May is upon us! Time for Fruit, Fairs, Festivals, and Fiestas!!! Find your favorite one (or two or three) and come on out to explore YOUR Orange County!
Spring Citrus Fair May 3-5
Showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission.
Time/Place: La Habra Boulevard between Euclid & Cypress
Soka University 18th Annual International Festival May 4
Enjoy over 700 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors! There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales, a childrens play area with Bounce House, student projects and much more!
Time/Place: 10:30am-5pm / 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 4
Traditional Mariachis and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups will be serving up authentic Mexican food fare and other activities will include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths and a vendor area.
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Max Berg Plaza Park, San Clemente
Rancho Days Fiesta May 4
Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange Countys Ranchos and Native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and first-person presentations. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Like Totally Music Festival May 11
Bringing music, style and memories to the beach! Event features national 1980s bands. Tons of vendors for shopping. Lots of yummy food trucks and a full bar. Celebrity impersonators, an 80s themed costume contest and so much more!
Time/Place: 11am-9pm / Huntington State Beach
Discovery Cubes Annual Rocket Launch May 11
Hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where youll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach
Rose Garden Tour May 11
The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain (RSSM) sponsors Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tours of four unique and innovative private gardens in south Orange County. The self guided tour offers visitors magnificent floral and plant displays, garden architecture and ideas for environmentally sound garden practices.
Time/Place: Laguna Niguel & Portola Hills
Open Garden Day May 11
Experience the inviting neighborhoods of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. This one day community event offers an array of activities: lovely gardens to tour, water-wise front yard sidewalk tour, garden expert talks & demonstrations, vintage cars to peruse, a street full of vendors selling unique garden treasures, and gourmet food trucks with plenty of tasty treats.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Santa Ana
Yorba Linda Lobsterfest May 17
The 32nd Annual Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary Lobsterfest & Silent Auction! ALL YOU CAN EAT Maine Lobster and Tri-tip.
Time/Place: 5:30-11pm / Yorba Linda Community Center
Anaheim Childrens Festival May 18
Free arts and crafts, dance lessons and performing arts classes. Over 50 organizations, city departments and more bring art projects to the Park atmosphere and invite the kids to try art.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Pearson Park
Mariachi Festival May 18
Will include entertainment Battle of the Mariachis and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / Mission San Juan Capistrano
Tustin LobsterFest May 18
Enjoy entertainment, games, music and prizes. The Tustin Lobsterfest is a fundraiser event that provides financial support for the programs and services sponsored by the Tustin / Santa Ana Rotary Club. All net proceeds from this event help pay for local Rotary programs throughout Tustin and Santa Ana.
Time/Place: 4pm / Peppertree Park
Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival May 18-19
Featuring car rally, motor movies & Concours dElegance and Horseless Carriage Tour. Live performances in the outdoor amphitheater by The Pleasure Tones on Saturday and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys on Sunday.
Time/Place: 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
Doheny Blues Festival May 18-19
The International Food Court at Doheny Blues will have a variety of authentic vendors sampling everything from BBQ Ribs to Cajun Sausage to Vegetarian Pitas. Our Vendor Village is strewn throughout the entire lawn at Sea Terrace Park and consists of 50+ different storefronts.
Time/Place: Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo May 19
Multiple Model Kit Vendors (Cars, Ships, Planes, Helicopters, Tanks, and Armored Vehicles), 1/6 scale Figure and Armor Vendors, Toy Soldier Vendors, Miniature Gaming Vendors, Military Book and Decal Vendors, Documentary and Movie DVD Vendors, Die-cast Toy Vendors and so on.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Old World Huntington Beach
Balboa Island ArtWalk May 19
The premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Islands summer season. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Enjoy live music.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Balboa Island
Santa Ana Zoos Party for the Planet/Endangered Species Day May 19
Guests can create conservation-friendly crafts and play fun games, as well as learn from hands-on demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, recycling, sustainable living and a variety of special guests including members of the Santa Ana City Water District, Fullerton Arboretum and other community organizations.
Time/Place: 11am-2pm / Santa Ana Zoo
Taste of Brea & Business Expo May 23
Visitors will enjoy dancing to live music featuring Cold Duck. A DJ will be present as well during the event while you indulge in tasty treats and beverages.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown Birch St. Promenade
Strawberry Festival May 24-27
Celebrating Family A parade and carnival celebrating the citys strawberry-growing history. Rides, contests, Strawberry Festival Parade, vendor booths, charity food & game booths, showmobile performances, amphitheater performances, Garden Grove Strawberry Stomp 5K and more!
Time/Place: Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove
Scottish Fest May 25-26
Hundreds of bagpipers and drummers, Scottish and Irish food and vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing and traditional Scottish feats of strength like the hammer throw, putting the stone and caber toss. Part of the United Scottish Society, the festival was established in 1932 and was called a Highland Games in the tradition of Scottish heritage.
Time/Place: OC Fair and Event Center, Costa Mesa