July Fireworks & Events



Orange County Real Estate

Orange County Events

Farmers Markets   Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Free Summer Concerts Ongoing
Guide to summer concerts throughout Orange County.

Celebrate 4th of July!   July 3
Let freedom ring! Pretend City is celebrating Independence Day and you’re invited! Stop by the museum for some patriotic fun where your child can partake in our parade through the museum, an Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty fashion show, a star spangled science lesson, and a sparkling craft to take home.

July 4th Events July 4

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.

German Heritage Day  July 10
Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, Dachshund Races and German American Brass Band all Day.

OC Fair July 15 – Aug 14

OC Brew Hee Haw at the OC Fair July 15
OC Brew Hee Haw returns to the OC Fair with four sessions for beer lovers during the 2016 opening weekend (July 15-17). An event ticket includes free OC Fair admission for the same day and a three-hour session of unlimited 2-ounce pours of a selection of more than 80 craft beers, a commemorative festival glass, seminars and speakers. New this year, the festival will be held near the new Plaza Pacifica area. VIP tickets are also available and feature early access (1 hour) plus limited release beers available for tasting.

X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X July 15
Live in the Action Sports Arena at the 2016 OC Fair: It’s high-flying action as daredevil motorcycle rides flip and soar through the air.

OC Weekly 2016 Summer Fest July 16
It’s the hottest music festival in Orange County. With live bands on a beachside stage, beer and drink sampling booths, vendors, games, food trucks and a VIP Cabana outfitted with a Summer Cocktail Lounge and Taco Throwdown Competition, this is one summer soiree you won’t want to miss!

Ocean Festival July 16-17
Celebrating over 35 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!”. Waterman & Waterwoman Competitions, 5K Beach run, Surf & Bodysurf Contests, Fishing Derby, Woody Car Exhibit, Ocean Art Show, Children’s Events and much, much more!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day! July 17
I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for ICE CREAM! Get the inside scoop on National Ice Cream Day right here—we’re celebrating it at the museum today with FREE ice cream from 12pm-1pm! Whether you like it in a cup or a cone, with sprinkles or with fudge, come celebrate with us for a day filled with ice cream activities—including crafts and songs!

Cypress Community Festival July 23
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!

Monster X Tour – Monster Trucks July 27-31
Live in the Action Sports Arena at the 2016 OC Fair: Massive wheels and monstrous engines will take over the arena for 7 shows over 5 days at the 2016 OC Fair with the wild Monster X Tour.

Los Angeles County Events


Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing

Summer Concert Series Around Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles July 4th Events July 4

Street Food Cinema Throughout July
Street Food Cinema features cool outdoor movies, picnic ready food trucks, live music from emerging artists, interactive games and more!

Twilight Concerts Throughout July
Each year, this free summer concert series wows with local, up-and-coming talent that concert-goers are already bragging they saw “back when.” Each Thursday from July through September, Santa Monica Pier hosts live music that’s 100% free. Pack a picnic, arrive early to get a spot on the sand near the speakers and enjoy, as the sunset sets with crashing waves in the distance—it’s a quintessential LA music experience and one of the best parts about summers in LA.

Walt Disney’s Barn Public Day  Every 3rd Sunday 11a-3p
The third Sunday in each month, Walt Disney’s Barn Museum, the original Santa Fe & Disneyland Combine Coach, and Ollie Johnston’s Victorian Train Depot, are open for public visiting from 11 am to 3 pm.

Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl Stadium July 2
An intricate blend of music and movement will be performed during the Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl Stadium.  For those that love a good marching band and enjoy watching them perform in the Rose Parade, this event is for you.

The All New LA Food Fest  July 8-10
Over 100 Food Vendors featuring LA’s Best Chefs, Restaurants, carts and trucks. Signature Ice Cream Social and Iced Coffee Lounge, craft cocktails at multiple bars (21+) and much more!

Lotus Festival July 9-10
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 36th, will honor the Korean community.

Summer Sounds July 11 – Aug 5
SummerSounds is a fun-filled, four-week series of lively concerts combined with art workshops. Join our dynamic hosts as they lead you on a journey to discover music, dance and art from cultures around the world.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open July 14-17
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour – the longest running professional beach volleyball tour in the world.

Colorado Street Bridge Party July 16
Every other year, Pasadenans gather to celebrate the majestic Colorado Street Bridge. Vehicle traffic is rerouted to make way for three stages, a dance floor, an adjacent vintage car show, and activities for the kids.

Tafesilafai Pacific Islander Festival July 17-24
The 20th Annual Tafesilafa’i Festival celebrates the thoughts, art and culture of California’s Pacific Islander Communities. This festival is an opportunity for the Pacific Islander Community to come together, to meet face to face and to exchange stories, ideas, resources, break bread or just be with one another.

Reggae on the Mountain 2016 July 23-24
Located in beautiful Topanga Canyon, LA’s only Reggae Festival returns bringing you the best in international and local talent on two stages! Come enjoy a weekend of amazing music, delicious food and drinks, eclectic vendors and good vibes!


San Diego County Events


San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

San Diego Fair June 3 – July 4

July 4th Events July 4

Star Spangled Pops  July 1-3
There is no better 4th of July event than celebrating America’s birthday with the San Diego Symphony! This all-American program features hits from movies, Broadway tunes and popular music, along with a military salute and a grand fireworks finale.

Oceanside Independence ParadeJuly 2
This annual downtown Oceanside parade will start on Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue intersection then ending at Coast Highway and Civic Center Drive intersection with more than 120 parade entries expected to march, roll, walk, and drive down the 101 Coast Highway.

The Navy Band Southwest  July 4
The performance takes place on the Heineken Grandstand Stage at the San Diego Fair.

12th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am July 9
The event includes free concert on the beach, a team Surf Contest, the Rob Machado Bro Junior Surf Contest, the Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Surf Program presented by CAF, and numerous vendor booths. Funds raised at a pre-event Benefit Party as well as sponsorships for the event support local youth initiatives.

Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga July 9
Major League Baseballhas joined together with Soul Pose to bring San Diego an event in conjunction with the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. For all ages and levels and with two sessions at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. local time. At Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga, participants can expect to be entertained by a 60-minute program of poses with lighthearted fun featuring bubbles, confetti, body paint, fresh music and a ton of surprises.

Color Run MLB All-Star 5K July 10
The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented is the third joint event conducted by The Color Run and Major League Baseball. The event will combine the enjoyment of a 5K with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation full of unforgettable memories and MLB surprises.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack July 15
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.

Oasis Camel Dairy Watermelon Days July 15-17
Featuring new acts such as the Godfrey Comedy Magic Show, the Pollywood Bird Show, and the Clever Camels and Canines Show. Meet the two new baby camels, Zena and Trooper. Meet the mini sheep, donkeys, turkeys, and birds, and feed watermelon to the friendly camels, all included with admission. You can also take a camel ride, feed the mini farm animals, enjoy food, and check out the camel-milk product gift shop.

San Diego Pride Parade July 16
A 1.5 mile, 2-hour parade celebrating the LGBT community. Expected attendance by 200,000 spectators, elected officials, community groups, military service members, first responders, and more.

BBQ State Championship July 17
More than 40 of the nation’s top professional BBQ pitmasters, local restaurants, and chefs will be competing in this state championship for more than $15,000 in cash prizes while also selling BBQ samples to the public. Purchase four 2-oz. competition-ready samples of brisket, pork, pork ribs, chicken, and/or steak for $10, which includes a Peoples’ Choice ballot to vote for your favorite contestant.

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro July 22-24
The world’s top professional surfer girls return to Oceanside for another three-day weekend jam packed with competitions and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities, and entertainment.

Comic-Con July 21-24
Comic-Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center. 2016 marks the 47th year for the show, making it the longest continuously run comics and popular-arts convention in the U.S.

Craft Beer Fest July 23
With more than 100 local and international brews served, beer aficionados will enjoy hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside favorites from the San Diego brewing scene. Receive five 7 oz. tastings for $20. Full-sized beers may also be purchased. Pair your beer with the Gourmet Food Truck Festival offerings.

Live Well San Diego 5K July 30
A fun, family and pet-friendly event. Visit post-event expo with fun and informative zones for all ages. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Blood Bank which supports more than 100,000 patients each year. A donation will also be made to support foster youth in San Diego County.

Live Well San Diego 5K July 30
A fun, family and pet-friendly event. Visit post-event expo with fun and informative zones for all ages. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Blood Bank which supports more than 100,000 patients each year. A donation will also be made to support foster youth in San Diego County.

April Orange County Events Calendar

Farmers Markets   Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Annual ‘Gardenfest’   Apr 9
This years highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community, Open to the Public ‘funky container’ and ‘floral design’ contests, Junior Gardeners butterfly exhibit and plant sale, Question & Answer table with gardening celebrities and San Clemente Artists demonstrating live.

Annual Easter Seals Invitational Golf Tournament  Apr 11
The Easter Seals Invitational is an exciting day of golf, food and fun featuring a silent auction showcasing unique items, raffle prizes and an awards dinner. Contests include Longest Drive, Accurate Drive, Closest-to-the-Pin, Hole-in-One and more!

January Orange County Events Calendar

There are also events for San Diego and Los Angeles counties below the OC events.

Orange County Events

Farmers Markets   Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Knott’s Merry Farm  Jan 1-3
Each evening, see the night come to light in Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting show, and then take a walk down Ghost Town’s Main Street as thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of familiar holiday music while snow gently falls.

Winter Fest Jan 1-3
Enjoy winter in the OC with ice skating, holiday film viewings, ice tubing, nightly snowfall, Christmas tree lighting celebration and more festive entertainment and family-friendly activities.

OC Chill • Ice Rink Jan 1-31
A tradition the whole family can enjoy! Gliding around Irvine Spectrum Center’s outdoor Ice Rink is the coolest activity in OC so lace up some skates and join the frozen fun in Giant Wheel Court!

Craft & Hobby Association Mega Conference and Trade Show Jan 7-12
The 2015 CHA MEGA Show drew thousands of buyers from 56 countries to see the newest products coming to market.The Show floor featured an array of education and interactive activities including an Independent Retailer Conference, product workshops, a Makerspace with live demonstrations, a Designer Showcase featuring the hottest craft designers, celebrity appearances, and fashion shows.

Bollywood Bridal Show Jan 10
Bollywood bridal show features the finest South Asian and American vendors in California, for Californians to experience the rich culture and traditions of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and other Southeast Asian weddings & preparation. California’s best & experienced vendors will be here under one roof to help you plan and help you make decisions that will make your dream wedding into reality.

Decadent Donuts – A Hands On Cooking Class Jan 10
Whether they are baked or fried, yeast or cake… homemade donuts are delicious! In this class our Chef Instructor will share techniques on creating yeast doughs, flavorful cake doughnuts, and frying both.  You will also learn tips on creating a perfect pate a choux and versatile glazes. Join us for 3 1/2 hours of sinful indulgence as we mix, fry, and glaze decadent donuts!
714-453-COOK(2665) | www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend @ Disneyland   Jan 14-17

Newport News Restaurant WeekJan 15 – Feb 6
Visit those hot spots you’ve always wanted to try and return to your neighborhood favorites you’ve loved for years. No matter where you choose to dine, you’ll be a part of a community-wide celebration of the great restaurants and talented chefs who serve up fresh, delicious cuisine every day.

OC Roller Derby: Heroes vs Villains Jan 23
Please check website to confirm date and time.
TICKETS: Your ticket will be held at will call. Please bring ID to will call, which opens one hour before the first game. If you would like physical tickets and do not want to pay the extra online fee-you can purchase them from any skater at any practice or at our shop, OC Roller Skates, located at 5555 MC Fadden Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Limited amounts of VIP tickets (if available) are sold online or by purchasing a VIP season ticket.

Centennial Farm Garden Class – Pruning Workshop  Jan 30
“Pruning Workshop”: A follow-up to “Pruning Fruit Trees: The Basics” held in November, this second workshop will offer pruning demonstrations of a variety of trees around Centennial Farm.

Snow Day Jan 31
Tons of frosty snow will be delivered to the park to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves. The event time is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Los Angeles County Events

Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing

Tournament of Roses Parade Jan 1
There are a variety of events that you can get tickets for or just come down to watch the parade.

Roses Bowl Game Jan 1

Penguin SwimJan 1
Give your new year a cool, fresh start with the Penguin Swim Club! Sign up at Venice Beach at 11:00 am. The Penguin Swim begins at noon. The event is free, with snacks and hot drinks provided.

Woodland Hills Ice  Jan 1-24
Recreational skating, professional skating exhibitions, group classes, private lessons and even birthday parties are all on offer at this outdoor rink—the only one of its kind in the SFV. Glide on more than 7,000 square feet of ice, located at the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills.

People’s Choice Awards 2016 Jan 6
See your favorite stars from movies, music and TV at the first awards show of the year! Last year’s event was hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney (Mom), featured musical performances by Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea and Fall Out Boy, and appearances by Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Melissa McCarthy, Betty White, and dozens more!

Winter Sounds Jan 9
Winter Sounds is a FREE indoor concert series of Jazz, Classical and World music presented by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week  Jan 10-15
Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger’s genius in being the first to put cheese to hamburger and serve it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924. Forty of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants, lounges and burger joints offer their signature burgers, some special creations and deals.

ICE at Santa MonicaThru Jan 18
Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica (1324 5th St at Arizona) is a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana.

Free Santa Monica Symphony ConcertJan 16
Annual Martin Luther King Day Concert

2016 Winter Restaurant Week Jan 18-31
dineL.A Restaurant Week is right around the corner! Mark your calendars and tell your friends and family – the dates are Monday, January 18th through Sunday, January 31st. This is the best time to explore L.A.’s restaurants in your local neighborhood or across town.

Movie Night at the Wiltern Welcomes Fast Times Fest  Jan 23

COASTAL 5k/10k Walk/Run for Foster Youth – Pepperdine University
Jan 23

A family-friendly event, the Coastal Run/Walk for Foster Youth will raise funds for GSEP initiatives to improve the lives of foster children in Los Angeles County.

LA River Night Run Jan 24
Start your run at sunset and continue underneath the stars – at least, the few you can see from the Valley at this nighttime running series. This 5K takes you through fields along the LA River and includes games, live music, giveaways, a vegan taco bar, a fire pit with s’mores and free beer from Golden Road Brewing, all in the name of raising awareness for the beautification of the river. Headlamps and warm clothes are highly suggested.

Griffith Park Run Half Marathon and 5K Jan 24
Annual Half Marathon and 5K road race in iconic Griffith Park organized by the Los Angeles Parks Foundation to support our city parks. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the city’s public park system with over 440 public parks and recreation centers stretching more than 16,000 acres.

stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles Jan 28-30
stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles, which takes place January 29-31, 2016 at the Highland Gardens Hotel in Hollywood, is an independently produced contemporary art fair for unrepresented artists.

Leimert Park Art WalkJan 31
The Leimert Park Art Walk is a free self-guided visual and performance art experience that happens on the last Sunday of every month.

San Diego County Events

San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing

San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing

San Diego Restaurant Week Dates TBD
Enjoy great cuisine at some of the best restaurants in San Diego. Over 180 San Diego restaurants participate. Enjoy a 3 course dinner for $20 – $50. Lunch option available too. Reservations recommended.

International Auto Show (Dec 31) Jan 1-Jan 3
Be the first to see all-new models not yet in showrooms.

La Jolla Polar Bear Swim Jan 1
New Years Day Jan 1, 2016. Make you new years resolution and join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club in their annual polar bear swim, 10 AM at La Jolla Shores. This is a fun non-competitive swim. One of the cool San Diego events in January.

San Diego New Year’s Day Race 2016 Jan 1
San Diego Yacht Club, Shelter Island. All boats and classes are featured in this New Years day traditional regatta. Participants will start around noon at the east end of Harbor Island and sail into San Diego Bay. Nice to watch as you explore the San Diego waterfront.

Winter Concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing
Jan 3, Jan 10, Jan 17 and Jan 24

Live concerts

Poway Community Park: Winter Festival Jan 8 – 9
Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down snow hill, smell roasted marshmallows as you devour s’mores, experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink, and peruse a variety of vendors. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the appeal and entertainment of a cold-mountain town set right in Poway.

San Diego Spring Home Show 2016 Jan 8 – 10
At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel.

Resolution Run 15K & 5K Jan 9
Take strides to reduce your carbon and physical footprint — a healthier you can mean a lighter you, and a lighter footprint. Race includes Earth-friendly race management practices and benefits San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, a local eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier San Diego food system.

Supercross Motorcycle Jan 16
Billed as “the world’s premier indoor motorcycle circuit,” composed of 17 races with tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections, and massive triple jumps.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show Jan 16 – 17
Meet some of your favorite celebrity travelers like Rick Steves or Samantha Brown. Hear unfamiliar accents as you speak to destination experts from around the planet. Taste an exotic dish at the Taste of Travel Theater. Experience rhythms of distant lands. Find a world of vacation options and deals that you just can’t find anywhere else only at America’s Favorite TRAVEL EXPOS!

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 2016 Jan 17
Sunday Jan. 17 2016 starting at 2:00 PM at Harbor Drive, Embarcadero, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK parade with floats, high school bands, drill teams and more.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen  Jan 20 – 24
Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

Malashock Signatures  Jan 22-24, Jan 28-31
An evocative program of dance that highlights two of John Malashock’s “signature” works and two world premieres. Audiences are not separated from the dancers in the typical way — they are sharing the studio space with the dancers.

Monster JamJan 23
The world’s best monster trucks battle it out in an event of speed, racing, and destruction with 28 massive trucks.

San Diego’s Black Film Festival 2016 Jan 27 – 31
As the first and largest black film festival of the year, numerous other film festival reps scout new films from us for their event. Simply put, each year the San Diego Black Film Festival will premiere a large percentage of the independent films that will prove successful throughout the year at other film festivals.

Lunar New Year Festival Jan 29-31
Celebrated for thousands of years in various countries around the world influenced by Chinese civilization, the Lunar New Year remains Vietnam’s most celebrated holiday. This Lunar New Year Festival observes the Year of the Monkey, an animal representing intelligence, mischievousness, curiosity, and inventiveness.

Wildlife Hike-a-Thon Jan 30
This event takes place on a scenic, point-to-point course. Bring the whole family, and take the leisurely hike to the half-way point where you can enjoy a refreshing drink before turning back to the finish line.

Bridal Bazaar Jan 31
This is San Diego’s largest bridal show of the year,  so you’ll find more variety, more choices, and more inspiration to plan your day, your way.

July Orange County Events Calendar

Farmers Markets Ongoing 
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Independence Day/July 4th Celebrations 

4th of July Celebration – Laguna Niguel July 4
Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel 

Canyon Hills Community Council ‘ s Annual Fourth of July Celebration July 4
Canyon High School & Peralta Park, Anaheim Hills 

June Orange County Events Calendar

Farmers Markets   Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Russo & Steel Classic Car Auction  June 5-7
Southern California epitomizes the classic car lifestyle with its casually sophisticated appeal.  The sheer variety of classic cars and the strength of its collector car community is astounding.  Newport Beach, California’s premier oceanside retreat is the perfect location for Russo and Steele’s astute, sophisticated clientele to come enjoy the auction action in our laid back, enthusiast atmosphere.

May Orange County Events Calendar

May 16 – 17, Motorcar Festival 

This event features a car rally, motor movies, Concours d’Elegance and a horseless carriage tour. There will be live performances in the outdoor amphitheater by The Pleasure Tones and Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. Proceeds from this event benefit youth arts education and outreach programs. Time: Sat: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 

November Orange County Events Calendar

Farmers Markets   Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County

Harbor Breeze’s Boo Cruise   Nov. 1
Our vessel will be slithering along the spooky waters of the Long Beach Harbor. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a FULL Cash Bar. The DJ will be spinning your favorite tunes. 21 and OVER. Costumes Encouraged!!

Dino Dash 10K, 5K, 2K Kids Fun Run   Nov. 2
Dino Dash is our biggest event—and biggest fundraiser—of the year, bringing together 10,000 people of all ages for a jam-packed morning of fitness and fun. Together, we raise thousands of dollars to benefit TUSD schools in Irvine, Santa Ana, North Tustin and Tustin.