Orange County Events
Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Annual ‘Gardenfest’ Apr 9
This years highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community, Open to the Public ‘funky container’ and ‘floral design’ contests, Junior Gardeners butterfly exhibit and plant sale, Question & Answer table with gardening celebrities and San Clemente Artists demonstrating live.
Annual Easter Seals Invitational Golf Tournament Apr 11
The Easter Seals Invitational is an exciting day of golf, food and fun featuring a silent auction showcasing unique items, raffle prizes and an awards dinner. Contests include Longest Drive, Accurate Drive, Closest-to-the-Pin, Hole-in-One and more!
2016 OC Fair Imaginology Apr 15-16
The OC Fair & Event Center invites students and their families to go “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” at Imaginology on April 15-17, 2015 for competitions, exhibits and free activities for children of all ages plus attendees can discover the fun of science, technology, engineering and the arts. Visit ocfair.com/steam for details.
Newport Beach Film Festival Apr 21-28
Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually host several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience.
America’s Family Pet Expo Apr 22-24
The world’s largest pet and pet product expo with exhibits by retailers, groomers, hobbyist groups, humane societies & rescue organizations, breeders, etc. Attendees will find dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles and more, plus top-notch entertainment.
San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest Apr 23
Presented by Left Coast Brewing Co., is an exciting event which features Mico-Brews from all over Southern California – Enjoy Micro-Brew sampling, home-made food provided by various non-profit organizations and live entertainment. VIP guests enjoyed tours of the Left Coast Brewery and premier samplings. This Tasting is one you won’t want to miss!
Eco Garden Expo Apr 23-24
Hosted and organized by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens, a non-profit organization, Eco Garden Expo is free to the public and will feature a huge plant sale and a vast array of unique environmental friendly products, resources and services from vendors throughout Southern CA. The Expo will also feature water-saving demonstration gardens, habitat gardens, edible landscapes, electric cars, solar and free seminars from top landscape and environmental experts.
Doheny Wood Apr 23-24
Show is free to woodie owners and spectators. The state beach does have a park entry fee. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on display.
Spring Citrus Fair Apr 29 – May 1
The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Annual Spring Citrus Fair — full of period charm — showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission.
Annual Street Painting – Arts Alive Festival Apr 30 – May 1
Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist’s techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you.
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
The Great Horror Movie Night at Griffith Park Zoo: The ShiningApr 1
Each night will include hilarious movie themed live pre-show entertainment and audience interaction games. Guests can enjoy the movies from the safety of their lawn chairs and blanket covers, but be warned of the spooky surprises lingering in the night!
The Long Beach ePrix Apr 2
On Saturday, April 2nd, the all new electric motorsport returns to the iconic streets of downtown Long Beach. The FIA Formula E championship is the worlds first fully electric single seater race series and it’s coming to California for the sixth instalment – The Long Beach ePrix! Gates open at 7am for a full day of entertainment, music and action packed racing. Tickets only $30!
Masters of Taste Apr 3
Approximately 2,500 influential food and beverage enthusiasts from all throughout the Greater Los Angeles area are expected to attend this exciting festival which will include the finest fare from 40 Culinary Masters and restaurants, an array of signature sweets prepared by L.A.’s finest Sweet Masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 25 Beverage Masters which will include top cocktail bars, wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices, hand roasted coffee, lifestyle activations, live entertainment and much more.
Bride World Expo Apr 3
Find inspiration from local experts and designers at the Bride World Expo. Over 100 wedding photographers, coordinators, bridal gowns, florists, invitations, tuxedos, videographers, entertainers, photo booths, and event lighting will be available for you to shop and compare.
Street Dance World Cup Apr 8
Team Keep On Dancing presents the 2016 KOD Street Dance World Cup Finals. Teams from eight different countries including USA, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, France, Canada and Germany will be battling it out for a grand prize of $100,000 with styles like Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping & Locking.
Simply diVine Apr 9
Guests will stroll on McCadden Place in Hollywood in front of the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza while sampling extraordinary food and drink from L.A.’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, wineries, distilleries, breweries, juicers, and coffee roasters. All proceeds support the Center’s programs and services, which provide more then 100,000 free meals to LGBT homeless youth and low-income seniors each year.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Apr 9-10
Bibliophiles flock to the USC campus each spring for this annual two-day event. The outdoor book fair of sorts features stalls from a variety of booksellers as well as author readings, signings and culinary demos. The sheer variety and quality of talent the festival attracts is impressive and legendary, with past appearances by anyone from Dave Eggers and Batman comic book writers to Margaret Atwood and the late Ray Bradbury. Bring the kids and spend the weekend discovering new titles, watching screenings and enjoying live music and cultural entertainment.
Grand Park Earth Day Celebration Apr 22
Grand Park, the Music Center and DWP festival will include vendors, food, crafts and and fun activities for the whole family. The theme of the event is to raise awareness of ways kids and adults can adapt new creative methods to join the effort to save the environment.
Monsterpalooza – The Art of Monsters Apr 22-24
Horror aficionados and the creative professionals who bring these scary creatures to life will convene at the Pasadena Convention Center in April for the annual Monsterpalooza. The show is for fans as well as trade, two hundred exhibitors will present live makeup demonstrations, celebrity meet and greets, and a Monster Museum exhibition.
27th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour Apr 24
Visitors can experience the beautiful historic neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District. During the self-guided tour, guests will be invited to view the interiors of several homes with docent led commentaries. They will also be treated to demonstrations of restoration work, music, and refreshments. Food trucks will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch.
Fiesta Broadway Apr 24
Approaching it’s 27th year, Fiesta Broadway is L.A.’s signature Cinco de Mayo event. Known as “The Super Bowl of Festivals,” Fiesta is produced annually by All Access Entertainment, L.A.’s leading cultural event organizer.
Pasadena Restaurant Week Apr 24 – 28
Pasadena Restaurant Week features many of Pasadena’s top dining establishments and local favorites. Participating restaurants will offer at least three fixed price dinner or lunch menu items for visitors. Dinners will be three-course meals while lunches will be two course meals. Depending on the venue and menu offered, prices will vary.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
San Diego Gulls Ongoing – check website for schedule
Giant Automotive Festival Apr 1-3
Explore over 2500 of the finest hot rods, customs, muscle cars, tricked-out trucks, and classics in the country on display both indoor and outdoor as they compete for a shot to win the coveted Goodguys 2016 Street Rod D’Elegance Award. With hundreds of vendor exhibits, the “Nitro Thunderfest” vintage dragster exhibition, the AutoCross timed racing competition, a Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral, live music, and Kids’ Zone.
Hops on the Harbor Apr 1, 15, 22, 29
Two-and-a-half-hour cruise features multiple food stations, picturesque bay views, and a full bar with rotating local brews and craft beer flights. After-dinner music and dancing. April’s featured brewery is Coronado Brewing Co.
Craft Beer Relay Apr 2
The Craft Beer Relay is a four-person relay, a challenge to you and your teammates to navigate a race course filled with games, obstacles, and challenges. Twelve local craft beer stations along the course will keep you motivated — before and after your race, enjoy a craft beer festival with live music, food trucks, and local craft breweries.
Tartan Day San Diego Apr 2
Tartan Day San Diego, presented by the House of Scotland and the House of Scotland Pipe Band, is a celebration of the culture, food, and music of Scotland. There will be clan and vendor booths, food and desserts for sale at reasonable prices, and the music and dance of Scotland.
Chocolate Festival Apr 3
With vendors focusing on chocolate edibles. Crafts for kids include making their own chocolate pizza. Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors will be onsite to demonstrate the historical bean-to-beverage story of 18th-century chocolate using authentic tools including cocoa pods, cocoa beans and nibs, a hot stone metate, winnowing baskets, chocolate drink pots, and stirrers throughout the day. Observers will be able to touch, taste, smell, and experience chocolate as it was enjoyed in early America.
Tour de Cure Apr 9
Participants have the opportunity to participate in the one mile kids ride, 15 mile, 29 mile, 62 mile, and 100 mile-rides. The 15-mile ride is a new element to this year’s event. Waiting at the finish line will be more than 25 vendors, live music, healthy street tacos, and organic beer. Proceeds go toward critical funds for diabetes research and advocacy.
Healthy Living Festival Apr 9-10
Listen to experts share new ideas about lifestyle changes that can help you prevent disease and lower stress. Take part in free medical testing and screening. Watch chefs prepare and then sample healthy and ultra-tasty dishes with take home recipes. Catch the belly dancing show, join in a yoga, Zumba or dance class, or receive a massage. 30 free workshops, seminars, and cooking demos. 200 exhibitors.
Ugly Dog Contest Apr 10
Hosted by San Diego Coastal Chamber and the Del Mar Kiwanis. Cutest dog, best trick, dog who looks like their owner, and more. Gift basket with dog products will be given to the first, second, and third place winners in each category. Gift bags with samples handed out to the first 100 to check in that morning.
Oceanside Jazz Fest: Vocal Festival Apr 14-16
The Oceanside Jazz Festival consists of educational and performance opportunities for school and community jazz bands and choirs, and featured concerts by internationally recognized performing artists.
Parkinson’s 5K Walk/Run & Expo Apr 16
USATF-certified and chip-timed 5K course on the San Diego Bay, Medical Expo and Health and Fitness Village, Paws for Parkinson’s Pet Festival, Kids’ Zone, and food trucks and beer garden. Hosted by the Parkinson’s Association, the event proceeds fund programs and services local to Parkinson’s families.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship Apr 23-24
One of the biggest rhythmic gymnastics competition in the West Coast, the Level 7 to 10 Region 1 Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship. Enjoy the best rhythmic gymnasts from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. And be amazed by their grace, flexibility and mastery of the ball, ribbon, clubs, hoop, and rope.
Autism 5K/10K Apr 30
5K, 10K, and 1-mile courses and a festival with live music, 30+ vendor booths (including an autism resource fair), beer and wine garden, kids’ zone, and more. Entry includes a T-shirt, entry into the post-race raffle, and two drinks in the beer and wine garden.
Fiesta del Mar Apr 30
A cross-border Celebration of Friendship between the cities of Imperial Beach and Rosarito, Mexico with live musical acts from both the Rosarito and San Diego areas as well as interactive family activities hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of both cities.
Pet Day on the Bay Mar 19
People board for $24 per ticket, and guests are encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Guests: Jagger & Kristi from Magic 92.5 and Chopper the Biker Dog.