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Spring in The OC 2015

Spring in The OC | Things to Do

Bring on the sunshine! It’s spring in The OC, and that means a few more hours of fun in the sun. The fruit is in perfect condition at Knott’s Berry Farm just in time for their annual Boysenberry Festival. Orange County is blossoming with artistic activities in Laguna Beach and award-winning performances in Costa Mesa. Check out the events and activities below to discover new experiences you and your family can enjoy this season in The OC!

Buena Park

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival
Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the Boysenberry and each spring, Knott’s celebrates the flavorful berry and it historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with unique food and live entertainment. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering festival is expanding to three weeks, April 1 – April 23. The 23-day food festival features over 80 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin’ entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and family fun everyone will love!

Knott's Berry Farm Skyline 

Costa Mesa

Dine on Us, April 7 - May 29, 2017
Visitors to Costa Mesa that book 2 nights in a participating Costa Mesa hotel will receive $100 to dine at one of 20 SoCo and The OC Mix restaurants.

OC Marathon, May 4, 2017
The 2017 OC Marathon marks the 13th year of the race. The course last year passed through Costa Mesa, Newport and Santa Ana. There is a full-marathon, half-marathon, 5k and kids' run.The course extends through 26.2 miles of Orange County with an inspiring blend of local landmarks, coastal scenery, nature views and sophisticated arts and shopping. Runners pass the pristine beaches of Corona del Mar, the scenic Back Bay Estuary, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Plaza, Santa Ana River Trail and the OC Fair & Event Center. Each year the OC Marathon raises money through donations to give back to various charitable organizations throughout OC.

Segerstrom Center For The Arts

Broadway Musicals in Orange County

  • The Academy Award® winning film Finding Neverland comes to life on stage for the first time and tells the story about how Peter became Pan. Performances run March 21 – April 2, 2017
  • An American in Paris, the four-time Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl will also make its Orange County debut April 25 – May 7, 2017
  • If you loved the Oscar®-nominated Warner Bros. film The Bodyguard, revisit the love story of the superstar and her bodyguard along with some of the biggest selling songs like “I Will Always Love You.” Starring Grammy® Award nominee and R&B Superstar Deborah Cox, the Broadway performance runs May 30 – June 11 at Segerstrom Hall.

 

Children’s programming at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, April 22 - April 23
Marvin, a mouse, longs to be the “cool” rat and wants to adventure to the moon to show that he too can be a hero. Through dance, puppetry and 3D theatricals, this performance of Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey demonstrates how everyone can celebrate their differences without being bullied.

Pacific Symphony
“Smashing Broadway”- April 21 - 22 | 8:00 PM
Salute to John Wiliams - June 2-3 | 8:00 PM

Huntington Beach

Hyatt Huntington Beach: Spring Cleaning and Giving Package, March 20 - May 25

Make Spring Cleaning Easy! Clean out your closet and bring us gently worn clothes to donate to Serving People in Need (SPIN). Pack a suitcase full of clothes and Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach will make a donation and guests will receive a South Coast Plaza $50 gift certificate for a spring shopping spree.

Combine a VIP Shopping experience at South Coast Plaza with a donation to Serving People in Need (SPIN), a charitable organization whose mission is Restoring Orange County’s families and individuals in crisis to housing and permanent self-sufficiency through SPIN’s long-term, proven case management and support services.

 

At the resort, enjoy a 20% discount on breakfast at Watertable, 20% off any spa treatment at Pacific Waters Spa and 50% off parking. Our Spring Cleaning and Giving package also includes a $50 gift certificate at South Coast Plaza, honored at over 250 retailers and a pass to the ACCESS VIP suite featuring such amenities as complimentary valet, refreshments, package check, and lounge and VIP Passport.

Irvine

Orange County Soccer Club
Orange County’s Professional Soccer Team is one of 12 founding members of the new United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2011 season.

Home games played at the Orange County Great Park stadium; Saturday, May 6 vs. LA Galaxy II and Saturday, June 3 vs. Real Monarchs.

Strawberry Tours, Now - June 2017
Take a wagon ride tour of the 30-acre Tanaka Farms. See how fruits and vegetables grow, get a taste of fresh strawberries and pick your own.

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival, May 13
A culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music and entertainment.

Studio Arts Festival, June 3
Works of more than 100 artisans on display, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, photography, textiles and glass. Enjoy live demonstrations and musical performances.

Cookout Tour, April 1 - 2
Spend the day at the farm, harvesting, creating and enjoying your entire meal.

Laguna Beach

Sawdust Art Classes
Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am & 2 pm
Join the world of artists. Classes include pottery wheel, glassblowing, painting, jewelry making, screen printing, oil painting, photography and more. Classes range from $45 - $250.935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030

Laguna Craft Guild Street Show
April 9 and 23 | 9 am - sunset
A popular arts & crafts show featuring Laguna Beach artists. Free.Main Beach Cobblestones, Laguna Beach, 949.228.6206

Jazz Wednesdays Winter
April 12 | 6 - 8 pm
[seven-degrees] Laguna Beach Live! West Coast Jazz featuring the Tony Guerrero Quintet. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food and beverages available for purchase.891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9713

Live! at the Museum: Sunset Club Trio
April 13 | 7 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Violinist Etienne Gara, joined by Ines Thome on the electric guitar and Michael Gratovich on the flamenco guitar founded the Sunset Club Trio for a new approach to the classical violin and piano repertoire. Their music revisits the sound textures of classical masterpieces along with newly commissioned ones, to bring a whole new aspect and energy to the stage. Advance tickets are recommended. Included with museum admission.307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

LOCA Arts Education & Pacific Marine Animal Center
April 15 | 9 - 10:30 am | Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Art and Sea Lions: View live sea lions, learn about their rescue and rehabilitation, and make art. Sketch a sea lion in watercolor with artist Mike Tauber. Adult, $20; Child (5 and up), $15.20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.363.4700; 949.376.3635

Family Art Studio
April 16 | 2 - 4 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Hands-on art making program, offered on a drop-in basis. Children and families create a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions at the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages. All materials are provided. Free admission for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are not required.307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

King of the Road, The Roger Miller Story
April 19 - May 14, Laguna Playhouse
Performance times vary | In this world premiere, riding a wave of success triggered by his mega-hits, “Dang Me” and “King of the Road,” a string of gold records and 11 Grammy Awards, wisecracking country star and Tony-winning Broadway composer (Big River), Roger Miller is forced to face his demons, confront his self-destructive tendencies and accept love. Andy Barnicle directs this true story with live music. Tickets range from $66 - $81. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.ARTS (2787)

LOCA Arts Education & Laguna Nursery
April 20 | 5-7 pm
Art Club: Artistic Plant Arrangements with award-winning horticulturist Ruben Flores, who will focus on the 10 best flowering plants for gardens in Laguna Beach. Attendees will learn how to layer plantings and consider size, texture and placement of plants with a focus on color and blooms that thrive in a coastal climate. Cost: $20; free for LOCA members. 949.363.4700

Film Night: Sunset Boulevard
April 20 | 7 pm, Laguna Art Museum
Curator Janet Blake introduces this 1950s classic film noir about “behind the scenes” Hollywood, self-deceit, spiritual and spatial emptiness, and the price of fame, greed, narcissism and ambition. The film was honored with 11 Academy Award nominations and won three Oscars. Advance tickets are recommended. Included with museum admission. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

Board of Directors Show
April 25 - May 29 | Hours vary | Free | The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts
Enjoy new works by Hedy Buzan, Geraldine Cropser, Anne England, Roger Folk, Rick Graves, Elizabeth McGhee, Wendy Wirth, and more. Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach

Special Concert – Members of Honk
April 26 | 6 - 8 pm | [seven-degrees]
Laguna Beach Live! Tickets: $40 in advance, $100 VIP. Food and beverages available for purchase.891 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9713

Shakespeare and Art
April 27 | 6 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Julia Lupton is a UCI professor of English and co-director of the UC Irvine Shakespeare Center. She is the author or co-author of four books on Shakespeare and many articles. Included with museum admission. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

Imagination Celebration at Laguna Art Museum
April 29 | 11 am - 2 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum participates in this annual, county-wide event produced by Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education, in collaboration with multiple arts organizations. Join in a fun-filled day of art activities for the whole family, offered in partnership with professional artists from LOCA Arts Education, MY HERO and the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UCI. In addition to various art projects stationed throughout the museum, participants enjoy face painting, an opportunity drawing, a popular art detective game, a performance by local school choruses, storytime and more. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

LOCA’s Grand Cabaret
April 30 | 4 - 7 pm
Annual local fundraiser for LOCA, this art-filled Cabaret features fabulous art for sale, music, food, wine and delectable desserts. A wide variety of limited editions and original art by noted area artists can be purchased. General admission: $50; VIP, $100 includes early admission to a 3 pm reception and champagne kick-off. Studio of Sandra Jones Campbell, 2173 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.363.4700, www.locaarts.org

LPAPA in Residence – “People, Places, Things”
May 1 - June 5 | Hours vary | Opening reception May 13 from 5 - 8 pm. Free.
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.3635, www.lpapa.org

LagunaTOTS
May 5 - 7, 12 - 14 | 7 pm | No Square Theater
The wicked stepchild of “Lagunatics” for the younger set. Local kids, local issues, local laughter. Tickets: Adult/Senior, $25; Child, $12. 384 Legion St., Laguna Beach, 949.715.0333, www.nosquare.org

Sunset Serenades
May 5, 12, 19, 26 | 6:30 pm to sunset | Heisler Park
Enjoy free live music, from contemporary jazz to upbeat folk/rock, at picturesque Heisler Park with views of the Pacific. Rockpile Amphitheatre, Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. 949.497.0722

LOCA Arts Education May 7 | 10 - 11:30 am | Treasure Island Beach
Watercolors on the Beach: Outdoor family fun! Learn about tide pool sea life, and then create colorful sketches in easy step-by- step processes. Adult, $35; Child (5 and up), $20. Includes supplies and canvas tote bag. Wesley Drive and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.363.4700; 949.376.3635

Laguna Craft Guild Street Show
May 7 and 23 | 9 am - sunset | Laguna Craft Guild
A popular arts & crafts show featuring Laguna Beach artists. Free. Main Beach Cobblestones, Laguna Beach, 949.228.6206

Live! at the Museum
May 11 | 7 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Christin Phelps Webb and Jeness Johnson, bassoon and cello. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

LOCA Arts Education & Pacific Marine Animal Center
May 13 | 9 - 10:30 am | Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Art and Sea Lions: View live sea lions, learn about their rescue and rehabilitation, and make art. Sketch a squid in oil pastel with artist September McGee. Adult, $20; Child (5 and up), $15. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.363.4700; 949.376.3635

Hana’s Suitcase on Stage
May 19 - 21 | Performance times vary | Laguna Playhouse
In 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan, marked “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931.” In this true story, the center’s curator searches for clues to young Hana and her family, whose happy life in a small Czech town was turned upside down by the invasion of the Nazis. Tickets range from $18 - $28. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.ARTS (2787)

45th Annual Laguna Charm House Tour
May 21 | 12 - 5 pm | Festival of Arts
The Village Laguna Charm House Tour is an annual celebration of Laguna Beach, presenting five to six homes of beauty and originality, from cottages to the contemporary. The tour usually departs from the Festival of Arts. Parking directly across the street is $3 for all day. Buses leave continuously from 12 pm to take viewers to the tour location; last bus departs 3 pm. For tickets, visit the website.650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.472.7503

Family Art Studio
May 21 | 2 - 4 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Hands-on art making program, offered on a drop-in basis. Children and families create a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions at the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages. All materials are provided. Free admission for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are not required. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

Tesla: A Radio Play for the Stage
May 26 - 28 | Performance times vary | Laguna Playhouse
The story of Nikola Tesla’s life as an inventor and futurist during the late-19th and first half of the 20th century is recounted in a series of rapid-fire scenes intended to be performed as a radio play with multiple voices and Foley sound effects before a live audience. Tesla’s volatile relationship with Thomas Edison, his allegiance with George Westinghouse and his eventual confrontation with the power brokers of American business are recounted from the perspective of Tesla’s death during WWII, and the possible implications to national security of this personal papers and effects. Ticket prices range from $35 - $45.606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.ARTS (2787)

Art2Art: Celebrating Inspiration
May 25 | 6 pm
In partnership with Pacific Symphony, music, dance and art, includes winners of a music-inspired art competition, and the debut performance of an art-inspired musical composition. Included with museum admission. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

Film Night: Art and the Zen of Motorcycle Racing (or Lunch with Billy Al)
May 18 | 7 pm
Dale Schierholt introduces the third documentary in his California Masters series, profiling artist Billy Al Bengston. Included with museum admission. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

Laguna Beach Memorial Day Patriotic Concert
May 29 | 12:30 - 2 pm
Main Beach at South Coast Highway. Free.
Laguna Concert Band, 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
June 7 - 25 | Performance times vary | Laguna Playhouse
When a 14-year- old boy goes missing in a small New Jersey town his disappearance is illuminated by memories of his brilliant spirit. The one-man show, written and starring Academy Award-winner James Lecesne, tells the story of a young boy who had touched the hearts of his community during his short but richly colorful life. Tickets range from $58 - $71. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.ARTS (2787)

Palette to Palate 2017
June 9 | 6 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Celebrating its 12th year, enjoy an evening of fine art, intimate dining and elegant wines. This fundraiser is limited to 120 attendees. The event showcases the culinary talents of Executive Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage, Laguna Beach; exquisite wines courtesy of Kamen Wines; and the work of 10 hand-picked artists active in a wide range of styles and media. The artists will join guests for a three-course meal, each at a table of their own design, with examples of their work available for purchase. A live auction with a select group of opportunities further helps raise funds for the museum. Tickets start at $750. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

‘Til Death Do Us Part Late Nite Catechism
June 12 and 19 | 7:30 pm | Laguna Playhouse
After teaching countless students about saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. Audience participation adds to the fun! Tickets are $46. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.ARTS (2787)

Family Art Studio
June 18 | 2 - 4 pm | Laguna Art Museum
Hands-on art making program, offered on a drop-in basis. Children and families create a piece of art from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions at the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages. All materials are provided. Free admission for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are not required. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Special Spring Events at the Mission Include:
April 14, 2017: Closing at 12:00 Noon in observance of Good Friday

Thirteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis
May 13| 11:00 am | Sold Out
Mission San Juan Capistrano, with the generous support of the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation, is proud to present the Thirteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us in the beautiful Mission Courtyard for this highly-anticipated celebration of talent, interpretation and inspiration of Mariachi music.

This exciting day features live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also include: ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano, bilingual marionette shows by Franklin Haynes Marionettes and gourmet Mexican food vendors. Don’t miss this inspiring and memorable experience at historic Mission San Juan Capistrano!

59th Annual Swallows Day Parade
March 25 | 11:00 am | Free
Mission San Juan Capistrano is the Proud Major Sponsor of the 59th Annual Swallows Day Parade on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

The traditions of celebrating the return of the famous swallows, originally started at Mission San Juan Capistrano by Father O’Sullivan in the 1920s, have grown into a community-wide season of festivities in San Juan Capistrano. The Fiesta de las Golondrinas is a series of events, hosted by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, celebrating the return of the swallow to Capistrano. This includes the highly-anticipated Annual Swallows Day Parade, the largest non-motorized parade in the country.

The 59th Annual Swallows Day Parade will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 11:00 AM. The Parade takes place in downtown San Juan Capistrano on the streets surrounding the historic Mission.

Mission San Juan Capistrano is proud to partner with the Fiesta Association in keeping these traditions alive each year and celebrating the historic heritage of San Juan Capistrano. Mark your calendar and don’t miss these historic events! Join us for St. Joseph’s Day at Mission San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, March 19th and return on Saturday, March 25th for the Swallows Day Parade.

After the Parade on Saturday, March 25th, visit the Mission for live mariachis from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.! Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano, first place winners at the 2016 Battle of the Mariachis Festival, will perform in the Mission Front Courtyard.

Regular Events @ the Mission Include:

Mission Art Walks
Every Friday | 11:00 am | Free with paid admission
The Mission Art Walk is a docent guided tour highlighting the art collection of rare paintings related to Mission’s history within the Serra Chapel, the Spanish Colonial Room and the Mission Treasures Exhibit. Experience Spanish Colonial and Plein Air paintings as well as learn about Mission San Juan Capistrano’s goal and efforts in the conservation of its collection.

For groups of 15 people or more, please call Group Bookings at (949) 234-1306 to schedule in advance. Pricing is $8 per adult.

Adobe Brick Making
Every Saturday & Sunday | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Join the fun! During this hands-on activity, kids are encouraged to make and build their own adobe brick. Examine the daily lives of Mission Native Americans. Students and adults will delight in the historic fun.

Panning for Gold
Every Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Try your luck at finding the gold in our custom-designed Mission trough. We'll supply the pan and the "gold" – you roll up your sleeves and pan your way to riches!
http://www.missionsjc.com/event/panning-for-gold-2/all/

Garden Tours
Every Wednesday, 10:00am – 10:30am
These half hour tours are conducted by the Mission Gardening Angels every Wednesday at 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. Guests wishing to tour should meet at the Front Gate.

Curiosity Carts
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Each educational cart offers close-up learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaneno Indians

Teacher Appreciation Day
April 8, May 13, June 10
9:00am – 5:00pm

Homeschool Family Day
Every 3rd Wed. of the Month, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Homeschool Family Day. Discount package includes child admission, guided tour, audio tour, panning for gold, adobe brick making, koi fish food, Mission Clubhouse ID card and passport explorer. Must book and purchase 1 week in advance. Groups must also have a minimum of 8 attendees. Please call Group Bookings at (949) 234-1306.

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