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Orange County Weekend Events

Catch one of the free movies or concerts in the park this weekend. Check out the Open House at CRK Training Stable in Yorba Linda this Sunday afternoon. If you are 6 to 14 years old and want to explore the world of horses, this is the place you want to be. Enjoy your weekend!

Ongoing Summer Activities

Aquarium of the Pacific (July)

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA  90802

Discounted Late Nights – 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. Please note that Café Scuba may not be open on all nights but the Coffee Cart will be open in those cases. Event runs 5:00pm – 8:00pm. This week the Discounted Late Nights are as follows:

  • Saturday, July 9
  • Sunday, July 10

Bolsa Chica State Beach (June – August)

17851 PCH

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Grunion Runs – Come explore the beach after hours as you hunt for the elusive grunion. Grunion Runs are a cherished part of Huntington Beach history and a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. We have 4 scheduled grunion runs this summer: June 7 at Huntington State Beach, June 23 at Bolsa Chica State Beach, July 7 at Huntington State Beach, and July 21 at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Space is limited as this is a popular event and you must RSVP in order to participate in the program. Please email [email protected] to RSVP your group.

  • Thursday, July 7: Grunion Run

Junior Rangers – Become a Junior Ranger! These 45 minute programs are designed for rangers ages 7-12. Program topics include animal life, ecology, history, recycling, safety & survival and so much more! Enjoy crafts, games, and learn a few new facts. With every program your ranger attends, they earn their way to cool prizes. This program is completely FREE and a good excuse to spend your day at the beach. Junior Rangers are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am starting June 22nd in the Visitor Center at Bolsa Chica State Beach except on July 4th.  If you would like more information, please contact [email protected].

  • Monday, July 4: NO PROGRAM TODAY
  • Wednesday, July 6: Theme TBD
  • Friday, July 8: Theme TBD

Campfire Programs – Cancelled this summer due to continued construction at the Bolsa Chica Campfire Center.

Crystal Cove State Park (July – August)

8471 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Junior Rangers – Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs. This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge. Junior Rangers meets on Tuesday mornings 7/5 & 7/26 and on Friday mornings 7/8, 7/15, & 7/22 from 10-11am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) Come for the program, stay for the day. $15 day-use parking fee.

  • Tuesday, July 5
  • Friday, July 8

Saturday, July 9: Tidepool Walk – Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park on a guided morning tidepool walk to Reef Point on Saturday, July 9 at 8:30m. A park naturalist will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Meet at Reef Point parking lot #2, near the restroom (PCH coastward at Reef Point.) $15 day-use fee.

Sunday, July 10: Family Nature Hike – Summer is an exciting time to learn about our local nature. Join park naturalists on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, July 10 & 31, and Saturday, July 23 at 9am. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.) $15 day-use fee.

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show (July 5 – August 31)

Downtown Laguna Beach

650 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Nearly 150 of Southern California’s finest artists will have their work on display at this prestigious, long-running event. It includes several attractions for kids. On Mondays from 11 am-12 pm, there will be an Art and Story Time for children 5 and younger. Youths 5-12 can do an art workshop Mon.-Fri. at 11 am & 1 pm ($15-$25 per class). Family Art Day (12 pm-3 pm, July 16) offers a host of special creative activities for parents and children to enjoy. Cost of admission is $8 adults (weekdays), $12 adults (weekends), ages 12 and under are free.

Sawdust Festival (June 24 – August 28)

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Laguna Beach, CA   92651

A Laguna Beach tradition for 50 years, the Sawdust Festival’s Summer Show serves as a showcase for more than 200 local artisans. Come and see all the diverse artwork as well as check out the art demonstrations and workshops. Admission is $9.00; $4 children 6-12. Festival runs Friday, June 24 – Sunday, August 28, 2016, open 10:00am – 10:00pm. See website for more details.

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