ORANGE COUNTY EVENTS | MAY 2015
Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Spring Citrus Fair May 1 – 3 With period charm, a bubble parade, food competition, entertainment and carnival rides, this fair is sure to be a county-wide crowd pleaser!! The 2015 Citrus Fair will almost double in size! New Entertainment venue, lots of great food and a new Agriculture area in the park.
Annual Street Painting – Arts Alive Festival May 2 – 3 Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist’s techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you. 2015 Festival is expanding to include a Food & Wine Festival. http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival
Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 2 The Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration showcases live entertainment featuring Mariachis, Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folkloric and live bands along with a colorful student art contest and exhibit, children’s activities, authentic food and drinks.
OC Marathon May 3 With a course that travels through several of Orange County’s beautiful coastal communities, the first 10 miles run along the Pacific Ocean and Newport Beach’s Back Bay. The event also includes a half marathon, a 5K and a Kid’s Run.
Taste of Anaheim May 7 2015 Taste of Anaheim features food from over 46 local restaurants plus Expo booths and great entertainment.
11th Annual Battle of the Mariachi Festival May 9 The festival includes “Battle of the Mariachis”, ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano, bilingual marionette shows and exhibition performances by local Capistrano Community Mariachi Program.
OC Greek Fest May 15 – 17 The OC Greek Food Festival celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides & games and other children’s activities, and much more.
Yappy Hour May 14
Follow Fido to Yappy Hour, a monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions held on The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Pooches, hounds and pups enjoy complimentary hand-made dog biscuits and lapping up refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver flavored water, while their companions can purchase burgers, brews and wines. Proceeds from the 2015 Yappy Hour season will go to the Wounded Veteran’s Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.
Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival May 16 – 17
A One-of-a-kind Automotive Cultural Event, this oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d’Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over 8 acres of lawns.
Doheny Blues Festival May 16 – 17 The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County’s Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival! Some of the 2015 line up will include Bonnie Raitt, Paul Rodgers, Boz Scaggs and Beth Hart www.dohenybluesfestival.com
Newport Beach Wine Festival May 22- 24 This idyllic waterfront setting here at The Balboa Bay Resort provides the backdrop for three spectacular days of food and wine events.Acclaimed winemakers, our celebrated chefs, Master Sommeliers and noted experts will serve as the guides-captivating festival goers with educational seminars, and wine events with endless tasting tables. We look forward to your participation in this extraordinary event!
Strawberry Festival May 22 – 25 The Strawberry Festival over the years has evolved into a variety of Commercial booths, Arts and Crafts, Game Booths, Food and major Carnival Rides. Stage shows feature celebrity and local performers and the largest Strawberry Shortcake is devoured by hungry fairgoers on opening night. Parade is held on Saturday. http://strawberryfestival.org
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival May 29 – 31 Southern California’s most famous Smooth Jazz Festival returns to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Three spectacular days of world-class performances by top jazz artists.