Centered on the Center 2022 Through Mar. 5
An Annual Open Call, Non-Juried Art Exhibition The Huntington Beach Art Center quietly celebrated a quarter century of community service in 2021. In those years since the doors first opened, the Centered on the Center exhibition remained a fixture. Year after year hundreds of artists shared new artwork as the Art Center continued to grow.
Huntington Beach Art Center | 714-374-1650 / www.huntingtonbeachartcenter.org
Ladera Ranch Teen Snowball Event Mar. 4
Get yourself and your friends down to Avendale Clubhouse on January 21 for a fun evening of random fun. Dance to the beats of DJ T, pick up a game of basketball, dodgeball or have a snowball fight. Pizza will be provided by Ladera’s own pizza. 7-9pm / Avendale Village Clubhouse | 949-218-0900 / www.laderalife.com
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Mar. 4-Apr. 26
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is coming back! Through food, art and entertainment, we welcome you back and give you a taste of what you’ve been missing. During the festival, your whole family will get to experience local, celebrity and Disney chef demos and delight in a smorgasbord of delicious dishes curated by Disney chefs. Open hours / Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim | 714-781-4636 / https://disneyland.disney.go.com/
Festival of Whales Mar. 5-6
Celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/ Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point www.festivalofwhales.com
Ikebana Flower Show & Arrangement Demos Mar. 5-6
Exquisite floral arrangements created by teachers from The Ikebana Sangetsu West Coast and Ikebana Lessons Groups. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging, expressed in a special way using balance, harmony and form. In Ikebana, branches, leaves, flowers and everything that nature offers is used for art making. The Sangetsu School style aims to bring out the beauty of flowers and branches using their natural colors, lines, and shapes gently placed inside beautiful and unique vases and baskets. 10:30am-4pm / Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona del Mar
949-673-2261 / www.thesherman.org
Arts & Crafts Show Mar. 5, 16 & 20
Come out and shop over 50 unique, handpicked artisans and crafters as they showcase their latest designs, collections, products, and one-of-a-kinds! Successful crafters, Justin & Ryan Clayton-Palmer @TheBottleArtCompany have created a new take on an old tradition.
10am-4pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach | 714-897-1470 / www.oldworld.ws
SpongeBob Family Movie Night Mar. 4
Let's go jelly fishing on Friday, March 4th at the Crown Valley Amphitheater! We will be screening the 2015 classic, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG). If nautical nonsense is something you wish, then join us for F.U.N. crafts, face painting, and a special appearance from your favorite Bikini Bottom resident.
5-8pm / Crown Valley Park Amphitheater, Laguna Niguel | 949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
GEMFest Mar. 5
GEMfest is more than a conference -- it is a festive celebration where middle school girls can get information and inspiration to take on middle school, high school and the world! 9am-2pm / Sage Hill School, Newport Coast
El Presidente Ball Mar. 5
Journey back to the late 1800s of early California and let the Fiesta Association show you how "the West was fun" at this western style dinner dance. Enjoy some great food and old-fashioned fun while dancing under the stars (weather permitting) to live country-western style music.
6-10pm / El Adobe de Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
Children’s Gardening Workshop Mar. 5
Do you have a little gardener waiting to blossom? We welcome you to sign up your children up for this fun and educational workshop. Children will learn the lifecycle of a ladybug and their importance in the garden.
The lesson will include a craft and a container of ladybugs to take home and release.
10-11am / Laga Santa Margarita Beach Club, RSM | 949-709-0010 / www.samlarc.org
Whale Tail Scavenger Hunt Mar. 5-27
March 5th through March 27th, eight decorative wooden whale tails will be hidden throughout the Dana Point Harbor area. To enter a chance to win a whale watching trip for a family of 4, and a $300 gift card to local Dana Point businesses, find all 8 whale tails, take a photo standing by each, and email all 8 whale tail photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 28th. We’d love to see your photos on social media as well, #DPRecWhaleTailSightings. Please do not remove any of the whale tails once you have found them.
Throughout Dana Point 949-248-3536 / www.danapoint.org
American Red Cross Blood Drive Mar. 14
Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. The blood donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average. To schedule your appointment for this Blood Drive go to RedCrossBlood.org
7am-7pm / O’Neill Drive, Ladera Ranch | 949-388-8300 / www.redcrossblood.org
Boysenberry Food Festival 2022 Mar. 19
Knott's Boysenberry Festival is back and bigger than ever, with an additional week to celebrate the little berry that started it all. This annual food festival runs from March 18 and extends through April 24. This year's lineup will feature new and returning boysenberry creations ranging from savory foods to specialty drinks and tasty treats, all created by Knott's Culinary Team. Times vary / Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park www.knotts.com
Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School Mar. 19
This colorful, fun-filled event showcases and celebrates Sage Hill school's- -and the community's--amazing cultural diversity. Taste home-cooked delicacies from virtually every nation represented at Sage Hill; enjoy non-stop musical and dance performances; bid on tantalizing baskets of themed goodies; browse the ethnic bazaar; and plenty of entertainment for the kids.
Sage Hill School, Newport Coast | 949-219-0100 / www.sagehillschool.org
Saint Joseph's Day at the Mission Mar. 19
Live mariachi music, community presentations, Special Guest "Swallows Speakers", Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph's Day and Swallows Legend.
Mission San Juan Capistrano | 949-234-1300 / www.missionsjc.com
ABCHopes Fundraiser Mar. 19
Join our casino night fundraiser. ABC Hopes was created because of our love and passion to better serve individuals who have intellectual disabilities.
6-11pm / Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin www.abchopes.com
Movie Night: Minions Mar. 25
Join us as we watch Minions. In this 2015 favorite, Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a supervillain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Bring blankets, pillows, or low lawn chairs and food will be available for purchase. 6pm / Aliso Viejo Middle School, Aliso Viejo
949-425-2550 / www.avcity.org
Animals Everywhere Mar. 26
A fun-filled, educational day with baby animals and some of our favorite creatures!
10am-1pm / Central Park, Rancho Santa Margarita | 949-709-0010 / www.samlarc.org
Community Garage Sale Mar. 26
An annual community-wide garage sale, one of the biggest in the OC. 7am-12pm / Daisy Street, Ladera Ranch
949-218-0900 / www.laderalife.com
Laguna Beach Music Festival Mar. 28-Apr. 3
An annual multi-day celebration featuring outstanding classical and contemporary concerts in intimate spaces, community outreach programs and dynamic special events. 949-715-9713 / www.lagunabeachlive.org
California Bridal & Wedding Expo Mar. 6
The Bridal & Wedding Expo features an amazing selection of wedding professionals ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination, and much more!
12:30-5pm / OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa | 714-708-1500 / www.ocfair.com
OC Restaurant Week 2022 Mar. 6-16
There is something for everyone. OC Restaurant Week is the time to TASTE, EXPLORE & ENJOY. Enjoy specially priced restaurant week menus and family meals to-go. Try NEW restaurants - No grocery shopping and no dishes, just reservations & takeout! See website for participating restaurants. www.ocrestaurantweek.com
Swallows Day Fiesta Grande Mar. 9
This night of Old West entertainment consists of four contests are rolled into one! Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, and the Hairiest Man (best moustache and/or beard). So don your finest Old West outfit, belt buckle or facial hair! and enter one or more of the contests. There is a $5 entry fee (pay when you arrive) per category for each contestant entered.
6-9pm / Swallow’s Inn, San Juan Capistrano | 949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
Hoos’Gow Day Mar. 11
Bringing a taste of the Wild West back to San Juan Capistrano. The “Sheriff” and the “Deputies” of the Fiesta Association are dressed in their traditional black and white western garb while they roam the town in search of city slickers. If you’re not wearing western wear, watch out! You might just be roped into the fun! The Deputies will “arrest” anyone not dressed in western attire (and some who are, but just look like they need time in the Hoos’Gow), or any man who is clean-shaven.
9am-4pm / Downtown, San Juan Capistrano | 949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
Frog Jumping Contest Mar. 11
Exactly what it says on the tin. Prizes...music...frogs...and so much more! 4pm / Los Rios Park, San Juan Capistrano
949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
Landscape Planning Workshop Mar. 12
Learn how to create and care for beautiful landscapes at home! 10-11am / Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club, RSM 949-709-0010 / www.samlarc.org
Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Mar. 12
The Parade takes place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.
11am / Downtown, San Juan Capistrano | 949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
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