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August

Free Summer Concerts, Movies and Shakespeare

Guide to free summer Concerts, Movies & Shakespeare in the Park throughout Orange County.

Pictured - Brea Summer Concerts in the Park

Brea Fest - Brea
Friday, August 12, 2022
6:30 pm - 10 pm

Brea Fest has spotlighted the area’s most outstanding dining opportunities to celebrate the arts in Brea. Guests sample cuisine from over 30 surrounding restaurants, caterers, and beverage vendors. There will also be live bands, theatre performances, market place, artist demonstrations, and exhibits.

Admission is free, tickets for food and beverages for purchase at $4.00.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival - San Clemente
Sunday August 14, 2022
9 am - 7 pm

Held on scenic Ave. Del Mar, two main blocks of downtown San Clemente are dedicated to an entire day of FUN. Food and game booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations, three stages with continuous live music throughout the day, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more

LOCATION:
Ave Del Mar
San Clemente

INFORMATION:
949-492-1131

The Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
July 15 - August 14, 2022
Wednesdays-Sundays

It’s Time for Fun!! Tickets for the annual OC Fair are on sale, but with limited daily capacity this year, days could sell out. The annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California 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.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no transaction fees on Fair admission! Fairgoers should make sure to get tickets for special days and group adventures now.

LOCATION:
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

INFORMATION:
714-708-FAIR

BBQ Music Fest - Fountain Valley
August 19-21, 2022
Fri. 5-11PM, Sat. 12-11PM, Sun. 12-8PM

Award-winning BBQ pitmasters all over the nation (like Australia, Florida, etc.) battle it out against locals for grand title for the Best BBQ and your vote as the People's Choice Favorite. Trust us, the competition will be intense and the flavors rich in a fierce effort to produce the best that their secret recipes have to offer. You’ve never had BBQ like this before! Pulled pork sandwiches, fresh-off-the-bone ribs, tangy barbecue chicken and many other finger-licking dishes.

Live Music • DJ and Dance Floor • Cantinas Smokin’ Food Court • All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village • Free Souvenir E-Photo • Carnival Rides & Games • BBQ Pitmasters vs. Local Competition • Backyard BBQ Competition • Karaoke Lounge w/Live Band • Live Cooking Demonstrations • Kids Area and much more to explore.

LOCATION:
Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
FREE PARKING!

Sea Country Festival - Laguna Niguel
August 26-28, 2022
Begins at 12 noon

Bring your friends and family to experience this end-of-summer event with music, rides, games, food, and much more! The Festival is a free entry event, with nominal fees for attractions and games. Food will be available for purchase.

This year’s festival will feature a “Taste of Laguna Niguel” element, which will include a traditional beer and wine garden.

LOCATION:
On Dorine and El Lazo (in between the Laguna Niguel Design Center and the Chet Holifield Federal Building)
Laguna Niguel, Ca

Wonderful World Soirée with the Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Doors open 5:30 pm, Pageant of the Masters starts at 7:30 pm

The last Saturday night of the 2022 Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters is not to be missed! Experience the most spectacular event of the year at the Festival’s newly dubbed Wonderful World Soirée for a jam-packed night of fine art, living pictures, NEW strolling entertainment, giveaways, and so much more!

The biggest bash of the season, the Festival of Arts’ Wonderful World Soirée will welcome the legendary Priscilla Presley to introduce an exclusive performance of the Pageant’s popular production of “Wonderful World”; and Arturo Sandoval, a 10-time Grammy award winner, will perform an intimate concert on the Festival’s green. Guests will also enjoy the artwork of 120 talented artists featured at the Festival of Arts.

Special for this night only, attendees will be amazed by strolling international-themed performers, including traditional Chinese Lion Dancers and African Stilt Walkers, plus fun photo ops, and so much more!

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
949-494-1145

Legends of Motown Komedy Slamm with Dance Party - Anaheim
Saturday, August 27, 2022
7:30 pm

Comedy, Motown Tributes and Summer Dance Party for Ages 19 to 91!

COMEDIAN Scott Wood from the Hit TV Series "Something Smells Funny"

TRIBUTES TO: Michael Jackson, the Four Tops, Whitney Houston, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green and the Blue Notes

SUMMER DANCE PARTY with DJ Rodney playing 70s, Old School, Funk, Salsa, Line Dances & More. After-show Summer Dance Party is FREE with show ticket or $10 for Dance Only

LOCATION:
Phoenix Club in Anaheim
1340 S Sanderson Ave
Anaheim 92806

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
Gold VIP (includes dinner & table): $49 prepaid/$59 at door
Silver (includes table) $30.00 prepaid/$40 at door
General (includes seat): $25.00 prepaid/$35 at door

Dance Party following the show FREE with your show ticket (Or $10 for just the dance)

714-622-4977 or online
Tickets non-refundable. Artists subject to change without notice.

Summer Dance Party - Anaheim
Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:30 pm

Singles and couples are welcome. Ages 19 to 91! FREE Parking

Have fun at the SUMMER DANCE at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim in their beautiful Grand Ballroom. Popular DJ Rodney will be playing R&B, Old School, Funk, Salsa, Line Dances & more.

LOCATION:
Phoenix Club in Anaheim
1340 S Sanderson Ave
Anaheim 92806

INFORMATION / TICKET OPTIONS:
Call 714/622-4977 for info or tickets or purchase online

DANCE ONLY Tickets (9:30pm): $10 prepaid/ $15 at the door or FREE DANCE TICKET when you purchase the FULL SHOW

The "Comedy & Motown Tributes" show ticket includes the dance (see http://www.SpectacularEventZ.com for a list of all of the performers & band)

FULL SHOW: COMEDY, MOTOWN TRIBUTES & DANCE PARTY (7:30pm - 11:30pm):

General (seat only): $25 prepaid /$35 at door Silver VIP (table, no dinner): $30 prepaid/ $40 at door Gold VIP (table & dinner included, closer to the stage) : $49 prepaid/ $59 at door

*** PREPAY 6 GOLD OR SILVER TICKETS FOR RESERVED TABLE WITH YOUR NAME ON IT ***

DANCE ONLY TICKET: (starting at approximately 9:30pm) is $10 prepaid/$15 at door

Tickets are non-refundable. Performers subject to change without notice.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
August 27-28, 2022

This Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good ol' entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation. 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. You won't want to miss this year's excitement.

LOCATION:
30753 La Pata Road
San Juan Capistrano

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
Friday, June 24 thru Sunday, August 28, 2022
11am to 7pm, Sunday-Thursday
11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday

Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

LOCATION:
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach

INFORMATION:
949-494-3030

Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach

July 5 – September 2, 2022

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 2, 2022

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage.

LOCATION:
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
800-487-3378

Pretend City Presents: Dino City - Irvine
May 28 - September 2, 2022

Venture to Pretend City this summer for Dinos in The City! Explore engaging interactives with life-like animatronic dinosaurs and exciting educational content. Learn how paleontologists unearth bones, dig in our dinosaur pit, you’ll even be able to take home an etching of several species of dinosaurs!

COST: Included with Museum Admission

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

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September

International Street Fair - Orange
Labor Day Weekend
September 2-4, 2022

International foods, crafts, folk dancing and music. Many different ethnic foods and costume. The Street Fair has become known for the variety of food reflecting cuisine from around the world. They provide food, drink, entertainment and crafts to the visitors.

LOCATION:
Street Fair is located in a four-square block area radiating out from the center of the Orange Plaza, which is the intersection of Chapman and Glassell.

Huntington Beach Civil War Days - Huntington Beach
September 3-4, 2022
opens 10 am

The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to once again host their annual Civil War Days Living History Event in Huntington Beach Central Park.

Living history events like Civil War Days allow people to experience vivid recreations of life in our past in ways that would not otherwise be possible. This event is facilitated by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and always remains free to the public.

LOCATION:
HB Central Park
On Gothard between Slater and Talbert

Original Lobster Festival - Fountain Valley
September 9-11, 2022
Fri. 5-11PM, Sat. 12-11PM, Sun. 12-9PM

Fresh Live Maine Lobsters flown in daily prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the World’s Largest Steamers, which steams up to a thousand pounds of lobster at a time—so there’s plenty to go around! For over 26 years the Original Lobster Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. You can find all things lobster from lobster rolls to lobster mac and lobster fries, lobster bisque, and even lobster surf ‘n’ turf!

Fresh Live Maine Lobster Live Music • Dance Floor • Beach Bars Food Court serving up all kinds of tasty eats • Exclusive VIP Lounge • Private VIP Cabanas • Free Souvenir E-Photo • Carnival Rides & Games • Karaoke Lounge w/Live Band • Local Artisans • Live Sports Tent • Magic Shows w/Balloon Twisting • Kids Area Live Sports Tent AND much more to explore.

LOCATION:
Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
FREE PARKING!

Farmakis Farms Craft Market - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, September 10, 2022


Family-owned Christmas tree farm and certified farmers' market located in San Juan Capistrano now offering a monthly craft market!

Crafts, arts, handmade goods and one of a kind items! FREE to attend. Will be held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

LOCATION:
29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 364-1270

San Clemente Annual Car Show - San Clemente
September 10, 2022
10 am - 3 pm

What began as a few classic car enthusiasts meeting at the San Clemente Community Center, has grown into a beloved annual car show which draws thousands of spectators to view almost 300 cars on historic Avenida Del Mar. From classics, rods, muscle to exotic cars, and vintage trailers, the San Clemente Car Show has something for everyone!

Bring the entire family down to see all the cool cars and the vintage trailers. There will be a fantastic live band, dancing, and Taxpros+ hosts a fun slot car racing game for kids of all ages.

LOCATION:
Show takes place in the 100 & 200 blocks Avenida Del Mar in historic downtown San Clemente

Annual Crab Feast and Auction Under the Stars - Fullerton
September 10, 2022
6:00-10:00 pm

Mark your calendars now for an evening of dinner, music, dancing, and silent & live auctions throughout the evening.

Money raised from the annual Crab Feast and Auction Under the Stars is used to support YMCA programming for under-served children and families in the community. One such example is our fully subsidized afterschool care program at the Richman Neighborhood Center in Fullerton.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Family YMCA
2000 Youth Way
Fullerton, CA 92835

Orange County Craft Beer Festival - Silverado
September 10, 2022

This year there will be 160+ Craft Beers, ciders and seltzers plus awesome food and live entertainment in a park setting with lots of shaded seating. This year'rs OC Brew Ha Ha will feature music from an all-star lineup of tributes to some of the best music to come out of the 90's

LOCATION:
Oak Canyon Park
5305 E Santiago Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA 92676

Maritime Festival - Dana Point
September 10-11, 2022

The festival features a spectacular array of fun activities including live music, mermaid swim shows & breakfast, cannon battles, and Sails N' Ales where you can enjoy craft beer tasting from eight different local brewers as well as music by American Idol contestant Casey Abrams, mermaid encounters, food vendors, and a prime viewing location of the visiting tall ships.

LOCATION:
Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Shuttle service from Salt Creek Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road & from Dana Hills High School)

INFORMATION:
949-496-2274

Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair - Anaheim
Saturday, September 17, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit the Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair to shop for one of a kind handmade items from local crafters.

• Crafters, vintage sellers and artists
• No multi-level marketing vendors
• Food sale including homemade Eastern European favorites and bake sale
• Church talks at 11:00am & 2:00pm
• Convenient parking
• Handicapped accessible
• No entrance fee
• Stop on by and have a great time!

Please share with your clubs, groups, parish and stop on by to support this great craft/art/food event.

LOCATION:
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church
995 N. West St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, September 17, 2022
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Limited tickets available and advance reservations required. The event is fun for the entire family: Rider/Client Demonstrations, Barn Tours, Carnival Games, Petting Zoo, a delicious BBQ dinner, Rider Parade of Stars, and music to enjoy and dance to by Swingshift (long-time BBQ band). Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and will not be available at the door, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon and we hope to see you there!

All proceeds benefit the programs of the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities through horsemanship.

LOCATION:
The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
26284 Oso Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
949-240-8441

Toast to the Casa 2022: The Enchanted Garden - San Clemente
Saturday, September 17, 2022
5:30 - 10 pm

Support access to the arts, history and education at Casa Romantica's annual Toast to the Casa gala!

Event includes Multiple stages with live entertainment, Eclectic food and beverage fare (sample food, wine, beer, spirits and cigars from nearly 30 local vendors all evening), Exciting prizes and auction items, & a flawless patron experience with valet parking, ample seating and white glove service.

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Dozynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
September 17-18, 2022

Celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. Dozynki is a celebration of thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest that dates back to 16th century Poland. It remains a long-standing tradition in Polish communities throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.

The Dozynki will feature Polish folk dancers in traditional costumes plus delicious polish food such as freshly prepared stuffed cabbage, traditional pierogi, authentic Polska Kielbasa and Polish beer.

LOCATION:
Pope John Paul II Polish Center
3999 Rose Dr
Yorba Linda, CA

INFORMATION:
714-996-8161

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach
September 18 through November 6, 2022
Wednesday through Sunday

Enjoy authentic German Food, imported German Beers, German Bands, an army of Beautiful Shot Girls, and other festivities, competitions, games & more.

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

South OC Cars and Coffee and Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show - Costa Mesa
September 24, 2022
9 am - noon

Many hypercars, supercars, exotics, vintage, classic, muscle and sports cars, hot rods, rat rods, pickups, 4×4’s and motor cycles are expected to be on display. Cruisin' For A Cure will be offering prostate cancer screening.

LOCATION:
OCFair & Events Center
Costa Mesa, CA

Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K - Huntington Beach
Saturday, September 24, 2022

This Classic 10 Miler is the perfect training run for your fall or winter marathon. The spectacular 10K is long enough to challenge your endurance yet is the perfect distance for achieving a PR. The Flat Fast course along California's famous Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for a leisurely 5K jog.

LOCATION:
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA

INFORMATION:
888-422-0786

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival - San Juan Capistrano
September 24-25, 2022

Be Greek for the day! Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and dancing, shopping at the Greek bazaar, kid friendly activities and exhibits featuring Byzantine icons and traditional Greek costumes.

$3 admission.

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 542-3445

Cypress Community Festival - Cypress
September 30 - October 1, 2022

One of the largest one-day festival in Orange County that attracts over 20,000 people annually. This event includes an early morning 5K / 10K run, a pancake breakfast, car show, chili cook-off, family games, food booths, the Chamber of Commerce business expo, children's rides, arts and crafts booths and four stages with continuous entertainment.

The admission is FREE!

LOCATION:
Cypress Community Center
Oak Knoll Park
5700 Orange Avenue

INFORMATION:
(714) 827-2430

Tiller Days- Tustin
September 30 - October 2, 2022

Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular event in Tustin since 1957. The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County's agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainment.

No admission fee

LOCATION:
Columbus Tustin Middle School and Recreation Center
17952 Beneta Way Tustin, CA 92780
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326

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Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through April.

Summer and fall bring the giant blue whales. They can be seen from May through October

Humpback whales, finback whales, & minke whales are viewed year round. Giant marine protected park provides pristine habitat for whales and dolphin and means a simple 2-2.5 hour cruise is all that needed to see whales and dolphin from Dana Point and Newport Beach

LOCATIONS:
You can book cruises at the following locations:

DANA POINT:
NEWPORT BEACH:
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach Ca 92661
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661
$16 Cruise Special!
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