Pageant of the Masters             

When: July 8 – August 31, 2015
Location: 650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 494-1145

What they have to say: The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. It is world-renowned in the artistry and theatrical illusion of living pictures. Each night during the summer season at 8:30 the Festival of Arts presents this famous attraction.

Shakespeare Festival                      

When: July 10-August 2, 2015
Location: Camino Real Playhouse
31776 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 489-8082

What they have to say: Enjoy a summer evening picnic in the park (and if it’s a pretty picnic – you can even win a prize!). Then enjoy everyone’s favorite Shakespearean Comedy under the stars. This year’s play is the best Shakespeare play to introduce youth to the language of the Bard. Tickets for this special general seating picnic outdoor event are only $15 and onstage performances only a little more.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Xtreme          

When: Friday, Jul 24, 2015 – Sunday, Aug 02, 2015
Location: Honda Center
2695 East Katella
Anaheim, CA  92806
Phone: (714) 704-2400

What they have to say: It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you’ve never seen before and that can’t be seen anywhere else but at The Greatest Show On Earth®.

Summer Art Sundays at Fashion Island             

When: July 26, 2015 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 721-2000

What they have to say: Beginning July 19, Fashion Island is partnering with Orange County’s beloved Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters for a special event series this summer. From noon to 3 p.m., the Bloomingdale’s Courtyard lawn will be filled with works from Festival of Arts’ artists who will be showcasing their craft.

The Atrium lawn will transform into a creative playground for children with free arts & crafts activities.

Home Depot Kids Workshop           

When: August 1, 2015 9am-12pm
Location: The closest Home Depot near you!
You just need to register online for that store.

What they have to say: Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hanger. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Shakespeare by the Sea             

When: August 2, 2015 7pm-9pm (Free Admission)
Location: Eisenhower Park
Main Street & Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, Orange County, 90740
Phone: (562) 799-0179

What they have to say: Through our performances, we seek to explore to truth of the human spirit through Shakespeare’s texts, affording each individual an unparalleled intellectual and emotional encounter.

By offering FREE productions in public venues we can reach the broadest demographics of English and non-English speaking audiences, allowing unlimited access without prejudice.

Movies in the Park                    

When: August 7, 2015 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Mountain View Park
4061 Dylan
Lake Forest, Orange County, 92630

What they have to say: Bring your friends, family and a blanket for free movies and fun under the stars! We will be playing Monsters University on Friday, August 7, 2015. Admission is free but snacks will be available for a fee.

La Habra Corn Festival                   

When: August 7, 8, and 9th 2015
Location: El Centro/Lions Park
201 North Cypress
La Habra, Ca
(Parking in neighborhoods around park)
Phone: (562) 691-3482

What they have to say: The Corn Festival is the signature event for the La Habra Host Lions Club. It has been a success for decades and continues to be the highlight of the social calendar in La Habra. Located at El Centro /Lions Park, the festival covers an entire weekend and includes numerous rides and attractions, independent food, game and craft booths, a market place, live music, a car opportunity draw contest and Miss La Habra, the club queen and her court!

Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Summer Festival             

When: August 7, 8, and 9th 2015
Location: Huntington State Beach Parking Lot 10
22300 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 897-3221

What they have to say: Enjoy a good old fashioned summer BBQ and beer festival! The main event features three days of BBQ tastings from over 50 teams competing in a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event, along with a Kids “Que” BBQ Competition, multiple craft micro brews, watermelon carving demonstrations, watermelon seed spitting contests, and watermelon and bbq eating contests. Bring the family to enjoy family fun, live entertainment, and barbecue from some of the best BBQ teams in the nation!

San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival                 

When: August 9, 2015 9am-7pm
Location: 100 & 200 block of Avenida Del Mar in beautiful San Clemente
Phone: (949) 492-1131

What they have to say: This event features activities for the whole family, including:  Food and game booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations, three stages with continuous live music throughout the day, contests for all ages, a Salsa Challenge, arts & crafts show, kiddie area, exhibits, face painters and much more.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby                  

When: Saturday August 15, 2015 9:15 am – Noon
Location: Huntington Beach Pier
1 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 960-8870

What they have to say: This is a Free Event! The Community Services Department and Let’s Go Fishing at the Huntington Beach pier will host the annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby on the Huntington Beach Pier. Children ages 4 through 15 are invited to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach pier with prizes given to the largest fish caught in each division and the best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher!

Brea Fest                      

When: August 21, 2015
Location: Brea Civic & Cultural Center
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA
Phone: (714) 990-7771

What they have to say: Brea Fest features wonderful food from over 35 local restaurants and distributors, live music, theatre performances, gallery exhibits, live artist demonstrations, and free activities for kids. Local restaurants donate food to this annual community event that celebrates Brea’s Art Programs such as the Curtis Theatre, Brea Art Gallery, and Concerts in the Park.

Kaleido-Kids Carnival                

When: Monday, August 24, 2015: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Kaleidoscope
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, Orange County, 92691
Phone: (949) 542-2759

What they have to say: The Kaleido-Kids Carnival will include inflatables, games, a juggler and stilt walker, face painting and a balloon artist. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for six, $10 for 15, and $2 for a “Spin to Win”. Bring a new toy or new backpack to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive six game tickets and a “Spin to Win,” a chance to win prizes.

Panning for Gold                    

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: San Juan Capistrano Mission
26801 Ortega Hwy San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 234-1300

What they have to say: Try your luck at finding the gold in our custom-designed Mission trough. We’ll supply the pan and the “gold” – you roll up your sleeves and pan your way to riches!

Orange International Street Fair                   

When: Friday, Sept 4th 5pm-10pm,
Saturday, Sept 5th 10am-10pm
Sunday, Sept 6th 10am-10pm
Location: Old Town Orange Plaza
112 E Chapman Ave Suite G, Orange, California 92866
Phone: (714) 633-4816

What they have to say: Food, beverages and entertainment from around the world, handmade arts and crafts and a street dedicated to children.

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