1. Mar 3-4, 10-11,
    47th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales
    One of Southern California’s largest maritime celebrations, the Dana Point Festival of Whales draws more than 100,000 visitors each year to pay homage to the annual migration of the gray whales along the West Coast. Information: 949.496.1045 or festivalofwhales.com.
  2. Mar 24
    60th Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire
    The Swallows Day Parade is part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas, or Festival of the Swallows, a celebration of the return of the migratory songbird to Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day. During the parade, the Mercado Street Faire will also be taking place, where the whole family can go to eat, dance, play and shop.
  3. Mar 4-10
    Orange County Restaurant Week
    Celebrating 10 years, Orange County Restaurant Week returns with a great lineup of incredible culinary experiences. This year’s participating eaters include local favorites like Sundried Tomato American Bistro and Catering in San Juan Capistrano; Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano; and Tortilla Republic in Laguna Beach.
  1. Through Mar 18
    The Graduate at The Laguna Playhouse
    Based on the iconic novel by Charles Webb and the film in 1967, “The Graduate” is a cultural mainstay even today. This stage adaption features Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith stars in the iconic role of Mrs. Robinson in Laguna Playhouse’s production. Runs through March 18. Information: lagunaplayhouse.com or 949.497.2787.
  2. Mar 20
    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Pretend City
    The luck of the Irish is celebrated at Pretend City with a fun-filled day of activities, including a treasure hunt leading to a pot of gold, storytelling, leprechaun-hunting and a parade at the end of the day. Location: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine Information: pretendcity.org or 949.428-3900
  3. Mar 4-10
    San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
    Presented by Left Coast Brewing Co. and the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, the San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest will surely be a must-attend event for beer lovers. Featuring brews from all over Southern California, including San Clemente’s own Left Coast Brewing Co., attendees sip on 12 4-ounce craft beer samples while enjoying great fare provided by local food trucks. Must be 21 to be admitted.