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- Lunar New Year Events – Sunday, January 20, 2023 – Sunday, February 5, 2023
- Bush at City National Grove – Tuesday, January 31, 2023
- Rosa Parks Day – Saturday, February 4, 2023
- SoCal Free Museum Day – Sunday, February 5, 2023
- Lunar New Year Ends – Sunday, February 5, 2023
- National Frozen Yogurt Day (hint: freebies) – Monday, February 6, 2023
- Monster Jam – Fri./Sat., February 11-12, 2023
- Super Bowl LVII Chiefs vs Eagles (Where to watch) – Sunday, February 12, 2023
- Valentine’s Day (Events, Things to Do, Date Ideas) – Tuesday, February 14, 2023
- Disney’s Frozen at Segerstrom – February 1-19, 2023
- Shen Yun at Segerstrom (Reserve Seats) – February 28 – March 5, 2023
Concerts and Events at the Honda Center
The Honda Center has plenty of exciting events lined up this season! In addition to the Ducks games, you can get tickets to concerts and other sporting events.
- February 18: Harlem Globetrotters
- Sat Feb 25: CIF Southern Section Basketball Championships
- March 24: Greta Van Fleet
- April 12: Muse
- April 15: Franco Escamilla
- April 29: Los Tigres del Norte
- May 20: Stars On Ice
OC Fair & Event Center Events
There’s always something fun going on at the OC Fair, amirite? Even in the off-season, the Costa Mesa event center has something to look forward to, whether it’s the weekly farmers market held every Thursday from 9 to 1, or an incoming exhibition. Here’s what’s going on this month:
- February 4-5: Repticon
- February 9: Farmers Market
- February 11-12: Great Train Show
- February 16: Fight Club OC
- February 16: Farmers Market
- February 17-19: SoCal Swordfight 2023
- February 18: Gran Baile Romantico Concert
- February 23: Farmers Market
- February 24-26: Gem Faire
- February 25-26: 46th Annual OC Home & Garden Show
- March 2-5: Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, Travel and Outdoor Show
- March 12: California Bridal & Wedding Expo
Events at City National Grove
The City National Grove of Anaheim has a great lineup coming up!
- January 31: Bush
- February 11: Which One’s Pink?
- February 17: And that’s why we drink podcast
- February 19: Anthrax/Black Label Society
- February 26: Eric Johnson
- March 3: Yachtley Crew
- March 8: Mania The Abba Tribute
- March 18: Man In Black – Johnny Cash Tribute
- March 22: Black Violin
- March 23: Night Ranger
- March 24: The Fab Four
- March 27: Zach Williams
- April 16: Gordon Lightfoot
- July 2: John Crist
Get venue details and see more events coming to the National Grove here.
Anaheim Convention Center
- Mon Feb. 6: UnboundEd Learning Inc., 2023 Winter/Spring Standards Institute
- Tue Feb. 7: IME West
- February 23: RECongress 2023
- February 24: Varsity Spirit Nationals
Get event details.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Get event details.
More Entertainment Venue Event Schedules
- FivePoint Amphitheatre
- Garden Amp
- House of Blues
- OC Fair & Event Center
- Pacific Symphony
- Segerstrom Center
- South Coast Repertory
- The Barclay Theatre
- The Coach House
- The Doll Hut
- The Gem
- The Observatory
- The OutPost
- Time Nightclub
Anaheim Packing District Music & Events
440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim CA 92805
1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Visitors can enjoy the world of Disney, shop at select retail shops, and dine at select open restaurants. Visitors must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking, and temperature checks will be conducted upon entry for guests over the age of 2. Parking is available in the Simba Lot only for $10.
2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Opened July 8, 2022
The American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is inspired by the popular TV show. Fans who’ve never climbed a rock wall or practiced Ninja tactics can take part in the courses, and there are increasing levels of difficulty to appeal to ninjas of all ages and skill levels. The courses were designed by Air Park USA in collaboration with Universal Live Entertainment – a division of Universal Parks & Resorts and part of Comcast-owned NBCUniversal.
Located on the upper level of MainPlace Mall between Macy’s and JCPenney, there are inflatable and truss obstacle courses with over 17,000 square feet of space. Book a 60 minute ninja session for just $19.95. Spectators are free. Find more details here.
SeaLegs At The Beach
Bolsa Chica State Beach
17851 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
Get food, drinks, and fresh air at this beachfront venue and enjoy live music and other special events. Regular events include Reggae Sundays, country musicians, comedy nights, and more. Check the calendar and follow them on Instagram to find out what’s happening on the sand.
DIY – At – Home
Many of the local maker studios and other do-it-yourself shops are now offering DIY Take Home Kits so you can pickup curbside and get creative at home, either on your own, with your family, or even plan a Zoom with friends. Here are a few of the best DIY-At-Home kits around Orange County:
Duff’s Cake Mix – 827 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine – Pick up DIY cake decorating kits. Cake, fondant, buttercream, decorations and instructions included in the cost of the kit.
Blaze Pizza – Make pizza night more fun with DIY pizza making kits from Blaze Pizza. Kits can be purchased as one, two or four individual sized pizzas complete with dough, sauce, cheese, dusting flour, and up to seven toppings.
AR Workshop – Huntington Beach & San Juan Capistrano – Pick up DIY kits including wood crafts, canvas projects, custom signs, holiday themed crafts, and more.
Home Depot – Locations throughout OC – Register for the monthly kids workshop and pick up your kit in-store at the Customer Service desk.
Hidden Talents – This Huntington Harbour ceramics studio offers kits delivered straight to your door. Kits can also be purchased and taken to-go.
How it works:
- Text/Call in your order to 714-330-1817
- Once confirmed, pay for your order with Venmo: @Debra-Wainer
- Products will be delivered to your door (within 5 miles)
- Complete your project at home and call for pick up when ready
- Ceramics will be glazed and fired and ready within a week!
- $30 per item
- One ceramic item (see photos here)
- 8 paint colors (specific colors at request)
- Brushes on loan
GardenWalk Coffee Cars & Culture
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Come to Anaheim GardenWalk where this new car show brings OC, LA, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego County pop-up car shows together under a 400,000 square foot, 4,000 stall facility just steps from Disneyland. Upcoming competitions will include Classic Customs, Chopped Champions, Heroic Hot Rods (designated to veteran owners), Screamers (engine & exhaust decibel sound challenge), Truck Terrors (lifted trucks), Jaw dropping Exotics, and The VW (classic VWs and the touring stories they tell).
Find more car shows around Orange County here.
Ghost Walks with Haunted OC
Tours start at $24 per person
Explore Orange County’s supernatural side with Haunted Orange County. Tours are 90 minutes to two and a half hours depending on location. Choose from five OC locations:
- Old Town Orange
- San Juan Capistrano
- Downtown Santa Ana
- Black Star Canyon
- Fairhaven Cemetery
- The Kellogg House
Kaleidoscope Mission Viejo
27741 Crown Valley pkwy, Mission Viejo
Visit Kaleidoscope for live music in the courtyard on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30, cornhole on Tuesday nights at 6:30, and special events like the Honey Babe Market. Follow them on Instagram to see what’s happening.
Live Music on the Ocean Deck
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Come enjoy live music outside on the Ocean Deck at Pacific City. All shows are 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Live Music at Old World
Old World Huntington Beach
7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach
Enjoy casual dining at Old World’s spacious 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor patio or in the Biergarten Hall plus live music. Day and night performances now on the calendar. Most performances are free. See who’s playing and view event information here.
Off The Road Events
1025 Westminster Mall
Every 3rd Sunday
Off The Road open air market is located at the Westminster Mall features handmade goods, cottage food, food trucks and music. Located in the mall parking lot near JCPenney. You’ll find makers, creators, musicians and collectors with lots of handmade items including everything from handmade soaps to upcycled goods. Hours are 11am – 4pm every third Sunday of the month. Parking and admission are free.
Open Market OC
Laguna Hills Mall: 24100 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, Ca 92653
Main Place Mall: 2820 N Main St, Santa Ana, Ca 92705
Pacific City: 21028 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Open Market OC is a unique shopping experience that features more than 200 local and small businesses that specialize in fashion, art, beauty, vintage, handmade items, and artisan foods. Keep an eye on the calendar – workshops and events will be added as they are allowed.
Paint & Vino at Mess Hall Market
1705 Flight Way, Tustin
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month
Find Tickets Here
Get creative and enjoy an evening painting your next masterpiece. The Paint & Vino is hosted by artist Alexis Rivera and the events include specials from The Drink Bar.
Ride the Train
Visit Irvine Regional Park for the day and enjoy a ride on the popular Irvine Park Railroad. What else can you do there? Pony rides are open Tuesday through Sunday, or rent a bike or paddleboat from Wheel Fun Rentals. Hiking trails are open to explore, and if you’d rather hit the trails on horseback, horse rentals are available by appointment for $55 per person. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day at the park.
In addition to Irvine Regional, Orange County has many amazing regional parks, each with something unique to offer. Find one to explore here.
Times are absolutely strange. For many, times are tough. What better way to find a little joy than with a sweet treat. Orange County has many unique and creative dessert spots, from Polar Playground’s handspun cotton candy characters to The Loop’s fully loaded churros. Some locations are tucked in corners of strip malls, others have store fronts in one of the local food halls. Wherever you decide to seek out your next dessert, we definitely recommend making this a Friday Night ritual to close out the week.
Shopping! Support Local Businesses
Most retail businesses are currently open with modified capacity requirements for social distancing. Support your local business owner by shopping local. Orange County’s downtown areas are ripe with small businesses, restaurants, and boutiques that need your business, so take a stroll and shop to show your love.
Solve A Mystery
Book a private room for your group at one of these escape rooms for an experience you won’t soon forget.
Crossroads Escape Room in Anaheim has been voted the #1 escape room in Southern California and #3 in the nation. Sign up for a unique private game experience for you and your crew here at Crossroads. Choose from a variety of games including The Hex Room, The Weeping Witch, and The Fun House.
The Escape Game at Irvine Spectrum Center offers 60-minute escape room experiences. Choose from Gold Rush, Special Ops: Mysterious Market, Prison Break, The Heist, and Playground. To follow social distancing recommendations, all games will be private and sanitized prior to the entry of each new group. All team members will wear face coverings and practice 6-foot social distancing measures. Can’t wait to play? Book a remote game to play virtually!
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Monday-Friday: 9:30am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Reservations & Details
Sign up for a U-Pick wagon ride to cruise around the farm and pick fresh produce to take home. Wagon rides include stops to collect three different types of fruit or veggies, and guests can take a walk to the Barnyard Educational Exhibit to visit with the farm’s animal residents. Tanaka Farms also offers curbside pickup and a drive-thru produce stand.
Weekly Farmers Markets
Orange County features many weekly farmers markets. The OC Fairgrounds hosts one every Thursday from 9 to 1, Irvine Regional Park hosts theirs every Tuesday from 9 to 1, and the Orange County Great Park hosts one every Sunday from 10 to 2. For 2022, there is a brand new farmer’s market in Fountain Valley at Mile Square Park located at Freedom Hall near Euclid and Edinger. Find a Farmer’s Market to explore and stock up on fresh, organic produce.
Zoomars at River Street Ranch
31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano
10AM – 4PM
Spend a family day on the farm at Zoomars and enjoy train rides, pony rides, mining and digging, plus get up close and personal with the petting zoo animals. Meet the horses, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, the cow, a llama, an alpaca, and an emu. Prices vary per activity.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.