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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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Brea Fest - Brea
August 19, 2016
6:30 - 10 p.m.

Brea Fest features wonderful food from over 35 local restaurants and distributors, live music, theatre performances, gallery exhibits, live artist demonstrations, and free activities for kids. Local restaurants donate food to this annual community event that celebrates Brea's Art Programs such as the Curtis Theatre, Brea Art Gallery, and Concerts in the Park.

Admission and entertainment is free - there is a small charge for tickets used for food and/or beverages.

LOCATION:
Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA

INFORMATION:
(714) 990-7771

Plum Festival - Huntington Beach
Sunday August 21, 2016
Doors open at 1pm - Plum Fest is 2pm - 6pm.

This is a fun family day to celebrate before Oktoberfest kicks in. Free admission to the Plum Fest and Dog Races.

Carnival games, Medieval Sword Fighters, the beach city floggers, Face Painting, and a great selection of plum recipes, crepes, berliners and our BBQ kitchen and more…

LOCATION:
Old World German Restaurant and Beer Garden
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

Brea Jazzestival - Brea
Third Weekend in September

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. 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.

LOCATION:
Downtown Brea

INFORMATION:
714-674-0801

Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 24, 2016
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.

LOCATION:
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
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 30,000 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.

LOCATION:
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
(714) 838-4528

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Ongoing Free Events

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
August 6, 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.

INFORMATION:
714-571-4229

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kids Free Fishing Clinic
Dana Point Harbor

Kid's Free Fishing Clinic
Every Sunday!

12pm - 12:30pm

Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts.

After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $46 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE when an adult ticket is purchased at $46 ( 1 free child per paying adult at $46, no discount tickets of any kind are accepted for this adult ticket ). Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life! This trip includes equipment!

LOCATION:
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point

INFORMATION:
For information and reservations call Dana Wharf at 949-496-5794 ext 7

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

Pumpkin Patch School Field Trip and Tours
Ongoing - (free teacher admission)

Irvine Park Railroad - located inside of beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park - offers Pumpkin Patch school and group tours. You can choose a package that's best suited for your class or group. Activities vary by package and can include a train ride, hay ride and moon bounce. Free activities include a hay maze, picture stands and child-friendly haunted house. All children who participate in this school field trip / tour will receive a free pumpkin and bottle of water. A minimum of 25 paid children per group is required for group pricing. Teachers are FREE. Schedule your school or group ahead of time and you can have access to a Party Pavilion in this great park at no additional cost to enjoy a sack lunch and other activities. Irvine Park Railroad is centrally-located in Orange County.

LOCATION:
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

INFORMATION:
For complete Pumpkin Patch activities, or to make a class or group reservation, call Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.

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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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