Events | Best Orange County Things To Do In July 2014

Check Out The Best Orange County Things To Do In July

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From fireworks spectaculars and outdoor movies to art festivals, surfing championships, concerts and more, find the best Orange County things to do in our July 2014 events roundup.

SOCO Nights
July 1. Grab the family and enjoy pizza by the mobile wood burning pizzeria Urban Pie, a beer and wine garden, live jazz and an outdoor movie screening of Ratatouille. Bring  your own chair and blankets and settle in for a night of fun. $10 includes one personal size pizza; kids are free. Beer and wine available for purchase. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150. sococollection.com

Pacific Symphony with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
July 4. Get ready to shake, rattle and roll as you celebrate Independence Day with the Pacific Symphony. The swing band joins the full symphony orchestra followed by an amazing fireworks finale. 8 p.m. $25-$105. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714.755.5799. pacificsymphony.org

St. Regis Monarch Beach
July 4. The lavish coastal resort offers two options for the 4th of July. Join Motif Restaurant as they host a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the terrace including dinner and a front row seat to the 4th of July fireworks spectacular. Enjoy a special four-course menu created by Executive Chef Frederic Castan. 7 p.m. $95 per person; $140 with wine pairings. Alternately, Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern sets the stage with an exclusive dinner on the ocean view terrace providing prime viewing of the impressive fireworks show. Indulge in a decadent seafood bar including oysters, ceviche, Hamachi tuna, shrimp cocktail, and sushi as well as free-flowing champagne before the show. 8 p.m. $250 per person. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3272. stregismb.com

Newport Beach Independence Day on the Back Bay
July 4. The 4th of July sizzles at the Annual July 4th Celebration at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. Enjoy a jam-packed, family-fun celebration from noon-10 p.m. including a chili cook-off, a three-course food eating contest for adults and a sundae eating contest for kids. Children will love the bounce house, inflatable fire engine slide, small pirate ship ride, craft stations and more. Live music begins at 3 p.m. with KC & The Sunshine Band performing at 7:30 p.m.. The finale of the evening is the massive fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863. newportdunes.com

Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Dana Wharf Sportfishing
July 4. View the fireworks and the beautiful harbor lights from the ocean on the Dana Pride for a festive dinner cruise. Feast on a BBQ buffet followed by dessert. Full cash bar. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $84 adults, $39 children, 2 and under are free. Reservations and pre-payment required. Fireworks cruise without dinner is also available, call for details. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794. danawharf.com

Check out our full list of Orange County 4th of July Events

Beach House of 80s
July 5. Bring your sunglasses and SPF and get ready to rock at this all-day music festival featuring DJ Richard Blade of KROQ and SiriusXM fame, live music from Flashback Heart Attack and Neon Nation. Don’t forget your bathing suit as you will have access to the beach along with food trucks, watersport rentals and more. 1-10 p.m. $15 adults; children 12 and under are free with paid adult. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 800.765.7661. newportdunes.com

Festival of Arts
Opens July 7. California’s longest-running outdoor fine-art exhibition features works by more than 145 juried artists. Also, wine-and-chocolate and cooking events, Jazz on the Green, and Sunday in the Park music series. Through Aug. 3. Daily 10 am-11:30 pm. $7-$10. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145. foapom.com

Art-A-Fair
Juried art festival displays works by 125 artists in all mediums, including painting, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Live entertainment on weekends. Through Aug. 31. Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (closes 6 pm on July 4 and Aug. 31). $4.50-$7.50. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514. art-a-fair.com

Sawdust Art Festival
Shop along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship, all created in Laguna Beach. Works by 200 Laguna Beach artists—glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography—plus demos, kids’ activities, outdoor cafés and live music in eucalyptus grove. Through Aug. 31. Passport to the Arts passes are available for $23, offering unlimited admission to all three art festivals through the summer. Daily 10am-10 pm (closes 6 pm on July 4). $7-$8. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustartfestival.org

Pageant of the Masters
July 9-Aug. 30. Watch the renowned presentation of works of art in living tableaux with actors, narration and orchestra. This year’s event, The Art Detective, reveals how lost treasures were found and crimes of passion uncovered—or covered up. Through Aug. 30. Nightly 8:30 pm. $15-$220. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6582. foapom.com

Cher at Honda Center
July 9. See the diva known for her “farewell” tours as she performs hits including “I Got You Babe,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” and “Believe” on her Dressed to Kill tour. Cyndi Lauper opens. $29-$160. 8 p.m.  Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400. hondacenter.com

Sunset Jazz at Newport
Beginning July 9. Each Wednesday evening, see live jazz performances by nationally recognized artists in the Rose Garden of the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa. Food and drink available for purchase from Sam & Harry’s. Through Sept. 7. Check schedule for list of performances. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.5003. sunsetjazzatnewport.com

Orange County Fair
Opens July 11. Experience action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), concerts, carnival rides, livestock competitions, a petting zoo, wine tasting and fried food galore. Try Chicken Charlie’s deep-fried Doritos and deep fried chicken skin or one of the giant donuts such as cherry Pop Rocks or banana chocolate cream from Texas Donuts. W-Su; through Aug. 10. $7-$12, under 6 free; $10 (cash only) for parking. O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, ocfair.com

OC Brew Hee Haw
July 11-13.  Join this craft beer roundup at the OC Fair featuring more than 60 craft beer selections from regional breweries with a primary showcase of local Orange County breweries. Sample Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens and more. $55 per session; see website for times. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.363.1774. ocbrewheehaw.com

The Go-Go’s at Pacific Amphitheatre
July 25. Rock out with the first all-female band to compose and play their own instruments as they return to the Pacific Amphitheatre stage with their hit songs, “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got The Beat,” “Vacation” and more. 8:15 p.m. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500. ocfair.com

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
July 25-Aug. 3. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing circus athletes perform feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in the new Legends show. The show is filled with unique acts including acrobats, daredevils, clowns with more than 100 performers and 85 animals.  $22-$139. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400. hondacenter.com

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing
July 26-Aug. 3. See the world’s largest pro surfing competition as well as a beach-lifestyle festival, skate and BMX events, community movie nights and more. Main Street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, vansusopenofsurfing.com

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