Star Wars Day May 4
This fun, free event will include Star Wars trivia, crafts, drawing contests and photo ops with Star Wars characters. You will also be able to check out Star Wars books from the library.
4-6pm / North Paseo, Mission Viejo 949-470-3061 / https://envisionmv.com
La Habra Citrus Fair May 5-7
The Bubble Parade starts the Fair, and everyone is in it. Thrilling Rides, Kiddie Rides, Delicious Food, Great Entertainment - Free, Custom Car Show, Commercial Merchandise, Unique Crafters, Merchandise, Lots of Fun for the Family, Friendly People.
La Habra Blvd between Euclid St & Harbor Blvd 562-697-1704 / www.lahabrachamber.com
The SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival May 5-7
Event weekend includes OC Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Kids Run the OC and the Celebrate OC 5K – not to mention activities from various sponsors and the celebration of OC festival!
See website for schedule. / OC Fair & Event Center www.ocmarathon.com
Rancho Days Fiesta May 6
Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s rancho era through hands-on activities, crafts, music, dance and more at the annual Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park! Activities and performances include: Native American and Folklorico dancing, Early California ranching hands-on activities and exhibitors, Music, piñata breaking and crafts for children, Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations, Historic buildings open, courtesy of the Amigos de la Colina docents.
11am-3pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest www.ocparks.com/events/rancho-days-fiesta-0
Orange May Parade May 6
"Peace, Love, & Orange" Originally, the parade marked the beginning of the Valencia orange packing season. It later evolved into a showcase of the many fine organizations that call the City of Orange home. Thousands of spectators lined the parade route to cheer on participants such as local schools, churches, businesses, and philanthropic organizations, instilling a sense of community and civic pride.
10am / Historic Old Towne Orange www.orangechamber.com
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 6
Showcases live entertainment featuring 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.
Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente 949-361-8264 / www.san-clemente.org
Soka Arts, Music & Food Festival May 6
This free, day-long event marks the anniversary of our university’s dedication and is open to everyone! Enjoy eclectic programming of musical performances from contemporary artists, delicious food and drink selections, and a variety of exciting activities for the whole family, including balloon animals, bubble artists, inflatable slides, and a bounce house.
11am-6pm / Soka University, Aliso Viejo 949-480-4081 / https://live.soka.edu
OC Marathon May 6-7
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).
949-222-0456 / www.ocmarathon.com
Gem Faire May 12-14
Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop.
OC Fair & Event Center
503-252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com
Open Garden Day May 13
Experience the inviting community of West Floral Park and Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. Two gorgeous neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, vintage homes and friendly people. We invite you to tour through a variety of our gardens throughout the day. Tranquil spaces, unique planting ideas and inspiring yard designs are open for your viewing.
10am-4pm / North Santa Ana
714-836-9777 / www.opengardenday.com
Classic Car Show & Art Exhibit May 13
DJ Soluz will be spinning some sweet tunes while you enjoy craft beer and delicious grub from Kaya's Kitchen HB.
12-4pm / Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach 714-584-7501 / www.foursonsbrewing.com
Beach Club Opening Day and Celebration May 13
We invite you to join us to celebrate the opening of the Beach Club Lagoon with DJ, interactive games and prizes and fun activities in the Fiesta Room. 11am-3pm / Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club
949-858-1390 / www.samlarc.org
Emergency Preparedness Expo May 13
Learn about emergency preparedness from various public agencies and community partners, such as the Orange County Fire Authority and the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Preparedness Demonstrations, Emergency Response Vehicles – Touch a Truck, Interactive & Informational Displays, and Raffle Prizes & Giveaway’s.
9am-12pm / Laguna Niguel City Hall
949-362-4373 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Wild & Crazy Taco Night May 18
On the 30th anniversary of this event, we will serve wild and delicious tacos from some of the best local chefs in Orange County. All proceeds from the event go towards providing critical social services, alleviating food insecurity and health care that is affordable and accessible to the underserved and underinsured in our community.
5:30-7:30pm / OC Fair & Event Center 949-270-2166 / www.shareourselves.org
OC Greek Food Festival May 19-21
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 “Kidz Zone” with games and other children’s activities.
12-10pm / St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim 714-827-0181 / www.ocgreekfest.com
Brea Bonanza Days May 19-21
Country Music Festival, beer & wine, Kids Zone: Panning for Gold, Petting Zoo & More! Free general admission and parking. www.breadowntown.com
Jurassic Trails & Tales May 19-21
You don’t want to miss this opportunity to visit the Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, and T-Rex in their natural environment. Be sure to check out our prehistoric crafts and activities. Food will be available for purchase.
4-7pm / Crown Valley Park, Laguna Niguel 949-362-4300 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
StandUp for Kids Orange County Car Show May 20
Fundraiser benefitting homeless and at-risk youth in Orange County. Come check out beautiful vintage, classic, and sports cars while enjoying food, drinks, and live music. This year's car show will be held at Auto Addiction OC, a classic car sanctuary.
3-6pm / Auto Addiction OC, Lake Forest www.standupforkids.org
Anaheim Children's Festival May 20
This event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the arts and to engage children, parents and everyone in the arts. The MUZEO and City of Anaheim are the major presenters of this arts festival.
11am-3pm / Pearson Park
714-815-3885 / www.muzeo.org
Great Strides Orange County Fun Run/5K May 20
Great Strides, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event, offers hope to those living with cystic fibrosis. Participants can enjoy music, team tents, lunch, an inspiring program, and a walk along the beautiful Huntington Beach coast!
8:30am-12pm / Huntington Beach Pier www.cff.org
Tustin LobsterFest May 20
Treat yourself to this outdoor indulgence jubilee. Featuring music from the '50s, '60s and '70s, Lobsterfest serves up unlimited whole lobster — as many as you can handle with pools of melted golden butter on the side. If Lobster is not your thing, we will also have pulled pork, salads and desserts.
4-7:30pm / Peppertree Park www.tustinlobsterfest.com
San Clemente Summer Kickoff Music Festival May 20
A great way to get in the Summer mood with Lots of Great Live Bands, Dancing, Community Booths, Free Raffle Prizes and Great Shopping deals. 11am-3pm / Outlets at San Clemente
949-492-1131 / www.scchamber.com
Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival May 20-21
Hot Rods, Concours d' Elegance, music, 50/50, food, vendors, awards, beer & wine.
8am-2pm / Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton 714-738-6595 / www.muckcarshow.org
Balboa Island ArtWalk May 21
Admission is free. This fine art show features 90 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on three stages along the walk.
9am-5pm / South Bayfront Promenade www.balboaislandartwalk.info
Taste of Brea & Business Expo May 25
Enjoy a delicious mix of food, drinks, and fun in Brea Downtown. Come and enjoy dancing to live music with family and friends.
5-9pm / Downtown Birch St. promenade www.tasteofbrea.com
Strawberry Festival May 26-29
Dozens of fun and exciting rides. Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday. Great music is happening every day at the Showmobile. Enough strawberry shortcake cake for everyone! Local and regional vendors are invited to purchase a booth where a whole array of local products and food are sold. Lots of fun games and great food await festival goers that helps fund local charities. Contests, performances and more are held each day at the Strawberry Festival Amphitheater.
Village Green Park, Garden Grove
714-638-0981 / www.strawberryfestival.org
Scottish Fest May 27-28
Come explore and enjoy two packed days of family fun with bagpipes, drums, highland dancing, Scottish clans and genealogy, Scottish athletics, shopping, food and so much more!
10am-6pm / OC Fair and Event Center www.scottishfest.com
Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony May 29
Attendees can memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance that will be posted on a memory board at the event.
10am / Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park 949-724-6606 / www.cityofirvine.org
La Palma Irvine Memorial Day Ceremony May 29
Having existed for over 40 years, the Ceremony pays tribute to the dedication and sacrifices the men and women of our Nation’s Armed Forces have made.
9am / City Hall
714-690-3356 / www.cityoflapalma.org