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7/17/2014 Irvine Marriott Revs OC Fair Fans Up With Special Limited-Time Offer
Hotel near Irvine Spectrum offers deluxe accommodations, two tickets to annual event that includes demonstration of world's best BMX and skateboard pros from X Games...More
7/17/2014 Into the Wild 5K Rockin' Summer Runs Return to Irvine Regional Park in July
OC Parks and Into the Wild OC Trail Run are pleased to present the annual 5k Rockin' Summer Runs in conjunction with the OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on Thursday, July 24 and Thursday, July 31. The OC Zoo will remain open after regular business hours and offer free admission from 3:30 - 6 p.m. on both dates....More
7/15/2014 Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County Completes $3.3 Million Renovation
The Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County enhances guests' comfort and convenience with the completion of a $3.3 million renovation....More
7/7/2014 Old Orange County CO Courthouse Presents “Orange County Circa 1889” a Photographic Retrospect of OC History
Old Orange County Courthouse is pleased to present “Orange County Circa 1889,” a collection of historic photographic work taken 125 years ago documenting the founding era of Orange County. The exhibit will be on display July 14 through October 10, 2014 with an opening reception held on Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m....More
6/14/2014 The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked No. 2 in the world, hosts No. 1 Brazil in the four-match USA Volleyball Cup with the first two contests in Southern California
The USA Volleyball Cup opens on July 5 at UC Irvine's Bren Center at 7 p.m. PT, while the series shifts to University of Southern California's Galen Center on July 6 at 5 p.m. PT. The final two matches will be played at the University of Hawaii on July 11-12....More
6/1/2014 Irvine Marriott Hotel Debuts New Summer Menu and Offerings at Recently-Reinvented, FLOE Lounge and Restaurant
The Irvine Marriott is pleased to announce their new summer offerings to celebrate the opening of the newly reinvented, hip and modern FLOE Lounge and Restaurant. Appealing to guests and locals alike, the coastal yet ‘downtown' vibe promises a place to stay, and a place to play. "We are so pleased with the FLOE's new aesthetic," says Scott McCoy, General Manager of the Irvine Marriott Hotel. "It turned out exactly how we envisioned the Marriott Irvine's Great room to be, and with our new summer offerings, we couldn't be more excited for Orange County residents and visitors to enjoy a craft cocktail or round of foosball on the patio."...More
5/28/2014 4th Annual Wilderness Celebration Offers Family-Friendly Activities and Trails
Families and outdoors enthusiasts are invited to enjoy self-guided access in the magnificent Limestone Canyon at the fourth annual OC Parks Wilderness Celebration on June 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Designated trails will be open for self-guided hiking, biking and equestrian use....More
5/27/2014 OC Parks Presents the 2014 Summer Concert Series
C Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series. Ten free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach will present Southern California artists performing live under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June 26 through August 28....More
5/8/2014 First USO Center to Open at John Wayne Airport
For the first time in Orange County, more than 20,000 military members and their families will receive the hallmark USO airport welcome Orange County, Calif. - For 73 years, USO centers have welcomed troops and their families at airports across the nation. A unanimous vote last week by the Orange County Board of Supervisors will allow that warm welcome to be extended, for the very first time, at John Wayne Airport (JWA)....More
5/2/2014 John Wayne Airport Launches #JWACONNECTS
John Wayne Airport (JWA) announces "JWA CONNECTS" a new program to demonstrate how the Airport connects with the community, commerce and conservation efforts. The initiative is being launched at the start of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) which runs from May 3 to 11, 2014. Created by a joint resolution of Congress in 1983, NTTW highlights the important benefits of travel and tourism....More
5/1/2014 National Travel and Tourism Week Celebrates the Visitor Industry Anaheim and Orange County, CA Spotlight
In celebration of the U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-11, 2014, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) will launch a video series entitled "Faces of Tourism" on May 7, 2014....More
3/20/2014 President Obama to speak at UC Irvine commencement celebration
President Barack Obama will speak to UC Irvine’s class of 2014 in a commencement ceremony set for Saturday, June 14, in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the White House confirmed today....More
2/13/2014 Energy Department Announces Solar Decathlon 2015 Collegiate Teams and Location
Today, the Energy Department announced the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015. It also announced that the competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California....More
2/8/2014 OC Blues FC Bringing a Taste of the World Cup to Orange County
OC Blues FC is proud to be a part of an amazing celebration with the Spirit of Football. Together we will bring a little taste of the 2014 Brazil World Cup to Southern California. Spirit of Football CIC is a not–for–profit community interest company dedicated to promoting a very special ball as the “star of the beautiful game” in the run–up to each World Cup. They call it The Ball....More
2/5/2014 Orange County Blues Set For New Era
After weeks of build-up on social media, Owner Ali Mansouri today officially introduced the Orange County Blues Football Club in front of a packed room at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine. Formerly known as the Los Angeles Blues, the club will begin a new era in 2014 as it competes in USL PRO at its new home, Anteater Stadium, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine....More
2/3/2014 The Toll Roads App Update Features More Ways to Pay Tolls
Operators of The Toll Roads (State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261) have released version 2.0 of The Toll Roads app to make toll paying more convenient. This version's new functions will make driving The Toll Roads easier-even after cash toll collection is removed from Orange County's 51-mile toll road network in May 2014....More
1/15/2014 More Flights and More Rides as New Great Park Balloon and Carousel Pricing Launches Thursday, January 16
• New "Family & Friends" passes provide discounts for Balloon flights and Carousel rides for larger groups • Children 18 and under fly free on Great Park Balloon with paid accompanying adult • $3 for all-day pass for Carousel rides...More
1/9/2014 Pedego opens 30th branded store in SoCal
Pedego Electric Bikes recently celebrated the opening of its 30th store in the company’s hometown in Orange County, California. Pedego Irvine is owned and operated by longtime Irvine resident and cyclist Bob Bibee....More
12/18/2013 Great Park Gallery Celebrates World of Japanese Anime and Manga with Hero
Heroes are everywhere – parents, teachers, firefighters, policemen, as well as servicemen and women. The Great Park Gallery’s latest engaging exhibition, Hero, celebrates the iconic, creative world of Japanese Anime and Manga....More
12/16/2013 Irvine Barclay Theatre Receives a National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" Grant to Support the New World Flamenco Festival
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that Irvine Barclay Theatre is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Barclay is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support the New World Flamenco Festival....More
12/3/2013 Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center Debuts as Irvine's Premier Lifestyle Hotel
A new era in hospitality has arrived in Irvine with the debut of Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, an independent lifestyle hotel promising the intimacy and personalization of a boutique with the service, quality and consistency of an industry-leading hotel....More
11/22/2013 Salastina Music Society Presents Vivaldi's Four Seasons with KUSC's Brian Lauritzen
Salastina Music Society will present the complete set of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons at three different locations throughout Southern California: Friday, December 6 at 8pm at Church of the Angels in Pasadena; Saturday, December 7 at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica; and Sunday, December 15 at 7pm at Concordia University's Good Shepherd Chapel in Irvine....More
11/21/2013 John Wayne Airport Releases Economic Impact Study of Mexico Air Service
John Wayne Airport (JWA) announces the results of an economic impact study of air service from Mexico to Orange County. The study, conducted for JWA by InterVISTAS Consulting LLC, found that the total economic output in the region generated by JWA's Mexico air service is $131 million....More
11/19/2013 Bonefish Grill Tustin Opens Today, November 19
Bonefish Grill, the award-winning national collection of fresh fish restaurants, debuts today in California at The Market Place in Tustin. This sleek 5,200-square-foot eatery features indoor and outdoor dining serving lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sunday. An expansive Big-City Bar offers hand-crafted cocktails, craft beers, a "Happier Hour" and 30 wines by the glass. Additionally, the Tustin locale was selected to introduce Bonefish Grill's new contemporary design leading the roll-out phase for other locations....More
11/8/2013 Holiday Pricing for Great Park Balloon and Carousel Launches Today
Holiday Pricing for Great Park Balloon and Carousel Launches Today • Children 16 and under fly free on Great Park Balloon with paid accompanying adult • $3 for all-day pass for Carousel rides...More
11/8/2013 Brookstone and Xpresspa Now Open at John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport (JWA) is pleased to announce the opening of two new Airport concessions in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal: Brookstone and XpresSpa opened for business November 1, and are located in Terminal B near Gate 10....More
11/8/2013 Bonefish Grill Event to Benefit Olive Crest Charity
In partnership with not-for-profit Olive Crest, Bonefish Grill Tustin, which officially opens on Tuesday, November 19, will hold a special pre-opening benefit dinner open to the public on Saturday, November 16....More
10/17/2013 C. S. Lewis’ the Screwtape Letters Comes to the Irvine Barclay Theatre
THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is produced by Fellowship for the Performing Arts, whose mission is to produce theater from a Christian worldview that engages a diverse audience. This play offers a profound outreach to awaken Christian ideas in a safe, neutral environment....More
10/17/2013 Disneyland® Resort and Irvine Spectrum Center® Host “Disney Magical Holiday Lights”
The Disneyland® Resort brings its holiday magic to Irvine Spectrum Center with a nightly music and lighting display...More
10/8/2013 Visit the Powerful Ideas Symposium at the Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO Symposium Topics Related to Clean, Renewable, Efficient Energy and its Connection to the World
The U.S. Department of Energy 2013 and XPO Powerful Ideas Symposium continues through this weekend, October 10-13, at the Orange County Great Park....More
10/7/2013 Final Weekend of Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO October 10-13, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Free Public Event; $5 Parking Winners of Solar Decathlon contests announced October 10, 11 and 12 Sun sets on international event Sunday, October 13 at 7 p.m....More
10/1/2013 Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO Moving Forward
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is moving forward as planned October 3-6 and October 10-13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The Federal Government shutdown will have no impact on the visitor experience or the collegiate teams at Solar Decathlon 2013. The XPO clean energy exposition hosted alongside Solar Decathlon 2013 will also move forward as planned. The free public event will be open to the public 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day....More
10/1/2013 NASA'S Mars and Stars Lands at Irvine Regional Park October 12
The Mars and Stars educational science series presented by OC Parks and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) welcomes the final event in the 2013 series at Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 12 with a special presentation on Mars exploration and the Curiosity Rover....More
9/30/2013 Discovery Science Center Brings Kids' Discovery Village to XPO
Discovery Science Center (DSC) will host the Kids' Discovery Village, a first-of-its-kind exhibition dedicated to raising a child's environmental and community awareness, at the XPO, a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition. The XPO will be held alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Orange County Great Park this October 3-6 and October 10-13....More
9/30/2013 Silent River Film Festival Announces its 2013 Line-up, Special Recognition Awards and Film Fair
Silent River Film Festival 2013 Presented by the Silent River Film and Literary Society officially announces its 2013 lineup, award nominees in competition and recipients of 2013 special achievement awards....More
9/27/2013 Toyota to Offer "Ride and Drives" at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. will host the Toyota Drive Center at the XPO, a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition that will be held alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Orange County Great Park this October 3-6 and October 10-13....More
9/12/2013 UC Irvine Named Host University of the XPO
UC Irvine has been named the official Host University of the XPO, a clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition that will be held alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Orange County Great Park this October 3-6 and October 10-13. The university will also stage the first-ever California Challenge, a time trial competition for energy-efficient race cars at the XPO featuring student-engineered vehicles from across the nation on October 5 and 6....More
9/9/2013 Great Park Opens South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex on September 21; Hosts Great Summer Games II
The Orange County Great Park invites Southern California families to enjoy the opening of the South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex, a 30-acre expansion of the Great Park’s public space, and participate in Great Summer Games II on Saturday, September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m....More
7/19/2013 Transportation Zone Unveiled at U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO
• Transportation Zone in the XPO creates first-ever educational transportation component of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon • XPO Transportation Zone to feature GreenStreets Experience • Leading automotive manufacturers to provide "ride and drive" opportunities...More
7/16/2013 2013 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival Artist Line Up Announced
The Aggrolites, The White Buffalo, Casey Abrams & Western Standard Time Headline Free Saturday Night Concerts on the Terraced Lawn, Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31...More
6/3/2013 Irvine - Ninth Year With Lowest Per Capita Violent Crime Rate
For the ninth consecutive year, the City of Irvine has reported the lowest per capita violent crime rate (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) for cities of greater than 100,000 in population. In addition to this National distinction, 2012 was also the City's record low for the per capita violent crime rate....More
5/28/2013 Cirque du Soleil is coming back to the Greater Los Angeles Area with an all-new big top production!
Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce the return of its trademark blue-and-yellow big top in the Greater Los Angeles Area this fall with an all-new awe-inspiring production. TOTEM, a fascinating acrobatic journey into the evolution of mankind, will be visiting the Port of Los Angeles (October 11 - 27, 2013), Irvine (November 21 - December 29, 2013) and Santa Monica (January 17 - February 9, 2014)....More
5/16/2013 Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center Offer Southern California Visitors Unique Shopping, Dining & Entertainment Environments
Located in California's world-famous Orange County (The OC), Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center are two of the state's most distinctive outdoor shopping centers, welcoming millions of visitors from around the world each year. From their stunning architectural designs to their impressive retail and restaurant collections and outstanding entertainment venues and seasonal events, the centers are must-see additions to every traveler's itinerary....More
5/16/2013 From Electronics to Earrings and Eye Wear to Evening Wear, Irvine Spectrum Center Fulfills Traveler's Shopping Desires
Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Orange County's most unique shopping destinations. When it first opened in 1995, it was a leader in the retail industry for the development of outdoor lifestyle center shopping concepts. The Center has evolved into a must-see attraction for shopping, dining and entertainment for visitors from throughout the world. Irvine Spectrum Center offers visitors over 130 shops ranging from renowned department stores to popular specialty shops and unique one-of-a-kind boutiques....More
5/16/2013 Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center Feed Travelers an Outstanding Menu of Dining Options and Culinary Experiences
Dining in Southern California is an experience savored by visitors from around the world. From fine dining to outdoor cafés, Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center offer a wide range of culinary delights sure to please even the most finicky palate. "The Irvine Company recognizes that travelers have many choices when it comes to dining while visiting Southern California. We're proud to provide visitors with an expansive range of unique restaurants, specialty food options, and inspired culinary treats at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center," said Stacie Ellis, Senior Director of Marketing, Irvine Company Retail Properties....More
5/15/2013 Visitors Discover an Unparalleled Collection of Distinctive Retailers at Fashion Island
Located in the heart of Newport Beach, Fashion Island is one of the destination's most iconic outdoor shopping centers. It offers a collection of over 150 world-class department stores and specialty shops, over 60 of which are found nowhere else in Orange County including Kate Spade, Jonathan Adler, Bloomingdale's Home Store and Michael Stars. High-end designer Halston Heritage, favored by celebrity style icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker, will open its first Orange County boutique at Fashion Island this fall. Designer Kendra Scott, the queen of contemporary statement jewelry, opened her first Orange County boutique at the center earlier this year....More
5/10/2013 OC Parks Presents the 2013 Summer Concert Series
OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach will present Southern California artists performing live under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June through August....More
5/1/2013 Foreign Exchange Clothing & 102.7 KIIS FM present "Spring FEver" a one-day shopping extravaganza
Foreign Exchange Clothing & 102.7 KIIS FM present "Spring FEver" a one-day shopping extravaganza fusing fashion, music and entertainment, paired with an eclectic mix of industry tastemakers, bloggers, and fashion stylists. The event will be hosted by; Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish, and Lindsay Yenter and Ashlee Frazier, finalists of ABC's The Bachelor....More
5/1/2013 R.D. Olson Development Breaks Ground on $50M Courtyard by Marriott at Irvine Spectrum
R.D. Olson Development broke ground today on its latest hotel development, the 210-room Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, CA. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Irvine Company, architecture firm WATG and Marriott International joined civic leaders from Orange County at the ceremonial groundbreaking. The new hotel represents the Southern California debut of Marriott's latest Gen Next design and features an interior design theme that pays tribute to the rich history of the Irvine Ranch....More
3/12/2013 Orange County Breakers draft local stars Steve Johnson and Coco Vandeweghe
The Orange County Breakers did not have to go much further than their own backyard for their first two picks in today's Mylan World TeamTennis Roster Draft. The Breakers 11th season in Mylan WTT presented by GEICO kicks off on July 7 at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine....More
3/6/2013 Orange County Breakers Announce 2013 Schedule
The Orange County Breakers open the 38th season of Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO on July 7 with a home matchup at the Bren Events Center versus the Philadelphia Freedoms....More
2/25/2013 Hyatt Regency Irvine Gives Women What They Want
It's said that women comprise 50 percent of frequent fliers, make 70 percent of all travel decisions and will spend some $125 billion on travel this year. So, it's no wonder Hyatt Regency Irvine, a premier hotel in Southern California, is establishing "The Women's Experience" program, which is designed to better understand how women travel and provide them with a hotel experience that meets their individual wants and needs. The initiative particularly focuses on security, food, comfort and amenities....More
2/12/2013 Andy Roddick, Bryan Brother to Play as Visitors in Orange County This July
The Orange County Breakers will welcome former world No. 1 Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers) and the world's top-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild) to the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine during the upcoming 38th season of Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO....More
1/17/2013 OC Chefs Series featuring Andrei's Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails
In an effort to highlight the evolution of dining in Orange County, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is launching the OC Chefs Series, a chef-inspired video Web series, showcasing the diverse range of culinary options and talent that exists throughout this well-known Southern California destination....More
1/11/2013 Orange County Great Park Welcomes U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Collegiate Teams
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12/20/2012 Orange County Great Park Selected as a "Frontline" Park by City Parks Alliance
The Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California has been named a "Frontline Park" by the national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance. Each month, City Parks Alliance recognizes a "Frontline Park" to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country. The program also seeks to highlight examples of the challenges facing our cities' parks as a result of shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures, and urban neighborhood decay....More
12/13/2012 OC Parks Announces 2013 Into The Wild OC Trail Runs
OC Parks, in partnership with Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Into the Wild OC Trail Runs, presents seven unique race events throughout 2013 at various Orange County Parks venues....More
12/12/2012 Irvine International Film Festival Opens January 17, 2013 With Two Oscar Possibilities
Irvine International Film Festival Opens January 17, 2013 With Two Oscar Possibilities The second annual Irvine International Film Festival opens January 17, 2013 at the Edwards Westpark 8 in Irvine, California featuring a documentary, The Iran Job, and the animated short Head over Heels....More
12/7/2012 Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center Offer Travel Professionals and Visitors Exclusive Offers, Unique Group Programs and Packages
Two of Southern California's most distinctive outdoor shopping centers, Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center, launched a new joint tourism program in late 2012 that provides a variety of special offers and amenities reserved exclusively for domestic and international visitors to Orange County (The OC)....More
12/5/2012 Great Park Commemorates Construction Progress on new South Lawn Sports + Fitness Complex
"Topping out" ceremony for new Visitors Center Pavilion marks important milestone in construction of the Great Park's new $22.8 million, 30-acre expansion....More
12/3/2012 Great Night! Family New Year’s Eve Returns to the Great Park
Family-friendly celebration will ring in 2013 on Monday, December 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m....More
11/26/2012 Great Park Names Award-Winning Orange County Choreographer Jennifer Backhaus as latest Artist-in-Residence
The Orange County Great Park is proud to welcome Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Backhaus, an award-winning choreographer, who will invent and direct one-of-a-kind dance works at the Great Park. Visitors will see and experience dance performances developed by one of Orange County's premier choreographers....More
11/8/2012 John Wayne Airport Adds Convenient Services for Online and Mobile Users
John Wayne Airport (JWA) this week launched an updated version of its mobile website and a new live flight tracker service that can be accessed on the Airport homepage or mobile site....More
10/11/2012 Today Interjet Inaugrates Daily Service to Mexico from John Wayne Airport in Orange County
Today Interjet inaugurates daily service to Mexico from John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The flights - to Mexico City and Guadalajara - represent the company's fourth U.S. gateway as Mexico's second largest air carrier continues to make a strong impact in the popular U.S.-Mexico travel market. Interjet already flies from Miami, New York and San Antonio to Mexico City....More
10/1/2012 Launch of Great Park Jack-O-Lantern Starts Countdown to Great Park Pumpkin Harvest on October 20
• Fifth annual Pumpkin Harvest festivities to include a Monster Mash puppet show, petting zoo, carnival-style games, harvest walk and more • Children in costume will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win four-pack of tickets to How to Train Your Dragon Live at the Honda Center (January 17-20) • Pumpkin Harvest kicks off month-long Great Park Food Drive; bring canned goods to the event to enjoy special Trick-or-Treat stations....More
9/19/2012 Interjet Introduces Daily Service to Mexico From John Wayne Airport in Orange County
With Flights to Mexico City and Guadalajara, New West Coast Service Marks Fourth U.S. Gateway for Mexico's Second Largest Carrier...More
8/18/2012 Silent River Film Festival Unveils Its 2012 Lineup
Some of the industry's finest filmmakers will come together to share their work and love for cinema at the 2012 "Silent River Film Festival" in Irvine, taking place from October 11th- 14th....More
8/10/2012 Designer Nick Verreos Joins Fashionable Line-up at Fifth Annual Style Week Orange County
Project Runway alumni, red carpet staple and celebrity designer Nick Verreos of NIKOLAKI Design has been added to the line-up of Style Week Orange County® when it returns Sept. 5 - 8 at Irvine Spectrum Center® in Irvine and Fashion Island® in Newport Beach. Verreos will host the Spectrum Collection & Cadillac: Contemporary Design at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, Sept. 8....More
7/31/2012 Wild Rivers Waterpark update
Earlier today the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a long-term lease with us to build and operate a new Wild Rivers on County owned property in Irvine!!...More
7/29/2012 Hundreds of Women and Children Compete Alongside Olympic Silver Medalist in Local Triathlon: Michellie Jones Wins Inaugural iTRYathlon in Irvine
The Northwood area of Irvine was abuzz Saturday morning with hundreds of burgeoning athletes completing the iTRYathlon (www.itryathlon.com), presented by Destination Irvine (DI) and benefiting the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). Irvine-based Renegade Racing produced the event, which included a Women's and Youth Triathlon, a 5K Run/Walk, and a Junior Triathlon. For many, the iTRYathlon was their first triathlon or competitive sporting event. The event drew star quality, with Olympic silver medalist and two-time ITU Triathlon World Champion, Michellie Jones, winning the women's overall triathlon with a time of 49:38....More
6/22/2012 2012 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival Brings Unique Musical and Cultural Experience to Orange County
Music lovers of all ages can enjoy a musical tour around the world when the Orange County Great Park, in association with Irvine Barclay Theatre, presents a diverse mix of internationally acclaimed musicians, dancers and exciting new artists at the fifth annual Flights & Sounds Summer Festival beginning Thursday, August 2 at the Great Park....More
6/13/2012 Great Park Moves Forward With $22.8 Million, 30-acre Expansion
e Orange County Great Park Corporation today announced it is moving forward with a 30-acre expansion of the Great Park. USS Cal Builders, Inc., headquartered in Stanton, Calif. was selected in a public bid process and awarded the $22.8 million contract for construction....More
4/26/2012 TOUS Opens Popup Store in Diamond Jamboree Center May 4-6
Diamond Jamboree, Orange County's international dining destination, and luxury brand name, TOUS, announced today the opening of a TOUS Popup store at Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center May 4-6, 2012....More
3/14/2012 U.S. Department of Energy Sets Official Dates for Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Great Park
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that the Solar Decathlon 2013 will take place October 3 through October 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park....More
2/9/2012 Orange County Breakers to play WTT matches at Bren Events Center
NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 9, 2012) - The Southern California franchise in the World TeamTennis Pro League presented by GEICO will have a new name and home court in 2012....More
1/31/2012 The Great Picture: The World's Largest Photograph & The Legacy Project exhibition extended through February 26
IRVINE - The Legacy Project exhibition, The Great Picture: The World's Largest Photograph & The Legacy Project, has been extended through February 26. This multimedia exhibition tells the compelling story of how six artist/photographers and their friends came together to build what the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges as the "world's largest pinhole camera" (also known as a Camera Obscura) at the Orange County Great Park. The exhibition documents how the Legacy Project artists activated their gigantic camera to create the world's largest photograph....More
1/26/2012 Great Park Selected as Site of U.S. Department of Energy 2013 Solar Decathlon
The United States Department of Energy today announced that the Orange County Great Park has been selected as the site for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. With the award, the Great Park will work with the Department of Energy to stage the event and showcase energy-efficient housing and clean energy technologies....More
1/25/2012 Great Park Announces $21.5 Million Construction Project
Orange County Great Park Corporation has announced the next phase of Park construction with a presentation on the $21.5 million 2012 Western Sector Park Development Plan Capital Improvement Project. This latest round of development will feature soccer fields, a community garden, and a new visitors center pavilion -- representing the Park's first vertical construction....More
1/24/2012 Great Park to Create Wellness Gallery at Farmers Market
The Orange County Great Park Board of Directors has accepted a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to create a Wellness Gallery at the Great Park Farmers Market....More
12/13/2011 John Wayne Orange County Welcomes Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill
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12/9/2011 New Dining Options Open at John Wayne Airport
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Four new concessions are open for business at John Wayne Airport. The food court area known as the 'Marketplace' - located across from Gates 13 and 14 - is home to Pei Wei, Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs, Pinkberry and Zov's - brands brought to John Wayne Airport by HMSHost....More
12/7/2011 Orange County Great Park’s Inaugural Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
Come make New Year's Eve a Great Night for the whole family at the first ever Great Park Family New Year's Eve celebration. Enjoy the final hours of 2011 with an evening filled with live music and dance, food and fun for all ages in a safe, alcohol-free environment on Saturday, December 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m....More
12/6/2011 HEI Hotels & Resorts Selected by President Obama’s Administration to Participate in the President’s Prestigious Better Buildings Challenge
HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), the nation's fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, today announced that it has been selected by President Obama's Administration to participate in the prestigious Better Buildings Challenge....More
12/2/2011 We Can't Wait: President Obama Announces Nearly $4 Billion Investment in Energy Upgrades to Public and Private Buildings Upgrades Will Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs and Save Billions
President Obama today announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector....More
11/22/2011 "Hallelujah!" Celebrate, Rejoice and Reflect with Pacific Symphony for Handel's Glorious "Messiah," Featuring Conductor Christian Knapp and Pacific Chorale
Presented annually by Pacific Symphony, Handel's glorious "Messiah" is not only the most famous oratorio ever written, it is also one of the most dramatic and joyous stories ever told through music. Boasting blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and a chorus of heavenly voices singing a life-embracing "Hallelujah," this once-a-year performance is led by highly-acclaimed American guest conductor, Christian Knapp....More
11/21/2011 It's Off to the Enchanting Land of Sugar Plum Fairies for Pacific Symphony's Holiday and Family Favorite, "Nutcracker for Kids," Featuring Festival Ballet Theatre
Orange County, Calif.-Nov. 18, 2011- Pacific Symphony transports the audience to a magical land filled with toy soldiers, mischievous mice, snowflakes, sweets and children for perennial holiday favorite, "Nutcracker for Kids," as the orchestra welcomes back the talented young dancers of Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT)....More
11/14/2011 Ring in the Holidays with OC Parks
(Orange County, Calif.) – Spend the holidays experiencing the outdoor winter wonder of OC Parks. This season presents a full calendar of festive events and programs for families to enjoy together....More
11/14/2011 John Wayne Airport Opens New Terminal C Invites Travelers to Experience Enhanced Customer Service and Amenities
John Wayne Airport opened the new Terminal C to the traveling public today. The $543 million Airport Improvement Program, funded without the use of tax dollars, opened on schedule and within budget....More
10/27/2011 The Great Picture: The World’s Largest Photograph & The Legacy Project Opens November 5
The Great Picture: The World's Largest Photograph & The Legacy Project is a multimedia exhibition that tells the compelling story of how six artist/photographers and their friends came together to build what the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges as the “world’s largest pinhole camera” (also known as a Camera Obscura) at the Orange County Great Park....More
10/17/2011 New Upscale Oak Creek Golf Club Banquet Facility to Accommodate Over 200 Guests
The ground has officially been broken on a new banquet facility and golf retail store for Oak Creek Golf Club. Known for having one of the finest public golf courses and practice facilities in Southern California, Oak Creek has made the commitment to become the venue of choice for upscale golf tournaments, weddings, parties, and corporate events....More
10/12/2011 Great Park Fall Weekends Filled with Free Family Fun
Fall into fun at the Great Park. Saturdays and Sundays are filled with free family activities ranging from special fall events to recreation programs and sports clinics that will get kids running on the new North Lawn....More
10/3/2011 Free Pumpkins at the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and Food Drive
Come to the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest to see where pumpkins come from, grown in a pumpkin patch! That’s just one of many reasons why kids and families are invited to celebrate the fall season at the fourth annual Great Park Pumpkin Harvest and food drive, Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m....More
9/30/2011 Restaurant Rave Takes the Stage at Style Week Orange County
In a night foodies won’t want to miss, Restaurant Rave takes over the spotlight during Style Week Orange County on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Giant Wheel Court. Enjoy food sampling, live entertainment and giveaways at this free event, hosted by OC’s own celebrity chef and radio host Jamie Gwen, and TV personality and cookbook author Mario Lopez....More
9/30/2011 Style Wick Orange County Kicks Off Tomorrow
The fourth annual Style Week Orange County® returns to Irvine Spectrum Center® in Irvine, and for the first time, bows at Fashion Island® in Newport Beach from Friday, Sept. 30 to Saturday, Oct. 8. The week-long event features fashion shows, designer appearances, in-store events, a food festival, and much more. Style Week Orange County highlights emerging designers and notable style makers, as well as hot brands from Orange County....More
9/27/2011 Help Scare Away Hunger by Building a Scarecrow in the Park
The Great Park is inviting local businesses and community organizations to create a scarecrow to help scare away hunger during the second annual Scarecrows in the Park event....More
9/23/2011 3rd Annual Irvine International Volleyball Tournament Presented by ST/COMP Quiksilver Returns Sept. 26 - Oct. 1, 2011
The largest international professional men's volleyball tournament in the U.S. is set for UC Irvine, with six nations, seven teams and many Olympic-caliber stars competing in this week-long event....More
9/21/2011 Renowned Designers Rachel Roy & David Meister Join Style Week Orange County Line Up
Irvine, California, August 29, 2011 - Two of America's top designers, Rachel Roy and David Meister, will present fall runway shows at Orange County's top fashion event, Style Week Orange County®. Both designers will stage their shows at Fashion Island during Style Week Orange County, which returns Friday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 8 to Irvine Spectrum Center® and for the first time, Fashion Island® in Newport Beach. Throughout the event, thousands of style-savvy visitors are expected to attend dozens of runway shows, fashion festivities, cooking demonstrations and in-store events at both centers throughout the week....More
9/21/2011 Celebrity Mario Lopez Joins Style Week Orange County Line Up
Irvine, California, September 21, 2011 - Actor, author and red carpet commentator Mario Lopez will co-host Restaurant Rave at Style Week Orange County® on October 6 at Irvine Spectrum Center®. In a night foodies won't want to miss, Lopez will join celebrity chef and radio host Jamie Gwen to showcase the latest dining trends while he prepares a signature dish from his new book Extra Lean Family....More
9/21/2011 Style Week Orange County Fact Sheet
WHAT: The fourth annual Style Week Orange County® returns to Irvine Spectrum Center® in Irvine, and for the first time, bows at Fashion Island® in Newport Beach from Friday, Sept. 30 to Saturday, Oct. 8. The week-long event features fashion shows, designer appearances, in-store events, a food festival, and much more. Style Week Orange County highlights emerging designers and notable style makers, as well as hot brands from Orange County....More
9/21/2011 From the Sand to the Slopes Fly Direct from Orange County to Mammoth
SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport is pleased to announce a new seasonal destination from Orange County. United Airlines will offer four-day-a-week service from John Wayne Airport to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport beginning December 16, 2011 and extending through April 15, 2012....More
9/20/2011 Celebrate the "Great 948" Great Park Arts Event Features Live Bands and Community Art Exhibition September 24
Fast becoming a place where creative energy comes together, the Great Park will host "Great 948," a free community art project and arts happening at the new Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex September 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m....More
9/13/2011 Artist Michaell Magrutsche Featured in Community Focus Space Program at John Wayne Airport
A group of abstract paintings by Newport Beach based artist Michaell Magrutsche will be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program....More
9/8/2011 John Wayne Airport Opens North Commuter Terminal (Gates 1A, 1B and 1C)
John Wayne Airport (JWA) today celebrated the completion of the new North Commuter Terminal with passengers departing on Delta Air Lines' 7:05 a.m. flight to Salt Lake City....More
9/7/2011 Great Park Launches New Artists-in-Residence Program Public Program Begins with Fiber Artist Amy Caterina
The Orange County Great Park has announced its inaugural lineup of four Artists-in-Residence: Amy Caterina, Deborah Aschheim, Kevin Kwan Loucks and Suguru Goto....More
9/6/2011 John Wayne Airport Announces Art Installations to Celebrate New Terminal C
John Wayne Airport (JWA) will present four unique and exciting art exhibitions to celebrate the opening of the new Thomas F. Riley Terminal C in November 2011....More
8/30/2011 Preservation Hall Jazz Band Wraps Up Great Park Flights & Sounds Summer Festival
IRVINE – The Flights & Sounds Summer Festival culminates with a spectacular weekend finale featuring BlackMahal and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band....More
8/29/2011 Renowned Designers Rachel Roy & David Meister Join Style Week Orange County Line Up
Two of America’s top designers, Rachel Roy and David Meister, will present fall runway shows at Orange County’s top fashion event, Style Week Orange County®....More
8/12/2011 Great Park to Host NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition
The Orange County Great Park is calling local boys and girls ages 6-15 to showcase their football talents at the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition on Friday, August 19....More
8/8/2011 Silent River Film Festival (SRFF) Announces 2011 Lineup
Silent River Film Festival (SRFF) celebrates the vision and passion of the filmmakers across the globe inspired by their cultures, their being and surroundings. SRFF aims to be a festival known for its refreshing vision....More
8/2/2011 Great Park 2011 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival Launches This Weekend
The Orange County Great Park’s 2011 Flights and Sounds Summer Festival launches its fourth annual dance party and concert season this weekend....More
7/27/2011 Branford Marsalis, Lucinda Williams and Preservation Hall Jazz Band Headline 2011 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival
Grammy Award winning jazz artist Branford Marsalis, world-renowned New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Grammy Award nominated Lucinda Williams will headline the Orange County Great Park’s 2011 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival....More
7/25/2011 Fashion Island & Irvine Spectrum Center Celebrate Style Week Orange County
Orange County will continue its trend-setting status when Style Week Orange County™ returns Friday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 8 to Irvine Spectrum Center® and is celebrated for the first time at Fashion Island® in Newport Beach....More
7/22/2011 Artist Steve Metzger Featured in Community Focus Space Program at John Wayne Airport
A group of paintings by Fullerton-based artist Steve Metzger will be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program....More
7/21/2011 John Wayne Airport Offers New Flights - of Wine
John Wayne Airport announced the opening of its first new concession this week as part of the Airport Improvement Program. Vino Volo Wine Bar is Now Open in Thomas F. Riley Terminal...More
7/20/2011 Great Park Gallery Opens Saturday
Inaugural exhibition features El Toro-inspired works on display in a renovated aviation building. Jorg Dubin found inspiration in nature’s reclamation of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, and now art works inspired by the land and its history will form the inaugural exhibition in the Great Park Gallery, opening this Saturday....More
7/19/2011 Great Park Wins Two Outstanding Achievement Awards from Interactive Media Council
The Orange County Great Park Corporation today announced that the www.ocgp.org site received two Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Interactive Media Council. The awards, in the Community and Government website categories, honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement for the highest standards of excellence in website design and development....More
7/5/2011 “The Alley Cats” to Open Palm Court Arts Complex at 2011 Great Park Anniversary Celebration
Nationally-known doo-wop group The Alley Cats will open the festivities and debut the new Palm Court Arts Complex during the “Growing the Park” anniversary community celebration on July 9th....More
7/1/2011 Thrilling Aerobatic Entertainment to be Featured at “Growing the Park” 6th Anniversary Celebration July 9th
Thrill to the aerobatic stunts of high flying wing walkers, precision sky-divers, super sonic fighter jet flyovers at “Growing the Park,” the Great Park’s sixth anniversary event on Saturday, July 9th....More
6/30/2011 Top Chefs Stage Cooking Demonstrations at Great Park’s “Growing the Park” Community Celebration
Learn how to take seasonal farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and turn them into inspiring yet healthy dishes at “Growing the Park,” the Great Park’s annual anniversary event, on Saturday, July 9th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m....More
5/26/2011 Photographer Frank Ritenour Featured In Community Focus Space Program at John Wayne Airport
A selection of works from artist Frank Ritenour are being featured in John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program and will be on display through July 18, 2011....More
2/17/2011 Pacific Symphony's 2011 Summer Festival Offers the Perfect Blend of Balmy Summer Nights, Great Music, Picnicking and Fireworks at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Winter chill gives way to warm summer thoughts as Pacific Symphony plans its annual trek to the orchestra’s summer home at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine—July 4-Sept. 10....More