Orange County February Events

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Orange County Economic Forecast 2018  •  Feb. 1
11:45am-1pm  •  Embassy Suites Brea: 900 E Birch St., Brea  •  (714) 529-3660

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Christopher Thornberg. Dr. Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, employment, and labor markets, economic policy, and industry and real estate analysis, he was one of the earliest and most accurate predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007, and of the global economic recession that followed.

Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon  •  Feb. 2-4
See website for schedule  •  Huntington Beach  •  (888) 422-0786 

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!

Annual Monarch Butterfly Day  •  Feb. 3
10am-2pm  •  Mile Square Regional Park, Fountain Valley  •  (714) 973-6600

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.

San Juan Capistrano Car Show  •  Feb. 3
7:30am-2pm  • SJC Community Center-Sports Park

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.

Laguna Beach Music Festival  •  Feb. 7-11
See website for schedule of events  •  (949) 553-2422

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.

Taste of San Juan  •  Feb. 8
6-9pm  •  San Juan Hills Golf Course  •  (949) 493-1976

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.

Art Crawl Experience  • Feb. 10
Anaheim Blvd., Harbor Blvd., Center Street Promenade  •  (714) 956-3586

“ACE” is 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 Auction 2018  •  Feb. 10
Laguna Art Museum: 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach  •  (949) 494-8971

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.

Artesanos Village, Craft Fair  •  Feb. 10
9am-2pm  • Hecho en Mexico: 173 W Santa Fe Ave., Placentia

Community Crafters meet every 2nd Saturday of the month to sell their beautiful art and display their talented skills.

Timberwolf 5K  •  Feb. 10
6:30am  • Northwood High School, Irvine

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.

The Revolution: Revolutionary War Reenactment  •  Feb. 10-11
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm  •  Huntington Central Park

Experience the American Revolution hosted by the Huntington Beach Historical Society. This free event is open to the public and will have different battles that can be witnessed throughout the day along with live music and food options.

Active Lifestyle Valentine’s Sock Hop  •  Feb. 11
5-9pm  •  Dana Point Community Center: 34052 Del Obispo St.  •  (949) 248-3507

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.

Newport Beach Jazz Party and Big Band Blowout  •  Feb. 15-18
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa  •  (949) 759-5003

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.

Tet Festival  •  Feb. 16-18
See website for schedule  •  OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa  •  (714) 388-6711

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.

Kids’ Pet Parade  •  Feb. 17
10am-1pm  •  Los Rios Park: 31747 Los Rios Street, SJC  •  (949) 493-1976

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).

Wine Tasting & Music  •  Feb. 17
3-5pm  •  Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, Mission Viejo  •  (949) 470-3062

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.

LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil  •  Feb. 21-Mar. 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa  •  (714) 708-1500

This unique performance offers spectacular acrobatic performances and visual surprises, bringing the stage to life with traditional and modern representations of Mexico.

Los Alamitos ‘Race on the Base’  •  Feb. 23-24
See website for schedule  •  Joint Forces Training Base  •  (562) 430-1073 

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. Features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course.

San Clemente Day 90th Anniversary Celebration  •  Feb. 24
9am-4pm  •  105 W. Avenida Pico  •  (949) 361-8200 

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.

Festival of the Hearts  •  Feb. 24
9am-3:30pm  •  Saddleback College, Mission Viejo  •  (949) 361-3775

Presented by Laura’s House and Tilly’s Life Center, the festival will gather local youth, parents and teachers for our youth education and empowerment day. This event, taking place during Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month, will inspire and empower attendees with the theme of creating healthy relationships. The event will offer various workshops and breakout sessions, interactive group activity, lunch, sponsored by El Pollo Loco and live entertainment. 

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration  •  Feb. 24-25
10am-4pm  •  Irvine Regional Park, Orange  •  (714) 997-3968

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.

Brea 8K  •  Feb. 25
8-11am  •  Brea Mall

This USATF-sanctioned, chip-timed race is fast and fun for all ages and athletes, runners and walkers alike.