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Newport Beach offers wonderful special events throughout the year. Make plans to stay at the NEWPORT CHANNEL INN to enjoy some of the following events…


Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of LightsNewport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of Lights: You will be truly wowed at the sight of over 200 lighted and elaborately decorated boats parading through Newport Harbor, every evening from December 15 through December 19, all competing for the Sweepstakes award. Spectacularly lit homes lining the bay also compete for awards. Boat Parade Houses in Newport BeachThe NEWPORT CHANNEL INN Staff are happy to share their favorite viewing spots, or help our Guests arrange a boat cruise to see the parade from the water. Be advised that window tables at bayside restaurants must be reserved weeks ahead of time. Be sure to reserve your room at the NEWPORT CHANNEL INN well ahead of time too.


Whale Watching, Newport Beach Whale Watching ChartersWhale Watching Trips: See the migrating California Gray Whales from the deck of a tour boat, any day during January, February and March. Spotter airplanes are sent out ahead of the boats so the boat captains know just where to go to find these magnificent animals. Dolphin and Blue Whale cruises year-round. Discounts are available for NEWPORT CHANNEL INN Guests.


Golfing, The Toshiba Classic, Golf Tournaments, Newport Beach Country ClubPGA Toshiba Classic Golf Tournament: Follow your favorite golf legend from green to green. The Toshiba Classic tees off in March at the Newport Beach Country Club. Other PGA events take place at the challenging Pelican Hill Course overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


Newport Beach Film Festival: Come in March to see the movie stars at the premiéres of future classics.


Surf City Paintball Open:  Watch paintball teams from all over the world compete in 5 -man and 7-man divisions from beginner to professional, sponsored by the U.S. Paintball League. (March/April)


International Yacht Race, Newport Beach International Yacht Race: View the amazing start of this April race with over 500 sails on the water at the same time.


Newport Beach Jazz Festival: Two weekends in May with the best Jazz artists in the world. For more live music, there is also the Newport Beach Jazz Series on Friday nights from June through September, and the free Wednesdays Under the Stars Concerts at Fashion Island during July and August.


AVP Pro Beach Volleyball and U.S. Open of Body Boarding:  Watch some of the best beach volleyball athletes in the world, including Olympics medalists, compete in exciting 2-person team matches, held alongside the Body Boarding Championships and a Professional Longboard Association Event. (June)

Vintage Car Show, Newport Beach


Newport Beach Vintage Car Show and Auction: June is the month to come bid on that classic automobile you wish you had when you were a kid.


Fireworks over Newport BayFireworks over the Bay: Ooh and ahh at a terrific display every Fourth of July at 9 p.m. Earlier in the day you can watch the decorated Independence Day Character Boat Parade in Newport Harbor. Marching Bands and Colorful Floats have been a part of the annual Main Street 4th of July Parade in Huntington Beach for over 100 years now.


Orange County Fair: Rides, Rodeos, Animals, and Exhibits at the fairgrounds in July. Many other shows and fairground events occur throughout the year.


Pageant of the Masters Art Festival in Orange CountyPageant of the Masters Art Festival: Live actors portray famous works of art. Tickets for this July and August event should be obtained weeks ahead of time.


Sawdust Festival: Spend a summer afternoon under the oaks at this annual arts, crafts and music festival. Discounts are available for NEWPORT CHANNEL INN Guests.


U.S. Open Professional Surfing ChampionshipsU.S. Open Professional Surfing Championship: The world's best surfers compete in mid-summer for the title. Several other surfing contests, including NSSA surf events, and sponsored surf events from Volcom, Billabong, Hurley, and Oakley are held throughout the year at the beach just across from the NEWPORT CHANNEL INN and just up the beach near the Huntington Beach Pier.


Beach Games:  Surf, sun, boards and bikes all converge mid-summer near the Huntington Beach Pier, just up the beach from the NEWPORT CHANNEL INN.  Professional skateboarding, beach volleyball, BMX and freestyle motocross all together with the U. S. Open Professional Surfing Championship make for a very exciting week.

Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest


Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest: Observe the architects build those fabulous creations you always see on the nightly news, or join in and build your own on a selected weekend each Fall.


Taste of Newport Festival at Fashion Island Newport BeachTaste of Newport: Sample Newport Beach's best restaurants, California's best wineries and dance to music's legends during this three day event on a weekend in September. Headliners have included the Beach Boys, Train, The B-52’s, Sugar Ray, DEVO, and American Idol winner David Cook.


Newport Beach Boat and Yacht ShowsNewport  Boat Show & Lido Yacht Expo: Pick out your next yacht at shows in May and September, located close by in Lido Marina Village . Discounts are available for NEWPORT CHANNEL INN Guests.


Christmas Fantasy: Get into the Christmas spirit early this year with an evening stroll along decoratively lighted pathways at Newport Beach Roger's Gardens, beginning in October and continuing until the end of the year.


Newport Beach Restaurant WeekNewport Beach Restaurant Week: Celebrate your love of food with a great dining experience at one of the many outstanding gourmet restaurants participating in the Newport Beach Restaurant Week.  NEWPORT CHANNEL INN Guests seeking outstanding culinary delights at a great price have two opportunities to take advantage!  Exceptional 3-course meals designed by Newport Beach’s hottest chefs are offered at bargain prices for a full week in both October and January.


OC MarathonO C Marathon:  Start the spring off running the big one!  Join the world-class runners for the May Event.  Half Marathon, 5K run/walk, and Kids 1.2K will also be run.  The start line is at Fashion Island.



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