30+ Top Orange County Things to Do in June

SUP Glow Night Tours Pirate Coast Paddling

Pirate Coast Paddling will offer SUP Glow Night Tours beginning June 16 through Labor Day weekend.

From canine competitions and festivals to a mud run, chili cook-off and more, see our list of 30+ top Orange County things to do in June.

Edited by Laura Okey

Tip-A-Cop
June 1. Visit participating restaurants at Irvine Spectrum Center for personal service from Irvine Police Department personnel. Restaurants include California Pizza Kitchen, Javier’s Cantina & Grill, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Ruby’s Diner, P.F. Chang’s and Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. All tips collected benefit Special Olympics of Southern California athletes. 5-9 p.m. Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.724.7112. shopirvinespectrumcenter.com

 

Rock The Queen
June 3. Rock out to all your favorite ’90s rock bands with The Queen Mary as the backdrop. Long Beach’s most famous venue teams up with iHeartRadio’s The Woody Show to feature headliners like Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, Eve 6 and the Royal Machines featuring Dave Navarro, Mark McGrath, Billy Morrison, Donovan Leitch, Chris Chaney and Josh Freese. Experience a day of fun in the sun with live music, food, multiple bars, retail vendors, merchandise, DJs and more. 4-11 p.m. $39-$99. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934. queenmary.com

 

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Newport Beach Jazz Festival

Newport Beach Jazz Festival
June 2-4. The annual jazz festival features an exciting lineup of nearly 20 jazz artists including Euge Groove, Vanessa Williams, David Sanborn, The O’Jays and many more. See website for full line-up. The festival also features an international food court with eclectic dishes and shopping in surrounding vendor village. F 6 p.m.; Sa-Su 10:30 a.m. Single day tickets, weekend pass or VIP pass available for purchase online. $65-$150. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.360.7800. newportbeachjazzfestival.com

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Watch movies and enjoy live entertainment on the sand with Beachfront Cinema.

Beachfront Cinema
June 3, 17.
Take movie night to the next level and meet us at the beach! This month, the event screens flicks— The Sandlot (June 3) and Jurassic Park (June 17)on one of the largest inflatable outdoor movie screens in California. Arrive early for pre-movie festivities, live entertainment, games and contests. 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). $10-$45/pp. VIP package includes jumbo 2-person bean bag. Huntington State Beach, lifeguard tower 14, Huntington Beach. beachfrontcinema.com

 

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day at Paul Mitchell the School
June 6. Celebrate Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day with complimentary basic facials, haircuts for men and women, deep conditioning services, men’s shaves and scalp treatments for cancer patients and survivors. This international event is a special moment for the 14 million men, women, and children cancer survivors to receive a little personal kindness, support and pampering. Call to schedule. Free. SOCO, 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.546.8786 x0. paulmitchell.edu

 

PURINA

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge
June 9-10. See canines catch some waves at the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. The Western Regional event features a variety of dog breeds competing in several Olympic-style events, including high-flying disc routines, a fetch-it competition, large and small dog agility courses and dog diving into a 19,000-gallon pool of water and dog surfing competition. See website for schedule. Free. Huntington Beach State Park, Route 39 and Pacific Coast Hwy. Incredibledogchallenge.com

 

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Mess Hall Canteen Loaded Tots at Pub & Grub. Photo Skyler Bellanger.

Pub & Grub – A Culinary Crawl
June 10. Indulge in a wide variety of delicious culinary and cocktail creations, craft beer from restaurants like Hatch, Pig Pen Delicacy, Mesa, Mesa, Trade Food Hall, McFadden Public Market and many more. Also find live entertainment, games, cooking competitions and more. The event will take place in two parts with different time frames: an artisan bazaar with individual items for purchase and a VIP section featuring all-you-can-eat-and-drink access. Artisan bazaar noon-11 p.m., $10 admission + items for purchase; VIP 2-5 p.m. & 6-9 p.m., $60 admission. 4th Street Market Food Hall, 201 E. 4th St., Santa Ana. ocfoodiefest.com

 

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OC Night Market

OC Night Market
June 16-18, 30; July 1-2. Experience the original and largest Asian-themed night market in the country. The OC Night Market features hundreds of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities that appeals to all ages. Hundreds of new and returning chefs will present delectable dishes. Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-midnight; Sun. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. $5 admission, $8 parking; kids under 6, free. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Direct all inquiries to Info@626nightmarket.com.   ocnightmarket.com

 

Pirate Coast Paddling Glow Tours
Beginning June 16. Spend your summer evenings on an LED light-adorned paddleboard or kayak at the bay. Pirate Coast Paddle Co. leads nighttime adventures on Friday and Saturday nights through Labor Day. See marine life only visible at night on this unique excursion. Enjoy cocktails and dinner at Back Bay Bistro afterwards. 8 p.m. F-Sa; call for schedule. $45/pp. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.278.0011. piratecoastpaddle.com

 

Art on the Walk
June 16. Head to the Anaheim GardenWalk for an evening of live art demonstrations, music and entertainment. Along with a showcase of local artists and their work, enjoy dining options like McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, House of Blues, Roy’s Restaurant and so many more. Make the evening more of an experience with attractions like Mission Escape Room, Bowlmor Lanes and Billy Beez. See website for full directory. 6-8 p.m. Free. Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7400. anaheimgardenwalk.com

 

Summer of Mud: Lake Mud Run
June 17. Celebrate summer this year with a 5k mud run course. Beginning and ending at Irvine Lake, the course takes place partially on the road, and partially on trails, including hills, water, professionally built obstacles and over a dozen mud pits (more mud than ever before). With a promise to become drenched and muddy, be sure to bring towels and a change of clothing. 9 a.m. $69. Oak Canyon Park, 5305 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado. irvinelakemudrun.com

 

Summer Fest
June 17.
Celebrate the beginning of summer with an epic party showcasing Orange County beach culture. Enjoy performances on a beach-side stage (bands include Pacific Dub, Wheeland Brothers and more), beer and drink booths, food trucks, vendors and a VIP cabana complete with a summer cocktail lounge and a food tasting tent. Participating food vendors include SideDoor, Mesa, Juliette Kitchen and Bar and Butterleaf among others. 1-5 p.m. $25-$50. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863. seetickets.us

 

Glitz, Glam & Giving—A Retro Hollywood Gala
June 17. Show off your glamorous side at a retro Hollywood gala at Island Hotel. Be greeted with champagne and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres as you make your way into the ball room for a three-course meal, live and silent auctions, entertainment such as photo booths and live music, dancing and more. Benefiting American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets start at $125. Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 714.657.1505. e.gesture.com

Chili at the Beach
June 17. Taste a variety of uniquely prepared chilies and salsas at the beach. Surf City invites you to experience a chili cook-off and salsa tasting while enjoying live entertainment, a kids zone and vendors throughout Main Street and The Strand. Two dozen restaurants will participate including Duke’s, Sandy’s, Fred’s Mexican Cafe and more. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites! 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$15 Downtown Huntington Beach, Main Street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. hbdowntown.com

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Newport Beach Art Exhibition

Newport Beach Art Exhibition
June 17. Mingle with the artists at a show featuring more than 200 works. Artists will exhibit and sell their paintings, mixed media, sculpture and photography.1-6 p.m. Free. Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.717.3800. newportbeachca.gov

 

Baroque Music Festival
June 18-25. Hear historically stylistic interpretations of the great masterpieces of the Baroque period. The 37th annual festival features sounds of the British Isles. Enjoy a Wine and Waters reception following each performance. See website for schedule. $30-$50. 3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, 949.760.7887. bmf-cdm.org

 

Rombauer Vineyards Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront
June 20, 29. Indulge on a four-course wine pairing dinner at 21 Oceanfront. Menu highlights include smoked Chilean sea bass carpaccio with Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2016; prosciutto-wrapped scallops with Siberian sturgeon caviar with Rombauer Chardonnay 2015; pepper-crusted petite filet with colossal prawn paired with Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Selection 2013 and more. See full menu online. 6:30 p.m. $99. 21 Oceanfront, 2100 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100. 21oceanfront.com

 

Sous Chef Knock Out
June 21. Enjoy an evening of culinary competition at Center Club Orange County, hosted by world-renowned cook, broadcaster and author Simon Majumdar. Sous chefs Simon Yi, Katherine Haga and Rudy Lopez will be paired with club members to compete as teams with two elimination rounds. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine as you witness the battle. 5:30-8 p.m. $75. 650 Town Center Drive, Garden Level, Costa Mesa, 714.662.3414. clubcorp.com

 

Curated Cheese Takeover at SideDoor
June 21. Known for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie offerings, SideDoor is dedicating an evening to boutique creamery and specialty cheese shop Redwood Hill Farm Creamery. Tracy Nelsen, SideDoor’s certified expert and cheese monger, will lead an artisanal cheese tasting and discussion. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor dishes on that evening only. 4:30 p.m. Five piece cheese board $28. 801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331. lawrysonline.com

 

Day of Music Fullerton
June 21. Celebrate the summer solstice with a variety of free musical events throughout the city of Fullerton. Over 150 concerts are expected this year. Some of last year’s performers include Fiddlers on the Roof, Bach on the Block, Burger Bowl by Burger Records and more. All musicians—amateur or professional, young or old—are invited to take part in the festival. Musicians must register by June 1. See website for schedule of events and various locations. Noon-10 p.m. Free. thedayofmusic.com

 

Rock The Walk
June 22-August 24. The summer music showcase at Anaheim GardenWalk features local artists Thursdays this summer. Enjoy the music while exploring the dining and entertainment options in the center. See website for full directory. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Anaheim GardenWalk, Kate & Ella Court, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7400. anaheimgardenwalk.com

 

Test Kitchen Dinner at Puesto
June 22. Capture the flavors of Mexico City at Puesto’s five-course prix-fixe test kitchen dinner. Executive creative chef Katy Smith will prepare tacos and other specialties along with unique Valle de Guadalupe wines and margaritas in an exclusive in-kitchen dining space. Reservations required. 7 p.m. $40; optional beverage pairings additional $30. Tax and gratuity not included. Puesto Los Olivos, 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. eatpuesto.com

 

Greek Festival_Day

A Taste of Greece

A Taste of Greece
June 23-25. Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, folk dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka (a picturesque, historical Athens neighborhood). F 5-10 p.m.; Sat 12-10 p.m.; Sun 12-9 p.m. $3. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.733.3102. irvinegreekfest.com

 

Brad Paisley
June 24. Don’t miss Brad Paisley hit the stage with special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Paisley, a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, has numerous accolades including three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. Some of his #1 hits include “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “Water” and “Remind Me.” 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 800.745.3000. hondacenter.com

 

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The Liquid Run

The Liquid Run
June 24-25. Skip the mud run and head straight to this obstacle course that floats entirely in water. Liquid Girls will be on hand to take photos and help you find your way to the liquid libations beer garden. DJs will be mixing tunes from the liquid pontoon boat as you join in a game of water beer pong. On the land surrounding the water, enjoy food trucks, vendors and beach games. Don’t forget your selfie with Moby Duck, a giant 18-foot liquid sitting rubber duck. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking $10. $69-$99. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 877.210.1170. theliquidrun.com

 

Long Beach Bayou Festival
June 24-25. Experience the Louisiana Bayou with a two-day festival featuring musical performances, dance lessons, a parade, a crawfish eating contest and more. The dance floor is always open as a wide range of groups perform, including Cajun, Zydeco and Blues artists. Savor the many delicacies and flavors of the Big Easy with authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. See website for weekend schedule. $26-$31. Rainbow Lagoon Park, Linden Avenue and Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, 562.912.4451. longbeachbayou.com

 

Wags ‘N’ Wine
June 25. Get ready for an exciting day filled with delicious food, wine tasting, beer, prizes, live music, live and silent auction and, of course, dogs—lots and lots of dogs. Watch the Pooch Pageant and introduce your furry pal to some new friends. Every dog attending will be treated to a doggie goodie bag. Food, drink and entertainment are inclusive in the admission price. VIP noon. GA 1-5 p.m. $75-$105 adults; $20 children 6-12; Free for children under 5. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.328.8661. wagsnwine.com

 

Hoag Summer Classic
June 28. Experience a taste of more than 40 of Orange County’s finest restaurants while enjoying live entertainment. Restaurants include Red O, A Restaurant, Bayside, Water Grill and many more. The featured band, DSB, is a group of world-class musicians highly revered as the next best thing to Journey. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hoag Hospital Foundation. 5 p.m. Tickets start at $125. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. hoaghospitalfoundation.org

 

Sawdust Art Festival

Sawdust Art Festival

Sawdust Art Festival
Opens June 30. See works by 200 Laguna Beach artists—glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography—plus demos, kids activities, outdoor cafes and live music in eucalyptus grove. 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

 

Laguna Art-A-Fair
Opens June 30. 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. 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). $6-$8. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514. art-a-fair.com

 

ONGOING
Knott’s Soak City Waterpark
Catch a break from the heat in the newly expanded water park, Knott’s Soak City. Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers—Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the 60-foot tall tower will start with guests climbing inside an Aqua-Launch chamber where they will wait for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, try the lazy rivers or Tidal Wave Bay. See website for operating hours as they vary and are subject to change. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com

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