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Art Exhibits, Events & Workshops

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


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


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

This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fully costumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on stage. In the 2018 production, “Under the Sun,” the Pageant will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Casa Coastal: The Art of Baja California - San Clemente
June 15 – August 25, 2018

The Art of Baja California is on view from June 15 – August 25 and is free with general admission to Casa Romantica ($5).

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
September 1, 2018
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.


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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.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents: Mikhailovsky Ballet Don Quixote
November 9-11, 2018

St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra returns with a Center Premiere of the dazzling Don Quixote. Colorful, vibrant, virtuosic and comical: all apt descriptives for the beloved Don Quixote, but none can fully convey the sense of pure joy that the ballet arouses in the audience. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ sweeping tale of romance and chivalry, the knight-errant of la Mancha, Don Quixote, and his devoted squire, Sancho Panza, are positively heroic when it comes to aiding the spirited village maiden Kitri and her charming amour, the besotted barber Basilio. From the bravura dancing of the fiery toreador Espada to the colorful caravan of gypsies, the stage explodes with one show-stopping performance after another, with gravity-defying leaps and spins in this feast of choreographic fireworks.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(714) 556-2787

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular - Costa Mesa
September 8, 2018
8 pm

End summer with a bang! No SummerFest is complete without Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” overture, complete with live cannons and brilliant fireworks. You’ll enjoy this famous romantic composer’s greatest hits including his memorable Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. You won’t want to miss it!

Parking is FREE!

Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, California 92626


UCI presents: A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song
November 7, 2018
6:00 pm

This innovative art song recital pays homage to the centennial of World War I. The concert features baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan. Their repertoire ranges from song cycles of the 19th century to original arrangements of the American Songbook and modern popular tunes.

Free admission

Winifred Smith Hall
UC Irvine, CA

Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge - Newport Beach
9pm to 12am

Envy Lounge, Orange County’s newest best nightlife scene, hosts Jazz Nights every Tuesday from 9pm to 12am. Jazz Nights at Envy Lounge feature different artists each week. No cover charge.

Please visit our calendar and sign up for our newsletter get informed about featured artists.

Envy Lounge
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA

Reserve a cabana for a Jazz Night party with up to 15 friends at: or by calling (949) 287-8270.

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Film & Cinema

Casa Cinema: Charade - San Clemente
August 14, 2018
8 pm

Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant star in this comedic-yet-suspenseful whodunit film about a wealthy woman being pursued by several strangers who seek a fortune that her murdered husband had stolen. Co-starring Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple, Dennis the Menace), James Coburn (The Great Escape, Affliction) and George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun), no one’s identity can be trusted while the money’s at large. Often described as “the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock didn’t make,” the film received numerous Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, while Audrey Hepburn won “Best Actress” for the film at the 1965 British Academy Film Awards.

Casa Cinema is a luxury screening experience with wine, Casa Cafe plates, popcorn, and lounge furniture seating.

Casa Romantica - shown outdoors in the historic Casa Courtyard.
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Cinema Italiano: Life Is Beautiful (1997, 122 min)
August 19, 2018
12:30 pm

Life is Beautiful is a comedy-drama directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who co-wrote the film with Vincenzo Cerami. Inspired by the book In the End, I Beat Hitler, Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookshop owner who employs his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp.

Tickets: Free for Members | General $12

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706


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Historical Tours & Programs

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 tours are given every Sunday at 1p.m. The tour covers approximately four city blocks. Donations of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 for children are accepted and go to several projects, including Save the Adobe Fund. Group tours can be booked on request by calling the Historical Society at 949 493- 8444.

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

(949) 493-8444

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Home and Garden Workshops & Tours

Weekend Garden Tours at the Nixon Library
Saturdays 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sundays 12:00pm- 2:00pm
hrough September 30, 2018

Weekend tours of the Pat Nixon Gardens feature heirloom roses, formal garden spaces and a cottage garden surrounding the President’s Birthplace, visitors to the Gardens can enjoy a colorful landscape of flowers and plants with special ties to the Nixon family and American history. The Gardens were originally designed by Emmett Wemple & Associates and opened to the public in 1990. The California Formal Garden centers on a 120’ by 25’ foot reflecting pool that was designed to showcase the stunning reflection of the birthplace and boyhood home of the 37th President.

Garden tours are included with regular admission to the Nixon Library on Saturdays and Sundays.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California

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Current Museum Exhibits

Discovery CubePresents: “Planetary Research Station” - Santa Ana

The “Planetary Research Station” is an animated globe that can show dynamic, animated images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet.

Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705


Bowers Museum Exhibit: AFRICAN TWILIGHT: Vanishing Rituals & Ceremonies
July 7, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The Bowers’ presentation marks the world premiere of this stunning exhibition, with photographs and film covering the last 15 years of their work in over 45 African countries. Their images capture the continent’s vast cultural diversity while documenting profound moments of commonality in the human life cycle, including unique initiation ceremonies, colorful courtship rituals, the splendor of power in Royal Kingdoms, and intimate healing practices for the living and the dead.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana

(714) 567-3679

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Readings, Lectures & Seminars

Orange County Museum of Art - Curatorial Tours & Artist Talks - Newport Beach

Highlighting selected works from OC Collects, educators engage visitors in observation and discussion, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach


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Theater & Performing Arts
- Featured On Stage Peformances

SCR presents: Sense and Sensibility
September 1-29, 2018

First production of the 2018/2019 season!

The Dashwood sisters—practical Elinor and impulsive Marianne—are of good social standing and marriageable age. When Father dies and their half-brother skimps on their inheritance, they are forced to leave their grand estate for a tiny, cold cottage. Just as life seems its bleakest, a handsome stranger arrives on horseback and the sisters are convinced their futures are secured. Follow Elinor and Marianne as they chase their dreams from Devonshire to London and back in this charming romantic classic.

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

Chance Theater presents: The Other Place
September 21, 2018 — October 21, 2018

Juliana Smithton is a respected neurologist whose life has recently begun unraveling. Her husband is leaving her, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and even she’s beginning to question her own good health. A compelling and acclaimed drama in which nothing is quite what it seems, The Other Place is an intimate mystery that blurs fact with fiction, past with present, and Juliana’s perception with ever-elusive truth. An elaborately crafted theatrical work, this Outer Critics Circle Award nominee will likely keep you talking long after the curtain has closed.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.

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

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Community Theater & Student Theater Productions

Camino Real Playhouse presents: The Sunshine Boys - San Juan Capistrano
September 14-30, 2018

Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. This extremely sensitive and lovable play is one of Neil Simon's best.

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

(949) 489-8082

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