Option One… A Day in America’s Finest City: San Diego

2017 Options, 2018 TBD

11:00 am – 2:30 pm Urban Hike @ Balboa Park

Come join us for a day in San Diego, at historic Balboa Park, site of the 1915 U.S. – Panama Exposition, known for its Spanish architecture with museums, gardens and attractions at this year’s OC Conference. We will have both Midsingles and Single Adult hosts to greet everyone at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Exploring the vast Balboa Park is considered an “urban hike” — a great way to get a head start and meet new friends in a casual setting as we kick off the conference. During our hike, we can grab some lunch together in the park, preferably at Craveology, located next to the Fleet Science Center.

Insider driving tip: From Orange County, traveling down to San Diego can be a 2 hour scenic drive down the coastline depending on traffic. Allow at least 2 hours to give you ample time to get to the activity or to the temple.

Insider parking tip: Park inside Balboa Park behind the Spreckles Organ Pavilion.


Balboa Park
2125 Pan American Rd E
San Diego, CA 92101

2:30 pm  Drive to Governor Building to change into church clothes if needed

Insider driving tip: Governor Building is an LDS Church located near the San Diego Temple on Governor Drive that is open for us to change into church clothes if you are heading to the temple. The building is open from 3:00 -4:00 pm to change and freshen up.

From Downtown San Diego to Governor Building:  take 5 Fwy North, to 52 Fwy East. Take Regents Rd Exit, turn left. Turn left on Governor Drive. LDS Church located on Right at the end of the street.  Plan for 30 – 45 minutes with traffic.

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm  Smaller Fast-Casual Early Dinner Groups

We may break into more than one dinner group if needed, or depending on how busy the restaurants are at that time, but right now our thought is to meet up to eat by 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm.  Get in line to order your food, and don’t wait for the group to arrive. All restaurants are fast causal, meaning everyone can order and pay separately. We will have hosts to greet you. You will need to finish up and head to Temple to be dressed and ready for Chapel Session at 6:00 pm. Restaurants are located across the freeway from the San Diego Temple.

Our hosts will meet you here before the temple.

Urban Plates, 8707 Villa La Jolla Dr, San Diego, CA 92037 Map
Mendocino Farms, 8795 Villa La Jolla Dr, San Diego, CA 92037 Map

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Temple Sessions @ San Diego Temple

6:00 pm Chapel Session (inside temple) with member of San Diego Temple Presidency
6:30 pm Endowment Session

Temple tip: Reservations are not required, and clothing rental is available. Unlike the Los Angeles Temple, there is no Visitors’ Center at the San Diego Temple.

9:00 pm Refreshments & Mingling @ Governor Building

San Diego Temple
7474 Charmant Dr
San Diego, CA 92122
Governor LDS Building
2880 Governor Dr
San Diego, CA 92122

Option Two… A Day in Orange County: Costa Mesa + Newport Beach
​2017 options, 2018 coming soon

11:00 am – 4:00 pm An Afternoon of Fun @ Orange County Fair

Come join other Orange Conference attendees with an afternoon of fun at the Orange County Fair, 8th largest fair in North America. Pet a llama, soar up high on La Grande Wheel, enjoy lunch with new friends, dare your friends to try the newest bacon-wrapped, deep-fried, sugar-coated concoction. Don’t forget to check out the best in visual art, woodworking, jam-making and more. All at the OC Fair!

11:00 am Meet-up at Costa Mesa LDS Institute Bldg (across from Orange Coast College)

Costa Mesa LDS Institute Bldg
333 Merrimac Way
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

11:15 am Go in groups to the OC Fair (3 options to get there)

  • Carpool to park at OC Fair parking lot $10/car
  • Uber $3.20 (fastest way, drops off at Fairview Ave & Merrimac Way )
  • 20 minute 1 mile walk (free)

11:45 am Meet at OC Fair Green Gate through parking lot on corner of Fairview Ave & Merrimac Way. Get in line to purchase tickets ($12). After entering the fairgrounds, we’ll grab lunch together. Then split off into different groups to explore the OC Fair during the afternoon.

OC Fair Tip: Feel free to download the OC Fair App (for Android , or iPhone) for maps and schedule. Thursdays at the OC Fair offer a $3 sample of fair food treats (12-4 pm).


Orange County Fair
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

5:30 pm Pre-Devotional Dinner @ The Bluffs Shopping Center

Join us for some dinner before the Temple-side Devotional. Popular choices include Chipotle, Panera Bread, Pei Wei, and Jersey’s Mike Subs. Everyone can pay and order separately, and join others in the courtyard. The Bluffs Shopping Center, located on Bison Ave and MacArthur Blvd, is just 5 minutes away from the Newport Beach Stake Center.  Shopping Center entrance located on Bison Ave.

The Bluffs Shopping Center
1302-1380 Bison Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660

7:00 pm Temple-side Devotional @ Newport Beach Stake Center

Elder James R. Rasband of the Seventy, “Understanding the Restorative Power of the Savior’s Atoning Sacrifice”

See the Templeside Page for more info.

Attire: Causal, business casual, or Sunday dress…. all acceptable. Come after work, or the afternoon activities as-is.

8:00 pm Refreshments & Mingling @ Newport Beach Stake Center

Insider tip: Newport Beach Temple and Newport Beach Stake Center are adjacent to each other. If you plan to mingle after 9:30 pm, please park in the Stake Center parking lot. Temple parking lot locks up by 10:00 pm.

Newport Beach Temple  – Closed for cleaning
2300 Bonita Canyon Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Newport Beach Stake Center
2150 Bonita Canyon Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660