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Showing posts with label free event. Show all posts

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Books and Blessings This Sunday

"In Orange County our beaches our more than simple geography, they are the cultural and spiritual center of our community. It is important that we recognize this common element in all our lives, regardless of faith tradition."
- Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange

On Sunday, the annual Blessing of the Waves will take place at the Huntington Beach Pier, where surfers, religious leaders and beach lovers will gather to show their appreciation for the ocean and give thanks for what it brings to the planet.

Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., the annual event will include a prayer service and blessing of the sea, followed by what else? Some much deserved surfing.

For more information and pictures, visit their Facebook page.

Mission Viejo Readers' Festival
Book lovers will want to visit South Orange County for the 4th annual Mission Viejo Readers' Festival. Beginning on Sunday at 12 p.m., attendees will be able to meet with celebrity authors, hear readings, watch cooking demonstrations, and enjoy performances from local dancers and artists, all for free!

Some popular authors will be in attendance, including:
Also new this year is the recreation of the Middle Ages on the Village Green. With knights, sword fighting, and crafts, this sounds like a great way to engage kids and get them into a lifelong habit of reading.

You can get directions and find out what other authors are attending by visiting the city's website.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Irvine Goes Global Saturday

So, okay, the OC Weekly may refer to Irvine as "a master-planned, vanilla-flavored utopia" but at least for for one day it's going to be transformed into the multi-cultural community of diversity it can be.

On Saturday, the city will hold the annual Irvine Global Village Festival, considered to be "the best cultural festival in Orange County." By the city of Irvine anyway.

From 10 am to 6 pm, the Bill Barber Park will host hundreds of performances on five stages, while attendees can browse the marketplace, watch demonstrations or sample all the different types of international cuisine to be offered.

For the spiritually inclined, there will also be a world religions area, where you can interact with the many different religions from Irvine.

The event is free, although you have to buy tickets ($1 each) for the food, which ranges from 1 to 3 tickets. On-site parking will not be available, but shuttles have been arranged to take people to the event.

What: 11th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
Day: September 29, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Bill Barber Park

Friday, September 7, 2012

Drink It Up, OC: Things to Do This Weekend

If we're lucky enough to get a little reprieve from this heatwave that never ends, there could be beer, movies, and food in your future. This weekend has a lot going on, so here's a rundown on a couple of the highlights:

3rd Annual O.C. Brew Ha Ha
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
There is some serious beer consumption to be had at this event, with over 60 breweries being represented and over 150 different types of craft and import beers being served. Throw in some popular food trucks and live entertainment and your Saturday is booked!

Regular ticket prices start at $40 ($15 for designated drivers!), and the proceeds will benefit the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids surviving spouses and children of Orange County Firefighters lost in the line-of-duty.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event's website.

The 3rd OC Film Fiesta
Santora Arts Building, Santa Ana
The gorgeous Santora Arts Building oozes history and glamour
(image via NewSantaAna)
Now running in its second week, the OC Film Fiesta continues on Saturday, transforming downtown Santa Ana into "a cinematic mexi-pop wonderland." With free screenings (visit website for complete film descriptions), live music and the added Taste of Santa Ana, attendees will have their share of entertainment.

Rita Hayworth as Gilda (image via
Highlights include a screening of the 1946 classic Gilda, starring one of Hollywood's most famous Latinas and sometime Santa Ana visitor, Rita Hayworth. To honor the event, the OC Film Fiesta will be teaming up with the United Artists of Santa Ana to recreate a 1940s cabaret, with live flamenco entertainment and a tour of the Santora Arts Building, including the dance studio that once belonged to Rita Hayworth herself.

For $10, you can sample the food of the city's most popular restaurants at the Taste of Santa Ana, with proceeds benefiting the UASA. You can purchase tickets here.

For the festival's complete schedule, visit the OC Film Fiesta's website.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Kicks Off in Orange County

This weekend seems to be exploding with so much stuff to do around Orange County, that I thought I'd give a rundown on some of the highlights:

Summerfest 2012 will be going on in Fountain Valley this
weekend (image via Patch)
Summerfest 2012
Although it may sound like some kind made up holiday (i.e. Festivus), Summerfest is actually heading into its fourth year in Fountain Valley, and is scheduled to run through to Sunday, June 10th.

Free to everyone, it's being held at the Fountain Valley Sports Park at Brookhurst and Heil.

Events include a classic car and truck show on Saturday and for the first time ever, a dog show on Sunday. Dogs are being welcomed to peruse the grounds and cheer on (or is it laugh) at other dogs participating in the small dog race, agility course, or flying disc competition.

And of course, both days will feature carnival rides, food, live music, and a beer and wine garden. You can find out more details on Fountain Valley's city website, or read the Patch for a day by day breakdown of events.

Mr. BBQ 2011 - long may he reign, or at least until they
choose a new one this year (image via Nibbles of Tidbits)
Orange County BBQ and Music Festival
Considered by OC Weekly to be Orange County's "longest-running and best-attended barbecue contest", this year's event promises to be just as big, with events like a Mr. BBQ Pageant, beer tasting, and of course, rib eating contest.

There will be activities for the kids like a petting zoo, bouncers and face painting, and a "butterfly celebration" where butterflies are released for children who are seriously ill or have passed away.

Held at the Orange County Fair & Event Center until Sunday, admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children, or you can get a $25 2-day pass. All proceeds are going to support Kristies Foundation for terminally ill children.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event's website.

Lynn Shubert in front of the Fuddy Duddy, a B-17
WWII bomber that will be on display this Sunday
(image via OC Register)
Bikes and Bombers

Monday, May 28, 2012

Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival Show

On Sunday I went to the Spring Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival Show in downtown Santa Ana. Held from 11 am to 5 pm, the show included local arts and crafts, artisan food and music.

Held twice a year, it's a collection of booths that feature the DIY creativity of local artists who sell everything from jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions, paper goods, knit and crochet stuff to purses, pottery and pet goods.

There was live music, food trucks, and booths by local restaurants, but we opted to go to the Gypsy Den that was one of the several restaurants that were steps away from the show.

The show seemed a lot bigger from the one I attended last year, which makes me curious to see how they'll top themselves next year.

If you're interested in the next show, you can sign up for updates on their website or visit them on their Facebook page.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Artisan Food & Arts Festival in Irvine Tomorrow

Saturday is the Artisan Food & Arts Festival at
the Great Park in Irvine: learn to cook, bake, and
grow good food (image via Facebook)
Tomorrow at the Great Park in Irvine will be the first ever Artisan Food and Arts Festival, where celebrity chefs, master gardeners and local artisans will come together for an afternoon of “creativity, learning and wellness.”

In an effort to inspire living sustainably and creatively, the festival will have ongoing arts activities as well as demonstrations. Beginning at 11 am, artisans will be teaching visitors how to make your own bread, soda, cheese, and jam, among other things. You can also learn about refrigerator pickling, composting and backyard bees.

But the biggest attraction that caught my eye was the amount of food that was going to be on-hand: along with some of the best known food trucks, (Seabirds and The Lime Truck to name a couple), there will also be participating restaurants such as Duke’s, Clay Oven, Taco Asylum and 118 Degrees.

April 28th, Saturday
11 am – 5 pm
Great Park in Irvine

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Parade in Anaheim

This Saturday is the 32nd Annual Orange County Black History
Parade and Cultural Fair in Anaheim. Above are some of the
New Buffalo Soldiers that participated in the 2006 parade
(image via OC Register)
I knew that February was Black History Month, but I didn't know that for the past 32 years there was a parade in Orange County honoring the event.

This Saturday beginning at 10 AM, the 32nd Annual Orange County Black History Parade and Cultural Fair will take place in downtown Anaheim. Starting on Anaheim Boulevard, the parade ends at the Center Street Promenade where there will be a cultural fair with food, booths, and entertainment.

Sponsored by the Orange County Heritage Council, president  DeVera Heard explains, "Part of our mission is to educate everybody – all ethnicities – about the value and contributions of African Americans, not only in Orange County but throughout history."

Admission and parking is free.

32nd Annual Orange County Black History Parade
February 3rd
205 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
10 AM - 4PM

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Culture Carnival Comes to Santa Ana

The Culture Carnival in Santa Ana will feature
artwork like that of Anna Jackson above
(image via Culture Carnival's FB page)
On Friday night in Santa Ana there will be The Culture Carnival, which features music, art, tattooing and of course, food. The event takes place from  7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on 2710 S. Shannon St. and promises to have something for everyone looking for the fun and different on their Friday night.

I read about the event on New Santa Ana, where there was a breakdown of the different entertainment planned. Local indie bands, live t-shirt printing, live graffiti, with so much going on, the site explained, "an art show, a concert, a warehouse party. Whatever you want to call it, it doesn't matter, because...there will be a building in Santa Ana filled with everything necessary for an unforgettable night."

The Culture Carnival's Facebook page goes on to describe that there will be "over 15 artists, 4 bands and 2 dj's all in one night, we know it'll be an event to remember."

The Culture Carnival
Jan 13th, 7 pm - 2 am

2710 S. Shannon St
Santa Ana

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Farmer's Market and Art A-Fair at Huntington Beach

The Huntington Beach Farmer's Market and Art A-Fair is
Friday - fresh food, unique art!
(image via Orange County 101 Things to Do)
If you have a Friday afternoon free, Huntington Beach is having it's Farmer's Market at the Pier Plaza parking lot from noon to 5 pm.

Admission is free and some of the goods being sold include fruitl bread, nuts, fresh flowers and vegetables. All item is certified farm fresh, California grown produce.

Held in conjunction with the market is a shopping fair where artists sell their works that range from jewelry, candles, ocean-themed art, rugs and more. Because everything there is unique (you won't find any of this stuff at Target) I think it's a great way to gets some birthday or even holiday shopping done. With over fifty vendors selling their wares, I can't imagine you'll come home empty handed, or on an empty stomach for that matter!

Huntington Beach Farmer's Market and Art A-Fair
315 Huntington Beach

(714) 898-7927

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Art Takes Over Downtown Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is having it's monthly art walk on tonight
from 6 to 9 pm. Enjoy the beauty of art and ocean in one spot!
(image via
Tonight Huntington Beach will be hosting its monthly art walk from 6 to 9 pm in downtown Huntington Beach. Over 20 artists are featured in the evening of music, art, and of course, surf.

Tonight’s event will include a live collaboration of four artists at the Electric Chair. Taking over the shop’s parking lot, these artists will have thirty minutes each to add to a giant canvas that will be on display later that night.

Over at the Rockin’ Fig Surf Shop, Chad Masri will be painting on surfboards, and at the Shorebreak Hotel, Jeff Sherman will be hosting a sand sculpture demonstration.

The Art Center will be continuing its current exhibition, String Theory, which showcases large scale works by Julia Couzens and Julia Haft-Candell. Incorporating thread, tape, twine, rope, porcelain and other textiles, the pieces are used together to create 2D and 3D sculptural works of art.

Downtown Huntington Beach (image via

Other live events taking place:
  • Live Huntington Beach tribute painting
  • Abstract painting on clothing and canvas
  • Hand thrown ceramics on a pottery wheel
  • Comic book sketches
  • Photo Backdrops
Spanning six blocks, the art walk is free to visit, with many of the works available for sale. Mix and mingle with some of the most unique artists in one of Orange County’s most popular cities.

The complete list of events and map can be viewed here.

Downtown Huntington Beach
538 Main Street


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Orange County Museum of Art - Free Second Sundays

The Orange County Museum of Art is free the second Sundays
of the month, and is currently featuring the works of Alexander
Calder, above (image via OCMA)
This Sunday admission is free to the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. Every second Sunday the museum holds what they describe on their website  as "the best [way] for Orange County families to spend time together enjoying art."

Festivites take place from 11 am to 4 pm, and the theme for this Sunday will be "California Road Trip," where the state's diverse terrain "from desert to ocean and valley to mountain" will be explored, with a little help from the The Boy Scouts of America Orange County.

(Image via Orange County Register The Arts Blog)
In addition to the ongoing exhibit of Alexander Calder and Contemporary art (see his work above), there is a schedule of events for children, with ongoing art projects, storybook reading, shadowbox pupperty. Adults can take a public tour and learn why the OCMA is considered "the premier visual arts organization in Orange County."

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660


San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival

San Clemente will be holding its yearly Fiesta Street Festival
on Sunday, from 9 am to 7 pm
(image via San Clemente Chamber of Commerce)
If you’ve walked through the OC Fair so many times that you know it by heart, you can always visit the 58th Annual Fiesta Street Festival in San Clemente. The event takes place on Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm, and admission is free.

International food, refreshments and games will be sponsored by local nonprofit organizations that use this as way to raise funds for their cause.

There will also be three stages of music from dozens of artists – it may be early (9 am), but I would think the Flock of the 80s would be fun to check out – a cover band that rocks the hits from yesteryear. Or Don’t Stop Belieivin,’ a tribute band to Journey that starts at 5 pm.  For those less nostalgic, there is also country, jazz and blues, as well as performances from local dance groups.

There will be a Salsa Challenge, an arts and crafts show, a business exposition, a Classic Car & Motorcycle show, exhibits, clowns, balloon artists, face painters, and jugglers roaming the grounds.

Held at the San Clemente Community Center and Art Gallery, the annual street fair spans from the Camino Real intersection (on Del Mar) to the Calle Seville intersection.

Free parking and round trip shuttle services from San Clemente High School (from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm).

(Del Mar between Camino Real and Calle Seville)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Second Saturday Art Fair in San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano will hold its Second Saturday Art Fair
from 10 am to 5 pm (image via Examiner)
If you’re in the area, San Juan Capistrano is having its second Saturday of the month art fair from 10 am to 5 pm. Held in the historic downtown San Juan Capistrano area, the fair showcases artists, craftspeople and musicians from the area and beyond. Get to know the artists who sell wares that range from jewelry to candles to pottery and photographs.

To make it a day of learning, you can take the kids to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, which holds a Living History Day also on the second Saturday of each month.  People dress up as Native Americans, Spanish padres, soldiers, weavers and gold miners, with different types of demonstrations in the Mission. The event is from 11 am to 3 pm and the admission fee is 

If you don’t feel like paying, you can also explore the neighboring restaurants, shops and historic sites. San Juan Capistrano is home of the Los Rios Historic District, which is considered the oldest neighborhood in California. Seeing the adobe homes that were built for the workers that helped construct the Mission in the 18th century, you do get a sense that time has not had a lot of effect on this city. San Juan Capistrano does a wonderful job of preserving its heritage for visitors and history buffs to experience.

Historic Downtown -(Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano)
San Juan Capistrano


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Free First Sundays at Bowers Musuem

Easily one of the most beautiful museums in
Orange County (image by The Eyes Have It)
If you're looking for a way to spend your Sunday afternoon, the Bowers Musuem in Santa Ana offers free admission the first Sunday of every month (thanks to the sponsorship of Target).

If you've never visited the museum before, this would be a great opportunity to check it out. Because it's free to the public, there's a lot of families enjoying the outdoors performances, so there's more a sense of picnic than obligatory school trip to museum. Also, it's worth going just to see the museum itself, patterened after a Spanish style mission.

This Sunday, there's going to be an "International Family Festival" which begins at 12 p.m. Held in the courtyard of the musuem, it begins with "Pasione Gitano" (gypsy guitar from Southern Spain), and spans the globe to include Scottish dancing and Korean drumming before ending with Bollywood dance at 3:30 p.m.

Interior courtyard of the museum, where performances take
place (image by The Eyes Have It)
Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include exhibits covering the history of California's inhabitants. It also features exhibits covering China and the South Pacific past. 

The Bowers Kidseum is also part of the Target Free First Sundays, and is practically next door, in case your kids aren't too into the cultural thing.

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Bowers Kidseum
1802 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Santa Ana Art Walk Tonight

Take a trip to Santa Ana tonight for music, food and art
(image via
Tonight is Santa Ana's monthly Art Walk, a free event where galleries and art studios welcome residents and visitors to familarize themselves with original art.

Starting at 7 p.m., the event is a literal block party, and in addition to its four blocks includes the newly renovated East End Promenade.

It's about a block over, but seems like it would be worth the walk to see how the area has been renovated into what the Promenade is calling "the future of Downtown Santa Ana as it continues to grow and develop as the cultural epicenter of Orange County."

Another additional feature this month will be an altar made to honor the memory of Kelly Thomas, whose recent death at the hands of the police in Fullerton has caused controversy. For more information, there's a great article on that interviews the artist who created the piece.

The event begins at the 2nd Street Promenade from Broadway Avenue to Spurgeon Street. A map of the participating locations can be downloaded here.

Covered parking is available just a block away, at the Artists Village parking structure at Third Street and Broadway, for $2.

Santa Ana Art Walk
First Saturdays of every month

For more information on the the renovation of the East End Promenade, visit:
East End Downtown Santa Ana

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Laguna Beach Art Walk on Thursday

Laguna Beach Art Walk is this Thursday (image via digging90650)
Laguna Beach is having its monthly art walk tomorrow night, held the first Thursday of every month.

Stroll the avenue or hop on the tram that runs free for a self guided tour of galleries that spans from downtown Laguna Beach to the fringes of Laguna Canyon Road.

The event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. and includes refreshments, live music and artist demonstrations. For a map of all the participating locations, pick up an Art Walk brochure at any gallery.

For tomorrow only, get free admission to the Sawdust Art Festival and Festival of Arts, be sure to bring your Art Walk Brochure to get in! This is a must see for anyone interested viewing a gamut of art, from paintings to jewelry to lawn ornaments.

For more information, visit