Everyone always asks what to do in Orange County? There’s so much to do, that it can definitely be overwhelming. So we’ve created a huge list of fun things to do in summer, not to mention our list of free things to do in Orange County. But with all of the theme parks, shopping, attractions, beach, restaurants & nightlife in Orange County, we can promise you one thing, you will never be bored.

For ALL the details for each of the following events (& even more fabulous ideas of what to do in Orange County) check out our calendar.

What to do in Orange County

Almost Daily:
* Orange County Museums
* Bowling
* Kids bowl practically FREE & kids bowl completely free
* Indoor Bounce Houses
* Irvine Park Railroad
* Orange County Playgrounds & Parks
* Orange County Beaches
* Farmers’ Markets
* Splash Parks & Waterparks
* Orange County Fair
* Orange County Public Library Story Times
* Whale Watching in Dana Point
* $1-ish Movies
* Butterfly house
* Buena Park Summer Parks Program
* Newport Dunes Aquatic Park
* Sawdust Festival
* Pageant of the Masters
* Art-a-Faire
* Festival of the Arts

Monday, July 25th:
* Mommy Movie Mondays, 10am
* Family Autism Day at Pretend City, 2-5pm
* Wild Rivers Monday Night Car Load, 4-8pm
* FREE Movie Mondays at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts: movie starts at dusk

Tuesday, July 26th:
* Irvine Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm
* 10 weeks of newly released Kids movies for just $5 (for ALL 10 movies) at UltraLuxe Cinemas, 9:30am
* FREE Story Time with Amy McCamly at Belly Sprout in Fullerton, 10am
* Summer Movie Express at select Regal Cinemas, United Artists & Edwards Theatres, 10am
* When Parenting Philosophies Collide Workshop at Pretend City, 10am
* FREE Story time at your local Pottery Barn Kids, 11am
* Tiny Tots Hip Hop at Pretend City, 10am
* Young Music Company at Pretend City, 11:30am
* Over the Hump Family Mountain Bike Race Series, 4-8p (race starts at 6pm)
* FREE Surf City Nights, 5-9pm (free admission)
* FREE Concert in the Park: Costa Mesa, 5:30pm
* FREE Core Power Yoga Class at Whole Food Market in HB, 6:30pm

Wednesday, July 27th:
* OC Fair: We Care Wednesdays, receive one FREE entry ticket and a carnival ride by donating the following items on specific Wednesdays
* Tustin Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm
* 10 weeks of newly released Kids movies for just $5 (for ALL 10 movies) at UltraLuxe Cinemas, 9:30am
* Summer Movie Express at select Regal Cinemas, United Artists & Edwards Theatres, 10am
* Stroller Brigade: FREE Games, Stories & Puzzles for preschoolers, toddlers & grownups at the Fullerton Museum Center, 10am – 12pm
* Parent Movie Morning at UltraLuxe Cinemas, Anaheim 10am
* Kaleido-Kids Variety Show at the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo, 10:30am
* Kaleido-Kids Mini Carnival Day (benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation), 10:30am
* OC Din Din A Go Go, Irvine Lanes 5-9pm
* Parenting with Play Seminar at Pretend City, 6-8pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Tustin, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Seal Beach, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Brea, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Mason Regional Park in Irvine, 6:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Fullerton, 6:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Orange, 7pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Buena Park, 7pm

Thursday, July 28th:
* OC Fair: Guests 12 and younger get in FREE on Kid’s Day all day, EVERY Thursday.
* Orange Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm
* What’s for Lunch Toddler program at the Orange County Zoo, 10am
* FREE Great Park Balloon, 10am – 3pm, 7-10pm
* Mommy, Music & Me at the Children’s Museum at La Habra, 10:30am
* Tideland Tykes at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 10:30am
* Buena Park Special Park Happening Day at select parks, 12-4pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 1pm
* OC Chef Series at OC Fair, 1:30pm
* 90 Minute Sunset Harbor Cruise & Beyond at Dana Wharf, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Fountain Valley, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Westminster, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Garden Grove, 6:30pm
* FREE Concert in the park: La Habra, 7pm
* FREE Movie in the Park: Tustin, 7pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center,

Things to do This Weekend with Kids

Friday, July 29th:
* OC Fair: Fair food is famous and guests can enjoy samples for only $2 during the Let’s Eat for $2Taste of Fair Foods EVERY Friday from Noon-4 p.m.
* Laguna Hills Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm
* FREE Great Park Balloon 10am, – 3pm, 7-10pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 10:30am
* Aliso Viejo Food Truck Friday, 11am
* Pier Plaza Art-a-Faire & Farmer’s Market, HB 12pm – 5pm
* Mad Science Under the Sea & Summer Sun Class Session, Pretend City 2:30pm
* FREE Concert: Chapman University, 5:30-7pm
* 90 Minute Sunset Harbor Cruise & Beyond at Dana Wharf, 6pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Ladera Ranch, 6:30pm
* Movie on the Beach at Newport Dunes, starts at sunset
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 7:30pm

Saturday, July 30th:
* OC Fair: Rise & Shine Special, where Fairgoers can get $2 general admission price EVERY Saturday and Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
* Irvine Farmers’ Market, 8am – 12pm
* Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market, 8am – 12pm
* Old Towne Orange Farmers & Artisan market, 8am -12pm
* Salt Creek Beach Cleanup, 9am – 12pm
* FREE Great Park Balloon, 9am – 3pm, 7-10pm
* Build & Grown Lowe’s Clinic, 10am
* Tanaka Farms Cookout Tours, 10am -3pm
* Ocean Education Center, 10am – 3pm
* Kidtoons at UltraLuxe Cinemas, Anaheim Gardenwalk, 10:30am
* FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Centers, 11am – 3pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 11:30am
* Swimming in the Summer Saturdays at Pretend City, 11:30am & 12:30pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 3:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Cypress, 6:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: La Palma, 6:30pm
* FREE Shakespeare by the Sea: Los Alamitos, 7pm
* Movie on the Beach at Newport Dunes, starts at sunset
* FREE movie in the Park: HB, 7pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 7:30pm
* Caspers Campfire Program, 8pm
* Campfire Program, O’Neill Regional Park, 8pm

Sunday, July 31st:
* OC Fair: Rise & Shine Special, where Fairgoers can get $2 general admission price EVERY Saturday and Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
* Caspers Nature Hike, 8am
* Laguna Niguel Farmers’ Market, 9am – 1pm
* FREE Great Park Balloon, 9am – 3pm, 7-10pm
* PBS SoCal Day with Buddy from Dinosaur Train at Pretend City, 10am – 3pm
* Ocean Education Center, 10am – 3pm
* Great Park Farmers Market, 10am – 2pm
* Cookout Tours at Tanaka Farms, 10am – 3pm
* Kidtoons at UltraLuxe Cinemas at the Anaheim Gardenwalk, 10:30
* FREE Kid’s Fishing Clinic at Dana Wharf, 12pm
* FREE Surfin’ Sunday Concerts: HB, 1-4pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 1:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Dana Point 4:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: HB, 5pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Yorba Linda, 5:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Irvine, 5:30pm
* FREE Concert in the Park: Rancho Santa Margarita, 6pm
* FREE Shakespeare by the Sea: Los Alamitos, 7pm
* Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Honda Center, 7:30pm

There you have it. A super fabulous list with tons of ideas of fun stuff to do in Orange County.

xoxo, K

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