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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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Summer Play Dates at Main Place Mall - Santa Ana
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
11 am - 1 pm

Let summertime fun begin at MainPlace Mall! Wednesdays from 11am - 1pm there will be FREE Summer Play Dates in Courtyard Eateries, near Starbucks. Each week will have a themed activity, craft or entertainment, and giveaways!

Upcoming Dates:
July 11: Summer Garden
July 18: Shark Week
July 25: Colorful Art Paint Party
Aug 1: Book Worms & Bugs

LOCATION:
Main Place Mall
Santa Ana, Ca

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
Sunday, July 1, 2018
10 am and 2 pm

Enjoy the arrival of the Spring season with a free visit and self-guided tour to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens! Explore an art market of affordable treasures crafted by a variety of local artists and craftsmen, or listen to live music from Sophia Dion in the Courtyard. View Emmanuel Nkuranga’s fascinating exhibition in the Casa Gallery, and bring your kids to paint crafts in Nkuranga’s illustrious style.

D. Yoder Family Sundays are held on the first Sunday of each month for activities and a program thematically based on Casa Romantica’s Casa Captivating programs for all ages.

Free Admission

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

The Johnny O Foundation and Old World Village Presents: Cruisin For the Cause - Huntington Beach
July 1, 2018
Event begins 8am
Market hours will be 9am-3pm

Farmers Market, Car Show and much much more! Held the First Sunday of every month beginning May 6th!

Come have some fun, see other cars and enjoy all the events at Old World Village. FREE DONUTS AND DRINKS (while supplies last) for cars who enter the event. Raffles for “Cool” prizes. The event is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks!

Market consists of a Farmers Market, food and drink, collectibles plus arts and crafts from displayed by vendors from all over. Free parking and free admission.

LOCATION:
West parking lot at Old World Village
7561 Center Ave. (I405 and Beach Blvd)
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

INFORMATION:
For Vendor and Event Info, contact Mark ORavitz – 602-751-7522 or email marko@thejohnnyo.org

4th of July Events

Fireworks displays, parades, festivals, 5K runs and more!

Most events are free. Some events will have nominal parking fees and food or activity tickets for purchase. Events listed by City

 

German Heritage Day - Huntington
July 8, 2018
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as the Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, German American Brass Band, Carnival Games, Face Painting, and Wiener Dog Races.

German Heritage Day: FREE Admission.

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

Casa Coastal: The Art of Baja California - San Clemente
July 15, 2018
6 pm

Join us for the opening reception of Casa Coastal: The Art of Baja California on Friday, June 15 @ 6 PM! Admission to the opening reception is FREE to the public and includes live music and entertainment, family-fun activities, artist meet-and-greet time, sunset tours of Casa Romantica, and access to a food + beverage pop-up cafe with regional fare cooked by award-winning chefs.

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

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Fiesta de Solano - Rancho Santa Margarita
July 20-22, 2018
Friday 5 - 10 pm

Saturday & Sunday 1 - 10 pm

A three day community event filled with rides, games, food, live music, bingo games and a silent auction. Fun for the entire family! Admission and parking are FREE!

Bingo hours nightly from 5-9:30 with Blackout round at 9 pm. All proceeds benefit the church

LOCATION:
San Francisco Solano Catholic Church
22082 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita,CA 92688

Cypress Community Festival - Cypress
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Festival Grounds Open: 9am-5pm

Pancake breakfast: 7-11am

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

Vegan Faire 2018 - Anaheim
Saturday, July 28, 2018
4-10 pm

Presented with love by Healthy Junk, our award winning vegan restaurant, the Vegan Faire is an annual one day festival showcasing a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services with booths and workshops focusing on food, environment, local artisans and wellness as well as entertainment, dancing and more!

Admission is FREE

LOCATION:
Center Street Promenade
Anaheim, CA

Harvest to Home Free Gardening Class
Saturdays
must pre-register

Urban edible gardening classes for free in an outdoor classroom! No matter who you are, our gardening classes are perfect for you. Every other week Harvest to Home holds free gardening classes for anyone interested in learning more about growing plants. A diverse group of gardeners attend, ranging from those who have never picked up a trowel to veteran gardeners looking to improve their skills and enjoy the sunshine!

LOCATION:
2905 Red Hill ave, Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA

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Ongoing Free Events

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

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.

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!

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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