleton: 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, San Clemente’s adopted Marine Corps Unit.
Time/Place: 2-3pm / Pier Bowl
La Palma Memorial Day Ceremony May 28
Pay tribute to the dedication and sacrifices the men and women of our Nation’s Armed Forces have made.
Time/Place: 9am / Civic Center - City’s Eternal Flame
Contact: 714-690-3300 / www.cityoflapalma.org
Huntington Beach Memorial Day Ceremony May 28
This annual ceremony, hosted by the American Legion Post 133, features a 21-gun salute, flag-raising and playing of taps. Local dignitaries will also be in attendance.
Time/Place: 11am / Pier Plaza
Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony May 28
Attendees can memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board.
Time/Place: 10am / Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
Contact: 949-724-6715 / www.cityofirvine.org
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Knights duel during the Queen's Royal Joust in the tournament area during the 39th annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore.
April 7-May 20: Looking for a knight in shining armor? You’ll find lots of ’em at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale. (File photo)
What: Travel back in time to the days of yore when Queen Elizabeth I ruled England. A 20-acre wooded playground offers entertainment, such as fully armored jousting, and is populated with characters wearing elaborate costumes that recall the era. Don’t miss the marketplace and pub crawl.
When: April 7-May 20, Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale
Tickets: $30 single day adults, $15 single day ages 5-12; season passes $155 (adults), $70 ages 5-12)
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
What: Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd headline SoCal’s biggest music event of the year, with another 150 or so acts including SZA, Kygo, Haim, Tyler, David Byrne, Odesza and Portugal. The Man
When: April 13-15, 20-22
Where: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio
Tickets: Sold out, but available on secondary markets.
California Wine Festival
What: Ninth annual event features nearly 250 selections from more than 80 wineries, plus food from 30 Orange County fine dining restaurants and gourmet food companies. Rare and reserve tasting is 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, beachside wine festival 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
When: April 20-21
Where: Laguna Cliffs Marriott, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point; and Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point
Tickets: $350 and up
Earth Day Celebration
What: Learn about what can be done to help protect the planet’s oceans during this 18th annual event.
When: April 21-22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Tickets: Free with Aquarium admission ($30 adults, $18 ages 3-11)
Stagecoach Country Music Festival
What: Garth Brooks, a five-time CMA entertainer of the year, will headline the country music extravaganza for the first time, also performing with Trisha Yearwood on April 29. Also headlining will be the duo Florida Georgia Line on April 27, and guitar virtuoso Keith Urban on April 28. Other performers include Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Kenny Rogers.
When: April 27-29
Where: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio
Tickets: $329 for 3-day general admission (other price levels sold out)
Mission Federal ArtWalk
What: Seventeen blocks of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, primarily along India Street, will be filled with visual and performing arts plus music, dance and interactive art experiences.
When: April 28-29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Little Italy neighborhood, San Diego
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