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May 2018 Orange County Calendar of Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
11:15am-1pm / Navy Golf Course, Cypress
(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.
Huntington City Beach / www.avp.com

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.
11am-4pm / South Laguna / www.LagunaBeachGardenClub.org

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.
Fri 4-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm / La Habra Blvd.
(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.
10am-6pm / Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana / www.wildweststeamfest.com

San Clemente Cinco de Mayo Fiesta  May 5
Traditional Mariachis 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: 1100 Calle Puente
(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.
10:30am-5pm / 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo / www.soka.edu

Cinco de Mayo Yacht Party  May 5
This booze cruise will be equipped with one of a kind Margaritas, an array of street tacos, rice & beans and churros; all while listening to the beats of top 40 music and the best Salsa/Latin hits!
1-4pm & 7-10pm / Royal Princess Yacht, Newport Beach
(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.
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa / www.ocmarathon.com

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.
10am-4pm / Huntington City Beach / www.carscopterscoast.org

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.
3-4pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach / www.oldworld.ws

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.
10am-3pm / Old World Village / www.acescarclub.com

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.
9am-2pm / The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach
(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.
10am-4pm / Santa Ana / www.opengardenday.com

Mariachi Festival  May 12
“Battle of the Mariachis” and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes.
11am-4pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
(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.
6pm / Tivoli Too: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach / www.lbr-caf.info

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.
6:30-9:30pm / Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel
(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.
11am-4pm / Pearson Park / www.anaheimartscouncil.com

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.
9am-1pm / Huntington Beach
(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 provides financial support for the programs and services sponsored by the Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary Club.
4-8pm / Peppertree Park / www.tustinlobsterfest.com

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.
Noon-4pm / Hyatt Regency Newport Beach / www.visitnewportbeach.com

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.
Sat 8am-2pm, Sun 10am-4pm / 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
(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 an International Food Court that features foods from around the world.
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
(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.
9am-5pm / Balboa Island / www.balboaislandartwalk.info

Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo  May 20
Multiple vendors: model kit, 1/6-scale figure & armor, toy soldier, miniature gaming, military book & decal, documentary & movie DVDs, die-cast toy, and much more!
9am-3pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
(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.
2:30-7:30pm / Montage Laguna Beach
(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.
Noon-3pm / 1801 E Chestnut Avenue
(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. Visitors will also enjoy dancing to live music.
5-9pm / Downtown Birch St. Promenade
(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, show mobile performances, rides and attractions. Free admission!
Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove
(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.
9am-6pm / OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa
(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.
2-3pm / Pier Bowl / www.marinemonument.com

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.
9am / Civic Center – City’s Eternal Flame
(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.
11am / Pier Plaza / www.huntingtonbeachca.gov

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.
10am / Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
(949) 724-6715 / www.cityofirvine.org

 

Event listing courtesy of The Sloan Team, First American Title

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