Best Free Art Activities In Orange County

November 19, 2012 12:00 PM

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(credit: Huntington Beach Art Walk)

(credit: Huntington Beach Art Walk)

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If you haven’t experienced Orange County’s art scene, or if you’re just looking for a way to get your fix on the cheap, look no further. These art walks and museums provide opportunities to check out art almost any day of the week. With paintings, sculptures, jewelry and performance art, these free events are sure to be entertaining, enlightening and even relaxing.

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Downtown Fullerton Art Walk
Fullerton, CA 92835
Price: free
Hours: first Friday of every month – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For local art, live music and performing arts, the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk is where it’s at. Peruse through the participating art galleries’ offerings at your leisure while exploring the three areas of the tour: East of Harbor North of Commonwealth, West of Harbor North of Commonwealth and West of Harbor South of Commonwealth. Pick up a map of the art walk at any participating venue.

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Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3623 
Price: free first Sunday of every month
Hours: first Sunday of every month – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the first Sunday of every month, Bowers Museum provides not only free admission into the museum, but also hosts events for families to explore cultures from around the world. Don’t miss out on the the Winter Solstice Family Festival Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m.,  and until Jan. 6, explore the “Faberge: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars” exhibit. Learn about the renowned jeweler, Peter Carl Faberge and his extraordinary jewelry worn by some of Europe’s elite.

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Laguna Beach Art Walk
Laguna Beach, CA
Price: free
Hours: first Thursday of every month – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Known for some of Orange County’s most notable art galleries, the Laguna Beach Art Walk provides the public with several galleries to explore the first Thursday of every month. Free and open to the public, each month promises stunning new exhibits by local and internationally known artists. To see a list of the galleries in the north, central and southern parts of the city, click here.

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Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122 
Price: free the second Sunday of the month
Hours: second Sunday of the every month – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Until Dec. 30, visitors may explore the “OC Collects” exhibit featuring Orange County’s most significant private collection of modern and contemporary art. The collection celebrates OCMA’s 50th anniversary and showcases the work of more than a dozen local Orange County artists. Admission is free the second Sunday of each month.

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(credit: Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk)

Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Price: free
Hours: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out this art walk in the heart and soul of Surf City in downtown Huntington Beach. The art walk offers a chance to learn more about the city’s surf culture and history, explore local musicians and check out businesses in the downtown area. Click here for upcoming art walks. Expect a new line up of artists every month, live entertainment and even libations with wine and painting classes. 

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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