February is a time for lovers, and apparently, a time for runners. From charity marathons to ideas for romancing your sweetheart this Valentine's Day -- here's a guide to February events in Orange County, California.
Where: Downtown Huntington Beach
The International Surfing Museum joins Team Up For Down Syndrome for this event featuring surf activities for youths with Down Syndrome. There will also be a silent auction, a live auction a cocktail hour and dinner, followed by a live musical performance.
Where: San Juan Capistrano Community Center This charity car show, in it’s ninth year, features food, music, local vendors and vintage cars. The event is also the final stop for the Dr. Joseph Cortese Memorial Mortorcycle Poker Run, which begins at Orange County Harley Davidson in Irvine. Admission is $40 after January 27 and early registration is recommended.
Where: PCH/Huntington St This marathon and half-marathon event is the first in the Beach Cities Challenge series. The race course starts westbound on PCH in front of the Waterfront Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, north on Seapoint and through Huntington Beach Central Park, back south to the beachfront path at Bolsa Chica State Beach, and ends just north of the start. There is also live entertainment along the course and at the Michalebe Ultra beer garden. Spaces for the half-marathon are completely sold out. However, there are a few more charity marathon spaces with proceeds benefiting the Free Wheelchair Mission. See the website for additional details.
If you haven’t locked down your plans for this Valentines Day, you’d better get cracking. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, a classic dinner date or a lover’s only concert -- here are some ideas for celebrating Valentines Day with that special someone in your life.
Where: Laguna Beach
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Laguna Live! present this week-long music festival featuring classical concerts from emerging and establish musicians across four venues. Performances by Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer and more. Concert and special event tickets are sold individually and start at $35. Visit the website for event details.
Where: San Juan Hills Golf Club
Kick of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas (of the Festival of Swallows) with this foodie event that brings together more than 20 of San Juan Capinstrano’s local restaurateurs under one roof. Admission is $20 and includes all tastings.
Where: O.C. Fair & Event Center
The Gem Faire comes to Costa Mesa for three days of beads, gems, fine jewelry, jewelry sizing and cleaning. Hours are Friday noon to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for a weekend pass; children 12 and under admitted for free.
Where: Anaheim Convention Center
Scrapbooking enthusiasts are invited to this event featuring all things scrapbooking. From paper goods and other scrapbooking supplies to workshops and social scrapbooking activities. General admission is $9; however, additional charges may apply for workshopss and other activities. See the website for complete schedule and details.
Where: Lake Forrest
This event features multi-length runs including a 5k, a 10k, a half-marathon a full marathon and other endurance races. Each race is capped at 25 people and registration is open through Feb 24. Visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
The top 100 restaurants in of Orange County’s feature prix fixe menus during this week-long foodie event. Restaurant week kicks off with an exclusive launch party at Newport Beach Lexus, where guests will be treated to wine tastings from 20 Temecula Wineries. Other special events include Dinner and a Show in partnership with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and a special restaurant gift-card giveaway worth more than $600. Visit the website for additional details.