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Events Happening this Week in Orange County: July 13th – 19th

Sunday, July 19th

San Clemente Ocean Festival (July 18-19)

San Clemente Pier and Beach

San Clemente, CA 92672

The San Clemente Ocean Festival is celebrating 39 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!.” Come see the thrilling competitions of many ironman water and land events including the Orange County Lifeguard Games, Paddle Cross (SUP & 10’6″ Prone), & Kid’s SUP Contest. Sign up early to participate in many events too – Kid’s Dolphin Dash, Fishing Derbies, Woody Car Exhibits, Ocean Art Show, Youth Pavilion. Tons of great family activity – a FREE concert (Sat), Sand Sculpting Contest (Sun), Great Rubber Duck Race, and much, much more! Visit or call (949) 440-6141 for more information. See website for schedule of events.


  • Saturday:  6:30a.m. – 8:30p.m.
  • Sunday:  6:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.

Directions to Shuttles:
I-5 to Ave. Pico; go 1/4 mile inland to San Clemente High School on the right.  Limited parking is available near the pier.

Directions to San Clemente Pier: From I-5 Southbound, exit Avenida Palizada, turn right to El Camino Real, turn left to Avenida Del Mar, turn right and follow to beach.

From I-5 Northbound, exit Presidio, turn left to El Camino Real, turn right to Avenida Del Mar, turn left and follow to beach.

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.

OC Model Engineers Free Public Rides

Orange County Model Engineers

Goat Hill Junction Railroad

2500 Placentia Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Public ride days are conducted on the third Saturday and following Sunday of each month from 10:00am – 3:30pm. The club has a variety of engines and riding cars.  Trains on public ride days are made up of 4 to 6 bench cars that seat 5 to 6 adults and children.  Children need to be old enough to walk (note we may have a height of 34″ requirement). Rides are free; however, donations are welcome and help keep the trains running.

The Ecology Center Guided Tour

The Ecology Center

32701 Alipaz St.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

We are an environmental educational center whose purpose is to engage the entire family in fun, hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions. Our goal is to inspire positive change to the environment of Southern California.

Join us for a guided tour of our historic home, built by pony express rider Joel Congdon in 1878. Browse our Tools for Change shop with ecologically minded resources and products. Engage with sustainable solutions in The Eco-Labs, our outdoor interpretive learning stations in the areas of water, food, waste, shelter and energy. Understand how you can take positive action towards a healthier community and environment! Cost: Free for members, $5 suggested donation for non-members. Tour runs 10:00am – 11:00am.

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.

From Dinosaurs to People

Heritage Museum of Orange County

3101 W Harvard St.

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Did you know that there was a dinosaur native to Orange County? Come meet the hadrosaur and take part in FREE activities relating to archaeology, paleontology, history, fossils, Native American artifacts. We will also have fun talks, guided hikes, a Kids Zone, and demonstrations by our blacksmiths. One day only at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Event runs 11:00am – 4:00pm and is free.

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.

The OC Great Park Family Activities

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Farmer’s Market – Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Market runs 10:00am – 2:00pm. Free parking and admission.

Children’s Garden Workshops: Eat Your Plants – Discover how to make healthy eating choices by learning the nutritional value of summer fruits and vegetables that are currently being grown in the Farm + Food Lab.  Children will identify plant parts and understand how they are connected to the food we eat. We will have fun creating a seasonal (and maybe silly) meal using a leaf, flower, root, seed and a stem.

Explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and music in a fun and stimulating outdoor environment. Young attendees will connect the natural world with their daily lives, deepening their understanding and appreciation for nature. Materials for craft or activity are provided for all children. Workshops are held on the hour and are weather permitting.

Gently used book donations to the Little Free Library in the Farm + Food Lab are welcomed. For additional information, please email: [email protected]. Event runs 9:00am – 11:00am.

Once Upon a Storybook National Ice Cream Day Storytime

Once Upon a Storybook

17300 E 17th St. #C

Tustin, CA 92780

It’s summer, and the best way to celebrate is to eat ice cream. At this special event, we will read about ice cream and make our own ice cream! Learn about the history of ice cream and guess the most outrageous flavors! Appropriate for 6+ w/o parent, 5 and under with parent. $10/child. RSVP requested. Event runs 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

Orange County Museum of Art Kite Festival

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

600 Town Center Dr.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Enjoy workshops, demonstrations, and more at the future site of OCMA, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Discover the origins of kite flying in ancient China and learn tricks from today’s pros. Bring your own kite or make one on site and join the fun.

2 – 6 pm:

  • Demonstrations by Pro Kite Flyer Dave Shenkman of The Kite Connection
  • Kite projects led by local Teaching Artists
  • Imagination Playground
  • Kite display provided by Up Up & Away Kites and The Kite Connection
  • Student art display provided by The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana

2 – 4 pm: Caricature drawings by Dave Boatman

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Music performance by Pacific Trio

4:30 – 5 pm:  Martial Arts demonstration by Yulin Chinese School

Food Trucks: Soho Taco, We Heart Froyo, and Baby’s Badass Burgers, 2 – 6 pm. Parking: $10 cash only, visit SCFTA Parking for more information.

Kids’ Art Studio

Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Kids’ Art Studio is a new hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum. It takes place on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Children and their families create a piece of art, from start to finish, inspired by one of the exhibitions on view in the museum. Art projects are designed for all ages and are presented by members of the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council. Program is free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are not required. For questions or more information, please contact Curator of Education Marinta Skupin at 949.494.8971 x201.

Open House at CRK Training Stable

18245 Bastanchury Rd.

Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Free Horseback Riding Lessons*, All About Horses Class, Petting Zoo and Ranch Scavenger Hunt at CRK Training Stable! Discounts for camp and selected lesson programs if you register at the open house. *The number of lessons available will be limited. No reservations, first come-first served. Riders must be at least 6 years old, wear long pants, closed shoes, and a riding helmet (provided). A parent or legal guardian must attend with anyone under 18 years of age and sign a liability release including names, ages, address and a valid email address for every participant. Parking is very limited. Extra parking on Plumosa St. Event runs 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Dana Point Summer Concert SeriesKelly Rae Country Band (Current Country) and Tony Suraci as the Highwayman (Willie/Waylen/Johnny/Kris)

Sea Terrace Park

33501 Niguel Rd.

Dana Point, CA 92629

Concert runs 2:30pm – 6:00pm.

Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer SeriesYari More’ Latin Band

Huntington Beach Central Park

18000 Goldenrod St.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Special Tonight – Free Latin dance lesson with Oleg 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 ParkHollywood Blondie (Tribute)

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.

Concordia University Irvine Concerts on the GreenBroadway Star Ivan Rutherford

Concordia University Center

1530 Concordia West

Irvine, CA 92612

“Concerts on the Green” is a free series of outdoor concerts presented by Concordia University Irvine. With a career that includes more than 2,000 performances playing the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway, Rutherford performs songs from theatre, stage, film and popular culture. Bring folding chairs and blankets for seating; picnics. Grilled bratwurst, soft drinks, and snack will be available for purchase.  Event runs 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer ConcertsSymphony in the Cities

Mike Ward Community Park

20 Lake Rd.

Irvine, CA 92604

Join us for a must-do summer tradition – a free outdoor concert by Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St. Clair who is celebrating his 26th season with the Symphony! A “Musical Playground” for children takes place at 5:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m.

Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other Irvine nonprofit organizations. Event runs 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Things to bring: chairs, blankets, sweatshirts, picnics or plan on enjoying a specialty item from one of the gourmet food trucks. Long pants, closed toed shoes and layered clothing are strongly recommended.




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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