Foster a new or existing passion at one of next weekend’s festivals, be it orchids, chili or classic cars.
When: 10 a.m. March 15
Cost, info: Free. Suitable for those 18 and older. No dogs. (213) 891-3209, bit.ly/LAwalkingtour
When: 9 a.m. March 15-17
Cost, info: $14. Family-friendly. Only service animals permitted. (805) 403-1533, sborchidshow.com
The Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival at Huntington Central Park features a night market with Japanese-style hot dogs, okonomiyaki and other street food, as well as cultural performances and arts and crafts. The festival began as a fundraiser for the Huntington Beach Sister City Assn., which organizes cultural exchange programs between Huntington Beach and its sister city, Anjo, Japan.
When: 5 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m. March 16 and 17
Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. Not recommended for dogs. (844) 648-6222, occbfest.com
Wear your most spirited green garb to the 25th Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Bagpipers, floats and four-legged friends will parade down Pier Avenue from Valley Drive to Hermosa Avenue.
When: 11 a.m. March 16
Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. Dogs OK. (310) 376-0951, bit.ly/StPatsHermosa
Love classic cars? Head to the Classic Auto Show at the OC Fair & Event Center to see more than 2,000 iconic 20th century cars, celebrity vehicles and more. You can also watch restoration demos, hear from influential figures in the automobile industry and buy parts and products for your own car projects.
When: 10 a.m. March 16 and 17
Cost, info: $6-$30. Family-friendly. No dogs. bit.ly/ClassicAutoShowOC
When: Noon March 17
Cost, info: $10-$45. Family-friendly. No dogs. (805) 688-7829, bit.ly/BuelltonWineandChili
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