Looking for events in Orange County this spring? Springtime sees a plethora of events in Orange County that will give you and your family hours of fun among the spring sun and budding flowers. From the largest awe-inspiring creatures of the sea to the smallest of birds to the unique artistic renderings of the Laguna Beach artist community, there are numerous events in Orange County to help ease you into the season of reawakening.
Each year the whole community in Dana Point kicks off the peak whale watching season in the springtime with a parade on Saturday, March 3rd for the Festival of the Whales. This Orange County event continues on March 4th and the next weekend on March 10th and 11th with classic cars on display, an outrigger canoe race, a block party, sand sculptures, and a variety of other activities. The incredible 5000-mile migration of the majestic California Gray Whale from Alaska to Mexico begins in December and continues through March. During this peak season, 40 – 50 whales pass by Dana Point each day. These whales use the Dana Point Headland’s 200-foot cliffs near the harbor as a landmark to check their migration path. Dana Point offers the best springtime whale watching along the California Coast and it is only 19 miles away from Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo– don’t miss one of the most astounding springtime events in Orange County!
Only 13 miles away from our hotel is the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and one of the most highly anticipated annual events in Orange County. Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 and is home to swallows that migrate annually to Goya, Argentina in October. The birds return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows Day celebration began centuries ago when Mission padres observed that the birds’ return roughly coincided with St. Joseph’s Day on the church calendar, March 19th. Thus the beginnings of one of the annual events in Orange County laid its foundation. Monday, March 19th, 2012 the 54th Annual Swallows’ Day Celebration begins at the Mission with children’s performances, live mariachi music, and the ringing of the historic bells. On Saturday, March 24th is the Swallows’ Day Parade and Mercado (Market) through San Juan Capistrano. This parade is the nation’s largest non-motorized parade and the theme this year is “How the West was Fun!”
Just 14 miles away, in Laguna Beach, you can Spring-Into-Art during the weekends of April 14th &15th, 21st & 22nd, or 28th & 29th. Artists from the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach teach unique hands-on weekend art workshops for three weekends in April. These two-day weekend art events in Orange County include workshops featuring one-on-one instruction with local professional artists in exciting art media, including glass-blowing, painting, mixed-media, ceramics, jewelry and more. Laguna Beach is home to some of the most coveted events in Orange County and is Southern California’s premier seaside destination midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beachgoers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and the sound of the surf.
So many spring events in Orange County and so little time! We hope to welcome you as you begin your springtime adventure!
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Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo