6 Epic Spring Events In Huntington Beach

6 Epic Spring Events In Huntington Beach

The good times never stop rolling in Huntington Beach, and with spring less than a month away, the stoke for warmer, dryer weather and an uptick in events has arrived. Here are six local happenings to add to your calendar.

March 19 // 4th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Every year the Sister City Association of Huntington Beach presents the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Huntington Beach Central Park Bandstand in honor of our sister city, Anjo, Japan. The fourth installment takes place on Sunday, March 19, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and is free to the public. Expect Japanese dance, music, food, cultural exhibits, art, crafts, games, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to hug our pretty-in-pink blooming cherry trees. hbcbfest.com

March 25 // 2017 Grain Games

Statements Magazine plays host to the 2017 Grain Games on Saturday, March 25, from 5-9 p.m. at Rainwater Gallery. A total of 40 Southern California artists will be handpicked to participate in the group art exhibit and competition, which is free and open to the public. Winners in four categories will take home $2,500 in Woodsnap prints, and score a personal wall at the gallery plus a feature in the magazine. The exhibition and voting party includes a raffle, complimentary beer, wine, and bites, and one free vote.  statementsmagazine.com/woodsnap

April 1 // Surfin' Sundays Concert Series

Surfin' Sundays kicks off April as spring and summer's best outdoor display of local live music and artisans. Taking over Pier Plaza on five weekends through September, the free annual concert series invites vendors on both Saturday and Sunday, plus live surf music on Sunday. (Vendors, take note that organizers are looking for you!) Funds raised via vendor fees will 100% benefit the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, our longstanding keeper of surf history and culture. Here's the schedule: April 1-2, June 3-4, July 8-9, August 26-27, and September 16-17. surfingmuseum.org/surfing-sundays.html

April 15 // Kowabunga Van Klan Vintage Bus Show

The Kowabunga Van Klan is set to take over the Huntington Beach Pier and adjacent Pier Plaza again on Saturday, April 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dozens of vintage Volkswagen vans will roll in, creating an epic showcasing of nostalgia on wheels.  facebook.com/kowabungahb

April 30 // 16th Annual Taste of Huntington Beach

A foodie, brewhound, and wino's dream, the Taste of Huntington Beach gathers the best in local restaurants and catering companies, as well as California breweries and wineries, at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex for an afternoon of unlimited bites and pours, and live music. The best part? Proceeds benefit the Children's Department of the Huntington Beach Public Library. This year's Taste is slated for Sunday, April 30, from noon-4 p.m. VIP tickets score you early entry for an extra hour of fun. Pre-sale tickets are available through February, so grab 'em while the price is right. tastehb.com

May 13 // 2nd Annual Like Totally 80's Festival

Like, this is totally an all-day, all-ages 1980s music and culture tribute—by the beach. On Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Huntington State Beach will see '80s bands rocking out on two stages, vendors, food trucks, a full bar, vinyl swap meet, costume contest, celebrity impersonators, and, of course, big hair. The lineup boasts A Flock of Seagulls ("I Ran"), Men Without Hats ("Safety Dance"), Real Life ("Send Me an Angel"), Missing Persons ("Words"), and more. Tickets run $20-$65. liketotallyfestival.com

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