Top Orange County Things to Do in February

Surf City USA Marathon in Huntington Beach

Captivating theater and music festivals, figure skating championships, cocktail competitions and lots more…check out our list of 20+ top Orange County things to do this February.

Edited by Laura Okey.

Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon
Feb. 1-3. Run on Pacific Coast Highway past the famous Huntington Beach Pier and wind through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California in the Surf City USA Marathon. Retro surf bands will entertain along the way as you make your way to the finish line party, which includes a Sand Bar. Finishers receive medals. See website for races and registration details. 21100 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 888.422.0786.

Lunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente
Feb. 2. Celebrate the year of the pig with epic dragon and lion dances, martial art demos, traditional Chinese music and over 50 performers at The Outlets at San Clemente. The Lunar New Year celebration features interactive activities to enjoy while you shop. 1-2 p.m. Free. Outlets at San Clemente, Oak Tree Court, 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.

Bonsai Show & Workshop
Feb. 2-3. Sherman Library & Gardens and Orange Empire Bonsai Society present a bonsai exhibition that includes the Winter Silhouette Bonsai along with a variety of others available for sale. Join in on an exclusive two-hour workshop to learn the basics of initial tree designing, wiring, and repotting of a Juniperous Prostrata. Pre-registration required. Call for pricing. Show Sa-Su 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; workshop Sa 11 a.m. Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Bash on the Beach
Feb. 4. Orange County’s top bartenders take their shot at being chosen the “best OC craft bartender” at the second annual craft cocktail competition hosted by Huntington Beach’s Pacific Hideaway. Bartenders will showcase their best Aperol and Cynar cocktails and put to the test with a surprise liquor in the final round. 2018’s reigning champion and lead bartender at Pacific Hideaway, Casey Lions, will be among this year’s judges. Come and watch the action while enjoying food, cocktails and live music. 5-9 p.m. Free. Pacific Hideaway, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.965.4448.

Shanghai Nights at Queen Mary celebrates the Chinese New Year with acrobatic artistry.

Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights
Feb. 5. Celebrate the year of the pig aboard the majestic Queen Mary with traditional Chinese cuisine and entertainment, including Chinese martial arts, acrobatic artistry, and traditional music and dance. Tickets include dinner and entertainment. 6-10 p.m. $99+, $59.99 children ages 4-11. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.

Chef Battle Orange County
Feb. 6. The inaugural Chef Battle Orange County Tournament Series features a one-hour competition to name Orange County’s best chef, who will advance to the West Coast regional chef battle. Admission includes live entertainment, food samples, voting ballots, plus two sponsored drink tickets. Cash bar available. 21+. 6 p.m. $40-$80. Envy Lounge, 4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. Tickets

Laguna Beach Music Festival 
Feb. 6-10. Enjoy a week-long festival dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring internationally acclaimed classical and contemporary musicians and artists. See website for complete schedule. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship
Feb. 7-10. See top athletes from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania competing in singles, pairs and ice dancing. See website for competition schedule and categories. Th 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; F 11:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Su 1 p.m., 6 p.m. $25+. Parking $20-25. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

UVSA Tet Festival
Feb. 8-10. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the 38th annual UVSA Tet Festival. Themed “Stories of our Heritage,” the event features more than 150 exhibitors, delicious ethnic foods, cultural displays, live entertainment, and carnival rides and attractions. F 4-10 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $6 GA, $9 parking. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.388.6711.

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019
Feb. 8-10. Enjoy performances from some of the biggest names in reggae, including headliners Rebelution, Stick Figure (Friday), Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads (Saturday) and Subline with Rome (Sunday). Over 50 other artists also perform, including Iration, Fortunate Youth and Pepper. See website for complete schedule and lineup. $85+. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

Lizzie, The Musical
Opens Feb. 9. Enjoy the regional premier of punk-rock opera Lizzie, The Musical, to kick off Chance Theater’s 21s anniversary season. The musical explores the bloody unsolved mystery of Lizzie Borden, who was accused of brutally killing her father and stepmother in 1892, then acquitted by a jury of her peers. See website for show times. $35-$49. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.

Rotary-CARE Car Show
Feb. 9. See an expansive display of more than 400 antique vehicles, including classic cars and trucks, and a popular New-Car Row showcasing some of the latest car models to hit the market. Enjoy local vendors, entertainment and food at this family- and pet- friendly event. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-$20. San Juan Capistrano Community Center, Sports Park, 25925 Camino del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, 949.547.9081.

Spring Exhibitions at Irvine Fine Arts Center
Opens Feb. 9. The Irvine Fine Arts Center opens two spring exhibitions, one exploring the human condition through animal tableaus, and the other showcasing nature. The concurrently running exhibitions will kick off with an opening reception for the public. Sa 4-6 p.m. Free. Heritage Community Park, 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, 949.724.6880.

Tour de Napa: A Tasting of the Valley’s Finest
Feb. 9. Sample 100 different wines from Napa Valley’s finest wineries while enjoying live music, light bites, and vintage cars at the Crevier Classic Cars museum. Participants include Cakebread, Louis Martini, and Rombauer. Wines purchased at the event are available for a 10 percent discount. 4:30-7 p.m. $100. Crevier Classic Cars, 365 Clinton St., Costa Mesa.

KISS: End of The Road World Tour
Feb. 12. See the rock legends on their epic final tour ever, celebrating their storied 45-year career. Expect their larger-than-life performances and iconic age-old hits. 7:30 p.m. $36+. Parking $20-$25. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

Panic! At The Disco
Feb. 14. Grammy-nominated band Panic! At The Disco brings their North American tour to Honda Center, playing hits from their critically acclaimed fifth album, Death of A Bachelor. Opening performances by Two Feet and Betty Who. 7 p.m. $57+. Parking $20-$25. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

Red Hot Singles Party 
Feb. 14. Red Bar and Lounge is throwing a Valentine’s Day singles party complete with a local DJ, perfectly crafted cocktails, delicious bar bites, and the perfect ambiance to mingle with singles or meet up with friends. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Hotel Irvine, Red Bar & Lounge, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6757.

Kid’s Pet Parade
Feb. 16. Bring your favorite pets to play and compete for titles such as cutest, most unusual and most obedient. A special judges award will give the opportunity to be in the Swallows Day Parade. All pets must be leashed, haltered or caged. For children ages 5-12. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 entry fee. Los Rios Park, 31747 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976.

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games at Queen Mary

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI
Feb. 16-17. Celebrate the annual games with professional and amateur competitions in darts, piping, drumming, massed bands, Highland dancing and Highland athletics, hosted by the North American Pro Atheletes. Daily festivities include border collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations and historic reenactments. Whiskey and Scotch tasting sessions with aged malt experts are available for adult festival goers (additional cost). 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $25 GA, $12 ages 4-11. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

James and the Giant Peach
Opens Feb. 17. See the popular stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book, James and the Giant Peach, featuring music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team behind La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen and Dogfight. See website for showtimes. $24-$30. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.

Paws Fur Pink Run
Feb. 17. Run, walk or wag your way to a cure with your four-legged family members at the annual Paws Fur Pink Run. Additional activities include a FURever Yours Expo with yoga in the park and a PAWsitively Pink costume contest. 7:30 a.m. $15-$45. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange.

Julliard String Quartet
Feb. 21. Hear the new first violinist with Julliard String Quartet, Areta Zhulia, make her West Coast debut in a performance presented by Musco Center for the Arts. The Julliard String Quartet returns to the campus to showcase their fresh new sound. 7:30 p.m. $25-$45. Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell St., Orange, 844.626.8726.

Photos: Surf City Marathon courtesy Motiv Running. Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights courtesy Wushu Shaolin Entertainment. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games courtesy Queen Mary.