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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 Illuminations presents: Author Angie Thomas Reading and Signing – The Hate U Give
October 26, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing

Public reading with Q&A 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing.

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Her debut novel The Hate U Give is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and was acquired by the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-house auction. It has received starred reviews from 8 literary journals, one of the highest amounts received for a young adult novel, and will be published in over 20 countries.

Free admission. Public is welcome.

LOCATION:
Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
UC Irvine, CA

Anaheim Plaza - Halloween Trick or Treat
Saturday, October 28, 2017
11am - 1pm

Free Fun Family Event! Hosted by Anaheim Plaza, this event is for the whole family and will include face painting, balloon artist and a kid friendly DJ plus, Trick or Treat event featuring free candy distributed by participating stores and restaurants. Look for the Trick or Treat Here sign displayed in participating store and restaurant windows.

Free Trick or Treat bag and flashlight for the first 100 kids! While supplies last. Must be wearing a costume to participate.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza Food Court
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Frwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Kidz Block Party
October 31, 2017
5-9 pm

North Orange County's Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

LOCATION:
Brea Downtown
E Birch St and S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA 92821

UCI Illuminations presents: Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber - A Halloween Dance Party
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
6:30-9 p.m.

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with Dayton Ohio groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber aka The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum.

Free admission with registration

LOCATION:
Winifred Smith Hall
UC Irvine, CA

UCI Illuminations presents: Shake the Dust Documentary Film Screening,
Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:15-9:00 p.m., Reception following

Film Screening, followed by Q&A with Ugandan Hip Hop Artist Mark Kaweesi and Filmmaker Adam Sjoberg

From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Free admission.

LOCATION:
Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
UC Irvine, CA

West Coast Gem & Mineral Show - Santa Ana
November 10-12, 2017
Opens 10:00 am

Find treasures from around the world at the West Coast Gem & Mineral Show. A selection of 80 local, national, and international vendors will be selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, meteorites, beads, lapidary, crystals, metaphysical supplies, home décor items of natural stone and much more.

Many of the dealers mine and prepare their own material and handcraft the unique jewelry they sell, plus enjoy sharing their knowledge with their customers. This show offers an enjoyable and educational experience for the whole family and an outstanding shopping opportunity. Admission is free and the show is open to the public.

LOCATION:
Holiday Inn - Orange County Airport
2726 S. Grand Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Workshop: The Manager-Employee Relationship: The Bottom Line for Engagement- Santa Ana
November 20, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Two Hour Free Workshop

The bottom line for engagement is that managers matter. As a front-line manager you have more control over your employees' engagement levels than any other contributing factor—more than senior management, more than company pride, and even more than money!

- Learn what drives employee engagement and why the manager’s role is critical.
- Apply a four step process for meaningful praise and recognition to drive performance.
- Identify the three pillars of engagement and how to apply them to your team.
- Discover a six step model for person centered leadership.
- Create an engagement plan for your team.

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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