Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of yet another bouquet of flowers, surprise the most important woman in your life with a day filled with good old-fashioned So Cal fun. From the Latin flair of Cinco de Mayo to tasty beer & wine extravaganzas, you’ll find the best springtime happenings right here.
Estancia at Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe
For an elegant evening of dinner, drinks and dancing, reserve your place at Rancho Santa Fe’s annual Denim & Diamonds Gala on Saturday, May 21 at the Del Mar Country Club.
The event kicks off at 5:30 and will feature a silent and live auction to benefit the Community Center.
Sea Summit in San Clemente
This year’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place on Sunday, May 1st from noon to 4 at Max Berg Plaza Park.
Get in touch with your Mexican roots and boogie down with live mariachi, cumbia and ballet folklórico. Watch the salsa dancers and enjoy deliciously authentic Mexican food. Games, booths and face painting will be available for the little ones.
Lighthouse & Superior Pointe in Costa Mesa
Eat Your Science Live at Segerstrom Hall is a show unlike any other. Alton Brown’s interactive show combines music, surprising antics, multi-media presentations and an odd combination of science and food.
Critics and fans alike have acclaimed this follow-up to his smash hit “Edible Inevitable” tour and he’s coming to Costa Mesa on Friday, May 13.
Embrace your inner Monet at the Mother’s Day Dessert & Paint Night at Orange County’s Great Park. A local artist guides participants through a step-by-step painting exercise before everyone puts their brushes and easel away to enjoy a sweet treat and a thrilling balloon ride!
Register online for Friday May 6th or Saturday May 7th, 7-9pm.
Magnolia in West Covina
Benefitting Inter-Community, Queen of the Valley, and Foothill Presbyterian Hospitals, the annual Corks & Forks Fine Wine & Craft Beer Festival is an excellent way to express your altruism – with a yummy glass of Chardonnay in one hand and delicious food in the other.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 6-9pm at The Farm at Fairplex. Discounted ticketing available for advance reservations.
Aficionados of Latin American dance won’t want to miss out on the 2016 Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition, May 7-8 at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
This free event attracts judges and participants from Mexico and is truly fun for the entire family. More than 3 dozen bands will be on hand to perform and 15 restaurants will provide spice and flavor to the celebration.
Echo56 in Newport Beach
From May 22-24, the Balboa Bay Resort plays sommelier for the region’s most prominent wine jubilee. The 12th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival is “the” place to pop a few corks and swill the area’s top whites and reds.
Taste, sip and savor – and delight in the finest cheeses & other wine accompaniments.
Seagrove in Carlsbad
The Carlsbad Village Street Faire. is the largest such single day event in the nation. Save the date for May 1st and plan for a morning & afternoon of clothing, art, antiques and a gigantic international food court. The faire runs from 8am to 5pm and is set to feature more than 900 individual vendors.
Camden Square in Foothill Ranch
Explore Orange County’s Mexican & Native American heritage through dance, music, art and refreshments. Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park takes place Sunday May 1st from 11am-3pm. General admission is free but certain crafts/activities do carry a small fee.
Sol y Mar in Rancho Palos Verdes
Craft beer. Fine wine. Delicious food. Where do I sign up? Coming to Ernie Howlett Park on May 15th, the 3rd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival is the destination for uncovering the area’s best small batch wineries and brew companies.