Greater Anaheim has festivities taking place all through the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.
The list below presents an overview of the major events in the Anaheim area.
- College Baseball
- From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
- CSU Fullerton Titans, CSU Long Beach 49ers, CSU Los Angeles Golden Eagles, CSU Northridge Matadors, Loyola Marymount Lions, UC Irvine Anteaters, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans
- Amp'd Mobile Supercross
- Angel Stadium is the site for these exciting motorcycle races each January.
To make reservations and purchase tickets, click here.
- Santa Ana Artists Village Open House
- In Santa Ana, the first Saturday each month gets lively at the Artists Village Open House, a free event attracting up to 1,500 from throughout Orange County to experience some 150 participating studios and galleries. Call (714) 571-4229 for more information.
- Seal Beach Cleanups
- Everyone's welcome the fourth Saturday of each month for clean-ups at the beach. Parking passes, protective gloves, trash bags and refreshments are provided. Call (562) 799-0179 for more information.
- Amp'd Mobile and THQ Supercross
- Angel Stadium is the site for these exciting motorcycle races each February.
To make reservations and purchase tickets, click here.
- African Heritage Festival
- Celebrating diversity of African and African-American cultures, this annual celebration at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has ethnic food, arts and crafts. Call (562) 590-3100 for more information.
- Good Old Days Car Show
- For nearly two decades, Old Town Temecula has rumbled with more than 800 classy autos during the Good Old Days Car Show (formerly the Temecula Rod Run) with food and more. Call (866) 763-7469 for more information.
- Lincoln Celebration Historical Re-enactment
- Mission San Juan Capistrano hosts an annual affair featuring costumed actors focused on documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 deeding the Mission back to the people. Call (949) 234-1300 for more information.
- Annual Festival of the Whales
- For some three decades, the Festival of the Whales, with a carnival, pancake breakfast, art fest and more, has celebrated migration of the California gray whale from Alaska to Baja and back. Call (888) 440-4309 for more information.
- Glory of Easter
- This annual Easter production from late March through early April features dramatic special effects, live animals and a cast of 200 depicting the last seven days of Christ's life. Call (714) 971-4000 for more information.
- Return of the Swallows
- Heralding the annual return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano is a festival of entertainment, food, displays and ringing the Mission Bell. Call (949) 234-1300, ext. 322 for more information.
- St. Patrick's Day Celebration
- The Anaheim Farmer's Market downtown hosts an authentic celebration with Irish dancers, music and food. Call (714) 956-3586 for more information.
- Major League Baseball
- Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - To book seats to root for your Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, click here.
- Los Angeles Dodgers - To book seats for the Los Angeles Dodgers, click here.
- Major League Soccer
- There's no end to the excitement each season as Major League Soccer teams from both the eastern and western conferences vie for glory in regular season matches, on to the play offs and cup finals.
- Chivas USA - To get in on the action, and book seats for the Chivas USA, click here.
- Los Angeles Galaxy - To book seats for the Los Angeles Galaxy, click here.
- Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show
- Drawing Ford enthusiasts for nearly two decades, Knott's Berry Farm's Independence Hall parking area hosts Mustangs and other classic vehicles in a free show. Call (714) 220-5200 for more information.
- Youth Expo
- Admission is free for the annual Youth Expo at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center with exhibits, games, crafts, jazz festival, talent search, and science & engineering fair. Call (714) 708-3247 for more information.
- St. Boniface Parish Fiesta
- Unfolding downtown each April with free admission, the St. Boniface Parish Fiesta features food, rides and games. Call (714) 956-3110 for more information.
- America's Family Pet Expo
- Dogs, cats, birds, fish, llamas, pot bellied pigs, goats, rats, reptiles and more vie for attention at this annual gathering staged at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center. (800) 999-7295 for more information.
- Anaheim Children's Art Festival
- At the Center Street Promenade in late May, this day-long festival has grown since its1997 founding by the Anaheim Arts Council, and now draws about 7,000 to try projects in staffed booths. Call (714) 280-0772 for more information.
- Cinco de Mayo
- Staged the first weekend in May, a day of festivities marks the Battle Puebla when Mexican militia defeated the invading French Army. Call (714) 765-5100 for more information.
- Dog Adoption
- Many dogs of various breeds and ages will be available for adoption here. Also, we will be having raffles and snacks. Man's best friend needs your help, please become a loving family. Newport Harbor High School Call (949) 370-8484 for more information.
- Greek Festival
- Greek music, dancing, food and pastries are served during this festival staged in mid-May by the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, featuring an outdoor market, and carnival rides and games for the kids. Call (714) 827-0182 for more information.
- Flower & Garden Festival
- Mid June brings together plant and garden vendors, along with native plants by Tree of Life Nursery, artists, demonstrations and a children's garden at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Call (949) 234-1300 for more information.
- Taste of Anaheim
- Each year bigger and tastier, Anaheim's culinary tradition on the Center Street Promenade continues with ethnic food, fun and displays and participation by more than 40 restaurants. Call (714) 758-0222 for more information.
- Downtown Anaheim 5K Run
- As a fundraiser for Anaheim Memorial Hospital's NeoNatal Unit, the Downtown Anaheim 5K Run features a post-race exposition, pancake breakfast, t-shirts for participants, and nifty prizes for top winners. Call (714) 956-3586 for more information.
- Summer Food & Wine Festival
- One weeknight each June, chefs from more than 30 South Coast Plaza restaurants in Costa Mesa offer samples from critically acclaimed menus. Also showcased are California wines. Call (714) 435-2000 for more information.
- Orange County Fair
- Throughout July, this annual fair unfolds on a 160-acre facility, which also hosts a marketplace year around on Saturdays and a farmer's market on Thursdays. Call (714) 708-3247 for more information.
- Anaheim Hills 4th of July Festival & Parade
- This annual event held since 1978 in Peralta Park includes a parade, 5K/10K run/walk, pancake breakfast, dog show, food and game booths and entertainment capped by fireworks. Call (714) 765-5191 for more information.
- From early July through early September, Art-A-Fair at Laguna Beach becomes the ultimate destination for lovers of art. Call (949) 494-4514 for more information.
- Pageant of the Masters
- July and August since the early 1930's brings a juried exhibit of fine, original works by gifted artists. Call (949) 494-1145 for more information.
- IDEA World Fitness Convention
- In mid-August, the IDEA Health & Fitness Association hosts the largest gathering of fitness experts and enthusiasts in the industry, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Call (800) 999-4332 for more information.
- Saturday Car Cruisers
- At Huntington Beach, what's billed as the Best Free Car Show in the World unfolds each Saturday as classic and hot rod car collectors known as Donut Derelicts meet from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in a lot near Adams Avenue Donuts.
- Fiesta Street Fair
- Food and game booths, live music, a Salsa Challenge and more are part of the family-oriented fun at the annual Fiesta Street Fair in San Clemente. Call (949) 492-1131 for more information.
- College Football
- NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
- UCLA Bruins - To cheer on your favorities and book seats for the UCLA Bruins, click here.
- USC Trojans - To book seats for the USC Trojans, click here.
- Toshiba TallShips Festival
- Maritime exhibits and demonstrations of model boat building, wood carving, and more are at the Marine Institute. Call (949) 496-2274 for more information.
- Orange County International Auto Show
- Current model trucks, cars and sports vehicles will be on display towards the end of September, featuring live entertainment and an opportunity to test drive vehicles. Call (714) 765-8950 for more information.
- Taste of Newport
- At Fashion Island in Newport, September brings an annual three-day festival with participation by 30 restaurants, 15 wineries, and top-notch entertainment. Call (949) 729-4400 for more information.
- Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival
- A decade-long track record of music and film action pulls in crowds. Call (909) 699-8681 for more information.
- National Hockey League
- The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
- Anaheim Mighty Ducks - To book for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, click here.
- Los Angeles Kings - To book for the Los Angeles Kings, click here.
- Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
- This fun-filled annual weekend festival at the Paramount Ranch has food, entertainment, and games. Call (818) 878-4225 for more information.
- Gay Days at Disneyland
- Following the newer Mini-Gay Days in April, early October brings Gay Days at Disneyland.
- Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
- Halloween traditions spring to life in historic Anaheim with a pancake breakfast hosted by the fire department, a parade with marching bands, children's costume contest, and afternoon activities at Pearson Park. Call (714) 995-7665 for more information.
- College Basketball
- First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there's no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
- CSU Long Beach 49ers, Loyola Marymount Lions, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, CSU Fullerton Titans, CSU Los Angeles Golden Eagles, CSU Northridge Matadors, UC Irvine Anteaters, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
- CSU Long Beach 49ers - To book seats for the CSU Long Beach 49ers, click here.
- Loyola Marymount Lions - To book seats for the Loyola Marymount Lions, click here.
- UCLA Bruins - To book seats for the UCLA Bruins, click here.
- USC Trojans - To book seats for the USC Trojans, click here.
- Sawdust Winter Fantasy
- More than 130 artists offer a wide selection of original arts and crafts. Call (949) 494-3030 for more information.
- Holiday Trees at Richard Nixon Library
- The first weekend of November brings display of holiday tree decor from around the world at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Other trees include the presidential tree, the first lady Tree and the Hometown Heroes Evergreen (honoring Orange County's Vietnam War dead.) Call (714) 993-5075 for more information.
- Fight Night
- This annual professional boxing exhibition at Arrowhead Pond takes place in late November. Call (714) 704-2600 for more information.
- Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
- More than 200 decorated boats cruise Newport Harbor in a dazzling week-long boat parade that is the largest, oldest parade of its kind in southern California. Call (714) 729-4400 for more information.
- Nutcracker Festival
- The Nutcracker Festival, on the first Saturday in December, is staged in the Center Street Promenade. Call (714) 956-3586 for more information.
- John R. Wooden Classic
- Hoop dreams in collegiate basketball unfold during annual competition at Arrowhead Pond the first weekend in December. Call (714) 704-2500 for more information.