There are also events for San Diego and Los Angeles counties below the OC events.
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
2017 Sunset Cinema – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Sing July 1
The Goonies July 8
Moana July 14
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off July 21
Finding Dory July 28
Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema and enjoy recent popular flicks and introduce the young ones in your life to beloved classics. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site.
Mariachi USA Festival July 1
Celebrating a rich mariachi music tradition, the 28th annual event promises to showcase the top mariachi bands from Mexico and the United States, along with traditional folkloric dances and a fireworks display.
Anime Expo 2017 July 1-4
Billed as the largest anime convention in North America, attendees can expect panels, workshops and guest speakers, an exhibit hall with more than 240 vendors and exhibitors of Japanese culture goods, and concerts featuring Japanese music acts.
39th Annual 4th of July Run in the Parks July 4
Run in the Parks is an Independence Day tradition. Races are held through the Crown Valley Community and Laguna Niguel Regional Parks. Proceeds Benefit the YMCA Scholarship Program.
Pageant of the Masters July 7 – Aug 31
The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra.
German Heritage Day July 9
Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, Dachshund Races and German American Brass Band all Day.
The Orange County Fair July 14 – Aug 13
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.
Ocean Festival July 15-16
Celebrating over 35 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, much more!
Fiesta de Solano July 21-23
A three day community event filled with rides, games, food, live entertainment, bingo games and a silent auction. Fun for the entire family! Admission and parking are FREE!
California Wine Festival July 13-14
One of the state’s largest outdoor wine festivals, the 14th annual edition will feature hundreds of premium California wines along with the best selections produced by regional microbreweries, bites from top local chefs and other food purveyors and vendors.
Cypress Community Festival July 22
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!
Vans U.S. Open of Surfing July 29 – Aug 6
One of the world’s top biggest contests also boasts top-flight skate and BMX competition. Even if you’re not an action sports devotee, the extensive merchandise area and people-watching opportunities are a draw.
Street Food Cinema July 1-29
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 L.A., 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.
626 Night Market July 2-29
The midnight snacker’s greatest fantasy is just a car ride away. One of America’s largest Asian food markets spans the course of Santa Anita Park’s front Paddock Gardens. Come hungry and come caffeinated. This lively market, complete with over 150 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won’t put itself to bed until 1am on Friday and Saturday (and midnight on Sunday).
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 9pm, but the Rose Bowl will open at 2pm Independence Day, at which time access to a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts will be available for kid-friendly fun. Parking for the event will cost $20, but you can make it worth your while with an afternoon of tailgating outside the stadium.
Fourth of July Block Party July 4
This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare, live music and more. The music begins while the sun is still high in the sky, so bring yourself an all-day picnic—no booze allowed, only empty water bottles—and relax. Your four-legged friends are totally invited, and, best of all, the event is Metro accessible.
Harry Potter in Concert July 6-8
The Hollywood Bowl is a pretty magical place to watch a movie, allow us to maybe even call it the Hogwarts of L.A.’s outdoor theaters. Which makes it the perfect place for a series of special Harry Potter screenings and live scores. Watch the second and third film in this beloved series on a giant screen while the LA Phil performs every note from the movie’s whimsical John Williams score. Composer Justin Freer conducts what’s sure to be a magical night.
Jazz at LACMA July 7-28
One of L.A.’s best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts. Celebrating over twenty years at the museum, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable (and beloved) programs. It’s a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians, and more than 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November, making it a true L.A. rite of passage.
Taste of Paleo 2017 July 8
Taste of Paleo boasts the distinction of being the first paleolithic food festival and spotlights the Caveman diet, which emphasizes real, whole food, including grass-fed meats and organic fruits and vegetables. The festival gives people a chance to explore the paleo lifestyle by tasting samples and perusing vendor booths, and there’s also (non-paleo) beer and wine, guest speakers and cooking competitions between paleo chefs.
LA Food Fest 2017 July 10
The LA Food Fest brings together dozens of local food trucks, stands, carts and other street food vendors for a warm celebration of community and food. The mission of the fest is to foster community amongst purveyors of street food while supporting independent small business owners and both established and budding restaurateurs. Attendees can sample food from nearly 100 vendors with treats ranging from savory Mexican tostadas to powdery-sweet fresh beignets. The fest also hosts an array of booths from an eclectic mix of local bars, wineries, coffee shops, smoothie shops and producers of fine tequilas.
D23 Expo July 14-16
Every two years, Disnerds come together at the Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate all things Disney and see what sort of magic the company has been working on. Show floor highlights include a peek inside the Disney Archives and the latest ride designs and inventions from Walt Disney Imagineering. If you’re not afraid to stand in line, the weekend’s keynotes include the Legends induction ceremony and a look at upcoming releases from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and both animated and live action Disney movies, as well as the latest from the Disney theme parks.
The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend 2017 July 14-16
Indulge yourself at the feast and sonic festival that is The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend in San Pedro, California. This land and sea event features succulent Maine lobster dishes, wave-crashing tunage from up-and-coming musical acts, a pirate camp, street performers, group dancing, tall ships and arts and crafts.
Lotus Festival July 15-16
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 L.A., and this year, the 37th, will honor the Bangladeshi community.
California Watermelon Festival July 29-30
Get ready for your slice of happiness at the California Watermelon Festival the weekend of July 29, 30 in Lake View Terrace at the Hansen Dam Soccer Complex in the San Fernando Valley. All day fun includes free watermelon, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and the newest attraction – watermelon skiing! Hours are 10am to 10pm.
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego County
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Where the West Is Fun: San Diego County Fair 2017 Ends Jul 4
Where the West Is Fun at the 2017 San Diego County Fair offers a stampede of fun, food, and entertainment this year, from June 2 through July 4, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The fair is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays.
Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K/2-Mile Runs, Bike Rides July 4
The event offers running and cycling options for different age and skill levels. You can choose between a 10K Road Race, 2-mile Fun Run, or a 12-mile bike ride, 28-mile bike ride, or a 50-mile bike ride. Proceeds benefit community athletic programs and scholarships for local high school students.
Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Parks 2017 July 7, 14, 21, 28
Carlsbad’s TGIF Jazz in the Parks is a free outdoor concert series that takes place in the city every summer. The concert series runs for nearly two months, giving revelers numerous opportunities to catch a show.
El Cajon Dinner and a Concert 2017 July 7, 14, 21, 28
The El Cajon Dinner and a Concert in El Cajon, California, is a summer live music and nosh series that promotes the downtown area’s hottest restaurants and the local music scene’s noisemakers.
La Mesa Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series 2017 July 9, 16, 23
The wildly popular Sundays at Six Summer Concert Series in La Mesa, California, caps off the week with an outdoor musical celebration that’s open to the public. The multi-date event is held at the Harry Griffen Park amphitheater and showcases eclectic regional acts and ensembles from such genres as New Orleans-style brass bands, ’70s rock and modern jazz, just to name a few.
Over-the-Line (OTL) Tournament July 8-9 and July 15-16
A San Diego summertime tradition, Over-the-Line (OTC), is hosted over the course of two weekends every July at Fiesta Island. Put on by the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual tournament typically gathers approximately 1,200 teams from around the world to play Over-the-Line, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s. Teams dress up in wacky costumes and bring tents, chairs, beer and hilarious signs to the beach for the carefree, daytime tournament.
San Diego Pride July 14-16
The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade colors the streets of Hillcrest in July, with the parade starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street. The 1.1-mile route proceeds west on University Avenue, turns south on 6th, left onto Balboa Drive and ends at Laurel Street. Pride weekend also features live music acts, a street festival, a Pride 5K run and other fun events in the hip Hillcrest community.
Little Italy Summer Film Festival July 17 – Aug 26
Little Italy hosts the Little Italy Summer Film Festival in collaboration with Cinema Little Italy, a series of Italian films with English subtitles. Screenings are every Saturday night in Little Italy’s Amici Park outdoor amphitheater starting at 8:00 p.m. in mid-June through August (located at the corner of State and Date Streets). The entry fee is a $5 donation.
Opening Day July 19
More than 40,000 race fans are expected to attend what’s defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west – Opening Day at Del Mar. This day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Fashion-minded guests may participate in Del Mar’s annual tradition, the Opening Day Hats Contest where entrants compete for cash prizes and judged on creativity and style.
San Diego Comic-Con International July 20-25
A signature San Diego event, the enormous pop culture spectacular returns to the San Diego Convention Center in 2017 with celebrity panels, elaborate costumes, sneak peek screenings, exhibits and events galore. As always, Comic-Con badges are hard to come by and the event will sell out. On the bright side, many interactive Comic-Con events are hosted outside the Convention Center, too, as downtown San Diego transforms into a lively hub for fanboys and fangirls of all ages.
Heroes Brew Festival 2017 July 22
The Heroes Brew Festival in San Diego, California, melds the beloved worlds of craft beer and comic book cosplay to create a one-of-a-kind event. The one-day festival is held during the world-class pop culture and comic convention San Diego Comic Con and offers a taste of Southern California’s microbreweries. Over 40 breweries sling suds to patrons dressed as their favorite DC, Marvel, TV and video game super heroes. http://heroesbrewfest.com
Impossible Science Festival July 29-30
The Impossible Science Festival is a unique, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Come learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, and even learn how to walk on water.
Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival 2017 July 29
Enjoy some of the most popular eats in Southern California as chefs serve up a diverse assortment of gourmet options, from lobster and stuffed hamburgers to fancy grilled cheese sandwiches and creative Asian-inspired dishes. There are also options representing the best in culinary culture from all over the U.S. as well as international offerings, elevated comfort food and premium desserts and sweets.
Southern California Extreme AutoFest 2017 July 29
Extreme Autofest is for gear heads who love seeing what’s under the hood. The car show features suped up rides from racers to hot rods. More than cars, there’s also a concert to make the car show a party.