14 Fun Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend

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There’s a lot of fun things to do this weekend in Orange County. Everything from Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Rancho Days Fiesta in Lake Forest, an International Festival in Aliso Viejo, a Citrus Fair in La Habra, Taste of Orange, Free Comic Book Day, Old Towne Tustin Home and Garden Tour, and more!

  • Rancho Days Fiesta is Saturday 5/4 from 11am-3pm at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest. Explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American tribes. Take part in butter churning, candle dipping, piñata breaking & more! Admission is $5. http://bit.ly/2wMalHx
  • The 18th Annual International Festival is Saturday 5/4 at from 10:30am-5pm in Soka University in Aliso Viejo. Entertainment, food, shopping & more! FREE to attend. $10 parking on-site. http://ocevent.co/1T3Ah8j
  • The Annual San Clemente Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is Saturday 5/4 from 2pm-6pm in Max Berg Plaza Park. Live entertainment, games, food trucks, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2VeAf4C
  • The 23rd Annual Old Towne Tustin Home and Garden Tour is Saturday 5/4. Live music, vintage homes and gardens tour, quilt show & more. Tickets required. http://ocevent.co/1WbS8uz
  • Anaheim Cinco is all weekend La Palma Park in Anaheim. Carnival rides, games, entertainment, performances, food & more! FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2UYMdKv
  • Love ‘Em and Leash ‘Em Dog Day is Saturday 5/4 from 9am-3pm at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea. Events include a Pokey Pooch Hike, Moderate Mutt Hike, Hearty Hound Hike, dog costume contest, dog kissing contest, and more. There will also be rescue dogs available for adoption, vendors, and more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2Y7l5uR
  • Fiesta De Mayo Celebration is Saturday 5/4 from 1pm-3pm in the Oak Tree Court of the Outlets at San Clemente. Mariachis, actives for kids, and more. FREE. http://bit.ly/2skYGPE
  • La Habra Citrus Fair starts Friday night and runs all weekend on La Habra Blvd. Live music, food, games, carnival rides & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2qKcfT9
  • Mermaids Day 2019 is Sunday 5/5 at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Join fellow mermaid enthusiasts, merpeople, and sirens, for a themed day that takes you under the sea. Park admission required. http://bit.ly/2UxVvSo
  • The OC Running Festival, which includes the OC Marathon, and OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo is this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. http://bit.ly/2ZTUFhY
  • The Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk is Saturday 5/4 from 6pm-10pm. Food, shopping, performances & more. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2sYdu4d
  • Free Comic Book Day is Saturday 5/4. Comic book stores all over Orange County are participating including locations in Tustin, Orange, Irvine, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, and Westminster. FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/2qFQLrx
  • The Taste of Orange is Sunday 5/5 from 3-7pm in Old Towne Orange. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2VKTu57
  • The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Huntington Beach Open is all weekend. Watch world class athletes compete in beach volleyball. South side of the pier. FREE to attend, however VIP premium seating is available for purchase. http://bit.ly/2pbnYsJ
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC (some will not be happening on Easter so double check before you go)  http://bit.ly/2BdBcuQ

Outside of OC but worth the drive…

  • Renaissance Pleasure Faire starts this weekend in Irwindale and runs through 5/19. Live performances, jousting, shopping, food, and more. Admission required. http://bit.ly/2uPUtoh Ticket discount: http://bit.ly/2Vp8DFJ

 

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Lunar New Year Events in Orange County

Lunar New Year in Orange County

The Year of the Pig is upon us! With a strong and vibrant Asian population all throughout Orange County, there are many ways to celebrate! Here are some of the most popular Lunar New Year events happening this weekend in Orange County!

  • The largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration is held right here in Orange County! Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Tet Festival, 2/8-2/10, at the OC Fairgrounds. Entertainment, cultural displays, games, fireworks & more! Regular admission is $6, children 2 and under are free with paid adult, and parking is $9. Guests can also park at Sid Goldstein Freedom Park and take the free shuttle to the event. https://tetfestival.org/

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  • OC Parks is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a Tet Festival held in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley 2/8-2/10. The event will feature live music and entertainment, a traditional Lion Dance, firecrackers, and more. FREE to attend, free parking and free shuttles are available. http://www.ocparks.com/parks/mile/events

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  • The Little Saigon Tet Parade is the largest and most watched event of its kind in the U.S. This years even is on Saturday 2/9 from 9am-1pm in Westminster. The parade is free to attend, but a limited amount of seats located near the main stage are available for purchase. http://tetparade.org/

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  • The District at Tustin will celebrate their first ever Lunar New Year event with traditional and family-friendly festivities to ring in the Year of the Pig beginning at 3pm Sunday, 2/10. The first 500 guests will receive a lucky red envelope containing a crisp $1 bill and other highlights will include lively lion dance performances at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., along with fan dancers and plenty of kid-friendly activities. https://thedistricttl.com/events/district-celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-the-district

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  • South Coast Plaza is celebrating the the Year of the Pig with a variety of free weekend entertainment featuring traditional Asian cultural performances including Lion Dance, UniStar Children’s Variety Show, the Silk Road Band and more. Children’s activities and unique exhibits and exclusive items are also available throughout the weekend. http://www.southcoastplaza.com/lunar-new-year/

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  • The Outlets at San Clemente is celebrating Lunar New Year with a special lucky envelope giveaway. Visit Customer Service between now and Friday, 2/8 to pick up your free Lucky Red Envelope for the chance to win special offers and prizes from your favorite brands. https://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/lunar/

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BONUS:

  • The 119th annual Golden Dragon Parade is in downtown LA on Saturday, 2/8 at 1pm, and Orange County residents can get a FREE ride from OCTA! The first 100 people in line at the Irvine Metrolink Station at 8am will receive round trip train tickets to Downtown Los Angeles! Everyone else can buy tickets for just $10. There will also be refreshments and a lion dance prior to the train departing. https://www.metrolinktrains.com/lunarnewyear/

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  • The Source OC in Buena Park is celebrating Lunar New Year next weekend in the main plaza on Saturday 2/16 from 12pm-6pm. Live performances, lion dancing, facepainting and more special events throughout the day. Tickets are free, but guests are strongly encouraged to register on Eventbrite prior to attending. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunar-new-year-celebration-tickets-55437774877

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