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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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Free Summer Concerts, Movies and Shakespeare

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

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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!

LOCATION:
Sigler Park
7200 Plaza St.
Westminster, CA 92683

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

Bowers Museum's Celebration of India
July 14, 2024
11 am - 3 pm

Celebrate with the Bowers Museum during our free family festivals held every first Sunday of the month in the Museum’s beautiful Key Courtyard. Enjoy live performances, art making, face painting and complimentary treats at every festival. Free Family Festivals are made possible with generous support from the Nicholas Endowment.

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

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.

LOCATION:
Sigler Park
7200 Plaza St.
Westminster, CA 92683

INFORMATION:
For more information, contact the Community Services and Recreation Department at (714) 895-2860 or visit ww.westminster-ca.gov

Neurodivergent Family Night - Irvine
July 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)

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

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.

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

D. Yoder Family Sundays: Student Performers- San Clemente
August 4, 2024
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bring your friends and enjoy free admission to Casa Romantica with activities such as making friendship bracelets, line dance classes with Carrie Wojo, exploring the gardens, and more! Line Dancing Classes: 10:30 – 11 AM & 11:30 – 12 PM

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

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.

LOCATION:
The Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Dr
Tustin, California 92780

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 even 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

Langson IMCA presents: Gallery Talk, Dada Wang on Picturing Summer - Irvine
Saturday, July 27, 2024
11 am

Join UCI Langson IMCA Graduate Student Researcher Dada Wang, who aided Guest Curator Susan Davidson in organizing the exhibition, for a walkthrough of the exhibition. Following the program, Wang will be available in the gallery to answer questions and speak with visitors and program attendees.

This program is free and open to all. Advance registration is not required.

LOCATION:
18881 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, 92612
Airport Tower Conference Room

PARKING:
Airport Tower parking structure. Parking is free for 2 hours with validation.

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 30th 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!

LOCATION:
HB Central Park
On Gothard between Slater and Talbert

Farmakis Farms Craft Market - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, September 14, 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 Craft and Vintage Fair - Anaheim
Saturday, September 21, 2024
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.

• Local crafters, vintage sellers and artists
• No multi-level marketing vendors
• Food sale including homemade Eastern European favorites and bake sale
• Convenient parking
• Handicapped accessible
• No entrance fee for shoppers
• 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

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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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Free Entry Museums

Hilbert Museum of California Art - Orange

Discover the Hilbert Museum, home to one of the world’s largest collections of California narrative art. With 26 galleries for rotating displays of the more than 5,000 oils, watercolors, illustrations, drawings, pieces of movie production art and more, there’s always something new to see for art fans of all ages! Visit our website to make your FREE reservation.

The Hilbert Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm, and located in the heart of Old Towne Orange near the Orange Circle and across the street from the train station.

LOCATION:
167 N. Atchison Street
Orange, California

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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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