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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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Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival - Costa Mesa
February 22, 2020
11 am - 5 pm

Free Family event! Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Rat! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future.

Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets.

LOCATION:
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

German Style Carnival FASCHING - Huntington Beach
February 23, 2020
3-6pm

Free Admission - Hosted by German Campus School

Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of GermanSchoolCampus.com. A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and Currywurst.

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

D. Yoder Family Sundays - Music Concert - San Clemente
Sunday, March 1, 2020
10 am - 2 pm

Enjoy a free concert performed by musicians from San Clemente High School’s award-winning orchestra at 12pm!

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

Annual Irish Festival on the Green - Mission Viejo
Saturday March 14, 2020
11 am - 5 pm

There will be plenty to do for all ages: OC favorite Cillian’s Bridge will be on the stage, OC Herding, BFOC Irish Dance, inflatables for the kids, Euro Bungee, dart and axe throws, free crafts and games, face painting and so much more. Food, beer and drinks are available for purchase. There will be a judged Irish costume contest at 2pm sharp. Admission is free!!

LOCATION:
Village Green
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA

Anaheim Town Square Monthly Kids Fun Zone – Origami Making - Anaheim
Saturday, March 14, 2020
12-3 pm

Kids Fun Zone presents “Mandalas”. Participate in the fun activities on the second Saturday of every month. The event is located near Goodwill and Target and hosted from 12-3PM. This month, join us for Clay Coasters inspired by Aztec and Incan art.

Join the Kids Fun Zone – the club that meets on the last Saturday of every month from 12pm-3pm. 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

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center Spring Family Arts Night 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30-7:30 p.m.

No charge for admission or activities.

Join us for our annual Spring Family Arts Night, as we open our art studios for your budding artist to get to see our space and meet some of our on-staff artists. Kids of all ages can come and enjoy as they get their hands dirty trying ceramics, drawing, and painting along with a multitude of other artistic crafts.

LOCATION:
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833

Dale Carnegie Free Workshop: Storytelling in Business: Agility: The New Competitive Divide Preparing for Success in the Era of AI - Santa Ana
April 23, 2020
9:00 - 11:00 AM

This Business Briefing is a 120-minute session designed to bring leaders together to learn about, reflect on and discuss recent research and the key competencies for organizational agility in the context of the massive changes that are anticipated from the widespread implementation of artificial intelligence (AI).

What You’ll Learn
Today organizations need to gather and act on information, make decisions quickly and implement them to meet the rapidly-evolving requirements of customers and the business environment. The ability to do so is becoming increasingly important in this era of digital transformation and advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI). We provide a framework for leaders, addressing important considerations for those who want to approach building agility within their organization in a focused, deliberate way.

LOCATION:
1805 East Dyer Road, Suite 109
Santa Ana, California 92705

INFORMATION:
Register here

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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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