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Art-A-Fair 
 
 
Late June to Early September. "The Art-A-Fair Festival is the ultimate destination for lovers of art to visit this summer! Nestled in a Colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon. the Festival is an enjoyable place to spend a summer day in the historic art community of Laguna Beach Open Seven days a week, visitors are offered the opportunity to view and acquire art directly from the artist exhibitors, finalists of a national juried competition An exciting variety of two and three dimensional art is represented including oils. watercolors, pastels, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, photography, Sculpture, jewelry glassworks, Pottery, and furniture. Special artist demonstrations and lectures are highlighted this year. See first hand how they create these artistic masterpieces from conception to completion. Free workshops and supervised children's art activities are also offered."  Laguna Beach
Chalk Art & Music Fest 
 
 
Held in October by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Chili Cook-Off & Transportation Faire 
 
 
Held in September by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Christmas at the Mission 
 
 
"Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation Presents: Christmas at the Mission - The official City ceremony and lighting of the San Juan Capistrano Christmas tree begins in Historic Towne Center Park, with a visit from Santa Clause, a Live Nativity Presentation, Merchant Open House, Music and Fun. From there, holiday guests are invited to attend the annual Christmas at the Mission Festival." At the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.  San Juan Capistrano
Dana Point Festival of Whales 
 
 
2006: "Don't miss the 15th annual Festival of Whales Street Faire on March 4 & 5, 2006! Come join the community as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off the coast. Come sample the best of Dana Point through more than 100 booths, displays, and fun activities. Follow the Parade to the Street Faire! Fun for the entire family. Great food, great games, great entertainment, and best of all - the great people of Dana Point."  Dana Point
Doheny Blues Festival 
 
 
Held in May. 2006 description: "There is no finer location than Doheny State Beach to celebrate true American Music... plus enjoy tasty food, shop in the expanded Vendor Village and have a picnic with your friends! The stellar list of artists performing this year includes: * B.B. King - the 80th Birthday Celebration * Etta James and the Roots Band * John Hiatt with special guests the North Mississippi Allstars * Los Lobos * G Love and Special Sauce * Tower Of Power * Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials * Tommy Castro Band * Charlie Musselwhite * Henry Butler * James Hunter from England * The Electric Kings from Belgium * James Harman Band * The Mannish Boys Revue * Zac Harman & MidSouth Blues Revue * Nathan James & Ben Hernandez * Martin Gerschwitz, Blue Mama & more!"  Dana Point
Downtown Anaheim Children's Festival 
 
 
Held in May by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Downtown Anaheim Christmas TreeLighting Cerermony 
 
 
The Downtown Anaheim Christmas TreeLighting Cerermony & Nutcracker Market Place is hosted in December by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Downtown Anaheim Fall Festival 
 
 
Held in October by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Downtown Anaheim Flag Day 
 
 
Held in June by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Downtown Anaheim Mexican Independence Day 
 
 
Held in September by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Eclectic Orange Festival 
 
 
Runs January thru June. "An annual festival of music and ideas, Eclectic Orange is a project of The Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Eclectic Orange Festival celebrates the eclectic nature of our cultural landscape. Ideas meet and mingle, classical arts are refreshed and renewed, contemporary art flourishes, while all of the world's cultures are treated with honor.... The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is grateful to the following organizations and sponsors for their support of the 2005 Ecletic Orange Festival: Irvine Barclay Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacific Chorale, UCI Beall Center for Art & Technology"  Irvine
Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters 
 
 
Held each July through September. "California’s finest Summer art event is staged in a six-acre canyon park near the ocean in Laguna Beach. The stars of this summertime tradition, which began here in 1932, are over 140 of the Southland’s most accomplished artists. This is a rigorously juried show, requiring exhibitors to demonstrate and maintain high aesthetic standards. Their work is truly fine art! The artworks on display are for sale and represent a complete spectrum of art media: paintings, sculpture, pastels, drawings, serigraphs, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, etched and stained glass, fiber arts, handcrafted furniture and even scrimshaw. All of the works are original art - another element that distinguishes the Festival of Arts from other shows.The Festival is the perfect place to find affordable and unique works of art to decorate your home or business.... In addition to the art exhibition, the Festival provides a relaxing, entertaining environment with plenty to see and do.... In addition to the special events, come and enjoy art workshops, daily docent-led tours offering expert insights to the exhibits, musical entertainment and hands-on demonstrations in printmaking, ceramics, painting and paper art. Then, explore the outstanding accomplishments of talented local students at the Junior Art Exhibit, featuring 150 works selected from over 1,500 submissions.... Each night during the summer season at 8:30 the Festival of Arts presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. What is it? Ninety minutes of "living pictures" - incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant as the best presentation of its kind."  Laguna Beach
Flower & Garden Festival at the Mission SJC 
 
 
"Each June, Mission San Juan Capistrano presents its annual Flower Garden and Art Show. The weekend features unique plant and garden vendors, including gardening books, artists, and demonstrations. Proceeds from the Festival support the world-famous 'Jewel of the Missions', and the work of the Gardening Angels, a group of volunteers who maintain the gardens that enhance this historic site. This popular event, held on the lush ten-acre grounds of historic Mission San Juan Capistrano features over seventy vendors/exhibitors of flowers, plants, and garden items, as well as a variety of crafts and fine art. Music, seminars, and food round out the day, so even non-gardeners will enjoy this event!"  San Juan Capistrano
Fun with Chalk Children's Creative Festival 
 
 
"Fun With Chalk is a unique festive celebration of the heart, mind, and creative spirit. Thousands of visitors are captivated annually by one of America's most fun Festivals! Incredible images are created directly on asphalt, by artists, using their enormous talent, and chalk. Yes, chalk! The entire parking lot of the Norman Murray Community Center is transformed into a canvas of hundreds of images, some recreations of famous masterpieces, and others original creations of incredible design and color. The Childrens Creative Festivals, producers of Fun With Chalk, is an all - volunteer organization of people who care deeply about children and art, and who work and plan all-year round to bring a first class event to the community."  Mission Viejo
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival 
 
 
"The Strawberry Festival over the years has evolved into a variety of Commercial booths, Arts and Crafts, Game Booths, Food Booths and major Carnival Rides which dot the landscape of the Village Green, located between Euclid Avenue and Main Street, two blocks north of Garden Grove Boulevard. The Strawberry Festival Amphitheater, located at the South End of the Village Green, which was built for the city by funds raised by the Association, provides a charming venue for the many stage shows featuring celebrity and local performers. The largest Strawberry Shortcake is devoured by hungry fairgoers on opening night. The Strawberry Festival is always held Memorial Day weekend. A parade highlights Saturday’s festivities as it winds its way to the Festival grounds. The Strawberry Festival has raised over $4.2 million for local organizations, including the Police and Fire Departments, Boys and Girls Club, Acacia Day Care Center for the frail elderly, The Assistance League and many others. In addition, local service, fraternal, school, and church groups raise thousands more each year."  Garden Grove
Great American Irish Fair & Music Festival 
 
 
June. "2005 30th Annual Great American Irish Fair & Music Festival Celebrating its 30th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Southern California. With 16 entertainment areas. IRISH TRADITIONAL Dance School of Dance, Irish dance performances Back again this year, we are featuring the Cloggers and the Dancers. Also this year, Sheep Herding Demonstrations, TARA Village, Stepping into Irelands ancient past. the Scottish Game, cabor tossing an Irish Dog Show, largest Irish Import Market Place in the west. Leprechaun Village, a wonderland for the wee one’s. Bag Pipe Bands featuring the Pipers on Parade. Celtic Arts Center featuring Irish Theatre, Poets and Gaelic Language. Come join the best Fair ever!"  Irvine, Toluca Lake
Imagination Celebration of Orange County 
 
 
2004 Festival runs from April 17th thru May 16th at various locations. See website for schedule and exhibitions. "Welcome to event, exhibition and general information for the 2004 Imagination Celebration of Orange County's annual spring festival titled 'Renaissance 2004'. This is our 19th year of providing some of the best performing and visual art featuring the youth of Orange County! Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at variety of art workshops, while families will enjoy the musical and performing groups featuring students from Orange County." Includes a Saturday... "afternoon is a fun filled interactive event for all ages. Families are treated to mini performances, storytelling, and crafts. Aspiring dancers are given the opportunity to try on tutus and pointe shoes while meeting professional ballerinas. Remember to bring your camera!" 2004 schedule includes exhibits, venues & participation by: The Anaheim Ballet, Bowers Kidseum, OC Museum of Art, Ballet Montemarte, Little Shop of Horrors, The Children's Museum at La Habra, Rancho Canada School, Journey School, Cypress Festival of the Arts, The Curtis Theater, Forum Theater, McGaugh Elementary, Newport Beach Public Library, California Choreographer's Dance Festival, Art-A-Fair, OC Department of Education, Pacific Symphony, Huntington Beach Library, Knott Avenue Christian Church, Assistance League of Irvine, Laguna Art Museum, OC Performing Arts Center, Fullerton Museum Center, Southland Ballet Academy, South Coast Repertory, Waldorf School of Orange County, Santa Ana High School, Anaheim High School, ICOC Poster Contest, 1000 Pieces of Arts, All District Art Exhibit, Crayola Dream-Makers, Public Exhibitions of Student Artwork, 'Art off the Wall' - A 3D Exhibition, Photography & Multimedia Exhibit, Rising Starts Elementary Art Awards and Scholarship Performance Reception, OC Public Library, OCDE Family Art Show, 28th Annual Very Special Arts Exhibit, Young Masters Art Show.  Irvine
Irvine Lake Blues Festival 
 
 
June. Victor Delgado presents the Irvine Lake Blues Festival. The Seventh Annual Irvine Lake Blues Festival (June 25-26, 2005) Lineup includes: Robben Ford, Cory Stevens, Mitch Kashmar & Junior Watson, B.B. Chung King and the Buddaheads, Midnight Blues Band, Some Like it Hot, The Barnburners, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Eric Sardinas, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Blowing Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes, The Mama's Boys, Steve Copeland and Raging Sun, J.D. Simo. A more readable copy of the flier is available at the Music Lab site.  Silverado
La Habra Corn Festival 
 
 
Held in August. "The annual La Habra Corn Festival is hosted by the La Habra Host Lions Club. They started this event in 1949 as little more than a dance and cookout. It has grown to be the largest fund raising event in La Habra and the biggest community event of each year. Among the groups who take part in the festival each year are the following: La Habra Kiwanis Club, Sonora High School Football Boosters, La Habra High School Football boosters, the La Habra Community Services Department, Job's Daughters, Sons of Italy, La Habra Firefighters Association, La Habra Police Association, La Habra Student Body Association, TOPS of Ca., Cub Scout Pack, Chino Hills Lions Club, Eric Will Gymnastics Boosters, La Habra High School Swim Team Boosters, Boys and Girls Cub of La Habra/ Brea, and many other groups. The Corn Festival Parade is open to most any group that wants to participate. Applications may be obtained at the La Habra Chamber of Commerce or from Pageantry Productions in South Gate. The parade is one of the largest daytime parades in southern California."  La Habra
Latin American Film Festival 
 
 
Held in April by the UC Irvine Humanities Department Film and Video Center. "The University of California, Irvine Latin American Film Festival returns to the people of Orange County and the student community for 5 consecutive weeks of movie screenings. At the UCILAFF we will show independent films that are new to U.S. audiences, as well as films that have had scarce distribution in this country. They represent recent trends in Latin American cinematic expression and are among the very best in international cinema."  Irvine
Long Beach Celtic Festival 
 
 
Appears to be defunct, but if anyone has information to share, please send it to webmaster@killerorange.com. "The high costs asscociated with producing the annual Long Beach Celtic Music Festival by-the-sea have necessitated that I find a new venue. The costs keep getting higher as the City Of Long Beach requires firemen and policemen be on site that I pay overtime along with eight security guards at a festival that may never have had an argument let alone a fight. The festival vendors pay one of the highest permit fees of any city that taxes the vendors. Huge expenses for canopies,, tables, chairs, stages, dance floors, fencing, porta-potties, hand sinks and lack of suitable parking have forced the idea to find a more affordable and suitable venue for everyone. The venues I am looking for will have a stage, shaded seating, bathrooms and more and accomodate about 1200 to 1500 people which is the number we have attracted to the festival. When the all the numbers add up to where I can continue to bring in the finest Celtic musicians in the world it will be a win win for everyone. The 2004 festival with Gaelic Storm, Wicked Tinkers, Wolfstone, Celtic Spring, Ken O'Malley, Banshee In The Kitchen, Everything Celtic along with Drummond Ranch's sheep herding demos, Queen Medb Ancient Celtic Re-Enactment, George The Giant and excellent vendors was extremely well received according to the surveys. Paddy Doyle's Boots put on a tremendous show Saturday night on the Queen Mary."  Long Beach
Mariachi Festival 
 
 
"Mission San Juan Capistrano invites you to join us at our second annual Mariachi Festival, which will be held on August 5, 2006, 10:00 am -2:30 PM in the beautiful Mission courtyard. The festival will include entertainment 'Battle of the Mariachis' and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes. This event is free with paid admission to the mission. After the Festival - the Mariachi Divas perform for Music Under the Stars."  San Juan Capistrano
Music Under the Stars at Mission SJC 
 
 
Held June to September at Mission San Juan Capistrano. "Mission San Juan Capistrano presents ... Music Under the Stars evening concerts... The concerts feature dining and dancing to a variety of live music including Big Band, Latin, Motown & R & B, Swing, Top 40 in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
Newport Autumn Rowing Festival 
 
 
November of each year. "Introduction We would like to thank all of last year’s participants for helping create an exciting and successful regatta, and we look forward to your participation in the 2004 Newport Autumn Rowing Festival (NARF). Categories · Novices may not have rowed before 01 January 2004. · Masters must be at least 27 years of age by 31 December 2004. · Masters shall receive handicaps derived from the handicap standards established by the United States Rowing Association. · Juniors must be 18 years of age or under as of 31 December 2004. · Lightweight is defined as a maximum weight of 165 pounds for men and 135 pounds for women. No averaging. No weigh-ins for coxswains. Weigh-ins for lightweights will be held during check-in on Saturday 6 November 2004 and Sunday 7 November 2004 (see below for times). · The Race Committee reserves the right to cancel an event due to lack of entries.... Awards First place commemorative medals will be awarded to the winning crews in each event. Certain sponsored events will be awarded perpetual trophies.... Race Course The Race Course starts at the bridge at the west end of Lido Island and proceeds east around the southern side of Lido Island. At the eastern end of Lido Island, the course abruptly turns to the north (port) towards the PCH Bridge. Coxswains beware, many crews have missed this turn in years past. Once around the turn, crews are directed to race through the right-most arch of the PCH Bridge into Upper Newport Bay. No passing is allowed under the bridge. Approximately 400m past the PCH bridge the course turns to the right (starboard), straightens out for 500m, then turns to the left (port) with 200m to go to the finish line at NAC. Row past the finish line and do not turn around until past the final buoy. See map below. A detailed map will be available at the Aquatic Center. Total Distance: 2.7 miles (4,400 m)."  Newport Beach
Newport Beach Film Festival 
 
 
"Between April 15th and April 25th, the 2004 Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase more than 350 films from around the world, offering an ambitious and international selection of features, shorts, documentaries and animation that will compete for both Jury and Audience awards. Now in its 5th year, the Festival is proud to treat its audience to World and U.S. premieres, Academy Award entries, Sundance Selections, a Spotlight Series, and Children's Festival, from both the independent and studio worlds. With submissions from Asia, Europe, South/Central America and Africa, classic and contemporary filmmaking will provide a unique mix of genre and culture. Since its beginnings, the Festival has presented many acclaimed films, including Sexy Beast, Spellbound, Dogtown and Z Boys, Joint Security Area, and Castle in the Sky, as well as anniversary screenings of classics such as The French Connection, Sunset Boulevard and The Outsiders. As a result, the Newport Beach Film Festival has quickly gained recognition both from filmmakers and audiences, and is expected to attract more than 25,000 cinephiles in 2004. In addition, the Newport Beach Film Festival offers a rare opportunity to meet the filmmakers. Directors, screenwriters and cinematographers eager to share their work will provide an exclusive inside look at the industry during post-screening Q&A's . Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival will host several premieres, galas and yacht parties for a singular festival experience. Films will be shown throughout the city that boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world, a rich filmmaking history as well as fine dining, shopping, and exceptional recreational activities."  Newport Beach
Newport Harbor Annual Christmas Boat Parade 
 
 
"Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 96th Annual Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. Presenting Sponsor Simple Green, Official Sponsors the Daily Pilot and Janes Capital Partners, and the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce invite you to sail to the theme of 'A Winter Waterland.' As Newport Beach’s Christmas Card to the world, the boat parade will set the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 15 and ending Sunday, December 19, 2004. The parade starts off Collins Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 8:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Two separate routes are run on different evenings.) Beautiful multi-million dollar yachts, kayaks, canoes and other small boats will light up the harbor as a dazzling array of holiday lights and music fill the air at the Christmas Boat Parade. Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. With this year’s theme, participants are also encouraged to decorate their boats taking into account the unique celebration of the holiday season in Southern California. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes a incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for 95 years."  Newport Beach
OC Celtic Festival 
 
 
"To Promote and Celebrate All Aspects of Celtic Culture, and to Instill in Future Generations an Appreciation of Celtic Heritage. Great Celtic bands, Irish/Scottish Dancing, Living History Encampments, Workshops from Beginning to Advanced, Sheep Herding, Shop For Unique Celtic Gifts, Bards, Minstrels, Story-Telling, Children's Activities, Faery Hunt, Children's Highland Games, Genealogy, Scottish Clans, Costume Contests ... Something for the whole family.... Food & Drinks At Festival: Prices Average $6/plate - Scottish Meat Pies- Sausage Rolls, Haggis, Steak Pies, Fish &Chips, Irish Corned Beef with boiled cabbage and new potatoes (served with a slice of rye bread) Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye or Sour Dough (with a bag of gourmet chips) Chef Jimmy's famous Irish beef stew. Fresh Fruit Bowl Homemade Irish Carrot Cake. Beer -Soft Drinks- Coffee Drinks-Smoothies"  Irvine
OC Poetry Festival 
 
 
Held in May. 2003: "For years, Orange County has been an unintentional maelstrom of poetic activity. You can spend a week in OC poetry and find samplings of Modernism, Beat, Slam, and Hip Hop. After a successful first year, with unprecedented media coverage and packed houses across the county, the Orange County Poetry Festival returns for a second year. We invite everyone to join us for 35 days of eclectic styles and poetry environments, including featured and open readers."  Huntington Beach
Orange County Classic Jazz Festival 
 
 
Jazz & dance festival in August. "Produced by John A. Dieball and Connie & Larry Baker... Headquarters Hotel & All Five Ballroom Venues at the Hilton Costa Mesa."  Costa Mesa, Orange
Orange County Comedy Festival 
 
 
"Bill Word presents Orange County Comedy Festival held at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach, California - 18 different theme shows. NO FESTIVAL IN 2004... We will be back in 2005" Includes: Asian Comedy Night / Bad Girls Night / East Coast Attitude Night / Funny Mothers Night / Gay and Lesbian Night / Good Girls Night / Hairless Humor Night / Improv-Sketch Comedy Night / Jewish Comedy Night / Latin Comedy Night / Misfits of Comedy Night / Music in Comedy Night / Senior Tour of Comedy Night / Tall & Short of it Night / Urban Comedy Jam Night / Welcome to America Night / "White Guys Can't Joke?" Night / Young Comedian Night.  
Orange County Fairgrounds & Exposition Center 
 
 
"Orange County Fair & Exposition Center provides educational, entertainment and recreational opportunities for the general public and preserves the heritage of California agriculture. This is achieved by showcasing the talents, interests and accomplishments of the citizens of California, especially Orange County residents. Our mission is served through the annual Orange County Fair, Centennial Farm, The Ranch, Youth Expo and more than 100 events throughout the year." The Fair is in July. See also: Pacific Amphitheatre.  Costa Mesa
Orange County Latino Film Festival 
 
 
"The festival will run from Sept 29th-Oct. 2nd 2005 at the Fiesta Cinema in Santa Ana." Hosted by Vanguard Cinema.  Buena Park, Santa Ana
Orange County Theater Festival 
 
 
July, August, September. "The first annual Orange County Theater Festival will bring encore presentations of four of the most hailed local theater productions in the county's history to the stage this summer—in a beautiful, covered, 246-seat amphitheatre at the historic Muck Mansion in Fullerton. These critically acclaimed plays, all of which were smash hits, will each run for eight performances, giving you a chance to experience some of the finest live theater Southern California has to offer. All of OCTF's mainstage shows are performed here, in a 246-seat covered amphitheater. The large stage and open layout of the theater means there isn't a bad seat in the house. Additionally, each seat is adjacent to a small courtesy dining table ... feel free to bring your refreshments to the show. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase before the show and during intermission." At the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.  Fullerton
Orange Drop 2006 
 
 
ORANGE COUNTY NEW YEARS EVE PARTY! Featuring a New Orleans Mardi Gras themed entertainment mega-event at the OC Fairgrounds! This is the one you won't want to miss! At midnight the Orange will descend with the countdown to 2006! Featured bands and musicians include: Sugar Ray, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Violent Femmes, The Psychedelic Furs, Berlin, The English Beat, Bow Wow Wow, Reel Big Fish, Lit, WaxApples, The Eyeliners, The Colour, American Eyes, Charles Feelgood, Grant Plant, Jason Blakemore, DJ Jasen, and Speaker Junkies. Themed Environments include: Blues & Booze, Cantina, KIIS FM House Party, Live Music Buildings, Main Stage, OC Corral, OC Music Awards Stage, Party Gras, SqueezeOC Martini Lounge, and Wine Country.  Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach
Persian Film Series 
 
 
Held in April by the UC Irvine Humanities Department Film and Video Center.  Irvine
RagFest 
 
 
"Friends of Jazz, Inc. presents RagFest 2006 - Orange County's Seventh Annual Ragtime Music Festival - SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 & SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 2006 in beautiful downtown Fullerton! Piano solos, duets, songs, and much more! Dancers welcome! Featuring (listed alphabetically): THE ALBANY NIGHTBOAT RAGTIMERS, PATRICK ARANDA, ANDREW BARRETT, NAN BOSTICK, THE BRADSHAWS, THE HELIOTROPE RAGTIME ORCHESTRA, BRAD KAY, CARL SONNY LEYLAND, ERIC MARCHESE, ERIKA C. MILLER, BILL MITCHELL, MORRIS PALTER, BOB PINSKER, THOSE SYNCOPATING SONGBIRDS, TEX WYNDHAM and many surprise guest artists!"  Fullerton
Renaissance Pleasure Faire 
 
 
Not in Orange County, but worth the drive. Weekends in April and May. Check their website for exact information. They will also host your wedding, Renaissance style! "Back to a land Where Fantasy Rules…! Swashbuckling Heroes, merry Minstrels, dazzling Daredevils, Belly Dancers, Jugglers, and Colorful Characters of every sort compete for your attention on our busy streets and upon seven stages offering continuous entertainment throughout the day. Where else can you cheer on heroic knights, learn to juggle, chat with William Shakespeare, haggle with a fishwife, and join Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, on a grand visit to a bustling 16th century Faire? From our morning antics at the Call O' Faire show, where we open the town gates, to our farewell to the Queen at the end of the day, our 1,000 costumed performers will surround you with entertainment. So, whether you choose to simply sit back and enjoy our stage shows, quietly stroll the merry lanes of the Faire, or boldly join in the play, your visit is sure to be a memorable one."  Irwindale
Return of the Swallows Mission San Juan Capistrano 
 
 
2006: "Mission San Juan Capistrano will present its annual Return of the Swallows celebration Saturday March 18th to Sunday March 19th, 2006. Festivities include the traditional bell ringing, Pageantry, live entertainment, ethnic foods, and vendors all to mark the springtime return of the swallows to Capistrano. The Mission's biggest annual celebration, it marks the coming of spring, a time of renewal and rebirth. Other highlights include Living History Members, scheduled Docent tours, artisans demonstrating crafts, mariachi performers, school choirs and performers, Indian dance groups, ethnic foods and much more. The swallows migrate annually to Goya, Argentina in October, and return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows celebration began centuries ago when Mission padres observed that the birds return roughly coincided with St. Joseph's Day on the church calendar, March 19. The celebration has achieved international prominence since then."  San Juan Capistrano
Roctoberfest 
 
 
Held in October by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "Beer & Wine Garden ~ Great Food. Free Admission. Free Parking... There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
San Clemente Ocean Festival 
 
 
Festival held in July. "The San Clemente Ocean Festival is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and support of ocean safety, the environment and the community by providing a quality athletic, cultural and enjoyable family event.... Proceeds from the San Clemente Ocean Festival help fund many worthwhile organizations, including SC Jr. Lifeguard & city aquatic programs, Ocean Institute for local school programs, Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Club. Scholarships are also provided annually to three area high schools."  San Clemente
Sawdust Festival 
 
 
Held June through September. Includes musical entertainment, art classes and demos. "Welcome to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival where visitors experience the artistic wonders of 200 Laguna Beach artists amidst towering eucalyptus trees and tranquil waterfalls within a three and half acre canyon setting. Since 1966 the Sawdust has drawn art enthusiasts looking for original artwork including: painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, textile arts, wood and metal sculpture, hand blown and fused glass and even scrimshaw. This year we invite you to join us in celebrating our '40 Creative Years' with special events and exhibits to give visitors a glimpse into our history and that of our artists. Included with your Sawdust admission are daily artist demonstrations including glass blowing, complimentary art projects for adults and children, three outdoor cafes and continuous entertainment. This shopper’s paradise allows visitors to meet and even purchase art directly from the artists. The Sawdust Art Festival is truly the ultimate, interactive art experience for any one at any age.... The Sawdust Art Festival is a 5 - 10 minute walk from downtown Laguna, Main Beach and the other Laguna Beach art festivals."  Laguna Beach
Sunday Symphony Series 
 
 
"The Mission San Juan Capistrano presents a Symphonic Celebration Series with Sunday Evening Pops Concerts by the Capistrano Valley Symphony, May through September featuring classic symphony sounds and show tunes and popular music from the 40's to the present day in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
Swinging on the Promenade 
 
 
Held in August by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Taste of Newport 
 
 
"Over 30 Restaurants, 15 Wineries, Flavorful Drinks, Rich Tasting Brews, Live Cooking Demonstrations, Spectacular Entertainment.... Celebrating its 17th spectacular year in 2005, the delicious mix of great food, drink, music and fun will attract over 75,000 people to Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island for the party of the year. The three-day food, wine and music festival proudly presented by Wells Fargo and hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday, September 16th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday, September 17th from 4:00pm to 11:00pm, and Sunday, September 18th from Noon to 8:00pm The Taste of Newport serves up culinary masterpieces from nearly 35 of Newport Beach’s finest Restaurants, as well as 15 premium wineries from throughout California, ice cold brews and delicious cocktails. The restaurants are truly spectacular, offering everything from barbeque seared ahi and tiramisu to prime rib and crème brulee. Everyone is sure to find something pleasing to the palette—and a new restaurant to try after the Taste."  Newport Beach
Tustin Tiller Days 
 
 
Occurs in October of each year. "Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular event in Tustin since 1957. The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County's agricultural heritage. It is also an opportunity for local non-profit groups to raise funds. Over the years, local civic organizations have raised thousands of dollars to benefit a wide variety of local needs. Tustin Tiller Days Parade is on Saturday morning, starting at 10:00 AM. Because of some changes to El Camino Real, the parade route has been changed. The parade will now start at Main & Pacific, going down main street, turning left onto 'C' street. Then turning right onto 1st Street. The parade then continues as it has in years past by proceeding along 1st street and turning left onto Prospect Avenue and continuing to the end of the parade route at the Columbus Tustin Park where the Tustin Tiller Days festival is taking place. Tustin Tiller Days features a Carnival with rides, games, and other attractions. There is no entrance fee. Individual ride tickets, sheets of tickets and all day unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased. The Main Stage this year will feature outstanding entertainment for the entire family. Join us for a day or evening of exciting entertainment! The Big Top (Second Stage) will feature local individuals and groups showcasing the talents of Tustin. A schedule for the entertaiment will be posted when available."  Tustin
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