Spring is here, and right along with it are some fantastic April events in Orange County for both you and your family to enjoy!
Balboa Craft Beer Festival Apr. 1
The event will be host to over a dozen different breweries, pouring at least 30 different brews and abundant food samples from our favorite restaurants on the Peninsula. There will also be reserved red and white wines. 12:30-5pm / Balboa Village, Newport Beach
Art in the Park Celebration at Crystal Cove Apr. 1-2
Workshops to spur your creativity with topics including watercolor, poetry, and sea glass wrapping with musical performances from the California State University Fullerton music ensemble and Laguna Beach HS jazz combo. 10am-4pm / Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Beach
949-376-6200 / www.crystalcovealliance.org
Night Nation Run Apr. 7
The Night Nation Run is the world’s first running music festival. A musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration for the lover of Electronic Dance The Night Nation Run supports Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) as their official charity.
4-8pm / OC Fair & Event Center
714-708-1500 / www.nightnationrun.com
Ragnar Relay So Cal 2017 Apr. 7
200 mile overnight relay down the pacific coast from Huntington Beach to San Diego.
4am-3pm / Huntington Beach State Beach Parking Lot
801-706-8502 / www.ragnarrelay.com
Survive and Thrive Run Walk & Safety Expo Apr. 8
5K run/walk healthy and safety expo is an event to help raise money to support crime survivors and other charities.
7am-12pm / Mason Park: 18712 University Dr., Irvine
949-872-7895 / www.surviveandthriverunwalk.org
GardenFest Apr. 8
Plant Sale, Garden Flea Market, Butterfly Habitat Education, San Clemente Art Association’s Garden and Flower Show painting competition, School Garden Programs, San Clemente Environmental Education.
8am-2pm / San Clemente Community Center www.sanclementegardenclub.com
Spring So Cal Corgi Nation Beach Day Apr. 8
Enter your corgi for the costume contest and limbo contest, stop by the kissing booth, and take selfies at the Instagram meet and greet area. 10am-3pm / Huntington Dog Beach www.socalcorgibeachday.com
Salt Life Mongoose Cup Apr. 8
One of the worlds most beloved and respected Paddleboard events, dedicated to promoting harbor safety and raising funds to assist board builders and water craftsmen.
7am-4pm / Dana Cove Park, Dana Point www.facebook.com/mongoosecup
Lake Forest Bunny Blast Apr. 8
Enjoy a fun filled event for the whole family with a day of activities including game booths, crafts, face painting, giant ferris wheel and balloon artist! 11am-3pm / El Toro Park, Lake Forest www.lakeforestca.gov
Laguna Niguel Bunny Blast Apr. 8
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. No egg hunt.
9am-12pm / Chapparosa Park www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Etnies Egg-cellent Egg Hunt/Festival of Colors Apr. 8
Come and visit the Skateboarding Bunny, play in the jump houses, and participate in fun crafts. 11am-1pm / Etnies Skate Park of Lake Forest www.lakeforestca.gov
SJC Spring Eggstravaganza Apr. 15
Egg Hunts, Face painting, Crafts, Games, Marionette Shows, Complimentary Popcorn and Hot Dogs, Bunny Photo opportunity and free entrance to the ZOOMARS Petting Zoo.
10am-1pm / Los Rios Park: 31790 Paseo Adelanto
949-493-5911 / www.sanjuancapistrano.org
Tustin Easter Egg Hunt Apr. 15
Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Pancake Breakfast, Live BMX show and more!
8am / Tustin Sports Park: 12850 Robinson Drive www.tustinca.org
Bunny Days Apr. 15
Enjoy carnival games; crafts; the spring garden center; photos with the bunny (bring your own camera), an inflatable obstacle course and slide! 10am-1pm / Norman P. Murrary Community & Senior Center, Mission Viejo 949-460-2765 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org
Newport Beach Film Festival Apr. 20-27
This eight-day event will showcase a diverse collection of studio and independent films as well as a Family Film Series.
949-253-2880 / www.newportbeachfilmfest.com
California Wine Festival Apr. 21-22
California’s best wineries pour hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of top chefs and specialty food purveyors.
Fri: 6:30-9pm, Laguna Cliffs Marriott / Sat: 1-4pm, Lantern Bay Park – Dana Pt 800-936-3126 / www.californiawinefestival.com
San Clemente Earth Day Apr. 22
This free community event features live music, kid’s arts and crafts, educational displays, demonstrations and artists.
10am-2pm / Parque Del Mar: 622 Avenida Del Mar
949-361-8200 / www.san-clemente.org
Laguna Niguel Earth Day Celebration Apr. 22
Celebrate Earth Day by giving back your time to improve the landscaping in our 18-acre preserve.
8:30-11:30am / Crown Valley Community Park
949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Mission Viejo Earth Day/Arbor Day Apr. 22
We’re looking for volunteers to plant drought-tolerant trees and shrubs and assist with litter clean up. A Green Expo will be held on Mustang Run. Mustang Run at Los Alisos Blvd. www.cityofmissionviejo.org
Dana Point Lantern District Car & Motorcycle Show Apr. 23
This event will feature hundreds of custom and classic cars, a motorcycle display, awards, great entertainment and food!
10am-2pm / Dana Point Lantern District www.dplanterndistrict.com
Newport Boat Show Apr. 27-30
This year’s show will feature the newest vessels to reach the Western United States! Exhibitors on hand to showcase innovative products and services. See website for schedule. / Lido Marina Village
949-757-5959 / www.newportbeachboatshow.com
Newport to Ensenada Int’l Yacht Race Apr. 28-30
This 125 mile overnight race provides the perfect mix of fun and adventure. The Race Week Kick-Off Party will be at Marina Park from 12-4pm.
11am / Balboa Pier www.newporttoensenada.com
Walk For Wishes Apr. 29
This day of celebration features a World of Wishes Festival and a spirited, family-friendly walk!
7:30am-12pm / Orange County Great Park, Irvine
714-573-9474 / http://ocie.wish.org
Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling Apr. 30
Top notch competition, fans and sponsors nestled within our beautiful host community of Dana Point.
949-280-7303 / www.danapointgrandprix.com