Special Events


Beethoven1Beethoven: The Late Great

Feb. 8-May 18. View rare Beethoven artifacts curated by Dr. William Meredith, Director of the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University, including a personal letter and drafts of personal scores in Beethoven’s own handwriting from the Library of Congress never exhibited on the West Coast. The show marks the Philharmonic Society of OC’s 60th anniversary. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

Jolly-Cones_pressWayne Thiebaud: American Memories Exhibit

Feb. 23-Jun. 1. View work by the artist celebrated for his depictions of everyday objects such as pies, cakes and pinball machines, as well as San Francisco cityscapes and Sacramento Valley landscapes. This exhibit showcases nearly 60 paintings and prints from all periods of the artist’s career, including a painting created in 2014, which has never before been publically displayed. Through June 1. M-Tu and F-Sa 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th until 9 p.m.; closed W. $7.  Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971. lagunaartmuseum.org

Chinatown-BowersThe Lure of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities

Apr. 12-Aug. 31. Learn how artists have played a pivotal role in documenting the historical changes and contributed to the perception of California’s Chinatowns and their residents. Composed of paintings from the 19th-20th Centuries that reveal artists’ interest, curiosity, idealism and romanticism with the subject. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

Festival-of-WhalesFestival of Whales

Mar. 1-2, 8-9. 43rd annual festival celebrates the migration of the California gray whale. Parade, street fairs, concerts, crafts and marine-mammal cruises. Call for hours. Free. Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, 949.496.1045. festivalofwhales.com

OC-Music-AwardsOrange County Music Awards

Mar. 8. The county’s music industry gathers to honor achievements by local artists in 26 categories. Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700. ocmusicawards.com



Mar. 10-16. Legendary PGA players compete. Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m. $25. Newport Beach Country Club, 1600 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.644.9550. toshibaclassic.com


Swallows-ParadeReturn of the Swallows Parade

Mar. 22. Event salutes storied annual bird visit from Argentina. 11 a.m. Free. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976. swallowsparade.com


Newport-Boat-ShowNewport Boat Show

Apr. 3-6. 40th annual in-the-water show at Lido Marina Village. Th noon-7 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, 12 and under free. Free parking/shuttle from Newport Health Center, 500 Superior Ave., and Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive. 949.757.5959. newportinwaterboatshow.com

NBFFNewport Beach Film Festival

Apr. 24-May 1. More than 350 films including features, shorts, documentaries and animation, as well as sessions with directors and screenwriters and galas. Jury and audience awards. 949.253.2880. newportbeachfilmfest.com

NB-to-Ensenada-RaceNewport Beach to Ensenada Race

Apr. 25-27. World’s largest yacht race; about 200 boats compete. Best views from Corona del Mar coastal cliffs and Balboa Pier. Noon start. 949.644.1023. newporttoensenada.com 


Keb-Mo-Doheny-Blues-FestivalDoheny Blues Festival

May 17-18. Live blues, rock and R&B on three stages. Meet performers at the music store. Microbrew tasting. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.360.7800. dohenybluesfestival.com

Strawberry-FestivalGarden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 23-26. Parade, carnival rides, strawberry cake-cutting ceremony. F 1-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m., M until 9 p.m. Free. Rides from $1. Village Green between Main and Euclid streets, Garden Grove, 714.638.0981. strawberryfestival.org 



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