2019 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

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It’s that time of year again to celebrate the Holidays in Newport Beach. What better way to celebrate than going to view the famous Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

This year’s parade will kick off Wednesday, December 18th and conclude on Sunday, December 22nd. The parade will begin each night around 6:30pm and end around 9pm.

  • Opening Night: Wednesday, December 18th
    • Fireworks: 6:15pm at Newport Pier
    • Marina Park
      • Special activities, food vendors and entertainment to include:
    • Boat Parade: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Thursday, December 19th
    • Boat Parade: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Friday, December 20th
    • Boat Parade: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Saturday, December 21st
    • Boat Parade: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Closing Night: Sunday, December 22nd
    • Boat Parade: 6:30pm-9pm
    • Fireworks: 9:05pm at Balboa Pier (just after the parade concludes)

For information regarding parade and where to view please visit: Newport Beach Boat Parade.

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Maintenance Must Dos

Is your home in need of a little tender loving care? Here is a few maintenance must dos according to Realtor.com. Any maintenance goes a long way in the end to help your home look and feel it’s best!

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Source: Realtor.com

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Spook Without the Fright: Halloween Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

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We are in the final countdown to Halloween, and that means there will be many spooky activities going on leading up to October 31st. Below are some of the events that Newport Beach has to offer:

  • Thursday, October 24th
    • Fairy Tales and Magic Crafts
      • Where: Corona del Mar  Library – 410 Marigold Avenue, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
      • Time: 3:30-4:30pm
      • Come and enjoy some magical fairy tale crafting! All ages welcome. No registration required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Source: Newport Beach Public Library

  • Saturday, October 26th
    • 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular
      • Where: Grant Howard Park – 3000 Fifth Avenue, Corona del Mar, CA 92626
      • Time: 4:00-7:00pm
      • Activities include: Trunk-or-Treat, Haunted Maze, Games, Bounce Houses, Food Trucks, and Costume Prizes!

3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular Flier
Source: City of Newport Beach

  • Tuesday, October 29th
    • Ghoulish Crafts
      • Where: Crean Mariners Branch Library – 1300 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
      • Time: 4:00-5:00pm
      • Come and make crafts for Halloween! Ages 3 and up. No registration required. First come, first served.

Source: Newport Beach Public Library

  • Wednesday, October 30th
    • Spooky Stories
      • Where: Balboa Branch Library – 100 E. Balboa Boulevard, Balboa, CA 92661
      • Time: 3:30-4:30pm
      • Spooky stories and crafts for Halloween. Costumes optional. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served.

Source: Newport Beach Public Library

  • Thursday, October 31st
    • 3rd Annual Halloween Party
      • Where: Newport Beach Public Library – Children’s Room – 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
      • Time: 4:00-5:00pm
      • Not-So-Spooky stories begin at 4pm, followed by crafts and trick-or-treating around the library. Remember to wear your costume! All ages welcome. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Source: Newport Beach Public Library

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OC Japan Fair

JapanFair1200x867One of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California will be going on next weekend, October 18th-20th. Grab your friends & family and enjoy the experience of learning about Japanese culture! The event offers plenty of activities from shopping to craft workshops, live performances, and food. So come out to the OC Fairgrounds and experience Japanese culture!

When: Friday, October 18th • 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, October 19th • 12:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday, October 20th • 10:00am-5:00pm

Where: OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Parking: $9 Parking Fee (Gate 8 on Arlington Ave
Parking Lot I & G)

Admission: $8 Regular Admission Fee
(Online/Entrance)
Children 6 and Under are FREE
Over 65 are FREE
No Pets Allowed (Service Dogs Only)

OC Japan Fair 2019 Stage Schedule
OC Japan Fair 2019 Event Map

Source: OC Japan Fair

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In Search of the Great Pumpkin?

October is upon us, fall has descended, and Halloween is just around the corner. That can only mean one thing, the search for the great pumpkin has begun! Pumpkin patches are the perfect activity to do just that, while enjoying time with family , friends, and the community. Below are some pumpkin patches that everyone can enjoy!

Seasonal Adventures – Pumpkin Patch
Where: OC Fair & Event Center – Lot C
When: October 4th-31st
Hours: Monday-Friday 1-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am-9pm
Price: Parking is $9. Prices for activities and pumpkins vary.

The Pumpkin Patch
Where: 300 E. Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870
When: Opening Day-October 10th
Hours: Monday-Thursday 3:30pm-9pm /
Friday 3:30pm-10pm
Saturday 9am-10pm
Sunday 9am-8pm
Price: No Admission Fee

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: Irvine Regional Park
When: September 14th-October 31st
Hours: Weekdays 10am-5pm
Weekends 8am-6pm
Price: Weekday Parking $3 per vehicle
Weekend Parking $5 per vehicle
Holiday Parking $7 per vehicle.
Entrance to pumpkin patch is FREE. Activity tickets are $6 each.

Enchanted Country Pumpkins
Where: 480 N State College Blvd, Brea, CA 92821
When: Grand Opening September 28th
Hours: Check the calendar for times/closures
Price: No Entrance Fee

The Pumpkin Corral
Where: 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
When: October 3rd-31st
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday 4pm-10pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am-9pm
Price: Free Parking & Admission

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
Where: 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
When: September 21st-October 31st
Hours: Open Daily 9am-6pm
Price: $10 Parking Pass (Required on Weekends. Can reserve a spot online.)
$4 Admission (Children 2 years and under are free)
Prices vary for additional activities.

Pumpkin City
Where: 24203 Avenida del la Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
When: September 27th-October 31st
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11am-8:30pm
Friday-Sunday 10am-10pm
Price: Admission is Free

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 6701 E PCH, Long Beach, CA 90803
When: September 27th-October 31st
Hours: Weekdays 10am-9pm (Except 10/7-10/11 – 12pm-9pm)
Weekends 10am-9pm
Price: Free Parking

Source: Orange County Moms Blog

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Fourth of July Celebrations!

The Fourth of July is only days away, with many fun events for everyone to enjoy! Below are some of the great events going on in Newport Beach:

  • Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Community Festival 
    • Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
    • Where: Starts at Balboa Blvd and 36th Street – Ends at Channel Place Park
      • The parade ends with a FREE festival including: carnival games, giant slides, jump houses, food, and arts & crafts.
      • Parade participants are encouraged to decorate bikes, scooters, wagons, and strollers. Please bring dogs on leashes.
      • For more information on this event, contact the Recreation and Senior Services Department at 949-644-3151.  
  • Independence Day Parade & Celebration
    • Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Where: Mariners Park – 1300 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach
    • The parade will begin at the corner of Commodore & Mariners Drive at 10:30 a.m. and the celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the park.
    • There will be food for sale and wristbands available for purchase that allow participation in fun games and activities. Wristbands are $15 each ($10 for toddlers) and can be purchased in advance or at the event.  For more information, please visit the Mariners Foundation website at marinersfoundation.com or call the City’s Recreation and Senior Services Department at 949-644-3151.
  • Old Glory Boat Parade
    • Time: 1:00 pm
    • Where: Newport Harbor
      • See the harbor at its patriotic best as boats decorated in red, white & blue move through the water. For more information about the parade, including the best viewing locations, please contact the American Legion Yacht Club by calling 949-673-5002.
  • Fourth of July Flyover 
    • Time: 5:35 pm – 5:40 pm Where: Newport BeachThe Condor Squadron Officer’s and Airmen’s Association, a non-profit organization founded by a group of WWII fighter pilots, will fly AT-6’s over Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente.
  • Fireworks Extravaganza
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Where: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort – 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach
    • The City is co-sponsoring a Fireworks Extravaganza with the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Note: Newport Beach residents can walk into the evening fireworks show for free (please bring photo ID).
    • The Newport Dunes has a full day of activities, food and music planned for the Fourth of July. Gates open at 8 a.m. and there will be a $50 per car parking fee throughout the day. Please call 949-729-DUNE or visit newportdunes.com to confirm information about the other holiday activities planned at the Dunes. 

Note: The possession or use of fireworks is illegal in the city of Newport Beach. Residents and visitors who wish to view a fireworks display are encouraged to attend one of the many public shows planned throughout the area. 

Source: City of Newport Beach

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Our Treasured Island

The 26th annual Balboa Island Parade is happening this Sunday, June 2nd at 11am! Come and enjoy all of the great things the parade has to offer: Island Dogs, children on bikes, decorated floats & golf carts, vintage cars, USC Marching Band, Keystone Cops, drill teams, marching bands, Local Dignitaries and so much more! Be sure to stick around for the after party, featuring live music and dancing in the street at the Fire Station. The parade has become a signal that the summer season is upon us, and by the looks of it, it’s going to be one great summer! So join locals and tourists alike and line Marine Avenue to take in the entertainment of school bands, local talent, classic cars, great floats, and so much more!

Details:

When: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Where: Balboa Island, CA (Marine Avenue)

Time: 11:00am (bridge closes at 10:45am)

Cost: FREE

Source: Balboa Island Improvement Association

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