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Whether it’s sports or music, art or hiking, Orange County has something for everyone in 2015. Visitors to Orange County can cultivate an appreciation for the arts by seeing a play or concert, or keep to their new year’s resolutions with a hike through a beautiful network of paths. It’s even possible to join a band of superheros in the fight between good and evil. There is virtually no end to the number and kinds of activities to keep you busy and having fun in Orange County in 2015.

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(credit: Mark Avery)


Segerstrom Center For The Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org

The cultural nexus for performing arts in Orange County is without a doubt the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Music lovers can enjoy Bizet’s Carmen in February and world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma in May. A ballet rendition of “Sleeping Beauty” premieres in March followed by the National Ballet of Spain in April for visitors light on their feet. For younger art enthusiasts, a “Cinderella Opera” and the “Gruffalo’s Child” are just two of many stage acts playing in 2015 to inspire young imaginations and cultivate a love of the arts. These events, and the numerous special holiday concerts, are just a few of the many and varied performances that guests to the Segerstrom Center will enjoy in 2015.

Boston Bruins v Anaheim Ducks
Honda Center
2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 704-2400
www.hondacenter.com

The most popular sports and music venue in Orange County has got to be the Honda Center. Home to the Anaheim Ducks, the Honda Center is the best place to watch the 2007 Stanley Cup winners battle on the ice now through April. Guests can also come to enjoy the zany antics of the Harlem Globetrotters or the exciting Professional Bull Riders, coming in February. In addition to sports events, the Honda Center will host the amazing Marvel Universe Live in March, where spectators will be right in the middle of an epic battle of good versus evil. As if these events weren’t enough, classic rock giants The Who will be rocking the Honda Center in September. The Honda Center in Anaheim guarantees an absolutely entertaining 2015 event schedule.

1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (98-64)
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 940-2000
www.losangeles.angels.mlb.com

For an exciting, family-friendly sporting event, there is no better place to go in Orange County than to see the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play their hearts out for their fans. With superstar Mike Trout, the Angels ended the 2014 season with the best record in Major League Baseball, and they’re looking to improve in the 2015 season. The Angels’ home opener is against the Kansas City Royals on April 10th, but they wrap up spring training with a couple of games a week earlier. Come and root root root for the Angels, the most exciting sports team in Orange County, as they compete for another dominating season.

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(credit: Sawdust Art Festival)


Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030
www.sawdustartfestival.org

For a true taste of local art, the Sawdust Art Festival is the go-to event in 2015. With both a summer and a winter festival, the Sawdust Art Festival features many types of visual art including ceramics, glassblowing, woodcraft, painting and more, all created by Laguna Beach artists. This nine-week festival is the most popular summer art festival in Southern California, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the beautiful art-centered city of Laguna Beach. Visitors during the five-week Winter Fantasy Festival can enjoy the transformation of the festival into a virtual Santa’s Village while dining at outdoor cafes and shopping for unique, hand-crafted gifts for loved ones.

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(credit: ocparks.org)


OC Parks
13042 Old Myford Road
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 973-6865
www.ocparks.com

Orange County is home to a vast network of pristine canyons and majestic mountain ranges, and the OC Parks system gives visitors a chance to enjoy this beauty to the fullest. With five wilderness parks,15 regional parks and six beach parks, OC Parks offers guests a multi-faceted view of Orange County’s natural beauty. Pristine, sunny shorelines and dense sycamore and oak groves can be enjoyed and explored along the hundreds of miles of well-tended trails. Park amenities such as bike rentals and camping sites also add to the experience of connecting with Orange County’s natural beauty.

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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