March 2018, Orange County Calendar of Events

Tomatomania! at Roger’s Gardens   Mar. 2-11
The world’s largest (and most fun) tomato plant sale! Scott Daigre and his staff of Tomatomaniacs offer an astonishing selection of over 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato plants, including new varieties for 2018 & the Tomato of the Year.
Time/Place: 9am-6pm / 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar
Contact: 949-640-5800 /

Parenting OC’s Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree   Mar. 3
Jamboree will have special guests, along with games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information. The Aquarium of the Pacific will be in attendance with the acclaimed Aquarium on Wheels, and back by popular demand is the Bubble-Dash Games.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Discovery Cube Science Center, Santa Ana
Contact: 714-542-2823 /

Oso Fit – Mission Viejo Community Health Fair & 5K Fun Run   Mar. 3
Hosted by the City and Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce, the event is an extension of the annual Community Health Fair and in honor of the City’s 30th anniversary celebration this year. The Community Health Fair features something for all ages including a host of free screenings.
Time/Place: 7:30-11am / Oso Creek Trail
Contact: 949-441-0602 /

Festival of Whales   Mar. 3-4 & 10-11
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!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Dana Point Harbor
Contact: 949-472-7888 /

Dachshund Races   Mar. 4
Come see these short legged but swift ‘wiener dogs’ race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.
Time/Place: 3pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 /

C.R.Y. Holi On The Beach   Mar. 4
Presented By: Child Rights & You America, Inc. – Orange County Action Center. The Festival of Colors! Open to all – just be ready to get very colorful with about 500 of your favorite friends and enjoy Bollywood music! Indian food and snacks will be available for purchase. Come have fun – and help raise money for Child Rights!
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Bolsa Chica State Beach
Contact: 714-512-6499 /

Lantern Festival   Mar. 4
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony with this free family event. Enjoy music, dance, food and lantern decorating to mark the end of the Lunar New Year.
Time/Place: 12pm / Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-556-2787 /

Toshiba Classic   Mar. 7-11
Each year, the Toshiba Classic attracts a field of professional players that rivals any major championship in golf, creating compelling competition for our fans. In 2018, the Toshiba Classic will benefit the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center which provides comprehensive services for those with risk for diabetes regardless of their ability to pay.
Time/Place: Newport Beach Country Club
Contact: 949-660-1001 /

Pet Expo   Mar. 10
Please feel free to bring your well socialized, dog/people-friendly dog. This one day event offers a variety of informative groups, retailers, groomers, veterinarians and pet rescue organizations – everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet!
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Lake Forest Sports Park
Contact: 949-462-3450 /

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza   Mar. 10-31
Hop on over with family and friends to enjoy this fun and exciting springtime 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.
Time/Place: Weekdays 10am-4pm, Weekends 9am-6pm / 1 Irvine Park Road
Contact: 714-997-3968 /

El Presidente Ball   Mar. 17
Journey back to the late 1800s of early California and let the Fiesta Association show you how “the West was fun” at this western style dinner dance. Enjoy some great food and old-fashioned fun while dancing under the stars (weather permitting) to live country-western style music.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / El Adobe de Capistrano, SJC
Contact: 949-493-1976 /

Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School   Mar. 17
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.
Time/Place: Wilkins Town Square – Sage Hill School, Newport Coast
Contact: 949-219-0100 /

Saint Joseph’s Day at the Mission   Mar. 19
Live mariachi 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.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-234-1300 /

Friends of the Library Authors’ Luncheon   Mar. 20
Authors D. P. Lyle and David Putnam speaks about their books and careers at a luncheon hosted by Friends of the Huntington Beach Library.
Time/Place: 12pm / 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-375-8429 /

Swallows Day Fiesta Grande   Mar. 21
This night of Old West entertainment consists of four contests are rolled into one! Best Dressed Old West Man, Best Dressed Old West Woman, Best Belt Buckle, and the Hairiest Man (best moustache and/or beard). For the more timid, spectators are always welcome.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Swallow’s Inn, SJC
Contact: 949-493-1976 /

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado   Mar. 24
This is the nation’s largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. 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.
Time/Place: 11am / Downtown San Juan Capistrano
Contact: 949-493-1976 /

Laguna Niguel Bunny Bonanza   Mar. 24
Crafts Games Face Painting Entertainment Instructor Showcase – meet the Parks and Recreation class instructors “Touch a Truck” – kids will get to climb, work on and “drive” a fun work truck, including trash, fire, and Sheriff’s Department. The Easter Bunny will also be hopping around! No egg hunt.
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / Chapparosa Park
Contact: 949-425-5100 /

Lake Forest Egg Hunt/ Festival of Colors   Mar. 24
Time/Place: 11am-1pm / Etnies Skate Park: 20028 Lake Forest Drive
Contact: 949-461-3511 /

Discovery Cube’s Bubblefest   Mar. 24-Apr. 8
Pop into Spring Break with this bubble spectacular, featuring hands-on family fun, the return of Deni Yang and the Mega Bubblefest Laser show! Bubblefest provides learners of all ages the opportunity to discover more about the science behind the soapy fun.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Discovery Cube Orange County, Santa Ana
Contact: 714-542-2823 /

Aliso Viejo Community Cup   Mar. 29
Shotgun start is at 11am with dinner and an awards ceremony following at 5pm. This event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley.
Time/Place: 11am / Aliso Viejo Country Club
Contact: 949-542-4112 /

Zedtown   Mar. 31
Zombie defense mobilization efforts are now underway as OC residents prepare for an impending zombie invasion experience–armed with only foam blasters. Grab your opportunity to be a part of this blaster battle that follows a plot, evolving as players interact throughout the game.
Time/Place: 10am & 5pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 763-324-7889 /

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