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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

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
Friday, June 28 to Sunday, September 1, 2024

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

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach


Festival of Arts Fine Art Show
Laguna Beach

July 3 – August 30, 2024

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring over 100 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.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Festival of Arts Art Center Workshops
July 3 – August 30, 2024
(closed on July 4 and August 24)
Weekdays 4 - 8pm, Weekends 12noon – 8pm

The Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America, provides a spacious area perfectly suited for visitors to create their own art with the help of professional artists. All workshops are held daily.

Multi-Media Art Workshops: Discover a broad palette of artistic mediums. This workshop is great for all ages and skill levels!

Printmaking Workshops: The Festival’s most skilled printmakers will demonstrate relief, monoprint, and reductive printmaking techniques, giving visitors an interesting and informative look into the creative art process.

Ceramic Workshop: Create a colorful pot by painting glazes or using a marbling technique. There is a $25+ material fee per ceramic pot.

Cost: Free with Festival Admission, Material Fee for Ceramics

Festival of Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Pageant of the Masters "À La Mode: The Art of Fashion"
Laguna Beach
July 6 – August 30, 2024
Shows Nightly at 8:30pm

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Each evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art are faithfully re-created with theatrical illusion and real people posing as living pictures. Enjoy art that comes to life under the stars in the Pageant’s outdoor amphitheater. This summer, the Pageant steps into the world of fashion with its newest production, "Á La Mode: The Art of Fashion." From the opulent grandeur of royal courts to the edgy glamour of today's runways, prepare to be dazzled by the art of fashion come to life!

Tickets start at $45 per person (Includes season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show)

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 497-6582, (800) 487-3378

Boots & Bustles at Heritage Museum OC - Santa Ana
July 13, 2024
10 am - 6 pm

Immersive Victorian Faire where you step through our gates and back in time to a family and pet friendly event from the Victorian Era! Journey on our museum grounds from the polished Victorian Society in our historic building plaza, to the rugged Western Pioneer and Frontierland surrounding our Blacksmith Shop and natural areas.

With interactive living history displays; a vendor faire; food stalls and libations; and labor and hand made crafts demos from both sides of the era, this event will transport you straight back to the times of old.

Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W Harvard St
Santa Ana, CA 92704

German Heritage Day - Huntington Beach
Sunday, July 14, 2024
2-8 pm

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Germany at the highly anticipated German Heritage Day! Join us for a day filled with authentic German cuisine, lively music, and traditional dancing, creating an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

German Heritage Day is a celebration honoring the first Germans who immigrated to the United States in the 1600s. This is a family-friendly event open to everyone – guests can dress casually or don traditional dirndls and lederhosen.

Free admission and parking

Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

City of Westminster Safety Day - Westminster
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

City of Westminster's annual Public Awareness Safety Day is on Wednesday, July 17, 2024

This free educational event provides children and their families an opportunity to become familiar with the City’s safety staff and services. Enjoy exciting displays and demonstrations from the Westminster Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority.

Sigler Park
7200 Plaza St.
Westminster, CA 92683

For more information, contact the Community Services and Recreation Department at (714) 895-2860 or visit

The Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
July 19 - August 18, 2024

Always a Good Time!! 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.

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


Ocean Festival - San Clemente
July 20-21, 2024

Celebrating "The Greatest Show on Surf!"

Competitions include the NEW Tandem Boogie Board contest, the NEW Pier Bowl Surf Classic, our world-famous Dory boat races, 5K beach run, and one-mile ocean swim.

For kids and family fun, there's Kid’s Dolphin Dash, ‘Groms Rule’ Surf Contest, and Fishing Derby. This years line-up includes a FREE beach concert, Sand Sculpting Contest, Woody Car Exhibits, and the Ocean Art Show

San Clemente Pier


Langson IMCA presents: Picturing Summer - Irvine
July 20 – September 14, 2024

Celebrating summer leisure activities and the state’s natural environment, Picturing Summer features 32 paintings dating from the late 19th to mid-20th century drawn from Langson IMCA’s collection supplemented by five works on loan from private collections. Eighteen works have never before been on public display. The selection of landscapes depicts verdant meadows in the state’s northern regions, shorelines and beaches, and mountains of the Pacific Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevadas. Figures appear in domestic scenes, participate in maritime activities, and enjoy the outdoors with friends.

Picturing Summer is organized by guest curator Susan Davidson with interpretive text by UCI graduate student Dada Wang.

18881 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, 92612

Praise & Worship Jam 2 - Anaheim
July 27, 2024
6-9 pm

All are welcome to a praise and worship jam night with the Worshiphouse band performing original worship music and other worship musicians. This is an open jam night for all Christian musicians to connect with other like-minded musicians to collaborate. Friends and family of all ages are also welcome to join us in paise and grow a supportive community of faith. Looking forward to seeing you there!

241 South Via Montanera
Anaheim, CA 92807

(949) 533-0295

South Coast Repertory presents: The Old Man and the Old Moon
July 27 - August 11, 2024

An epic adventure across land, sea and sky–all in the name of love! Indie-folk music and ingenious staging transform this tall tale into a thrilling theatrical event like no other. The Old Man who keeps the moon filled with light wakes up one morning to find his wife has gone, lured away by a mysterious melody. In his quest to find her, he encounters colorful characters, gets caught in an apocalyptic storm and is swallowed by a giant fish. Can he find her before the moon runs out of light and the world plunges into darkness?

Recommendation: For swashbucklers and yarn-spinners ages 7 to 97

Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Old Mission Rd
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Phone: (714) 708-5555

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
July 28, 2024
Cobblestone Classic Race & Pet Expo
10 am - 2 pm

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village.

The Wiener Dog Races are always one of the most popular attractions at Old World, and while the races are usually held around once a month. Entry and admission prices vary

August 25, 2024-Plum Fest Free-For-All Race and Pet Expo (10-2)
September 8, 2024 -Octoberfest Launch Race and Pet Expo (10a-2p)
September 22, 2024-Inge Invitational Race and Pet Expo (10a-2p)

Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

Sigler Park Splash Pad - Westminster
Open Weekends: May 25–June 9, 2024
Open Daily: June 15–Sept 2, 2024
12:00 – 5:00pm

The Sigler Park Splash Pad is back Memorial Day weekend and is the coolest place to enjoy some summer fun! The Splash Pad is FREE to enjoy for all from 12:00 to 5:00pm on days of operation. Check out the hours below!

It’s also the perfect spot for your next birthday party, play date, or even a Summer Camp field trip! Reserve for your private party today!

Sigler Park
7200 Plaza St.
Westminster, CA 92683

For more information, please call the Community Services & Recreation Department at (714) 895-2860 or email

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Festival of the Butterflies - San Juan Capistrano
August 3, 2024
10am to 4pm

The eagerly awaited Festival of Butterflies is back and better than ever as it celebrates its milestone 10th birthday bash! This beloved event promises a day filled with free, family-friendly fun, captivating entertainment, and educational experiences that will delight attendees of all ages.

Los Rios Park
31791 Los Rios St
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Open House at The Marconi Automotive Museum - Tustin
August 4, 2024
10 am - 2 pm

Marconi Museum Open House is BACK! Enjoy FREE admission on us to celebrate 30 years of giving through the Marconi Foundation for Kids founded in 1994 by Dick and John Marconi. Since then, we have continued our mission and have helping thousands of children throughout Orange County. Join us for a family friendly day of food, fun and 100 handpicked vehicles on display during the event in addition to the Marconi Collection.

The Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Dr
Tustin, California 92780

Brea Fest - Brea
August 9, 2024
6:30-10 pm

Brea Fest is a family event that is the “tastiest” celebration of the year! Guests are invited to sample delicious food and beverages donated from local restaurants while listening to live music. Enjoy exhibitions in the Gallery, demonstrating artists, live theater performances, shopping in market row, and much more! “Kidsville” is sponsored by North Hills Church and includes face painting, balloon animals, make-and-take crafts, a bounce house and kid-friendly foods.

Brea Fest admission and entertainment are free. There is a nominal charge of $4 per ticket that can be used for food and/or beverages. Proceeds from the event support Brea’s Art Programs, such as the Curtis Theatre, Brea Art Gallery, and Concerts in the Park.

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

(714) 990-7771

San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival - San Clemente
Sunday August 11, 2024
10 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, international booths, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more

Free Admission

Ave Del Mar
San Clemente


The Fit Expo - Anaheim
August 17-18, 2024

Non stop competitions for fitness, physique, women’s figure, martial arts, and strength contests. Events also include bodybuilding, the Gracie family’s Jiu Jitsu tournament, powerlifting, strongman, arm wrestling, jump rope and Olympic weightlifting contests, and loopkicks demonstrations. Your ticket includes admission into the giant exhibition floor filled with cutting edge companies displaying, promoting and selling fitness, health and well-being products and services and also includes FREE admission to all competitions taking place on TheFitExpo Anaheim exhibit floor! Don't forget to check out the FREE seminars, demonstrations and celebrity autograph sessions and grab all the FREE samples. Many of our exhibitors are offering great new products at discounted prices so be prepared for the shopping action.

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802

Sea Country Festival - Laguna Niguel
August 23-25, 2024

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.

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

Plum Festival - Huntington Beach
August 25, 2024
11 am - 8 pm

Join us for our 2pth PLUM FEST! We have a special Plum menu and Live Music with DA STUBE BUBEN (German Folk Music) and PHIL SHANE at the BIERGARTEN.

The event is FAMILY FRIENDLY with FREE LIVE MUSIC We will have… Food, Drinks and Full Bar, Pflaumenkuchen, Plum Cake, Plum Crepes, Plum-Infused Drinks, Berliners (small donuts) and more! FREE Admission. FREE Parking. FREE Live Music.

Old World Village
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Civil War Days - Huntington Beach
August 31 - September 1, 2024
opens 10 am

The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host the 28th annual Civil War Days Living History Event in Huntington Beach Central Park during the 160th anniversary of America's Civil War. 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, and learn about some of the most important moments in our collective history.

This event is facilitated by hundreds of dedicated volunteers portraying people from all walks of life, and as always, our events are free to the public. Come out to see this grand display this Labor Day Weekend!

HB Central Park
On Gothard between Slater and Talbert

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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

You can book cruises at the following locations:

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive
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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