FUN EVENTS FOR ORANGE, LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO COUNTIES
Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
20th Anniversary Special at Bayside Through Nov. 30
Bayside Restaurant is celebrating 20 years of business, and we invite you to join the celebration! As a thank you for your support, Bayside is offering a special anniversary menu running until the end of November. For just $20, enjoy a glass of wine paired with your choice of New York steak, yellowfin tuna tataki, or shrimp scampi, while enjoying live entertainment from local musicians every night. Menu items are subject to change. For more information, visit www.baysiderestaurant.com.
Independence Day Celebrations July 4
List of 4th of July fireworks and events in Orange County.
Annual Brea Country Fair July 4
Day-long festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by the Brea Ministerial Association Morning Service. The Fair opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. with live entertainment, kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits, teen
fun area, and Market Place craft area. Swimming at the Plunge begins at 11 a.m. for $3. Admission is free! http://www.cityofbrea.net/
Festival of the Arts July 5 – Aug. 31
Come discover the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach- a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an openairgallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the onsite restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and
enjoy the creative atmosphere. Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all. https://www.foapom.com/summer-art-show/
Pageant of the Masters July 7-Aug. 31
This summer, the Pageant of the Masters celebrates 85 years of living pictures in Laguna Beach. This iconic, long-running Orange County tradition combines art-fullycostumed people, extravagant sets and theatrical illusion to re-create famous works of art on
stage. In the 2018 production, “Under the Sun,” the Pageant will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration. https://www.foapom.com/pageant-of-the-masters/
Savoir Faire Vintage Market July 7
The market takes place on Sunday, July 7 across from the Cal State Fullerton main campus and features goods from local crafters, artists, and merchants.
Free Movie Monday’s July 8, 15, 22, and 29
Enjoy free family fun this summer with the return of Movie Mondays on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza! Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests may bring their own snacks, chairs, blankets or picnics
but tables, BBQs or large food set-ups will not be permitted. Food trucks will be on-site for food purchases. https://scfta.org/moviemondays
Orange County Fair July 12-Aug. 11
The annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert
series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games. https://ocfair.com/oc-fair/
German Heritage Day & Weiner Dog Races July 14
Come celebrate the many Germans who migrated to the United States in the 1600’sor just come have fun and party like a German! Admission will be FREE all day long and the 1st 500 guests will receive a FREE meal. This is a Family event, the dress is casual, and everyone is welcome. It’s an old fashioned fun filled FAMILY DAY with Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, German American Brass Band all Day, Carnival Games, Face Painting,
and Wiener Dog Races. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents. No exceptions. https://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/german-heritage-day-wienerdog-races/
Ocean Festival July 20-21
Celebrating over 40 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!”. Competitions, Beach runs, Bodysurfing clinics, Fishing Derby, Woody Car Exhibit, Ocean Art Show, Children’s Events and much more! https://www.oceanfestival.org/
Taste of Yorba Linda July 26
The Taste of Yorba Linda features cuisine and beverages from 60 restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Savor the flavors of SoCal and enjoy live entertainment at this exciting event! https://tasteofyl.com/
Vans U.S. Open of Surfing July 27 – Aug. 4
Known as the largest surfing competition in the world, the Van’s US Open of Surfing attracts over half a million people to the beaches of Huntington Beach. These nine days are free to attend and include vigorous competition among the world’s top
surfers, as well as, skateboarding, and BMX biking competitions.
Cypress Community Festival July 27
One of the largest one-day festival in Orange County that attracts over 20,000 people annually. This event includes an early morning 5K/ 10K run, a pancake breakfast, car show, chili cook-off, family games, food booths, the Chamber of Commerce business expo, children’s rides, arts and crafts booths and four stages with continuous
entertainment. The admission is FREE! https://www.cypressfestival.com/
Vegan Faire July 27
Presented with love by Healthy Junk, our award-winning vegan restaurant, the Vegan Faire is an annual one-day festival showcasing a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services with booths and workshops focusing on food, environment, local
artisans and wellness. Admission is FREE! http://www.veganfaire.com
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Street Food Cinema Ongoing
For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of mostly outdoor parties that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food
trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band. The screenings are held in venues across LA, and alternate from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule. Some of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your
four-legged cinema lover along. New this year are two overnight camping events that extend the movie screening into a fun summer camp experience for grown-ups. www.streetfoodcinema.com
Shakespeare in the Park Through Sept. 1
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival has pre-show activities before each performance at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The 2019 productions are “Pericles” and “Twelfth Night.” Free to attend! http://www.iscla.org/festival-2019
Summer Nights Through Sept.
Enjoy your summer nights with FREE concerts! Presented by KCRW radio, this series of free concerts features live bands, dj’s, and other performances in outdoor venues.
Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl July 4
Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue. From the classic American food,to a motorcycle stunt show, to the world-renowned fireworks display. The fireworks won’t shoot off until 9:00 p.m., but the Rose Bowl
will open at 2:00 p.m. www.rosebowlstadium.com
Fourth of July Block Party July 4
This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food trucks, live music and more. This event starts at 3:00 p.m. and concludes with the largest fireworks show in downtown Los Angeles!
Anime Expo July 4-7
The Anime Expo is a four-day event located at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Festivities include panels, cosplay, art, and dedicated areas for cardand electronic gaming. Tickets are on sale on the event website and children under five are FREE!
Greek Festival July 12-14
South Bay Greek Festival has music, games, dancing, and Greek food at St. Katherine’s Greek Church. https://www.sbgreekfestival.com/
Monster Jam July 12-14
Monster Jam is coming to the Staple Center in downtown LA! Get a taste of the action as drivers thrill audiences with more tricks, wheelies, donuts, and freestyling. Get your tickets today! https://www.staplescenter.com/events/detail/monsterjam19
Summer Nights in the Garden July 12 & 26
Spend your Friday night sipping a garden-infused cocktail, stumbling upon a myriad of outdoor experiences while exploring the Museum’s backyard, and brightening your life with nature-inspired take-home activities. Have a picnic or get a little lost in the gardens – all while the beats from live music performances set the mood. https://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/summer-nights-in-thegarden
Lotus Festival July 13-14
Celebrate the bloom of Echo Park Lake’s beloved floating flowers with the annual Lotus Festival. Expect plenty of food, music, dragon boat races and of course, the lotus flower beds in full bloom. The historic event celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans to LA, and this year, the 39th,will honor the Thai community. https://www.laparks.org/lotusfestival
Roaring Nights July 19
Roaring Nights is a party at the Zoo that features a cover band, DJ music, 15 food trucks, and bars at Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+. https://www.lazoo.org/roaringnights/
Westside Food & Wine Festival July 21
Taste food, wine, beer, and spirits from 25 makers with live music and kids’ activities at Westside Food & Wine Festival indoors and outdoors at Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside. One child age 9 or younger free outdoors with each adult.
Taste of Farmers Market July 23
Join us Tuesday, July 23 from 5:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m. for our 11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market! Enjoy a “full” evening of mouthwatering tastes from over 50 of the Market’s top-rated restaurants, grocers and eateries.
Wizard of Oz Convention July 26-28
Celebrating the fictional Land of Oz, OzCon includes panel discussions, vendors, costumes, treasure hunts, and a banquet at Kellogg West Conference Center.
Oxnard Salsa Festival July 27-28
Spice up your summer this July at the Oxnard Salsa Festival! Sample craft and retail salsas, enjoy live music and dance the night away in this lively two-day event.
Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival July 27-28
Watch dragon boat races, visit food vendors, and see stage shows (Chinese acrobats, art, dance, music, and martial arts) at Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival at Marine Stadium.
Spanish Festival July 31-Aug. 4
Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebrates the Spanish history of Santa Barbara with dance performances, live music, an arts & crafts show, Mexican cuisine, courthouse tours, a historical parade Friday at noon, and a children’s parade Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
This event is FREE to attend. https://oldspanishdays-fiesta.org/
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
4th of July Fireworks & Festivities June 29-July 4
A list of Independence Day fireworks and events.
Music at the Shoppes Friday’s & Saturday’s through Sept. 6
Music at the Shoppes features live performances of jazz, country and pop artists on the outdoor patio near Yard House and Wokcano. Featured artists include Gold Standard (Piano, Pop, R&B, Soul), Jarred Matthew (Soul, Pop, ‘The Voice’), Roderick
Chambers (Soul, Pop, R&B, Reggae) and Justin Froese (South, Classic Rock, Blues, John Mayer). http://www.theshoppesatcarlsbad.com/sales-events/music-atthe-shoppes
Open Cockpit Days Through Sept. 1
Cockpits of several aircraft will be open sokids and adults can experience U.S. Marine Corps aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Strap into an ejection seat, put on a helmet, talk to pilots and try your luck with an “I Spy” activity. See 31 historical aircraft up close
as well as hundreds of artifacts from the earliest days of aviation to present day. Open Cockpit Days are a family friendly activity that will be hosted every other weekend during the summer. https://flyingleathernecks.org/
Big Bay BOOM July 4
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero
North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park andCoronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.
Horizon Music Festival July 6
Sunshine, sunsets, & good vibes. Horizon Music festival series returns for the fourth consecutive year with two 2019 dates at the Embarcadero Marina Park North at Seaport Village near Downtown San Diego. Horizon events seamlessly blend relaxation, good beats by world renownedartists, full bars, amazing food, unique shopping, interactive experiences, and partying with the vibrant surroundings of the San Diego Bay.
Stagecoach Days: Celebrating the Wild West July 7-Aug.18
Stagecoach Days invites visitors to enjoy afternoons in Old Town filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is celebrating travel and transportation in the era of
real horsepower during “Stagecoach Days,” kicking off on July 7. Join in on the old-fashioned fun from noon to 4:00 PM on six Saturdays in July and August.
Del Mar Races July 7-Sept. 2
San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race
tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun. https://www.dmtc.com/
Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival July 12-13
The 2019 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n
Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.
Mission San Diego Festival of the Bells July 13-14
The festivities include food, live entertainment, dancing, and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including the original bell dating back to 1802. The
Festival of the Bells is a great family event and an opportunity for everyone to visit and learn more about this historical landmark.
2019 Annual Over the Line Tournament July 13-14
San Diego’s beach softball Over the Line Tournament is played by men and women into their 80’s and is one of the last pure Southern California traditions.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market July 13-14
In Liberty Station visit more than 90 vintage, antique and handmade vendors. https://junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/
Comic-Con International July 18-21
Comic-Con International is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture. https://www.comic-con.org/
Supergirl Surf Pro July 26-28
The world’s top professional female surfers are back in Oceanside for the 12th Supergirl Surf Pro, a three-day event July 26-28, 2019. The weekend will be jam-packed with world-classcompetition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with
female-inspired vendors, activities andentertainment. https://supergirlpro.com/
Home Builders 5K Fun Run/Walk July 27
North San Diego County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring this signature community service event to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in fulfillment of its mission to provide affordable housing for low incomefamilies residing in the City of San Diego and the North County.
Extreme Autofest July 27
EAF returns to San Diego for it’s20th Year! Don’t miss this all newseason with a new twist to the show, as we hit SDCCU Stadium,SaturdayJuly 27th, 2019, from 3 pm to 10 pm!