Orange County

Weekend roundup

March 30 – April 2


Fountain Valley Farmers Market

Farmers Market by the Sea

April 1. The Laguna Beach Farmers Market is a picturesque destination to shop for locally sourced ingredients for your home. From fresh flowers to organic, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, and more, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the most beloved farmers markets in the area. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lot 12, 521 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach.

Aliso Viejo Community Association’s Annual Spring Celebration

April 1. This weekend, a beautiful Spring celebration awaits you with plenty of activities to enjoy. Community booths, balloon twisters, face painters, visits with Peter Rabbit, egg hunts, and more will be available for all to partake in. Registration is required for egg hunts and can be done so here. Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m. Grand Park, 6101 City Lights Dr, Aliso Viejo.

The Ecology Center’s Annual Strawberry U-Pick

Begins Mar. 30. The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano’s 28-acre farm and education center, is hosting its annual Strawberry U-Pick interactive farm experience. Embrace the colorful abundance of spring with the only Regenerative Organic Certified™ strawberries available in Southern California, open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 32701 Alipaz St, San Juan Capistrano.

Food + Drink

Beers Come to Heritage BBQ

Now Available. At long last, San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Barbecue is ready to start pouring its own craft brews to pair with its award-winning craft barbecue. Guests can now enjoy 12 craft beers on tap at the SJC location from award-winning brewmaster Michael Aubochon from Heritage Barbecue & Beer Co.’s Oceanside brewery. Times vary. 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano.

Everywhere Beer Co. Grand Opening

Thirsty Thursday Showdown

Mar. 30. Watch and enjoy as Unsung Brewing Co. competes against Everywhere in the Thirsty Thursday Championship. Both breweries will be present, and flights of their craft beers will be available for guests to enjoy while they eat, drink, and take in the rooftop views of 4th Street as they wait for a champion to be crowned. Pours starts Friday at 6 p.m. 305 E 4th St STE 200, Santa Ana.

Softies Pop-up Event

Mar. 31. Softies Burgers and Able Coffee Roasters are collaborating for a pop-up event on Friday night. Able Coffee Roasters is dedicated to creating job opportunities for individuals with disabilities, while Softies will be serving up their highly sought-after burgers and other dishes to support the cause. This event is running Friday, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2736 Nutwood Ave D, Fullerton.

Hop Into Easter Specials

Available Now. Cocoa Parlor, the award-winning local chocolate shop based in Laguna Niguel, is now offering limited-time Easter holiday treats. These include Pink Raspberry Bunnies, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter-filled Bullfrogs, and other delectable options made from vegan, organic chocolate couverture. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 31161 Niguel Road Suite A, Laguna Niguel.

Arts + Culture

ArtWalk summer

DTSA Art Walk

April 1. Taking place the first Saturday of each month, the DTSA Art Walk is a free, all-ages, community-based art showcase. Join friends and neighbors for live music, live art, dancing under the stars, and over 20 art galleries and studios featuring rotating exhibits and more. Saturday, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.For details on the walk, including locations and more, please visit


What’s It Worth?

April 1. Don’t be fooled this April Fools Day as John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers, in partnership with the Laguna Art Museum, invites the public to have up to five items professionally valued. Appraisers at John Moran Auctioneers will provide a verbal valuation of your treasures. Tickets, as well as a full list of items eligible for an appraisal, can be found here. Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Photo credits: Cocoa Parlor courtesy of JS2 Public Relations. Laguna Art Museum and The Ecology Center courtesy of The ACE Agency. Heritage Barbecue courtesy of FWD Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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