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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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07-27-2017

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

Angelina's Sound

  • July 27, 2017
  • Location: Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana
  • Address: 8573 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Admission: Free

Angelina’s Pizzeria presents Angelina’s Sound, a monthly event including live music from saxophone player Itai and special guests. The July 27 event will begin at 7PM with special guests ...

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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...

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Disney's The Little Mermaid - Brea's Youth Theatre

  • July 13, 2017 to July 30, 2017
  • Address: 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821
  • Venue: Curtis Theater
  • Times: Thursday & Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Admission: $15
  • Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
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Fun for the whole family! Stagelight Production presents Disney's classic and musical tale about a magical underwater kingdom and the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to live in the world abo...

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)
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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...

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pARTake: An Art & Music Exhibition

  • July 27, 2017
  • Location: The LAB Anti-Mall
  • Address: 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Times: 6PM - 9PM
  • Admission: FREE
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We would like to invite you to participate in The LAB’s “pARTake” art and music exhibition located in Costa Mesa, California. pARTake is a conduit for creative interactions. We welc...

Shakespeare by the Sea - Macbeth

  • July 27, 2017
  • Location: Birch Park
  • Address: 210 N Birch St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
  • Times: 7pm
  • Admission: Free
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“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Seduced by supernatural prophecy, Macbeth and his Lady embark on an ambitious quest to win the Scottish Throne. Achieving ...

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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SweepsCon 2017

Now is your chance to take your hobby to the next level, or learn how to making entering and winning sweepstakes your daily passion by attending one of the biggest sweepstakes conventions in the Uni...

TIMELESS MELODIES: POPULAR DANCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY (DANCE PART 1)

  • July 27, 2017
  • Address: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
  • Venue: Bowers Museum
  • Times: 1:30 pm
  • Admission: $9 Member or w/paid admission; $12 General
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Timeless Melodies: From the Waltz to West Side Story Popular Dance in the 20th Century (Dance Part 1 ) Join Larry Maurer of Timeless Melodies for a comprehensive look at American popular dance in thi...

UC Irvine Summer Academies in the Arts

The only Orange County program of its kind to be offered by a university, the Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives in Art, Dance, Drama, Music, and Technology a...

07-28-2017

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

$5 AFTER 5 EXHIBIT ACCESS

Bowers Museum is the place to be on FRIDAY NIGHTS this summer! Every Friday evening, enjoy food, drink, live music, and $5 admission from 5 PM–9 PM and experience permanent and special exhibiti...

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Disney's The Little Mermaid - Brea's Youth Theatre

  • July 13, 2017 to July 30, 2017
  • Address: 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821
  • Venue: Curtis Theater
  • Times: Thursday & Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Admission: $15
  • Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Visit Website  |  Send Email

Fun for the whole family! Stagelight Production presents Disney's classic and musical tale about a magical underwater kingdom and the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to live in the world abo...

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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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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...

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...

  • User submitted image from SweepsCon 2017

SweepsCon 2017

Now is your chance to take your hobby to the next level, or learn how to making entering and winning sweepstakes your daily passion by attending one of the biggest sweepstakes conventions in the Uni...

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