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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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Celebrate Earth Day with your Westminster Community!
Saturday, April 20, 2024
9am – 12pm

Celebrate Earth Day with your Westminster community!

Come out on Saturday, April 20th to Coronet Park or Margie L. Rice Park to give a small amount of your time to make a big impact. Both locations will feature volunteer service projects, engaging activities for the whole family and information booths from 9am-12pm. Learn to be more conservation-minded while having a fun time!

Want to help plant trees and join the park clean up? Sign-up to be a volunteer at: bit.ly/WestminsterEarthDay2024

Adults, families, youth groups, service clubs, etc. are all welcome. Volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt & snacks. Volunteer sign-ups close Sunday, April 7th.

LOCATIONS:
Coronet Park
15252 Oakcliff Dr
AND
Margie L. Rice Park
6060 Hefley St

INFORMATION:
For more information, contact the Community Services & Recreation Department at 714-895-2860 or CSRonline@westminster-ca.gov

Bolsa Chica's Earth Day Festival - Huntington Beach
April 21, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands!

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival offers FREE family fun for everyone! Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with live animals, learn about pollution and wetland ecology, test the water quality, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include a jump tent and guided tours of the reserve!

Sponsored by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.

LOCATION:
Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach
Public Parking Across the Street from the Interpretive Center

Neurodivergent Family Night - Irvine
April 25, 2024,
5-7 pm

Neurodivergent Family Night creates a chance for families with children and their parents, siblings or caretakers to enjoy The City together in an environment that is designed to be sensory-friendly.

Cost: Free (Must RSVP)

Upcoming dates:
May 14, & May 23, 2024

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

Soka Peace Festival - Aliso Viejo
Saturday, May 4, 2024
2:30-9 pm

This free, day-long event marks the anniversary of our university’s dedication and is open to everyone! Enjoy eclectic programming of musical performances from contemporary artists, delicious food and drink selections, and a variety of exciting activities for the whole family

Please note that while admission is free, parking for visitors is $10. Parking is limited, we recommend arriving early and carpooling. Don’t miss out on this fantastic celebration of art, music, and community!

LOCATION:
Soka University
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

INFORMATION:
949-480-4081

Bowers Museum Presents: Japanese Cherry Blossom
May 5, 2024
11 am - 3 pm

Do you know the real meaning behind Cinco de Mayo? It isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, it’s a celebration in honor of Mexico's victory over the armed forces of the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. Join us this Cinco de Mayo for live performances by Los Cuates, Relampago Del Cielo Ballet Folklorico, and the exciting sounds of Mariachi Anacatlan. Enjoy free face painting, art projects including mini piñatas and clay animalitos, and delight in samples of pan dulce.

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

D. Yoder Family Sundays: Bubble Themed - San Clemente
May 5, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Enjoy free admission to Casa Romantica with a themed event with bubbles!

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

Farmakis Farms Craft Market - San Juan Capistrano
May 11, 2024
4-8 pm


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.

LOCATION:
29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 364-1270

Anaheim Children's Festival - Anaheim
Saturday, May 18, 2024
11 am – 3 pm

The Anaheim Children’s Festival offers families and people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy exploring and making art together. The Children’s Festival includes booths, art projects, musical and performing groups, and plenty of fun for kids and families! All art activities are FREE to all participants!

The Anaheim Children’s Festival has been going strong for 32 years and it continues to grow under the umbrella of the Muzeo Museum and their commitment to the children of the Orange County area.

LOCATION:
Pearson Park
Lemon St. & Sycamore St.
Anaheim, CA

Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove
May 24-27, 2024

The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history. Free admission!

LOCATION:
Euclid St & Main St
Garden Grove, CA

INFORMATION:
714-638-0981

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Ongoing Free Activities

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

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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Ongoing Free Classes & Workshops

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

GLXYOGA

GLXYOGA offers FUN & FREE outdoor yoga classes in Orange County. Classes are held weekly at beaches and parks. Locations and times are announced through social media and SMS broadcast.

The yoga activities are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. Everyone is welcome. Anyone interested in participating can join the community by visiting the website, opting-in to the SMS updates, or following on social media. Private yoga classes are available for individuals and groups looking for a customized yoga or sound bath experience. Yoga & surf retreats are offered yearly to exotic destinations like Costa Rica, Bali Indonesia, and El Salvador.

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No Cost Things to Do in Orange County

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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