May 16 – 17, Motorcar Festival
This event features a car rally, motor movies, Concours d’Elegance and a horseless carriage tour. There will be live performances in the outdoor amphitheater by The Pleasure Tones and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. Proceeds from this event benefit youth arts education and outreach programs. Time: Sat: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Muckenthaler Cultural Center,
1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
For more information: www.themuck.org/events-performances/motor-car-festival/
May 16 – 17, Doheny Blues Festival
The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and an International food court. Celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County’s favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival! Time: Refer to website for specific schedule
Location: Doheny State Beach,
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point
For more information: www.dohenybluesfestival.com
May 17, Balboa Island ArtWalk
The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season. This fine art show features artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Balboa Island
For more information: www.balboaislandartwalk.info
May 21, Taste of Brea & Business Expo
Over 100 exhibitors and restaurants will be out promoting their businesses and fine cuisine. This event is lots of fun for the whole family! There will be plenty of room for you to dance up a storm and there will also be a mini car show as well!
Times: Refer to website for specific schedule
Location: Downtown Birch Street Promenade, Brea
For more information: www.breachamber.com/pages/TasteOfBrea
May 22 – 25, Strawberry Festival
A tradition since 1958, enjoy four fun filled days of festivities with the largest community parade on the West Coast. This festival includes a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry- growing history. This is a free event.
Times: Refer to website for specific schedule
Location: Euclid St. and Main St., Garden Grove For more information: www.strawberryfestival.org
May 24, KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival
Listeners know that this event is something special! It has sold out each of the past 11 years. More than 25 restaurants and wineries will also be at the festival. Times:Refertowebsiteforaspecificschedule
Location: Oso Viejo Park, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo For more information: www.ksbr.net
May 29 – 31, Lions Club Fish Fry & Carnival
Held since 1945, this event features a parade, carnival, food, raffle, baby contest, rides, and so much more!
Times: Fri: 5:00 pm, Sat/Sun: 12:00 pm
Location: Fairview Park, Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa
For more information: www.cmnhlions.com
May 31, Volks Addiction So Cal 2nd Annual Car Show There will be 100 VWs in the Old World Village parking lot. There will also be raffles, prizes, vendors, awards, and so much more! Don’t miss this family friendly event!
Times: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Old World Village,
7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach
For more information: www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/volks- addiction-so-cal-2nd-annual-car-show/?instance_id=1363
May 1 – 3, Spring Citrus Fair
The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Annual Spring Citrus Fair showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. This event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits and character mascots. This is a free event.
Time: Refer to website for specific schedule
Location: La Habra Blvd., La Habra
For more information: www.citrusfair.com
May 2, 25th Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
This celebration showcases live entertainment featuring traditional Mariachi’s and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups will be serving up authentic Mexican food fare and other activities will include a juried art contest, carnival game booths and a vendor area. Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Max Berg Plaza Park,
1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente
For more information: www.san-clemente.org
May 2 – 3, Arts Alive Festival
Artists 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.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location: 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo
For more information: www.cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/
May 3, Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
Taste competition chili and vote for your favorite family recipe! Browse the arts and craft expo with local vendors, and businesses while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo entertainment lineup and family activities. Proceeds from this event help fund SMRPD parks and recreation programs.
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Irvine Lake, 4621 Santiago Can, Irvine
For more information: www.facebook.com/SilveradoChiliCookOffAtIrvineLake
May 3, Rancho Days Fiesta
Celebrate the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American tribes. Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and hands on activities for all ages.
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park,
25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest
For more information: www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage/
May 7, Taste of Anaheim
Taste of Anaheim showcases all things Anaheim including restaurants, beer and wine, local art, music, and the business community. This year’s Taste of Anaheim is expected to feature fifty of your favorite restaurants, three exciting bands, and more than 5,000 patrons.
Time: 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Anaheim Gardenwalk, 321 W Katella Ave., Anaheim For more information: www.tasteofanaheim.com
May 9, Mariachi Festival
This exciting day features live music performances by mariachi bands as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also include the ringing of the historic Mission bells, performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano, and bilingual marionette shows.
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano,
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano
For more information: www.missionsjc.com/activities/signature_MariachiBattle.php
May 9, Rose Garden Tour
Tour beautiful and enchanting gardens located in Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano, Capistrano Beach and San Clemente. This is a truly rare opportunity to view these beautiful, published, private gardens up close. This also makes a wonderful pre-Mother’s Day event!
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Various locations
For more information: www.rosesrosesroses.org/gardentour2015.php
May 15 – 17, Greek Festival
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Greece at the
OC Greek Fest! There will be authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides and games, and so much more!
Time: Fri: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat/Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: St. John Greek Orthodox Church,
405 N. Dale St., Anaheim
For more information: www.ocgreekfest.com
May 16, Tustin LobsterFest
This is an afternoon of fun for the whole family! Enjoy entertainment, games, music and prizes. The Tustin Lobsterfest is an annual fundraiser event that provides financial support for the programs and services sponsored by the Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary Club.
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Peppertree Park, 200 South C St., Tustin
For more information: www.tustinlobsterfest.com