22 Top July Events in Orange County

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From the OC Fair and VANS U.S. Open of Surfing to Pageant of the Masters, concerts and more, the hottest events all summer are here. Check out our roundup of 22 top July events in Orange County.

Edited by Laura Okey

Laguna Art-A-Fair
June 24-Aug. 28. 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. Also find live entertainment on weekends. Sun–Th 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes 6 p.m. on July 4 and Aug. 28). $5.50-$7.50. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514. art-a-fair.com

Sawdust Art Festival
June 24-Aug. 28. Visitors are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb crafts at the 50th annual Sawdust Art & Craft Festival. More than 200 Laguna Beach artists will present their unique handmade artwork. Nearly all art media is featured including painting, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, textiles, clothing, furniture, mixed media and more. Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes 6 p.m. on July 4). $4-$9. Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustfestival.org

Beachfront Cinema: Forrest Gump, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
July 2, 16.
Take movie night to the next level at the beach. This month, the event features flicks— Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark—on one of the largest inflatable outdoor movie screens in California. Featuring theater-quality projection and sound, you will get the ultimate viewing experience on the sand. Arrive early for pre-movie festivities (live entertainment, games and contests) set before the gorgeous Huntington Beach sunset. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase from food booths and the beach bar. Pre-movie activities begin at 5 p.m. Showtime approximately 8 p.m. (dusk). $15/pp. VIP package $49 (includes jumbo 2-person bean bag). Huntington State Beach, lifeguard tower 14, Huntington Beach. beachfrontcinema.com

Independence Day on The Back Bay
July 4. Come down to the Back Bay for the annual Fourth of July celebration at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. Enjoy a jam-packed day of live music from some of the nation’s top tribute bands, an expanded aquatic fun park, an all-American holiday buffet and a fireworks display to end the evening. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Entrance fee is $50 per car, street parking available. Beer and wine garden pass $40/pp. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 800.765.7661. newportdunes.com


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Festival of Arts
July 5-Aug. 31. See a breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers. The Festival of Arts includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood, ceramics, glass and more—all from 145 of South Orange County’s finest artists. Enjoy nightly live music, jazz concerts, guided art tours, demonstrations and art workshops. Visit website for hours and events. $5-$12/pp. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145. foapom.com

Pageant of the Masters

Pageant of the Masters

Pageant of the Masters
July 7-Aug. 31. Arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world, you will be amazed by 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”). In the incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, real people pose to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This summer’s production is themed Partners. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra. 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145. pageanttickets.com

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Selena Gomez Revival Tour stops at Honda Center on July 9

Selena Gomez: Revival Tour
July 9. Multi-platinum singer and actress, Selena Gomez will rock the Honda Center with her worldwide Revival Tour. Special guest Charlie Puth will also hit the stage. 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$125. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583. hondacenter.com

Bioluminescence Cruises
July 8-9. Jump aboard a fascinating bioluminescence cruise on an RV Sea Explorer to see the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark. 8-10 p.m. $25-$45. Reservations required. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274. ocean-institute.org

The Wizard of Oz in Concert with San Diego Symphony
July 9. 
Join Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on a trip down the Yellow Brick Road in the beloved Oscar-winning film The Wizard of Oz. The film is accompanied by San Diego Symphony performing Harold Arlen’s score, with classic melodies such as “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.” 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org 

Wyland 60th Anniversary
July 10. Celebrate Wyland’s 60th birthday with a free art show and the opportunity to meet the artist. 1-4 p.m. Free. Wyland Galleries, 509 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 1.800.995.263. wyland.com

Movie Mondays
July 11, 18, 25. Bring the family for a fun-filled evening of activities, outdoor dining and film screenings at Segerstrom Center for the Art’s Movie Monday’s. July’s line-up includes Grease, Selena and Elf. The movies are projected on the side of Segerstrom Hall, so everyone has a great seat. Each Monday will feature different food trucks. Arrive early for audience participation events. Set-up 5:30 p.m.; Movie begins at dusk, Approx. 8 p.m. Free. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

OC Fair

The OC Fair

Orange County Fair
July 15-Aug. 14. Indulge in a little bit of deep-fried everything at the Orange County Fair. Bring the whole family and enjoy action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), tribute bands in the Hangar, carnival with rides, La Grande Wheel, livestock competitions, agricultural displays, petting zoo, wine tasting and of course—fried food galore. Concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre include artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire and Train. M-Tu Closed, Wed-F noon-midnight, Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-noon. $7-$12, under 5 free; $10 (cash only) for parking. 88 fair drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500. ocfair.com

Summertime Beer Series
July 15. Indulge on a five-course menu carefully designed by Chef Jason Montelibano to pair with California craft brews. The first of the Summertime Beer Series will feature brews from Karl Strauss, San Diego’s first craft microbrewery. 6:30 p.m. $75. Hotel Irvine, EATS Kitchen, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452. eatskitchen.com

Pitbull: The Bad Man Tour
July 15. See global superstar and Grammy Award-winning artist, Pitbull, perform with Latin megastar, singer-songwriter, Prince Royce. See special guest Farruko, Puerto Rican singer and songwriter. 7 p.m. $29.95-$139.95. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583. hondacenter.com

OC Weekly Summer Fest
July 16.
Join the party where Orange County beach culture meets the ultimate celebration of OC Weekly’s Summer Guide issue. Enjoy performances on a beach-side stage, beer and drink booths, food trucks, vendors and a VIP cabana complete with a summer cocktail lounge and Taco Throwdown contest. Featured food trucks include Burger Monster, California Grill Truck, Falasopy and more. 1-5 p.m. $30-$60. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863. ocweekly.com

OC Meets Napa and Baja
July 16. Celebrate Latino influence in Orange County with a festival of food, wine, live entertainment, activities and more. National Latino chefs and Latino vintners and wine makers from Napa and Baja will come together and offer up some of their best bites and sips. Over 50 top Orange County restaurants will participate including Taco Maria, Little Sparrow and more. 6-9 p.m. $125. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 323.622.2405. altamed.com

The Sound of Music
July 19-31. 
Sing your heart out to the movie’s award-winning songs “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi.” The new production of the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp family is directed by three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

Hotel Irvine Movie Nights

Movies in the Backyard at Hotel Irvine

Movie Nights in The Backyard
July 22, 29. Ditch the indoor movie theater and enjoy blockbuster favorites on a 16-foot giant movie screen in Hotel Irvine’s backyard. Bring blankets and beach chairs and stake out the best spot on the lawn for featured flicks Avengers, Age of Ultron (July 22) and E.T. the Extraterrestrial (July 29). Pre-order a picnic from The Marketplace or enjoy chef Jason Montelibano’s outdoor buffet with burgers, hotdogs, summer sides and staple movie snacks like popcorn, nachos and candy. Wine and cocktails are available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. General admission $5. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452. hotelirvine.com

VANS U.S. Open of Surfing
July 24-31. Bring your sunscreen and spend the week in Huntington Beach for the worlds largest pro surfing competition. In addition to seeing some of the world’s most respected surf, skate and BMX professionals, events include a beach-lifestyle festival, skate and BMX events, autograph signings and community movie nights.  Main street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. vansusopenofsurfing.com

Jeff Dunham
July 28. Laugh with ventriloquist, producer and stand-up comedian, Jeff Dunham, who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and more. Jeff Dunham will perform his set titled “Perfectly Unbalanced.” 8:15 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50. The Pacific Ampitheatre, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500. ocfair.com

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series
Through October 14. The annual Hyatt Regency Newport Beach summer concert series is back for four months of world-class music. See artists such as Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Boney James and many more. Indulge in a three-course buffet dinner at SHOR American Seafood Grill, Hyatt Regency’s signature restaurant, for $58 before the concert. Tickets are available for individual shows or season passes. Individual shows $50-$110. See website for details. Parking is $20 if purchased in advance and $25 if purchased on site; valet parking is $30 if purchased in advance and $35 if purchased on site. Back Bay Ampitheatre inside Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach,949.360.7800. hyattconcerts.com