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Events Happening This Weekend in Orange County

Sunday, November 22nd

Birding Walk

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

James Dilley Greenbelt Preserve

on HWY 133 .25 miles north of Toll Road (73)

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers in partnership with OC Parks. Spot native and spring migrating birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block; Dilley is on the right). Online reservations required: For questions call: 949-497-8324. Parking: $3. Event runs 8:00am – 11:00am.

Ranger Led Nature Hike

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. Hike runs 8:00am – 9:00am. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike.

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

28373 Alicia Pkwy

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants – the Acjachemen people. This event is for those who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) on dirt trails with some sandy sections. Children ages 8 and up, or younger if peddled by an adult.  Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle. Event runs 9:00am – 11:00am.

The OC Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

The Art Lab: Creation Stations – Play, create and explore at our self-directed creation stations. These hands-on activities emphasize divergent thinking, problem solving skills and innovation. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Event runs 10:00am – 4:00pm in the Great Park Artists Studios.

Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) Community Day

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Come explore the buildings and surroundings of the BBSC!   Event occurs every Sunday and runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Talk to the City of Newport Beach staff and volunteers about ongoing research, education, & restoration projects. Get your fingers wet in our tide pool touch tank, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, and do some bird watching. The Science Center is located just off of Back Bay Drive on Shellmaker Island (600 Shellmaker Rd). This program is free and no reservations are required.

Free Kids Fishing Clinic

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern St.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Every Sunday! 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Free clinic held dockside. No reservations needed.

Every Sunday! 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Free fishing trip. Rental gear included. Reservations required as space is limited. One free child per paying adult.

Grand Opening Party for Kensington Montessori of Laguna Niguel

Kensington Montessori of Laguna Niguel

29702 Kensington Dr.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Everyone is invited to the grand opening of Kensington Montessori of Laguna Niguel! The school is accepting students ages 18 months through 6 years. The celebration is completely free and will include games, crafts, a petting zoo, and the Boy Band “Imagine That” (two of the boys in the band attend Aliso Viejo Middle School). Event runs 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Storytime with Cynthia Callard

Center for Living Peace

4139 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

Join us in our library for Storytime with Cynthia Callard on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month! For each storytime, a story will be chosen and read aloud for all to enjoy.  We encourage you to bring friends and family members of all ages. All of the stories that are read have a wonderful message of love and compassion fitting for all ages. On this day we will be reading “Tivka Means Hope” by Patricia Polacco. Event runs 1:30pm – 2:00pm. This event is free but a donation of $2 – $5 is appreciated. Register online.

The OC Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

The Art Lab: Creation Stations – Play, create and explore at our self-directed creation stations. These hands-on activities emphasize divergent thinking, problem solving skills and innovation. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Event runs 10:00am – 4:00pm in the Great Park Artists Studios.

Farmer’s Market – Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Market runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free parking and admission.

Miracle on Main Street

Downtown Huntington Beach

200 Main St.

Huntington Beach, CA 92684

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when HB Downtown fills the 2nd block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, and refreshments. The event starts on the street with entertainment beginning at 2pm with Tuba Christmas, benefiting the Harvey Phillips Foundation. The stage performers begin at 4pm with Sunshine Generation, APA’s Surf City Singers, and the world-famous All-American Boys Chorus. Hot cocoa and refreshments also start at 4pm. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6pm to help light our much-loved Christmas Tree. Santa stays around so boys and girls, young and old, have a chance to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas, and pose for pictures with Santa and the tree. This is a FREE event open to the public, from 2pm-7pm.

Family Fun at the Museum

Irvine Historical Museum

5 San Joaquin

Irvine, CA 92612

Go back in time to learn about what Irvine was like and how people lived before becoming a city in 1971. Irvine Historical Society Docents share the past through crafts and stories in these free programs. The summer programs feature Native American tales; the fall features Pioneer life. Event runs 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Parent participation required with children. Program is free but space is limited; registration required for each family member. Ages 5+. Supplies fee: $5. Note: Register at using course #155682.

Princess Parables Tea Party

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

During this season of thankfulness, dress your little princes and princesses in their party best for a tea party, where the princesses from the Princess Parable will teach them party manners, discuss thankfulness and Godly character, and read a story from the Princess Parables series. Author Jeanna Young and the princesses will be happy to sign any Princess Parables books you purchase! $10/prince or princess. Ages 3+. RSVP is required. This festive event will sell out, so RSVP soon! Event runs 3:00pm – 4:00pm.



Reminder – Always call or check the website to confirm time and place — and to ensure these events are not cancelled due to rain or some other circumstance.  

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