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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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Fairmont Private Academy Winter Wonderland - Anaheim
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
3:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Come experience a true Winter Wonderland in Southern California — complete with snow and Santa to provide that magical holiday feel! It will be a wonderful time to create joyful memories with your family while you learn a little more about Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus.

This is a free event!

LOCATION:
Anaheim Hills Campus
5300 East La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, California, United States

INFORMATION:
Please RSVP to this event!

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach/Newport Bay
December 13-17, 2017

FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over million and half people view the parade each year.

LOCATION:
Newport Harbor, with parade participants starting from the east end of Lido Island

Anaheim Plaza - Holiday Event with Santa!
Saturday, December 16, 2017
11:00am - 1:00pm

Free Fun Family Event - Anaheim Plaza Food Court

Santa is coming to Anaheim Plaza. Bring your camera for a selfie with Santa. This event is for the whole family and will include giveaways for the first 100 kids, raffle prizes, balloon artist and a kid friendly DJ.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Fwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

17th Annual Live Nativity & International Celebration - Huntington Beach
December 17, 2017
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Show starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm.

Each year Old World Village plays host to the International Celebration of Christmas, a celebration that brings together a diverse group of churches, singers, dancers for a celebration that highlights the true meaning of the holiday season. FREE Admission.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Holiday Festival - Fullerton
December 17, 2017
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including live stage performances and an arts and crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections! The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. There is no admission fee for this outdoor event.

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

Workshop: The DNA of Success in 2018 - Santa Ana
Monday, December 18, 2017
9:00 AM - 5 PM

Great one day seminar for anyone commited to increasng their success in 2018!

100 years of research with over 8 million graduates, Dale Carnegie reveals the recipe for success: Your Vision - Clarify the vision for the future you would like to create. Your Plan - Create an action plan. Your Time Management - Prioritize time for strategy and the time for action. Your People Skills - At work and home, build rich relationships on trust and integrity. Your Communication - Earn the right to express your thoughts confidently and clearly. In this value-packed, two-hour seminar, you will discover the DNA for success. You will understand why some people succeed while others struggle. Dale Carnegie graduates include Warren Buffett, President Lyndon B Johnson, Johnny Cash, Mary Kaye, Sir James Hardy, Olympic Gold Medalists, hundreds of thousands who are the best in their field, plus millions who say, "It changed my life". If you're committed to a rich, full and intentional life, join us to discover why Dale Carnegie power principles are now even more relevant in the digital age.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Harvest to Home Free Gardening Class
Saturdays
must pre-register

Urban edible gardening classes for free in an outdoor classroom! No matter who you are, our gardening classes are perfect for you. Every other week Harvest to Home holds free gardening classes for anyone interested in learning more about growing plants. A diverse group of gardeners attend, ranging from those who have never picked up a trowel to veteran gardeners looking to improve their skills and enjoy the sunshine!

LOCATION:
2905 Red Hill ave, Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA

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Ongoing Free Events

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

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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Free Activities & Things to do

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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