February Events in Orange County 2018
After what seemed like the longest January in history, February is finally here! Plan your month with our February Events in Orange County 2018 calendar which is filled with the best activities, including free things to do, winter events, family fun activities, and much more!
Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon Feb. 2-4
Run on PCH past the famous Huntington Beach pier and wind through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California. Retro surf bands entertain along the way and the Finish Line Party includes a beach side beer garden in the California sun. Finishers receive bodacious surfboard medals!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Huntington Beach
Contact: 888-422-0786 / www.motivrunning.com/run-surf-
Annual Monarch Butterfly Day Feb. 3
OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. Food will be available for purchase.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Mile Square Regional Park, Fountain Valley
Contact: 714-973-6600 / www.ocparks.com/parks/mile
San Juan Capistrano Car Show Feb. 3
The classic, new and exotic will headline this popular fundraiser, which promises a fabulous display of some 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. The return of the popular New-Car Row will show the latest models from local dealers. Come and see the impressive rows of cars and trucks, shop the vendor’s booths and enjoy delicious food with your family.
Time/Place: 7:30am-2pm / SJC Community Center-Sports Park
Laguna Beach Music Festival Feb. 7-11
A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Laguna Beach Music Festival is an annual multi-day celebration featuring outstanding classical and contemporary concerts in intimate spaces, community outreach programs and dynamic special events.
Time/Place: See website for schedule of events.
Contact: 949-553-2422 / www.philharmonicsociety.org/
Taste of San Juan Feb. 8
Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas with 25 restaurants, under one roof! Taste of San Juan brings many of the restaurants and caterers serving San Juan Capistrano together to tempt you with their finest offerings.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / San Juan Hills Golf Course
Contact: 949-493-1976 / www.swallowsparade.com
Art Auction 2018 Feb. 10
Art Auction 2018 will include 100 museum-curated works by California artists featured in recent exhibitions, special events, and the museum’s permanent collection. This festive affair will include live music, delicious cuisine, and creative cocktails.
Time/Place: Laguna Art Museum: 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-8971 / www.lagunaartmuseum.org
Timberwolf 5K Feb. 10
The Timberwolf 5K, sponsored by Mike Dunn, Platinum Property Realty, brings the Northwood community together in support of over 1,100 athletes and their 25 teams. New this year: Pancake breakfast, immediately following the race. Proceeds from registration and sponsorships benefit Northwood High School and Families Forward, a local non-profit providing supported housing programs, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services for families in crisis.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Northwood High School, Irvine
Active Lifestyle Valentine’s Sock Hop Feb. 11
Enjoy a delicious catered dinner and live band with the ‘50s Sock Hop theme. So get on your poodle skirts, your cardigan sweaters or leather jackets and come dressed in the ‘50s style. $20 per person or $35 per couple.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Dana Point Community Center: 34052 Del Obispo St.
Contact: 949-248-3507 / www.danapoint.org
Newport Beach Jazz Party and Big Band Blowout Feb. 15-18
This year’s party, featuring a big band closing each of the 4 nights will again be the time for mainstream jazz lovers from around the country (& world) to arrive in Newport Beach. In addition to a Saturday and Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch, daily evening concerts will take place in the Marriott’s Grand Pacific Ballroom plus afternoon pool sessions on the grounds of the resort.
Time/Place: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
Contact: 949-759-5003 / www.newportbeachjazzparty.com
Tet Festival Feb. 16-18
Helping preserve Vietnamese culture, the Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.
Time/Place: Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-388-6711 / www.tetfestival.org
Kids’ Pet Parade Feb. 17
Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).
Time/Place: 10am-1pm / Los Rios Park: 31747 Los Rios Street, SJC
Contact: 949-493-1976 / www.swallowsparade.com
Wine Tasting & Music Feb. 17
Join us for live music, appetizers and a sampling of up to 14 different wines courtesy of San Clemente Winery. Event proceeds will benefit the Wars of Freedom Veterans Tribute designed to recognize veterans who’ve served our country during the years from 1975 to present day.
Time/Place: 3-5pm / Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, Mission Viejo
Contact: 949-470-3062 / www.cityofmissionviejo.org
LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil Feb. 21-Mar. 18
This unique performance offers spectacular acrobatic performances and visual surprises, bringing the stage to life with traditional and modern representations of Mexico.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-708-1500 / www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia
San Clemente Day 90th Anniversary Celebration Feb. 24
To commemorate the great history and traditions of the City there will be open houses, historians, and discounts at City facilities including free recreation swim at the Ole Hanson Beach Club.
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / 105 W. Avenida Pico
Contact: 949-361-8200 / www.san-clemente.org
Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration Feb. 24-25
To celebrate their 21st year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversary weekend, including $2 train rides! $2 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold (gold panning requires two $2 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Irvine Regional Park, Orange
Contact: 714-997-3968 / www.irvineparkrailroad.com