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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Huntington Beach Art Walk - Huntington Beach
August 27, 2016
11 am - 4 pm

Located at Triangle Park and the Art Center, the festival will offer 75 booths for the artists, a children's art zone, live music, a culinary event, and a display of Surfboards on Parade..

Triangle Park
538 Main Street
Huntington Beach

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 7 – August 31, 2016

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

(949) 497-6582

Festival of Arts - Laguna Beach
July 5 – August 31, 2016
Open daily 10am – 11:30pm

For over 80 years, the Festival of Arts has offered this breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers in Laguna Beach. The Festival's prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more - all by 140 of Orange County's finest artists.

Visitors can take an art tour, catch an artist demonstration, grab a bite to eat, create their own work of art or just sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jammed packed with live music and other special events.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

(949) 497-6582

Festival of Arts Workshops - Laguna Beach
July 5 – August 31, 2016

Held during the Festival of Arts, the Festival’s Art Center provides a spacious area perfectly suited for visitors to create their own art with the help of professional artists. All workshops (including printmaking, ceramics and mixed media) are located in one centralized location just past the Festival Green.

Youth Arts Education Workshops - Bring out that creative spark in your young artist at t he Youth Arts Education Days this summer at the Festival of Arts. Kids will enjoy art classes taught by professional Festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage and more. Meanwhile, parents will have free time to view the artwork on display throughout the Festival grounds. Festival artists will also share some of their creative techniques in a fun and friendly environment! For children ages 5 - 12.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

Summer Art Workshops are free with festival admission (Raku Ceramics fee is $25 and up). Youth Arts Education Workshops costs are $15 - $25 per class. Reservations required for youth workshops & groups of 6 or more

Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 24 - August 28, 2016

The Sawdust Festival features the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach artists. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes, and outdoor cafes.

Medias include hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, photography, and so much more.

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach


Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
September 3, 2016
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.


Seal Beach Arts & Craft Fair - Seal Beach
September 10-11, 2016
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm

More than 90 artisans with original handmade art: Painters, Jewelry makers, Stained Glass, Ceramics, Clothing, Novelties, Recycled Art, Free Face Painting Free Sidewalk Chalk Drawing along the pier.

Produced by Seal Beach Lions Foundation.

Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach
Seal Beach Pier/Ocean Blvd.

Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair - Anaheim
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9 am - 4 pm

Visit the Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair to shop for one of a kind handmade items from local crafters. No multi-tiered marketers. Real art and handmade items! Attention foodies! Food will be sold, including Eastern European favorites, baked goods and homemade jam! Free balloon animals! All day raffle!

Church tours, that will include viewing hand painted icons, at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Vespers Liturgy at 5:00pm. All are welcome. Stop on by and have a great time!

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church
995 N. West St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

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Free Summer Concerts

Guide to summer concerts throughout Orange County.

Pictured - San Juan Summer Nights

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate featuring Billy Valentine - Laguna Beach
Thursday, August 18, 2016
5:30 – 7:30pm

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the 'Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate' series. Sample a wide variety of wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family.

Concerts are free. Wine and Chocolate pairings (21 and over) are $20 in addition to Festival of Arts admission.

Upcoming Concerts:
Aug 25 : Charged Particles

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

Limited seating available in reserved section for an additional $25 per person by calling (800) 487-3378.

Mariachi Divas in Concert - Los Alamitos
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Doors open at 4 pm

St. Isidore Historical Plaza presents Double Grammy Winners MARIACHI DIVAS in Concert on Saturday August 20, 2016. Doors open at 4:00pm with Dinner being served from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. The Concert starts at 7:00 pm and continues through 10:00pm.

There is limited reserved seating at $60.00 and $55.00 per seat. General admission tickets are $50.00 per seat. The ticket price includes dinner. There is a PayPal option on the website if you wish to purchase tickets electronically. PayPal tickets will be held at Will Call.

St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan St.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Call and reserve your place! Tables of 10 are available for group reservations. For tickets or information contact Tanya Aguilar Barraza at 562 335-8340 or St Isidore Historical Plaza 562 596-9918.

For more information visit the St. Isidore Historical Plaza website at and find us on Facebook.

Pacific Symphony presents: "Tchaikovsky Spectacular” - Irvine
September 3, 2016
8:00 p.m.

As the sun sets on our final concert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Carl St.Clair will take us on a trip down memory lane, reminiscing on nearly three decades of concerts “in the meadows.” The program will be a Tchaikovsky hit parade featuring excerpts from the perennially popular ballets “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” and two beloved concertos. The curtain will fall on this chapter of Pacific Symphony history to the traditional sounds of the electrifying “1812 Overture”!

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

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Film & Cinema

Bowers Museum CINEMA ITALIANO: Matrimoni e Altri Disastri - Weddings & Other Disasters (2010)
August 21, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Forty year-old Nanà runs a small bookstore in Florence. Despite the constant nagging of her well-to-do family, she has no intention of making anything more of her life. As for her sentimental interests, though secretly in love with Bauer, a self-centered novelist who takes advantage of her feelings to obtain small professional favors, she has pretty much given up on finding her Prince Charming and living happily ever after. In fact, the unpleasant end to what she thought was the love of her life has left her allergic to the very idea of matrimony. In Italian with English subtitles

Bowers Museum / Kershaw Auditorium
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706


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Historical Tours & Programs

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
1 pm

The Walking Tour visits two San Juan Capistrano adobes built in the 1790s and the Victorian Pryor House. Tales of ghosts, pirates, buried treasure and of many who have lived here will point out why San Juan is so special.

Donations of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per child are accepted and go to several projects including Save the Adobe Fund.

Tours leave from "Lady Debra's" at the corner of Camino Capistrano and Verdugo Street.
San Juan Capistrano

(949) 493-8444

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Current Museum Exhibits

Discovery CubePresents: “Planetary Research Station” - Santa Ana

The “Planetary Research Station” is an animated globe that can show dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet.

Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Bowers Museum Exhibit: Mummies of the World
March 19, 2016 - September 5, 2016

Mummies of the World portrays a once-in-a-lifetime collection of real mummies and artifacts from across the globe. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies dating back as far as 4,500 years.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Art Talks: Lecture Series - Laguna Beach
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
12 – 1pm

Lecture title: "Fashion Show"
Festival Fashion Runway competitors share designs

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, you're invited to attend these fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at their “Art Talks: A Lecture Series.” Festival artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. Cost is free with Festival admission ($8)

Upcoming Lectures:
Aug 24: "Secret Lives of Artists"
Artists share their 'other' talents including music, fashion, etc.

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach

Orange County Museum of Art - Curatorial Tours & Artist Talks - Newport Beach

Highlighting selected works from OC Collects, educators engage visitors in observation and discussion, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach


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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

South Coast Repertory presents 'All the Way'
September 2 - October 2, 2016

1963. Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes us with him—flattering, backslapping, placating and bullying as he maneuvers to pass the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to George Wallace, some of America’s most dynamic leaders stand beside him—or against him—during this tumultuous time, captured vividly in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit that Variety calls a “jaw-dropping political drama.”

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: 'The Explorers Club' - San Juan Capistrano
September 16 - October 2, 2016

It's 1879 London in the prestigious Explorers Club, which is in crisis! The acting president wants to admit a woman, their bartender is terrible, and England is declaring war on a new found country! True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship in this madcap comedy.

Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 489-8082

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