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Looking for inexpensive or free entertainment? We've compiled a list of events that have no admission charge. Please note, some of the events below may have optional charges for extra items or entertainment such as rides, raffles, etc. Links to the event are provided that will detail schedules, all activities and optional charges.

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Festival of Arts Continues 90th Anniversary Celebration with Debut of foaSOUTH Off-Site Exhibit: People & Places - Laguna Beach
Now through January 15th, 2023
9 AM - 8 PM

The historic Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is continuing its commemorative festivities in celebration of the Festival’s 90th anniversary! The iconic arts organization is pleased to announce the debut of its latest off-site exhibit: People & Places, now open for guests to experience and browse through January 15th, 2023.

This exhibit presents artworks in a variety of styles and mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and photography. The works displayed are from well-known Festival artists including Scott Anthony, Lu Campbell, Carol Tolin, Gary Goff, R. Benson, Darlene Campbell, Agnes Copeland, Vinita Voogd, Scott Albert, Helen Weld, and Elizabeth McGhee. These works are all currently housed in the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection and will be on display for the public to enjoy during this limited time exhibition. As the title suggests the subject matter is focused on either people or places; however, the works are as varied as the mediums represented.

Admission is free

LOCATION:
The foaSOUTH gallery is inside Active Culture
1006 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

INFORMATION:
(949) 494-114

Holiday Event with Santa at Anaheim Plaza
Saturday, December 10, 2022
11am - 1pm

Free Family Fun Event With Raffles & Prizes, Airbrush Artist, Balloon Artist and Kid-Friendly DJ.

Bring your cameras to take a photo with Santa! Plus goodie bags for the first 100 kids*.

*Children 12 and younger.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza Food Court
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Fwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Bowers Movie Night presents: Over the Moon (2020)
January 7, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

In this animated musical, a girl builds a rocket ship and blasts off, hoping to meet a mythical moon goddess. This film features costume designs by Guo Pei. See her dazzling designs up-close and personal in our special exhibition Guo Pei: Art of Couture. 

Tickets: Free with RSVP

LOCATION:
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

INFORMATION:
714.567.3677

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
Sunday, January 8, 2023
10am - 2pm

Enjoy free admission to the Casa with creative activities and performances based thematically on Casa Romantica’s programming.

D. Yoder Family Sundays are held on the first Sunday of each month for activities and a program thematically based on Casa Romantica’s Casa Captivating programs for all ages.

Free Admission

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Ongoing Free Events

Pretend City presents: Family Autism Night
4th Thursday of the month
5-7pm

This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents / siblings / caretakers to enjoy The City in a sensory-friendly environment, along with other families. Our community partners, who specialize in supporting the neurodiverse community will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.

Specifically, for: Families with children of all ages from the neurodiverse community and with other disabilities. Pretend City will be closed to the public.

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

INFORMATION:
949.428.3900

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
First Saturday of the Month
6:00pm - 10:00pm.

Downtown Santa Ana comes alive with arts the first Saturday of each month when galleries, theatres, artists and performers in the Artists Village host a monthly Open House for the public. This free event attracts as many as 1500 individuals who come from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County to walk more than 150 participating studios and galleries located in historic buildings in the heart of downtown Santa Ana.

INFORMATION:
714-571-4229

Dale Carnegie of Orange County Workshops - Santa Ana

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance around the world through professional development and leadership training. Their unique approach to training is by enhancing organizational Emotional Intelligence with tailored professional development solutions and leadership training to help teams, departments, and organizations achieve performance goals.

Courses, seminars and fee workshops are available to help you find the best training to suit your needs on your schedule.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana, California 92705

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kids Free Fishing Clinic
Dana Point Harbor

30 Minute Clinic & 1/2 Day Fishing Trip for ages: 5 - 12 years old

Kids Fish FREE with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket! Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites children 5-12 years of age to join us dockside for an educational fishing clinic. Kids will learn hands-on-fishing techniques from our expert- anglers. After each Sunday clinic concludes, Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:15; Adults are $61 and Children ages 5-12 will fish for just $10.00. ( rules apply )

Kids Clinic Ticket: $10.00 & includes a FREE ticket & fishing equipment for the Sunday Afternoon 1/2 Day Fishing Trip

LOCATION:
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point

INFORMATION:
949-496-5794

Bolsa Chica Conservancy - Free 1st Saturday Tour - Huntington Beach
1st Saturday of the month
9 am - 10:30 am

Free First Saturday Tour offers an exceptional on-site presentation of the Bolsa Chica Story. On the first Saturday of each month, their docents gather at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Docents are stationed on or near the footbridge, a truly magnificent entrance to the restored Bolsa Chica wetlands. Tours begin every 15 minutes and five areas of interest are included in the presentation: history, birds, endangered species, ecology and restoration.

This free tour is on a first come, first served basis.

LOCATION:
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
South lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach

Phone:
To reserve private tours, call (714) 840-1575

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Free Activities & Things to do

Orange County Beaches

Except for parking fees, most beaches in Orange County have no charge for admittance. We have a list of some of our most popular beaches by following the link above.

Orange County Parks

Stroll through wilderness or hiking trails, follow an excercise course, watch the kids on the playground or simply and enjoy the fresh air and wildlife. Orange County parks have a lot to offer.

Click on the link above for some of our favorite parks. Except for some regional parks, there are no charge for admittance.

 

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