March OC Events Calendar

Pacific Coast Wine Festival     Mar. 1
Evening of wine tastings from across the globe, silent auction, fine dinner with exquisite wine pairings, live auction, and concludes with a chocolate and port tasting. Benefits Pacific Symphony’s award-winning education, artistic, and community programs such as “Heartstrings” and “Class Act.” 5pm. The Island Hotel: 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 714-876-2364 / www.pacificcoastwinefestival.com

Calvary Chapel Surfing Association Surfing Competition     Mar. 1
Hosted by Calvary Chapel Surfing Association (CCSA), this event is open to all surfers and is the 2014 High School Winter Team Series. 6:30am-4:30pm. 9th Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. 714-893-4141 / www.ccpc.org/ccsa

February OC Events Calendar

VNCSC Tet Festival     Jan. 31-Feb. 2
A three-day Festival organized by the Vietnamese Community of Southern California. $5. Garden Grove Park: 9301 Westminster Avenue, Garden Grove, 92844. 800-404-6616 / www.vncsctetfestival.org

 

Women Entrepreneurs of Orange County Extravaganza     Feb. 1
This remarkable event connects passionate women entrepreneurs from around Orange County to support, empower, and advocate each other. The goal of the event is to empower, encourage, and support other women out there to help make their dreams a reality. 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, 92626.www.weorangecounty.com

Chinese New Year Kung Fu Demo    Feb. 1
Join the Dragon Institute for a fun-filled morning that will include a Lion Dance performance, adult and kids Kung Fu demonstrations, Kids Craft tent and much more! 10am.  Lantern Bay Park: 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point. www.ocwingchun.com

January OC Events Calendar

Knott’s Fire and Police Recognition Days     Through Jan. 31
Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park will once again extend free Park admission to all active fire and police personnel and one guest. To participate, active fire and police personnel must present valid fire or law enforcement photo ID. 714-220-5200 / www.knotts.com

PBS SoCaL Experience Aboard The Queen Mary     Jan. 4
Kick off the new “Downton Abbey” season right and see the first hour of Season 4′s premiere episode before it airs January 5th. Join PBS SoCaL aboard the the world-famous Queen Mary for the the ultimate PBS SoCaL Experience inspired by “Downton Abbey” on MASTERPIECE. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. (714) 241-4179 / www.pbssocal.org

December Orange County Events Calendar

Sawdust Art Festival’s Winter Fantasy     Through Dec. 15
Our festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of four weekends. The Winter Fantasy is offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles.http://sawdustartfestival.org

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights and Holiday Cruises     Dec. 1-31
As the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves it way through the Newport Harbor, you can view the parade from almost any place on the shore FREE of cost. $20-$36 for cruises with Newport Landing ($20-$36 for cruises with Newport Landing). (949) 675-0551 / www.christmasparadeboats.com

November Orange County Events Calendar

 

Holiday Ice Rink     Nov. 1-Feb. 17

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. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine. 949-748-8280 /www.skatespectrum.com

Taste of San Clemente     Nov. 1
Join us for an elegant evening to celebrate fine food and wine at the 21st Annual “Taste of San Clemente”. Participants will enjoy culinary masterpieces from over twenty of the finest restaurants, as well as premium wineries from throughout California, ice cold microbrews and more. 6-10pm. Casino San Clemente. 949-

October Orange County Events Calendar

 

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor     Oct. 3-Nov. 2

Queen Mary’s (1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach) Dark Harbor returns for 17 terrifying nights this October with a sinister new circus themed maze, horrifying freak shows and more. Experience thrills and chills in mazes so daunting you’ll sell your soul for a chance to survive. (877) 342-0738 /www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor

2014 Model Orange County International Auto Show     Oct. 3-7
Ignites the auto show season with hundreds of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more. Showgoers are invited to check out the newest rides, sit behind wheels, experience the latest in-car technology and even take a test drive in more than 100 hot models. Anaheim Convention Center. (714) 765-8950 /www.autoshowoc.com

Orange County Fire Authority Open House     Oct. 5 & 12
Bring your family and friends to meet your local firefighters.  Discover fire safety information in a fun-filled environment. Admission is free. Oct 5: 9am-2pm. Fire Station 30: 23831 Stonehill Drive, Dana Point. Oct 12: OCFA RFOTC: 1 Fire Authority Road, Irvine.

September Orange County Events Calendar

Taste of South County & Capistrano Auto Show     Sept. 5

Enjoy music, food & beverages from a host of South County's finest restaurants and cafes and check out the brand new cars on display courtesy of the Capistrano Auto Center! 5:30-7:30pm. Independence Bank: 32291 Camino Capistrano. 949-373-1570.

 Toshiba Tall Ships Festival     Sept. 6-8     www.TallShipsFestival.comCome and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smell, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Ocean Institute: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. Dana Point.