By Erica Winter
Thursday is the new Friday for college students. But finding worthwhile events in and around orange County isn’t always easy. So leave it to us.
Every week, we’ll comb through local and regional event calendars and drop suggestions for what to do here just in time for the weekend:
Best Coast Beer Fest
Best Coast Beer Fest hosts about 7,500 people to sample more than 200 beers from over 80 craft breweries all while benefiting Cancer for College. Cancer for College is a nonprofit helping cancer patients and survivors by providing college scholarships. Guests will be able to enjoy local cuisine, bands and a movie screening in the evening.
WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 1-8 p.m.
WHERE: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego, 92101
The Swallows Day Parade
The 58th annual Swallows Day Parade is here. The parade is part of Fiesta de la Golondrinas, which is a month long event that celebrates the return of the swallows each year. The parade pays tribute to the old western aspect that the town used to be for newer residents. This parade is the largest non-motorized parade. Along with the parade, The Swallows Day Mercado street fair will be going on. There guests can eat, drink and enjoy games.
WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m.
WHERE: El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano Mission, San Juan Capistrano, 92675
COST: Prices may vary based on purchases
Helpful Honda Pet Adoption
SoCal Honda is hosting its 5th annual Helpful Honda Pet Adoption. Pets from multiple adoption services like the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, Barks of Love and the Los Angeles Animal Services will be available to take home. Not only will there be pets available for adoption, but pet owners are able to bring their pets for complimentary dog washes as well as leashes and food bowls.
WHEN: Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHERE: 18000 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, 92647
Santa Ana Spring Family Festival
Spring is coming our way and so is the Santa Ana Spring Family Festival. This is the 11th annual festival hosted by Fiesta de Carnival. Food, drinks and rides will be provided for guests who attend. There will also be dance shows and bands performing throughout the event.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 5-10 p.m.
WHERE: Jerome Park – Mcfadden & Center St, Santa Ana, 92704