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Visiting Orange County

Winter covers Orange County and the air conditioning is on – at least that’s how it feels outside. Sunshine and Pacific Ocean breezes set communities from Anaheim to Huntington Beach to Dana Point at the perfect temperature, even through the supposed cold season.

If you’re visiting Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or one of southern California’s other iconic theme parks, plan an extra day to spend relaxing with the family on one of the area’s idyllic beaches. Or, even better, join in one of a variety of special events and festivals filling the calendar this time of year.

The 2016 Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon is a great way to get out and get active, February 5th through 7th. Runners choose between marathon and half-marathon courses starting near the Huntington Beach Pier and traveling along a portion of the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway. Post-race festivities feature a beer garden, awards ceremonies, and more fun.

Further south along the shore, the 2016 Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach draws artists and art lovers from all over Orange County and beyond. On the morning of February 21st, artists drop off their submissions at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, where a jury deliberates over the finest works before handing out awards in the evening. Get to work and toss in your own submission – the show begins at 11 a.m.

Later, art lovers won’t want to miss the 2016 Musco Center for the Arts Community Open House & Arts Festival on April 2nd, when Chapman University in Orange hosts a day of free performances, fine art showcases, children's activities, and more. The all-day fun starts at 10 a.m.

Whale watchers look forward to the 2016 Dana Point Festival of Whales, one of Orange County’s most popular annual events. On March 5th and 6th, and again on the 12th and 13th, take advantage of the chance to see majestic California Gray Whales as they make their incredible 5,000-mile annual migration. On the shore at Dana Point Harbor, a street fair with food, entertainment, and even a parade adds to the celebration. It's unique, family-friendly fun.

Orange County Hotel Map

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23 Best Western Hotels
in Orange County

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    Courtesy Inn

    Anaheim

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    Anaheim Inn

    Anaheim

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    Park Place Inn - Mini Suites

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    Pavilions

    Anaheim

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    Raffles Inn & Suites

    Anaheim

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    Stovall's Inn

    Anaheim

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    Newport Mesa Inn

    Costa Mesa

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    Dana Point Inn-by-the-Sea

    Dana Point

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    Marina Shores Hotel

    Dana Point

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    Regency Inn

    Huntington Beach

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    Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel

    Laguna Beach

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    Irvine Spectrum Hotel

    Lake Forest

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    Los Alamitos Inn & Suites

    Los Alamitos

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    Newport Beach Inn

    Newport Beach

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    Orange Plaza

    Orange

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    Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange

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    Anaheim Orange County Hotel

    Placentia

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    Casablanca Inn

    San Clemente

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    Capistrano Inn

    San Juan Capistrano

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    Orange County Airport North

    Santa Ana

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    Harbour Inn & Suites

    Sunset Beach

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    Palm Garden Inn

    Westminster

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    Westminster Inn

    Westminster

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Orange County Events

February 2016

February 5-7, 2016
2016 Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon

A popular outdoor event held along the Pacific Coast Highway to Central Park in Huntington Beach, featuring both a marathon and half marathon, as well as beer garden and other post-race activities. Event start time varies by day.

February 21, 2016
2016 Art-A-Fair

An art show that features artists dropping off their artwork in the morning, and having a jury hand out awards by the early evening. Toss-in your own submission, or just enjoy the artisitc atmosphere. The show begins at 11 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

March 2016

March 5-6 & 12-13, 2016
2016 Dana Point Festival of Whales

A group of whales make their way south – be there for the whale watching celebration featuring a street fair, food, parade, entertainment, and more, at Dana Point Harbor. Festival start time is TBA.

April 2016

April 2, 2016
2016 Musco Center for the Arts Community Open House & Arts Festival

Chapman University in Orange hosts a day of free performances, fine art showcases, children's activities, and so much more. The even begins at 10 a.m.

April 15-17, 2016
2016 OC Fair Imaginology

Go "Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead" at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa during this three-day event, featuring competitions, exhibits, and free kids' activities, all dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and the arts. The event starts at 9 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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