California

Glowing Wild Lantern Festival

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Through May 25/REDDING – 6-10 p.m., Wed. – Sun. at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.  Experience Glowing Wild: An Illuminated Wildlife Lantern Festival for the first time at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, featuring 10 acres of illuminated wildlife displays throughout the Botanical Gardens, inspired by Asian lanterns and showcasing plants and animals from around the world! Featuring Themed Music & Animation; Glowing Swings & Bubbles; Food & Drinks by Mosaic; & More! Admission is $10 – 25. See more at https://www.glowingwild.org/

 

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 24-27/GARDEN GROVE – Held annually in the downtown area. the 64th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival celebrates the region’s rich agricultural history, tradition, community, and the vibrant spirit that defines Garden Grove, CA, just a stone’s throw away from Anaheim! This year’s theme is centered around “Celebrating our Hometown,” a tribute to the rich culture, community and cherished memories that residents and visitors experience when in Garden Grove. The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival features live entertainment, carnival rides, and plenty of delicious strawberry-themed treats. Don’t miss the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Parade, along with the giant strawberry cake-cutting ceremony, a Strawberry Stomp 5K Run, over 35 carnival rides, games, contests and so much more. Make sure to add this festival to your Memorial Day weekend for a full day of family fun! https://strawberryfestival.org/

 

Strawberry Festival

" "May 26/VISTA – 8 .m. – 6 p.m.  A family – friendly day of fun. Wear your most festive Strawberry attire and bring your berry happy grin… we can’t wait to see you!  There’s something for everyone…  a 3.1 mile  5K course run, contests, kids play zone, entertainment, art, film festival, vendors and, of course, Strawberry deliciousness! For more information, visit https://vistastrawberryfest.com/

 

Funny Girl, The Musical

" "May 28 – June 9/COSTA MESA – Begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Hall. Featuring one of the most iconic scores of all time by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, an updated book from Harvey Fierstein based on the original classic by Isobel Lennart, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, choreography by Ellenore Scott, and direction from Michael Mayer, this love letter to the theatre has the whole shebang! Katerina McCrimmon stars as Fanny Brice in the National Tour. Including  classic songs “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People,” this bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway. Tickets start at $39 per person. For more information, visit https://www.scfta.org/events/2024/funny-girl

 

Jelly’s Last Jam

" "May 29 – June 23/PASADENA – 8-10 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. When legendary musician Jelly Roll Morton’s soul is forced to face the music, the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz” is left at the ultimate crossroads. Follow Jelly from the back alleys of New Orleans to the sparkling stages of New York, as his remarkable journey unfolds in a stunning display of song, dance, and music. With soulful melodies, electrifying tap dancing, and fiery tunes that will leave you breathless, get your groove on with this dazzling musical masterpiece. Tickets start at $39.  For more information, visit https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/jellys-last-jam/

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