Swarms of butterflies are invading inland sections of Southern California as a result of an unusually heavy migration of a common species making its way from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to breed, experts say.

About 1 billion butterflies, known as Painted Ladies, are flying at speeds of 20 miles per hour in a northerly direction from the deserts of Mexico to reach breeding grounds in Oregon, according to several sources in different newspapers.  

Here in Orange County we are seeing this magnificent phenomenon - and if you were wondering what was happening - well, that's that. The volume this year is definitely unusual - with many of us experiencing these swarms of butterflies these past days. 

Also, we are spotting many of the orange and…

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Are you ready? The 61st Annual Swallows Day Parade ( Fiesta de las Golondrinas) is coming back in a few days! This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am. The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.

This event is happening rain or shine, so mark your calendar! 

  • When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
  • Where: Downtown San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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Have you bought your ticket for the California Wine Festival in Dana Point?

Wine, food, music, sea and sun. These elements create the quintessential wine tasting experience at the California Wine Festival – Orange County in Dana Point. At this sunny seaside setting, California’s best wineries pour hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of the region’s top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers along with live music and an ocean view. Experience one of the California's most popular wine festivals.

There's two events to choose from:

The "Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting"  where guests are invited sip on fine wines and taste a variety of delicacies at the Dana Point Yacht Club.  This is an elegant resort…

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We have a rainy weekend coming up - and if you are looking for places celebrating the Lunar New Year - we have a couple of indoor ideas :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Ring in the Lunar New Year with heartwarming traditions and wishes for a wonderful future! This year is the year of the Pig!

  • 37th Annual Tet Festival: The world’s largest Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival returns to the OC Fair & Events Center this year. The event features traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, traditional customs, and more. February 8-10, 2019.
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Celebrate the Year of the Pig through Eastern and Western music as the center celebrates this annual festival observed by Asian cultures in Orange County and around the…

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Back again this year, a tradition of 48 years! The Dana Point Festival of whales is a two fun-filled weekends, March 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2019 . The Festival is free to attend and there are several different activities that have different costs throughout both weekends.

The Festival kicks off with the Whale Parade - on March 2nd at 10am. This is our local - small town - famous parade!

The parade embraces the Festival’s theme of Magical Migration with parade floats and entries decorating in an ocean/whale theme and costumes. Giant helium parade balloons of a Blue Whale, Orca and many other sea life creatures fill the air over head during the parade. The parade promptly begins at 10 AM with a route along Pacific Coast Highway beginning at Selva Road and…

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Thinking of enrolling your child in one of the Spanish Immersion Schools offered by the Capistrano District in South Orange County? There's a new program starting at RH Dana Elementary in the upcoming school year 2019-2020.

Parents, students and community members have three chances to learn more about RH Dana Elementary School’s Spanish Dual Immersion Program through a series of informational meetings.

Under the language immersion instruction, students would be taught in English 50 percent of the time and in Spanish the other 50 percent. The transition will be introduced in the 2019-2020 school year, starting with the kindergarten class, which will carry the program through each subsequent grade level. The Capistrano Unified School District Board of…

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Are you looking for something festive to do this weekend in Orange County? There's so many, we are listing our favorites or our staff's picks.

Follow the links for more information on each of them. Enjoy!


Boat Parade of Lights - at Dana Point : 

Dress warm and come see this beautiful display of lights!


When: December 14th and 15th - festivities start at 4:30p.m., parade starts at 7:30p.m.


Holiday Storytelling at the Ritz Carlton:

Storytelling is held in the Eco-Adventure Center.


When: December 14 and 15 from 5 to 6 p.m.


Casa Kids: Gingerbread House…

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It's a Western Wonderland! The 44th Annual Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights will sail into the Harbor on Friday & Saturday, December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2018.

When: December 7,8,14 & 15

Festivities Begin at 4:30pm, Boat Parade Starts at 7:30pm


Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for the awards of Judges Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries. They light up the evening with their amazing boats as they parade throughout the Harbor.

In celebration of our 44 years of lighting the holiday season up, this year’s theme will power up with “A WESTERN WONDERLAND”. Join us as…

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From the city of San Clemente - Santa's Village by the Sea information! 

A Magical Evening of Family Fun & Shopping in San Clemente - RAIN OR SHINE!
City Tree Lighting & Santa's Arrival at 5 p.m.
Join the City of San Clemente, Downtown Business Association, and Casa Romantica for an evening of holiday cheer, including children's activities, Santa visits, downtown shopping, snow hill sledding, and more!

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Orange County Turkey Trots 2018This year the Turkey Trot is happening a little earlier in November and some of you may not be ready for it - so here's a small list of Thanksgiving Turkey Trots happening around us right here in the OC. Get ready to move those legs and have a little exercise before getting stuffed! 

Note: All of these "Turkey Trots" are on Thursday November 22nd 2018 and they all have different costs per participant, and cost vary depending on type of race or age. Check the websites below for more information on each of them.

  • The Orange County Rescue Mission Turkey Trot 5k

 The Orange County Rescue Mission will be hosting its 3rd Annual Turkey Trot OC 5k Run/Walk at the Village of Hope in Tustin on November 24, 2016. This special event will be held…

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