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

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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

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

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
Sunday, September 4, 2022
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

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

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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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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