Newport Beach Film Festival

April 13, 2017

Get inspired and enjoy endless creativity at the Newport Beach Film Festival from April 20-27. It will feature 350 films and host night gala events for thousands of fans. Venues will include Big Newport, Starlight Triangle 8, Regency Lido Theatre, and Island Cinemas Fashion Island.

Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 55,000 attendees to Orange County. Screening over 350 films in 8 days, NBFF prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach.

Since its inception, the Festival has presented many acclaimed films such as the U.S. Premiere of Crash and other notable films including (500) Days of Summer, The Cove, Waitress, Son of Rambow, Paprika, Broken English, American Teen, Fugitive Pieces, Death Note: The Last Name, The King of Kong, Layer Cake, The Illusionist, Art School Confidential, Emmanuel’s Gift, Mad Hot Ballroom, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Spellbound, Castle in the Sky, Born into Brothels, and Pieces of April.

Through tributes, special screenings and seminars, the Festival has honored film industry notables, including Aaron Sorkin, Haskell Wexler, Robert Wise, Henry Bumstead, Elmer Bernstein, John Waters, Alan Arkin, Bruce Brown, Richard Sherman, Penelope Spheeris, and McG.

Sign up for the OC Marathon: MAY 6-7

March 30, 2017

Participate in one of the most popular marathons in Southern California: the 2017 OC Marathon & Half Marathon. It takes place the weekend of May 6 and 7. Enjoy beautiful coastal scenery as you race to the finish. There are many ways to get in on the action. The race starts at iconic Fashion Island and ends at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. In between, you’ll see Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, Newport Back Bay, South Coast Plaza, and the Santa Ana River. The little ones can get involved too! There’s a Kids 1 Mile Run as well. Hurry and sign up. Image courtesy of the OC Register.

HB Cherry Blossom Festival: March 19

March 14, 2017

Enjoy a lovely day outside at the Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival at Huntington Beach Central Park. HB’s sister city is sister city in Anjo, Japan. This fun features Japanese dance, traditional music, yummy food, cultural exhibits, arts, fun crafts, games, and of course cherry blossom trees.  The festival is advertised throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County and on social media and had attendance well over 5,000 with a delegation coming all the way from Japan for the event! This event is FREE.

OC Restaurant Week: MARCH 5-11

February 28, 2017

It’s that delicious time of year again! Orange County Restaurant Week features 100 restaurants offering something for everyone — and at great prices. The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15 and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person for dinner. Reservations are required. Plan your dining experience with participating restaurants. Costa Mesa restaurants include SOCIAL, Newport Rib Company, The Capital Grille, Hanare Sushi, La Vida Cantina, Pizzeria Ortica, Seasons 52, Amorelia Mexican Café and more.

Newport Beach Jazz & Big Band Blowout: FEB 23-26

February 14, 2017

If you love live jazz music, this event is definitely for you! The 17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party & Big Band Blowout takes place at the beautiful Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Enjoy four nights of jazz and big band music as well as poolside sessions and champagne brunches. Over 100 artists and 6 big bands are featured in this amazing, jammed packed line up. Looking for more jazz? Check out KJAZZ 88.1FM.