FREE Summer Events in Orange County

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing   July 28-Aug. 5
In addition to the surf competition, includes skateboarding and BMX bike competitions, movie premieres, vendor exhibitions, demos and art exhibitions.
Time/Place: Huntington Beach Pier

Laguna Niguel Summer Concerts   Through Aug. 10
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a night of music under the stars! Food and dessert will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks.
Time/Place: Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5100 /

The Orange County Fair   Through Aug. 12
Offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games.
Time/Place: OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Garden Grove Free Summer Concert Series   Through Aug. 16
Thursdays. There will be free activities for kids in the Kids Zone! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Eastgate Park
Contact: 714-741-5168 /

Orange Concerts in the Park   Through Aug. 22
Every Wednesday. See website for lineup.
Time/Place: 7-8:30pm / Hart Park Bandshell
Contact: 714-744-7294 /

Festival of Arts   Through   Sept. 1
The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Art-related attractions and special events include jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided and audio art tours throughout the eight-week run.
Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-1145 /

Pageant of the Masters   Through Sept. 1
Audiences are amazed and enchanted by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
Time/Place: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-1145 /

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Series   Through Sept. 2
Sundays. Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic blankets for this Huntington Beach tradition. The HB Concert Band hosts a free eleven-week series featuring various music groups.
Time/Place: 5pm / Thomas Ridley Central Park Bandstand
Contact: 714-891-6856 /

Sawdust Festival   Through Sept. 2
Art! Three stages of live music and entertainment! Cheap beer and wine! Outdoor eateries and cafes! Free hands-on art classes and daily art demonstrations such as glassblowing!
Time/Place: 10am-10pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
Contact: 949-494-3030 /

Dana Point Concerts in the Park   Through Sept. 12
Sundays. Be sure to bring a blanket or low-back beach chair. A Spirit Garden will be available to purchase alcoholic drinks with the proceeds benefiting the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. BBQ food items will be for available for purchase and the proceeds will benefit the Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934.
Time/Place: 3-6pm / Sea Terrace Park

La Habra Movies in the Park   Through Oct. 12
Join the Recreation staff for an outdoor, family-friendly movie on Friday nights.  Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can enjoy food vendors and the Bamboo Kids Club.
Time/Place: Dusk / See website for schedule.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series   Through Oct. 12
Fridays. Another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheatre of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
Time/Place: 7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road

La Habra Corn Festival   Aug. 3-5
Food, Rides, Games, Music and fun for the whole family. Enjoy hot buttery Corn on the Cob, great sandwiches, sweet warm Funnel Cakes and other tasty treats. Be sure to visit the new Corn Festival Marketplace. Parade on Saturday at 9:30am.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / El Centro Lions Park
Contact: 562-691-3482 /

Cruisin For the Cause   Aug. 4
Presented by The Johnny O Foundation and Old World Village. Raffles for “Cool” prizes. The event is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks! Market consists of a Farmers Market, food and drink, collectibles plus arts and crafts from displayed by vendors from all over. Free parking and free admission.
Time/Place: Old World Village West parking lot, Huntington Beach
Contact: 602-751-7522 /

Furry Friends Pet Fair   Aug. 4
Everything to keep your pets happy and healthy including pet exams, low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping and more. Several vendors will be on hand with products and giveaways.
Time/Place: 9am-Noon / Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center & Vista Park
Contact: 949-425-2550 /

Civil War Days   Aug. 4-5
Heritage Museum will offer two days of learning from both the Confederate and Union soldiers as they reenact daily routines during the civil war. See large and small Civil War weapons and artillery, experience canon fire demonstrations and visit their blacksmith shop for interactive activities.
Time/Place: 3101 W Harvard Street, Santa Ana
Contact: 714-540-0404 /

Cordova Park Camp Out   Aug. 4-5
Family fun activities, including giant life-sized games, crafts, a flashlight hike, and more! S’mores and breakfast provided with registration. Please bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, and tent (stakes are OK). No pets please.
Time/Place: 4pm-10am / 26931 El Retiro, Mission Viejo
Contact: 949-859-4348 x5722 /

Newport Beach Lobsterfest   Aug. 5
Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event. Live entertainment on from our stage located on the beach. A percentage of the proceeds go to Leadership Tomorrow and Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire.
Time/Place: 3-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
Contact: 949-478-3468 /

Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series   Aug. 5 & 12
Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes. Gourmet food trucks with be on-site.
Time/Place: 5:30pm / Mike Ward Community Park

Rancho Summer Nights   Aug. 11
Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter with over 60 million Spotify streams, 55 thousand albums and 400 thousand singles sold. Bring your low lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food trucks will be available, no alcohol permitted.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano
Contact: 949-609-8000 /

San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival   Aug. 12
Food and game booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations, three stages with continuous live music, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more.
Time/Place: 9am-7pm / Avenida Del Mar

Brea Fest   Aug. 17
Talented live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstrations, along with theatre performances. Over 35 area restaurants will provide food and beverage samples with taste tickets being sold for only $3 each.
Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Brea Civic & Cultural Center
Contact: 714-990-7771 /

Paws in the Park   Aug. 18
Bring your four-legged friends for a fun-filled day with activities for pets and humans alike. Pet-related vendor booths, an obstacle course, races and a pet fashion show.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Stanton Central Park
Contact: 714-379-9222 /

Pacific Wine and Food Classic   Aug. 18-19
This all-inclusive event offers incredible food from our top local chefs, wines, beers and premium cocktails on the sand.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Plum Festival   Aug. 19
This is a fun family day to celebrate with your family and friends. Live Music, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Plum Cakes, Plum Crepes, Berliners, BBQ Kitchen and Wiener Dog Races. Free admission!
Time/Place: 2-6pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 /

Mission Viejo Restaurant Week   Aug. 20-26
No passes, tickets or coupons are required for this scrumptious event. Instead, diners may simply visit participating restaurants during the week to enjoy the restaurant options.
Time/Place: See website for list of participating restaurants.
Contact: 949-441-0602 /

Wedgewood Aliso Viejo Summer Wedding Fair   Aug. 22
This fun event showcases the center’s vast amenities and gives couples and families the chance to tour the property, meet vendors, sample delectable appetizers and entrees, toast with drinks and play wedding games.
Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Aliso Viejo Center
Contact: 949-425-2555 /

One Spirit Many Souls Dance & Music Festival   Aug. 25
Guest Artists, International Dancers, Food, Craft Vendors. Kamakani Komohana Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the preservation and education of Polynesian culture, dance, and music.
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 /

Splash-In Movie & Recreation   Aug. 25
Grab your swimsuit, floatie and family, and come on down to the pool for a movie. Swim and float in the pool while Secret Life of Pets plays on the big screen. Lifeguards will be on duty. Recreation swim fee is $2 per child and $4 per adult.
Time/Place: 6:30pm / William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine
Contact: 949-724-6717 /

Barks & Brews Fundraiser   Aug. 25
Celebrate National Dog Day with Outlets at San Clemente and Pet Project Foundation. Sniff, schmooze and sip craft beer and enjoy the following activities: Doggy Costume Contest with prizes, Craft Beer & Cocktail tastings, Photo Booths, Food Truck, Live Entertainment, Free Treats, Dog-Friendly Vendors, Face Painting & Balloon Animals.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / San Clemente Outlets
Contact: 949-492-1617 /

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo   Aug. 25-26
Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year’s Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie down roping and bull riding.
Time/Place: 30753 La Pata Road, SJC

Elvis Festival   Aug. 26
Themed “Always on Our Minds,” the event brings together Elvis fans and tribute artists who emulate the King of Rock and Roll. Activities include the King of Cadillac Car Show, a new Hound Dog Motorcycle Ride and Show presented by Lifestyle Cycles, food trucks, and more!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Historic Main Street Garden Grove
Contact: 714-267-4657 /

Senior Fitness Expo   Aug. 31
This free event will include health screenings, nutrition information, demonstrations and a wide variety of the latest health and fitness products.
Time/Place: 12pm / Rancho Senior Center, Irvine
Contact: 949-724-6800 /

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