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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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With Orange County now moving into the Yellow tier, we're expecting more events to have format or scheduling changes. We're always in the process of updating our posted events, but would like to encourage you to click on the links below to get current updates to any of the events you're interested in.

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Vital Link N.E.X.T Academy - Mission Viejo
June 14 - 18, 2021
9am - 12pm

FREE one week career exploration academy for high school students to identify their areas of interest. Throughout the week students Navigate, Explore, eXperience & Transition through different industry sectors to find the best fit for their future selves. This academy consists of various field trips, speakers, workshops and group activities to help students identify their strengths, while creating an education plan and identifying potential career options.

LOCATION:
Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

INFORMATION:
(949) 646-2520

Vital Link N.E.X.T Academy - Costa Mesa
June 21-24, 2021
9am - 11:30am

FREE one week career exploration academy for high school students to identify their areas of interest. Throughout the week students Navigate, Explore, eXperience & Transition through different industry sectors to find the best fit for their future selves. This academy consists of various field trips, speakers, workshops and group activities to help students identify their strengths, while creating an education plan and identifying potential career options.

LOCATION:
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Rd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
(949) 646-2520

Free Online Workship: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm in a Remote Team - Online
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Today, with teams being forced to adjust to working remotely, 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 remote team: self-confidence, people skills, communication, leadership, and worry and stress. In today’s remote work environment where risk, challenge, competition, and change go hand-in-hand, 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 remote 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

Family Autism Night @ Pretend City - Irvine
June 24, 2021
5-7:30 pm

Join us for a special event that provides a sensitive environment for children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as children with disabilities, and their families. With the help of our community play partners, and Pretend City’s experienced and educated team, discover different activities while exploring the museum and learning to interact with peers.

COST: Free (reservation required)

LOCATION:
Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, June 25, 2021
8 pm

Join Chance Theater for our next CHANCE CYBER CHAT. The perfect chance to take a virtual theater trip together by watching performances online and then coming together on a video conference call to share experiences. Free Event

Friday, June 25th Cyber Chat - Rose
Ginger Quiff Media’s Critically Acclaimed production staring Olivier Award winner Dame Maureen Lipman is Rose, a woman shaped by her history. She offers an intimate and, at times, humorous account of the 20th century, and the ultimate triumph of humanity. This thought-provoking production acts as a caution, highlighting the importance of unity in the face of adversity, and the need to recognize and empathize with the suffering of others. Directed by Scott Le Crass, in close collaboration with writer Martin Sherman, Rose is a moving reminder of some of the harrowing events that shaped the century. It remains sadly relevant today as racial tensions escalate, and allegations of antisemitism are rife.

Watch the show on your own and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat.

LOCATION:
Online - Presented by Chance Theater in Anaheim

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
* Please note: We are not watching the shows together as part of our Chance Cyber Chat. You will need to watch the performance online beforehand. For more information and to sign up, visit chancetheater.com/chance-cyber-chats

From Dinosaurs to People 2021 - Santa Ana
Sunday, June 27, 2021
11 am - 3 pm

A day full of activities for all ages! Join us as we showcase the many wonders of Orange County's cultural and natural history. Live demos, opportunity drawing, vendors plus food and drink with be available.

Free entry for the whole family. Covid19 guidelines will be in place. Masks and social distancing required.

LOCATION:
Heritage Museum
3101 W. Harvard St.
Santa Ana, CA

Pacific Symphony presents: The Curious Case of the Vanishing Violin - streaming event
Streaming through July 4, 2021

A Create-Your-Own Concert Adventure! As members of the audience during this Family Musical Mornings concert, we are tasked with solving the mystery of a magical violin which appears to have been stolen by a mysterious musician. Sherlock Holmes will be our guide, as he helps us to make decisions about the music that will lead us along in our adventure.

This 45-minute, virtual performance is designed for kids ages 4-11 and will be available for FREE streaming on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m. on June 5. If you’re unable to watch at that time, you can tune in anytime through July 4.

INFORMATION:
(714) 755-5788

Free Online Workship: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm in a Remote Team - Online
Tuesday, July 8, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Managing a sales team can be challenging in today’s environment. We may communicate today with different tools and greater speed, but Dale Carnegie’s advice on how to communicate, lead and work efficiently remains priceless across the ages. After all, people are people. This seminar will help equip sales managers with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their sales teams to new levels of effectiveness.

Objectives:
Coach and Build Successful Sales Professionals.
Understand Reasons for Non-performance with Sales Professionals.
Explore Tips for Creating an Engaged Sales Team.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Farmakis Farms Craft Market - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, July 10, 2020


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! FREE to attend. Will be held the 2nd Saturday of every month.

LOCATION:
29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 364-1270

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
Sunday, July 11, 2021
10 am - 2 pm

Enjoy free admission to the Casa with creative activities and performances based thematically on Casa Romantica’s programming.

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.

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

Anaheim Town Square Monthly Kids Fun Zone presents: Paint Your own Dreidel - Anaheim
July, 2021, date TBA

Kit includes a dreidel and paint set. A dreidel is a game played during Hanukkah where players spin a dreidel. There is a pot (of money but we can use candy or pennies) everyone is playing for. The dreidel has 4 sides, which one it lands on determines whether you win the pot, take half the pot, put money in the pot, or nothing happens.

Join the Kids Fun Zone – the club that meets on the last Saturday of every month from 12pm-2pm. Sign up once, and enjoy this fun morning while shopping at Anaheim Town Square. It makes shopping fun for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

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

Free Online Workship: Managers Matter: Remote Employee Engagement - Online
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Workshop

Managers Matter: Remote Employee Engagement is a one and half hour online workshop designed to provide you with the tools necessary to create a value-driven remote culture that will raise confidence levels and make employees feel inspired, enthusiastic, and empowered to achieve higher levels of performance. You’ll learn the critical actions that must consistently be demonstrated to drive engagement and see measurable results with your remote team.

What You’ll Learn
The workshop will be an interactive online session. You will learn a process for conducting an engagement interview, examine person-centered leadership strategies, and walk away with a proven formula for giving personalized recognition that inspires remote employees to higher levels of engagement. Explore elements that drive remote employee engagement and why the manager’s role is vital.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

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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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