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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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UCI presents: Beacon Street Trio - Irvine
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
8:00 p.m.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

Please join the trio for a special Master Class at 1:00 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall. Beacon Street Trio -
Luke Hsu, violin
Rainer Crosett, cello
Sophie Scolnik-Brower, piano

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall - UC Irvine
4002 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA 92697

IKEA Workshop - How to prepare for Super Bowl Sunday - Costa Mesa
Saturday, January 28, 2017
12 pm & 2 pm

Join us for our FREE workshop and let our home furnishing experts show you how to plan the perfect Super Bowl Party! From man cave, kitchen preparation to left overs! We will show you how to make it fun and organized!

Participate in the workshop to enter the raffle you could win a $50 gift card!

LOCATION:
IKEA Costa Mesa
1475 South Coast Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

Annual Monarch Butterfly Day - Fountain Valley
February 11, 2017

OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.

Additional activities include interpretive presentations, children's crafts, face painting, and balloon artist. Free event ($5 parking at Miles Square Park). This event is recommended for ages four to 12.

LOCATION:
Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

INFORMATION:
(714) 973-6600

The Kid's Pet Parade
Saturday, February 18, 2017
(rain date 2/27)
10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Location:
Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA

INFORMATION:
949-493-1976

Prep Stars Free Sports Training Sessions - Irvine
Sunday, February 19, 2017
12:30 pm

On Sunday February 19th, Prep Stars youth training camps are having a free-training session at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine! The event is open to everyone as part of Prep Stars' youth community-outreach program. Parents and children in the Irvine area are invited to experience a day of fun sports training with one of the nation's best sports training schools.

Boys and girls can choose from either soccer, volleyball or basketball for their free skills training day. Soccer is on the grass field from 12:30pm-2:00pm (boys and girls ages 5-12 welcome). Basketball is inside the gym from 2:30pm-4:00pm (boys and girls ages 5-12 welcome). And Volleyball is in the gym from 12:30pm-2:00pm (girls ages 7-15 welcome) Prep Stars will also be offering discounted packages for any newcomers who attend the event.

LOCATION:
12500 Sand Canyon Ave
Irvine, CA 92618

INFORMATION:
Call (949) 466-3737

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
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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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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