Orange County Events for Memorial Day Weekend

If you’re around for Memorial Day and this weekend, there’s always our beautiful beach to enjoy! But Newport Beach and the rest of Orange County has so much more to offer than swimming and sun-bathing; check out other things to do this weekend:

Newport Beach Wine Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the 12th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. The festival will take place at Balboa Bay Resort with multiple events each day. This beautiful waterfront setting is ideal for sipping fine wines, savoring delicious entrees, tasting craft beers and plenty more. Learn how to cook a wine-themed three-course meal or take the opportunity to expand your knowledge on wine characteristics and blending. See website for complete schedule of events.

May 22-24. Friday 4:30-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 10a.m.-7 p.m. Purchase tickets online. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4146.


Scottish & Celtic Festival

Experience Southern California’s largest Scottish & Celtic Festival. Indulge your senses to the sounds of bagpipes and drums, the flavors and smells of authentic Celtic foods and the sights of traditional kilts, dancing competitions and more. Take the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to honor and give thanks to the men and women of the military with a memorial service on Sunday morning.

May 23-24. All ages welcome. See website for schedule of events. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Order tickets online. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run

Celebrate Memorial Day with the City of Laguna Hills 17th annual Memorial Day run, honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K or half-marathon. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities. After the race enjoy food from local food trucks, a beer garden and DJ tunes.

May 25. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register online. El Toro Road & I-5 Freeway, 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, 949.975.8506.

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

Celebrate the 57th annual event by spending a day with the family. Stroll through booths offering strawberry treats, food and merchandise and enjoy a parade, carnival rides, live music, contests and more.

May 22-25. See website for schedule of events. F 1-10 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; M 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free; unlimited rides F $25; Sa-M $30. Village Green, between Euclid and Main St, Garden Grove, 714.638.0981.


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