May 13, 2019

Summer 2019 Events in Orange County

From messy mud runs to classy art festivals, and everything in between, summer is the best kind of busy in Orange County! While there are many, many more events taking place in the OC this summer, we’ve rounded up some of our top recommendations for your summer do to list.

Events are listed chronologically from June through Labor Day.

Also make sure to check out our list of free local movies and concerts !


Corona Del Mar Scenic 5k
June 1
Corona Del Mar

The Corona Del Mar Scenic 5k is so much more than just a race. Whether you run the 5k, or participate in the 2 mile celebration walk, you’ll love the views of the coast, ocean, and charming Corona Del Mar. Cheer on the kids at the Dolphin Dash, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast in Restaurant Row as part of your registration! Don’t miss the post-run party, complete with live entertainment!

Newport Beach Jazz Festival
May 31-June 2
Newport Beach

Food, drink, dancing on the lawn, and of course great music! Kick off the summer with this weekend of smooth and inspiring jazz by some of the world’s top instrumental performers and vocalists, all within the scenic setting of beautiful sunny Newport Beach!

Irvine Lake Summer of Mud Run
June 15

The annual mud run at Irvine Lake is an approximately 5k course, but it’s unlike any 5k you’ve ever done before. With over a dozen mud pits, as well as hills, water, and professionally-built obstacles to challenge runners, this course is full of soggy surprises! Compete as individuals or teams in this magnificently messy event – there’s even a mud puddles race for kids.

San Clemente Car Show:
June 15
San Clemente

Love cars? Don’t miss this annual event in San Clemente! Now in its 24th year, the San Clemente car show showcases 300 vehicles from classic cars to vintage trailers to unusual and exotic autos. In true summer style this free coastal event also includes live entertainment, a beer, wine, and mimosa garden, food trucks, and activities for kids!

Pro-tip: park at the Outlets at San Clemente and take the San Clemente Trolley! You’ll get to see more of charming downtown San Clemente and do some shopping too!
The OC Night Market
June 14-16, Aug 23-25
Costa Mesa

Calling itself “the biggest party of the summer” the OC Night Market is a fun opportunity to get together with friends for delicious eats, dance competition, live entertainment, and more! Shop local art and products from over 200 vendors, come early, stay up late, and soak up the buzz of life in Orange County!
Summer Solstice Party in the Garden
June 15

Support the arboretum at this classy midsummer event. Fullerton Arboretum’s annual garden gala is an evening of delectable cuisine, cocktails, local craft beer, live music, all surrounded by the beauty of nature.

The 17th annual Doheny Surf and Art Festival
June 22-23
Dana Point

Celebrate the Southern California surfing lifestyle and enjoy live music, Polynesian dancing, food, a beer garden, and more at the Doheny Surf and Art Festival. Whether you’re a surfer looking to participate in one of the surfing competitions, a collector looking for surf-inspired artworks, or a beach lover ready to enjoy a fun day at the coast, this event is for you!

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
June 28-Sept 1
Laguna Beach

Now in its 53rd year, the Sawdust Art Festival is a delight every year. This local event is a chance to shop one-of-a-kind finds from over 200 local artists and also to learn from the best and make your own creations! Try your hand at pottery or painting, learn how to blow glass or craft jewelry, and more!


Looking for information about 4th of July events in Orange County? We've got you covered!

The Sawdust Art Festival Continues

Can’t get enough local art? After visiting the Sawdust festival, head on over to Laguna Beach’s Festival of the Arts for more inspiration! This festival includes unusual events like a Runway Fashion event with artist-created wearables made of recycled materials, as well as concerts on the green, jazz evenings, a family art day, and more!

Make sure to also get tickets to this year’s Pageant of the Masters! The 2019 show is titled The Time Machine, featuring artistic recreations that take viewers into the past, present, and future, with a bit of science fiction flair.

Get more information about the summer art show , and the Pageant of the Masters .

OC Fair
July 12-Aug 11
Costa Mesa

Can't get enough outdoor concerts and festivals? At the OC Fair you'll find games and rides, acres of shopping, arts and crafts, concerts under the stars, and of course lots and lots of animals and fair foods all in one place! Get tickets to the Extreme Rodeo or Monster X Tour Monster Trucks show, visit the carnival, browse exhibits, and more! There's something for everyone and the fun continues for a whole month!

Ocean Festival: Greatest Show on Surf
July 20-21
San Clemente

Looking for yet another race after the Corona Del Mar 5k and the Irvine Lake Mud Run? Sign up for the athletic water and land events at the San Clemente Ocean Festival! A one-mile ocean swim and 5k beach run are just the beginning of this activity-filled event. You can also participate in (or watch) a sand sculpting competition, boat races, and of course surfing competitions, or relax and enjoy the free beach concert!
OC Yoga Festival “Summer Edition”
July 27-28
Huntington Beach

Give your practice a boost, with this day full of meditation, workshops, talks, live music, and of course yoga on the beach! Your tickets will give you access to yoga classes and workshops in Huntington Beach, and you’ll be able to connect with your local yoga community.
August - Labor Day

Festival of the Butterflies
August 3
San Juan Capistrano

This enchanting event is free, family friendly, and fragrant with garden walking tours, plant sales, and more! Take the kids to enjoy butterfly crafts and activities, a petting zoo, live music and more. Shop for one of a kind crafts and gifts, pick up a cup of joe at Hidden House Coffee, and don't miss the monarch butterfly release at 1PM!

Fiesta Music Festival
Aug 11
San Clemente

The Fiesta Music Festival in San Clemente is a day of non-stop music in Down Town San Clemente from 9AM to 7PM. Enjoy live tunes from three stages, and activities and contests for all ages including face painting, rides for kids, exhibits, and plenty of food and game booths.
San Clemente Arts and Crafts Fair
August 17-18
San Clemente

Whether you’re looking for a centerpiece to decorate your living room, a unique gift for a loved one, or one-of-a-kind accessories and clothing items to suit your personal style, the San Clemente Arts and Craft Fair is a great place to shop! This two day showcase features over 100 local artists in a variety of media, handcrafted to bring you something new!

OC Night Market
August 23-25
Costa Mesa

The OC Night Market Continues! More information here .

Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo
Aug 24-25
San Juan Capistrano

Get a taste of the old wild west at this thrilling 2 day rodeo! The richest rodeo in the nation, cash prizes draw top contestants from across the nation to display their skills at bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull-riding, and more! It's a weekend of good old fashioned family entertainment, and proceeds benefit local charities!

Orange International Street Fair
Aug 30-Sept 1

The perfect end to summer, this Labor Day Weekend event features 15 ethnic streets representing different countries, with 8 stages and 42 food and alcohol booths. Travel the globe, eat, shop, and learn more about the neighborhood!
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