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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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Due to COVID 19 concerns, many events are being canceled. We're in the process of removing canceled events, but are also encouraging you to click on links below to get individual event updates.

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Pretend City presents: Facebook Live | Play At Home
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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

Upcoming dates:
August 11, 2020

August 13, 2020
August 18, 2020
August 20, 2020
August 25, 2020

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Pretend City presents: Let's Talk Kids | Parenting Webinar
Thursday, August 13, 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

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Thursday, September 3, 2020

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION:
Registration link

Pacific Symphony presents: Summer Replay - Online
August 13, August 27 & September 10, 2020

Free Bi-weekly Thursday Night Online Series

Summer Replay, a complimentary, four-concert virtual series, invites audiences to revisit Pacific Symphony performances of great masterworks featured in past seasons. The series host will be Eileen Jeanette, the Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning. She welcomes audiences to each program and interviews special guests before each concert begins, including Music Director Carl St.Clair (July 30), pianist Orli Shaham (Aug. 13), Principal Bassoon Rose Corrigan (Aug. 27) and Principal Trumpet Barry Perkins (Sept. 10).

Virtual concerts can be viewed by signing in with an email address. Each program will be available on demand for 45 days after each performance premiere date.

Shaham Plays Mozart
August 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Symphonie Fantastique
August 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Tchaikovsky Spectacular
September 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

INFORMATION:
714-
556-2787

Chance Theater Cyber Chats - Online
Friday, August 21, 2020
7:30 pm

Join Chance Theater this Friday, August 21st 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

AUGUST 21st CYBER CHAT - HAMILTON
The filmed verstion of the smash Broadway hit combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming in an astounding blend of hip hop, jazz R&B and Broadway.

Watch the show on your own* and then join us for the Chance Cyber Chat on Friday, August 21st @ 8:00 p.m. (tech support @ 7:45 p.m.)

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

Art Along the Coast - From San Clemene to Santa Ana
August 22 & 23, August 29 & 30, 2020

Art Along the Coast is a no-cost, self-guided tour where thirty-four South Orange County fine artists will be showcasing their craft and providing art lovers with exclusive access to their studios and exhibition venues. The public will be able drive the tour at their leisure to a total of fourteen locations from San Clemente through Santa Ana.

Visitors will experience a behind-the-scenes look into the creative work and exhibition spaces of these exceptional fine artists, and be given the chance to purchase new art not yet seen by the public. The participating artists were all juried into the eighty-five year old Laguna Beach Festival of Arts 2020 season, which has been canceled for the first time since WWII.

LOCATION:
Click above for a list of artists participation in the tour

Anaheim Town Square Monthly Kids Fun Zone – Watercolor Craft Kit - Anaheim
Saturday - check back for next Fun Zone Event
12-2 pm

Pick-up your watercolor craft kit on August 8 and join us on Instagram @anaheimtownsquare or @crenshawimperialplza for the video tutorial on Instagram live. We look forward to seeing you there and participating with comments. Post your finished art piece by tagging us for a chance to win a canvas art kit.

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

D. Yoder Family Sundays - San Clemente
Coming soon - check back for next event date!

Explore art-making practices at the Casa with free admission to an Affordable Art Market. The Art Market features 15-20 local artists and craftspeople selling their art, jewelry, sculpture, and small home goods. Kids can enjoy a painting craft based on the current exhibition Who was Nellie Gail Moulton? Artist, pioneer, and so much more.

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

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Ongoing Free Events

Pretend City presents: Facebook Live | Play At Home
Tuesdays and Thursdays - through December 31, 2020
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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