Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
You’ll need to take the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to reach this year’s SD County Fair, because the Wizard of Oz serves as inspiration for this “Ozsome” event. The 27-day Fair features all types of rides, games, food, exhibitions, concerts, and contests. The SDCF’s hours vary, and it is closed on Mondays and Tuesday.
The summertime fun continues at Knott’s after the sun sets. The park will stay open until at least 10 pm during its Summer Nights. There will be oversized classic games to play, live music performed on several stages, and some yummy treats (be ready for build-your-own S’mores stations, nacho boats, and grilled peach cobbler) to chow down on.
You can feel chilly after trying the chili and salsa entrees in this competition that annually occurs on Father’s Day weekend. It’ll fill three blocks of downtown Huntington Beach from 11 am-5 pm with live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and street vendors. Money raised by tasting ticket purchases benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley.
Picnic on the Green or find dinner at one of the fine food trucks, and then enjoy the rock band The Side Deal, featuring former members of Train, Sugar Ray, and the Pawnshop Kings (so expect a song or two done by their old bands). The concert runs from 6 pm-7:30 pm and admission is first come, first served.
Today’s activities (10 am-1 pm) aim to make vegetables seem fun along with being nutritious. Children can make artwork from veggie stamps created out of real vegetables. Vegetables will be used to teach kids about their five senses and at noon there will be potato dance party where kids can get their sillies out.
This four-day seasonal extravaganza serves up something for everyone: a big collection of carnival rides, a loud lineup of live music, a broad selection of food and drink options, and other fun attractions (like a car show and fireworks). June 20th’s Preview Night features $1 rides and karaoke with a live rock band.
Thursday night will once again be a rockin’ time around the OC Parks from 5 pm-8 pm. This free music series opens June 20 with Hard Day’s Night filling Fullerton’s Craig Regional Park with Beatles tunes. On June 27, Craig Park will sizzle with the Big Bad Voodoo’s hot swing music. The evening also offer food, drink and family activities.
Dogs and their human companions will howl with joy over The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s Yappy Hour (actually 3 hours: 5 pm-8 pm). Pups will be served meat- or vegan-flavored water and house-made peanut butter biscuits, while there will be beverages and burgers and hot dogs that the humans can purchase. The event benefits The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.
Mary Poppins Returns marks the return of this free film series on June 7 at 8 pm. June’s other screenings are Ralph Breaks the Internet (June 14), Christopher Robin (June 21) and Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation (June 28). The popcorn is free and proceeds from other refreshment purchases will benefit local elementary schools and non-profit organizations.
Surf’s up again – for free! – at this annual festival that celebrates Southern California beach culture. The maritime-related attractions include surf contests (including one for kids), a classic long board exhibit, a surf tricks demonstration, and surfers art & collectibles. On-land activities include Polynesian dancing, live music, food vendors, and good vibes. Hours are 9 am-6 pm both days.