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Brea Fest - Brea
August 17, 2018
6:30 - 10 pm

This free event is a food, drink, music and art festival not to be missed! Brea Fest draws thousands of attendees each year with talented live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstrations, along with theatre performances. Over 35 area restaurants will provide food and beverage samples with taste tickets being sold for only $3 each.

The event also supports the arts in Brea, including Curtis Theatre productions, Brea Gallery exhibits, Concerts in the Park, and arts education programs

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

(714) 990-7771

Harvest Crusade - Anaheim
August 17-19, 2018

Annual Harvest Crusade event, designed to be opportunities for Christians to invite family members, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to hear the life-changing message of the gospel in an entertaining environment.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anahiem, California

(714) 638-0981

Back to School Block Party - Costa Mesa
August 18, 2018
10 am - 4 pm

It's a celebration of the return of Orange County Marketplace! Along with regular marketplace shopping, this event will also include games, delicious BBQ, a concert by Morgan Leigh Band, facepainting, and more! This will be great fun for the whole family.

Bring two (2) new school supply donations to receive FREE admission into the Market Place! [Items to consider donating: colored pencils, markers, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.].

Orange County Market Place/OC Fair & Event Center Lot A
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

Plum Festival - Huntington Beach
August 19, 2018
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Old World has gone PLUM CRAZY. This is a fun family day to celebrate with your family and friends. Live Music, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Plum Cakes, Plum Crepes, Berliners, BBQ Kitchen and Wiener Dog Races. Carnival games, the Beach City Cloggers, FREE Admission to everyone.

Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, August 19, 2018
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

Free admission for this month

November 11, December 9

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

HUGE Queen Mary "Summer Dance Deck" Party- Long Beach
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Dinner & Dancing! Popular DJ Shell of LA (also remote DJ at the Wave) will be playing a variety of popular dance music inside the beautiful Britannia Salon. Hundreds attend every & couples. Ice-breakers & prizes. Once onboard you can explore the rest of the ship on the various decks.

*We have the end of the ship surrounded by spectacular ocean views & city lights for dancing on the DANCE Deck under the stars with THEE CHAMPAGNE BAND (as seen at Kobes, Misty's, Starting Gate & Nevada casinos) playing a variety of music.

$58 by July 21, $68 after July 21, $75 at door

DANCE ONLY (8pm-1am)
$35 prepaid or $40 at door

For ages 19 to 91!

Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA


One Spirit Many Souls Dance & Music Festival - Huntington Beach
August 25, 2018
2-7 pm

Guest Artists, International Dancers, Food, Craft Vendors. Kamakani Komohana Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the preservation and education of Polynesian culture, dance, and music.

Tickets: Admission VIP is $35. Assigned Seating is $25.

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
August 25-26, 2018

This Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good ol' entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation. Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year's Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie down roping and bull riding. You won't want to miss this year's excitement.

30753 La Pata Road
San Juan Capistrano

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
July 7 – September 1, 2018

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach


Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach

July 5 - September 1, 2018

Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Sawdust Festival - Laguna Beach
June 29 - September 2, 2018

Outdoor arts and crafts festival. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach


Free Summer Concerts
June through September

Many cities in Orange County sponsor free concerts every summer!

List includes dates, times, addresses and bands scheduled to play.

Pictured - San Juan Summer Nights

Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through early April.

Since the Gray Whales migrate just a few miles off the coast, simple cruises from Dana Point and Newport Beach enable you to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

You can book cruises at the following locations:

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, Ca 92661
Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661

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Labor Day Events

Street cruise, civil war days and the annual street fair in Orange.


International Street Fair - Orange
August 31- September 2, 2018

International foods, crafts, folk dancing and music. Many different ethnic foods and costume. The Street Fair has become known for the variety of food reflecting cuisine from around the world. They provide food, drink, entertainment and crafts to the visitors.

Street Fair is located in a four-square block area radiating out from the center of the Orange Plaza, which is the intersection of Chapman and Glassell.

Parking can be found at several public parking lots in the surrounding area for a fee charged by local non-profit organizations. Please be prepared to walk several blocks to get into the event.

Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
September 7-9, 2018

The festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea.

Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Shuttle service from Salt Creek Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road & from Dana Hills High School)


Fiestas Patrias at The Source - Buena Park
September 8, 2018
5 - 9 PM

A day of live music, performances and a special selection of regional Mexican handcrafts to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, with a special ceremony of the traditional "Grito de la Independencia" presided by Consul Mario Cuevas, Consul of Mexico in Orange County.

All guests can participate in the "Best Mexican Regional Dress" contest for a chance to win prizes!

The Source
6940 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621

Ballet Repertory Theatre's Fall Festival - Huntington Beach
September 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
September 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Let Ballet Repertory Theatre defy your expectations of local dance entertainment with its 42nd season opener. Discover a riveting new contemporary piece by Ballet West Guest Choreographer Christopher Sellars, enjoy the classic beauty of Swan Lake Act II, and delight in the exuberance of Expressions, a company creation. As is tradition, the OC Dance Center Jazz and Ballet Ensembles will present their vibrant summer work: The Greatest Showman (Saturday) and Offenbach Variations (Sunday). Come experience the energy and enthusiasm of Huntington Beach’s oldest and most celebrated ballet company.

Ticket prices: $20 for general admission or $16 for seniors, veterans, students, and children.

Golden West College Theater
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Ticket purchases:, 714-895-8150, or one hour before show time. Event questions

Ballet Repertory Theatre, the resident ballet company of the Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach, is not affiliated with Golden West College.

Oktoberfest Small Breed Dog Races - Huntington Beach
September 9-23, 2018
3 - 4 pm

Great Family Fun! Come see these small dogs race to the finish line during Oktoberfest at Old Wold Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

Admission during Oktoberfest: $7 adult, $3 kids 6yrs-12yrs, Free for kids under 5yrs. Admission tickets sold at the OKTOBERFEST LINE. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

2018 Oktoberfest Race Dates:
September 9, 16, 23, 2018
These 3 weeks will be the ALL BREED NATIONALS (smaller breeds - must be under 25lbs. to race)

September 30, 2018. October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 9 - October 28, 2018
EVERY Wednesday through Sunday

Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany.

Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can also enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course do the Chicken Dance! Wednesday through Saturday are adult nights & Sunday’s are family day with Dachshund Races. Special dates to remember Oktoberfest Parade Sunday Sept. 30th 2pm, German Day Thursday, Oct. 4th 7pm

Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

714-696-TAP1 (8271)

Orange County Craft Beer Festival - Orange
September 15, 2018

This year there will be over 100 breweries serving over 250 craft & import beers plus awesome food, live entertainment, beer seminars, all at the best location in Orange County. This is one beer fest where you won’t feel like you are choosing from the same brands you can get in your grocery store. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.

This event raises funds for the Big Brother Big Sister of Orange County and Inland Empire

Lake View Park
Orange, CA

Festival of Ales - Anaheim
September 15, 2018

Fest of Ales is located in the heart of Downtown Anaheim and boasts over 40 craft breweries, taco vendors, live music, and games!

Event will feature a home brew competition, unlimited craft beer tastes, unlimited gourmet food tastings, and one lucky brewery will be awarded the Mayor’s Trophy.

Downown Anaheim
Center Street Promenade & Lemon Street

Dozynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
September 15-16, 2018

Celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. Dozynki is a celebration of thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest that dates back to 16th century Poland. It remains a long-standing tradition in Polish communities throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.

The Dozynki will feature Polish folk dancers in traditional costumes plus delicious polish food such as freshly prepared stuffed cabbage, traditional pierogi, authentic Polska Kielbasa and Polish beer.

Pope John Paul II Polish Center
3999 Rose Dr
Yorba Linda, CA


Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade - Santa Ana
September 15-16, 2018

This annual tradition celebrates Santa Ana‟s vibrant Mexican culture with a parade, beer garden, performers each night, delicious food, vendors, interactive activities, and exciting carnival rides for children of all ages

Downtown Santa Ana

Lions Club Fish Fry & Carnival - Costa Mesa
September 21-23, 2018

Held since 1945, the event features a parade, carnival, food and car show in Fairview Park. The Fish Fry is presented to help raise money for local schools, clubs, and other organizations in the community.

Event includes, fish fry, raffle, baby contest carnival and rides.

Fairview Park
Placentia Ave. Near Estancia High School
Costa Mesa, Ca

St NorbertFest - Orange
September 21-23, 2018

The annual St. Norbertfest (formerly Oktoberfest) continues to grow and helps to build the parish, school, and the Orange community. There will be great food fun games such as Sumo Mania, bingo, raffles, exciting ridesand awesome entertainment for everyone—it’s a perfect time for fellowship!

St. Norbert Catholic Church
300 E. Taft Avenue
Orange, CA 92865

(714) 637-4360

Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair - Anaheim
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
9 am - 4 pm

Visit the Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair to shop for one of a kind handmade items from local crafters. No multi-tiered marketers. Real art and handmade items! Attention foodies! Food will be sold, including handmade Eastern European favorites, baked goods and homemade jam!

Church tours, that will include viewing hand painted icons. All are welcome. Stop on by and have a great time!

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church
995 N. West St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show
Costa Mesa

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

The world's largest one day car show dedicated to helping find a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Live music, food and vendors. Parking is $8.00

OC Fair and Expo Center
Costa Mesa

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, September 22, 2018
4 pm

Traditional family barbecue in a casual setting featuring live country western entertainment, activities for children, live and silent auctions and riding demonstrations throughout the evening. Country western wear is encouraged!

All proceeds benefit the programs of the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities through horsemanship.

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
26284 Oso Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 22, 2018
10 am - 6 pm

Featuring more than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids' crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace.

Immerse yourself in cultural displays, indulge in international cuisine, explore the International 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.

Orange County Great Park
6000 Great Park Blvd.
Irvine, CA


San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival - San Juan Capistrano
September 29-30, 2018
11am - 10 pm

Be Greek for the day! Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and dancing, shopping at the Greek bazaar, kid friendly activities and exhibits featuring Byzantine icons and traditional Greek costumes.

FREE Admission and FREE Parking. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the SJC Metrolink Station.

San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 542-3445

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, September 30, 2018
9:30 am to 4:00 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.

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

(714) 838-4528

Oktoberfest Small Breed Wiener Dog Races - Huntington Beach
September 30 - October 28, 2018
3 - 4 pm

Great Family Fun! Come to Old World during Oktoberfest to see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line. Arrive early and stay for the festival on their dog friendly patio.

Admission during Oktoberfest: $7 adult, $3 kids 6yrs-12yrs, Free for kids under 5yrs. Admission tickets sold at the OKTOBERFEST LINE. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

2018 Oktoberfest Dachshund Dates:
September 30, 2018. October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

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