Orange County Events Calendar

A few events to fill those Pre-Spring days.

Dana Point Festival of Whales     Mar. 2-3, 9-10
One of Southern California’s largest seafaring celebrations and reaches out to whale admirers around the world. Festival highlights include an opening day parade. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. (888) 440-4309 / www.festivalofwhales.com

Whitey Harrison Classic Outrigger Race     Mar. 2

 www.danaoutrigger.net March 2nd kicks off the beginning of the 2013 Socal Ocean Racing Series. Outrigger paddlers from all over California will compete in this long-distance round-trip race from Dana Point to Laguna Beach. 8:30am-4:30pm. Doheny State Beach, Dana Point.

Laguna Beach Patriots Parade     Mar. 2
For over forty years, Orange County has enjoyed the parade and its entrants, the celebrities and music, and the community spirit of this charming city by the sea. 11am-1pm. Forest Avenue. 949-494-6016 / www.lagunabeachparade.org 

Corona del Mar's Bridal Walk     Mar. 3
Perfect Planning Day for the Bride to Be. Stroll through our seaside village's bridal shops and hear experts' take on wedding tips and trends for 2013. 12-4pm. Corona Del Mar Village.www.cdmbride.com

Newport-Mesa Spirit Run     Mar. 3
Award-winning children's racing event that also hosts an adult 5K, 10K and 15K!  Provides all schools in the Newport- Mesa Unified School District the opportunity to share in the event's net proceeds. Fashion Island, Newport Beach. http://nmspiritrun.org/ 

Anaheim Dishcrawl     Mar. 6-7
Enjoy and explore Anaheim's hidden food treasures at this night full of fun, flavor, and new discovery. All ticket holders will be notified of a meeting location via email, 48 hours prior to the event. $45. 714-262-8760 / http://dishcrawl.com/anaheim/

Laguna Beach a la Carte     Mar. 7-10
Enjoy four days of special restaurant offers, daily events, chef & winemaker dinners, educational seminars, prix fixe menus and more. www.lagunabeachalacarte.com 

3/1 Run/Walk     Mar. 9
Annual family-friendly event with a relatively easy course, against the backdrop of beautiful Huntington Beach. Benefits Huntington Beach 3/1 Marines Foundation. 8:30 am along the paved beach path from Beach Blvd to 11th St. and back. 714-925-3356 / www.hb4marines.org

Laguna Beach Uncorked!     Mar. 9
An International Food & Wine Fest. Join hundreds of food and wine enthusiasts for an afternoon of tastings from renowned Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 wineries from around the world. Festival of Arts Grounds: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. www.lagunabeachuncorked.com 

Kite Party     Mar. 9-10
Some of the best professional kite fliers in the country converge on Huntington Beach to show their skills, not to mention their colorful stunt kites, for this annual family-friendly festival on the beach. 11am-Dusk. 714-536-3630 / www.kiteparty.com

The Coaster Run     Mar. 10
Run or Walk through Knott’s Berry Farm for the kids at the Speech and Language Development Center. 5K, 10K or Camp Snoopy Kids run. $15-$45. 7:30am. Knott's Berry Farm.www.coasterrun.com 

Toshiba Classic     Mar. 11-17
For seven days in March, Newport Beach welcomes the legends of the golf world. Has raised over $15 million in the past 15 years for its lead beneficiary Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian as well as other OC charities. Newport Beach Country Club. www.toshibaclassic.com

Stars of Tomorrow Vocal Competition     Mar. 15
Join the South Coast Singers as we honor some of Orange County's most talented high school performers! Winners will receive over $4,500 in scholarships. 7pm. Laguna Hills Community Center: 25555 Alicia Pkwy. 949-613-7840 / www.southcoastsingers.org 

Family Fair at SoCo & The OC Mix     Mar. 16-17
This all-day event features a variety of complimentary, family-focused kids’ activities hosted at retailers throughout SoCo Collection, The OC Mix, and the SoCo Farmer’s Market. 10am-6pm. 3313 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa. (949) 760-9150

St Patrick's Day Dash     Mar. 17
Run through the campus with a view and have a SHAMROCK of a time. This is a wear GREEN 5k. Proceeds benefit the Concordia Track & Field program. 9am. Concordia University, Irvine.www.racewire.com/stpatsdash 

Mission SJC's St. Joseph's Day Festival     Mar. 19
Don't miss the annual St. Joseph's Day/Return of the Swallows Celebration at Mission San Juan Capistrano. 10am-3pm. (949) 234-1300 / www.missionsjc.com

OC's Largest Mixer: The Ultimate Business Networking Event

Mar. 20   Join Orange County chambers of commerce and business organizations for the ultimate business networking event! $20. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (949) 338-8338 

Women Business Owners Conference 2013     Mar. 22-23
The conference will emphasize the best business practices and most effective marketing approaches to grow your business in today's changing economy. $125. 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim. (714) 480-7455

Huntington Beachcruiser Meet     Mar. 23-24
Gathering of beach cruising vehicles manufactured through 1972, featuring nomads, woodies, VW Transporters, convertibles, steel wagons and other beach cruisin' vehicles of the era. 8am-5pm. Downtown Huntington Beach. 760-468-2115 / http://hbcruisers.com 

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Faire     Mar. 23
The Parade is part of the Fiesta de la Golondrinas celebrating the legend of the return of the swallows to the San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Joseph's Day, March 19th. 9am-5pm. Downtown SJC. 949-493-1976 / www.swallowsparade.com

Spring Eggstravaganza     Mar. 30

Stage entertainment, children's crafts, field games, a petting zoo, moonbounces, visits with the Spring Bunny, and the candy scramble for children 12 years of age and younger. 9am. Henry Boisseranc Park: 7520 Dale St., Buena Park. 714-562-3500 / www.buenapark.com 

Easter Hunt & Family Fun Day     Mar. 30
Bring the whole family for live music, games, vendors, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and the popular Easter Hunt. Sports Complex: 18002 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach. 714-960-8895 / www.cnhfoundation.org

Easter Sunrise Service     Mar. 31
Celebrate Easter with music, prayer and Christian celebration at the Annual Sunrise Service in Pier Plaza. 6:15-7:45am. 714-536-1614 / www.hopechapelhb.org