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e-foodie has its finger on the pulse of all things wonderful. Whether it’s a food-related event or an under-discovered “happening” in Southern California, you’ll find it here. From Oktoberfest to the Festival of the Whales to local Taste-Offs, we know what you like—and we’ve probably got a deal to match.

Date/Time Event
Mon, Jan 1st - through
Mon, Dec 31st
12:00 am
Whale Watching
Newport Landing Whale Watching, Balboa CA
  • Take to the high seas on an adventurous whale watching expedition with Newport Landing and be on the lookout for one of the hundreds of Grey Whales during their migration along the Pacific Coast. Witness huge pods of dolphin, seals, killer whales and, yes, even sharks. No two cruises are alike! www.newportlanding.com Location: Newport Beach

  • Sat, May 19th - through
    Sun, Sep 9th
    Check Website for Times
    Knott’s Soak City Water Park – May 19 Opening Day
    Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
  • Come experience the opening of the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City! Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers featuring a total of seven new exhilarating attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. Wet, wild and a wonderful way to beat the heat! www.knotts.com Location: Buena Park

  • Fri, May 25th - through
    Sat, Sep 29th
    Check Website for Times
    Newport Dunes Outdoor Movies
    Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
  • The drive-ins may all have been demolished, but you can still enjoy a movie outdoors at the Newport Dunes annual movie weekends, starting at dusk. Bring the kids, kick back on the dunes, and enjoy such family favorites and new releases, such as Moana, to classics like the Sandlot. Be sure to bring some blankets, lawn chairs, a jacket (it gets chilly near the water) and a few bucks to buy some popcorn at the concession stand. www.newportdunes.com Location: Newport Beach

  • Fri, Jun 29th - through
    Sun, Jul 1st
    Check Website for Times
    A Taste of Greece
    St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine CA
  • Who doesn’t like gyros, baklava, or stuffed grape leaves? Better yet, who doesn’t like to enjoy these Greek specialties at one, fun-filled location? Spend an entire weekend at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church enjoying cooking demonstrations, learning Greek folk dances, shopping for gifts from Greek vendors, and enjoying wine at the pop-up “taverna.” Kids will enjoy the full-size carnival experience, too. It’s a big, fat Greek gathering that deserves a resounding OPA! www.irvinegreekfest.com Location: Irvine

  • Fri, Jun 29th - through
    Sun, Sep 2nd
    Check Website for Times
    Sawdust Festival
    Sawdust Art Festival Grounds, Laguna Beach
  • Celebrating more than half a century of local arts and crafts, the Sawdust Festival features the works from Laguna Beach-only artists. Enjoy the mix of fine and funky arts and crafts, hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, photography and more. Food vendors and live entertainment, too, plus lots of sawdust (hence the name) to traipse over. www.sawdustartfestival.org Location: Laguna Beach

  • Wed, Jul 4th - through
    Wed, Aug 29th
    12:00 am
    Seal Beach Summer Concert Series
    Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach CA
  • It’s the ultimate endless summer. Well, at least at the Seal Beach Pier where a weekly concert series gets underway every Wednesday evening at 6pm. Bring a sand chair and picnic hamper full of goodies (or stop by one of the restaurants along Main Street) or take advantage of the food trucks. Is a sand-in-your-toes, wind in your hair, and wine in your glass kind of evening. www.sealbeachchamber.org Location: Seal Beach

  • Wed, Jul 4th
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
    Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach CA
  • The City of Huntington Beach is celebrating its 114th (yes, that’s not a typo!) 4th of July Celebration with Burt Ward serving as Grand Marshall for this year’s parade. The largest Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi River features entries including bands, floats, local dignitaries, equestrian groups, film and television celebrities and community groups. After the parade, be sure to stick around and watch an amazing fireworks show, taking place over Huntington Beach’s iconic pier. www.surfcityusa.com Location: Huntington Beach Pier

  • Wed, Jul 4th
    12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    San Juan Capistrano 4th of July Celebration
    The Sports Park, San Juan Capistrano
  • Get your red, white, and blue on at SJC’s annual Independence Day Celebration featuring rides and bouncy houses for the kids with food and a beer garden for mom and dad. The band “Family Style” will take to the stage at 6:30pm, and the night sky will explode with a spectacular display of fireworks later in the evening. 949.493.5911. www.sanjuancapistrano.org Location: The Sports Park

  • Wed, Jul 4th
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    City of Fullerton July 4th Festival
  • Fullerton High School, where Patricia Ryan (better known as First Lady Nixon) attended school, will have a free Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks show, with festivities starting at 5pm. This long-standing community event is free to attend and includes live music, roaming entertainment, food booths, and activities for all ages, with a special aerial fireworks show, starting at 9:00pm. www.cityoffullerton.com Location: Fullerton High School Stadium

  • Sat, Jul 7th - through
    Sat, Sep 1st
    Check Website for Times
    Pageant of the Masters
    Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach
  • Since the early 1930s people have flocked to Laguna Beach to view the colorful art events that take place in the summer. The Festival hosts a juried exhibit of fine, strictly original works by some 160 gifted talents complemented by the Pageant itself featuring a spectacular production of living art recreations. It makes you ponder the question: Does art imitate life or vice versa? www.foapom.com Location: Laguna Canyon

  • Sat, Jul 7th
    12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    MissionFest
    Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, San Juan Capistrano CA
  • If you’re on a “mission” to discover the best food, wine and craft beer gathering in SoCal, look no further than this event in San Juan Capistrano. All the best restaurants, wineries, breweries plus live entertainment and activities. it’s a post-4th of July event that will have you enjoying red, white and brews. www.missionfest.com Location: Rancho Viejo Riding Center.

  • Wed, Jul 11th - through
    Wed, Aug 8th
    Check Website for Times
    Summer Concerts in the Park
    Fullerton Sports Complex, Fullerton
  • Toe tap to a genre of music the stars at this free event featuring the talents of Stone Soul. Every Wednesday night, starting at 6:30pm, join family and friends for live music, a picnic dinner (bring your own or purchase food at the event) and raise a glass to this summer tradition. Don’t forget lawn chairs and a blanket, too. And you can’t beat the price, which is FREE! Now, isn’t that music to your ears? www.cityoffullerton.com Location; Takes place at the Fullerton Sports Complex July 11-25 and at Hillcrest Park August 1-8.

  • Wed, Jul 11th - through
    Wed, Sep 19th
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Sunset Jazz at Newport
    Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach
  • Jazz aficionados will be in their element at this finger snapping outing held every Wednesday in the Rose Garden of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The Jazz Cruise and KJAZZ 88.1 present an array of headlining acts, including the The Four Freshman, Jeff Hamilton Trio and more. 949.759.5003 or www.newportbeachandco.com/sunsetjazz. Location: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel

  • Fri, Jul 13th - through
    Fri, Jul 27th
    Check Website for Times
    dineLA
  • Feed your face during Los Angeles Restaurant Week featuring hundreds of restaurants from the Valley to San Pedro, Downtown LA to Downtown Long Beach all offering special prix-fixe menus for a let less green than you’d normally cough up. Wine pairings and cocktail pairings, too. www.dinela.com Location: Los Angeles County

  • Fri, Jul 13th - through
    Sun, Aug 12th
    Check Website for Times
    Orange County Fair
    Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa
  • Where else can you sample deep-fried Twinkies and Oreos other than a county fair? While a portable defibrillator might be a good thing, there’s a lot more to the OC Fair than fatty foods. Check out the exhibits, product demos (Shamwow anyone?), headlining concerts, thrilling rides, and livestock. Open Wed.-Fri. Noon-midnight; 11am-midnight Saturday & Sunday www.ocfair.com Location: Costa Mesa

  • Sat, Jul 14th - through
    Sun, Jul 15th
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    French Festival
  • Calling all bon vivants for the 30th Annual French Festival taking place at Oak Park in Santa Barbara. It’s a Bastille Day weekend celebration as francophiles near and far gather to enjoy fabulous food, live entertainment, vendors specializing in French wares and even a parade of poodles (French, of course!). Vive la France! www.frenchfestival.com Location: Santa Barbara

  • Sat, Jul 14th - through
    Sun, Jul 15th
    6:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Concern Foundation Block Party
  • It’s a party for a good cause—to help fund cancer research—and it’s held on the back lot of Paramount Studios. Celebrating its 44th year, the Concern Foundation has held one of the biggest bashes in Hollywood, and guests can graze along the land of make-believe enjoying some 63 food and beverage stations from celebrity chefs to landmark dives, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs. Silent auction and live entertainment make for a great night in Tinseltown. www.concernfoundation.org Location: Hollywood

  • Wed, Jul 18th - through
    Mon, Sep 3rd
    Check Website for Times
    Del Mar Race Track
    Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar CA
  • And they’re off! Join all the horse racing action where the surf meets the turf at Del Mar Race Track. Play the Daily Double, scour the Racing Forum for postings, check out the horses in the paddock, and cheer for your favorite thoroughbred in the home stretch. Del Mar has been a summer tradition since 1937. www.dmtc.com Location: Del Mar

  • Fri, Jul 27th
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Taste of Yorba Linda
    Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda CA
  • The 28th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda will be Friday, July 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 11:00 pm at the Yorba Linda Community Center. This Food, Wine and Beer Event will have over 70 restaurants from all over North Orange County, a variety of wines from California and craft beers from Orange County breweries. The eateries, breweries and shops will offer tastes from their specialties. There will also be live music, a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds from the raffle go towards scholarships to seniors from the local high schools. tasteofyl.com Location: YL Community Center

  • Sat, Jul 28th - through
    Sun, Aug 5th
    Check Website for Times
    Vans U.S. Open of Surfing
    Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach CA
  • The skate shoe company, Vans, is putting its name on this well-attended and beloved event that attracts surfers and, yes, ho-dads, to the shores of Huntington Beach. Channel your inner-surfer at Surf City USA and watch the action taking place atop the waves as well as on dry land. It’s a non-stop party near the foot of the iconic pier with a pro/am skateboard competition, live music, food, fun and surfers at every turn. www.usopenofsurfing.com. Location: Huntington Beach Pier