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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 8 – August 31, 2015

Presented in July and August since the early 1930's, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Pageant consists of ninety minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach


Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
August 1, 2015
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.


Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach
August 20, 2015
Every 3rd Thursday of the month
6-9 PM

Experience the talents of visual and performing artists, live music, food and fun in Downtown Huntington Beach! The FREE self-guided walking tour spans over 8 blocks of Downtown Huntington Beach, primarily on Main St., 5th and 3rd streets.

Upcoming walks: April 16, May 21, June 18 & July 16, 2015

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Laguna Beach
October 17 – 25, 2015

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational will be held in Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony. North America's most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

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Richard Henry Dana's 200th Birthday Bash with 'Romancing the West' - San Juan Capistrano
Satuday, August 1, 2015
10 am - 10 pm

Day long activities celebrating RH Dana's 200th birthday featuring music, displays, activities, lectures, and more!

10 am-4 pm: exhibit: Shore Whaling Along So Cal Coast.
2:30: Lecture, book signing with David T Dana III, 'Into the Tiger’s Mouth: A Novel of the China Trade 1857-1863'
4-5:30 pm: Croquet Tournament
4:30 – 7:30: A Culinary Journey Around Cape Horn, featuring South American Bocaditos (Mini-bites) from Local Restaurants
5-5:30: Mexican lasso demonstration

8 pm: Live in Concert: Romancing the West presents 'A musical history of the American West with a tribute to Richard Henry Dana's human rights legacy'.

Take the trolley! Free trolley service runs until 10 pm!

San Juan Capistrano Library Courtyard
31495-A El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA

(949) 218-4512 for information/tickets

Pacific Symphony Presents: Beethoven’s “Star Trek (2009)"
August 22, 2015
8 p.m.

A night at the movies perfect for the whole family! On the big screen: J.J. Abrams’ 2009 blockbuster featuring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto boldly going where no one has gone before. On stage: Pacific Symphony performing Academy Award-winner Michael Giacchino’s score live! Giacchino's other films include Pixar’s “Up,” "Ratatouille" and “The Incredibles,” and this summer's "Tomorrowland," "Inside Out" and "Jurassic World." Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. Come dressed as your favorite Star Trek character!

Verizon Amphitheater


Brea Jazzestival - Brea
September 18, 19, 20, 2015

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


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Film & Cinema

August 16, 2015
1:30 pm

In this tale of love, war, and scandal, the beautiful Malena must navigate through the hurdles of life after she and her husband move to a small Italian town at the start of World War II.

$10 General | $5 Students with valid I.D. Italian with English subtitles.

Bowers Museum
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
New exhibit now open

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: Ancient Arts of China

Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.

Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

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
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SCR Presents: "Mary Poppins"
August 8, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Thirty-two Summer Players (talented young actors who audition for roles in the annual show after at least a year in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory) portray children, parents, kite flyers, park strollers, stautes who come to life and more, all dancing and singing unforgettable songs like “Chim-Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”— in this classic musical!

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa


Laguna Playhouse presents: "Footloose"
July 8 – August 9, 2015

Kick off your Sunday shoes at one of the most explosive movie musicals to hit the stage! This heartwarming musical tale is about a big-city boy who finds himself living in a small town where dancing is forbidden. Featuring a Top 40 score including “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear it For the Boy,” “Almost Paradise,” this high energy show is fun for the whole family!

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Box Office (949) 497-ARTS (2787)

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Community Theater / Student Theater Productions

Capistrano Shakespeare Festival - San Juan Capistrano
July 24 to August 2, 2015

Performing different works of Shakespeare every July.

The 2015 'Capo Shakes' event will present 'Midsummer Night's Dream' in the Historic Town Center Park & 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged on the indoor stage. Great fun!

Historic Town Center Park
El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 675

(949) 489-8082

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