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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

Art & Nature Festival - Laguna Beach
November 4, 2021 - April 25, 2022

In its annual Art & Nature festival, the museum presents special exhibitions, a commissioned work of art, lectures, panel discussions, films, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world.

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
December 4, 2021
First Saturday of the Month
7:00pm - 11:00pm.

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.


Sawdust Winter Fantasy
Five Weekends
November 20 - December 19, 2021

This unique fair offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan crafts from various local artists. Includes live entertainment, hands-on art projects and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy will become your family's holiday tradition.

Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd


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UCI Claire Tevor School of the Arts presents: New Slate 2021 - Irvine
December 2 - 4, 2021

Back on the Claire Trevor Theatre stage! An exciting showcase of original choreography by M.F.A. candidates in Dance. This concert is the first full weekend of the year and features a collection of dances that uniquely reflects the enormous talent of UCI choreographers and dancers.

Claire Trevor Theater
UC Irvine - Building #711
Irvine, CA 92617

Casa Nutcracker - San Clemente
December 9-10, 2021
7 pm

This holiday classic with the Orange County Ballet Theater features choreography tailored to Casa Romantica’s intimate Main Salon theater, with a runtime of an hour and twenty minutes. This event will require all attendees to wear masks while indoors.

Cost: $30-$40

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Handel's Messiah
December 5, 2021
3 pm

It's hard to image a holiday season without "Messiah," the most famous oratorio in the world. Through some of the most beautiful music ever written, "Messiah" conveys a message of hope to everyone who hears it, year after year after year. Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah" chorus.

Orange County Performing Arts Center - Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: It's a Wonderful Life - San Clemente
December 14, 2021
6 pm

A Casa Romantica Tradition! Enjoy this quintessential holiday film outdoors in Casa Romantica’s outdoor coastal Redmond Amphitheater. This event takes place during the Casa Lumina Holiday Walk.

Cost: $0-$12

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Historical Tours & Programs

Downtown Santa Ana Historic Architecture Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, February 5, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), the county seat since 1889, is probably more reminiscent of a classic downtown than any historic downtown in Orange County.

Join Preserve Orange County with one of their experienced tour guides for a 2 1/2 hour cultural experience. See the banks, courthouses, stores, churches, fraternal halls, and office buildings on a walking tour of this district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about active historic preservation issues in Santa Ana concerning buildings such as First American and the YMCA.

Preserve Orange County member: $12 Non-member: $15. Click link abover to purchase tickets

Old Orange County Courthouse
211 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701

San Juan Capistrano Walking Tour - San Juan Capistrano
1 pm

The Walking Tour visits two San Juan Capistrano adobes built in the 1790s and the Victorian Pryor House. Hear tales of Buchard the pirate, Juan Flores the bandito, Chola Martina the bruja and much more.

The Historical Society gives tours every Saturday at 1:00 pm starting at the train depot. Tours last about 45 minutes and include the Society’s own collection of historic structures as well as other homes in the Los Rios District. As the oldest, continuously inhabited street in California, Los Rios Street is a charming neighborhood with a colorful history.

Meet your guide at the railroad depot platform on Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano

(949) 493-8444

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Home and Garden Tours & Workshops

Floral Park Holiday Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Tour holiday homes in Santa Ana's beautiful, historic Floral Park. Four Historic Landmark Estate Homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. There will also be a Holiday Market featuring festive gifts, home goods, seasonal decorations and a Winter Wine Garden.

Proceeds from the tour support the Floral Park Scholarship Fund benefiting Santa Ana high school and college students.

Historic Floral Park is located south of the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana (downtown Orange County) near the Discovery Cube and Bowers Museum. From Flower Street, turn east on 19th Street. From Broadway, turn west on 19th Street. From 17th Street, turn north on Flower Street and then east on either 19th Street or Santa Clara Ave.

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Current Museum Exhibits

Bowers Museum Exhibit - Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 Year Legacy
Ongoing Exhibit

Curated by scholars of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture. Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Orange County Museum of Art Visionaries: Beaded,Woven, and Fired – Craft in Modern and Contemporary Art
January 31 - March 14, 2022
Mondays, 1 – 3pm

The Winter 2022 series will explore the diverse world of the handmade in modern and contemporary art. Historically undervalued in comparison to painting and sculpture, craft is largely marginalized for its utilitarian nature and oft­ communal creation. I

South Coast Plaza Village
1661 W. Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Performances

Chance Theater presents: Striking 12 - Anaheim
November 26, 2021 — December 19, 2021

Striking 12 is a unique hybrid of riveting musical theater and an electrifying pop-rock concert. It tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who has resolved to spend New Year’s Eve alone when an incandescent figure arrives at their door with the promise to chase away the winter doldrums. Striking 12 is a festive tale filled with wit, emotion, and musicianship, creating an anti-holiday musical celebration about rediscovering and reconnecting to the true spirit of the season. The New York Times called it “a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don’t like holiday shows.”

Click above to view current COVID-19 policy requirements

Presented by: Chance Theater
@ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807

South Coast Repertory presents: A Christmas Carol - Costa Mesa
November 27, 2021 - December 26, 2021

Orange County’s favorite yuletide tradition continues! From the first “Bah humbug” to the final “Wassail,” this timeless classic is sure to rekindle your holiday spirit. Join all your favorite Dickens characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and of course, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, portrayed by SCR Founding Member Richard Doyle.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 708-5555

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

The Cabrillo Playhouse Presents: A Cabrillo Holiday Celebration
December 17-19, 2021

A holiday show for the whole family. Join us with Mr. & Mrs. Clause as we celebrate the holidays and sing tradtional and contemporary songs with some audience participation.

Please visit website for current mask requirements

202 Avenida Cabrillo
San Clemente, CA

(949) 492-0465

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