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It’s time to enjoy this laid-back community in Orange County. Dana Point, also known as the “Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World”, offers fun activities and attractions for all ages! Dana Point is home to an ever-growing population and its residents are known for having a wide range of interests. From healthy lifestyles to the arts and culture, this community shows that it thrives on being both fun and interesting.

Join us as we unfold all the exciting events this city has to offer.

Festival of Whales

Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date: March 5 – March 6

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is all about up-close encounters with the marine life that adorns our horizon each spring. It is important to recognize the delicate habitats of marine life and safeguard them for future generations. It’s also about gathering with family to celebrate the breathtaking views of our home, Dana Point.

Doheny Blues Festival

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Location:
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Sea Terrace Community Park
Pacific Coast Hwy & Niguel Rd, Dana Point, CA

The Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, California, features rock, soul, and blues on the beach. The musical showcase, one of the best blues festivals in Southern California, features a weekend of great music, microbrews, and beach parties. The festival also features an informal wine bar, an international food court, and a Kidz EcoFest with activities and exhibits for young visitors. BB King, Etta James, Al Green, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash have all performed at this annual event.

4th of July Fireworks

Location:
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Date & Time: July 4, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The BEST Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California will take place at Doheny State Beach. North American AT-6 aircraft from the Second World War’s Condor Squadron will fly over Dana Point before the fireworks display.

Dana Point Lantern District Car & Motorcycle Show

Location:
Del Prado Avenue
24582 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629 United States

Date: August 28

Dana Point Classic Car Show features 250 vintage automobiles on Del Prado Avenue. The event is FREE to the public and will feature awards, entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, and more.

Annual Maritime Festival (Tall Ships Festival)

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Location:
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

This festival honors California’s rich maritime heritage and our ties to the sea! Visiting Tall Ships, Mermaid Swim Shows, a Beer Garden, a Pirate and Mermaid Ball, Cannon Battles, a Pirate School, a Reenactors and Sailor Camp, Live Music, Vendors, Food Trucks, and more will all be part of this weekend event that is jam-packed with fun!

Experience a bit of life at sea with the tall ships in Dana Point. The Tall Ships Festival, which began in 1984, is the Ocean Institute’s premier annual event, attracting thousands of visitors to Dana Point’s beautiful harbor. The Pilgrim brig, a goodwill ambassador for the Ocean Institute and the City of Dana Point, returns from her yearly summer sail during this festival, which honors her arrival. The Pilgrim is a scaled-down version of the hide brig that Richard Henry Dana, Jr. immortalized in his famous seafaring book Two Years Before the Mast. Thousands of kids have stepped onto her decks since she arrived in Dana Point in 1981 to take part in one of her numerous accoladed living history programs.

Halloween Spooktacular & Trunk or Treat

Location:
Dana Point Community Center
34052 Del Obispo St
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: October 22, 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fun Halloween-themed event at the community center in Dana Point. The City’s Recreation Division is collaborating with Dana Point Police Services to host two fantastic family events on the same day. From 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be indoor activities, including a detailed Halloween maze, games, crafts, entertainment, and kid-friendly treats. The Dana Point Police Services Trunk or Treat is one of the outdoor events that take place from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be candy for the kids at each display they visit. Meet the dedicated staff that keeps Dana Point safe, including the Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, Bloodhounds, K-9 Unit, and more. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a costume parade for children, with prizes! Food trucks will be selling food and refreshments.

Turkey Trot

Location:
Dana Point Harbor
24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629

Date: November 24, 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 6:00 AM

The Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America’s best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine. More than 10,000 runners and spectators attend the 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, Kids’ 1-mile Gobble Wobble, and two-day expo. Experience Dana Point’s breathtaking beach, soaring cliffs, and coves.

Boat Parade

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Location: Dana Point Harbor
Date & Time: December 9, 7:00 PM – December 11, 10:00 PM

The 47th Annual Boat Parade of Lights, “Surfin’ USA,” will return to Dana Point Harbor this December! Decorate your boats for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes in a number of different award categories.

Starting on November 16, the annual holiday light display, which features over 700,000 LED lights, will illuminate the harbor. The Boat Parade of Lights will take place from December 9 to December 11.

Lighting installations such as the giant whale sculpture and the “Merry Kiss Me” arch, as well as holiday-themed photo opportunities, visits with Santa, strolling carolers, and more, are available to both locals and visitors.

California Wine Festival

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SUNSET RARE & RESERVE TASTING

Location: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa – Vue Lawn

Date & Time: Friday, April 14, 2023 – 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Guests are invited to sip fine wines and sample a wide range of delicious cuisine at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This is an elegant VIP event for true fine wine enthusiasts, taking place in Dana Point, a beautiful coastal city in Orange County. The few tickets available are quickly sold out (because the wines being poured are rare). An evening of tasting rare trophy wines for an adoring crowd dressed in their best casual/elegant resort wear will begin with a champagne reception.

BEACHSIDE WINE FESTIVAL

Location: NEW LARGER VENUE – Sea Terrace Park

Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 2023 – 1 PM – 4 PM (VIPs 12 PM)

Sun, sea, food, drink, and music all come together at this sun-drenched wine festival in the grassy, palm-lined Sea Terrace Park to create the ultimate California wine tasting experience. At this all-day event, wine and food enthusiasts will be able to sample hundreds of fine wines, local craft beers, and a dizzying array of foods. The festival is in full swing by 1:00 p.m. at this white-topped tent village that resembles Camelot next to the glistening Pacific Ocean.

Our real estate agents are always on top of the city’s events and notable moments. It is also a wonderful time of year to look for a home in Dana Point and throughout Orange County.

Reach out to us at 949-841-5122 for the latest events and updates on our local real estate market.

What better way to get a taste of your favorite restaurant than by going out and enjoying it? Happy Hour is the time to escape from work and unwind with friends. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a few drinks or have an early dinner, Happy Hours come in many forms in Orange County.

Here’s our guide to where and when to go for drink specials, discounts, and bite-sized snacks:

Dana Point

Salt Creek Grille

French 75 Cocktail © Yelp

Address:
32802 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Since 1996
  • Provides “from-scratch cooking”
  • Custom-made menu items
  • Ingredients sourced locally
  • Fresh seafood, hand cut

The Point

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Address:
34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Excluding holidays and special events)

More information:

  • Craft beer
  • Food is grown locally
  • DJ at Midnight
  • Full Bar
  • Founded in 2012

Craft House

House Moscow Mule © Yelp

Address:
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Wednesday & Thursday: 4 PM – 6 PM
Friday & Saturday: 4 PM – 5 PM & 9 PM – 11 PM

More information:

  • One of Orange County’s best restaurants
  • New American cuisine
  • Craft cocktails at the bar
  • Seafood freshly caught in Dana Point Harbor
  • Established in 2016

Brio Tuscany Grille

Sangria & pomegranate Martini © Yelp

Address:
24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 6:30 PM

More information:

  • Family-owned and operated
  • sophisticated cocktails
  • Wide-ranging menu
  • Both a quiet and a lively atmosphere
  • Established in 1994

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Famous Bloody Mary &
Bloody Mary Meal
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Address:
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere near Dana Point Harbor
  • Traditional American fare with an artisanal twist

Station Craft

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Address:
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • California cuisine
  • Fresh beer
  • Excellent service

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

50 International wines © Yelp

Address:
34212 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday & Sunday, 4:30 PM – Close
(At the bar area only)

More information:

  • Handcrafted cocktails and a carefully selected wine list
  • Award-winning chef Anthony Celeste
  • Contemporary Cuisine
  • Founded in 2019

Coastal Kitchen

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Address:
34091 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Holidays excluded)

More information:

  • Friendly, comfortable atmosphere
  • Established in 2016

Stillwater Spirits & Sounds

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Address:
24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Wood-fired pizza
  • Upscale meals made with local ingredients
  • Founded in 2013
  • Syrups and infused liquors made in-house

Cali Costa

Margarita with Pineapple and Chiles © Yelp

Address:
34195 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Original hobby surf shop
  • Best Taco Tuesday
  • The best Happy Hour in town
  • Founded in 2020

Laguna Niguel

The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub

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Address:
28971 Golden Lantern St, Ste 108, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1984
  • Known for its Corned Beef Tacos
  • South Orange County’s Best Irish Pub

Hendrix Restaurant and Bar

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Address:
32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Everyday – Weekend, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Owned and run locally by Sentinel Restaurant Group
  • Established in 2017
  • Outstanding wine dinner

The Bistro K

Creme Brûlée, Coconut Cake and Tiramisu, and Espresso Martini © Yelp

Address:
30100 Town Center Dr, Ste M, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Dining on the patio
  • Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Traditional Italian dishes with a New World twist
  • Catering

Mangia Bene Cucina

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Address:
27281 La Paz Rd, Ste I, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Every day, 11:30 AM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Orange County landmark for over 20 years
  • Traditional Italian fare
  • Desserts, pasta dishes, burgers, pizza, steaks, and appetizers
  • Catering services are available
  • Various beers, wines, and spirits

Knolls Restaurant

Great Craft Beer Selection © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Niguel Plaza
29971 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 3 PM – 7 PM
Sunday – Monday, All Day

More information:

  • Orange County’s Best Pizza 2016 – 2017
  • Casual American cuisine
  • Offers a great wine list, 16 craft beers, and a variety of specialty cocktails
  • Serves pizza, wings, pasta, salads, steaks, and seafood

Rangeen Kitchen

Butterfly Pea Flower Ice Tea © Yelp

Address:
28241 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste G, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Every day, 3 PM – 6 PM (dine-in only)

More information:

  • Indian-Cali cuisine
  • Happy Hour Special – 10% off on all appetizers, 20% off on all beverages

Bricco

Bar © Yelp

Address:
28083 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2017
  • Beers on tap, homemade desserts, pasta dishes, a wine bar with chilled wine dispensers, and hand-tossed pizzas
  • Happy Hour Promo – $ 1.5 Off beers, $ 2 Off wine by the glass

Salt Creek Wine Company

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Address:
30100 Town Ctr Dr, B-2, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursdays, 3 PM – Closing

More information:

  • Casual and comfortable setting
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Large wine selection
  • Founded in 2003

WR Kitchen & Bar

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Address:
28061 Greenfield Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1992
  • The best BBQ in Southern California
  • A relaxed dining experience
  • Full bar, prize-winning BBQ, snacks, and tacos

Board & Brew – Laguna Niguel North

Bar Area © Yelp

Address:
27000 Alicia Pkwy, Ste B, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Genuine California lifestyle
  • Founded in 2016
  • Craft beer and signature sandwiches
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • A beach setting

Laguna Beach

Oak Laguna Beach

Cocktail Line-Up © Yelp

Address:
1100 S Coast Hwy, Ste 202, Golden Lantern, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live DJ 
  • Diverse cuisine
  • Rustic modern ambiance

Reunion Kitchen + Drink

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
610 N Coast Hwy, Ste 102, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Weekdays, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Cocktail creations
  • Contemporary comfort food

The Cliff Restaurant

Mango Sunburn © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Village Arts and Flowers
577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live Music
  • Oceanfront dining

Starfish Laguna Beach

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Address:
30832 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Called Opium Hour)

More information:

  • 90-item menu
  • Family-oriented method of service 
  • Carefully selected beverage menu
  • Fusion of coastal Asian cuisine

230 Forest Avenue

Mission Fig Margarita © Yelp

Address:
230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Opened in the summer of 1995

Coyote Grill

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious food
  • Peaceful views
  • “Best Bloody Mary” in the Orange County Register and “Best Fish Taco” in the Orange County Weekly
  • Featured in 2003 on television programs like Rachel Ray’s “$40 a Day”
  • Laguna Beach Magazine named “The Best Margarita” and “The Best Burrito”

Las Brisas

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Address:
361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Panoramic view of Laguna Beach’s coastline
  • Traditional Southern California cuisine
  • Elegant dining areas and a tranquil outdoor patio
  • World-class service and a chef-curated menu

Lumberyard

Yard Bar © Yelp

Address:
384 Forest Ave, Ste 10, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 5 PM

More information:

  • Casual but stylishly modern
  • Wine and cocktails are only available for pick-up (Order online)
  • Currently only offering a limited menu for pick-up and delivery

Mozambique

Steak and Lobster © Yelp

Address:
1740 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
Weekends – 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2005
  • Inspired by the vibrant seaside restaurants of South Africa
  • South Orange County, California’s largest event-oriented restaurant.
  • Vegetable or beef Samoosas, Chilean Sea Bass, Peri-Peri prawns, and other dishes are on the menu

Skyloft

Deck views © Yelp

Address:
422 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious and “down-home” ribs, smokehouse steaks, brisket, fresh seafood, creative salads, pasta, and sandwiches
  • Handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers, and winery selections from the coast
  • Taco Tuesdays and more

South Orange County is a place to fall in love, but also to start your new home!
There’s a lot more to do here than what meets the eye.


If you want to learn more about the area and our recommendations, please contact us at 949-841-5122.

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