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Spring Events in Orange County

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!

Kenneth Turner
Front Desk Supervisor
Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo

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16 Responses to Spring Events in Orange County

  1. Michele Morrison Says:

    When spring hits the first thing I think of that I want to do is to go to Daffodil Hill, is Volcano, CA. It is a beautiful hill filled with daffodils that have been there for generations. It is a beautiful spring sight!

    March 6, 2012
  2. Lauren Peterson Says:

    I love going into the canyon near where I live and roasting hot dogs or making s’mores over a campfire. Spring also means that the semester at school is over, and I can finally take the time to read books under the sun.

    March 6, 2012
  3. Jennifer Cozens Says:

    When springtime rolls around, I usually take advantage of the wonderful weather by grabbing the kids, visiting a local farmers market then packing a picnic lunch and enjoying the beautiful weather. Walking through the grass looking for ladybugs is the icing on the cake!

    March 6, 2012
  4. Casey Infanzon Says:

    I’m originally from the East Coast so usually during the early spring i like to make a little trek down to Washington D.C. for the cherry blossom festival; it’s really beautiful! This year I plan on taking lots of walks and reading books on a blanket outside.

    March 6, 2012
  5. Jared Bird Says:

    I start to plan out sporting events on the weekends, playing games outside, and taking bike rides.

    March 6, 2012
  6. Jennifer Bell Says:

    During the Spring I like to jump on the bicycle and ride through beautiful Seal Beach. My husband and I have a matching set of beach cruisers, and we even bring our dog (a Miniture Doberman) with us. We usually have lunch in the quant downtown area, and ride along the path. Beautiful!

    March 6, 2012
  7. Sandy Woo Says:

    When spring arrives with all those wild colorful flowers, I like to go biking on the trails of Folsom and along the American River here in Sacramento to see the gorgeious colors blooming. With visits to my son at UC Irvine, I would like to go bike this trail I’ve spied there and see someSouthern CA wildflowers.

    March 6, 2012
  8. JulieB Says:

    This spring calls for being the first time my son flies a kite! He is so excited to give it a try. We’re so thankful for our beautiful SoCal weather that affords us many fun springtime activities .

    March 7, 2012
  9. Heather Toller Says:

    I like to take photos of my kids in the beautiful yellow mustard flowers in Huntington Central Park.

    March 7, 2012
  10. Matt Cameron Says:

    Springtime means lots of time spent reading and playing guitar outside, going for long walks and bike rides, and wasting lots of time outside in the good weather.

    March 7, 2012
  11. Denise de Castro Says:

    During the spring, I like to go fishing early in the morning, followed by a hike, and ending the day with dining al fresco.

    March 7, 2012
  12. Kathy k Says:

    Nothing better than running a marathon on a beautiful spring day!

    March 7, 2012

    When spring time is in the air I love to make a picnic lunch with all the trimmings, take my kids and visit our local park. We play on the swings, ride our bikes and breathe the fresh spring air. I love taking pictures of my kids as they enjoy the season. The pictures are memories of our good times and the the changing seasons. Its the simple things like visiting the park and enjoying each others company that matters.

    March 7, 2012
  14. AMI M Says:

    I love baseball and living in Phoenix offers Spring Training! It starts the 1st day of March and goes through April. There are games every single day and we always make sure to go to at least one game each year. Planning on the Angels vs the Reds this year!

    March 7, 2012
  15. Nic Kulinski Says:

    Spring=Let’s get outta Wisconsin for a week—Bring on California!! In one week we’re coming to Ayres Mission Viejo to mess around on some waves at Newport Beach, catch the Tuesday Farmers’ Market at Huntington Beach, Watch whales off of Dana Point and have Sunday brunch at Laguna. But let’s be honest; a week at the pool at Ayres Hotel would be just as good to this cheesehead!

    March 8, 2012
  16. ayreshotels Says:

    Wow! Sounds like you have a lot planned (and some of it even laid out in this blog post!). We can’t wait to welcome you. :)

    March 8, 2012


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