Orange County is generally a place with lots to do, from the beaches and surfing, to the multiple hiking trails dotting the county, to the amusement parks we’ve been blessed with. But April is an especially event packed time with Spring Break and Easter, here are just a few of the many events you should make time to enjoy with friends and family this year.
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Mar. 28-Apr. 12
The 16-day and entertainment festival returns with an unforgettable lineup of exquisite Boysenberry Bites, dazzling entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and more farm fresh fun the whole family will love!
Time/Place: Knott’s Berry Farm: Ghost Town
Contact: (714) 220-5200 / www.knotts.com
Easter Festival & Food Truck Brunch Apr. 4
A treasure hunt for plastic eggs filled with treats and gourmet food trucks offering special items such as Easter Egg Hamburgers and Grilled Cheese with Scrambled Egg Sandwiches.
Time/Place: 9:30am-2:30pm / OC Fair & Event Center
Contact: (949) 723-6660 / www.ocmarketplace.com
Easter Hunt and Family Fun Day Apr. 4
Bring the whole family for live music, games, vendors, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and the Easter Hunt.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Sports Complex: 18002 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach
Contact: (949) 394-8772 / www.hbkiwanis.org
Spring Family Eggstravaganza Apr. 4
Egg Hunts, Eggs-Treme Kid Zone, Games, Crafts, Inflatables, Balloon Twisters, Music & More!
Time/Place: 8am-12pm / La Bonita Park: 1440 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra
Contact: (562) 383-4200 / www.lahabracity.com
Eggs-Cavation Apr. 4
Event includes egg hunts, carnival games, food for purchase, crafts, bounce houses and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Only 300 egg hunts tickets available.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Atlantis Play Center: 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove
Contact: (714) 741-5200 / www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us
Sensational Springtacular Apr. 4
Pancake breakfast, entertainment, bounce house, face painting, games, snacks and an egg hunt.
Time/Place: 7:30-11:30am / Vista Hermosa Sports Park: 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente
Contact: (949) 361-8200 / www.san-clemente.org
Los Alamitos Spring Carnival Apr. 4
This event is free to attend and is for children ages 1-14 years and their families. Come out and enjoy fun activities, carnival games, prizes, food trucks, and take a photo with Peter Rabbit!
Time/Place: 9-11am / Little Cottonwood Park: 4000 Farquhar Ave.
Contact: (562) 430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org
California Footvolley Tournament Apr. 4-5
Footvolley is an exciting new beach sport that combines rules from beach volleyball and soccer. Watch as professional athletes from all over the world compete.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Huntington Beach Pier
Contact: (949) 701-9986 / www.califootvolley.com
Ragnar Relay So Cal Apr. 10-11
Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories.
Time/Place: 5am-3pm / Huntington Beach to San Diego
Contact: (801) 499-5024 / www.ragnarrelay.com
America’s Family Pet Expo Apr. 10-12
Exhibitors include retailers, groomers, veterinarians, hobbyist groups, humane rescue organizations, humane societies, breeders, etc. Great show of dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles and more!
Time/Place: Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: (714) 708-1500 / www.petexpooc.org
We Are Earth Day Festival Apr. 11
Live outdoor music, free tacos, petting zoo, and eco-friendly fun! Bring your family and friends (human and furry)!
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / The Ecology Center: 32701 Alipaz Street, SJC
Contact: (310) 274-6726 / www.theecologycenter.org
FroYo 5k Apr. 11
Indulge your dancing shoes at the Motivation Stations. Refresh your body in the exhilarating FroZones. Dive into a delectable cup of frozen yogurt at the After-Party.
Time/Place: 9-11am / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: 8808 Irvine Center Dr.
Caterinas Club 10 Year Anniversary Brunch Apr. 12
Champagne reception with a Pre-Fixe Brunch to follow. Celebrate 10 years of Caterinas Club and Honor two original Caterina’s Girls supporters.
Time/Place: 12:30-2:30pm / Anaheim White House: 887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Contact: (714) 772-1381 / www.caterinasclub.org
SOCO Uncorked 2015 Apr. 16
Small bites from award-winning SOCO restaurants, hand-crafted wine from over 30 different producers, and live music.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / SOCO Collection: 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa
Contact: (949) 294-0655 / http://bit.ly/SOCOUncorked
California Wine Festival – Dana Point Apr. 17-18
Experience the quintessential California wine tasting and enjoy hundreds of vintage wines, delicious gourmet food samples and lively music.
Time/Place: Fri 6:30-9pm, Laguna Cliffs Marriott / Sat 1-4pm, Lantern Bay Park
Contact: (800) 936-3126 / www.californiawinefestival.com
“Stardust Nights” PBS SoCaL 2015 Gala Apr. 18
The event will honor the leadership and legacy of PBS SoCaL’s retiring CEO, Mel Rogers, and the “Heroes of the Station.”
Time/Place: 5:30-11pm / Hyatt Regency: 21500 PCH, Huntington Beach
Contact: (714) 241-4100 / www.pbssocal.org
Walk For Wishes Orange County Apr. 18
This day of celebration features a World of Wishes Festival and a spirited, family-friendly walk!
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / Orange County Great Park: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine
Contact: (714) 573-9474 / www.ocie.wish.org
Earth Day San Clemente Apr. 18
Music, educational displays, demonstrations, artists, and awards for those who contribute. Begins with a beach clean up at 8:30am.
Time/Place: 10am-12pm / Parque Del Mar/Pier, San Clemente
Contact: (949) 366-2326 / www.scwatersheds.com
Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) Apr. 18-19
A family-friendly, consumer trade show for the saltwater aquarium hobby with nearly 100 booth exhibits, many selling equipment, livestock and coral.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm / OC Fair & Event Center
Contact: (714) 708-1500 / www.marineaquariumexpo.com
Special Olympics On Parade Apr. 19
A celebration of the athletes who participate in our Orange County sports training and competition program.
Time/Place: 4:30-8:30pm / 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim
Contact: (562) 502-1100 / www.sosc.org/soop
Balboa Village Fest – N2E Kickoff Event Apr. 19
Celebrate the upcoming Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. FREE admission and offers fun for the whole family!
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Balboa Village: 600 E Bay Ave., Newport Beach
Contact: (949) 644-1023 / www.newporttoensenada.com
Newport Beach Film Festival Apr. 23-30
Prestigious multicultural event screens over 300 films and prides itself on showcasing the best in local, international and critically acclaimed cinema.
Time/Place: See website for schedule.
Contact: (949) 253-2880 / www.newportbeachfilmfest.com
Newport to Ensenada Int’l Yacht Race Apr. 24-26
This 125 mile overnight race starting off at the Balboa Pier provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure.
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Balboa Pier, Newport Beach
Contact: (949) 644-1023 / www.newporttoensenada.com
Mercy House’s Living with Heart Gala Apr. 25
Elegant and fun-filled evening with fantastic entertainment and a live and silent auction-all benefitting homeless men, women, children, and families.
Time/Place: Fairmont Newport Beach: 4500 MacArthur Blvd.,
Doheny Wood Apr. 25
Doheny Wood is one of the premier Woodie events of the year, presented by the largest Woodie organization in the world. Wooden vehicles only.
Time/Place: 6am-3pm / Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
California Cruise-In Apr. 25
Features over 100 hot rods and custom car models. An award ceremony will take place at 2 pm at Walnut and Main Street.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach
Contact: (508) 291-3443 / www.factoryfive.com
Relay For Life of Huntington Beach Apr. 25
A 24-hour cancer walk that raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s cancer services and programs.
Time/Place: 9am-9am / Huntington Central Park: 6622 Lakeview
Contact: (714) 334-1425 / www.relayforlife.org
Art Along the Coast Apr. 25-26
Drive through Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente and be welcomed into the creative spaces of these premier artists.
Time/Place: Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm / South OC Coastline
Contact: (949) 497-1261 / www.artalongthecoast.com
March for Babies 2015 Apr. 26
The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnanies.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Contact: (949) 263-1100 / www.marchforbabies.org
OCTA Bike Festival Apr. 26
This popular event kicks-off Bike Month and promotes biking to work, for recreation, and to run errands.
Time/Place: 9am-1pm / Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach
Contact: (714) 636-7433 / www.octa.net
Taste of Huntington Beach Apr. 26
A unique sampling of the area’s finest restaurants paired with California’s premium wineries and breweries.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Huntington Central Park Sports Complex: 18000 Goldenwest St.
Contact: (714) 749-7548 / www.tastehb.com
Kids Konnected Golf Tournament Apr. 27
All proceeds benefit Kids Konnected; a non-profit that provides free support services to kids and teens who have a parent with cancer.
Time/Place: 9:15am-7pm / El Niguel Country Club: 23700 Clubhouse Dr.
Contact: (949) 582-5443 / www.kidskonnected.org
All information courtesy of Jeff Gibson at First American Title.