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Watch parties for the UCLA-USC football game: Nov. 18, 5PM
USC Watch Parties
North O.C.: Buffalo Wild Wings in Orange and Tavern and Bowl at Triangle Square in Costa Mesa – 1500 E. Village Way, The Village at Orange, Orange
South O.C. Tavern and Bowl at Triangle Square, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949-438-2320, tavernbowl.com; octrojans.com
UCLA Watch Parties
The Orange County Bruins will not be hosting a game watch party, but the UCLA Football vs. USC game will be available to watch at:
Baja Sharkeez – 114 Mc Fadden Pl., Newport Beach
Signature Sports Bar & Restaurant – 30100 Town Center Dr., Laguna Niguel
Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill – 801 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach
Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill – 210 Fifth St., Huntington Beach
Surf Dog’s Sports Grill – 5932 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach
Newport Rib Co. – 2196 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa
109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade: Dec. 13-17
More than a million people will watch heavily decorated boats from yachts to canoes sail the harbor. Grab a bar spot at harborside restaurants for the daily 6:30 p.m. start. christmasboatparade.com.
South Coast Repertory’s Inside the Season: Jan. 27
Get the inside scoop from the cast and crew of the stage version of “Shakespeare in Love” during the morning Inside the Season session at 10:30 a.m. ($12) before catching a matinee of the play.
655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-5555, scr.org
Laguna Beach Music Festival, world premiere of “Diaries: The Art of the Confessional”: Feb. 10
American tenor Nicholas Phan turns Leoš Janácek’s “Diary of One Who Disappeared” into an exploration of the enduring power of love in a multimedia event.
606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-553-2422, philharmonicsociety.org
St. Patrick’s Day: March 17
Long lauded for its July 4th debauchery, Newport Beach knows how to celebrate Irish Americans, too. Pub crawls begin at Malarky’s, which opens at 6 a.m. with a line around the block.
3011 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-675-2340, malarkyspub.com
Corgi Beach Day: April 7
Billed as “the biggest corgi pawty on the planet,” the free Huntington Beach event features more than 1,100 corgis in meet-and-greets, contests, and more.
100 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach, socalcorgibeachday.com
Battle of Mariachis Festival at the Mission: May 12
Mariachi groups from across Southern California compete for prizes in this 14th-annual event—which sells out every year ($15).
26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949-234-1300, missionsjc.com
Huntington Beach Pier Swim: TBD
For 68 years, Surf City’s young and old have jumped in the ocean for a swim around the iconic pier to support the city’s parks ($25). Bragging rights and prizes are up for grabs, too.
Huntington Beach Pier, 30 Main St., 714-960-8870, surfcity-hb.org
Vans US Open of Surfing: TBD
The homegrown competition—which a local won in 2017—is a spectacle that draws more than 700,000 fans over two weekends.
Huntington Beach Pier, 30 Main St., vansusopenofsurfing.com
The OC Fair: TBD
All the fried food you can imagine, plus a vairety of music acts, paid and free, and everything from carnival rides to pig races to farm animals.
714-708-1500, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, ocfair.com
International Street Fair: Labor Day weekend
This rowdy fundraising event supports local nonprofits that sell international food and drink on the streets of Old Towne Orange, and a whopping nine stages host live music.
Plaza Park, Orange, orangestreetfair.org
Oktoberfest: Monthlong festivities
No one does this German festival quite like Old World Huntington Beach—self-proclaimed “Orange County’s Biggest Party since 1977!”—with import German beers and German bands.
Old World German Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714-895-8020, oldworld.ws