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The OC Spotlight
Events in The OCmore
Cove Gallery Laguna Beach Art Walk
The Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach is a participating Laguna Beach Art Walk Gallery. C...more
May 27 2018
Blue Whale Migration Summer/Fall 2018-$16 Cruise Special
Enjoy $16 whale-watching cruise special. The annual "Giant Blue Whale Mig...more
California Welcome Center - Widget (2)

Spring in The OC 2015

Spring in The OC

The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming in Orange County. The fruit is ripe for the picking and ready just in time for Knott's Boysenberry Festival. Dive right into spring cleaning with some personal time at Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Huntington Beach. In Newport Beach at Fashion Island, it's out with the old and in with the new starting with more brands and a movie theater! Check out the events and activities below to discover new experiences throughout The OC this season.

Buena Park

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Knott's Boysenberry Festival
March 16 - April 18
The Knott's Boysenberry Festival is an annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park's historic roots. This year's festival features over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations. In addition, the Knott's Boysenberry Festival offers entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. Starting March 16 through April 8.

Irvine

UC Irvine
UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts has a wide range art, dance, drama and musical shows for everyone. You can find a complete list of their shows and more information about their upcoming performances here.

The Irvine Barclay Theater has a wide range of live performances this season. You can find a complete list of their shows and more information on their upcoming performances here.

Huntington Beach

Hyatt Huntington Beach
Rooms Renovations - We are reimagining our spacious rooms with honest materials
and Mediterranean nuances. Our laid-back, luxurious rooms will feature a new color palette,
65" mounted TVs, new beds, furnishings, fresh wall coverings and ooring with a relaxed
elegance. is enhancement is scheduled to be completed in late Spring 2018.

Pacific Waters Spa
Spa Special - Coastal Detox Scrub and Wrap : Exfoliates, redness, smooths and brightens
dull, rough, dry or bumpy skin. This treatment is designed to actively invigorate the skin
with olive stones and fresh lemons. Working to restore elasticity with curative essences of cardamom, jasmine, bergamot and clove sealed with shea butter blend.
80 mins/$180, regularly $225

New Spa Cuisine Menu - Pacific Waters Spa presents a menu of indulgent light
bites that can be enjoyed in any of our tranquil spots in the spa. Menu items include Spelt
Berry Yellow Gazpacho with Crab Meat and Rainbow Vegetable Salad with Cashew Butter
Dressing.

Newport Beach

Fashion Island
Hop Over to Visit the Easter Bunny at Fashion Island
Now - March 31
Our favorite bunny is available for photos in his spring garden at the Atrium Lawn through March 31. Easter Bunny Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm | Saturday 10am-7pm | Sunday 10am-6pm

THE LOT- Theater. Dining. Social Hub
​Coming in mid-April to Fashion Island, THE LOT​ is a luxury entertainment destination that offers a dining, socializing and cinematic experience unlike any other. It's a place to grab a morning coffee, enjoy a full dinner, or catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. It's a place where the neighborhood comes to play.

CASA Pinwheel Project at Fashion Island
April 5 & 6, 2018
Join Fashion Island on April 14 & 15 to shop and support CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County, . Purchase one of 3,100 pinwheels that will be displayed on the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale's Lawn and support the 3,100 children in Orange County who are in the foster care system or who are currently served by a CASA-OC volunteer.

Newport Beach Film Festival 2018

 

Newport Beach Film Festival Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island
April 26 - May 3, 2018 | Opening Night Gala - April 26, 2018
The 19th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival is Orange County's largest entertainment event and will bring in 350 films and nightly galas to over 50,000 film fans. Screenings will be held at theaters around Newport Beach, including Fashion Island's THE LOT, and Fashion Island will host the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, April 26 from 10pm-12am in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale's courtyard.

​Gorjana- Opening in May at Fashion Island
May 2018
Locally-owned jewelry brand Gorjana will open in Fashion Island in mid-May. The store will feature approachable, quality jewelry channeling the chic, breezy style of its Laguna Beach origins.

Voluspa- Opening This Summer at Fashion Island
Founded in 1999 here in Southern California, candle favorite Voluspa will open their first brick-and-mortar retail location at Fashion Island mid-Summer. Voluspa's luxurious candles represent a discreet nod to extravagance by combining meticulously crafted scents made with impeccable ingredients, packaged to exquisite perfection.


RYU- Opening This Summer at Fashion Island
Canadian-based RYU will bring their urban athletic apparel line into the US when they open at Fashion Island mid-Summer. The brand builds and engineers products that are not only the best to train in, but are tailored for any urban setting. The store will host a multitude of events and activities that serve the community and that help establish RYU as a place where like-minded people connect and where RYU facilities human performance.

Roger's Garden Spring Celebration
March 16-March 25, 2018
Welcome 2018 with an innovative approach to inspiration in all forms. Introducing "display
gardens" where you can take ideas, vision and knowledge and reinvent your very own garden,
balcony or yard-scape into something original. Experience inspirational and contemporary
gardens; where whimsy meets elegance, soil cultivates farm-to- fork, floral installations kiss
dramatic landscapes and vibrant colors reign. The gardens have been inspired by Spring itself
where photo ops abound. You'll get to view the combined talents of Roger's Gardens floral
artists, landscape designers and creative team; with daily personalized workshops and
educational instruction.

Easter at Pelican Hill
Easter Sunday April 1, 2018
Let the little ones delight in an Easter egg hunt and visits with the Easter Bunny, all amid vast
Pacific Ocean panoramas. In Mar Vista's grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Executive Chef
Jean-Pierre Dubray presents traditional brunch favorites, accented with California and Tuscan
flavors. Easter egg hunts begin at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $128* per adult, $60* per
child ages 5-12 and complimentary for children under age 5. The celebration will be held on
Easter Sunday.

Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun at Fashion Island Hotel
April 1, 2018
For this holiday, it's time to round up the family and hop over to Fashion Island Hotel for an
Easter Feast and Fashionable Fun! They're transforming the Ballroom into a colorful Easter
wonderland with live entertainment, kids' face painting and egg decorating, pictures with the
Easter Bunny and a family photo to capture all the fun memories. The bountiful brunch buffet
features favorites like made-to- order crepes, seasonal salads, tasty desserts and a selection of
kids' favorites. And what's an Easter celebration without an egg-citing egg hunt on the front
lawn? $80 per adult, $20 for children ages five to 12. Children four years and under eat free.
Pricing includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 949-760- 4913. The festivities will take
place on Easter Sunday.

The Lot Grand Opening at Fashion Island
Mid April 2018
THE LOT is a luxury lifestyle entertainment destination that offers a dining, drinking and
cinematic experience unlike any other. THE LOT features a luxury cinema with multiple
auditoriums, each outfitted with the latest in comfort, audio-visual and cinematic technology; a
dedicated sophisticated yet approachable restaurant, well-appointed bars spotlighting
craft cocktails, beers and wines, and dedicated craft cafés serving locally roasted coffees and
house-made pastries. THE LOT provides the community with a place to grab a morning coffee,
enjoy a full dinner, or catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster-a place to eat, play and enjoy.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 26-May 3, 2018
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach
Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking
from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international
film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the
NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around
the globe. Highlights of the 2018 Festival include the Opening Night Screening and gala
at Fashion Island and The Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Awards where filmmakers and
celebrities gather to celebrate outstanding contribution to global cinema. The 19th annual
Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 26-May 3, 2018.

 Newport Beach International Yacht Race 2018

 

Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race
April 27 - 29, 2018
Once a year, sailors brave the brisk waters of Newport Beach for a thrilling race to Ensenada,
Mexico. The 125-nautical- mile run has been an annual tradition since 1948. Vessels of all sizes
are launched from the Balboa Pier and make their way down the Pacific for an adventure of a
lifetime. This sailing expedition is not as leisurely as one might expect. While this race belongs
to serious sailors as well as light-hearted competitors, the sea remains a fierce and fickle
mistress to each traveler that seeks her wonders. The 2018 Newport to Ensenada International
Yacht Race is highly anticipated and is expected to be nothing short of extraordinary. The race
will take place April 27-29, 2018.

 

Mother's Day Celebration at Fashion Island Hotel
May 13, 2018
Mothers and their families and friends will love what's planned for the garden-themed
Mother's Day Brunch Party in the Ballroom. There will be a pianist, a bouquet-making station,
kids' activity station and a photographer to catch shots of Mom and her fan club. Liquid
refreshments included in the price are a Bloody Mary Bar and Bottomless Mimosas. Frozé
available for an additional $5 per glass. $80 per adult, $20 for children ages five to 12. Children
four years and under eat free. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 949-760-
4913. Join in on this Mother's Day celebration, May 13, 2018 - seating is at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30
P.M

Newport Beach Jazz Festival
June 1 - 3, 2018
Experience the soul of Newport Beach this summer at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. The
festival will kick-off with headliner's Michael Lington and Kenny Latimore, known for their
dynamic performances and irresistible sound. The second day of the festival will be headlined
by the legendary Commodores with hits like "Brick House", "Easy" and much more. To conclude
the festival, Brian Culbertson will be headlining the last day of the event. A grand finale is
expected with the magical sounds from Culbertson's "Colors of Love Tour". Accompanying this
world-class line up, the festival will also include an international food court featuring delectable
cuisine and bites. Do not miss out on this 3-day celebration of jazz from world renown artists
and award-winning musicians!