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Chalk Art & Music Fest 
 
 
Held in October by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Doheny Blues Festival 
 
 
Held in May. 2006 description: "There is no finer location than Doheny State Beach to celebrate true American Music... plus enjoy tasty food, shop in the expanded Vendor Village and have a picnic with your friends! The stellar list of artists performing this year includes: * B.B. King - the 80th Birthday Celebration * Etta James and the Roots Band * John Hiatt with special guests the North Mississippi Allstars * Los Lobos * G Love and Special Sauce * Tower Of Power * Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials * Tommy Castro Band * Charlie Musselwhite * Henry Butler * James Hunter from England * The Electric Kings from Belgium * James Harman Band * The Mannish Boys Revue * Zac Harman & MidSouth Blues Revue * Nathan James & Ben Hernandez * Martin Gerschwitz, Blue Mama & more!"  Dana Point
Eclectic Orange Festival 
 
 
Runs January thru June. "An annual festival of music and ideas, Eclectic Orange is a project of The Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Eclectic Orange Festival celebrates the eclectic nature of our cultural landscape. Ideas meet and mingle, classical arts are refreshed and renewed, contemporary art flourishes, while all of the world's cultures are treated with honor.... The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is grateful to the following organizations and sponsors for their support of the 2005 Ecletic Orange Festival: Irvine Barclay Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County's Pacific Symphony, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Pacific Chorale, UCI Beall Center for Art & Technology"  Irvine
Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters 
 
 
Held each July through September. "California’s finest Summer art event is staged in a six-acre canyon park near the ocean in Laguna Beach. The stars of this summertime tradition, which began here in 1932, are over 140 of the Southland’s most accomplished artists. This is a rigorously juried show, requiring exhibitors to demonstrate and maintain high aesthetic standards. Their work is truly fine art! The artworks on display are for sale and represent a complete spectrum of art media: paintings, sculpture, pastels, drawings, serigraphs, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, etched and stained glass, fiber arts, handcrafted furniture and even scrimshaw. All of the works are original art - another element that distinguishes the Festival of Arts from other shows.The Festival is the perfect place to find affordable and unique works of art to decorate your home or business.... In addition to the art exhibition, the Festival provides a relaxing, entertaining environment with plenty to see and do.... In addition to the special events, come and enjoy art workshops, daily docent-led tours offering expert insights to the exhibits, musical entertainment and hands-on demonstrations in printmaking, ceramics, painting and paper art. Then, explore the outstanding accomplishments of talented local students at the Junior Art Exhibit, featuring 150 works selected from over 1,500 submissions.... Each night during the summer season at 8:30 the Festival of Arts presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. What is it? 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. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant as the best presentation of its kind."  Laguna Beach
Great American Irish Fair & Music Festival 
 
 
June. "2005 30th Annual Great American Irish Fair & Music Festival Celebrating its 30th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Southern California. With 16 entertainment areas. IRISH TRADITIONAL Dance School of Dance, Irish dance performances Back again this year, we are featuring the Cloggers and the Dancers. Also this year, Sheep Herding Demonstrations, TARA Village, Stepping into Irelands ancient past. the Scottish Game, cabor tossing an Irish Dog Show, largest Irish Import Market Place in the west. Leprechaun Village, a wonderland for the wee one’s. Bag Pipe Bands featuring the Pipers on Parade. Celtic Arts Center featuring Irish Theatre, Poets and Gaelic Language. Come join the best Fair ever!"  Irvine, Toluca Lake
Greek Festival at St. John the Baptist 
 
 
Held in May. "Greek Food, Greek Dancing, Greek Music, Christian Fun..." As of 2006, free parking available at Buena Park Downtown & Mall.  Anaheim
Irvine Lake Blues Festival 
 
 
June. Victor Delgado presents the Irvine Lake Blues Festival. The Seventh Annual Irvine Lake Blues Festival (June 25-26, 2005) Lineup includes: Robben Ford, Cory Stevens, Mitch Kashmar & Junior Watson, B.B. Chung King and the Buddaheads, Midnight Blues Band, Some Like it Hot, The Barnburners, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Eric Sardinas, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Blowing Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes, The Mama's Boys, Steve Copeland and Raging Sun, J.D. Simo. A more readable copy of the flier is available at the Music Lab site.  Silverado
Music Under the Stars at Mission SJC 
 
 
Held June to September at Mission San Juan Capistrano. "Mission San Juan Capistrano presents ... Music Under the Stars evening concerts... The concerts feature dining and dancing to a variety of live music including Big Band, Latin, Motown & R & B, Swing, Top 40 in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
Orange County Classic Jazz Festival 
 
 
Jazz & dance festival in August. "Produced by John A. Dieball and Connie & Larry Baker... Headquarters Hotel & All Five Ballroom Venues at the Hilton Costa Mesa."  Costa Mesa, Orange
Orange County Music Awards 
 
 
Orange County's very own music awards...  Garden Grove
RagFest 
 
 
"Friends of Jazz, Inc. presents RagFest 2006 - Orange County's Seventh Annual Ragtime Music Festival - SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 & SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 2006 in beautiful downtown Fullerton! Piano solos, duets, songs, and much more! Dancers welcome! Featuring (listed alphabetically): THE ALBANY NIGHTBOAT RAGTIMERS, PATRICK ARANDA, ANDREW BARRETT, NAN BOSTICK, THE BRADSHAWS, THE HELIOTROPE RAGTIME ORCHESTRA, BRAD KAY, CARL SONNY LEYLAND, ERIC MARCHESE, ERIKA C. MILLER, BILL MITCHELL, MORRIS PALTER, BOB PINSKER, THOSE SYNCOPATING SONGBIRDS, TEX WYNDHAM and many surprise guest artists!"  Fullerton
Return of the Swallows Mission San Juan Capistrano 
 
 
2006: "Mission San Juan Capistrano will present its annual Return of the Swallows celebration Saturday March 18th to Sunday March 19th, 2006. Festivities include the traditional bell ringing, Pageantry, live entertainment, ethnic foods, and vendors all to mark the springtime return of the swallows to Capistrano. The Mission's biggest annual celebration, it marks the coming of spring, a time of renewal and rebirth. Other highlights include Living History Members, scheduled Docent tours, artisans demonstrating crafts, mariachi performers, school choirs and performers, Indian dance groups, ethnic foods and much more. The swallows migrate annually to Goya, Argentina in October, and return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows celebration began centuries ago when Mission padres observed that the birds return roughly coincided with St. Joseph's Day on the church calendar, March 19. The celebration has achieved international prominence since then."  San Juan Capistrano
San Clemente Ocean Festival 
 
 
Festival held in July. "The San Clemente Ocean Festival is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and support of ocean safety, the environment and the community by providing a quality athletic, cultural and enjoyable family event.... Proceeds from the San Clemente Ocean Festival help fund many worthwhile organizations, including SC Jr. Lifeguard & city aquatic programs, Ocean Institute for local school programs, Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Club. Scholarships are also provided annually to three area high schools."  San Clemente
Sawdust Festival 
 
 
Held June through September. Includes musical entertainment, art classes and demos. "Welcome to the world-famous Sawdust Art Festival where visitors experience the artistic wonders of 200 Laguna Beach artists amidst towering eucalyptus trees and tranquil waterfalls within a three and half acre canyon setting. Since 1966 the Sawdust has drawn art enthusiasts looking for original artwork including: painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, textile arts, wood and metal sculpture, hand blown and fused glass and even scrimshaw. This year we invite you to join us in celebrating our '40 Creative Years' with special events and exhibits to give visitors a glimpse into our history and that of our artists. Included with your Sawdust admission are daily artist demonstrations including glass blowing, complimentary art projects for adults and children, three outdoor cafes and continuous entertainment. This shopper’s paradise allows visitors to meet and even purchase art directly from the artists. The Sawdust Art Festival is truly the ultimate, interactive art experience for any one at any age.... The Sawdust Art Festival is a 5 - 10 minute walk from downtown Laguna, Main Beach and the other Laguna Beach art festivals."  Laguna Beach
Sunday Symphony Series 
 
 
"The Mission San Juan Capistrano presents a Symphonic Celebration Series with Sunday Evening Pops Concerts by the Capistrano Valley Symphony, May through September featuring classic symphony sounds and show tunes and popular music from the 40's to the present day in the beautiful Mission courtyard."  San Juan Capistrano
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