Turns out February is more than just the month of love! Peruse the list below and go check out events such as viewing gorgeous butterflies, fantastic cars, and many opportunities to run outdoors.
Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon
21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
February 1 – 3 • Times Vary by Day/Event
This exclusive oceanfront course is a California Dream! Run on Pacific Coast Highway 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!
MORE INFORMATION: 888-422-0786
Annual Monarch Butterfly Day
Mile Square Regional Park, Forest Shelter near parking lot C, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley
February 2 • 10 am – 2 pm
OC Parks Invites children and families to learn all about Monarch butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at these magnificent creatures at the tenth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! Activities will include interpretive presentations, children’s crafts, face painting, and a balloon artist. This event is recommended for ages 4 to 12. Event and parking are free
MORE INFORMATION: (714) 973-6600
Rotary/CARE Car Show to Benefit Rotary Charities, Capistrano Animal Rescue
San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park
February 2 • 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
The Car Show once again promises a fabulous display of over 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. The return of the popular New-Car Row will show the latest models from local dealers. Bring the family! This is a pet-friendly event and many of last years’ attendees had their four-legged friends in tow. Come and see the impressive rows of cars and trucks, shop the vendor’s booths and enjoy delicious food with your family. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!
MORE INFORMATION: San Juan Capistrano Car Show
Laguna Beach Music Festival
Laguna Beach – check site for venues
February 6 – 10 • Times Vary by Date
This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week-long blend of performances and education.
MORE INFORMATION: (949) 553-2422 | Laguna Beach Music Festival
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
February 8- 10 • Times Vary by Day
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.
MORE INFORMATION: (714) 388-6711
Timberwolf 5 K Run/Walk
Northwood High School, 4515 Portola Pkwy, Irvine
February 9 • 6:30 am – 10:30 am
The Timberwolf 5K Run/Walk, and the 1K Fun Run, feature breathtaking views, fantastic food, event t-shirts and the company of hundreds of friendly fitness enthusiasts. 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. Register by January 24th for the best price.
MORE INFORMATION: (949) 936-7200
Art Crawl Experience
From Anaheim Blvd. to Harbor Blvd. & along Center Street Promenade in Anaheim
February 10 • 6 pm – 10 pm
Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE,” an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll amongst outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers. Art lovers can walk, crawl, or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.
MORE INFORMATION: (714) 956-3586
The Kids’ Pet Parade
Los Rios Park, 31747 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano
February 16 • 10 am – 12 pm
(Rain Date is February 23, 2019)
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). A special “Judges Choice” prize will be awarded, and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows’ Day Parade.
MORE INFORMATION: (949) 493-1976
Los Alamitos ‘Race on the Base’
11200 Lexington Dr, Los Alamitos
February 22 & 23 • Times Vary by Race
The yearly event has continued to provide not only a forum for local avid runners and walkers but has also instilled a sense of pride and teamwork between the Los Alamitos City Council, the citizens of Los Alamitos, the Rossmoor Community Services District, and the local business community. The race is held on the runways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes, and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family!
MORE INFORMATION: (562) 430-1073
Irvine Park Railroad 23rd Anniversary Celebration
Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange
February 23-24 • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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 $2.00 train rides! The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 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 $2.00 tickets). FREE giveaways include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.
MORE INFORMATION: (714) 997-3968