Check out all the great community events happening right in your backyard!
Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, July 28 – August 5th
In addition to the surf competition, includes skateboarding and BMX bike competitions, movie premieres, vendor exhibitions, demos and art exhibitions.
Huntington Beach Pier, www.vansusopenofsurfing.com
The Orange County Fair, Through Aug.12
Offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games.
OC Fair & Event Center, CostaMesa, www.ocfair.com
Festival of Arts, Through Sept.1
The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Art-related attractions and special events include jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided and audio art tours throughout the eight-week run.
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 949-494-1145, www.foapom.com
Pageant of the Masters, Through Sept.1
Audiences are amazed and enchanted by 90 minutes of table aux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 949-494-1145, www.foapom.com
Furry Friends Pet Fair, Aug.4
Everything to keep your pets happy and healthy including pet exams, low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping and more. Several vendors will be on hand with products and giveaways.
9am-Noon/Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center & Vista Park 949-425-2550/www.cityofalisoviejo.com
Civil War Days, Aug.4-5
Heritage Museum will offer two days of learning from both the Confederate and Union soldiers as they reenact daily routines during the civil war. See large and small Civil War weapons and artillery, experience canon fire demonstrations and visit their blacksmith shop for interactive activities.
3101 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana, 714-540-0404, www.heritagemuseumoc.org
Cordova Park Camp Out, Aug.4-5
Family fun activities, including giant life-sized games, crafts, a flashlight hike, and more! S’mores and breakfast provided with registration. Please bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle, and tent (stakes are OK).
4pm-10am/26931 El Retiro, MissionViejo www.cityofmissionviejo.org
Newport Beach Lobsterfest, Aug.5
Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event. Live entertainment on from our stage located on the beach. A percentage of the proceeds go to Leadership Tomorrow and Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire.
3-8pm/Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina 949-478-3468, www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com
Rancho Summer Nights, Aug.11
Tyrone Wells is a singer/songwriter with over 60 million Spotify streams, 55 thousand albums and 400 thousand singles sold. Bring your low lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Food trucks will be available, no alcohol permitted.
4-8pm/Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano www.saddleback.com
San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival, Aug.12
Food and game booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations, three stages with continuous live music, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more.
9am-7pm/Avenida Del Mar, www.scchamber.com
Pacific Wine and Food Classic, Aug.18-19
This all-inclusive event offers incredible food from our top local chefs, wines, beers and premium cocktails on the sand.
2-5pm/Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, www.pacificwineandfood.com
Sawdust Festival, Through Sept.2
Art! Three stages of live music and entertainment! Cheap beer and wine! Outdoor eateries and cafes! Free hands-on art classes and daily art demonstrations such as glass blowing!
10am-10pm/935 Laguna CanyonRd., Laguna Beach 949-494-303, www.sawdustartfestival.org
Cruisin For the Cause, Aug.4
Presented by The Johnny O Foundation and Old World Village. Raffles for “Cool” prizes. The event is open to all makes. and models of cars and trucks! The market consists of a Farmers Market, food, and drink, collectibles plus arts and crafts from displayed by vendors from all over.
Old World Village West parking lot, Huntington Beach 602-751-7522, www.thejohnnyo.org
Plum Festival, Aug.19
This is a fun family day to celebrate with your family and friends. Live Music, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Plum Cakes, Plum Crepes, Berliners, BBQ Kitchen and Wiener Dog Races. Free admission!
2-5pm/Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach 714-895-802, www.oldworld.ws
Mission Viejo Restaurant Week, Aug.20-26
No passes, tickets or coupons are required for this scrumptious event. Instead, diners may simply visit participating restaurants during the week to enjoy the restaurant options.
See website for a list of participating restaurants.949-441-060, www.mvrestaurantweek.org
Wedgewood Aliso Viejo Summer Wedding Fair, Aug.22
This fun event showcases the center’s vast amenities and gives couples and families the chance to tour the property, meet vendors, sample delectable appetizers, and entrees, toast with drinks and play wedding games.
6-8:30pm/Aliso Viejo Center, www.cityofalisoviejo.com
One Spirit Many Souls Dance & Music Festival, Aug.25
Guest Artists, International Dancers, Food, Craft Vendors. Kamakani Komohana Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the preservation and education of Polynesian culture, dance, and music.
2-7pm/Old World Village, Huntington Beach, www.oldworld.ws
Splash-In Movie & Recreation, Aug.25
Grab your swimsuit, floatie, and family, and come on down to the pool for a movie. Swim and float in the pool while Secret Life of Pets plays on the big screen. Lifeguards will be on duty. Recreation swim fee is $2 per child and $4 per adult.
6:30pm/William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine 949-724-671, www.cityofirvine.org
Barks & Brews Fundraiser, Aug.25
Celebrate National Dog Day with Outlets at San Clemente and Pet Project Foundation. Doggy Costume Contest with prizes, Craft Beer & Cocktail tastings, Photo Booths, Food Truck, Live Entertainment, Free Treats, Dog-Friendly Vendors, Face Painting & Balloon Animals.
4-7pm/San Clemente Outlets, www.petprojectfoundation.org
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, Aug.25-26
Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this year’s Rodeo features saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, tie-down roping and bull riding.
30753 La Pata Road, SJC, www.rmvrodeo.com
Elvis Festival, Aug.26
Themed “AlwaysonOurMinds,” the event brings together Elvis fans and tribute artists who emulate the King of Rock and Roll. Activities include the King of Cadillac Car Show, a new Hound Dog Motorcycle Ride, and Show presented by Lifestyle Cycles, food trucks, and more!
10am-6pm/Historic Main Street, Garden Grove 714-267-4657, www.facebook.com/ElvisFestival
Senior Fitness Expo, Aug.31
This free event will include health screenings, nutrition information, demonstrations and a wide variety of the latest health and fitness products.
12pm/Rancho Senior Center, Irvine 949-724-6800/www.cityofirvine.org