March Orange County Events Calendar

As we head towards Spring, here are some fun events to enjoy in the month March. 

There are also events for San Diego and Los Angeles counties below the OC events. 

Orange County Events

Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net

Dana Point Fine Arts Outdoor Art Show at 2017 Festival of Whales Mar 4
Dana Point Fine Arts Association, a nonprofit organization, will have their annual outdoor art show and sale during the Dana Point Harbor Festival of Whales will be from 9:30 AM to 5 PM at the Harbor Boardwalk along the boat docks in Mariner’s Village. Watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, pastel and photography by many award-winning local artists will be available for purchase. Dana Point Fine Arts annually donates a portion of the proceeds from the show to Dana Hills High School Art Department.
http://danapointfinearts.org

Orange County Heart & Stroke Walk  Mar 4
The American Heart Association will host a 5K timed run and 5k walk. Come take the first step towards a healthy lifestyle with activities for the whole family (four-legged friends included!). Before the walk, enjoy the Expo which includes healthy snacks, demonstrations, health screenings and healthy activities. The annual Orange County Heart & Stroke Walk raises funds for research, and initiatives that promote prevention, treatment, community outreach and better patient care in areas related to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
www2.heart.org

Festival of Whales Mar 4&5, 11&12
The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!
http://festivalofwhales.com

OC Restaurant Week  Mar 5-11
Nothing brings people together like food!  Orange County’s most treasured restaurants are ready to dish up delicious food at fantastic prices during Orange County’s most anticipated culinary event. The only thing to make ALL week is reservations. This is the time for food lovers to try new places, enjoy a romantic dinner, get a group of friends, and dine out! Enjoy a week of fabulous dining, start planning your week of great eats today!
www.ocrestaurantweek.com

Dachshund Races  Mar 12
Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift ‘wiener dogs’ race to the finish line once a month at Old Wold Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.
http://www.oldworld.ws/dachshund-races.html

Coast Con 2017  Mar 18
Coast Con is a FREE to attend event dedicated to celebrating anime, video game and cosplay culture. We’ve heard the feedback and have implemented many of your opinions and as a result we are expanding.
www.universe.com
Annual Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School   Mar 18
This colorful, fun-filled event showcases and celebrates Sage Hill school’s–and the community’s–amazing cultural diversity. Taste home-cooked delicacies from virtually every nation represented at Sage Hill; enjoy non-stop musical and dance performances; bid on tantalizing baskets of themed goodies; browse the ethnic bazaar; and plenty of entertainment for the kids.
www.sagehillschool.org/page/Support/Multicultural-Fair

Saint Joseph’s Day at the Mission Mar 19
Live music, community presentations, Special Guest “Swallows Speakers”, Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend. Free for Mission Members. General Admission $15 for Adults and Seniors
www.missionsjc.com
Cherry Blossum Festival  Mar 19
A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids. This festival is in support of the over 30 year student exchange relationship Huntington Beach shares with their sister city of Anjo, Japan.
www.hbcbfest.com

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Mar 25
The Parade takes place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation’s largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am. The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.
www.swallowsparade.com

Ocean Institute 2017 Jazz Festival Mar 24-25
The Ocean Institute turns 40 this year so we hope you will help us celebrate with two nights of exciting musical entertainment from Michael Paulo, Ray Parker, Jr., Gregg Karukas, and Kevin Toney!
www.ocean-institute.org/jazz-festival

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza Mar 25
Hop on over with family and friends to enjoy this fun and exciting Spring time event. Children can meet and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny as well as participate in several activities that are located throughout the area. An exciting egg hunt will include eggs filled with a variety of treats or prizes.  Each egg hunt is limited to a certain number of children. Children may bring their own basket or purchase one from Irvine Park Railroad.
www.irvineparkrailroad.com


Los Angeles County Events

Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
www.projects.latimes.com/farmers-markets

Tater Tot & Beer Festival Mar 4
Come and sample dozens of domestic, imported and crafted beers and sample delicious tater tot creations for your guilty dining pleasure. Combined with all of the beer you can legally drink, delicious tater tots, a side of live music and funtimes… this event will be a day you will never forget. You just may have dreams about it for a long time afterwards.
https://tatertotfestival.com

Cherry Blossom Festival Mar 4-5
Usher in the springtime bloom with this celebration of Japanese culture at Descanso Gardens. There’ll be musical performances, origami classes, guided garden walks and Patina-catered food—and of course those beautiful flowering trees.
www.descansogardens.org/calendar

626 Golden Streets  Mar 5
Walk, run, skate, bike and explore the San Gabriel Valley as Metro presents this car-free event across 18 miles of open streets, six Gold Line stations and seven SGV cities, from South Pasadena to Azusa.
www.626goldenstreets.com

ArtNight Pasadena   Mar 10
Pasadena’s underrated collection of museums and performance spaces open up their doors for free at this biannual art celebration. Take advantage of the free shuttle buses or hoof it between site-specific installations and local institutions such as the Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art. And, of course, no arts fest would be complete without food trucks, often including local bricks-and-mortar Pie ‘n Burger and Coolhaus.
www.artnightpasadena.org

Grand Park Downtown BookfestMar 11
Grand Park transforms into a bookworm’s Shangri-La this May for an all-day literary festival, featuring poetry, a local pop-up bookshop, food, tunes and more. Last year’s activities included adding your own five-line poem to a crowd-sourced installation as well as lending a brushstroke to a giant piece of sheet music. Take a load off while your little ones sit transfixed by the kid-friendly entertainment, including a sketch comedy musical based entirely on stories by children—including those written by kids at the Bookfest. The event is free and open to the public.
http://grandparkla.org/calendar

L.A. Festival of Colors Mar 11
L.A.’s Festival of Colors brings the traditional Indian custom of Holi—during which revelers douse each other in colorful powder as a way to welcome spring—to the West coast. There will also be Bhangra (group Punjabi folk dancing) and performances by world-music phenoms. Expect to rage along with tens of thousands of merrymakers who pack protective eye gear and loving dispositions—despite the tendency to fling clothes-staining substances at fellow festival-goers, it’s all about the free hugs and spiritual enlightenment and this pretty party for the soul.
www.festivalofcolorsla.com/

Arcade ExpoMar 17-19
Bump and tilt your way to pinball wizardry at the Arcade Expo. This three-day tournament and expo at the Museum of Pinball (700 S Hathaway) in Banning includes freeplay on 1,100 modern and retro arcade cabinets and pinball machines.
www.arcadeexpo.com

PaleyFest   Mar 17-26
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at Paley Fest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 34th year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This year’s lineup includes screenings and cast panels for Westworld, This Is Us, American Horror Story: Roanoke and more.
https://media.paleycenter.org/paleyfest-la-2017

LA Marathon Mar 19
Kicking off at Dodgers Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through 26.2 miles of L.A., culminating at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. More than 25,000 runners will participate, and even if you aren’t one of them, being a spectator can be an exhilarating experience as well. Dozens of bands will perform along the route and for an especially spirited experience, find a spot along Cheer Alley, between miles 17 and 18 just past Beverly Hills, where hundreds of local middle and high school cheerleaders will root on the runners.
www.lamarathon.com

5th Annual Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk   Mar 25
Join the dog friendly 5K Run/Walk in Downtown LA benefiting California Hospital Medical Center. This exciting event will begin and end in front of the hospital, and will feature an exhilarating course through downtown Los Angeles. It also includes a fun-filled, family-friendly post-race festival that is open to the community and is free of charge.
www.HeartOfTheCity5K.org

WonderCon  Mar 31- Apr 2
Comic-Con International brings its unique brand of super-fandom to Orange County at this annual convention. Comic, anime, gaming, movie and TV lovers can head to the Anaheim Convention Center for three days full of sneak peeks, Q&As, premiere screenings and special guests. And no comic convention would be complete without a costume contest; register by March 17 to participate in the large-scale onstage Masquerade competition.
www.comic-con.org/wca

 

San Diego County Events

San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
www.sdfoodtrucks.com

Masters of Hawaiian MusicMar 3
Four-time Grammy-winner and slack key guitar virtuoso George Kahumoko Jr. is known has Hawaii’s Renaissance Man. Kahumoko will take the stage with slack key guitarist Kawika Kahiapo and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Aweau to perform a distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings, along with stories and light-hearted entertainment for everyone in the audience.
http://artcenter.org/event/masters-of-hawaiian-music

Art Walk Mar 3
Celebrate the new Art Walk with artists Michael Rosenblatt and Ruth Jameson painting on the terrace at OMA.
http://oma-online.org/calendar

CRSSD Festival Mar 4-5
The bill features Bob Moses, Flume, Duke Dumont, Justin Martin, AlunaGeorge, Jackmaster, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, Amtrac, Giraffage, DJ Snakehips, Cut Snake, Skream, Lane 8, Ame, Midland, Lost Frequencies, Heidi, Cassy, and Mija.
http://crssdfest.com

Best Coast Beer Fest 2017 presented by Sycuan Mar 11
Enjoy more than 200 beers from nearly 100 local breweries, grab a sensible lunch in our food truck alley and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands – all while taking in the gorgeous views of Coronado and downtown San Diego. To recap…You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. The whole shebang. There is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this. We’ve done the research. It’s science.
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/san-diego-2

World Baseball Classic Mar 14-19
The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic include San Diego! Second Round play takes place March 14-19 with potential teams including: United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Canada, and Italy. Full 6-game ticket packages begin as low as $78 per 6-game plan ($13 per game) and include the full schedule of all six games at Petco Park. Each package also includes a possible bonus ‘Tiebreaker Game’ in the case of a tie (March 19th). Full 6-game strip package buyers get the best seats and the best prices.
www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org

San Diego shamROCK  Mar 17
Over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. flock to downtown each year to party on green carpeted streets, throw back Irish libations (Sláinte!), and jig into the wee hours of the night to Irish punk, rock, and bass heavy beats across three stages. Top it off with the hottest plaid-clad go-go dancers in town and award winning traditional Irish steppers and you have a recipe for the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day celebration!
www.sandiegoshamrock.com
South Oceanside Car, Bike, & Boat Show Mar 18
Over 200 cars, motorcycles, boats, and vendors selling everything from food and apparel to trinkets and car gadgets. With over 5000 attendees, last year the community of South Oceanside embraced the culture with music and performances by the students of the local elementary and middle schools.
www.facebook.com/southocarshow

San Diego Cake Show Mar 18-19
Master pastry chefs, well-known California “sugar artists,” talented local bakers, amateur decorators, and those who enjoy beautiful sugar art of all kinds will come together for the 34th Annual San Diego “Confections for a Cause” Cake Show. Presented by the San Diego Cake Club, the theme of this year’s event is “Comic Cake.” The popular two-day Cake Show will feature a cake design competition open to everyone, a variety of decorating classes for all skill levels, skills and decorating demonstrations, plus raffles and vendor booths featuring a wide range of decorating tools, tips, and supplies.
http://sandiegocakeshow.com

Race for Autism Mar 25
100% of race donations stay right here to support San Diego autism programs, services, and hundreds of local classrooms. Featuring: 5K chip-timed run or walk, 1-mile SUPERHERO Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, educational resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes, refreshments, and more. Costumes and strollers welcome.
www.raceforautism.org

Chamorro Cultural Festival Mar 25
Chamorro Hands in Education Links Unity, the San Diego-based non-profit focused on preserving the Pacific Island culture of the Chamorros, celebrates its 8th Annual Chamorro Cultural Festival. We are proud of this accomplishment and know that many Chamorros share the same passion and desire in their culture and heritage. CCF is a free event with free parking. CCF is a highly anticipated annual family-fun event, celebrating the arts, culture, customs, and people of the Mariana Islands, which include Guam, Saipan, Rota, Tinian, and islands in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
www.sandiegoreader.com

The Bunny Ball Mar 25
Cruise 4 Kids is hosting their 3rd annual Bunny Ball to raise money and collect bunnies for sick and underprivileged children. The Bunny Ball is a high-energy black-tie spring celebration. As guests enter they will be treated to a paparazzi experience on the green grass carpet on their way to a night of festivities which includes live DJs, dancing, cocktails, raffles, silent auctions, magician, photos with bunny mascots, photo booth, balloon drop, and candy buffet along with performers throughout the night. The Bunny Ball will collect over 1500 new stuffed bunnies and place them in the ballroom in one large display called the Bunny Wall.
www.thebunnyball.com