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Events Happening this week in Orange County: June 15th – 21st

Sunday, June 21st – Happy Father’s Day!

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.

Father’s Day Journey

Canyon View Park (Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park)

Canyon View Staging Area

22144 Canyon Vistas

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Bring dad along on the backcountry wilderness hike he’s always wanted. Enjoy the oak-filled Wood Canyon and Wood Creek Trails as we search for wildlife and their evidence. This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike. Event runs 8:30am – 10:30am. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park). For questions call: 949-497-8324 M-F or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free. Register online.

Morning Walk Around the Lake

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

28241 La Paz Rd.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Walk runs 9:00am – 11:00am. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Ages 8 & up welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome. Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel (meet at parking lot closest to Shelter 3). For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2240 Sat/Sun. Parking: $5/vehicle. Register online.

Go Skateboarding Day

Etnies Skate Park

20028 Lake Forest Dr.

Lake Forest, CA 92630

Come celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day at the Skatepark! Free BBQ at noon, various events and giveaways throughout the day. The event is free – just come on down and be prepared to have fun! Event runs 10:00am – 10:00pm.

Annual Irish Fair and Music Festival

Eldorado Park

7550 E Spring St.

Long Beach, CA  90815

The Great American Irish Fair and Music Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the Western United States. The Fair highlights 16 entertainment areas featuring the very best in the music, song, dance and sport of the Irish, along with over 100 Irish, Scottish and English import shops and arts and crafts vendors along with sheepherding shows, Irish horse shows, Irish dog shows and one of the largest Irish Step Dancing competitions in California. Event runs 10:00am – 7:00pm both Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015. See website for details and a schedule of events.

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.

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.

The OC Great Park

Sand Canyon and Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Children’s Garden Workshop – Discover integrating STEAM education through the joys of gardening and nature.  Different themes each month.  Programs start on the hour at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Located at the Farm + Food Lab. Free. Ages 3-9. Workshop Schedule:

  • Sunday, June 21
  • Sunday, July 19
  • Sunday, August 16
  • Sunday, September 20

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.

Crystal Cove State Park

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Historic District Walk – Take a walk through the renovated 12-acre Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park on Sunday, June 21, from 12:00-2pm. Former life-long resident Laura Davick will share stories about the colorful past of the Cove including the history, its rescue, and the plans for restoring the remaining 17 cottages. Park at Los Trancos parking lot then cross PCH at the signaled intersection and walk across the marked pathways and meet at the bluff top deck of the overnight rental check-in cottage. Day-use fee: $5/per hour (max. $15)

Summer Solstice Sunset Hike – To honor the longest day of the year, Crystal Cove State Park docents will lead a 2-hour Summer Solstice moderate 3-mile hike on Sunday, June 21 at 7:00pm. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress in layers. Expect a 700 foot elevation gain/loss – terrain will be uneven and steep in some areas.

Summer Solstice Festival

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center

1201 W Malvern Ave.

Fullerton, CA 92833

Kick off summer with live concerts, great food and more at the Summer Solstice Festival, part of the Day of Music Fullerton. Kids crafts and activities, free art workshops and gallery tours are sure to keep everyone entertained. For the past two years this festival has been the Muck’s most popular event of the year. More than 1,700 people enjoyed this event last year showcasing the best of ethnic folk music, dance and storytelling. fNoon-4 p.m. on June 21. Free admission.

Discounted Late Nights at Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA  90802

Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific with special extended hours.

The entire Aquarium will be open, except Lorikeet Forest. Admission after 5:00 p.m. is just $14.95 for adults and seniors, and children (3-11). Watch the nighttime activities of our animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the Aquarium’s architecture. Hours are 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Please note that Café Scuba may not be open on all nights but the Coffee Cart will be open in those cases.




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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