April Orange County Events Calendar

Orange County Events

Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Annual ‘Gardenfest’  Apr 8
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, San Clemente Art Association’s Garden and Flower Show painting competition, Butterfly Habitat Education and Water Smart Program.

Bunny Blast Apr 8
Children’s Activities include: Crafts Games Face Painting Entertainment Instructor Showcase – meet the Parks and Recreation class instructors “Touch a Truck” – kids will get to climb, work on and “drive” a fun work truck, including trash, fire, and Sheriff’s Department. The Easter Bunny will also be hopping around! Bring your own camera for pictures. Note: There WILL NOT be an egg hunt at this event. Food available for purchase. Activities may be canceled if it rains on event day. Please call the Recreation Hotline for an event update at 362-4351 x1. No dogs or smoking allowed in the event area.

Bunny Days Apr 15
Bring the family and celebrate spring! Enjoy carnival games; crafts; the spring garden center; photos with the bunny (bring your own camera), an inflatable obstacle course, slide and much more! Egg hunts will be held for children ages 11 and under from 10:00 am – 12:45pm. Children are encouraged to bring a bag or basket to collect their goodies.

Newport Beach Film Festival  Apr 20-27
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.

Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration Apr 22
The City of Mission Viejo will celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017, on Mustang Run at Los Alisos Boulevard from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  We’re looking for volunteers to plant drought-tolerant trees and shrubs and assist with litter clean up. A Green Expo will be held on Mustang Run from 8:00 a.m. to noon with free hotdogs and ice cream for participants (while supplies last).

Earth Day Celebration  Apr 22
“Go Green” and volunteer to plant, weed and clean up the Niguel Botanical Preserve. Celebrate Earth Day by giving back your time to improve the landscaping in our 18-acre preserve. Volunteers should wear old clothes, closed toed shoes, and be prepared to work in the soil! Drinking water and a light snack provided.

San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest Apr 22
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!

Pet Expo Apr 28-30
A giant animal entertainment and education festival. It’s the largest pet and pet product expo in the world. Over 1,000 animals will entertain you in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, miniature horses and more. There will also be pet adoptions, pet products for sale, petting zoo, how-to workshops and advice from animal experts. It is presented by a nonprofit organization to promote responsible pet care. Please do not bring your pets.

Doheny Wood  Apr 28-30
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.

Walk MS  Apr 29
Fun, festival-like event including food, drink, entertainment and a 2 mile walk at UCI. The National MS Society’s mission is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. They are currently accepting registrations via, email, mail or over the telephone for this walk.

Taste of Huntington Beach  Apr 30
A unique sampling of favorite local restaurants in Huntington Beach, paired with the finest wines in California, all in the name of charity! Proceeds benefit the children’s wing of the Huntington Beach Library


Los Angeles County Events

Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing

First Fridays on Abbot Kinney   Thru Dec 2017
Food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours—it’s the triumvirate of L.A. street fest staples in full force at First Fridays. The monthly Abbot Kinney celebration brings out locals and distant Angelenos alike for bites and sales in the fashionable Venice ‘hood. Show up early to find a parking spot.

There’s Something Happening Here  Thru May 3 2017
Travel back to 1966 at There’s Something Happening Here…, a photography exhibition at the West Hollywood Library. The show features shots from Henry Diltz—responsible for the locally set Morrison Hotel album cover by the Doors—of the Sunset Strip in the throes of a pivotal counterculture year, one marked as much by Frank Zappa and Bufflao Springfield as restless teenagers.

Off Sunset Festival  Apr 2
Los Angeles is a happening place without an off switch. The Off Sunset Festival adds even more spark to the city with half a mile’s worth of summer fun. This section is jam-packed with live music acts, energetic dancing, food truck awesomeness and plenty of adult beverages to keep cool under the LA sun.

2017 Roaring Twenties Lawn Party ~ Griffith Park Apr 2
Usher in the springtime bloom with this celebration of Japanese Roaring Twenties style!!! Pack up your picnic baskets, grab your blankets & dancing shoes! Our Roaring Twenties Lawn Party will be located by the famous Merry-Go-Round (right-hand side) look for the signs and all of the fabulously dressed vintage fashion lovers.

The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Peter Zumthor Apr 5
LACMA director and CEO Michael Govan talks with Peter Zumthor about the Swiss architect’s redesign for the museum and how the plans will fit LACMA’s collection. The project is set to break ground next year and will move LACMA’s permanent collection from four disconnected buildings into one concrete-and-glass structure that spans Wilshire Boulevard.

TCM Classic Film Festival Apr 6-9
Deep within your being is a belly laugh that’s desperate to break out. The TCM Classic Film Festival has a selection of gut-busting comedies that’ve been drawing laughs since their debut in cinemas across the country. Not everyone has the same sense of humor, which is why TCM has come prepared with every kind of comedy that has successfully induced a laugh riot.

Los Angeles Beer Festival Apr 8
Choose from over 200 beers (don’t drink that many), snack on delicious food and enjoy live music at the LA Fall Beerfest. Thousands come to sample various beers from local brewers.

LA Times Festival of Books Apr 9-10
Don’t be fooled by the name, this festival has tons going on outside of books. Live music, live readings, celebrity panels and cooking shows consume two days. This festival draws big names to speak about their works and other topics.

Harry Potter Roller Skating Night Apr 8
Lace up your Muggle skates and roll around the not-Quidditch pitch at the annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. The fan group Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army takes over Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale for a night of Harry Potter-themed music, merch and games. Come dressed in costume and load up on candy and butterbeer—non-alcoholic, unfortunately—while you’re there.

The Great Los Angeles River CleanUpApr 15
Sure, it doesn’t look so glamorous now, but give it a few years, a billion or so dollars and some much-needed rain, and the L.A. River will be a point of civic pride for Angelenos. Do you part in the process this April during the Friend’s of the Los Angeles River’s annual cleanup. Rather than focusing on one spot, the cleanup tackles a different branch each Saturday, with multiple meet-up locations at each. The annual “work party” will include live music performances, gift giveaways, family activities and refreshments.

Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street  Apr 15
The Merchants of Olvera Street and a cow decorated with flowers lead a procession of gaily decorated animals past a priest delivering the blessing. The procession begins at 2 pm. Free pony rides and petting zoo. Animals and their owners assemble on the north side of the Plaza.

Downtown LA Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park Apr 16
New City Church hosts this outdoor festival at Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets in Downtown LA. The event includes Easter arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, a bounce house, food and drink and an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs.

America’s Family Pet Expo Apr 28-30
You may like your human friends, but you LOVE your fuzzy animal friends. This is probably the happiest place in the universe assuming you aren’t riddled with allergies. There’s dogs performing stunts, cats being a skittish mess, birds squawking with glee and reptiles slithering about at America’s Family Pet Expo. This isn’t just a day at the zoo; however, the Expo also functions as a venue for showcasing the latest pet products in the industry.

The Big Parade  Apr 29
The Big Parade in Los Angeles is a two-day walk covering 25 miles from Bunker Hill to Griffith Park. This leisurely stroll through L.A. gives participants the opportunity to meet new people and socialize while enjoying a scenic pilgrimage complete with floats and costumes. The journey follows a set route, allowing people to join in at any time, and artists, musicians, poets and historians take part in the walk, providing entertainment along the way.


San Diego County Events

San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

Latin American Art Festival  Apr 2
The festival will offer fine foods from Baja California, under the leadership of world-renowned chefs. Latin inspired beers, and exclusive wines from the Baja Region will be offered at the LAAF gourmet food court. On stage, there will be a continuous performing art program that will showcase the richness of Latin culture. Young musicians, dancers, singers and performing artists will bring their professionalism and joyfulness to bring the Latin-American experience to the audience.

Mariachi Festival Apr 2
The 4th Annual Mariachi Festival features the First Ladies of Mariachi, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Garibaldi (Southwester College), and Mariachi Toreros (USD and Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente). Proceeds will support college scholarships, school materials, literacy programs, and leadership opportunities for youth in North County.

Fast Times 5k Apr 8
The Fast Times 5K is a fun, fast run/walk great for all ages and athletic abilities! This community run at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay benefits the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis which supports the students in public schools in the community of Clairemont. Following the 5K, the Clairemont Day at the Bay family activities will begin. This event is an interactive look at all that is happening in the Clairemont community and is open to all San Diego families.

Exotic Animal Expo Apr 8
6th annual event. Project Wildlife, PEAC, Cheyenne Arabians & Miniatures, Legalize Ferrets, and The San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society will be in attendance. We will have everything from shells to scales and feathers to hoof stock. Enjoy raffles, music, snacks, and more. Info: 858-488-0658.

Taste of Julian Apr 8
A rural dining adventure. Taste of Julian is a self-guided culinary tour of participating one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Printed receipts for tickets purchased online will be validated when brought to the event at the Julian Town Hall, corner of Hwy 78 & Main Street.

2017 Mission Bay Classic Kayak Tournament Apr 15
This annual Heroes on the Water kayak-fishing event kicks off from Santa Clara Point early, as new this year, the halibut division anglers will have the option to check in online the day prior and launch any time after 4am. The bass division will have a shotgun start at 7am. Kids under the age of 18 fish for free with a paid adult. Prize payouts for the top finishers with all proceeds going to Heroes on the Water. Swag bags for the 1st 100 entries, BBQ, raffle & awards.

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival Apr 15
The 7th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival offers guests unlimited beer and food tasters. Even spirits!

Red Bull Air Race World Championship  Apr 15-16
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision, and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 82 feet high at speeds of up to 230 mph. For the San Diego stop, the track will be set up directly over the water in San Diego Bay. Spectators can take in the high-speed, low-flying action from the North or South Embarcadero Marina Parks.

Creek to Bay Cleanup Apr 22
Save the date for the annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, scheduled on Earth Day to celebrate clean beaches, parks, rivers, and trails.

25th Annual Oceanside Days of Art  Apr 22-23
Free juried fine art festival featuring over 100 artists displaying a variety of art mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, glass and more. Live stage performances, food court, and hands on art activities. The event will be held in and around the plaza of the Oceanside Civic Center along Coast Highway and Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside

CityBeat Festival of Beers Apr 22
Tenth annual event with over 50 breweries, food vendors, and live music.

Butterfly Jungle Thru Apr 23
Each spring the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle rain forest greenhouse is filled with 10,000 exotic butterflies of all colors and sizes, and guests can walk among them, take photos, and learn different species using a butterfly identification guide. If you wear bright colors, a few might just perch on you to take a closer look. Free with park admission, $42 children, $52 adult.

Earth Day Fair Apr 23
28th annual EarthFair in Balboa Park with more than 300 exhibits from groups sharing what they are doing to help the environment and how you can help. Live music on the Moon Stage located at Park Boulevard and President’s Way will feature the Skyler Lutes Band, the Ballard Mongers, Enter the Blue Sky, Christine Gilardi, Rich Mcgee, Robin Henkel, Dennis Doc James, and more.

Art Alive 2017 Floral Exhibition Apr 28
Art Alive, the museum’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition, brings the museum’s permanent collection to life in a beautiful way. Featuring more than 100 floral interpretations of famous works of art and a central Rotunda design, the exhibition is accompanied by three full days of events.

Mission Federal ArtWalk Apr 29-30
The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk and stroll through San Diego’s Little Italy to enjoy over 15 blocks filled with artwork from over 350 local, national, and international artists.