Must-See Art Walks in Orange County
It’s no secret that Orange County is home to incredible creative arts and unique art galleries that art-lovers crave.
It’s no secret that Orange County is home to incredible creative arts and unique art galleries that art-lovers crave. With a number of art walks scattered all throughout The OC, it can be hard to decide just where to begin.
Street Art Events in Orange County
From Huntington Beach’s Art Afaire to Downtown Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience (ACE), Orange County has all the art, crafts and culture that you’re seeking! Let’s take a look at some of the finest art walks throughout Orange County.
Pier Plaza Art Afaire – Huntington Beach
Pier Plaza Art-A-Faire began in 1995 on Main Street and Olive and the event has grown with an impressive number of local arts, crafts, clothing and jewelry vendors and eventually moved onto Main Street and then relocated to its current home at Pier Plaza in 2000. The beautiful Pacific Ocean is a great backdrop for showcasing original artwork and handmade crafts. The Pier Art-A-Faire Fridays and weekends draw a diverse crowd of local and out-of-town visitors.
The Art Crawl Experience (ACE) – Downtown Anaheim
“Art Crawl Experience” or simply “ACE” is a visually invigorating, tastefully titillating, and an auditory explosive arts festival that takes place from 6pm to 10pm on the second Saturday of February, May, August and November in what has been acclaimed by local artisans as the Downtown Anaheim Arts District.
ACE was created by artists and community leaders with the intent of bringing arts and culture downtown by showcasing art in public places, street artisans, pop-up galleries, and the brick-and-mortar galleries.
During the evening of an ACE, attendees stroll among outdoor permanent art fixtures, such as Peter Shire’s illuminated birdhouse sculptures, to discover artists demonstrating their creative process live for curious onlookers. The indie craft fair at ACE is a cascade of canopies containing unique hand-crafted treasures. Gourmet food trucks rally and local entertainers perform throughout the experience. Participating downtown eateries and shops transform their spaces into one-night pop-up galleries, while the latest art exhibits are revealed at brick-and-mortar galleries, including Center Gallery and MUZEO.
The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd., to Harbor Blvd. and along Center Street Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.
First Thursdays Art Walk – Laguna Beach
The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This monthly beach art event, held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 9pm, celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public. First Thursdays Art Walk is funded by member galleries, local art institutions, lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.
First Thursdays Art Walk was founded as an independent, community-serving, non-profit with the mission to promote Laguna Beach as a leading destination and community of fine art galleries. The organization is committed to supporting local artists and galleries, serving the community by cultivating an appreciation for the arts.
The Balboa Island Artwalk – Newport Beach
The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the island’s summer season. The 25th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade. Admission is free.
This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on five stages along the walk.
The Dana Point Artfest
The Dana Point Artfest returns Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 starting at 10am. You can kick off your summer with this exciting free family-friendly event. The Dana Point ArtFest is an A-list outdoor art and music event that brings artists and community together in and around Dana Point, CA area.
- More than 80+ local artists
- Live music
- Wine and beer garden
- Restaurants on Del Prado Ave will open early for the event – providing food and libations
Artist or not, you won’t regret spending some time soaking up the art scene in Orange County. From Anaheim to Dana Point, the OC is everything you’re looking for and more when it comes to exciting art events.