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Events

Orange County - Local Events

Orange County, California lays claim to an incredible array of annual festivals and exciting events. From the coast to the parks to the diverse inland communities, The OC's signature events are intertwined with culture, music, art, cuisine and the SoCal beach lifestyle.  Locals and visitors alike love to participate in these unique events that make up that quintessential "Forever Summer" experience.

 

 

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Adobe Brick Making

  • February 21, 2015 to December 27, 2015
  • Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Address: 2680l Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: $3.00 for Adobe Brick Making, $5 for both activities

Join the fun!  During this hands-on activity, kids are encouraged to make and build their own adobe brick.  Examine the daily lives of Mission Native Americans.  Students and adults wil...

Arrowhead Necklace

  • March 14, 2015 to February 07, 2016
  • Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Address: 2680l Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Cost details: $5.00 for Non-Members, $1.00 for Members $10 for a Non-Member bundle package (Adobe Brick Making, Panning for Gold, and Arrowhead Necklace making)

Weekends 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join the fun! Craft your own arrowhead necklace while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans.  Students and adults will delight i...

Blockbuster Beagle!...on ice - Charles M. Schulz Theatre

  • June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
  • Location: Knott's Berry Farm
  • Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Venue: Knott's Berry Farm

Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies "go Hollywood" bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure. Join Snoopy and our wor...

Hidden Treasures: Art from the Permanent Collections of Orange County Colleges and Universities

  • February 19, 2015 to August 17, 2015
  • Location: John Wayne Airport - Vi Smith Concourse Gallery in Riley Terminal C across from Gates 18 through 21
  • Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
  • Venue: John Wayne Airport

Travelers can explore local art from five Orange County colleges and universities in the HIDDEN TREASURES exhibit on display at John Wayne Airport. From the art collections of Cal State University Ful...

Irvine Barclay Theatre 25th Anniversary and Debut Performances History

  • March 10, 2015 to December 05, 2015
  • Location: John Wayne Airport
  • Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
  • Venue: John Wayne Airport

Travelers can explore 25 years of Irvine Barclay Theatre history   ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art & Culture space located in the pre-security pedestrian walkway between Riley ...

Summer Craft Days

  • July 06, 2015 to August 28, 2015
  • Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Address: 2680l Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Admission: $3.00 per child in addition to admission; $1.00 for Mission members (price subject to change)

Monday: Lasso/Jump Rope Tuesday: Miniature Adobe Brick House Wednesday: Cornhusk Dolls/Action Figures Thursday: Mini Coiled Clay Pot Friday: Arrowhead Necklace

Vertical Impact – Calico Square Stage

  • June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
  • Location: Knott's Berry Farm
  • Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Venue: Knott's Berry Farm

The show presents the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high flying acrobats performing a one of a kind performance perfect for the entire family! This high energy show is set to the most popular ...

Vertical Impact: Geared Up! – Calico Square Stage

  • June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
  • Location: Knott's Berry Farm
  • Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Venue: Knott's Berry Farm

The fun continues after dark as the cast pumps up the volume with the latest hits, the biggest tricks and awesome special effects. The pace is intensified, the stunts are electrified, and the cast is ...

Ongoing Events

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2 Hour Whale Watching Adventure-SAVE 40% OFF Promo Code VISITOC

Delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures off Dana Point. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf's ocean adventure cruises offer rare glimpses int...

A Song for Alzheimer's Music Competition

  • July 21, 2015 to August 15, 2015
  • Location: Orange County
  • Address: 2515 McCabe Way, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614
  • Times: Ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Aug. 15
  • Admission: Free
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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Calling all singers, songwriters and bands! To unite the community and heighten awareness for Alzheimer’s, radio show OC Caravan, in partnership with leading nonprofit Alzheimer’s Associat...

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Blue Whale Migration Spring/Summer 2015-$16 Whale Watching Cruise Special

  • May 12, 2015 to October 31, 2015
  • Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Venue: Newport Landing Whale Watching
  • Times: Times Daily 10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm
  • Admission: $16 Blue Whale Watching Cruise Special
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to the waters off Newport Beach. Over 645 blue whales were viewed in 2014. Giant blue whales ...

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City of Dana Point Pacific Coast Highway Trolley

  • June 26, 2015 to September 05, 2015
  • Location: Dana Point Harbor
  • Address: 34402 Pacific Coast Highway , Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Times: Fridays- 12 noon to 10pm, Saturdays- 10 am to 10pm, Sundays- 10am to 8pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Recurrence: (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
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Free Dana Point Pacific Coast Highway Trolley Service every Thursday through Sunday will run from Capistrano County Beach to the Ritz Carlton and Monarch St. Regis where it will connect with the Lagun...

Dana Wharf Live Music Cruise

Line up for this summer… Live Music Cruise breezes into town in MAY! Are you ready to party with Dana Wharf!? Cruise aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride which has upper deck seating as well as insid...

Festival of Arts

Recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers, the Festival of Arts is one of the most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows featuring the artwork of 140 award-w...

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Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

  • July 05, 2015 to August 31, 2015
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts California’s Premier Fine Art Show, The
  • Times: Open daily July 5 - August 31 from 10am - 11:30pm (early closing July 5 at 6pm and August 29 at 3:30pm).
  • Admission: General Admission: Weekdays $7, Weekends $10; Students & Seniors: Weekdays $4, Weekends $6; Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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This summer explore Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Southern Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art desti...

Invasive Species and Their Impacts In and Around Newport Bay the Newport Bay

The Newport Bay Conservancy is sponsoring this symposium which will present information on invasive species that are altering our Southern California habitats. The symposium features a number of renow...

Just Plein Fun

  • July 27, 2015 to August 01, 2015
  • Address: 229 Marine Ave., Suite E, Balboa Island, CA 92662
  • Venue: Debra Huse Gallery
  • Times: See event description.
  • Admission: Free
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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The Debra Huse Gallery and the Balboa Island Improvement Association are proud to present the tenth annual Just Plein Fun. Fourteen award-winning artists from across the country will paint scenes on b...

Live Music harbor Cruise at Dana Wharf

Every Saturday 8pm to 9:30pm $19 per person Experience live musicians from the deck of the Dana Pride. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Dana Pride's special Pride Punch! Full cash bar available. Book...

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Monster X Tour - Monster & Tuff Trucks Live at the OC Fair

  • July 29, 2015 to August 02, 2015
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: Varies, visit ocfair.com for show times
  • Admission: Reserved seats $16.50-$18.50
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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Enjoy live monster and tuff truck action at the OC Fair live in the Action Sports Arena - 6 show times over 5 days! Come early and stay late! Your action sports reserved seat ticket gets you into the...

Murder Mystery Dinner Show

  • Started April 18, 2014
  • Location: Embassy Suites
  • Address: 1325 East Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Times: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Admission: 59.95+
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. We are now running public and private shows in cities across the country every ...

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OC Fair 2015

  • July 17, 2015 to August 16, 2015
  • Location: Pacific Amphitheatre
  • Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: OC Fair & Event Center
  • Times: Wednesday-Friday Noon-Midnight, Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-Midnight, Monday-Tuesday Closed
  • Admission: Varies
  • Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
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It’s “One Big Party” for the 2015 OC Fair, July 17-August 16, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary with 23 days of food, rides, shopping, exhibits and animals. Enjoy world-renowned...

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Pageant of the Masters “The Pursuit of Happiness”

  • July 08, 2015 to August 31, 2015
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: Starting: 8:30 PM
  • Admission: Advance Tickets $15 - $230
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), i...

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The Fab Four / Wings Band

  • August 01, 2015
  • Location: Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair
  • Address: 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $17.50-$30
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Live in the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the 2015 OC Fair. Come early and stay late! Your concert ticket gets you into the Fair too! The OC Fair is open Wed.-Fri. Noon-M...

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Watermelon Tours

  • July 04, 2015 to August 30, 2015
  • Address: 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Tanaka Farms
  • Times: From: 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Admission: Adult - $18; Child - $18; Children (age 2 yrs old and under) - Free; Group rates are available. Call for details.
  • Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Saturday)
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What Is It? In A Nutshell: •Take a wagon ride around our 30 acre farm •See how summer fruits and vegetables grow •Taste some delicious fruits and vegetables •Cut up some far...

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Which One’s Pink? - A Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd

Live performance in The Hangar at the 2015 OC Fair. Tickets include free OC Fair admission for the same day so come early and stay late! The 2015 OC Fair (July 17-August 16) is open Wednesday-Friday N...

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