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Free Summer Concerts

Guide to summer concerts throughout Orange County.

Pictured - San Juan Summer Nights

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 9 - August 30, 2014

Presented in July and August since the early 1930's, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Festival is a juried exhibit of fine, strictly original works by 160 gifted artists, while the Pageant is a spectacular stage production of living art re-creations.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach


International Street Fair - Orange
Labor Day Weekend
August 29-31, 2014

International foods, crafts, folk dancing and music. Many different ethnic foods and costume. The Street Fair has become known for the variety of food reflecting cuisine from around the world. They provide food, drink, entertainment and crafts to the visitors.

Street Fair is located in a four-square block area radiating out from the center of the Orange Plaza, which is the intersection of Chapman and Glassell.

Great Time For Whale Watching-$20 Whale & Dolphin Cruise Special - Newport Beach

This is a hot month of viewing whales, with blue whales leading the way. These giants exceed 80 feet in length and weigh 200 tons or more. The second largest whale, the finback whale is also often sighted on whale watching cruises during this month. The waters off Newport Beach is where the whale watching takes place and cruises depart daily from Newport.

Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661

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Fall Blue Whale Migration - $20 Cruises Daily To View These Giants - Newport Beach

September is a special time along the coast of Orange County with warm and mild days and huge numbers of blue whales feeding sometimes just several hundred yards from shore. The Blue Whale Migration is in full swing in September with cruises often seeing several blue whales or more during a single whale watching cruise. And if blue whales weren't enough, finback whales, and minke whales or also viewed regularly. A great opportunity for even the most seasoned whale watcher. Newport Beach is regarded as one of top whale watching destinations worldwide. See why.

Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661

Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta - Dana Point
September 4-7, 2014

Four days of events in the Annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta that include: Marine Fishing, Sailing Regatta including the Audi Cup, SUP Events, Juniors Regatta, Fishing Tournament, Poker Run, and VIP/Sponsor Event. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Dana Point Yacht Club, which features a breathtaking clubhouse and panoramic views of the Dana Point Harbor.

Dana Point Yacht Club
Dana Point, CA


Orange County Beer Festival - Silverado
September 6, 2014

This year there will be over 70 award winning breweries serving over 170 craft & import beers plus awesome food, live entertainment, beer seminars, all at the best location in Orange County. This is one beer fest where you won’t feel like you are choosing from the same brands you can get in your grocery store. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

This event raises thousands of dollars for the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund

5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA


Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
September 6-7, 2014

The festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea.

Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Shuttle service from Salt Creek Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road & from Dana Hills High School)


Annual Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
September 7, 2014
10 am - 4 pm

Featuring an extraordinary display of show cars from distinguished European and American Classics to racy Street Rods, Sports Cars and custom Woodies. The seaside setting for this event is an exciting venue for family, friends and extreme car enthusiasts. Vintage & dealer select automobiles in 13 classes will be at this judged event. Festivities include live entertainment, food & beverages, unique vendor exhibits, VIP hospitality and awards ceremony emceed by Automotive Commentators Dave Kunz (KABC) & Art Gould (KPFK).

Big Corona del Mar State Beach

Annual Southern California Brain Tumor Walk - Anaheim
Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Southern California Brain Tumor Walk is an inspirational, all-ages fundraising walk and community day to support the brain tumor cause. Form a team of family, friends and co-workers and help make a difference in the fight against brain tumors!

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA

Annual Walk for the Animals - Huntingon Beach
September 14, 2014
9 am - noon

Come join presenting sponsor, The Walking Company, and over 800 animal lovers and dogs for a morning of fun at the 17th Annual Walk for the Animals to benefit the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This year’s theme is pure country which will be full of fun, prizes, and entertainment! We’ll be seeing lots of cowboys, cowgirls, bandits, and varmints in the best country western costume and best trick contests. The Grilled Cheese Truck, Dogzilla and Waff-N-Roll will be on hand to serve up some mighty fine vittles.

Huntington Beach Central Park East
(Goldenwest and Talbert Avenues)

(714) 964-4445

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 14 - November 2, 2014

If you love to drink beer, eat bratwürst and sauerkraut and enjoy dancing to "Oompah-pa music directly from Linzerbuben, Austria, then you'll love the Oktoberfest at Old World Village with its traditional German festivity. Complete with German bands imported from Europe, dancing, and imported beers (of course) and tasty German foods from bratwürst to potato salad to hot pretzels and apple strudel, Oktoberfest has something for everyone.

7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach


Brea Jazzestival - Brea
September 19-21, 2014

The Jazz Festival is a crowd favorite from people in and around Orange County. The outdoor event draws well over 12,000 people during the four-weekend musical jazz extravaganza in the month of September. A prime seating area is set up for visitors. People can also bring their chairs and watch the festival from their vantage point, as Brea Downtown sets the ambiance.

There is a beer and wine garden, VIP seating area, fine arts & craft show and kid’s zone. Attendees can plan a grand Jazz night out by including dining and shopping at the various choices of restaurants and retail shops in Brea Downtown. General admission and parking is free.

Downtown Brea


Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show
Costa Mesa

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

The world's largest one day car show dedicated to helping find a cure for Prostate Cancer.

OC Fair and Expo Center
Costa Mesa

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire - San Juan Capistrano
September 27, 2014
Gates open at 4 pm

Traditional family barbecue in a casual setting featuring live country western entertainment, activities for children, live and silent auctions and riding demonstrations throughout the evening. Country western wear is encouraged!

All proceeds benefit the programs of the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities through horsemanship.

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
26284 Oso Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 27, 2014
10 am - 6 pm

Boasting artistic cultural performances on five stages, the Festival's live entertainment is a mosaic of music and dance representing more than 50 cultures from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Immerse yourself in cultural displays, world religion and demonstrations, indulge in international cuisine, explore the world marketplace and keep the little ones in motion with hands-on art projects, games and activities in a giant, interactive Kids Village. Festival admission and parking are free.

Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92618


Annual Fascination of Orchids International Show - Costa Mesa
September 27 & 28, 2014
10 am - 5 pm

One of the largest orchid shows in the world, in addition to many orchid lectures, there will be over 100 orchid exhibits and thousands of orchids available for purchase from world wide growers.

South Coast Plaza Village

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, September 28, 2014
9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is designed specifically for children of all ages. This family-fun festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors who will be entertained and delighted by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much, much more.

Admission and parking are free.

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

(714) 838-4528

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