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With seemingly endless paradisiacal weather, communities across Orange County are go-to vacation destinations for travelers near and far. From the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim to the picturesque Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, area attractions abound, providing a little something for everyone all year round. Still, this season’s wide variety of events band together with the SoCal summer weather to argue that late summer and early fall are the best times to visit.

Each summer, the Giant Blue Whale Migration season escorts hundreds of whales along the Pacific Coast, and Newport Beach residents and visitors enjoy a prime vantage point. Get an up-close look at these majestically massive creatures aboard a Newport Landing Whale Watching cruise. Summertime’s warmer waters mean better opportunities for spotting not only blue whales, but also sharks, orca, dolphins, and other ocean species.

To enjoy Orange County’s beautiful weather without the big crowds, check out Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. Nestled against the shore and Highway 1, midway between Dana Point and town of Newport Beach, the park is a charming respite with beautifully groomed vegetation and an unbeatable view of the beach. There are ample picnic tables on the sand, and with several reefs just off the shore, Heisler Park also makes a great jumping-off point for a SCUBA diving adventure.

Dana Point celebrates Celtic culture on September 13th with the California Celtic Classic at Sea Terrace Park. Starting at 10 a.m., the free event features traditional games, food, live music, family-friendly fun, and an Irish marketplace offering an array of Irish-themed artisanal products and art.

More than 100 teams are set to compete for cash prizes before an expected crowd of 10,000 at the Dana Point BBQ Championship takes over Sea Terrace Park on October 4th. Come hungry – the Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event invites carnivores to sample some of the best barbecue from all over the region. Festivities will also include live music, microbrews on tap, a vendor midway and a Kid Zone for the little meat lovers.

Orange County Hotel Map

24 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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    Huntington Beach Inn

    Huntington Beach

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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

September 2014

September 13, 2014
California Celtic Classic Join in the games or just meander through the Irish marketplace and enjoy live music. This free event at the Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point begins at 10 a.m.
September 3-14, 2014
Laguna Dance Festival Visit the Laguna Playhouse and be immersed into the world of dance as you watch performances by world-renowned dance companies. Times vary per performance.
September 25, 2014
Gatsby's Black and White Soiree All you dapper gents and ladies are welcome at the Muckenthaler in Fullerton for this fashionable black-tie soiree. There will be fine dining and live music for dancing. The evening’s events begin at 6 p.m.

October 2014

October 12, 2014
Oktoberfest The Muckenthaler Cultural Center fills with delicious food and brews for this fun annual event in Fullerton. The music strikes up at noon.
October 5, 2014
Yappy Howl-O-Ween The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point hosts this fun event for the dogs. There will be tricks and treats, a costume contest, and play time for the pups. Yappy Hour begins at 5 p.m.
October 4, 2014
Dana Point State BBQ Championship The smell of great BBQ takes over Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point as over 100 teams compete for cash and prizes and you get to reap the benefits of their hard work. Grills light at 10 a.m.

December 2014

December 7, 2014
German Christmas Holiday Market Old World Village in Huntington Beach hosts this market filled with German food, vintage gifts, and arts and crafts. There will also be a bouncy house for the kids, photos with Santa, and Dachshund Races to enjoy. The market opens at 10 a.m.
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