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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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Strawberry Festival - Garden Grove
May 26-29, 2017

The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history.

Free admission. Individual ride tickets are $1 each with multiple tickets required per ride.

LOCATION:
Euclid St & Main St
Garden Grove, CA

INFORMATION:
714-638-0981

Annual Family Fun & Wellness Fair - Irvine
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9 am - 2 pm

Families throughout Southern California travel to Pretend City every year for the annual fair to receive free health screenings and checkups while enjoying good food, live music, and informative offerings from the exhibitors.

These free developmental checkups and health screenings include hearing, speech and language, behavior, body mass index (BMI), height and weight, blood pressure and denta. Families will enjoy the various entertainments at the event such as live music performances, face painting, prize giveaways, and more!

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Tustin Street Fair & Cook-Off -
Tustin
Sunday, June 4, 2017
11:30 am to 6:00 pm

The event features the Chili Cook-Off, craft booths, non-profit food vendors, entertainment, Chili Pepper & watermelon eating contests, kids carnival, Lazy Dog beer stein holding, music and much more.

Admission is free.

LOCATION:
Old Town Tustin
El Camino Real and Main Street

INFORMATION:
(714) 573-3326

Celebration of the Arts - Yorba Linda
Sunday, June 4, 2017
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dozens of artists exhibits and sales, including paintings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, sculptures, wood carving, glass art, mixed media and cultural activities. This is a family friendly event offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, beerfest, or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired!

Free parking and admission.

LOCATIONS:
Two locations- Thomas Lasorda Jr. Memorial Field House & Hurless Barton Park

INFORMATION:
714-996-1960

Experience Innovation Workshop - Santa Ana
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Today, organizations face pricing pressures, new regulations, and smarter competition in the market while dealing with morale, leadership and talent issues internally. Dale Carnegie recently performed extensive research on the major challenges to business growth and found that companies who pursued innovative approaches consistently outperformed the standard.

Attend this free session to understand how you can apply Experience Innovation at your organization and take advantage of the findings. For business owners, executives, mid and upper HR management, Customer Service management, Operations, Sales, and any person who influences an organization’s external touch-points with the market or their employees.

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

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

German Heritage Day - Huntington Beach
July 9, 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, Dachshund Races and German American Brass Band all Day.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Cypress Community Festival - Cypress
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Festival Grounds Open: 9am-5pm

Pancake breakfast: 7-11am

One of the largest one-day festival in Orange County that attracts over 20,000 people annually. This event includes an early morning 5K / 10K run, a pancake breakfast, car show, chili cook-off, family games, food booths, the Chamber of Commerce business expo, children's rides, arts and crafts booths and four stages with continuous entertainment. The admission is FREE!

LOCATION:
Cypress Community Center
Oak Knoll Park
5700 Orange Avenue

INFORMATION:
(714) 827-2430

Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots - Santa Ana
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Leadership matters. Leaders at the senior level strive to create a culture of engagement, while leaders on the front line need to motivate employees daily to drive results. Regardless of level, most leaders "think" they’re demonstrating the qualities of an effective leader, but the findings from a new study indicate otherwise.

Through a recent global employee study, Dale Carnegie identified specific areas where leaders are falling short – we call these "leadership blind spots". Join us for a business brief as we identify the leadership attributes that are critical to organizational performance and find out what your leaders may be missing. Two hour free workshop.

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

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Open House & Meet The Founder at The Marconi Automotive Museum - Tustin
August 6, 2016
8AM-2PM

Join The Marconi Crew for the ultimate Sunday Funday at Orange County's favorite auto museum. Founder Dick Marconi will be at the museum telling his personal stories about the cars and signing Ferrari posters for guests, which can be bought onsite. Car clubs from all over Southern California park out front of the museum and guests enjoy music, giveaways, raffles and food trucks.

It's a great event for the entire family and admission is FREE.

LOCATION:
The Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Dr
Tustin, California 92780

Employee Engagement Workshop - Santa Ana
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 AM

It’s time to change “I understand where the company is going” to “I believe in where the company is going.” Get the tools you need to change "don't make waves" into "take intelligent risks" and "do nothing wrong" into "do something right" so that you transform your organization.

At this event, you will share best practices on how to identify symptoms of disengagement, restore the confidence and commitment needed to forge ahead in these difficult times and re-engage and refocus employees on success today and growth tomorrow. Two hour free workshop.

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

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Plum Festival - Huntington Beach
August 20, 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This is a fun family day to celebrate before Oktoberfest kicks in.

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.

FREE Admission

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

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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