OC Calendar of Events - May 2024

Danielle Snyder May 3, 2024

66th RRCA NationalConvention

We are excited to host the 66th RRCA Convention in conjunction with the SDCCU OC Marathon and Half. Join hundreds of club leaders, race directors, prospective and currentRRCA Certified Coaches, sponsors, and industry leaders at this fun-filled, and educational conference for the running community. Location: Westin South Coast Plaza,Costa Mesa
Info: www.rrca.org/convention

5/2-5/5: various times


La Habra Citrus Fair

The Annual SpringCitrus Fair showcases the history of La HabraValley. The fair will include thrilling rides, kiddie rides, delicious food, great free entertainment, a custom car show, unique merchandise, and lots of fun for the whole family!

Location: La Habra Blvd. betweenEuclid St. and Harbor Blvd.

Info: www.lahabrachamber.com/citrus-fair-home

5/3-5/5: Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-11pm,Sun 1pm-9pm


Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is the biggest event in the comic book industry—a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!Founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book they’ll love, the annual event offers a huge selection of free titles designed to appeal to a broad range of age levels and their tastes.

Location: various participating comic book shops

Info: www.freecomicbookday.com

5/4: various participating shop hours


MayParade: Come to the Orange Side

Everyone loves a parade—especially a hometown procession that brings the community together. Participants include school marching bands,

Polynesian dance students, Shriners driving mini cars, plus other school, nonprofit and church groups; and thousands of parade-goers lining the route cheering everyone on.

Location: Old Town Orange

Info: www.orangechamber.com/orange-may-parade

5/4: 10am


Laguna Beach Gate & Garden Tour

The 2024 Walking tour will start at the LagunaBeach County Water District. The buildings gorgeous “MediterraneanRevival” style building built in 1927 is now the permanent host venue for the Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour. Luxury VIP Buses will transport you to the start of the tour where you will stroll through a masterfully curated set of gardens in local neighborhoods.

Location: start at the Laguna Beach County Water District

Info: www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org/calendar/gate-garden-tour

5/4: 10am-3pm


Rancho Days Fiesta

Come explore the rich history of OrangeCounty's rancho era through hands-on activities, crafts, music, dance and more! Activities and performances includeNative 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.

Location:HeritageHill Historic Park – Lake Forest

Info: ocparks.com/events/annual-rancho-days-fiesta-0

5/4: 11am-3pm


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Join us for Cinco de Mayo Park! It is a fun festival for the entire family to enjoy with delicious food, beer garden, carnival games, LIVE entertainment, artisan vendors and more!

Location: Max Berg Plaza Park,San Clemente

Info: www.san-clemente.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/9154/71

5/4: 2pm-6pm


Soka Peace Festival

Join us as we celebrate our founding with a day of fun, entertainment, and community at the Soka Peace Festival! 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.

Location: Soka University, Aliso Viejo

Info: live.soka.edu

5/4: 2:30pm-9pm


OC Marathon Running Festival

A gorgeous scenic course that unfolds thru the coastal communities of Orange County. Choose from OC full or half marathon,5k, or the Kids Run. Enjoy theLifestyle & Fitness Expo, Celebrate OC Festival, and OC Marathon events Friday through Sunday!

Location: Newport Beach’sFashion Island

Info: ocmarathon.com

5/4, 5/5: various times


Open Garden Day

Experience at least eight gardens showcasing unique landscapes, innovative gardening techniques, and a variety of tranquil spaces intended to inspire and delight. Visitors will also enjoy morning refreshment & lunch options, shopping, information booths, a garden to table demo themed “Brunch from theGarden” and much more!

Location: West Floral Park & Fisher Park, Santa Ana

Info: opengardenday.com

5/11: 9:30am-3:30pm


OC Greek Food Festival

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 “Kidz Zone”with games and other children’s activities.

Location: St. John’s Greek OrthodoxChurch, Anaheim

Info: ocgreekfest.com

5/17-5/19: Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm


South OC Microbrew & Seltzerfest

To celebrate Left Coast Brewing Company's 20th anniversary, 20 local breweries will unite for a fun-filled Saturday of unlimited tastings, live music by Tunnel Vision and terrific food trucks. (Wahoo's FishTacos, West Coast Hibachi, and Savory Times) Experience a special brew collaboration, presented by San Clemente breweries and more surprises! This event is hosted by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce; tickets will supportSan Clemente's military outreach programs.

Location: Left Coast Brewing Company

Info: business.scchamber.com/events/details/south-oc-microbrew-seltzerfest-16721

5/11: 1pm-4pm


Crawfish Festival

Master Chefs will prepare true, Louisiana-style crawfish along with Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob, and tangy remoulade dipping sauce.

Dance to rousing music and join the Second Line Dancing Parade a historical New Orleans tradition where people dance with a celebratory spirit. Live entertainment mixes the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans-style music and includes Zydeco dance lessons regularly throughout the day.

Location: Fountain ValleySports Park

Info: www.crawfishfestival.com

5/17-5/19: Fri 5pm-11pm,Sat 2pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-8pm


Old Town Tustin Home & Garden Tour

Our tour is always such a wonderful celebration of Old Town – the homes, the gardens, the people, the history, and the businesses. This day-long celebration will feature a festive opening ceremony, tours of vintage homes and gardens, May pole dancing, live musical entertainment, horse-drawn trolleys, and a lot more!

Location: 225 West Main St.

Info: tustinhistory.com/tustin-home-and-garden-tour

5/18: 9:30am-4pm


Anaheim Children’s Festival

The AnaheimChildren’s Festival offers families and people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy exploring and making art together. The Children’s Festival includes booths, art projects, musical and performing groups, and plenty of fun for kids and families! All art activities are FREE to all participants!

Location: Pearson Park, Anaheim

Info: muzeo.org/event/anaheim-childrens-festival-2024

5/18: 11am-3pm


Tustin Lobsterfest

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. You will leave fulfilled!

Location: Peppertree Park, Tustin

Info: www.tustinlobsterfest.com

5/18: 4pm-7:30pm


Great Donut Run/Walk5k

Grab ur friends and family for another fun filled event with thousands of sprinkles and thousands of donuts! This is a family funrun/ walk with no timing or division awards. Equal opportunity for all donuts to be seen and enjoyed. Sprinkle your life with happiness and join us for this great event!

Location: Irvine Valley College

Info: www.greatdonutrun.com

5/19: 7:30am


MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and experience the best restaurants, bars & eateries by joining us for the 8th Annual“MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street” in Santa Monica. This all-ages community event is a fun take on the classic board game, giving players access to tastings at over 20 participating locations. Stop at every location for a chance to win a Taste of Main Street Prize Package. Monopoly themed attire is encouraged!

Location: Between Pier Ave. &Strand St. on Main St., Santa Monica

Info: mainopolysm.com

5/19: 1pm-5pm


Taste of Brea

Relive the food, the fun, and friends! Spend this evening supporting the Brea business community and see all that Brea has to offer.

Location: Birch St., DowntownBrea

Info: tasteofbrea.com

5/23: 5pm-9pm


64th Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Rides, games, celebrities, LIVE concerts, music, contests and more. It's FREE to attend, so come join us!! On Saturday of the festival, see celebrities and much more in one of the best parades in Orange County!

Location: Village Green, between Euclid &Main Streets

Info: strawberryfestival.org

5/24-5/27: Fri 1pm-10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-10pm, Mon 10am-9pm


Scottish Fest

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! It's a fantastic way to explore the culture of the Scots and the Celts, and the best part? You don't have to be Scottish to have fun at Scottish Fest!

Location: OC Fair & EventCenter – Costa Mesa

Info: www.scottishfest.com

5/25, 5/26: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5:30pm


Fiesta Hermosa

The Fiesta will feature the Makers Mercado, Carnival, The Garden, Beach Concert, Food Fair, and more!

Location: Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach

Info: fiestahermosa.net

5/25-5/27: 11am-7pm


Memorial Day Service

A service to honor the sacrifices made by our nation to earn our freedom.

Location: Pines Park, Dana Point

Info: www.vfwpost9934.org

5/27: 10am


Newport Beach Jazz Festival

Three days of world class jazz, R&B + soul music, food, and friends. Headliners include Babyface, Brian Culbertson, Average White Band,Erin Stevenson, and many more!

Location: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Info: festivals.hyattconcerts.com

5/31-6/2: 10:30am


626 NightMarket: Orange County

626 NightMarket is inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, where people come together to eat, drink, and socialize. The iconic Californian festival features300+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages.

Location: OC Fair & Event Center,Costa Mesa

Info: www.626nightmarket.com/tickets-oc

5/31-6/2: 4pm-11pm


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