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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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Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
October 12 - 13, 2019
10 am - 5 pm

Two day festival features more than 100 performances 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 hands-on art projects, games and activities in a giant, interactive Kids Village.

Festival admission and parking are free.

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

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

2019 Fall Fitness Festival - Huntington Beach
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9 am - 1 pm

Featuring: Entertainment/Music, Special guest speakers, Fitness competitions for all ages, Food trucks, Kids costume contests (kids come dressed in your Halloween best!, Face painting, Inflatable games, Local vendors, Special Y offers & giveaways.

This is a free community event so spread the word and bring your friends!

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach Y
8875 Adams Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Woofstock - Dana Point
Sunday, October 20, 2019
12-4 pm

A free community event and celebration of our dogs! Many dog organization and vendors with amazing dog toys and treats will be there. Dog and owners parade, free face painting and children's activities.

There will also be Halloween costume contests for the dogs (and owners) plus a beer and wine garden. It’s a very fun afternoon for fido and you.

LOCATION:
Grass Area at Doheny Main Beach
Dana Point, California

Discovery CubePresents: Pumpkin Launch - Fullerton
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10 am - 2 pm

Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices.

Pumpkin Launch is a free-community event for students and families to participate in a fun-filled STEM festival at a university campus. Contestants use the principles of STEM to build trebuchet machines that send pumpkins high in the sky and towards targets that line the field. The team with the highest score wins the Pumpkin Launch trophy! It isn’t all about cheering on the stem-topped soarers, though. The FREE Event provides hands-on activities for students and families to design and build their own launching devices, test their machines and enjoy some mini competition.

LOCATION:
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, California, 92831

INFORMATION:
714-542-2823

St. Martin’s Lantern Fest & Parade - Huntington Beach
Sunday, November 10, 2019
5-8 pm

The public is invited to a festive Lantern Parade around the little village of Old World. The Lantern Fest is a beautiful family affair that will mark the start of the festive season and fill everyone with Christmas spirit. It's free and enjoyable for all ages. Join in to celebrate the story of Saint Martin with lit lanterns and traditional songs. A European tradition, Saint Martin's lantern parades commemorate the story of a Roman soldier who shared his cloak with a beggar at a freezing winter night. This soldier, Saint Martin, later on became Bishop of Tour and lived a life full of kindness, sharing and helping the poor and underprivileged.

5pm – 6pm: Registration, ticket sales for raffles, food (hot chocolate, coffee, cake, & Weckmännchen).

6pm – 8pm: Lantern walk and singing through the Old World Village. Only battery operated lanterns are accepted in the walk.

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

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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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