Orange County Events
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Annual Surf City Splash & Pancake BreakfastJan 1
Celebrate the New Year with a dip into the chilly Pacific Ocean. No wetsuits – that’s cheating! The Surf City Splash also features a pancake breakfast (ends at 11) and crafts fair. $20 admission fee includes a Pancake Breakfast and a Certificate of Participation.
Resolution Art Month! Jan 1-31
Join us for our Art Appreciation month as we learn all about art techniques and create some art of our own! Each week we are highlighting a different type of art and exploring a new world of creativity!
Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest Jan 7
One of the wackiest contests the Fiesta Association holds. You must come to the sign-ups with a “Smooth Puss” (clean shaven) and ready to be photographed for the “Most Wanted” poster. You then have 8 weeks to grow a beard or moustache that will be judged at the Fiesta Grande March 19th beginning at 6:30 pm. Existing beards and moustaches are also welcome.
BrideWorld Expo Jan 7
Shop and compare 150 bridal salons, florists, photo booths, photographers, disc jockeys, wedding venues, invitations, vintage decor and great bridal beauty style tips, custom invitations, romantic honeymoons destinations, and the best wedding values.
OC Chill Ice Rink Thru Jan 8
Irvine Spectrum Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland when the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink returns to Giant Wheel Court this holiday season. The outdoor Ice Rink will offer fun for the whole family. Skate sessions are 75 minutes. Helmets are optional and provided free of charge. Season passes, private lessons and private parties are also available.
Baby & Kids Experience Jan 14
One-day interactive, educational and consumer event for parents, babies and kids.
Art on the Walk Thru Jan 26
Following the successful Art on the Walk kickoff event, Anaheim GardenWalk, a premier entertainment and dining destination in Orange County, will continue to showcase the work of Southern California’s most talented artists throughout the Anaheim GardenWalk property as a part of the ongoing program. GardenWalk’s property showcases the works of talented artists such as Artists Republic Gallery, students and teachers from Fairmont Private Schools, Chapman University and the Anaheim Elementary School District, the Anaheim Family YMCA in collaboration with ‘Stamp Pop’, Anaheim Art Association, Downtown Anaheim Association, Evan Rossell, S. Preston, Ben Brough, Brian Bent and more!
TET FESTIVAL Jan 27-29
Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.
Snow Day Jan 28
Tons of the frosty stuff is delivered to the dam to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves. Space is limited to 900 persons, and early registration is recommended. Advance registration fee for the event is $12 per person for Fullerton residents and $15 per person for non-residents.
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Yoga + Beer at Brewyard Beer Co. Jan 1 – Nov 5
Join yoga instructor Joel King for an hour-long class at Brewyard Beer Co., where you’ll be able to reward yourself with a beer after sweating it out for 60 minutes. The $10 ticket includes a yoga class plus one beer, but feel free to stick around the Glendale brewery afterwards to continue your Sunday Funday.
128th Rose Parade Presented by HondaJan 2
The Rose Parade will start at 8:00am PST. On January 2, 2017, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, USA, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. It’s a celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It’s America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.
Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show Jan 8
A Chocolate Festival and pastry show featuring the best Chocolate and Pastry chefs in Los Angeles. Along with wines, beers and spirits. Celebrity Chefs: Francois Payard, Kriss Harvey, Stephane Treand, Lee Smith, Jean Marie Auboine. Event is open to all ages and includes all the chocolate, pastries, wines, champagnes, foods, and spirits served.
LA Zoo LightsThru Jan 8
Whether you like your holidays on the traditional side or served with a twist, you’ll find plenty of eye-popping, jaw-dropping wonder at L.A. Zoo Lights, which is delivering seasonal sights, sounds and delights nightly through January 8.
Reindeer RompThru Jan 8
These aren’t just any Arctic deer: Santa’s reindeer are making a home at the L.A. Zoo this holiday season (except on Christmas, of course; they’re busy). While those giant antlers will be around every day, you’ll have to swing by on weekends untl Christmas for photos with Santa and holiday crafts. Come back multiple times to see a rotating schedule of animals unwrapping their enrichment gifts.
Enchanted: Forest of Light Thru Jan 8
Descanso Gardens’ inaugural light-up experience has ditched the kitsch in favor of a whimsical, wondrous, curiosity-driven display that’s among L.A.’s most stunning and, more importantly, most fun. The interactive, nighttime program has set up eight illuminated installations around the botanical garden grounds, from luminescent forests to free-standing hands-on art pieces.
TORUK – The First Flight Jan 12-15
Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production ditches the big top for an arena show inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi CGI fest Avatar. Set thousands of years before the events of the movie, TORUK depicts the first of the Na’vi people to successfully ride a great leonopteryx through the Pandoran skies.
LA Art Show Jan 12-15
The LA Art Show embraces its role as the regions preeminent art fair and emerges as the annual civic celebration of the visual arts. The record breaking enthusiasm surrounding our 2016 edition surpassed all expectations and encourages our team to deepen our roster of galleries and pursue new exciting art programming. The evolving role of the art fair as a fulcrum for art commerce, connecting galleries, artists, curators, and collectors drives our marketing and planning. The art fair world is expanding and we are proud to be one of the world’s largest and longest running events with 150,000 square feet of exhibition space and close to 70,000 attendees this past year. As Los Angeles takes its place as a vanguard of the global art scene, our ability to adapt and evolve to meet the art market’s current trends is vital.
RIOT LA Jan 19-22
Downtown’s plucky comedy festival is all grown up: RIOT LA has ditched its Skid Row-adjacent parking lots and bars for the bright lights of L.A. Live and Broadway theaters. The annual alt comedy will take over four venues—the Microsoft Theater, the Novo, the Orpheum Theatre and the Theatre at Ace Hotel—for three nights of performances. Individual show tickets are available as well as a weekend pass that adds free admission to “The Lot,” a carnival-like area with arcade games and food trucks.
Uncorked Wine Festival Jan 21
Fifty wineries, food trucks, music and a beautiful setting—sounds like a perfect Saturday to us. Uncorked Wine Fest returns to Union Station on January 21, sending wine fiends into a frenzy with over 50 wineries offering their best varietals. There will also be a Champagne wine bar, an international wine market and a blind tasting bar to kickstart your wine education. General admission will be able to sip from 6-9pm, while VIP gets an extra hour to imbibe starting at 5pm.
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice Thru Feb 20
The annual L.A. Kingsice skating rink returns to L.A. Live this year—along with four other locations around Southern California. At L.A. Live, skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of the outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza. The rest of the locations include the Westfield Topanga, Battleship Iowa, Redondo Beach Marina and the Pike in Downtown Long Beach.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
San Diego International Auto ShowDec 29 – Jan 2
Where the cars are the stars! The San Diego International Auto Show features the widest variety of new vehicles under one roof.
San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15K Jan 7
Get ready to shed those holiday pounds and kick off your New Year’s Resolution by running along San Diego’s beautiful Mission Bay Park. 10K and 5K distances available for runners and walkers. We work hard to keep the Resolution Run’s impact low through earth-friendly race management practices. Plus, the Resolution Run benefits San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, a local, eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier San Diego food system. 619-269-7047.
San Diego Brew Fest Jan 7
San Diego Brew Fest offers a fun-filled day of beer tastings, live music and food trucks. The festival offers a diverse assortment of beers from locally and around the world for attendees to taste, and proceeds from the event benefit an organization whose mission is to rescue dogs from shelters and help them find their forever homes.
The Swoon Event Jan 7
The Swoon Event is a unique occasion where couples who are planning their wedding can gain inspiration for their upcoming nuptials. Guests can peruse an assortment of non-traditional decor, flower arrangements and clothing options to gather ideas for their perfect day. The event also serves as a fantastic way for local businesses to display their collections and interact with their peers.
Carlsbad Marathon Jan 15
Runners receive a finisher’s medal, mylar blanket, and refreshments (including chocolate milk). Cowboy Jack & the North County Cowboys are performing 7am-10:30am at 901 Palomar Airport Road.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Jan 15
Join us on Harbor Drive for the 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.
San Diego Restaurant Week Jan 15-22
San Diego Restaurant Week participating restaurants team up with local distributors to bring diners an unforgettably fresh feast for the senses. Vegetables and fruits that travel only a handful of miles (as opposed to a handful of days) shine brightly in vibrant and flavorful cuisines carefully crafted by San Diego chefs who are eager to continue San Diego’s growing legacy of one of the United State’s hottest dining destinations.
San Diego Comedy Festival Jan 23-29
The San Diego Comedy Festival celebrates humor with all kinds of performances, events and special guest appearances. The festival, which lasts for more than a week, includes comedy shows, contests, presentations and more, plus prizes and giveaways. Guests include celebrity comedians, TV and radio personalities, speakers and various comedy industry professionals.
Farmers Insurance Open 2017 Jan 26-29
The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men’s golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open. Mark your calendars now, because one of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego in 2017.
Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Jan 26-29
See Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the Disney-Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and the Disney-Pixar Toy Story gang as they race for home. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s beloved Disney moments will come to life.
Tet Festival Jan 27
The 12th Annual San Diego Tet Festival is a one of a kind bonanza with free entertainment, lion dancing, music, ride.