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Events Happening this week in Orange County: August 17th – August 23rd

Sunday, August 23rd

Ranger Led Nature Hike

Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Hwy.

San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. Hike runs 8:00am – 9:00am. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike.

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Family Science Sunday

Peter & Mary Muth Center

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

2301 University Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Free activities in the Muth Interpretive  Center classroom once a month with a different educational theme to explore.  The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more.  Join Preserve Staff for a short hike at 11am and 2pm.This month’s theme is Reptiles. Recommended for ages 3-12. Event runs 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Turtle and Tortoise Show

La Habra Community Center

101 W La Habra Blvd.

La Habra, CA 90631

If you have been wondering what the differences are between a turtle and tortoise is, you can probably get your answers at this event put on by the California Turtle & Tortoise Club OC. More than 30 species will be on display. You can have a photo opp with these hard-shelled animals as well as learn about their lives. There will also be an opportunity drawing, a kids play area and food for sale – but no turtles or tortoises will be for sale. Event runs 10:00am – 3:00pm. Cost is $3 adults and $1 children 6-12. Free parking.

Back Bay Science Center (BBSC) Community Day

Back Bay Science Center

600 Shellmaker Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Come explore the buildings and surroundings of the BBSC!   Event occurs every Sunday and runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Talk to the City of Newport Beach staff and volunteers about ongoing research, education, & restoration projects. Get your fingers wet in our tide pool touch tank, tour the teaching lab and aquarium tanks, and do some bird watching. The Science Center is located just off of Back Bay Drive on Shellmaker Island (600 Shellmaker Rd). This program is free and no reservations are required.

Free Kids Fishing Clinic

Dana Wharf

34675 Golden Lantern St.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Every Sunday! 12:00pm – 2:30pm. Free clinic held dockside. No reservations needed.

Every Sunday! 12:45pm – 5:15pm.
Free fishing trip. Rental gear included. Reservations required as space is limited. One free child per paying adult.

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park

30753 La Pata Rd.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $250,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime.

Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo has committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life. Carrying on the cowboy tradition of “passing the hat” in support of a sick child or needy friend, all proceeds from the rodeo will benefit local charities.

Rodeo begins Saturday at 4:00pm (gates open at 1:00pm) and at 1:30pm on Sunday (gates open at 10:30am). See website for details and a schedule of events. Admission is $30 adults and $10 children 4-12. Parking is $5 cash only. Parking is limited so be sure to arrive early!

Storytime with Cynthia Callard

Center for Living Peace

4139 Campus Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

Join us in our library for Storytime with Cynthia Callard on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month! For each storytime, a story will be chosen and read aloud for all to enjoy.  We encourage you to bring friends and family members of all ages. All of the stories that are read have a wonderful message of love and compassion fitting for all ages.

On this day we will be reading “The Moon Was at a Fiesta” by Matthew Gollub. Event runs 1:30apm – 2:00pm. Register online. Event is free but a donation of $2-$5 is appreciated.

Family Fun at the Museum

Irvine Historical Museum

5 San Joaquin

Irvine, CA 92612

Go back in time to learn about what Irvine was like and how people lived before becoming a city in 1971. Irvine Historical Society Docents share the past through crafts and stories in these free programs. The summer programs feature Native American tales; the fall features Pioneer life. Event runs 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Parent participation required with children. Program is free but space is limited; registration required for each family member. Ages 5+. Supplies fee: $5. Note: Register at using course #155218.

Kite Festival at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

600 Town Center Dr.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

This fun kite festival is an opportunity for families to learn more about Chinese arts. The day will include free workshops, demonstrations and more at the future site of OCMA. Discover the origins of kite flying in ancient China and learn tricks from today’s pros. Food truck will be onsite for dining options. Event originally scheduled for July 19th, but will now take place on August 23rd. Event runs 2:00pm – 6:00pm and is free.

Special Reading and Signing of Trouble on the Loose

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

Author Omaima Zayed will be introducing us to this vibrantly told tale about the comical relationship between an exasperated older sister and her playfully mischievous little brother in Trouble on the Loose. At this event, Ms. Zayed will read this story and sign any copies you purchase. RSVP is requested. Event runs 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

Storytime with Illustrator and Actor, Richard Kinsey

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

3321 Hyland Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92262

Richard will lead a two-hour workshop on illustration and performance, free, Sunday, August 23 from 2 to 4 PM.  Space is limited to only 60 children (plus parents). Reservations are required, please email [email protected] to reserve your space. More details about the class to follow.

A native of Los Angeles, who has lived and performed all over the world, Richard is probably best known for his award-winning performance of Javert in the smash musical, “Les Miserables”, on Broadway. His involvement in the performing arts is reflected in his visual art, after all, “the canvas or drawing pad is a stage with performers as well”. His most recent work was illustrating “Lucky” with a story by Craig Inglis and published late last year. Kinsey has two other children’s titles coming out soon: “Mr. Pricklebear” by Diane King and “The Purple Burple” by Judith Deem DuPree.

Plum Festival

Old World German Restaurant

Old World Village

7561 Center Ave.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

The German Restaurant and Beer Garden throws this family-friendly party that has an eclectic lineup of activities. There will be Medieval Sword Fighters, a German/American brass band, carnival games and plenty of food to enjoy -from BBQ to berliners and, of course, plum delicacies. Event runs 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

J.O.Y. for Nature: Fire Fighting Friends

Irvine Open Space Preserve

Portola – Round Staging Area

Irvine Ranch

Long dry summers flare up the concern for autumn wildfires in southern California. While fire is a much needed element to help some plants bloom and to keep our habitats healthy, too much fire can be a dangerous thing. Discover how Wildland Fire Fighters combat fires and help mend our native landscape. We will have a chance to see some of their fire gear up close, test our ecology skills in a healthy fire habitat test and explore the trails for evidence of previous fires on the land.

J.O.Y. for Nature (Juniors or Youths for Nature) is a monthly series dedicated to showcasing different career opportunities in nature for pre-teens. From examining tiny bugs to exploring outer space, each month will investigate a different nature-related profession. This series is geared towards pre-teens ages 8 – 12, who are interested in discovering more about the world around them. This free event runs 3:30pm – 5:30pm for ages 9 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Picnic and Evening Hike in Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Irvine Ranch

Bommer Canyon is a great spot for a family picnic dinner. Bring your picnic baskets, coolers or paper bags and enjoy dinner under the sycamores prior to a brief hike through Bommer. The first 30-40 minutes of the program are dedicated to enjoying the dinner that you bring to the Cattle Camp picnic grounds. Bring food that is already prepared. No cooking is allowed.  Dinner is followed up by a 1.5-to-2- hour evening hike. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for the hike.  All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Free event runs 5:00pm – 8:00pm for ages 6 and up. Register online. Driving directions emailed upon registration.

Dana Point Summer Concert SeriesDecember of 63 (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute) and The Fabulous Ultra Tones (70’s Disco)

Heritage Park

34400 Old Golden Lantern

Dana Point, CA 92629

Free outdoor concerts sponsored by the City of Dana Point. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Beer, wine, soft drinks, water & food will be available from various vendors. Concert runs 2:30pm – 6:00pm. Free Shuttle Bus service from Dana Hills High School to all of the concerts at Sea Terrace Park.  Shuttle runs from 2:30pm – 6:00pm. You can also take the PCH Trolley from other areas of Dana Point to the concerts!  For more information on this service click here.

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer SeriesBob DeSena

Huntington Beach Central Park

18000 Goldenrod St.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Exciting Latin jazz and fiery rhythms in the legendary tradition of Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, winner of LA Music Awards “Jazz Artist of the Year 2014.” Free Latin dance lesson with Oleg from Dance All You Can Dance Studio and Social Club at 4:15pm preceding the concert!

Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets! The HB Concert Band Summer Series is an eleven-week series featuring a variety of performance groups and music, such as community bands, Latin bands, and swinging Big Bands. The 2015 Summer Series runs June 28 – September 6, 2015. Performances begin at 5:00pm and are free.

Laguna Beach Music in the ParkTom Nolan Band (Blues)

Bluebird Park

798 Blue Bird Canyon Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA   92651

Live music performance every Sunday evening in a beautiful park setting. Bring a picnic and a low backed chair.

Lake Forest PaloozaSuburban Legends, 80z All Stars and Didi Benami

Lake Forest Sports Park

28000 Rancho Parkway

Lake Forest, CA 92610

Don’t miss your chance to be part of a Lake Forest summertime tradition – the Annual Summer Concert Series in the Park! These family oriented concerts will once again bring City of Lake Forest families together to rock out and dance! Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. For more info call 273-6960 or visit the City’s website at

Lake Forest Palooza with Suburban Legends, 80z All Stars and Didi Benami Out of the cultural renaissance of Orange County comes the superhero-like brilliance of Suburban Legends. A Suburban Legends concert is a mix of pop, disco, ska, dance, fairy tales, and ridiculousness but mostly a good time with great music.

The 80z All Stars have been rocking for over 14 years and are the premiere, most complete 80’s tribute act in Southern California. Devo to Bon Jovi to Rick Springfield to Duran Duran, the band brings them all! Their high energy performances have been seen from Orlando to Hawaii to Las Vegas to their triumphant return to Lake Forest. So whether you’re ready to relive the days of big hair, bright colors and jelly bracelets or just in the mood for great entertainment, all you need do is join in the madness that is an 80z All Stars show!

Didi Benami of American Idol returns to the Lake Forest stage! Full of a life of song and poetry, she has spent time traveling and writing with her new music breathing the echoes of life on the road between homes and love. Her current musical goals include “To inspire people in a positive way, and remind them dreams do come true when you work hard and stay focused.”

Please note start time of 5 pm.

  • 5:00-5:45pm – Didi Benami, 6:00-7:00pm – 80z All Stars
  • 7:15-8:15pm – Suburban Legends

Newport Beach Concerts on the GreenThe Kelly Rae Band (Country)

Civic Center

100 Civic Center Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Put on your cowboy hat and boots and come on down to the Civic Center for a summer evening of down-home country fun with The Kelly Rae Band, a premiere country band specializing in current chart-topping country tunes, as well as classic country favorites.

The City Arts Commission will present four fantastic performances as part of the “Concerts on the Green” series during the summer of 2015. Concerts in the Parks are on Sundays, from 6-7:30 pm and are free to the public. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!

Rancho Santa Margarita Shepherd of the Hills Summer Set 2015Smith (Country Rock)

Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church

30605 Avenida de Las Flores

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Concert takes place 6:0opm – 7:30pm at the MV campus. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Imagine No Malaria. Come support this charity and enjoy some good food, fellowship and live music. Invite your friends! See the full Summer Set concert schedule at

Yorba Linda Concerts in the ParkStone Soul (R&B)

Hurless Barton Park

4601 Casa Loma Ave.

Yorba Linda, CA

Bring your own picnic dinner – food will also be available from Center Catering at the Yorba Linda Community Center. Seating is available in the amphitheater grass areas at the park (chairs and blankets recommended). Dogs are not recommended due to safety issues and the comfort of others in attendance. Riding skateboards, bikes, roller blades, and scooters throughout the park during the concert is prohibited. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. Concerts run 5:45pm – 7:15pm.




Reminder – Always call or check the website to confirm time and place — and to ensure these events are not cancelled due to rain or some other circumstance.  

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