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Fairs & Festivals in Orange County

There’s always something to look forward to celebrating with the many fairs and festivals in Orange County. Take a look at this list and find the next great OC event to enjoy with friends and family. Don’t miss out on all the fun Orange County has to offer.

January

Winter Fest OC
November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024
OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

Enjoy the magic of winter at Winter Fest OC with Santa, snow, carnival games, delicious food, and more. Stroll through holiday lights, build a snowman in the snow play area, and enjoy a snow tubing slide. There’s a tree lighting ceremony every night at 5:30 with fresh falling snow and a parade, with fireworks to light up the sky. Kids will delight in the magic that Winter Fest offers and the whole family will feel the spirit of the season as they wander through the winter wonderland. Winter Fest offers complimentary admission with a valid ID on select days for First Responders, Nurses, Active Duty Military & Veterans, and Teachers.

Lunar New Year Events

Find all the lunar new festivities happening in Orange County.

Tet Festival
January 2024
Mile Square Park | 16801 Euclid Street
Friday, Jan. 20: 5PM-10PM | Saturday, Jan. 21: 10AM-10PM | Sunday, Jan. 22: 10AM-9PM

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the year of the Rabbit at this annual Tet Festival. Hosted by Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, guests can enjoy traditional Vietnamese performances, music, food, and fun. The event features plenty of food vendors, live entertainment, carnival rides, a firecracker ceremony, lion dances, and more!

Lunar New Year Festival
January 2024
SteelCraft Garden Grove
12900 S. Euclid St., Garden Grove | 12PM – 10PM

Family-friendly celebration for the community to participate in and explore the ways various cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year.

UVSA Tet Festival
OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
January 2024
Friday, January 27: 4PM – 10PM | Saturday, January 28: 11AM-10PM | Sunday, January 29: 11AM-9PM

The Tet Festival is the celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in Vietnamese culture. According to the Festival page, “Tết celebrates the arrival of a new spring where families reunite, enjoy each other’s company, forget about the troubles of the previous year and look forward to a better upcoming year.” The Tet Festival includes a Vietnamese Culture Village with exhibits, galleries, performers, vendors, and replicas of traditional Vietnamese villages. There are also several contests to enter, including the Pho eating contest, balut eating contest, children’s pageant, dance contests and more.

Lunar New Year Celebration
January 2024 | TBA
Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with music, dance, and a fusion of musical traditions from East and West.

Anatolia Food Festival
January 2024 | 10AM – 4PM
Mason Regional Park | 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

What better way to savor your Sunday than to enjoy a day of food and fun exploring Turkish and Mediterranean culinary cuisines. In addition to sampling new flavors, carnival games will be available for kids to play. This free event is open to the public and donations are requested for food and games.


February

Black History Parade & Cultural Faire
West Center Street Promenade, Anaheim CA
February 2024 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Black History Parade & Cultural Faire is held every year on the first Saturday in February to kick off Black History Month. The annual event is organized by the Orange County Heritage Council and was founded by Helen Shipp. The parade features “noted community members and elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas.” The parade is followed by the cultural faire which includes educational and informational booths and activities, vendor and business booths, youth village and activities, health information and screenings, entertainment, and food.

Valentine’s Day Events

Here are all the Valentine’s Day Events taking place in Orange County.

Laguna Beach Music Festival
February 16-18, 2024
Laguna Playhouse | 606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates classical and contemporary music. The event includes concerts, community outreach and educational programs, and special events. Guests will enjoy meet-the-artist events, salons, rehearsals, discussions, and during festival week, local schoolchildren will enjoy live music in school. Festival events include the Festival Prelude at the Laguna Art Museum and the Music Meets Dance Opening Night Event.

Bloody Valentine Marketplace
February 2024 | 10AM – 6PM
Heritage Museum Of Orange County | 3101 W. Harvard St. Santa Ana, CA 92704

Bloody Valentine presented by MAAG Marketplace celebrates Valentine’s Day and supports farmhouse restoration with unique vendors to shop, food and drinks, music, photo ops and more. Plus fun for the kids and the kid in you!

Event Includes: Unique vendors, crafts, kids activities, food, haunters row art gallery, bloody Valentine photo ops, bloody Valentine cosplay.

Lantern Festival
February 2024 | 11AM – 4:30 PM
Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

A free family event, the Pacific Symphony’s Annual Lantern Festival celebrates the Year of the Rabbit and marks the return of Spring. Enjoy a Lunar New Year Celebration with music, dancing, art making, games, food, and floating lanterns throughout the concert hall lobby.

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 24-25, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Irvine Regional Park | 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

The Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating 27 years in business and will be hosting a weekend of fun with $2 tickets for train rides – the original price for a train ride when they opened in 1996. There are many other events during the anniversary celebration including panning for gold, carnival games, moon bounce, hay rides and face painting. Activities are one to two tickets per person and cost $2 per ticket. Free activities include live entertainment, raffle, and picture stands. Popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream can be purchased for $2 each. Additional food and drinks are available for purchase at the train depot snack bar.

Kinderkarneval
2024 TBA | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Phoenix Club | 375 W Central Ave, Brea, CA 92821

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Phoenix Club with Karneval Around the World. Especially for children, this free event includes a costume contest, music and dancing, a balloon drop, games, candy, and more. Doors open at 12:30.


March

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
March – April 2024
California Adventure | 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

Calling all Disney Fanatics and Foodies! The Happiest Place on Earth’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is poised to make you even happier. Enjoy Disney-inspired tastes and sips, plus unique culinary activities and events lined up for the duration of the festival. With the purchase of regular park admission, guests will have access to culinary demonstrations, the Festival Marketplace, family activities, crafts, live entertainment, the Jr. Chef Experience and more. Purchase a Sip and Savor Pass to get the most flavor out of your Festival Experience. Special reservation-only events are also available.

Dana Point Festival of Whales
March 2024
Dana Point Harbor | 34555 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

The Festival of Whales is a popular annual event that celebrates the return of the Gray Whales that migrate off our Coast. The two day celebration will feature multiple events and activities for the whole family including whale watching excursions, sand sculpture competitions, paddle board clinics, water play, art lessons, car shows, educational lectures, live music, great food, kids fishing clinics, and The Festival of Whales parade to kick the whole thing off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Orange County Restaurant Week
Restaurant Week Dates: March 2024

O.C. Restaurant week offers prix-fixe menus ranging from $15 to $45 plus a luxe prix-fixe menu ranging from $60 to $120. It’s easy to sort your searches, filtering by prix-fixe price range and location including by City, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Events

Here are all the St. Patrick’s Day events.

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival
Knott’s Berry Farm
March – April 2024 (Daily) | Fri-Sat Only: TBA

Visit Knott’s for their annual food-inspired event that celebrates the boysenberry and the early beginnings of the park. Special meals, snacks, drinks, and desserts will be featured at locations throughout the park, plus there will be activities, stage shows, live music, and local crafters.

Field Trip Fest
March 2024
Reata Park & Event Center | 28632 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Celebrate community and craftsmanship at this festival that features live music, craft beer, a VW Bus show, and food trucks. There are two stages of live music, tastings from over 40 southern California breweries, BBQ, vendors, and much more.

Family Art Festival
Saturday, March 2024 | 10AM – 1PM
Smith Murphy Park | 5290 Cameron Drive, Buena Park

The City of Buena Park Fine Arts is excited to announce that the Family Arts Festival will be taking place at Smith-Murphy Park at 5290 Cameron Drive, Buena Park. The Children’s Arts Festival will provide a wonderful opportunity for the family to discover and appreciate the arts together. If your family enjoys hands-on art activities and live music, while learning how to take care of our planet, then this event is for you!

Irish Fest at the Biergarten
Old World Huntington Beach | 7561 Center Ave., #49, Huntington Beach, CA
March 2024

Come out to Irish Fest at Old World Huntington Beach’s Biergarten with special events, live music, beer, wiener dog races, and of course corned beef and cabbage.

Sweet Street Dessert Festival
March 2024
Downtown Anaheim | 201 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

Those extra pounds you worked off with your New Years Resolutions were all in preparation for this moment. Center Street Promenade will be lined with vendors serving up… sweets. You’ll delight in a night of delicious desserts, hand crafted cookies, and much more.

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Faire
March 23, 2024 | Parade begins at 11:00 a.m.
Downtown San Juan Capistrano

The Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire are the culminating events for the three month long festival celebrating the return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano from their winter home in Argentina. The parade is one of the largest non-motorized parades in America. The celebration dates back to the 1930s. The Swallows Day Parade is part of the Festival de los Golondrinas. The Festival includes multiple events such as the Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, Hoos’ Gow Day, and more. The Mercado Street Faire offers delicious food, fun for the whole family, a kids play zone, shopping, and entertainment.

OC Wine & Spirit Fest
March 24, 2024 | 11AM – 3PM
Giracci Vineyards & Farms | 16162 Jackson Ranch Road, Silverado

The OC Wine and Spirit Fest brings wines from all over the world, plus craft brews, spirits, ciders, and seltzers. Set at beautiful Giracci Vineyards and Farms, this fun, laid back event also features exhibitors, food trucks, and wine pairings. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities and restoration of The Swanner House.

PaleyFest
Dolby Theater | 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA
March – April 2024

PaleyFest is back, live and in person at the Dolby Theater, March 31st through April 4th. See the stars and creators of your favorite TV shows. Yellowstone, The MandalorianAbbott ElementaryGrey’s Anatomy. Tickets are on sale now and sell out fast. Become a member for discounts on the best seats in the house and VIP access for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more info, go to PaleyFest.org!

Easter Events
March 31, 2024

Find Orange County Easter events.


April


Disney California Adventure Food &Wine Festival
March – April 2024 | During Park Hours
California Adventure | 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

Calling all Disney Fanatics and Foodies! Enjoy a few more weeks of The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Poised to make you happier than ever with Disney-inspired tastes and sips, plus unique culinary activities and events lined up for the duration of the festival. With the purchase of regular park admission, guests will have access to culinary demonstrations, the Festival Marketplace, family activities, crafts, live entertainment, the Jr. Chef Experience and more. Purchase a Sip and Savor Pass to get the most flavor out of your Festival Experience. Select reservation-only events are also available.

OC Cherry Blossom Festival
Huntington Beach Central Park Bandstand
18000 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
April 2024
Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The annual Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Huntington Beach Central Park near the bandstand located behind the Central Library. The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese American Culture in Southern California. The 3-day event is free and open to the public and includes a variety of family-friendly activities. There will be over 20 performers and musical groups, more than 50 vendors, a Sakura Night Market on Friday and Saturday, contests and dancing, arts and crafts, exhibits, games, and so much more. The Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its sixth year, was started by a Girl Scout who wanted to showcase Japanese Culture in Huntington Beach.

Hanamatsuri Festival
April 2024 | 1:00-7:00 PM
909 S Dale Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804

Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival) celebrates the birth of Siddhārtha Gautama, who became Śākyamuni, the historical Buddha. We adorn the pavilion (hanamido) that shelters the baby Buddha statue with flowers and offer the statue sweet tea representing the gentle rain falling in Lumbini Garden on the day of Siddhārtha’s birth. The free to attend event will feature foods, games, boutique and craft items, exhibits and performances uniquely Japanese. Exhibits: Tea Ceremony, Japanese Artifacts, Kimekomi Dolls, Calligraphy, Ikebana, Swords, and Bonsai. On Stage: Aikido, Taiko Drums, Nihon Buyo (Classical Dance), Kendo, Koto, Karate, and Tsugaru Shamisen/Minyo

Imaginology
OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
April 2024
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Imaginology is a STEAM fest that is free for all ages. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math come together to inspire and engage. The annual family event features hundreds of booths and vendors that offer information and hands-on activities to explore and discover. From making music to planting seeds, to building models of molecules with toothpicks and marshmallows. See science fair projects and live performances, find new hobbies and enter contests like building a scarecrow or a steampunk hat. Imaginology is packed with fun for the whole family.

Earth Day Events

List of Orange County Earth Day events.

Spring Garden Show
April 2024
South Coast Plaza | 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza is a four-day garden event that features 50 unique plant and garden vendors. Visitors will see display gardens from leading landscape designers, and spectacular floral centerpieces. Guests can participate in more than 20 children’s events and activities and there will be daily seminars presented by industry professionals.

CA Wine Festival
April 2024
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa | 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Sea Terrace Park | 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

Wine lovers look forward to the annual California Wine Festival Events. The Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting event on Friday night (6:30 – 9PM) is an evening of some of the best, rarest wines from the region plus delicious delicacies from top chefs. The Beachside Wine Festival on Saturday (1-4PM) features hundreds of fine wines, regional craft brews, and a variety of foods to sample from local chefs. The event also features artisanal cheeses, breads, olive oil, salads, shellfish, chocolates, desserts, and more, plus live music for the afternoon oceanside event.

Orange County Wine Fest
April 2024
The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Enjoy three hours of wine tasting from 30+ wineries pouring 100+ wines, happening at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center. From crisp, refreshing whites to deep-flavored reds, whatever your preferred grape, you’ll find plenty to discover and love at the Orange County Wine Fest. There are also local vendors to shop from and panels to attend, plus food trucks to purchase food from. Must be 21 and over to attend.

Lake Forest Pet Expo
April 2024
Lake Forest Sports Park & Recreation Center | 28000 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest

If you love your fur babies, head over to Lake Forest’s Pet Expo to explore all things pets from groomers and veterinarians to local retailers. There will be K9 demonstrations, information booths, vendors, and activities for kids. Friendly pups are welcome at this free community event.

Summer Showcase
Crown Valley Community Center
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
April 2024 | 4PM – 7PM

The Laguna Niguel Summer Showcase features an introduction to all the summer activities offered by the Parks and Recreation department. Meet instructors, talk about summer camps and sign up early, check out a bike safety workshop, participate in crafts and face painting, and pick up some special treats.

Aliso Viejo Jam Fest and Summer Camp Expo
Aliso Viejo Ranch | 100 Park Avenue, Aliso Viejo
Saturday, April 2024 | 11AM – 2PM

Come out to get a sneak peek at all the summer camp opportunities available in the city and sign up early. Plus, there will be live music by the Canyon Brothers, bounce houses, balloon twisters, photo ops, a rock wall, and many more activities for the whole family to enjoy.


May

Cinco de Mayo Events

Here all of the Cinco de Mayo events.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
May 2024
La Palma Park: 1151 N. La Palma Parkway, Anaheim

The annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration features live music, dance performances, folklorico competitions, carnival rides and games, vendors with delicious food highlighting mexican cuisine, a dignitaries breakfast, and plenty of family fun.

Orange County Food & Wine Festival
Sunday, May TBA 2024 |1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Marconi Automotive Museum |1302 Industrial Dr, Tustin, CA 92780

The Orange County Food & Wine Festival is an annual fundraiser that benefits selected youth charities and programs. Participants will enjoy food and wine from leading Orange County restaurants and wine from California wineries located in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and the Santa Barbara areas. The event will also include gifts, products, travel and entertainment items in our silent and live auctions. The venue showcases a collection of high performance race cars, street cars, and other collector’s vehicles and memorabilia.

BeachLife Festival
May 2024 TBA
Seaside Lagoon – 239 N Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA

BeachLife Festival showcases a diverse lineup of musicians and bands, covering a wide range of genres such as rock, reggae, indie, folk, and more.

Rossmoor Community Festival
Rush Park | 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor
Sunday, May 2024 | 11AM – 4PM | Free Admission

Bring the family out for this fun community event at Rush Park. Activities will include a petting zoo, pony rides, wall climbing, bouncers, games, a trackless train, and more. Participants can join the dog parade or enter your classic in the car show. The festival will also feature live musical performers and entertainment, crafts, vendors, information booths and much more. Bring on the fun!

La Habra Citrus Fair
321 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90631
May 2024

The La Habra Spring Citrus Fair is a Youth Expo and Livestock Show. The three day event features a variety of exhibitions, vendors, carnival rides and games, a car show, and so much more. Participants will explore exhibits, robotics events, the livestock show and junior auction, enjoy dancing and entertainment, and mingling with friends and neighbors.

May Parade
Chapman Avenue, Orange
Saturday, May 2024 | Parade Begins at 10AM

Come out to the Orange May Parade featuring local schools, businesses, community groups, and non-profits. The parade travels along Chapman Avenue from Cleveland Street to Lemon Street.

Rancho Days Fiesta
Saturday, May 2024 | 11AM – 3PM
Heritage Hill Historical Park | 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest

Learn about Orange County’s history, the Native American tribes that inhabited the area, and the role of Mexican Ranchos. The past comes to life at this exciting community event featuring horse riding and roping demonstrations, music and dancing, pinatas, arts and crafts, and tours of historic buildings including the 1863 Serrano Adobe. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival aka “K-Pomp”
May 2024 TBA
Irvine Civic Center | 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606

The Irvine Korean Cultural Festival (IKCF) serves as a platform to foster cultural awareness both locally and internationally, showcasing a rich blend of traditional and contemporary Korean art, cuisine, and cultural experiences, often referred to as K-Pomp. It endeavors to plant the seeds of cultural appreciation and understanding through its vibrant exhibitions.

OC Greek Fest
2024: TBA
St. John Greek Orth. Church | 405 N. Dale St. Anaheim, CA 92801

The OC Greek Food Festival celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides & games and other children’s activities, and much more. Here are all the Greek Festivals in Orange County.

Brea Bonanza Days
Downtown Brea | Brea Boulevard and Birch Street
May 2024

Brea Bonanza Days is a three day country music festival held in the streets of Downtown Brea. The event features vendors and food, live music and dancing, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Jurassic Trails and Tales
Crown Valley Park | 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
May 2024

Families will see Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Velociraptors, and T-Rex in their natural environment on a wild prehistoric adventure at Crown Valley Park. This is a can’t miss local favorite so bring the kids and enjoy.

Battle of the Mariachis Festival
No May 2023 FestivalMission San Juan Capistrano | 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano

The Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival is an exciting day-long event featuring live performances by mariachi groups. Attendees will also see the ringing of the historic bells, singing of the National Anthem, additional special performances and awards presentations. There will be food vendors and much more.

Spring Faire
Environmental Nature Center | 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA
May 2024 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This year’s Spring Faire will be a virtual event with the option to pick up To Go bags. Online events include a virtual Craft Crawl and virtual Story Walk, plus play virtual nature games and watch live performances from the Full Circle Stage. See a schedule of the virtual Spring Faire events here. Bid online on Silent Auction items donated by local businesses like wine collections, gift certificates for dinners, craft beer, science kits, and more. Purchase a Spring Faire To Go bag packed in reusable canvas bags donated by EARTHPACK and loaded with goodies.

Crawfish Festival
May 2024 | Fat Friday 5-11 PM | Sat. 2-11 PM | Sun. 12 NOON-8 PM
Fountain Valley Sports Park | 16400 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Savor the Flavor of New Orleans Right Here in Southern California! Live Music, New Orleans’s most iconic dishes, freshly made Beignets, Private Cabanas, Dance Floor, Free Souvenir Photo, Carnival Rides and Games, Second Line Parade, Live Cooking Demonstrations, VIP Lounge, DJ and Dance Lessons, and of course, Live Crawfish (flown in from Louisiana daily) boiled in the world’s largest pots, Karaoke with live Band, Magic and Illusion shows (as seen on America’s Got Talent), Kids Area, and more.

Anaheim Children’s Festival
Saturday, May 2024 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pearson Park – Harbor Blvd & Sycamore Street

The annual Children’s Festival is a free community event offering arts and crafts and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy a day of fun. Activities inspire kids to engage in the arts and participate in a variety of free lessons including art, dance, and performance. Two stages feature performances and activities featuring karaoke, cultural dance and cheerleading. This exciting family event is sponsored by Muzeo.

Garden Grove Strawberry FestivalMay 2024 | Free Admission
The Village Green at Euclid and Lampson

The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is the biggest community event of the year. Now in its 62nd year, the annual event held every Memorial Day weekend draws thousands of visitors to enjoy the festival in downtown Garden Grove. The event includes rides and attractions, a parade, contests, celebrities, food, vendors, performances, and much more. Admission is free, but tickets or wristbands are required for rides. Don’t miss the highlight of Opening Ceremonies, the world’s largest strawberry shortcake.

Scottish Fest
May 2024
OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Enjoy two days of family fun over Memorial Day Weekend with Celtic music, Highland dancers, heavy athletics, Scottish Clans, Scottish Food, whiskey, vendors, and more!

Placentia Jazz & Art Festival
Bradford Park – 136 E. Palm Circle, Placentia, CA 92870
2024 TBA | 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Children under 10 are free

The Placentia Jazz & Art Festival supports local music and art programs, with performances by Tuffree MS, El Dorado HS, EdCode quintet led by El Dorado band director Eric Samson, CSUF Latin Band led by Francisco Torres and headliner Grammy-award winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and CSUF Faculty Band. Visit Artist Alley to see local artists and El Dorado HS & Tuffree MS Arts programs. The event also includes an art contest, food, and vendors.


June

OC Night Market
June 2-4, 2023 & June 9-11, 2023
OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

The first Night Market of the season, the OC Night Market draws thousands of visitors to the OC fairgrounds to enjoy all that delights the senses. Inspired by Asian night markets, visitors can indulge in delicious food and drink from over 100 chefs & food vendors, shop for merch, peruse the goods of talented artisans, participate in games and crafts, enjoy live performances and entertainment, and much more. Additional Night Markets take place August.

Brea Summerfest
June 2 – June 4, 2023
St. Angela Merici Parish School

A Brea tradition, the SummerFest 3-day celebration of food, family and fun, has grown to become the largest community event in North Orange County. SummerFest is a free to attend festival featuring nine bands plus rides, attractions, games, an auction, food, beer, wine, cocktails and much more!

Newport Beach Jazz Festival
June 2-4, 2023
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660

The Newport Beach Jazz Festival is a three-day event featuring world-class Jazz, R&B, and Soul music with Anthony Hamilton, Tower of Power, Sheila E., Damien Escobar, Lalah Hathaway, RnR ft. Rick Braun + Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Sheléa and many more throughout the weekend!

Celebration of the Arts & Music Festival
June 4, 2023 | 11AM – 4PM
Hurless Barton Park | 4701 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA

This free festival is sponsored by Yorba Linda Arts Alliance Foundation and City of Yorba Linda Parks & Recreation to showcase art and music in the community. Includes Art, entertainment, and food and is fun for all ages.

Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook Off
El Camino Real & E. Main St. Tustin, CA 92780
Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 11am to 6pm

The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook Off is held every year in Old Town Tustin. The World’s largest single-day chili cook-off features carnival rides and games, a family plaza, family friendly contests, beer and wine booths, food booths, craft and vendor booths, entertainment, and music. The Street Fair and Chili Cook off is an exciting community event for the whole family.

Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival
Balboa Yacht Club
Saturday, June 10

The Balboa Yacht Club hosts the Annual Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival on the second Saturday of June each year. The Wooden Boat Festival attracts nearly 4,000 people to enjoy the marine art, People’s Choice awards for best-in-class vessels, delicious food, live music and special activities

Island Rodeo: Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats – Balboa Island Parade
Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 11:00AM

Come out and enjoy the Balboa Island Parade the join in the after party in front of the fire station with live music by the country western band Whiskey Hayride. Fun for the whole family.

Sugar Plum’s Summer Festival
June 8-10, 2023
8320 On the Mall, Buena Park, CA 90620

This event is for all arts and crafts fans. Visit this festival to pick from an array of handmade crafts, holiday home décor, garden accessories, unique personalized gifts, clothing, jewelry and much more! Sugar Plum Festivals are proud to be your one stop shop for all of your holiday décor and home and garden needs.

Cypress Summerfest
June 9, 2023
Cypress Civic Green | 5275 Orange Ave, Cypress

Come out to the Cypress Summerfest for crafts, games, activities, booths, and food trucks. At 8PM, there will be a movie on the Green.

Summer Suds Brewfest
Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 12PM – 4PM
Fountain Valley Sports Park | 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley

Come enjoy 40+ craft breweries with over 100 beers to taste plus a selection of kombucha tea, seltzers and food tastings to enjoy. Event includes live performances from local bands, a giant party game arena for some friendly competition, beer magicians and some of SoCal’s best food vendors cuisine. Summer Suds Brewfest is a proud partner of Fountain Valley Community Foundation. After the Brewfest, head over to the Fountain Valley Summerfest, also at the Sports Park from 4-11PM.

Fountain Valley SummerFest
June 15-18, 2023
Fountain Valley Sports Park | 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley

Hours: Thursday 5PM – 10PM, Friday 5PM – 11PM, Saturday 2PM – 11PM, Sunday 12PM – 8PM

SummerFest is back! Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. This year’s event will include live bands performing on stage, rides, fireworks, food and a beer garden. Fireworks will take place around 8:45 PM on Friday and Saturday. Free parking will be available.

Taste of Japan
GardenWalk
Friday – Saturday, June 16-17, 2023

Enjoy various Japanese culinary creations, experience Japanese pop culture, anime, cosplay, entertainment, activities, shopping and family fun! VIP ticketholders will also have the opportunity to taste an extensive selection of Japanese beer and sake, for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Irvine Greek Fest
June 16-18, 2023
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Irvine | 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine
Friday: 5PM – 10PM | Saturday: 12PM – 10PM | Sunday: 12PM – 9PM

Hosted by Orange County’s largest Greek Orthodox congregation, the Greek Fest offers a variety of traditional Greek food and pastries, live music by the Takis Kokotas Band and authentic Greek folk dance, kids’ play zone, boutique booths, a Greek Plaka (marketplace) plus church tours to learn about the ancient faith of Orthodox Christianity. Explore beautiful mosaic art inside the church comprised of millions of mosaic glass pieces making up more than 5,000 square feet.

Juneteenth Celebration
June 17, 2023
Centennial Park | 3000 W Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704

This historical celebration is an education, empowering, and entertaining day to celebrate freedom and opportunity. Event is family friendly and includes kids activities, live entertainment, food, and guest speakers.

Baroque Music Festival
Corona Del Mar
June 18-25, 2023

See live concerts over eight days in beautiful venues in the Corona Del Mar area, including Sherman Gardens.

Vidcon
Anaheim Convention Center
June 21 – 24, 2023

Vidcon is a convention where digital content creators, fans and brands all come together for meet and greets, live performances, panels & workshops and much more. The main purpose of VidCon is to provide a platform for creators to connect with their fans and for fans to meet their favorite online personalities.

Lions Club Fish Fry & Carnival
Lions Park | 570 18th Street, Costa Mesa
June 23-25, 2023

Enjoy three days of family fun including entertainment, fish dinners, beer and wine garden, carnival rides, games, blues and rock bands, drawings and vendor booths.

Doheny Surf & Art Festival
June 24-25, 2023
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629 | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Doheny Surf & Art Festival is an annual event at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point that celebrates the surf culture, art, and lifestyle of Southern California. This family-friendly event features a variety of activities and events including a vendor village, arts and collectibles, surf contests for kids and adults, a surf tricks exhibition, a beer garden, classic cars, live entertainment, dancing, demonstrations, and more. This event is definitely worth a trip. Visitors to Doheny State Beach will find a visitors center with an aquarium featuring 6 tanks with tidepool displays and local marine life. Beach front camping is available here with 33 sites just steps from the sand. Call in advance to reserve your spot.

OC Pride Day Festival
Saturday, June 24, 2023

The parade starts at Birch Park in Santa Ana and travels to Third Street where the festival opens.

Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651Friday, June 30, 2023 to Sunday, September 3, 2023

The Sawdust Festival began in 1966 and has become a well-known annual event in Laguna Beach featuring artwork from over 200 local artists including paintings, sculpture, photography, clothing, and more. The festival includes a variety of special events throughout the summer including theme days. Visitors can also enjoy Taco Tuesday, Art Alive!, fashion shows, auctions, and live entertainment from musical acts and roving performers. Food and refreshments are available for purchase at the festival from a selection of vendors including the Sawdust Saloon, Fran’s Popcorn, Evan’s Gourmet Bistro, and more. The family friendly event offers something for art lovers of all interests. At classes are also available during the Sawdust Festival.

Anaheim Packing House Summer Citrus Celebration
Anaheim Packing District | 440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805
June TBA 2023

Celebrate 100 years of the Historic Anaheim Packing House with a day packed with events for the whole family. Event activities include free historical tours hosted by the Anaheim Historical Society, free classes by Master Gardeners at Farmers Park, live performances, a Citrus Centennial Cocktail Garden, community art projects, vendors, and more.


July


4th of July Events

Find the many Independence day events in Orange County and near you.

Brea Country Fair
July 4, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
City Hall Park – 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, CA

Come out for the annual Brea Country Fair for food, games, kids activities, rides, live entertainment and more. Auto enthusiasts can bring their cars and park on Walnut to reconnect and view other classics and custom cars.

Festival of Arts
July 5 – September 1, 2023
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is a community tradition that has taken place since 1932, along with Pageant of the Masters. The Festival displays artwork from 140 artists from Orange County, displaying all forms of art including paintings, jewelry, clothing, wood, sculpture, and more, most of which is available to purchase. The event also features art workshops for all ages, demonstrations, art tours, live entertainment and more. There are on-site restaurants to enjoy and a variety of special events including concerts on the green, fashion shows, Tribute Tuesdays, Art & Story Time, Family Art Day, and more.

Pageant of the Masters
July 7 – September 1, 2023
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The Pageant of the Masters is a Laguna Beach tradition that began in 1932. Every year, the community comes together to put on a 90-minute theatrical performance, bringing a selected classic or contemporary artwork to life on stage with live actors, recreated artwork as the set, and musical accompaniment by a full orchestra. A narrator tells the story of the famous work of art, taking audience members through a theatrical experience unlike any other. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and drinks, and guests over 21 may bring their own alcohol. There are also two on-site restaurants to purchase food and drinks at the event. Attendees to the Pageant of the Masters may also enjoy the Festival of Arts event.

Sweet Street Dessert Festival
July 8, 2023
Downtown Anaheim | 201 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

It’s time for round two of the Sweet Street Dessert Festival. Center Street Promenade will be lined with vendors serving up… sweets. You’ll delight in a night of delicious desserts, hand crafted cookies, and much more.

Orange County Fair88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Friday, July 14 – August 13, 2023 | Open Wed. thu Sun. til Midnight

The Orange County Fair is the event of the summer. People from all over Southern California can come to the family friendly event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The delicious fair food will delight diners big and small with eats and treats for every appetite from traditional favorites like roasted corn on the cob and funnel cake, to new and unique options like Caramel Crack Fries and spaghetti donuts. The Pacific Amphitheater will feature headlining musical acts and performances, and local entertainment is featured in The Hangar. Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and other classic fair rides in the midway or try your hand at winning at one of the many carnival games here. Exhibits, shopping, vendor display booths, and special events are located throughout the fairgrounds. Get your fill of action at the Sports Arena with rodeos, derbies, monster trucks and much more.

San Clemente Ocean Festival
San Clemente Beach & Pier | 622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
Postponed to July 21st & 22nd, 2024.

The San Clemente Ocean Festival is one of the premier Orange County surf events featuring two days packed with competitions and activities for families and athletes of all skill levels. Events include Dory Boat races, beach runs, surf competitions, sand sculpting contest, vintage car exhibits, art shows, and a youth pavilion with arts and crafts, live entertainment, and more.

US Open of Surfing
Huntington Beach Pier | Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway
Saturday, July 29, 2023 – Sunday August 6, 2023

Orange County’s very own Huntington Beach is home of the largest surf competition and festival in the world, the US Open of Surfing. The 2022 event will be presented by Shiseido. Every year, downtown Huntington Beach becomes the epicenter of all-things surfing for nine days while world-renowned surfers compete for one of the largest surf competition purses in the industry. The event also includes competitions for BMX and skateboarding plus vendors and exhibitors, demos and samples, movie premiers and more.


August


La Habra Host Lions Club Pasta Fest & Car Show
August TBA, 2023 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
La Habra Community Center – 101 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra CA

Come out for an evening of family fun! Enjoy a pasta dinner and other activities including a car show, ice cream truck, kids corner, escape room, entertainment and more.

Festival of the Butterflies
Saturday, August 5, 2023 | 10am – 4pm
Los Rios Park – 31791 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

This free event features garden tours with butterfly experts and educators, live music, children’s activities, a butterfly café and much more.

Brea Fest
Friday, August 11, 2023 | 6:30PM – 10:00PM
Brea Civic and Cultural Center

This free event includes food and drink tickets with a variety of vendors, beer and wine, live music and entertainment, art exhibits, kids activities, and more.

Fiesta Music Festival
Sunday, August 13, 2023 | 10AM – 7PM
100 & 200 Blocks of Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
Free Admission

Come out for an all-day celebration with live music, vendor booths, non-profits, games, arts and crafts, kids activities, contests, exhibits by the US Air Force, and more.

Chicano Heritage Festival
Flower Street, Santa Ana
Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Chicano Heritage Festival celebrates the city’s Chicano experience and culture, featuring live entertainment, food, arts, cultural exhibits, and more.

BBQ Music Fest
August 2024 * No 2023 event
Fountain Valley Sports Park – 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Come out to the BBQ Music Fest and feast on phenomenal food from local and national award-winning pitmasters, from pulled pork sandwiches to fall-off-the-bone finger-licking good ribs and chicken. And you won’t want to miss the All You Can Eat VIP Rib Village. There are multiple competitions, roaming cowboys, live music, cooking demonstrations, strolling magicians, kids activity area, animal shows and petting zoo, live reptile exhibit, karaoke with live bands, local artisans, and more.

Sea Country Festival
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 25-27, 2023
23804 El Lazo, Laguna Niguel
Free Admission

The three day family friendly festival celebrates the end of summer with music, games, rides, food, and many more activities and attractions. Wristbands for rides can be purchased in advance for $35 at Crown Valley Community Center from August 1 – August 25. The festival is open on Friday from 5-10PM, Saturday 12-10PM, and Sunday 12-9PM. There will be live performances from Ava August, 4 Alarm Band, and more. There will also be a beer and wine garden.

626 Night Market
August 25-27, 2023 – 4PM – 10PMOC Fair & Event Center – 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca 92626

The OC Night Market draws thousands of visitors to the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa for a sensory delight. Inspired by traditional Asian night markets, offering an array of food and drink for visitors to indulge in from more than 100 chefs & food vendors. Plus, guests can shop for merch, peruse handmade goods from talented artisans, participate in games, get crafty, enjoy live entertainment, and more.

California is For Lovers Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Oak Canyon Park – 5305 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA

The Is For Lovers Festival is a touring festival which features artists, which vary from location to location, including Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Alkaline Trio, The Story So Far, 3OH!3, Bayside, Underoath, State Champs, Mayday Parade, Thursday, and more. Is For Lovers Festival also makes a point of incorporating local businesses, both via the food options on site but also featuring an adjacent marketplace and activities area showcasing local makers and creators, to give the fans a fun and unique experience.

Chalk Art Festival
August 26, 2023 | 5:30-8:30PM

The Chalk Art Festival is fun for the whole family. Hosted by the Yorba Linda Cultural Arts Center, this event includes impressive chalk art displays, art, music, food trucks, and more.

Great Labor Day Cruise
2023 TBA
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

The Great Labor Day Cruise will celebrate their 38th anniversary this year. This event is presented by OCCA, Inc. OCCA is a Not-For-Profit Organization and their events throughout the year are made possible by the volunteers. At this event, spectators will be able see well over 1,000 pre-1987 vintage autos, classics and street rods. This event is not only a car show, but a true family event that everyone can enjoy.


September

Orange International Street Fair
September 1 – 3, 2023Old Towne Orange Plaza at Glassell & Chapman
Friday: 5PM – 10PM; Saturday: 10AM – 10PM; Sunday: 10AM – 10PM
Free admission

The Orange International Street Fair started in 1973 and highlights food and entertainment of the different cultures throughout the world. Participants can sample and purchase food from Germany, Polynesia, Italy, Greece, Asia, Lebanon, Mexico, and more. Little one’s will enjoy Children’s Street with an entire section dedicated to entertaining and educating through games, crafts, and snacks. Informational booths and vendors selling goods line the streets and multiple stages throughout the area provide culturally diverse live entertainment. Alcohol sales will end at 9PM nightly.

Civil War Days
September 2 & 3, 2023
Huntington Beach Central Park – 18381 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Huntington Beach Civil War Days event is a live historical reenactment held in Central Park behind the Huntington Beach Central Library. Event attendees will see reenactments of battles complete with cannons, soldiers, and horses, tent camps that are open for the public to observe, readings of the Gettysburg Address, twilight concerts, reenactments of political rallies for the Election of 1860, weapons demonstration, and more. Meet President Lincoln, General Grant, and other historic figures from the Civil War plus visit Reedsburg, a historic civilian town, and learn about what life was like in the 19th century. in There is also a reenactment swap meet that features vintage and antique items, period costumes, books, toys, and more. Stay for the Saturday night taco dinner open to the public and mingle with the actors for a fee.

OC Yoga Festival
September TBA, 2023; 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Huntington Beach

All yoga lovers are invited to attend the OC Yoga Festival in Huntington Beach. This event will be hosted by the top yoga studios in the area. Some of the activities include a 5k fun-run, classes and demonstrations, meditation & sound healing, workshops, talks, live music, a DJ and dance party, and over 80 vendors! Get access to unlimited yoga classes with a VIP ticket (single day and two-day tickets are available). General Admission tickets get you access to one class.

Original Lobster Festival
September 8-10, 2023
Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Friday: 5PM – 11PM; Saturday: 12PM – 11PM; Sunday: 12PM – 9PM

You won’t want to miss this celebration. You’ll enjoy live performances, carnival rides and games, a DJ and dance lessons, karaoke lounge, live sports tent, magic show, arts and crafts, kids activities, and so much more. And to top it off, fresh Maine Lobster. Ticket prices vary. If you go for the VIP pass, you’ll get a shaded lounge area for dining, front line meal privileges drink of your choice, and more. View ticket options and purchase your passes here.

Dana Point Maritime Festival aka Tall Ships Festival
September 8-10, 2023 – Fri., 4PM – 10PM; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Some activities go later)
Dana Point Harbor, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Celebrate California’s maritime history at the annual Maritime Festival, formerly known as the Tall Ships Festival, in Dana Point. The 2022 event will include historical reenactors working as crews on the ships and living history displays that include adventures with pirates and mermaids, cannon fights, and tours of the ships. Participate in the tall ship Parade of Sails and enjoy a trip sailing on the ocean, or enjoy Sails ‘n Ales for a craft brewery tasting experience and views of the Parade of Sails. Kids will enjoy having breakfast with a mermaid or learning to be a pirate at Cap’n Jacks Pirate School. Throughout the weekend, the festival will have many activities for the whole family to enjoy from squid dissections and sailor’s life tours to candle making, gold panning, and knot tying. There will be plenty of food available for purchase from local restaurants and food trucks. There will also be live music to enjoy. Bring the family and enjoy a day at the harbor for this fun annual event.

Brew Ha Ha Left Coast Luau
September 9, 2023
 – 2PM – 10PM
Oak Canyon Park: 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA
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Brew Ha Ha features a day of craft beer tasting with a lineup of all-star musical guests. Get unlimited beer tastings until 5PM. Choose from over 160 craft beers, seltzers, and ciders and purchase Polynesian Inspired food and drinks. Food trucks and vendors will be on site.

Fiestas Patrias
September 15-17, 2023
Flower Street, Santa Ana – Between Civic Center Drive and Santa Ana Boulevard

Fiestas Patrias celebrate the independence of various Latin American countries and includes a street fair, live music, food, carnival rides, cultural exhibits, and more.

Country Jam
September 16 & 17, 2023
Marina Green Park Long Beach

Coastal Country Jam is one of Southern California’s premier Country Music Festivals with some of the top names in country music gracing the stage with views of the ocean as the backdrop.

Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair
September 16, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church – 995 N. West St. Anaheim, CA

This free event features local crafters, vintage vendors, and local artists with unique goods and food items for sale. This event is free to the public.

Los Al Street Fair
Saturday, September 16, 2023

The Los Al street fair takes place on Florista, Reagan, and Pine Streets, and features a vendor fair, car show, touch a truck, kids zone, performances, beer garden and much more. You can also participate in one of two race events, The Glow Run on the 23rd is an after-dark race, and the 5K/10K takes place on Saturday morning. The Los Al Street Fair coincides with the Week of Los Al celebration that runs from September 16-24 and features Race Los Al, Bikes and Bites (September 17), and Los Al Family Day (September 18).

Santa Ana Fiestas Patrias Parade
September 16-17, 2023
Flower Street between Civic Center Drive and Santa Ana Boulevard

The festivities will include a street fair, live music, food, carnival rides, cultural exhibitors and more. This event marks the independence of various Latin American countries and commemorates the very people whom reside within the city.

Fiesta Latina en Irvine
Sunday, September 17, 2023 | 11 A.M.–3 P.M.
Great Park

Learn about the cultures and contributions of Latin American indigenous communities and those with Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American roots through music, food, language, literature, and art. This free event is open to all ages.

BeachLife Ranch Festival
Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, 2023
Seaside Lagoon – 239 N Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA

The BeachLife Ranch Festival live music, art, and culinary event is an annual event that celebrates the spirit of beach culture, country and americana music, and community. Held in picturesque Redondo Beach the festival brings together people of all ages and backgrounds for a memorable experience.

Westminster Fall Festival
Friday, September 22 – 24, 2023
Westminster Civic Center
8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA
Friday | 5PM – 10PM
Saturday | 12PM – 10PM
Sunday | 12PM – 9PM

This three-day fall festival is expected to draw thousands of visitors! Come out and celebrate the season with exciting activities, food, entertainment, and fun! Stay tuned for more details.

Oktoberfest
Old World Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Avenue
September 17 – November 5, 2023
Open Wednesday through Sunday, times vary

Old World Huntington Beach has hosted Orange County’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration since 1977. The annual festival features traditional German food, German bands, competitions, events, and German beer. Old World is a small village-like area known for it’s traditional German restaurant and fun special events. Enjoy some of the best Bratwurst in town, sauerkraut, German potato salad and much more. Participants won’t want to miss the Oktoberfest Parade that travels through nearby Bella Terra shopping center and ends at the Old World Festival Hall. The parade will include historic horse-drawn carriages, traditionally decorated floats, and the Oktoberfest bands.

BP CultureFest
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Buena Park Civic Center
6650 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

Explore different cultures from around the world with performances, food, community booths, and family friendly activities.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival
September 23-24, 2023
San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

The annual San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival is returning in September at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Come out for a weekend of fun celebrating Greek culture through dancing lessons, performances, live music, a market with vendors, children’s activities, and food and drink available to purchase. Try a delicious gyro or decadent Greek pastries and enjoy shopping, dancing, and exploring the event all weekend long.

Ohana Festival
Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2023
Doheny State Beach | Dana Point, CA

Ohana Fest features a diverse lineup of musicians and performers, artists, surfers, ocean conservationists and more. The festival was founded by Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of the band Pearl Jam, and the name “Ohana” is a Hawaiian word meaning “family,” and the festival is known for its relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.

Anaheim Health Fair
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA
Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1, 2023

More than 150 doctors, healthcare professionals, and community members join together to provide free health screenings and services for family members of all ages. Free services include dental extractions and fillings, vision services, consultations with specialists, flu shots, hearing tests, physicals, EKGs, chiropractic care, acupuncture, bone density assessment, testing for diabetes, cholesterol, and hemoglobin, mammograms, and pap smears.

Oktoberfest Events

Celebrate Oktoberfest with all these Orange County events.


October

The Pacific Airshow
Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2023
Huntington Beach Pier
Airshow: 10:30AM – 4:30PM daily | Beach & Street Festival: All day

The Pacific Airshow is coming to Huntington Beach once again. All weekend long, viewers will enjoy flyovers and performances from a variety of planes including The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, T-33 “Ace Maker”, the FedEx 757, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – The Red Arrows, Mike Wiskus Lucas Oil Aerobatics, and Lyon’s Air Museum C-47 Dakota “Willa Jean”, and many more. In addition to air displays, the beach and pier will feature festival activities and vendors. The main seating area for the air show that requires tickets will be on the south side of the pier. Parking for the event is in the Huntington City and State Beach lots, or farther down at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Street parking may be found in the nearby communities. Beach parking fills up early.

Afterburner Music Festival
2023 TBA
Huntington Beach (on the beach)
Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in between Twin Dolphin Dr. and Beach Blvd.

Afterburner takes place after the Pacific Airshow and is an action-packed live music festival with music from classic rock & roll, to country mixed with a little bit of hip-hop and R&B. In between acts expect to see night-time aerial performances with jetpacks, biplanes and high-performance jets.

OC Moon Festival
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Mile Square Park | 16801 Euclid Street

The annual free OC Moon festival celebration is a free, family-friendly festival will feature food vendors, face painting, balloon animals, live entertainment, children’s activities, and free moon cakes and lanterns for kids. 

Cypress Community Festival
Oak Knoll Park – 5700 Orange Ave, Cypress, CA 90630
Friday, October 6-7, 2023

The Cypress Community Festival is a celebration that originated when Cypress was a community with more cows than people, and the town was called Dairy City. and is followed by a day packed full of events including a car show, chili and salsa cook off, vendor and information booths, a business expo, arts and crafts activities, live entertainment, games and rides, public safety island with booths and demonstrations from local police and firefighters, softball games, and more. Headliners for 2022 are No Duh on Friday night, and TUPUA and Knyght Ryder on Saturday.

Tustin Tiller Days
October 6-8, 2023

Columbus Tustin Park – 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free admission

Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular tradition since 1957, celebrating Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Local non-profit organizations get the opportunity to promote their cause and raise funds, while participants enjoy carnival rides and games, delicious foods, and browsing booths of local merchants and artisans.

St. Simon & Jude Annual Fall Festival
September TBA – October TBA, 2023
20444 Magnolia Street, Huntington Beach
Friday: 5PM-11PM | Saturday: 12PM – 11PM | Sunday: 12PM – 9PM

St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church hosts one of the areas best small-scale community fairs. Come out and enjoy live entertainment, games and rides, fair food, a talent show, and more.

Mid-Autumn Festival
October 7, 2023Centennial Park – 3000 W Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704

Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates Asian cultures and the communities Vietnamese residents. There are a variety of cultural celebrations and performances including lion dances and lantern decorating.

Rancho Family Fest
October 7-8, 2023
Rancho Santa Margarita Central Park
30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Family Fest is a popular annual event featuring live music, beer and wine, food vendors, business exhibitors, a kid’s zone, and much more. Kids 12 and under are free.

Elvis Festival
Sunday, October 8, 2023
10 AM – 6PM
Historic Main Street Garden Grove
Free admission | Free parking

The Annual Elvis festival is back at Garden Grove, and this year’s celebration is a extra special. This year they will be celebrating the Platinum Anniversary! The Elvis Festival Ambassador for the 21st year will be Kirk Wall of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. Audience members will be treated to bluegrass versions of the the eternally loved Elvis Presley. That’s only the beginning of the performances and it doesn’t stop there. Food trucks will be the event, showcasing all of their Elvis themed menu items, along with many restaurants and businesses on Main Street.

Anaheim Japan Fair/Taste of Japan
October TBA 2023 | Downtown Anaheim – W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

Celebrate Japanese Culture in Southern California at the very first Anaheim Japan Fair. Visitors will enjoy performances, Japanese cuisine, art, traditions, vendors, entertainment and more. Experience food and drinks from 25 vendors and visit Angels Baseball who will be onsite with giveaways. Food vendors include Tenkatori, Sushi Boy, Katsu Brothers, Choya, Hakutsuru Sake, Honey & Butter, Drizzle, and more. Take part in the calligraphy and origami workshops and enjoy mingling with the community at this exciting cultural event.

Annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest
October TBA, 2023 | 10AM – 4:30PM
Corona Del Mar State Beach – 3100 Ocean Blvd., Newport Beach, CA

The theme for the 60th annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest is California Dreamin’, to celebrate all the beauty of the Golden State. Sign up in advance to compete, or just come out as a spectator to view all of the amazing creations.

Korean Arirang Festival
Thursday-Sunday, October 12-15, 2023
Garden Grove Park | 9301 Westminster Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92844

The Korean-American festival offers a an experience packed with entertainment, carnival rides, K-Pop, diverse vendors, food, and beverages. Attendees can enjoy the festivities without worrying about parking fees or admission charges, as both are completely free.

La Habra Corn Festival
Friday-Sunday October 13-15, 2023

El Centro Lions Park – 320 E Erna Ave, La Habra, CA 90631
Fri.: 5:30PM – 11PM; Sat.: Parade at 9:30AM, Festival 11AM – 11PM ; Sun.: 11AM – 8PM

An annual tradition for over 70 years featuring live entertainment, music, food, games, rides, and a marketplace. Don’t miss the parade on Saturday morning!

Irvine Global Village Festival
Orange County Great Park – 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA
October 14, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Irvine Global Village Festival celebrates cultures from around the world, with music and performances by musical groups and entertainers. Multi-cultural food will be available to purchase from local restaurants and food trucks. Shop for international goods from vendors and artisans offering textiles, gifts, crafts, and art. The Kid’s Village will include kid-inspired music, crafts, sports, and games, as well as kid-friendly food options. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day including martial arts, tennis, crafting, music, and dancing. Educational and interactive exhibits will be available for guests to learn and enjoy.

Placentia Heritage Festival
October 14, 2023
Tri-City Park – 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd., Placentia
10AM – 4PM

For over 50 years, the annual Heritage Festival has brought the community together to celebrate. Kick the day off with a pancake breakfast from 6:30AM – 10AM and a parade at 9:30 AM. There is a car show, craft fair, games, inflatables, beer and wine garden, business expo, food booths, DJs, nonprofit displays, and more.

Carnival Colossal & Food Truck Festival
October 12-15, 2023

Vista Hermosa Sports Park | 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente
Thurs: 6-10PM | Fri: 5PM-12AM | Sat: 12PM-12AM | Sun: 12PM-10PM

Come to the Carnival Colossal and enjoy rides, games, food, music, and live entertainment. Discount Tickets can be purchased BEFORE the carnival begins at: San Clemente Aquatics Center, San Clemente Community Center, and Boys & Girls Club.

Silverado Country Fair & Folk Festival
October 14-15, 2023

Silverado Community Center – 27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA, 92676
Saturday Fair: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday Live Music until 10:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to dusk.

The Silverado Country Fair & Folk Festival has been a community tradition since 1970. The event kicks off Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the “Unparade” led by the notorious wagon driven Silverado Outlaws! The unparade will include Western horseback riders, members of the Acjachemen tribe, scouts, dancers, and classic cars along Silverado Canyon Road to the “fairgrounds. Watch out for the live action robbery and gunfight at the Silverado Café and Canyon Market. Wear your favorite hillbilly western wear and join the fair to enjoy music from folk and country bands, local arts & crafts merchants, 1800s period activities, fun contests, delicious food, a kid’s pumpkin patch, and much more. Don’t miss the wild west reenactments throughout the weekend and enjoy the demonstrations, dancing, food, and fun.

Silverado Days
October 20-22, 2023
William Peak Park
7225 El Dorado Dr, Buena Park, CA 90620
Free admission & parking

The annual Silverado Days event in Buena Park hosted by the Buena Park Noon Lions club features 15 food booths, 90 arts & crafts booths and 30 carnival rides and games to share with your family and friends. There will be music, contests, chili cook off, corn hole tournament, and much more. Bring the family and enjoy all the festivities.

OC Japan Fair
October 27 – October 29, 2023
OC Fair & Event Center – 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Friday: 5-11 pm; Saturday: 12 pm – 10 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at the OC Japan Fair – one of the largest cultural celebrations in SoCal. Live performances from young and famous Japanese stars plus an anime cosplay show, Kimono models, and J-Pop music. Choose from over 25 food vendors to indulge in umami or something on the sweeter side – from Rice Balls of Fire and drinks from the Bonks Lab, to ramen and sushi – you won’t leave hungry. Try out traditional craft workshops to learn the art of calligraphy or a new family game to play with the family. Over 40 vendors will be on-site to satisfy your urge to shop. Whether you’re looking for something to add to your anime collection or searching for some sweet unique artwork, you’ll find it here.

Roar Cultural Festival
October 27 – October 29, 2023
Fullerton Downtown Plaza (125 E Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832)

The annual Roar Festival is a free 3-day Korean event that takes place in Fullerton Downtown Plaza and welcomes all communities. Anticipating thousands of attendees, the festival merges Korean cuisine, artists, performers, and vendors, offering an immersive celebration of Korean heritage.

Harvest Fest
2023 TBA
Calvary Chapel Old Towne Parking Lot | 221 N. Waverly Street, Orange, Ca 92866
Admission and parking are free.

Music: Live bands will be performing on stage throughout the night.
Free Entertainment: Kids will enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable slides, black-smithing booth, bounce houses, carnival games, crafts, and plenty of candy.

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Downtown Anaheim, Center St Promenade | Admission Free

This annual event is a favorite among locals. There are all-day activities for the whole family and a Halloween parade in the evening.

Halloween Events

There are many Halloween festivals and celebrations in Orange County to check out.


November

Fun Zone Festival
Balboa Island Museum
Balboa Fun Zone | 600 East Bay Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Friday, November TBA 2023 | 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Fun Zone Festival will feature food, drinks (open bar!, live entertainment, carnival games and prizes plus a silent auction.

Punk In The Park
Oak Canyon Park – 5305 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA
November 4-5, 2023

The Punk In The Park Beer & Music Festival is on! See your favorite punk bands on three stages. Get general admission or a weekend pass. Plus, guests with tasting tickets get unlimited beer tastings. Also on site, food vendors, games and exhibitors. Kids are welcome at this all-ages event but they must have a ticket 5 and older.

California Wine Festival
November 10-11, 2023
Paséa Hotel & Spa – 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Friday: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The California Wine Festival is one of the most prestigious events in Southern California, featuring California’s best wineries offering rare and vintage wines, complemented by delicious gourmet appetizers prepared by the region’s top chefs and specialty food purveyors. Guests will enjoy live music and ocean views at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. Friday’s event is the Sunset Rare & Reserve, with live jazz, a champagne reception, and trophy wines. Saturday’s event is the Beachside Wine Festival, which will be held both indoors and out, in the warm Southern California sun with an ocean breeze.

Veterans Day Events

Find the many observances that honor the men and women who served, past and present, in the armed forces.

Darker Waves Festival
Saturday, November 18, 2023

The inaugural Darker Waves Festival, which is centered on big-name ’80s new wave rock groups, will feature over 30 acts spread across three stages.


December

Winter Holiday Events

Find the many magical events that take place during the holiday season.

DesignerCon
December 15-17, 2023
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA

DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that merges together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel and much more with urban, underground and pop art celebrating all aspects from the world of design. VIP Ticket packages available.

La Habra Tamale Festival
December TBA, 2023
Portola Park
301 S. Euclid St., La Habra
10AM – 10PM

The Tamale Festival will feature live entertainment, vendors, an artwalk, kids zone, and much more. Come celebrate at this fun annual festival.

Placentia Tamale Festival
December TBA, 2023
4PM – 10PM
Old Town Placentia (Santa Fe Ave. & Bradford Ave.)

Live entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus, and of course, fresh tamales.

OC Brew Ho Ho
December TBA, 2023
12PM – 4PM
Sea Terrace Park
33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point, CA 92629

The Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival features unlimited tastings of exclusive and seasonal selections from local and regional breweries, plus live musical performances from popular tribute bands.


 

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