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Anaheim Packing District Music & Events
440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim CA 92805
Come down to the Anaheim Packing District for live music, trivia nights, and more. Keep an eye on the calendar!
- July 16 – Café Flamenco – 7PM – Anaheim Packing House
- July 16 – Flash Sitar and Fontain – 8PM – Sacred Junk
- July 17 – Jake Hitt – 6PM – MAKE
- July 17 – Brother Yusef – 7PM – Anaheim Packing House
- July 23 – Joker’s Hand – 7PM – Anaheim Packing House
- July 23 – Flash Sitar and Fontain – 8PM – Sacred Junk
- July 24 – Jim Becker – 6PM – MAKE
- July 24 – Brother Silver – 7PM – Anaheim Packing House
- July 30 – The Standards – 7PM – Anaheim Packing House
- July 30 – Flash Sitar and Fontain – 8PM – Sacred Junk
- July 31 – Jake Hitt – 6PM – MAKE
- July 31 – Brother Yusef – 7PM – Anaheim Packing House
Games and Tickets Available
Welcome back to the ballpark! Single game tickets are available for purchase online. You can choose from select socially distant pods and pay for parking all in advance. Learn more about Angel Stadium.
Beyond Van Gogh
Anaheim Convention Center – 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
The Beyond Van Gogh exhibit immerses visitors in the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. This truly unique experience brings his artwork to life with floor to ceiling projections and audiovisual effects. You’ll find yourself surrounded by Starry Night, Café Terrace At Night, self portraits, and other works. It will take approximately one hour to view the exhibit in its entirety.
Concerts At The Camp
The Camp – 2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Enjoy live music all summer long at The Camp in Costa Mesa. This free drive-in concert series runs every Thursday night from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, May 6 – September 30, 2021. To see the full summer schedule, visit our summer concerts page.
Disneyland & California Adventure
Disneyphiles and fanatics can finally get back on park property! For the phased reopening, the park is currently open. Tickets and reservations must be made online in advance.
DIVERT Sessions Action Sports Park
Main Place Mall
2800 N Main Street, Santa Ana
West side of Main Place Mall, Santa Ana (across from Blaze Pizza)
Open Daily 1PM – 8PM
Day Passes $39.99; Unlimited Passes through September 30 $99
So Cal action sports lovers of all ages are in for a treat this summer with a new Pop-Up Action Sports Park and Entertainment Venue, DIVERTsessions. Located in Santa Ana at the MainPlace Mall, guests can ski/snowboard, surf and skateboard all in one convenient location, plus enjoy concerts, food trucks and even a creative studio where guests can learn photography, videography or hone their artistic skills. For those who’d rather watch the action than participate, Spectator Passes are free except for special events and concerts. Tickets include all equipment necessary to participate and onsite guides are on hand to help all levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Donut Life Museum
2036A Westminster Mall – Westminster, CA 92683
Details and tickets
Experience donuts in a “hole” new way. The all-ages interactive experience is fun for making memories and capturing unique photos with your family. Tickets start at $20.00 plus fees for Adults and $15.00 plus fees for Kids ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free. Get your tickets now for this sweet experience.
1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Downtown Disney is open to the public with social distance restrictions in place. Visitors can enjoy the world of Disney, shop at select retail shops, and dine at select open restaurants. Visitors must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking, and temperature checks will be conducted upon entry for guests over the age of 2. Parking is available in the Simba Lot only for $10.
DIY – At – Home
Many of the local maker studios and other do-it-yourself shops are now offering DIY Take Home Kits so you can pickup curbside and get creative at home, either on your own, with your family, or even plan a Zoom with friends. Here are a few of the best DIY-At-Home kits around Orange County:
Duff’s Cake Mix – 827 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine – Pick up DIY cake decorating kits. Cake, fondant, buttercream, decorations and instructions included in the cost of the kit.
Blaze Pizza – Make pizza night more fun with DIY pizza making kits from Blaze Pizza. Kits can be purchased as one, two or four individual sized pizzas complete with dough, sauce, cheese, dusting flour, and up to seven toppings.
AR Workshop – Huntington Beach & San Juan Capistrano – Pick up DIY kits including wood crafts, canvas projects, custom signs, holiday themed crafts, and more.
Home Depot – Locations throughout OC – Register for the monthly kids workshop and pick up your kit in-store at the Customer Service desk.
Hidden Talents – This Huntington Harbour ceramics studio offers kits delivered straight to your door. Kits can also be purchased and taken to-go.
How it works:
- Text/Call in your order to 714-330-1817
- Once confirmed, pay for your order with Venmo: @Debra-Wainer
- Products will be delivered to your door (within 5 miles)
- Complete your project at home and call for pick up when ready
- Ceramics will be glazed and fired and ready within a week!
- $30 per item
- One ceramic item (see photos here)
- 8 paint colors (specific colors at request)
- Brushes on loan
GardenWalk Coffee Cars & Culture
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Come to Anaheim GardenWalk where this new car show brings OC, LA, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego County pop-up car shows together under a 400,000 square foot, 4,000 stall facility just steps from Disneyland. Upcoming competitions will include Classic Customs, Chopped Champions, Heroic Hot Rods (designated to veteran owners), Screamers (engine & exhaust decibel sound challenge), Truck Terrors (lifted trucks), Jaw dropping Exotics, and The VW (classic VWs and the touring stories they tell). Find more car shows around Orange County here.
Ghost Walks with Haunted OC
Tours start at $24 per person
Explore Orange County’s supernatural side with Haunted Orange County. Tours are 90 minutes to two and a half hours depending on location. Choose from five OC locations:
- Old Town Orange
- San Juan Capistrano
- Downtown Santa Ana
- Black Star Canyon
- Fairhaven Cemetery
- The Kellogg House
Golden Years Market at Farmers Park
Farmers Park at Anaheim Packing District
412 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim
June 12, 2021 (next Event October 23, 2021)
11AM – 5PM
Come shop Golden Years Vintage Market to find vintage clothing and vinyl records. Get a blast from the past and find plenty of oldies but goodies to take home. Plus, tunes from the DJ, a photo booth, and more.
Drive-In Movie Nights
The Frida Cinema
Mess Hall At Flight
1705 Flight Way , Tustin CA 92782
Drive in movie nights are still happening at Mess Hall Market in Tustin!
Friday, July 2 – 8:30 PM – Mad Max: Fury Road
Saturday, July 3 – 8:30 PM – The Dark Knight
Mess Hall will be open until 8PM for food purchases from the following restaurants:
Irvine Spectrum Center – The Lime Truck Giveaway
Irvine Spectrum Center – 705 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine
Saturday and Sunday July 17 & 18
The Lime Truck, a California-based Cali-Mexican-inspired restaurant picked up an exciting win on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race All-Stars on July 11 and they are announcing coast-to-coast franchising opportunities. The Lime Truck will be giving out FREE Stuffed Churros, Limeades, and “Buy One – Get One” coupons to all who stop by at the courtyard, across from The Lime Truck restaurant.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
Knott’s Berry Farm is now open. Buy tickets and make reservations online.
Live Music on the Ocean Deck
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Come enjoy live music outside on the Ocean Deck at Pacific City. All shows are 1:00 – 3:00 PM
- July 17 – David Rosales
- July 18 – Natalie Clark
- July 24 – Michael Physick
- July 25 – Matt Hurray
- July 31 – Ava Domini
- August 1 – Von Hill
Pacific City also hosts other outdoor events:
- July 15 – The Fair Comes To The City: Enjoy the petting zoo, visit The OC Fair’s visitor booth, grab some fresh popcorn, play a few carnival games, and make a fun craft
- July 20 – Enjoy entertainment and interactive lessons with a real Hawaiian dancers, and learn about the spirit of aloha!
- July 28 – Teddy Bear Check Up at the Reading Reef
Live Music at Old World
Old World Huntington Beach
7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach
Enjoy casual dining at Old World’s spacious 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor patio or in the Biergarten Hall plus live music. Day and night performances now on the calendar. Most performances are free. View event information here.
- July 2 – Paul Wayne and Arena Red Band
- July 3 – Soul Venture and Red Moon Band
- July 8 – Flashpants Totally 80s Night
- July 9 – Sanford Street
- July 10 – Redneck Rodeo
- July 11 – Blue Birds
- July 15 – Boarding House
- July 16 – Loophole
- July 17 – Retrofit and Hollywood U2
- July 18 – The Alive and Minor Strut
- July 22 – The OSW All Stars
- July 23 – Funkstation
- July 24 – Retrofit and Moving In Stereo
- July 25 – Beatles Brunch and Rascalin
- July 29 – Bond and Blues Guys
- July 30 – The Lousy Little Gods
- July 31 – Faultlines and Das Haus of 80s
- August 1 – The DILFs
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
July 16 – August 15, 2021
The Orange County Fair is back for 2021 complete with live music at The Hangar and Pacific Amp. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. For full details visit our OC Fair page.
Off The Road Events
1025 Westminster Mall
Every 3rd Sunday
Off The Road open air market is located at the Westminster Mall features handmade goods, cottage food, food trucks and music. Located in the mall parking lot near JCPenny. You’ll find makers, creators, musicians and collectors with lots of handmade items including everything from handmade soaps to upcycled goods. Hours are 11am – 4pm every third Sunday of the month. Parking and admission are free.
Open Market OC
Laguna Hills Mall: 24100 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, Ca 92653
Main Place Mall: 2820 N Main St, Santa Ana, Ca 92705
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 – 6; Sun 11-5
Open Market OC is a unique shopping experience that features more than 200 local and small businesses that specialize in fashion, art, beauty, vintage, handmade items, and artisan foods. Keep an eye on the calendar – workshops and events will be added as they are allowed.
Paséa Hotel Happenings
Paséa Hotel has lined up exciting Spring and Summer events for locals and hotel guests. Here’s what’s happening:
- Safe and Sounds RooftopConcert Series – Live rooftop music performances on select Fridays and Saturdays
- Poolside entertainment and events on special holidays
Pinot’s Palette Paint Events
Locations and offerings vary
Details and Class Registration
Get creative and enjoy an evening painting your next masterpiece. Pinot’s Palette has five Orange County Locations: Aliso Viejo, Brea, Huntington Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Tustin. Pinot’s Palette is now offering a variety of outdoor and virtual paint events. Some virtual events include a paint kit, others do not, so be sure to check the class details. For virtual classes that DO include a paint kit, designated times for pick-up will be indicated in the class details. Also note that each location has different options — for example, Tustin offers over 60 video tutorials and registration includes a paint kit for $35.
Ride the Train
Visit Irvine Regional Park for the day and enjoy a ride on the popular Irvine Park Railroad. What else can you do there? Pony rides are open Tuesday through Sunday, or rent a bike or paddleboat from Wheel Fun Rentals. Hiking trails are open to explore, and if you’d rather hit the trails on horseback, horse rentals are available by appointment for $55 per person. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day at the park.
In addition to Irvine Regional, Orange County has many amazing regional parks, each with something unique to offer. Find one to explore here.
Sawdust Festival, Festival of the Arts, & Pageant of the Masters
935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
July 2 – September 5, 2021
Don’t miss out on this iconic annual event featuring local artists, live performances, art classes and more. Pageant of the Masters is an exceptional performance, with the 2021 theme, Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories. Read more about the events at our pages: Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters
SeaLegs At The Beach
Bolsa Chica State Beach – 17851 PCH, Huntington Beach CA 92649
This outdoor venue on the sand in Huntington Beach offers various events including live music and dancing complete with beach chairs, picnic tables, delicious food, and drinks to order. Reggae Sundays, Boots On The Beach, comedy events, and game day celebrations are just a few of the events hosted by SeaLegs. Check the SeaLegs calendar to see what’s happening this week!
Upcoming events include:
- July 10 – No Duh
- July 16 – Dane Cook
- July 17 – Flashback Heart Attack
- July 23 – Paul Rodriguez
- July 24 – David Rosales & His Band Of Scoundrels
Summer of Music at The District at Tustin Legacy
Enjoy live musical performances at The District at Tustin Legacy every weekend through Labor Day.
- Fridays & Saturdays: 5-8pm AMC Fountain Courtyard (June 18 – Sept 4)
- Sundays: 1-4pm Inside Union Market at Central Bar (June 27 – Sept 5)
Times are absolutely strange. For many, times are tough. What better way to find a little joy than with a sweet treat. Orange County has many unique and creative dessert spots, from Polar Playground’s handspun cotton candy characters to The Loop’s fully loaded churros. Some locations are tucked in corners of strip malls, others have store fronts in one of the local food halls. Wherever you decide to seek out your next dessert, we definitely recommend making this a Friday Night ritual to close out the week.
Shopping! Support Local Businesses
Most retail businesses are currently open with modified capacity requirements for social distancing. Support your local business owner by shopping local. Orange County’s downtown areas are ripe with small businesses, restaurants, and boutiques that need your business, so take a stroll and shop to show your love.
Solve A Mystery
Book a private room for your group at one of these escape rooms for an experience you won’t soon forget.
Crossroads Escape Room in Anaheim has been voted the #1 escape room in Southern California and #3 in the nation. Sign up for a unique private game experience for you and your crew here at Crossroads. Choose from a variety of games including The Hex Room, The Psych Ward, and The Fun House.
The Escape Game at Irvine Spectrum Center offers 60-minute escape room experiences. Choose from Gold Rush, Special Ops: Mysterious Market, Prison Break, The Heist, and Playground. To follow social distancing recommendations, all games will be private and sanitized prior to the entry of each new group. All team members will wear face coverings and practice 6-foot social distancing measures. Can’t wait to play? Book a remote game to play virtually!
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Monday-Friday: 9:30am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Reservations & Details
Sign up for a U-Pick wagon ride to cruise around the farm and pick fresh produce to take home. Wagon rides include stops to collect three different types of fruit or veggies, and guests can take a walk to the Barnyard Educational Exhibit to visit with the farm’s animal residents. Tanaka Farms also offers curbside pickup and a drive-thru produce stand.
Weekly Farmers Markets
Orange County features many weekly farmers markets. The OC Fairgrounds hosts one every Thursday from 9 to 1, Irvine Regional Park hosts theirs every Tuesday from 9 to 1, and the Orange County Great Park hosts one every Sunday from 10 to 2. For 2021, there is a brand new farmer’s market in Fountain Valley at Mile Square Park located at Freedom Hall near Euclid and Edinger. Find a Farmer’s Market to explore and stock up on fresh, organic produce.
Witches Brew Night Market
Anaheim Packing District Farmers Park
412 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
5PM – 10PM
July 31 & August 1
Witches Brew presents the Night Market, complete with beer, wine and cocktails, outdoor dining options, and a magikal marketplace featuring magikal wares, readings, and horror-inspired gifts, art, and businesses.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.