July 4th Celebrations:          4th

 

Dana Point Fireworks Extravaganza

Come for a day at the beach and stay for the amazing fireworks show launched from a barge  off shore. This is one of the most popular  events at Doheny, so if you’re planning  to spend  the day at the beach  and see the fireworks in the evening, get an early start—the park fills up early. You may walk into the park any time during the day with no fee charged. Park hours are 6 am–10  pm. Fireworks start at 8:45 pm. Bring a personal  FM radio device and listen to the patriotic music accompanying  the fireworks on FM 88.5,  KSBR.

Time: 8:45–10  pm Location: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point Harbor http://www.dohenystatebeach.org/event-items/4th-of-july-fireworks- extravaganza

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112th  Huntington Beach Celebration

Celebrate  the Fourth with three  days of fun, featuring  live entertainment, exhibitions, food vendors, and family activities. On the 4th, enjoy a Lake Park Breakfast, a 5K and Fitness Expo, and the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade. Fireworks Over the Ocean begin at 9 pm. Refer to website for full list of activities. Time: Refer to website for schedule Location: Main & Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach Pier www.hb4thofjuly.org

NEWPORT

Newport Beach “Old Glory” Boat Parade Cheer for your favorite boat-float in this festive water-borne parade.  This year’s theme is Celebrating Our Heroes; boat parade registration  is free to those wishing to decorate and participate. In addition  to the parade,  a pancake  breakfast,  lunch buffet, live music and fireworks make for a full day of fun. Refer to website for pricing. Time: Refer to website for schedule Location: Newport Harbor www.alyc.com/event-2099396

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Fullerton Festival and Fireworks Show Enjoy fireworks, food, and entertainment! Fireworks begin at 9 pm and last for approximately 20 minutes.  Reasonably-priced  food will be offered by local charity organizations. No alcohol is served or allowed in the area. Live music will include Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics. Nominal fees may apply for activities ($2 to $4). Time: 5–9 pm Location: Fullerton High School Stadium, Berkeley & Lemon http://www.cityoffullerton.com/resident/community_events/ 4th_of_july.asp

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July 7–Aug.  31, Pageant of the Masters

Experience a 90-minute stage  show of “living pictures”—incredibly faithful art re-creations  of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers  have won recognition  for the Pageant  as the best presentation of its kind. Time: 8:30 pm, performance dates vary Location: Festival of Arts 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach www.foapom.com/pageant-of-the-masters

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July 10, German Heritage Day

Be one of the first 500 people to the celebration and you can enjoy free food!  The fun will also include Donau Schwaben , Folk Dancers, Wiener Dog Races, and a German-American  Brass Band. Time: 2–6 pm

Location: 7561 Center Ave., Old World Village, Huntington Beach www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/german-heritage-day

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July 15–Aug.  14, Orange County Fair

Don’t miss carnival rides and games,  art exhibits, flower and garden  shows,  farm animals, car shows, delicious food, live music, contests, and more!  There’s something for everyone at Orange County’s premier family attraction. See website for details.

Time: Refer to website for schedule Location: 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa www.ocfair.com/2016/index.asp

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July 15–31,  The Curse of Capistrano

Come enjoy a picnic in the park and experience  sword fighting,  flamenco  and romance! The Curse of Capistrano is based  on a 1919  serialized novel of the same name,  which was the first work to feature the fictional California character  named  Zorro. It is set in the historic Spanish mission of San Juan Capistrano,  California and the rural California countryside. Time: 7:30 pm, performance dates vary Location: Camino Real Playhouse in the Park 31776  El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano www.caminorealplayhouse.org/shakespeare.html#!prettyPhoto

July 16–17,  San Clemente Ocean Festival Come to San Clemente  for “The Greatest  Show on Surf”! Waterman and Waterwoman competitions, a 5K beach run, surf and bodysurf contests, fishing derby, Woody car exhibit, ocean  art show, Great Rubber Duck Race, and lifeguard competitions are just a few of the events at this year’s Ocean Festival. Time: See website for schedule Location: San Clemente  Pier, San Clemente www.oceanfestival.org

YAPPY

July 21, Yappy Hour Share libations with your human and canine friends at Yappy Hour. Human guests  can relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. For the canines,  there will be a variety of bacon,  chicken, beef or vegan-flavored  waters.  Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items will be available for purchase. Proceeds from Yappy Hour will benefit  the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. Time: 5–8 pm Location: Ritz-Carlton, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/laguna-niguel/hotel- overview/press-releases/yappy-hour-returns

 

July 23, Cypress Festival Join thousands of others  for one of the largest one-day  festivals in Orange  County. This event includes a 5K/10K run, pancake breakfast,  Chili Cook-Off/Car Show, a coloring contest, family games,  food booths,  the Chamber  of Commerce  Business Expo, children’s rides, arts and crafts booth, and four stages  with non-stop entertainment! Admission is free. Time: 9 am–5 pm, see website for schedule Location: Oak Knoll Park, 9600  Graham  St.; Cypress Community Center,  5700  Orange Ave. www.cypressfestival.com