10 Newport Beach Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Orange County is the perfect place to get some much-needed time away! The beautiful beaches, local shopping, and mid climate mean you can visit any time of year. While you can enjoy a vacation soaking up the sun and relaxing by the waves, we also have plenty of local events to experience. From holiday parades to concerts, we have it all! For even more ideas, get your copy of our Vacation Guide; this is the best tool to help you build the perfect vacation!  

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Mark Your Calendars for 10 of the Best Newport Beach Events 

1. Newport Beach Film Festival 

The Newport Beach Film Festival is one of the fastest-growing celebrations of cinema on the West Coast. This is one of the most popular Newport Beach events and draws crowds of celebrities to the expansive Fashion Island shopping district. You can choose between individual tickets, a weekend pass, an all-access pass, or a party pass for this week-long event. 


2. Newport Beach Jazz Festival 

Listen to your favorite tunes while soaking up the beautiful Southern California sun at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. Three days of music and food features a list of Grammy-winning artists and up-and-coming musicians at the Hyatt Regency Back Bay Amphitheater. Single and two-day passes are available for this event. 


3. Balboa Island Parade 

If you want to experience local traditions during your trip, don’t miss out on the Balboa Island Parade. This is one of the most celebrated Newport Beach events that allow you to mingle with locals and take in the beautiful island and all of its glory during one of the first weekends in June. 


4. Summer Concert Series 

The Summer Concert Series at the gorgeous Hyatt Back Bay Amphitheater serves up fantastic nights filled with live music from award-winning artists, fantastic food, and a fully stocked bar. If you want to experience one of our favorite summer Newport Beach events, check their schedule, and get your tickets in advance! 


5. Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Savor handcrafted delicacies from world-renowned chefs and sip some of the best wines from around the world at the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Be sure to review their website for more information! Get ready to sip, relax, and sip again! 


6. Fashion Island’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting 

Kick off the holiday season at Fashion Island’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. You can enjoy an evening of singing, a magic snowfall, the lighting of the tree, and a visit from Santa! 


7. The Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes 

The Annual Lighting of the Bay is one of the most beautiful Newport Beach events during the holiday season. Head to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina for an extravagant light display in the bay with plenty of fun holiday activities. 


8. Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade 

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is one of the most storied Newport Beach events during the holiday season. These stunning showcases of yachts traipsing through the harbor with lights and decorations are must-sees if you’re visiting in December. 


9. Gray Whale Migration

Watching the gray whale migration off the coast of Southern California is an incredible experience. These massive marine creatures swim past Newport Beach from January through April, and you can get a close-up view on a whale cruise. 


10. Restaurant Week 

Discover an array of world-class restaurants during two weeks of deals during Newport Beach Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer special menus that allow visitors to get a taste of the best places to eat in town, from upscale dining establishments to casual eateries. One thing is for sure; this is one of the tastiest annual Newport Beach events! 


Event Stays in Newport Beach 


Which of these Newport Beach events interests you the most? Whether you want to celebrate the holidays by the beach or taste all the best cuisine this area has to offer, there’s an annual event for your interests. After you decide which Newport Beach event you’d like to attend, the next step is to find the perfect place to stay! 

Burr White Realty offers a wide variety of Newport Beach rentals for all styles and budgets. Whether you want a pet-friendly rental, a house large enough for your whole family, one on the boardwalk, or in-between the Newport Beach and Balboa Piers, we have a Newport Beach vacation rental for your needs! 

Browse our event stays to find rentals available for your favorite Newport Beach event!