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Art-A-Fair 
 
 
Late June to Early September. "The Art-A-Fair Festival is the ultimate destination for lovers of art to visit this summer! Nestled in a Colorful garden setting in romantic Laguna Canyon. the Festival is an enjoyable place to spend a summer day in the historic art community of Laguna Beach Open Seven days a week, visitors are offered the opportunity to view and acquire art directly from the artist exhibitors, finalists of a national juried competition An exciting variety of two and three dimensional art is represented including oils. watercolors, pastels, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, photography, Sculpture, jewelry glassworks, Pottery, and furniture. Special artist demonstrations and lectures are highlighted this year. See first hand how they create these artistic masterpieces from conception to completion. Free workshops and supervised children's art activities are also offered."  Laguna Beach
Balboa Fun Zone 
 
 
"The Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California's oldest and last great coastal amusement areas.... Located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.... There's the Balboa Pier, built on the site of Glen Martin's historic the first water-to-water flight, from Balboa to Catalina Island in 1912, and is one of the few piers to survive undamaged by Southern California's destructive coastal storms of the '80s. There's the Catalina Flyer, one hour to Catalina Island. The Balboa Island Ferry, only 50 cents. The harbor cruises, whale watching cruises, sport fishing, quaint shops and great restaurants. And, of course, there's the Balboa Fun Zone. Since 1936, the Fun Zone's ferris wheel has been a day and night landmark on the Newport Harbor scene, beckoning all to join in the fun.... Completely rebuilt from the ground up in 1986, the Fun Zone's ferris wheel, merry-go-round, bumper cars scary dark ride, arcades, fun food, and shops still make it the highlight of every visit to Balboa."  Balboa
Bridges Training Stables 
 
 
Bridges Training Stables - Specializing in Hunters, Jumpers, and Dressage - Western and Trail also available - Learn to Ride with Bridges Equestrian - Riding Lessons & Training - Specializing in Hunters and Jumpers - Ages 8 and up / All Levels - Your Horse or Ours! Horse Leases, Horse Sales, Horse Care, Equestrian Team, One Day Boot Camp, Kids Equestrian Summer Camps, Shows, Clothing, Accessories.  San Juan Capistrano
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
Irvine Meadows aka Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 
 
 
Apparently, the corporate parent (Clear Channel) thinks this place is in LA. It is not - it is in Irvine, deep middle of OC. This page includes a seating chart. Features the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and various rock'n'roll acts. "We have ATM's, full food and beverage service and for patron over 21 with ID we pour Coors, imported beers and quality Villa Mt. Eden wines. At most shows we have various vendors on the pavilion area selling everything from blankets to glow sticks."  Irvine
La Habra Corn Festival 
 
 
Held in August. "The annual La Habra Corn Festival is hosted by the La Habra Host Lions Club. They started this event in 1949 as little more than a dance and cookout. It has grown to be the largest fund raising event in La Habra and the biggest community event of each year. Among the groups who take part in the festival each year are the following: La Habra Kiwanis Club, Sonora High School Football Boosters, La Habra High School Football boosters, the La Habra Community Services Department, Job's Daughters, Sons of Italy, La Habra Firefighters Association, La Habra Police Association, La Habra Student Body Association, TOPS of Ca., Cub Scout Pack, Chino Hills Lions Club, Eric Will Gymnastics Boosters, La Habra High School Swim Team Boosters, Boys and Girls Cub of La Habra/ Brea, and many other groups. 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."  La Habra
Mariachi Festival 
 
 
"Mission San Juan Capistrano invites you to join us at our second annual Mariachi Festival, which will be held on August 5, 2006, 10:00 am -2:30 PM in the beautiful Mission courtyard. The festival will include entertainment 'Battle of the Mariachis' and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes. This event is free with paid admission to the mission. After the Festival - the Mariachi Divas perform for Music Under the Stars."  San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano Summer Camps 
 
 
Mission San Juan Capistrano offers a variety of entertaining, hands-on summer camps for children. Each is designed to teach children about Mission and California history.... The following camps will be held in 2006: Beginning Clay Summer Camp: Students will learn to express themselves artistically while learning about early California pottery, both indigenous and European. Students will learn how to make pinched pots, coiled pots, decorative tiles, primitive statues, as well as how to glaze their work. Mission Matters Camp: Ron Bauer will lead children in hands-on craft making and tasks focusing on skills of the Mission and Rancho Eras. Students will learn how to make candles and soap out of tallow, rope making and knot tying, as well as hide branding. Camp Discovery at Mission San Juan Capistrano: Enjoy a fun-filled, educational week (or two) of the science behind and inside the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano. Discovery Science Center is teaching Science on a Mission Camp and Science Sleuths Camp for 7 to 10 year old campers at the Mission San Juan Capistrano this summer. In addition, the Science Center is teaching Summer Smiles for 5 and 6 year old campers. Science on a Mission Camp: Embark on a scientific mission to unearth the secrets of the past. Explore the history and restoration of the jewel of San Juan Capistrano, experiment with building designs and materials that strengthen structures, make gooey slime and more. Enjoy this fun-filled, educational week of the science behind and inside the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Science Sleuths at the Mission: Open your eyes to a whole new world! Experience our StarLab planetarium. Uncover the mysteries of the universe as your investigations take you from the microscopic level of fingerprints and fossils to the telescopic wonders of the stars. Explore the animals of the past, make a rubber ball, and much, much more! Summer Smiles at the Mission: It’s never too early to learn about science! Investigate butterfly wings and bug antennae using microscopes. Experiment with ooey, gooey concoctions. Take apart owl pellets. Examine real fossils and make a fossil imprint to take home. Create a comet. And best of all, parents ~ this program will strengthen what your kids are learning in school. Indian Summer Camp: Journey’s to the Past educator, Jacque Nunez presents a camp that celebrates culture, diversity, and California’s heritage. Imagine Journeying back in time when people lived in harmony with Mother Earth and learning about Native American cultures and lifestyles from early southern California. Children will learn to be keepers of the Earth through sound environment practices and learn skills that the Native California Indians used, such as stomping mud for Adobe making, scrubbing gourds for rattles, drilling shells for necklaces, and pounding yucca for string are just a few crafts that will create a special memory for your child. Intermediate Clay Summer Camp: For the first time Mission San Juan Capistrano is offering an intermediate ceramics camp. In this camp, students will learn the basic fundamentals of wheel thrown pots, free hand vases, making sculptures, statues, and heads. Gold Rush: What was the trail of our California Gold Rush like and who were the Native Americans that the Pioneers encountered across the country? Children will experience arrowhead making, carding wool, making friendship bracelets, panning for gold, making biscuits, playing Pioneer and Native American games, and authentic Native American dancing."  San Juan Capistrano
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
OCTheatre.org - the authoritative source 
 
 
An absolutely great list of OC theatres.  
Old World Festival Hall 
 
 
"Willkommen to our Festivals" Mardi Gras in February & March. German Day in July. Plum Festival in August. Oktoberfest in September & October.  Huntington Beach
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 Theater Festival 
 
 
July, August, September. "The first annual Orange County Theater Festival will bring encore presentations of four of the most hailed local theater productions in the county's history to the stage this summer—in a beautiful, covered, 246-seat amphitheatre at the historic Muck Mansion in Fullerton. These critically acclaimed plays, all of which were smash hits, will each run for eight performances, giving you a chance to experience some of the finest live theater Southern California has to offer. All of OCTF's mainstage shows are performed here, in a 246-seat covered amphitheater. The large stage and open layout of the theater means there isn't a bad seat in the house. Additionally, each seat is adjacent to a small courtesy dining table ... feel free to bring your refreshments to the show. Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase before the show and during intermission." At the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.  Fullerton
Orange County's Funniest Person Contest 
 
 
"Bill Word began producing Orange County's Funniest Person Contest in 2002. What began as another vehicle to promote Orange County comedy and feature some of the funniest comedians in the area today, has become a hot spot for summer entertainment. The contest has been featured on NBC and PBS. The list of comedic competitors have television credits which include NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show and Oprah!" Held at Martini Blues in August and September.  Huntington Beach
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
Swinging on the Promenade 
 
 
Held in August by the Downtown Anaheim Association and their various sponsors. "There is free public parking on Oak Street @ Clementine or Lemon."  Anaheim
Volunteer Center of Orange County 
 
 
"The Volunteer Center Orange County is the essential partner in improving quality of life in Orange County by connecting community resources, increasing volunteerism, and building professional capacity in nonprofit organizations."  Santa Ana
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