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Art Events, Exhibits & Workshops

The Festival of Arts Presents: Ephemeral Monuments: A Stillman Sawyer Retrospective - Laguna Beach
January 10 – March 31, 2024
Open daily 9am – 8pm

This captivating showcase delves into the intricate relationship between Sawyer, a longtime Festival of Arts exhibitor, and his distinctive black and white photography, nature, and the passage of time.

With a keen photographer’s eye, Sawyer adeptly captures two types of natural monuments: those immortalizing fleeting, ephemeral moments and others documenting the endurance of gradually formed landscapes. Exploring his photographs across diverse biomes, from the serene deserts to the rhythmic seas and the majestic mountain peaks, "Ephemeral Monuments" invites contemplation on the majesty of nature, prompting viewers to enter the same contemplative state as Sawyer patiently waits for the perfect moment.

The exhibit, hosted at foaSOUTH within Active Culture at 1006 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, is free to the public and open daily from 9am to 8pm through March 31, 2024.

1006 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
March 2, 2024
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.


Family Art Festival - Buena Park
March 9, 2024

The Family Art Fest provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to enjoy a day discovering the arts together. Hands-on art activities for all ages, live entertainment, and much more provides a delightful celebration of the rich cultural traditions that thrive in our own backyards!

Smith-Murphy Park
5290 Cameron Drive
Buena Park, Ca


Art in the Park - Garden Grove
Saturday, March 9, 2024
11 am - 2 pm

The free event will feature the GGUSD’s First Impressions Student Art Gallery, showcasing the artistic talents of K-12th grade students. Other curated activities include do-it-yourself crafts; live art demonstrations; temporary art installations; and local food vendors.

Village Green
12732 Main Street
Garden Grove, CA

Weekend of Art - Los Alamitos
March 16-17, 2024

A 2 day visual and performing arts exhibition. Local artists to join us by submitting one to three works of art in the exhibition. Saturday will also include an arts & crafts vendor fair. We encourage all artists to participate in the exhibition as well as a vendor in the arts & crafts fair.

Oak Middle School
10821 Oak Street
Los Alamitos, CA

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COPPEL-i.A. - Costa Mesa
March 7-10, 2024

For their triumphant return to Southern California, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will be performing Coppél-i.A., Jean-Christophe Maillot’s new creation, marking his return to life-size storytelling. The Company’s Choreographer-Director revisits this famous Romantic piece, with an original musical score, exploring the ways in which the development of artificial intelligence is shaping our society today and examining what it means to search for the ideal partner in a technologically advanced society.

Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Pacific Symphony presents: Mahler's Fifth - Costa Mesa
March 14-16, 2024
8 pm

Upbeat and joyful, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is a cornerstone of the repertoire. From its powerful opening trumpet solo to its triumphant finale, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is huge, sweeping, and emotional—reflecting the composer’s journey from mourning to triumph.

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello
Pacific Symphony

600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Film Screening - San Clemente
June 18, 2024
8-10 pm

Movie night under the stars in Casa Romantica’s Courtyard. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the open-air, open-seating event. Wine, candy, and soda will be available for purchase.

About the Film: The Rebels scatter after the Empire attacks their base on the ice planet Hoth. Han Solo and Princess Leia are pursued by Imperials, while Luke trains with Jedi Master Yoda. But when Luke battles Darth Vader, he learns the shocking truth of his past. Film Rating: PG

Cost $5-$10.

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Historical Tours & Programs

Downtown Santa Ana Historic Architecture Tour - Santa Ana
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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 our experienced tour guides on one of three dates between October 2023 and January 2024. 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: $20 Non-member: $25. 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

Edible Garden Workshop - San Clemente
March 6, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Led by Casa Romantica Horticulture Manager Noah Guild, see a demonstration on warm season vegetables including the types of vegetables, how to plant them, and how to harvest them.

Cost $50-$60

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Farm & Garden Classes - Make It, Take It – Food Preservation with UCCE Master Food Preservers - Costa Mesa
March 9, 2024
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
RSVP online by March 5, 2024

This class will provide you with up-to-date process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and explain the reasons behind the process. You’ll also learn about the essential equipment required and effective storage practices.

Centennial Farm, OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa

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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 Art Happy Hour & Pop-Up Talk
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OCMA members please bring your member card to enjoy expedited check-in at the welcome desk. Members receive early admission and VIP access to the cocktail bar starting at 5:30 PM.

Orange County Museum of Art
3333 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Theater & Performing Arts
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The Phantom Projects Theatre presents: Mariachi Girl - La Habra
March 8-17, 2024

Ten-year-old Carmencita dreams of being a mariachi singer and one day joining in performance with her father. However, her father clings to a long-held family tradition of male-only mariachis. When Carmencita’s teacher offers her a book about a female mariachi, everything changes for “Cita” as she sees a possibility of her dream becoming a reality. Can she celebrate her own heritage and expand her father’s view of the world?

Mariachi Girl is an uplifting bilingual family drama about reaching for your dreams and is filled with vibrant original mariachi music.

La Habra Depot Theatre
311 S Euclid St
La Habra, CA

South Coast Repertory presents: Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical- Costa Mesa
April 5 - May 4, 2024

“For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the Tony Award-winning play returns as a musical. Refreshed, reimagined and elevated by a breathtaking score, this modern fable soars through the peaks and valleys of love—the perfect salve for our disconnected times.

Recommended for ages 14+

Emmes/Benson Theatre Center
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

Phone: (714) 708-5555

Costa Mesa Playhouse presents: “Art” Yasmina Reza - Costa Mesa
March 22 - April 12, 2024

Three friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan, find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting that is completely white. As the friends argue over what constitutes “art,” they are forced to ask questions not only about the nature of art, but about the nature of friendship.

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.

661 Hamilton Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Phone: (949) 650-5269

Chance Theater presents: Tiny Beautiful Things
April 5-28, 2024

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (now a Hulu series, starring Kathryn Hahn), Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion and is called by Variety “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer.

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

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Community Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: Deathtrap - San Juan Capistrano
March 1-17, 2024

Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney Bruhl. Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra about how best to plagiarize ‘Deathtrap’ and when Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the ‘Master’ events take a sinister turn.

Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 489-8082

Z Playhouse presents: Caberet
March 8-24, 2024

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," and "Mein Herr."

Z Playhouse
24196 Alicia Pkwy., Suite M
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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