There are also events for L.A. &
San Diego Counties below the OC events.
Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Fireworks Cruise July 4
Sail through Newport Bay on a breathtaking fireworks cruise. Sample hors d’oeuvres as you cruise through the harbor and prepare to witness the fourth-largest fireworks display in Southern California. http://www.cruisenewportbeach.com/4thofjuly.html
40th 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. http://www.ymcaoc.org/run-in-the-parks/
Pageant of the Masters July 7 – Sept. 1
Audiences are mesmerized by the uncanny life-like recreations of contemporary and classical artwork. In this 90-minute production, a narrator, accompanied by an orchestra, tells the story of a time that once was.
Movies on the Lawn: Peter Rabbit July 7
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for food trucks and a showing of the children’s classic, Peter Rabbit! Families and moviegoers may bring lawn chairs, blankets, and food of their choice. This event is FREE and will take place at the Orange County Great Park Terraced Lawn in Irvine.
Dachshund Races July 8
Watch dozens of wiener dogs race to the finish line in beautiful Huntington Beach! The races take place during the German Heritage Festival and admission is FREE! In addition, the first 500 people will enjoy FREE FOOD during the races!
German Heritage Day July 8
Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, Dachshund Races and German American Brass Band all Day. http://www.oldworld.ws
Grupo Folklorico Monte Alban July 12
Embrace the music and culture of Mexico! Watch 40 professional dancers perform in traditional attire from many regions of Mexico. The show starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Central Library.
The Orange County Fair July 13 – Aug. 12
The Orange County Fair is the ninth-largest fair in the country, with conventional exhibits, competitions, food, entertainment, rides, and shopping. Tickets start at $12 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. For more information, please visit https://ocfair.com/
California Wine Festival July 19-21
One of the state’s largest outdoor wine festivals, the 15th 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. http://www.californiawinefestival.com/events/santa-barbara
Ocean Festival July 21-22
Surf, swim, and run around San Clemente, California during the Ocean Festival! This family-friendly event is fun for all ages! Enjoy sand sculpting, surfing and fishing competitions, or check out the art show! https://www.oceanfestival.org/
Brad Paisley July 21
Braid Paisley, country music superstar and winner of three GRAMMY’S, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Country Music Association Awards is coming to the Honda Center this July, with special guests Kane Brown and Dan Tyminski! http://www.hondacenter.com/events/brad-paisley/
Shakespeare in the Park Presents “The Winter’s Tale” July 26
Pack a picnic basket, grab some blankets, and head over to Birch Park in Santa Ana for a live performance in the park! http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/upcomingevents/
Parents Night Out July 27
Can’t find a babysitter? No problem! The Parents Night Out Summer Bash has everything you need to keep your children safe and entertained! They’ll enjoy a fun-filled Hawaiian party equipped with BBQ sandwiches, french fries, and movies while you enjoy an evening with your significant other, friends, or family!
Taste of Yorba Linda July 27
The Taste of Yorba Linda features cuisine and beverages from 70 restaurants, breweries, and wineries across California. Savor the flavors of SoCal and enjoy live entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m.! https://www.yelp.com/events/yorba-linda-taste-of-yorbalinda-2018
Cypress Community Festival July 28
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! www.cypressfestival.com
Vans U.S. Open of Surfing July 28 – Aug. 5
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.
Vegan Faire July 28
Embrace the summer sun with the OC’s finest vegan cuisine, craft cocktails, and live music from award-winning reggae band, Eureka! Admission is FREE and the event begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Center Street Promenade in Anaheim. http://www.orangecoast.com/event/vegan-faire/
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Street Food Cinema July 7-July 28
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.
Fourth of July Americafest at the Rosebowl 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. Independence Day, at which time access to a gold mine 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. www.rosebowlstadium.com
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. http://grandparkla.org/event/july4-block-party-2018
Anime Expo July 6
The Anime Expo is a four-day event located at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Festivities include panels, cosplay, art, and dedicated areas for card and electronic gaming. Tickets are $60 a one-day adult pass and $105 for a four-day adult pass.
Dirty Bird BBQ 2018 July 8
The Dirty Bird BBQ, hosted by Dirtybird Records, is a massive summer barbecue party, featuring DJ Claude VonStroke with special guests Justin Jay, Christian Martin, and Dateless B2B Lucati. More musical artists are to be announced. The party starts
at 2:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Summer Nights in the Garden July 13-27
The Los Angeles Natural History Museum is continuing its Summer Nights in the Garden in July. Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., listen to live music, sip on an ice-cold cocktail, picnic, or just relax in the gardens. For more information, please visit
Urban Badlands- Gemma Castro | The Altons | The Steady 45sJuly 14
Experience musical and cultural bliss at this fun and funky music event. From Latin soul to soulful oldies, this is an event to mark your calendar for!
Summer Train Festival July 15
Join dozens of train fanatics at this year’s Summer Train Festival at Union Station. The festival is to feature vintage train engines and cars from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 5+ and children under five are
Lotus Festival July 14-15
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 38th, will honor the Chinese community. https://www.laparks.org/lotusfestival
Symphonic Thursdays in Marina del Rey July 26-Aug. 23
Enjoy those hot summer nights with FREE music at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chance Park! Seating is first-come, first-serve and attendees may bring blankets, lawn chairs, dinner, or snacks! Pets are welcome as well! The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and will
conclude in August!
Hershey Felder: Beethoven July 27- Aug. 12
Starting July 27, artist Hershey Felder is bringing Beethoven to life during his stunning performance, featuring “Moonlight Sonata,” selections from the 5th and 9th symphonies, and other famous works by the composer. Visit the Wallis Annenberg Center for the
Performing Arts website for more information. http://thewallis.org/beethoven
California Watermelon Festival July 28-29
Get ready for your slice of happiness at the California Watermelon Festival the weekend of July 28-29 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 10:00 a.m. to 10 :00 p.m.. www.watermelonfest.org
Oxnard Salsa Festival July 28-29
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.
California Pizza Festival July 28-29
Introducing the VERY FIRST California Pizza Festival! This twoday
event will be held in downtown Los Angeles, featuring 30
pizzerias from California, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Naples,
Italy! Pizza connoisseurs, come hungry and get ready to feast on
Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York, gluten free, and vegan options!
Midsummer Scream July 29-30
Enter if you dare and celebrate Halloween in July at the Midsummer
Scream Festival in Long Beach. The ghoulish attractions include
76,000 square feet of entertainment, ghosts, vendors, and the
famous Hall of Shadows. https://midsummerscream.org/
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
‘Jaws’ in 35mm July 1-4
As part of its “Retro Rewind” series, the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas will feature the 1975 film “Jaws” for moviegoers. Tickets are only $10 each and are cash-only. http://www.kpbs.org/events/2018/jul/01/jaws-35mm/
Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ July 2- Aug. 12
Inspired by the beloved children’s book, “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, David Greig brings the story to life this summer at The Old Globe Theatre. The musical, originally produced in London, won the hearts of critics and was nominated for the Olivier Award. The
musical is sure to awe adults and children alike in this must-see event of the summer. For more information, please call 619-234-5623 or visit http://www.kpbs.org/events/2018/jul/02/dr-seusssthe-lorax-2018/
Brit Floyd: Eclipse World Tour 2018 July 2
Brit Floyd is a Pink Floyd cover band that covers hits like, “Animals,” “The Wall,” and “Wish You Were Here.” The band is performing on the 45th anniversary of the 1973 album, “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Brit Floyd is widely regarded as the greatest
tribute band in the world. This concert is a bucket list performance for the Pink Floyd fanatic. http://www.kpbs.org/events/2018/jul/02/brit-floyd-eclipse-world-tour-2018/
Big Bay Boom July 4
Spectators from all across San Diego County are heading to the bay to witness this year’s most extravagant fireworks show. Be there, as fireworks are simultaneously lit from nearby barges, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park, and Coronado Ferry Landing. https://www.sandiego.org/explore/events/holidays/bigbay-boom.aspx
Scripps Ranch Old Pros 10K/2-Mile Runs, Bike Rides July 4
This event entails activities for all ages. Choose between a 10K race, 2-mile run, 12-mile bike ride, 28-mile bike ride, or 50-mile bike ride. All proceeds benefit local high school students and community athletic programs.
24 Hour Film Challenge July 6-7
The 24 Hour Film Challenge is a competition beginning July 6, where participants have 24 hours to write, film, edit, and submit a short film. This event is available for all ages and contestants will watch their creations on July 7.
Patrons of the Prado Masterpiece Gala July 7
This annual fundraiser raises proceeds for the Balboa Park museums. This year’s theme is “Masquerade in the Park,” and includes cocktails, dinner, a live auction and entertainment. https://www.sandiego.gov/event/patrons-prado-masterpiecegala-2018
Little Italy Summer Film Festival July 7- Aug. 25
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 7:30 p.m. in
mid-June through August (located at the corner of State and W. Date Streets). The entry fee is a $5 donation. www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-summer-film-festival
San Diego Pride July 14
The annual Pride Parade is one of the largest Pride events in the United States! The theme for this year’s parade is “Persist with Pride” and is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am in Hillcrest and will conclude in Balboa Park. https://sdpride.org/parade/
The Boulevard Street Food Cinema July 14
The Boulevard Street Food Cinema is the perfect fusion of cinema, art, food, and culture in a true SoCal-type of way. The event is located at 2855 El Cajon Blvd. and Utah Street. https://www.sandiego.gov/event/boulevard-street-food-cinema-2018
Over-the-Line Tournament (OTL) July 14-15 and July 21-22
The 65th Over-the-Line Tournament, hosted by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club is an adult-only softball competition that is held two weekends each July. Tournaments the first weekend are three innings long and will be four innings during the second weekend. There is no fee to spectate and registration is open now! http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/
Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day July 18
Grab your hat and head to the Del Mar Racetrack to kick-off the season on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first race is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Don’t forget to enter the famous “Opening Day Hats Contest” for your chance to win a
cash prize! https://www.dmtc.com/calendar/detail/opening
Comic-Con International July 19- 22
Thousands of comic enthusiasts are heading downtown to experience the largest comic and pop culture event in the United States this July! Inside the Convention Center you will find panels, seminars, workshops, film previews, an exhibitor floor and much
more. Grab your friends and family and checkout the Gaslamp District’s festivities. Meet celebrities, play games, pick up free merchandise and take part in the City’s biggest event! https://www.comic-con.org/cci
Insect and Ladybug Festival July 21-22
The San Diego Botanical Gardens is hosting its Insect and Lady Bug Festival with 20 informational booths, arts & crafts tables, educational presentations, along with, thousands of exotic and domestic insects, lizards, and snakes! Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
and admission is FREE for members and children under 12. https://www.sdbgarden.org/insect.htm
Nat Diego July 27-28
Calling all wine lovers! Indulge your senses this July at the second Nat Diego festival. Taste, smell, and see everything there is to know about the natural wine making process. Mingle with industry professionals and discover how natural wines are revolutionizing
the industry. https://www.natdiego.com/
Southern California Extreme AutoFest 2018 July 28
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. http://extremeautofest.com