Orange County Restaurant Week
Sunday, March 1st – Saturday, March 7th
This week is the 7th annual Orange County Restaurant Week. There are over 130 eateries participating with delicious menus for every taste pallet and budget. We covered some basic info on the festivities including the Girl Scout themed confections available this week on our blog last week. So start browsing restaurants and menus – it’s going to be a mouthwatering week!
Event website: ocrestaurantweek.com
Downtown Fullerton Art Walk 5-Year Anniversary Event
Friday, March 5th
Art venues, artists and the community come together in one place on one night to celebrate one thing: The Arts in Fullerton. The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk will commemorate its landmark 5th Anniversary with a monumental art event at the Fullerton Museum Plaza in Fullerton. It’s all ages, free to the public and attracts over 2,000 art enthusiasts to the city for the celebration.
Event website: facebook.com/events
Dana Point Festival of Whales
March 7th-8th & 14th-15th
Held at the Dana Point Harbor
Brought to you by OC Parks, the 44th annual Festival of Whales is all about celebrating the beauty of Dana Point’s local treasure – the whale. Both weekends include dozens of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy including art in the park with a giant origami whale sculpture being created over both weekends, historical society walking tour, classic cars and vintage boat displays, Polynesian Connection – a day of culture, entertainment, music, food and dance, whale watching the 10 and 5K Gunion Run, street fair, Rubber Ducky Derby, sand sculpting competition and so much more. Check out the website for the full list of events. Trust me, our list here is anything but complete!
Event website: festivalofwhales.com
Twilight Tasting: Taste of Brews
Saturday, March 7th
5PM – 10PM at the Lyon Air Museum
Twilight Tasting marks its triumphant return to the spectacular Lyon Air Museum for a remarkable evening featuring unlimited tastes of craft beer, hard cider, wine, culinary delights from several OC eateries and bakeries, refreshments, live musical entertainment, free valet parking and a souvenir tasting glass.
Event website: tasteofbrews.com
Rock Star Beer Festival
Saturday, March 14th
6PM-9PM at the Yost Theater
Celebrating craft beer and live music, the Orange County Beer and Music Festival is a collaborative effort of Rockstar Beer Productions and local breweries to raise money for breast cancer research. The event will showcase multiple local and regional breweries as well as local bands and DJ’s. The event will be held at and around the Yost Theater with an after party at the nightclub. Drink for a cause and get your tickets for the event now on the official site.
Event website: orangecounty-beerfestival.com
Up in the Air Festival
Saturday, March 14th
This unique festival for Mission Viejo and the surrounding areas showcases everything that goes Up in the Air or uses air to operate. Held at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, the festival will include professional kite flyers (yes, they do exist), disc dog shows, various flying contests, nonprofit food booths, kids crafts, a bubble station, exhibitors and entertainment. Check out the site for a more info on this day of fun in the park.
Event website: yelp.com/events
Leprechaun Leap 5K
Sunday, March 15th
The 3rd Annual Leprechaun Leap 5K will be held at The Tustin Hangar and the District at Tustin Legacy. The event welcomes walkers, strollers, dogs, individuals, and teams. Awards will be given for the fastest time and the best costume so get crazy with your St. Patty’s day pride. Proceeds will benefit The Tustin Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce, both non-profit organizations. Reserve your spot and register online today.
Event website: leprechaunleap.org
St. Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration
Thursday, March 19th
10AM-3PM at Mission San Juan Capistrano
St. Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration is a world-renowned tradition celebrating the annual return of the famous swallows to Capistrano. The annual celebration includes live mariachi music, community presentations, local school performances, Flamenco dancing, food vendors, basket weavers, activities for kids and more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 or kids and $9 for seniors. The historic celebration is full of tradition, community and festivity so don’t miss out!
Event website: missionsjc.com
Musink Music and Tattoo Festival
Friday, March 20th – Sunday, March 22nd
Held at the Orange County Fairgrounds
Get excited for the 8th Annual Musink Festival presented by Travis Barker. This weekend music festival will include sets from Rancid and Sick of It All on March 20th, Bad Religion and OFF! on March 21st and Blink-182 and Yelawolf on March 22nd. Don’t miss the Miss Musink contest, skate demo, daily tattoo contests, tons of vendors and of course your favorite bands. Check out the website for tickets and the full lineup.
Event website: musink.org
Kid’s Fishing Derby
Saturday, March 21st
9AM-12PM at Mile Square Park
The North Lake at Mile Square Park will be stocked with trout and catfish for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Kids ages 6-15 can fish for free and compete to win multiple prizes with finalists and champions in a variety of different age groups. Registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:30AM with the Derby starting promptly at 9AM.
Event website: yelp.com/events
Firkfest: Cask Beer Festival and Chili Cookoff
Saturday, March 21st
12PM-4PM in Anaheim
Orange County finally gets its own Cask beer festival thanks to the OC Beer Blog. Enjoy unlimited 2-4oz cask pours from over 30 Socal Craft Breweries. Plus you can taste and judge 10 local restaurants going head to head in the chili cookoff. It’s at the park so bring a towel, blanket or small folding chair and get ready to lounge. The Packing House will also be open during the event for dinging.
Event website: firkfest.com
Marvel Universe LIVE!
Friday, March 27th – Sunday, March 29th
Held at the Honda Center
To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes must band together, including The Avengers, and trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. This live action super hero show will feature more than 25 Marvel heroes and villains in a mind-blowing original story that brings the everyone together in one new production. The show includes martial arts, aerial stunts, motocross and some impressive pyrotechnics.
Event website: marveluniverselive.com
Anaheim Citrus Festival
Saturday, March 28th
12PM-5PM at the Anaheim Packing District
This day of fun is just what it sounds – all about citrus. There will be a citrus car parade, citrus themed cook off contest, games and crafts for kids, hayride, free lemonade, hard lemonade garden for the adults and live music for everyone to enjoy. Stop by for all the fun and check out the site if you’re interested in entering the parade or contests for the day.
Event website: anaheimpackingdistrict.com
Sunday, March 29th
4PM-7PM at the Old World Village
Enjoy all you can eat crab, bread, salad and chowder at the HBH Lions club Crabfest. Proceeds from the event go to local community projects and charitable groups such as the Blind Children’s Learning Center, Canine Companions for Independence, Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguard and more. Reserve your spot now, tickets are $55 per person until March 28th.
Event website: hblionscrabfest.com
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 2015
Saturday, March 28th – Sunday April 12th
To celebrate the berry that made Knott’s famous and the entire spring season, come to the Boysenberry Festival in Ghost Town. As part of the festival, inside Wilderness Dance Hall guests will find a variety of boysenberry inspired gourmet food and wine offerings from around the world. Plus come get your grub on in Ghost Town which will be filled with ribs, chicken, and other charbroiled treats smothered with boysenberry glaze and cooked on open-air BBQs throughout the streets of the festival.
Event website: knotts.com
Leave a comment and let us know if we missed any events in Orange County this month!