May 2019 Orange County Community Events


Newport Beach Film Festival 
Apr. 25-May 2

The Festival annually hosts several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience.
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana
(949) 253-2880 /

SCC & Helicopter Golf Ball Drop
  Apr. 26

Join faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Santiago Canyon College for a day of golf on a world-class course.
Tustin Ranch Golf Club /

Dana Point California Wine Festival 
Apr. 26-27

Wine lovers find hundreds of fine wines, regional craft brews and a dizzying variety of foods to sample. A live band keeps the beat all day.
Fri. 6:30-9pm, Sat. Noon-4pm / Yacht Club & Lantern Bay Park /

Pet Expo 
Apr. 26-28

Over 1,000 animals will entertain you in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, and miniature horses. Pet adoptions, pet products for sale, petting zoo, how-to workshops and advice from animal experts.
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa /

Doheny Wood 
Apr. 27

Show is free to Woodie owners and spectators. The state beach does have a park entry fee. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on display.
8am-3pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point /

Floral Park Home & Garden Tour 
Apr. 27-28

Stroll through the beautiful vintage homes and gardens, search for treasures at the Antique & Collectables Sale, view the Classic Automobile Display, or enjoy a snack at the food and drink concessions.
10am-4pm / Santa Ana /

Taste of Huntington Beach  Apr. 28
A unique sampling of favorite local restaurants in Huntington Beach, paired with the finest wines in California, all in the name of charity! Proceeds benefit the children’s wing of the Huntington Beach Library.
Noon-4pm / Sports Complex at Talbert & Goldenwest /

Spring Citrus Fair  May 3-5

Showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free admission.
La Habra Boulevard between Euclid & Cypress /

OC Marathon  May 3-5

Join thousands of other community-minded runners and walkers at the OC Marathon, beginning at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. Pledges to benefit eleven local children’s charities through Run for Orange County Kids (ROCK).
(949) 222-3327 /

Soka University’s International Festival  May 4

Enjoy over 700 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, a children’s play area with bounce house, student projects and more!
10:30am-5pm / 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo /

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  May 4

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.
2-6pm / Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente /

Rancho Days Fiesta  May 4

Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and first-person presentations. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free.
11am-3pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
(949) 923-2230 /

Like Totally Music Festival  May 11

Bringing music, style and memories to the beach! Event features national 1980’s bands. Tons of vendors for shopping. Lots of yummy food trucks and a full bar. Celebrity impersonators and an 80s themed costume contest.
11am-9pm / Huntington State Beach /

Discovery Cube’s Annual Rocket Launch  May 11

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.
9am-2pm / The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach
(714) 913-5039 /

Rose Garden Tour  May 11

The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain (RSSM) sponsors Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tours of four unique and innovative private gardens in south Orange County. The self guided tour offers visitors magnificent floral and plant displays, garden architecture and ideas for environmentally sound garden practices.
Laguna Niguel & Portola Hills /

Open Garden Day  May 11

Experience the inviting neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. This one day community event offers an array of activities: 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 with plenty of tasty treats.
10am-4pm / Santa Ana /

Yorba Linda Lobsterfest  May 17

The 32nd Annual Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Lobsterfest & Silent Auction! All you can eat Maine Lobster and Tri-tip.
5:30-11pm / Yorba Linda Community Center /

Anaheim Children’s Festival  May 18

Free arts and crafts, dance lessons and performing arts classes. Over 50 organizations, city departments and more bring art projects to the Park atmosphere and invite the kids to “try art.”
11am-4pm / Pearson Park /

Mariachi Festival  May 18

Will include entertainment “Battle of the Mariachis” and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes.
9:30am-4pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
(949) 234-1321 /

Tustin LobsterFest  May 18

Entertainment, games, music and prizes. A fundraiser event that provides financial support for the programs and services sponsored by the Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary Club. All net proceeds from this event help pay for local Rotary programs throughout Tustin and Santa Ana.
4pm / Peppertree Park /

Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival  May 18-19

Featuring car rally, motor movies & Concours d’Elegance and Horseless Carriage Tour. Live performances in the outdoor amphitheater by The Pleasure Tones on Saturday and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys on Sunday.
1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton /

Doheny Blues Festival  May 18-19

The International Food Court at Doheny Blues will have a variety of authentic vendors sampling everything from BBQ Ribs to Cajun Sausage to Vegetarian Pitas. Our Vendor Village is strewn throughout the entire lawn at Sea Terrace Park and consists of 50+ different “storefronts.”
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point /

Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo  May 19

Multiple model kit vendors (cars, ships, planes, helicopters, tanks, and armored vehicles), 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 more!
9am-3pm / Old World Huntington Beach /

Balboa Island ArtWalk  May 19

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. Enjoy live music.
9am-5pm / Balboa Island /

Santa Ana Zoo’s Party for the Planet/Endangered Species Day  May 19

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 a variety of special guests including members of the Santa Ana City Water District, Fullerton Arboretum and other community organizations.
11am-2pm / Santa Ana Zoo /

Taste of Brea & Business Expo  May 23

Visitors will enjoy dancing to live music featuring Cold Duck. A DJ will be present as well during the event while you indulge in tasty treats and beverages.
5-9pm / Downtown Birch St. Promenade /

Strawberry Festival  May 24-27

“Celebrating Family.” A parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Rides, contests, Strawberry Festival Parade, vendor booths, charity food & game booths, showmobile performances, amphitheater performances, Garden Grove Strawberry Stomp 5K.
Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove /

Scottish Fest  May 25-26

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. Part of the United Scottish Society, the festival was established in 1932 and was called a Highland Games in the tradition of Scottish heritage. OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa
(714) 708-1500 /

Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony  May 26

In partnership with Northwood Memorial Committee, a special candle lighting ceremony will be held and includes presentations by Gold Star families. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
4pm / Northwood Community Park /

Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony  May 27

Attendees can memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board.
10am / Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
(949) 724-6606 /

Anaheim Cemetery Memorial Day Program 
May 28

The program is sponsored by The American Legion Post 72 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3173 and includes a variety of guest speakers, wreath presentations, and an Honor Guard Firing Salute.
11am / 1400 E Sycamore St. /

Veterans of War Memorial Day Event 
May 28

Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton. “Boots and Rifle” ceremony conducted by officers of Post 9934, and the bugle call, TAPS. Flowers to be placed on memorial for loved ones and friends who served our country.
10am / Pines Park, Capistrano Beach /

Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K & 10K  May 28

Honoring the U.S. Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion, this favorite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful OC cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel.
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center /

El Toro Memorial Park Memorial Day Program  May 28

Guest speakers, special musical performances, a wreath laying ceremony, and an honor guard firing salute.
11am / 25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest /

Fullerton Memorial Day Ceremony  May 28

Patriotic speaker for this year’s event will be Captain Curt Jones, United States Navy. Free to the public, the program is sponsored by the nonprofit American Veterans Memorial Association and the City of Fullerton.
10am / Loma Vista Memorial Park /

Huntington Beach Memorial Day Ceremony  May 28

In honor of veterans who have lost their lives in battle. Hosted by the American Legion Post 133, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans. Event features a 21-gun salute, flag-raising and playing of taps. Local dignitaries will officiate.
11am / Pier Plaza /

San Clemente Memorial Day Event  May 28

Keynote speaker Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Mount, United States Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion West.
11am / Community Center: 100 N. Calle Seville /

Santa Ana Memorial Day Program
  May 28

Guest speakers, special musical performances, combined color guards with a parade of flags, a wreath presentation ceremony, cannon salutes and an honor guard rifle salute.
10am / 1919 E Santa Clara Avenue
(949) 951-9102 /

Memorial Day at the Nixon Library  
May 28

Wreath laying and remarks by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams. Renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will perform their classic setlist of All-American favorites in the East Room at 3:30pm.
11am / 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda /

Event listing courtesy of The Sloan Team, First American Title