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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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Annual Sandcastle Contest - Corona Del Mar
September 26, 2021
10 am to 4:30 pm

Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, thousands of sightseers will descend on "Big Corona Beach" to view amazing sand sculptures created by participants ranging from the novice to the expert.

Whether you're a participant or a spectator, it's a perfect way to spend the day with family and friends. No fee for spectators

LOCATION:
Corona del Mar State Beach
(Marguerite & Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar)

INFORMATION:
949-729-4400

Tiller Days- Tustin
October 1-3, 2021

Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular event in Tustin since 1957. The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County's agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainment.

No admission fee

LOCATION:
Columbus Tustin Middle School and Recreation Center
17952 Beneta Way Tustin, CA 92780
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326

Cypress Community Festival - Cypress
October 8-9, 2021

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

Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
Saturday, October 9, 2021
10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Annual festival 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 many activities.

Festival admission and parking are free.

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

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

Farmakis Farms Craft Market - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, October 9, 2021


Family-owned Christmas tree farm and certified farmers' market located in San Juan Capistrano now offering a monthly craft market!

Crafts, arts, handmade goods and one of a kind items! Will be held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

FREE to attend.

LOCATION:
29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 364-1270

Free Online Workship: Managing Stress - Online
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Working in today’s competitive environment can easily elevate your stress levels, so it’s important to learn how to cope effectively. People who can manage their stress levels well and bring an optimistic outlook to the workplace are far more likely to accomplish their objectives. Managing stress is similar to managing other aspects of your life — it’s about identifying different kinds of stress and how you respond to that stress that allows you to tap into your best parts and put ideas into action.

What You’ll Learn
1) Examine different types of stress and their impact.
2) Explore strategies for handling stress.
3) Work collaboratively with peers to manage stress.
4) Transform negative energy into a positive opportunity.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Free Online Workship: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm - Online
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Today, with so many things causing an increased amount of stress on employees, many organizations are dealing with eroding employee morale and energy levels. This interactive 90-minute webinar will be focused on driving five interrelated areas for your team: self-confidence, people skills, communication, leadership, and worry and stress. In today’s work environment where risk, challenge, competition, and change go together, we call these fundamentals the Five Drivers of Success.

What You’ll Learn
In this webinar, you will examine tools to help develop skills for yourself and your team to be more flexible, enthusiastic, open, and approachable. Leveraging these tools will help reengage your team and gain their enthusiastic cooperation enabling you and your organization to be more productive.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Trick or Treat at Anaheim Plaza
Saturday, October 30, 2021
11AM - 1PM*

Come dressed in costume, and trick or treat at Anaheim Plaza participating stores and restaurants. Kids ages 12 and under, dressed in costume can enjoy a FREE and SAFE way to Trick or Treat in the light of day. You must be dressed in costume to participate.

*Candy available from 11am - 1pm, or while supplies last.

Look for “Trick or Treat Here” signs posted in the windows of participating stores and restaurants.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Plaza Food Court
N. Euclid St. & Santa Ana Frwy.
Anaheim, CA 92801

Anaheim Town Square Monthly Kids Fun Zone presents: Mindful Jar - Anaheim
October information coming!

Kids Fun Zone will host a create a Mindful Jar session. The jars are used to help kids be more mindful of…

Kids Fun Zone will be held in-person, we will be providing individual supplies to all registered kids. By registering for this free event, you will be in the 11am class, we ask that you please attend at the specific time in which you registered. This event is free to the public, but you must register to attend. The event will be located in between Target and Goodwill of Orange County.

LOCATION:
Anaheim Town Square
2180 East Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

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Ongoing Free Events

Pretend City presents: Facebook Live | Play At Home
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 am

Join Pretend City's Facebook Live Play at Home event every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am!

Free event occurring weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Pretend City presents: Let's Talk Kids | Parenting Webinar
Thursdays - August 6 through December 31, 2020
12 and 5 pm

Join Pretend City's education team for a Parenting Webinar every Thursday at 12 and 5 pm. Each week will feature a different discussion topic with fellow parents and professionals, followed by Q+A with Pretend City's Education team. Webinar times are 12 & 5 pm

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Artists Village Art Walk - Santa Ana
First Saturday of the Month
6:00pm - 10:00pm.

During COVID-19, Artwalk is held on Facebook LIVE

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

Dale Carnegie of Orange County Workshops - Santa Ana

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance around the world through professional development and leadership training. Their unique approach to training is by enhancing organizational Emotional Intelligence with tailored professional development solutions and leadership training to help teams, departments, and organizations achieve performance goals.

Courses, seminars and fee workshops are available to help you find the best training to suit your needs on your schedule.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana, California 92705

Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kids Free Fishing Clinic
Dana Point Harbor

Kid's Free Fishing Clinic
Every Sunday!
- postponed during COVID 19 restrictions
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

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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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