Top Orange County Events in May 2023

May is a great time to be in Orange County. The weather is warm, the beaches are beautiful, and there are plenty of events and activities to keep you entertained. Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or cultural enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in Orange County this May. Here are some of the top upcoming events:


Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival

Dates: May 6-7, 2023

Location: Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach


Wine and spirits enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival. Sample a variety of fine wines, spirits, and gourmet food while enjoying the beautiful waterfront views. This two-day event is the perfect way to kick off your summer in Orange County.

Newport Beach Boat Show

Dates: May 11-14, 2023 Location: Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach


The Newport Beach Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show on the West Coast, featuring hundreds of boats of all sizes and types. Whether you’re in the market for a new boat or just love being on the water, this four-day event is a must-see. With activities for all ages, including seminars, live music, and a beer and wine garden, there’s something for everyone at the Newport Beach Boat Show.

Chicago: The Musical

Dates: May 9-14, 2023

Location: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa


Broadway fans will be thrilled to see the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” come to Orange County. Set in the roaring 1920s, the show follows two women who are accused of murder and use their fame to fight for their freedom. Don’t miss this iconic musical at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Palm Tree Music Festival

Dates: May 13-14, 2023

Location: Dana Point


Get ready for a weekend of live music, art, and good vibes at the Palm Tree Music Festival in Dana Point. This highly-anticipated event brings together an impressive lineup of local and international musicians, as well as a variety of vendors and activities. With the beautiful Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, attendees can enjoy the sun, sand, and sounds of summer.

Anaheim 5 de Mayo Fiesta

Dates: May 14, 2023

Location: Downtown Anaheim


Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at the Anaheim 5 de Mayo Fiesta. This family-friendly event features live music, dancing, authentic food and drinks, and a kids’ zone. Don’t miss the colorful parade and the traditional mariachi music and folkloric dances.


Dates: May 27-28, 2023

Location: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa


Experience the culture and traditions of Scotland at the Scottish Fest USA. This two-day event features live music, Highland games, Scottish food and drinks, and a marketplace selling Scottish goods.


These are just a few of the upcoming events happening in Orange County. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event websites or check out local event calendars like: OC Registers Things To Do.

Lastly, don’t for get to celebrate your Mom on May 13th and pay your respects on Memorial Day, May 29th!