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Orange County events lay claim to an incredible array of annual festivals and exciting events. Whether you're looking for things to do in Orange County this weekend or looking for things to do in Orange County today, there's always something to do. 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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08-16-2017

Featured Events

Blue Whale Migration Summer/Fall 2017-$16 Cruise Special

  • June 01, 2017 to October 31, 2017
  • Location: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
  • Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Venue: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate
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Enjoy $16 whale-watching cruise special. Click "Visit Website" for offer. The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to th...

Teatro Martini

  • Started September 24, 2015
  • Address: 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Times: Showtimes vary by night
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown-ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that...

Ongoing Events

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Art Talks & Tea

  • July 12, 2017 to August 30, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 12 – 1pm
  • Admission: Free with Festival admission ($8)
  • Recurrence: (Every Wednesday)
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Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at our “Art Talks: A...

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Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

  • July 05, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 10am - 11:30pm (early closing August 26 at 1:30pm)
  • Admission: Weekdays $8, Weekends $12; Students & Seniors: Weekdays $5, Weekends $8; 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 Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. Recently renovated for its 85th ann...

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Pageant of the Masters “The Grand Tour”

  • July 07, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Admission: Advance Tickets $15 - $230 (Includes season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show)
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
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The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This uber-creative, one-of-a-kind show combines theater, performance art and art history. Each evening du...

Stark Beauty: The Photography of Edward Weston

  • July 22, 2017 to September 17, 2017
  • Address: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
  • Venue: Bowers Museum
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Admission: $15
  • Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

During his lifetime Edward Weston (March 24, 1886- January 1, 1958) revolutionized photography by taking unadulterated pictures of his subjects. Stark Beauty captures Weston much in the same way the a...

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Wednesday Matinees and Discussions: Begin the Conversation

  • July 19, 2017 to October 18, 2017
  • Location: Alzheimer's Orange County
  • Address: 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, CA 92614
  • Times: 1:00pm- 4:00pm
  • Admission: 0.00
  • Recurrence: (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Wednesday)
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Join us for a movie and discussion about how dementia impacts families and relationships: The Notebook - Wednesday, July 19 1:00pm- 4:00pm Away From Her- Wednesday, August 16 1:00pm- 4:00pm Still A...

08-17-2017

Featured Events

Blue Whale Migration Summer/Fall 2017-$16 Cruise Special

  • June 01, 2017 to October 31, 2017
  • Location: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
  • Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Venue: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate
  • Visit Website

Enjoy $16 whale-watching cruise special. Click "Visit Website" for offer. The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to th...

Rock & Brews

  • Started September 17, 2015
  • Location: Rock & Brews
  • Address: 7777 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Times: Varies by day
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Rock & Brews, co-founded by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, features quality American comfort food, one of the area's largest selection of craft and international beers, all in an atmospher...

Teatro Martini

  • Started September 24, 2015
  • Address: 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Times: Showtimes vary by night
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
  • Visit Website  |  Send Email

While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown-ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that...

Ongoing Events

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Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

  • July 13, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Admission: $20 in addition to Festival admission ($8)
  • Recurrence: (Every Thursday)
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Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the “Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate” series. Sample a wide variet...

Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair!

  • January 05, 2017 to December 28, 2017
  • Location: Downtown Anaheim
  • Address: 201 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA, CA 92805
  • Times: From: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission: FREE
  • Recurrence: (Every Thursday)
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Shop local at the Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 11AM-4PM! Purchase locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables, local artisans and discover handcrafted items! We...

Farmers Park Market at the historic Anaheim Packing District returns Friday May 6

  • Started May 09, 2016
  • Location: Farmers Park
  • Address: 400 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA, CA 92805
  • Times: 4-8PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Recurrence: (Every Monday, Thursday)
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Farmers Park Market at the historic Anaheim Packing District returns Friday May 6! Farmers Park Market is a fresh Southern California certified farmers' market, which takes place every Friday, from 4:...

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Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

  • July 05, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 10am - 11:30pm (early closing August 26 at 1:30pm)
  • Admission: Weekdays $8, Weekends $12; Students & Seniors: Weekdays $5, Weekends $8; Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
  • Visit Website

This summer explore Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. Recently renovated for its 85th ann...

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In Motion: Yoga At The Museum

  • July 20, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Location: Gray Matter Art Museum
  • Address: 485 E 17th St #101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Times: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Admission: $20 (Includes 1 Complimentary Beverage)
  • Recurrence: (Every Thursday)
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Unleash your creativity and experience art in motion with Yoga at The Museum! This all-level evening flow will invigorate your senses, still your mind, and help you channel your inner artist. Move and...

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Pageant of the Masters “The Grand Tour”

  • July 07, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Admission: Advance Tickets $15 - $230 (Includes season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show)
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
  • Visit Website

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This uber-creative, one-of-a-kind show combines theater, performance art and art history. Each evening du...

SmartScape Workshop in Garden Grove

  • August 17, 2017
  • Location: Garden Grove Community Center
  • Address: 11300 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840
  • Times: 6 - 8 P.M.
  • Admission: free
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This free workshop will cover all steps to transform and maintain a stunning, water-wise landscape in your own backyard. SmartScapes are drought-tolerant landscapes that can help conserve water and e...

Stark Beauty: The Photography of Edward Weston

  • July 22, 2017 to September 17, 2017
  • Address: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
  • Venue: Bowers Museum
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Admission: $15
  • Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

During his lifetime Edward Weston (March 24, 1886- January 1, 1958) revolutionized photography by taking unadulterated pictures of his subjects. Stark Beauty captures Weston much in the same way the a...

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The Alice Wallace Band Live at The Public House

  • August 17, 2017
  • Location: The Public House by Evans Brewing
  • Address: 138 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
  • Times: 8pm - 11pm
  • Admission: free
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Joins us for country music by the Alice Wallace Band live Thursday August 17th kicking off at 8pm. Plus, late night happy hour with food and drink specials! See you there!

08-18-2017

Featured Events

Blue Whale Migration Summer/Fall 2017-$16 Cruise Special

  • June 01, 2017 to October 31, 2017
  • Location: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
  • Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Venue: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate
  • Visit Website

Enjoy $16 whale-watching cruise special. Click "Visit Website" for offer. The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to th...

Teatro Martini

  • Started September 24, 2015
  • Address: 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
  • Times: Showtimes vary by night
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
  • Visit Website  |  Send Email

While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown-ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that...

Ongoing Events

Anaheim Hosting Thousands at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships!

Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, supporters, and fans from around the world will converge in Anaheim for the 2017 Pokémon World Championships the weekend of August...

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Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

  • July 05, 2017 to August 31, 2017
  • Address: 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Venue: Festival of Arts/Pageant of Masters
  • Times: 10am - 11:30pm (early closing August 26 at 1:30pm)
  • Admission: Weekdays $8, Weekends $12; Students & Seniors: Weekdays $5, Weekends $8; Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents
  • Recurrence: (Recurring daily)
  • Visit Website

This summer explore Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. Recently renovated for its 85th ann...

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Magic and Wine Tasting with David Minkin

  • Started August 28, 2015
  • Location: M3 Live Anaheim Event Center
  • Address: 2232 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802
  • Times: Starting: 7:30 PM
  • Admission: $69 with promo code: GUEST
  • Recurrence: (Every Friday)
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SAVE $16 ON TICKETS NOW! Join David Minkin, International Magic Champion, for a unique evening of magic, food, and wine tasting. David starred on the Travel Channel show "Magic Outlaws", a...

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Newport Beach Dinner Cruise

  • July 28, 2017 to November 25, 2017
  • Address: 2431 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Venue: Hornblower Cruises & Events
  • Times: BOARDS: 7:00 PM, CRUISES: 7:30 PM–10:30 PM
  • Admission: $87.95-$92.95* per person (*Tax, service charge, and landing fee may apply)
  • Recurrence: (Every Friday, Saturday)
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Whatever you’re celebrating, few places are as beautiful as the deck of a Hornblower yacht at night with the light breezes and moon over Newport Beach. Enjoy champagne, an elegant dinner and ple...

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