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.
Orange County Fair
Orange County Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Dates: July 15, 2016 – August 14, 2016
From mid July to mid-August, the OC Fair will provide guests with an assortment of activities including sports, live music, carnival rides and a 5k run. As one of the best festivals of the summer, 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. Live music can be seen at the Pacific Amphitheater, as well as in the Hangar, where guets can see everyone from Styx and Boston to Chris Isaak, Train and many others. In addition, the Action Sports Arena will provide adrenaline pumping action with everything from demolition derbies and motorcycle racing to bull riding, and much more. Haven’t had enough? Take part in farm and agriculture exhibits, carnival rides and much more.
Visit Our Guide To The OC Fair for more information.
San Clemente Pier
601 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
Dates: July 16 – 17, 2016
Orange County is adorned with renowned beautiful coastlines, and the Ocean Festival is a great way to appreciate the inherent beauty of the area. Celebrating over 35 years of surfing and more, the Ocean Festival is a two day extravaganza of water competitions, a 5k beach run, surfing and body surfing competitions, a fishing derby, and much more. Once you’ve had enough of the ocean activities, the Ocean Festival also offers up an art show, children’s events and much more. The event, which takes place at the San Clemente Pier, invites children under the age of 14 to enter a surfing competition, and adults can take part in paddle boarding, surf racing, surf ski racing and iron man competitions. There will also be a sand molding contest, a classic car exhibit and a beach party for the entire family with live music.
La Habra Corn Festival
El Centro Lions Park
201 North Cypress
La Habra, CA 90631
Dates: August 5, 6 & 7, 2016
This year, La Habra welcomes the 68th Annual La Habra Lions Corn Festival for three days. The festival comes complete with tasty food, games, rides, music and plenty of family fun. Open during the day, or at night, it’s a great place to get in the spirit of the summer with friends too. Enjoy corn on the cob with butter, delicious sandwiches, funnel cakes, as well as other food as you take in live entertainment.
Related: Orange County’s Best May Festivals
KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival And Taste Of The Bash
Oso Viejo Park
27241 La Paz Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Date: May 29, 2016
As one of the top summer festivals in Orange County, The KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival 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 this year is expected to be even better than ever! Tickets can be found by visiting www.ksbr.org. Gates open at 3pm, and the concert will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wags N’ Wine
Huntington Harbour Bay Club
4121 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Date: June 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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 the right home. Make a donation and you will feel great about where your money is going. Get your tickets for this special event by visiting www.wagsnwine.com.
Related: Best Doggy Day Care In OC
San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival
100 & 200 block of Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
Dates: August 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For some fun in the sun, head on over to the San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival in mid-August. Brought to you by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and participating sponsors, this unique family-orientated event offers activities for the whole family, including food and game booths, three stages with continuous live music throughout the day, an arts & crafts show, contests, a salsa challenge, fun for kids, exhibits, face painters and much more.