Category: Family fun

FREE admission to Sawdust Art Festival for OC Residents



UPDATE: Last week of the Festival. Get 50% OFF an Adult Admission after 6pm, also Costco currently has 2 tickets for $8.49, good anytime.

We are down to the last two weeks of the Sawdust Festival. O.C. residents can take advantage of Summer Resident Nights after 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday’s, depending on the city in which you reside.

Admission is normally $8.50 for adults ($7 for seniors), Children 6-12 $4.00 and children 5 and under are free.

Here’s a breakdown of the FREE Resident Night Schedule:

Laguna Beach residents –Free admission with ID every Thursday evening after 5:00 pm

Sundays after 5:00 pm: for residents of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Monarch Beach, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Dove Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita.

Mondays after 5:00 pm: for residents of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Irvine, Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, Villa Park, Silverado Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills.

Tuesdays after 5:00 pm: for residents of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Stanton, La Palma, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Buena Park, Fullerton, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, La Habra.

See more details at

935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030

Parking Tips

– Metered Parking is available along Laguna Canyon Road and in downtown Laguna Beach (a short walk). Meters only accept quarters. Meters are either $.25 per 15 min or per 10 min.
– Try the city run ACT V parking lot located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road (1/2 mile north of the Sawdust). Only $7.00 per day with FREE trolley service to all festivals and downtown too.
– Pay lots ($8 – $12/day) around downtown Laguna Beach.
– The Sawdust Art Festival is a 5 – 10 minute walk from downtown Laguna, Main Beach and the other Laguna Beach art festivals.



Tustin Area Council for Fine Art’s Present the 14th annual Broadway in the Park

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August 19-23, 2014 at Peppertree Park in Tustin, TACFA’s will present their signature program “Broadway in the Park”.

This program is perfectly aligned with the Council’s mission to develop, showcase and support the arts within the greater Tustin area.

BITP is a first class musical production with a professional cast that offers affordable Broadway musical theater to people who live in the city and nearby communities. This popular event has a large and enthusiastic audience every night of its five-night run. And low-ticket prices ensure that everyone can afford to attend.  

BITP is promoted extensively throughout the area, and has received broad coverage in local newspapers, bringing recognition and esteem to TACFA partners, sponsors and donors.

For more information on how to support TACFA, become a Broadway in the Park Sponsor, or volunteer for Broadway in the Park 2013, please call (714) 518-5519 or visit





Get in a Summer Campfire before Summer Ends

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Get your S’mores ready, it’s not to late to take in a Summer night around a campfire. Here’s are two options for FREE Ranger Led campfires tonight.


Learn about Bats

Ranger Led Campfire Program
OC Parks – O’neill Regional Park

Join us Saturday Night at the amphitheater for this special program; Bats of Orange County, presented by Ranger Brad Barker, set to the glow of fire light. This event is open to the public. No access for day use after sunset.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • 7:00 pm. – 8:30 pm.



Learn about Wildreness Safety and play some games

Campfire Program
OC Parks – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

Every Saturday night, join us for a campfire program that may include a slide presentation, wilderness safety, games and activities for children, animal adaptations, skins and skulls, a live animal demonstration and a chance to visit the Nature Center. Topics may vary weekly.

  • Cost: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • All ages welcome
  • 8:00 pm. – 9:00 pm.





Mason Movie Nights under the Stars


Summer is quickly coming to an end and I’m going to try to squeeze in as much as possible until school starts.

Come to Irvine’s William R. Mason Regional Park’s amphitheater and enjoy their the final Movie under the stars of this season, “Despicable Me 2” while your treated to some complimentary popcorn and a bottled water.

mason_regional_parkBring your picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets. The movie will begin at sunset (between 7:45 to 8:00 pm.) and parking is FREE after 6:30 p.m.

If you get there early you can take a stroll along the 9 acre lake and enjoy the beautiful shade trees.

Mason Regional Park
18712 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612-2601
(949) 923-2220




Saturday Mornings and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity



Looking for something fun to do on Saturday mornings? From 9:30am to 12:30pm you can drop in and draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult.) These events are Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Let you and your children’s inner Picassos shine!

Always check their calendar at to make sure the event will be held on the Saturday you wish to attend, on occasions they have to cancel due to special events.

3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Questions: Sasha Advani, (949) 660-7793 x20107

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity also hosts classes once a month  at Center for Living Peace in Irvine. 

Join Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote & the Road Runner along with all their friends for Saturday Morning Cartoons and have FUN drawing too! They’ll watch & explore the magical world of Chuck Jones, legendary director & animator. Program runs 11:30am – 12:30am. Registration is required via website – Donations accepted!

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole. The best way to tap into the creative energy that dwells inside us is to trust our minds & hands and NOT overthink the process. Whether it’s watching a cartoon or your child at play, we hold onto these moments through pictures, sounds & feelings, that we store away as brilliant memories. Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would recall those memories and express them through his art.

 There is a suggested donation of $1.00 – $5.00


Center for Living for Peace offers some amazing classes, check their calendar for events like Yoga, Earth Drumming, Tai Chi & Mediation

LOCATION – Center For Living Peace is located in the University Center shopping complex

 CenterforLivingPeace4139 Campus Drive

Irvine, CA 92612


Orange International Street Fair


The Orange International Street Fair was founded in 1973 and Incorporated in 1985, Orange International Street Fair, Inc. was formed to produce the annual Orange International Street Fair (OISF) event held in Old Town Orange, CA. the event will take place from Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st.

Orange International Street Fair is a diversified event featuring:

  • 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths. Food and alcohol booths are run by local non-profits with all proceeds going directly back to them.

  • Handmade Arts and Crafts section featuring local artists and their crafts.

  • Community Booth section showcasing local non-profits and the causes they support.

  • Commercial Section featuring local companies promoting their businesses.

  • A street dedicated to kids with crafts and games.

  • 8 Stages of entertainment featuring local bands playing ethnic music and your favorite songs.

Here is a list of the schedule of the weekends entertainment.



  • Friday, August 29th 2014
    5pm to 10pm
    Alcohol Sales: 5pm-9pm
  • Saturday, August 30th 2014
    10am to 10pm
    Alcohol Sales: 10am-9pm
  • Sunday, August 31st 2014
    10am to 10pm
    Alcohol Sales: Noon-9pm


Please be prepared to walk several blocks to get into the event.  Parking can be found at several public parking lots in the surrounding area for a fee charged by local non-profit organizations. Additional parking can be found on residential streets. (Parking lots are not controlled by OISF, Inc)


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Nix Nature Center – Daytime Astronomy

OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park presents:

Daytime Astronomy at the Nix Nature Center on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Come to Nix Nature Center between 1:00 – 4:00 pm and be an astronomy in the daytime…How does that work? Get ready to look out into the heavens in the daytime and explore the the Sun. Amateur astronomers will bring their telescopes and solar filters so you can look for sunspots and other features on our closest star. you’ll make your own ultraviolet-detecting bracelet and enjoy other fun-in-the-sun activities!

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324.

  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

  • Program is FREE!

Click here for online registration

The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center opened to the public March 17, 2007. It serves as the gateway for recreational users to explore a vast network of linked trails throughout Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park and City of Irvine Open Space Preserve South.

The Nix Nature Center offers a location to explore the meaning of parkland through exhibits and wildlife viewing area portals. They have interactive displays, a fossil wall, fossil digs, Native American artifacts, hand milling of corn, scavenger hunts to Mary’s Trail ( a short 1/2 mile loop) with the family.

There are FREE fun quarterly wildlife programs featuring live animals, American Indian customs, craft projects, and more.

The nature center’s picture windows frame four main views into the surrounding parkland, challenging visitors of all ages to consider the wilderness from various perspectives.

Visit Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, where you can hike, mountain bike, run trails, or ride horseback through miles of beautiful Orange County natural lands. (Bring your own shoes, bicycle or horse.) Artists, photographers and writers find plentiful inspiration on the trails.

Visitors can hike up Little Sycamore Canyon and enjoy the view or take the trail under Laguna Canyon road to Barbara’s Lake. The lake is the only natural occurring lake in Orange County.

Regularly scheduled guided tours (by foot or bicycle) are available. These tours cover a wide range of interests, from fitness to botany. Guided by volunteer naturalists and park staff, they are a wonderful way to experience the park. Many kinds of tours are offered each month and can be found listed under “Events and Programs” on the park web page.