Spring Fling: 17 Family-Friendly Festivals & Fun in Orange County

Spring Fling: 17 Family-Friendly Festivals & Fun in Orange County

Hey there, weekend adventurers! 

Looking for some springtime excitement that the whole family can enjoy? 

Well, you're in luck because we've got the ultimate guide to the top family-friendly events happening right here in sunny Orange County! From cultural festivals bursting with color to outdoor adventures that'll get your heart racing, there's something for everyone to love in our neck of the woods.

Whether you're a local parent looking for some weekend fun or a visiting family eager to explore all that Orange County has to offer, we've got you covered. So, grab your calendars, round up the troops, and get ready for a springtime adventure you won't soon forget! Let's dive in and discover all the amazing experiences waiting for you and your family in Orange County this spring.

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

Picture this: a sea of delicate pink blossoms, traditional Japanese performances, and mouthwatering cuisine. 

That's what you'll find at the Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival, usually happening in March or April. It's a feast for the senses and a perfect opportunity to soak up some culture with the whole family.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Calling all foodies! 

From March to April, Disney California Adventure comes alive with tantalizing flavors from around the world. The Food & Wine Festival is not just for grown-ups – kids can join in on cooking demos, meet beloved Disney characters, and savor delicious treats, making it a culinary adventure for the whole family.

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter wouldn't be complete without an egg hunt, right? 

Head over to Irvine Regional Park around Easter time for the Eggstravaganza! Let the kids run wild searching for eggs, take a leisurely train ride through the park, and get their faces painted – it's an egg-citing day out for everyone.

OC Fair Imaginology

Get ready to unleash your imagination at the OC Fair Imaginology event, held in April. Dive into the world of STEAM education with interactive exhibits, workshops, and activities that will spark creativity in kids of all ages. It's hands-on learning disguised as fun!

Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire

March into spring with the Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire in San Juan Capistrano. Celebrating the return of the swallows, this event features a colorful parade, live music, delicious food, and artisan crafts – a fiesta the whole family will love.

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here? 

It's the Dana Point Festival of Whales! Held in early March (so you’ll have to wait until 2025 unfortunately), this event celebrates the majestic gray whales as they migrate along the coast. Join in on whale watching excursions, explore educational exhibits, and enjoy ocean-themed activities for a whale of a time.

Be sure to book accommodations as early as you can, because this event has now been going on for 50+ years!

Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza

Green thumbs, unite! 

The Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza, happening in April, is a paradise for garden enthusiasts. Marvel at stunning displays, learn from expert workshops, and pick up some plants to spruce up your own garden – it's bloomin' marvelous!

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival

Get ready to immerse yourself in Korean culture at the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival, usually happening in May. There's traditional music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and of course, delicious Korean cuisine. It's a cultural experience that's fun for the whole fam.

San Clemente Ocean Festival

This one is cheating since it’s in July, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare now. It’s that much fun.

Make a splash at the San Clemente Ocean Festival, a two-day event that's perfect for beach-loving families. With surfing competitions, paddleboard races, sand sculpting contests, and more, it's a celebration of all things ocean-related that's sure to make a splash with the whole crew.

Other Events to Consider

Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off: Bring the family for a day of fun at this annual event featuring chili tastings, live entertainment, carnival rides, and a craft fair, usually held in June.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive Festival: Explore the arts with hands-on activities, live performances, and art exhibits showcasing the talents of local artists, held in April at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.

Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park: Step back in time at this family-friendly event featuring music, dance, crafts, and games that highlight Orange County's rich history, usually held in May.

Anaheim Children's Festival: Let the kids unleash their creativity with art activities, storytelling, face painting, and interactive performances at this lively festival held at Pearson Park, typically in April.

Laguna Beach Pirate Tower Egg Hunt: Join the search for hidden treasure-filled eggs at this unique egg hunt event held on the beach near the Pirate Tower, followed by family-friendly activities and games, usually held in April.

Fullerton Railroad Days: All aboard for a day of train-themed fun at the Fullerton Train Station, featuring train displays, model railroad exhibits, live entertainment, and food vendors, typically held in May.

Costa Mesa Spring Carnival: Bring the family for carnival games, rides, food vendors, and live entertainment at this springtime event held at the OC Fair & Event Center, usually in April.

Huntington Beach Kite Party: Watch colorful kites fill the sky at this annual kite festival held at the Huntington Beach Pier, featuring kite flying demonstrations, kite-making workshops, and family-friendly activities, typically held in March.


So, there you have it – 17 awesome events happening right here in Orange County this spring. 

In addition to the fantastic events listed above, don't miss out on our very own Brunch with the Easter Bunny event! Join us March 23rd in Veterans Park, Cypress for a delightful time filled with delicious brunch, festive activities, and, of course, a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. It's a perfect opportunity to create cherished family memories and celebrate the joy of spring together. Be sure to save you spot here mark your calendars and hop on over for an egg-ceptional experience!

Whether you're into cultural festivals, delicious food, or outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your calendars, round up the fam, and get ready to make some amazing memories together!

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