Special Events

The Community Services Department organizes and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year for all ages and varying interests including parades, summer concerts, nature hikes, and other family-friendly events. For a current list of events and other recreation programming classes and activities, view the Leisure Times.

SnowFest 2017


Saturday, January 28, 2017
*Rain Date: February 4 (Call the event hotline number at (949) 461-3459 for rain date date information)
  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Pittsford Park (21701 Pittsford Drive)

Be a part of this annual winter event and hit the snow laden slopes at Pittsford Park! Grab the kids, the camera, and your friends and come play in the snow where sleds and saucers will be available to slide down Mount Pittsford. Each participant must have a signed waiver form on file with the City. There will also be a free snow play area for kids 5 and under open during the entire event. Check out additional attractions at the event and bring your camera for guest appearances from a galaxy far away. For more information, call the Sports Park and Forest Recreation Center at (949) 273-6960. 

Ticket and Registration Information:
Pre-registration is mandatory. Register and purchase tickets at the Sports Park and Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway). Online registration is not accepted for this program. The fee is $7 per sledder. Cash only pre-sale. Tickets are sold out by the time of the event. Everyone who sleds down the hill must have a pre-purchased wristband.Children under five are required to ride with an adult. Food and drinks are available for a nominal fee.

Registration Dates
Ticket sales will continue at the Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway) daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until sold out. Registration is open to all and only cash is accepted.
 
SnowFest Sessions
Session 1 Families: Saturday, January 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Session 2 Families: Saturday, January 28 from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Session 3 Families: Saturday, January 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
* For wristband session availability and other information, log on to facebook.com/LakeForestEvents
 
​Snow Fest Wavier Form

Snow Fest FAQ's


Dog-a-Palooza Pet Expo

Dog-a-Palooza is a unique and family oriented event centered around family pets.  Please feel free to bring your well socialized people-friendly dog.  This one day event offers a variety of informative groups, retailers, groomers, veterinarians and pet organizations – everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet! There will be a Pack Walk around the Sports Park, informative booths, kids’ activities and a K-9 demonstration. *Please note: no flexible leashes are allowed for safety reasons.  If your dog is not friendly, you may be asked to leave the event. 

Fee: Free 
Saturday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Forest Sports Park Commons Area (28000 Rancho Parkway) 
For more information, call (949) 461-3450

Bunny Blast An Egg Wonderland


Don't be late for a very important date! It is time for everyone's springtime favorite - Bunny Blast: "An Egg Wonderland!" Enjoy a fun filled event for the whole family with a day of activities including game booths, entertainment, a DJ and other fun activities! Bring your own bags and baskets, there will be an unconventional egg hunt with egg stations where kids can collect eggs full of candy with an egg station card. The first 1,000 kids can participate in these egg-cellent egg stations! Alice and her Wonderland friends will be there, too. Bring your camera to take pictures with Nectar, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and Hoppy the Spring Bunny. Hop on down early to take part in all the fun! 

Registration Information
Pre-sale for Lake Forest Residents only at the Lake Forest Recreation Center.
Pre-register: Purchase wristbands at the Lake Forest Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway)
*Pre-sale tickets are cash only.

Lake Forest Resident Pre-sale Dates
(proof of residency is required i.e. Driver's License or Utility Bill)
Wednesday, March 22 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 23 from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $10 per wristband
Saturday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: El Toro Park (23701 Los Alisos Boulevard)

For more information, call (949) 273-6960

Etnies Egg-cellent Egg Hunt Festival and Colors


It's Springtime and time for the Skatepark to host its annual egg hunt - a great family friendly event! Come and visit with the Skateboarding Bunny, play in the bounce houses, make crafts and play fun games. There will be an egg hunt zone for ages 4 and under, as well as an all-ages egg hunt zone. The event ends with a color blast, so make sure you have clothes you don't mind getting covered in colors! The egg hunt starts at 11:15 a.m. sharp and the color blast starts at 12:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this very popular event and space is limited. 

Fee: $5 - Includes egg hunt, jumpers, games, crafts, and color blast
Saturday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest (20028 Lake Forest Drive)

For more information, call (949) 916-5870

Special Needs Resource Fair

This is a unique opportunity for families and caregivers to learn more about resources available to the special needs community. We will have several representatives providing a wealth of information and tips to benefit our special needs friends. There will be fun for the entire family, including refreshments, activities, and special guests!

Fee: Free
Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Forest Sports Park and recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway)
For more information, call (949) 461-3450

Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park


Come explore the rich history of Orange County's Mexican Ranchos and Native American tribes! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the past through music, dance, crafts, and hands-on demonstrations. Historic buildings, including the 1863 Serrano Adobe, will be open, courtesy of Amigos de la Colina Docents. refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.

Fee: $5 admission per person. Children under the age of 3 are free.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park (25151 Serrano Road)
For more information, call (949) 923-2230

10th Annual Aliso Creek Clean-Up Day


Help fight the battle against litter and debris! Join other Lake Forest residents and community groups in removing litter from a portion of the Aliso Creek. The City will supply the gloves, trash bags, reacher sticks, volunteer shirt, snacks and beverages. Meet at Cherry Avenue and Fernbank Street (Southwest of Cherry Park). Park on Cherry Avenue. All volunteers such as service organizations, students, scout groups, Kiwinas, teens and adults are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must sign a waiver form. Please wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and a hat.

Free to participate
Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cherry Avenue and Fernbank Street
For more information, call (949) 273-6960