Orange County Events
Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Free Summer Concerts Ongoing
Guide to summer concerts throughout Orange County.
Pageant of the Masters July 7 – Aug 31
Presented in July and August since the early 1930’s, these colorful events have won worldwide recognition. The Pageant consists of ninety minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
La Habra Corn Festival Aug 5-7
The festival includes a fall parade and two day carnival at El Centro Park. The Corn Festival Parade is open to most any group that wants to participate. Applications may be obtained at the La Habra Chamber of Commerce or from Pageantry Productions in South Gate. The parade is one of the largest daytime parades in southern California.
Orange Crush Demolition Derby Aug 10
Live in the Action Sports Arena at the 2016 OC Fair: Derby cars will bash and crash to be the last car running in this heated competition.
Pet Fair Orange County Aug 13
The Pet Fair Orange County is a grass roots group of orange county pet businesses, charities, emtertaomers. and causes that have gotten together to help pets, owners, and further the enjoyment, safety and grooming of their pet.
Long Beach Sand Sculpture Art and Music Festival Aug 13-14
The Long Beach Sand Sculpture Art and Music Festival is now in its 84th year! From August 13-14 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy seeing incredible sand sculptures, live music, a craft beer and wine garden, as well as a food court!
The competition will feature an impressive centerpiece sculpture built from a dream team of professionals! Dramatic lighting will provide a great nighttime viewing experience!
5K Fun Run Aug 14
All members of the family are invited to lace up their sneakers for a 5K only the OC Fair could host on Sunday, August 7 at 8 am. Presented by the OC Marathon, participants receive a commemorative finisher’s medal, race t-shirt and a one-time entry to the OC Fair (valid until August 14, 2016 and provided in goodie bag.)
San Clemente Street Faire and Fiesta Aug 14
A unique family-orientated event with continuous entertainment on three stages. Food booths, contests and games provided by non-profit organizations.
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Aug 27-28
This Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good ol’ entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation. Proclaimed as the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation, this Rodeo features saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Summer Concert Series Around Los Angeles 2016
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters Aug 1 – Nov 27
You’ll find about 500 startling, horrifying and beautiful objects throughout the exhibition including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes and film. In addition, the exhibition will draw some objects from the Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director’s personal residence-meets-museum, Bleak House.
An Evening on the Beach Aug 4
With over 15 chefs, you can enjoy the likes of Micah Wexler (Wexler’s Deli) and Dahlia Narvaez (Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza), while washing down your food with specialty cocktails at the martini bar. Tickets are $185 and include parking, and all proceeds go towards providing homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents with over 4,000 needed meals.
18th Annual ECUADORIAN Festival & Parade Aug 7
At the Festival in La Placita Olvera (free entrance to the public) more than 10,000 Ecuadorians, 2,500 Latinos from other countries and 2,500 people from other nationalities will enjoy a full menu of Ecuadorian Cuisine, Ecuadorian Arts & Crafts, Ecuadorian Musical groups, Ecuadorian Folklore customs, Commercial Products, lots of free gifts, Carnival Games, free health screenings and a variety of products, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.
Uncorked: Derby Days Wine Festival Aug 6
With more than 100 wines to sample, gourmet food trucks, a cigar lounge and a champagne bar, this wine tasting event already has us thirsty. Choose from two sessions: the first is VIP admission ($70) starting at noon and lets you sample select, exclusive wines with shorter lines. The first general admission session ($60) starts at 1pm with another starting at 5pm.
CicLAvia: Wilshire Blvd Aug 7 – Oct 9
The event—inspired by the first Ciclovías in Bogotá, Colombia—welcomes bikes, tricycles, skateboards, strollers and smiles (sounds cheesy, but it’s true) to ride a rotating cast of car-free routes. While most rides center around Downtown, past events have taken the event to Wilshire Boulevard, Venice and South LA. Wherever it is, expect music, street performances and food trucks, as well as general whimsy and shenanigans.
Dodgers Autism Awareness Game 2016 Aug 9
Join us as the Dodgers Team Up with Autism Speaks to bring you Autism Awareness Night. A portion of every ticket purchased will go back to Autism Speaks.
SPLASH HOUSE Palm Springs Pool + Music WeekendAug 13-14
Splash House takes the music festival concept off of sweltering desert land and places it poolside. Movers and shakers at this multi-location getdown are shuttled between the Saguaro and the Riviera Resort & Spa to lap up big-name dance acts and DJ sets. With the added comforts of AC rooms and critically acclaimed restaurant fare just steps away from the party scenes, the experience will make you question whether to bother with more punishing locales come next year’s festival season.
BrunchCon LA Aug 14
BrunchCon is a day-long festival/convention dedicated to all things brunch. Attendees will get to enjoy a number of boozy beverages, brunch tastings from local restaurants and chefs, celebrity brunch influencer cooking demos, and a market with brunch/breakfast goods and apparel.
Friday Night Wine Tastings Thru Aug 27
Now one of LA’s most treasured summer traditions, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastingsregularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched atop Olive Hill in the west lawn of historic Hollyhock House (which you can tour during the evening for $12), the Barnsdall Friday fundraisers include fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silver Lake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city. Bring along a blanket and a picnic basket, or just nosh on the variety of food trucks parked up there. Though there used to be lots of kids running around, the event lawn is now 21-and-up—perfect for a date night.
Ohana Festival Aug 27-28
The inaugural Ohana Festival will take over Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for two days, with headlining sets from Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Lana Del Rey. Saturday’s highlights include Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, X and Mudhoney, with City and Colour, Corrine Bailey Rae and Ryan Bingham on Sunday. The fest’s name, as Lilo & Stitch fans can tell you, comes from the Hawaiian concept of family, and as such the beachfront festival is staging everything from an environmental exhibition curated by surfer Kelly Slater to a luau night live auction on Friday.
2nd Annual Bike for Bookies event with SoulCycle Aug 28
We are riding to help raise funds for our Leaders + Readers Program, getting kids in Title 1 schools in LA new and gently used children’s books that they desperately need. To date, we have raised over 120,000 books and impacted 50 LA area schools! With Leaders + Readers, we turn every $1 into one book for a child that needs one. With your help, we can get even more books into schools this fall and give every student in LA an even playing field! If you are interested in being a rider at this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and details on how to sign up! Hurry, spaces are limited!
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Fashion of Food and Spirits Aug 4-5
This two-day event showcases culinary artistry tastings, craft beer, wine education, designer fashion, and master mixology. With live music and entertainment.
Julian Starfest Aug 4-6
Enjoy the largest free public star party in Southern California at the annual Julian StarFest. Look through telescopes and see the wonders of the night sky: the rings of Saturn, Mars the red planet, nebulae where baby stars are being born, open clusters of stars shining like diamonds, globular clusters with hundreds of thousands of stars packed together in a ball, and other galaxies, far-far away.
Vans Warped Tour Aug 5
Performers include New Found Glory, Tonight Alive, Sum 41, Falling In Reverse, Less Than Jake, the Story So Far, Yellowcard, Reel Big Fish, We the Kings, Sleeping With Sirens, Four Year Strong, Mayday Parade, the Maine, Motionless In White, Issues, Crown the Empire, Capsize, and State Champs.
Island Vibe Festival Aug 6
The bill features Anuhea, Spawnbreezie, Jordan T, Siaosi, Jimmy Weeks Project, and more at the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field.
America’s Finest Film Fest 2016 Aug 6
The short films selected, all made in San Diego, will be highlighting the beauty and diversity of America’s Finest City. This special event coincides with our Maker’s Market highlighting the work of San Diego’s best craftspeople along with San Diego craft beers, beverages, and food. Meet the directors and experience a night celebrating film-making and food.
Yoga for Hope Aug 13
Join the San Diego yoga community on the centerfield of Petco Park for the 6th Annual Yoga for Hope. The event raises awareness about the benefits of yoga practice and sends vital funds to City of Hope for research and integrative therapies to fight life-threatening illnesses.
Revolt Summer Surf Series 10.0 Aug 13
This is the third event of five in the Revolt Summer Surf Series Pro/Am contest featuring some of the world’s best carvers, SUP, riders and longboarders.
ArtWalk Aug 13-14
Enjoy a weekend of art, food, live entertainment and fun at the 11th annual ArtWalk. Attendees will enjoy live music, interactive art for kids and the kids at heart, street food options, and a wine and beer pavilion in a beautiful al fresco setting.
CityFest Aug 14
This year’s festival include over 250 artisans and crafters from across the country, international food court, live music brought to you by Hillcrest’s own The Merrow, kids’ zone, Furry Fosters petting “zoo,” over six blocks of fun, beer garden, four Artist Alleys showcasing up-and-coming work from local artists.
Stone Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival Aug 19-20
Stone will take over a university campus and transform it into a craft beer theme park. To commemorate two decades of great craft beers, this anniversary celebration will include more than 60 guest breweries serving more than 100 beers, vintage, cask, special-release, and one-off Stone beers, free homebrewed sodas, samples of Mike’s Beer Cheese and live music.
Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival Aug 20
Join the Maritime Museum of San Diego and Rock Star Beer for a beer festival right on San Diego Bay. Let your taste buds experience various craft beer vendors while you enjoy live music on several stages. Curb your hunger with assorted food trucks on site.
HarborFest Aug 20
HarborFest attendees will enjoy free kayaking, paddleboard lessons, pier fishing, local wildlife, boat rides and bay tours. A Culinary and Spirit Tasting and Wine & Craft Beer Garden will spotlight local fare. Three stages will showcase local talent, junior chef contests, and popular headliner bands.
Summergrass San Diego Bluegrass Festival Aug 19-20
The bill features the Gibson Brothers, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass, Bluegrass Etc., Rocky Neck Bluegrass, and more.
Pizza & Beer Festival Aug 20
Mobile pizzeria’s will serve a variety of pizza styles and options for fans to pair with more than 100 craft brews. Admission into the Pizza & Beer Fest area is free with track admission of $6. Receive five 7 oz. tastings for $20.
Imperial Avenue Street Festival Aug 27
A fun, family and pet-friendly event. Visit post-event expo with With live music on multiple stages and four blocks of local artists, crafts, gourmet food, and beverages — Columbian to Cajun, paintings to pottery. On Imperial Avenue, one of the oldest streets in San Diego, between 28th Street and 30th Street and between L Street and Commercial Avenue.
San Diego Spirits Festival Aug 28
Calls out to all whiskey & bourbon worshipers, tequila aficionados, gin guzzlers, rum radicals, vodka vixens and mixologists! Come join the biggest Happy Hour with the 8th San Diego Spirits Festival’s two-day celebration of all things cocktail.