Best 2014 Summer Festivals In OC

April 14, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: OC Fair)

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(credit: Sheri Crummer)

Orange County knows how to celebrate summer. Catch a wave, sip on wine, listen to talented musicians, eat gourmet food, hop on a carnival ride, spend a day with your pooch and immerse yourself in art and entertainment — all in the OC.
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Orange County Fair
Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500
Date: July 11 – Aug. 10, 2014

With an assortment of activities including sports, live music, carnival rides and a 5k run, the Orange County Fair is sure to be fun for all ages. Attendees even have the opportunity to enter competitions ranging in themes from the culinary arts to photography, woodworking, film, horticulture and livestock. Check out the complete list of competition categories on the website. If live music is of interest, then you are in for a treat. Artists from several musical genres are scheduled to perform. Whether you prefer rock, country or reggae, the line-up is sure to please. Check out the list of popular musical groups and cover bands here.

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(credit: Sheri Crummer)

Ocean Festival
San Clemente Pier
601 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 440-6141
Date: July 19 – 20, 2014

Orange County is adorned with renowned beautiful coastlines, and the Ocean Festival is a great way to appreciate the inherent beauty in the area. Children under 14 years of age can enter a surfing contest, and adults can participate in paddle boarding, surf race, surf ski race and iron man competitions. For those not interested in partaking in water-related activities, no need to worry. There will also be beach runs for adults and kids, a sand molding contest, a classic car exhibit and a beach party for the entire family with live music. Be sure to fuel up before catching a wave or sprinting down the beach at the pancake breakfast held in the mornings from 7 to 11am.

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(credit: Newport Beach Film Festival/Facebook)

Newport Beach Film Festival
4540 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 253-2880
Date: Apr. 24 – May 1, 2014

Home to notable movie premieres including “Crash,” the Newport Beach Film Festival is the place to be for entertainment enthusiasts. Supporting both studio films and independent movies, the Newport Beach Film Festival attracts entertainment professionals from all over the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 15 film screenings each day of the festival. Take a look at the movie theaters here. To enter your film for consideration in the next festival, go to this website.

Related: Orange County’s Best May Festivals

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KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival And Taste Of The Bash
Oso Viejo Park Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 582-4714
Date: May 25, 2014 at 3:30pm

As one of the top summer fests in Orange County, KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival and Taste of the Bash is the ultimate night out for jazz lovers. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks for a lively day with some of the best jazz artists around. In years past, there have been about 30 artists sharing their talent on stage, and 2014 is expected to be just as big. Check out the scheduled line-up of artists here. There will also be food tastings from local restaurants at no extra charge, as well as wine, beer and soda available for purchase.

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Wags N’ Wine
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 845-8000
Date: June 22, 2014 at 12pm to 5pm

Wine, music, food and four-legged friends make for a fun summer celebration. In addition to live entertainment, wine tasting, food vendors and live entertainment, you can enter your dog in the annual “Pooch Pageant” and participate in the silent auction. The money raised will support the Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation that helps dogs find a home, so you will feel great about where your money is going. Get your tickets for this special event here.

Related: Best Doggy Day Care In OC

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at


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