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Best Outdoor Summer Concerts In OC

June 27, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Huntington Beach Surfing Museum)

(credit: Huntington Beach Surfing Museum)

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(credit: livenation.com)

Ahh… summer in SoCal. The weather is perfect, the ocean breeze is in the air, and the musicians are getting ready to rock. Check out these best outdoor concerts in Orange County!

(credit: Pacific Amphitheater)

(credit: Pacific Amphitheater)

Summer Concert Series

Pacific Amphitheater
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
pacamp.com

Orange County offers you an entertainment-filled summer as the 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup brings something for everyone. Running July 12 through Aug. 11 at the Orange County Fair Lot’s Pacific Amphitheater, you can catch diverse big name acts like The Flaming Lips, Colbie Caillat, The Go-Gos, Alan Jackson, The Counting Crows, Weezer, and ZZ Top.

(credit: sjc.net)

(credit: sjc.net)

San Juan Summer Nights Concert Series

Historic Town Center Park
31806 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
sjc.net

Live music, dancing, a youth activity area, fabulous food, a beer and wine wagon, and a local business expo takes place this summer in San Juan Capistrano at the park grounds of the Historic Town Center Park downtown. Exact dates and bands to be determined, so check back on the website soon.

(credit: Huntington Beach Surfing Museum)

(credit: Huntington Beach Surfing Museum)

Surfin’ Sundays

Pier Plaza
315 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
surfingmuseum.org

What’s better than a day at the beach? A free concert at the beach of course! Shows take place 11 times this summer, alternating locations at the beachfront Pier Plaza and the parking lot of the International Surfing Museum, who plays host to this fun and festive event. With more than 40 bands taking the stage, you won’t want to miss this series.

(credit: City of Fullerton)

(credit: City of Fullerton)

Summer Concert Series

Fullerton Sports Complex
560 E. Silver Pine Street
Fullerton, CA 92832
ci.fullerton.ca.us

Bring the whole family to the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual music and food festival. Each Wednesday, from July 10 through Aug. 14, rock out to a wide variety of bands and musicians from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Overflow parking is available at the EV Free Church with free shuttle service each night.

(credit: Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa)

(credit: Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa)

Sunset Jazz at Newport

900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-4000
www.westcoastjazzparty.com

Starting July 10, the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa will play host to Sunset Jazz at Newport. In the resort’s Rose Garden, you can take in artists such as the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Carol Welsman Quartet and the Judy Roberts/Greg Fishman Quartet. Each artist will perform two shows, one at 6 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. The series takes place every Wednesday night through Sept. 18 and ticket prices range from $18 to $40.

(credit: livenation.com)

(credit: livenation.com)

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

8808 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
livenation.com

This mega-venue in the OC won’t offer you that down home, connecting-with-your-neighbors type of charm, but if you are looking for big budget bands, blasting sound, and full theatrical shows, Verizon Wireless is the venue of choice in the OC. This summer, explore FishFest, the Under the Influence of Music Tour, Matchbox Twenty, Kid Rock, John Mayer, Black Sabbath, Maroon 5, and the Dave Matthew’s Band, among many more headliners.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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