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From an energetic rock concert, a stroll through a museum, to biking and hiking outdoors, visitors will find plenty of exciting things to do MORE

 


 


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Things to Do in Orange County

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For travelers with limited mobility, the Irvine Regional Park's paved walking/biking trail offers an accessible back-to-nature experience amid the beauty of California's oldest county park. Irvine Regional Park


When you're in Irvine, you never have to look (or drive!) far to find things to do. Irvine packs metropolitan shopping, hiking and bird-watching, international ballet, world-class golf, balloon rides and one of the most diverse dining scenes on the West Coast all into the space of about 45 square miles. Here, almost everything is less than 15 minutes apart.

Close proximity of so many attractions and activities is one of many things that makes Irvine not only a great place to live, but also a great place to visit. You can finish biking Bommer Canyon at sunset, stop for a quick, healthy dinner at The Flame Broiler (16 minutes away), hit your room at the Residence Inn (11 minutes away) to freshen up and still make it to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (7 minutes away)  before the symphony is even warming up — without breaking a sweat. And if it's a weekend night, you'll still have time for dessert and a ride on the 108-foot Giant wheel at the Irvine Spectrum Center after!

Being able to shift easily between outdoor recreation at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary or Turtle Rock Nature Center and urban fun — whether dancing at Chateaux or enjoying arts and culture at the Irvine Barclay Theatre — is reason enough to visit Irvine, but the City is also the center of Orange County. That means convenient access to an even wider spectrum of things to do: exceptional shopping at Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza, miles of Pacific shoreline from Laguna Beach to Huntington Beach and being able to reach Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm in under half an hour.

Of course, those are just the attractions and activities you can find any day of the year. Be sure to check our Irvine Events Calendar to see what's happening now and in the months ahead. With festivals and multicultural events, free summer concerts and holiday events throughout the year, when it comes to things to do in Irvine, the question is never what is there to do, only how to fit it all in!

Upcoming Events

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A Whale of an Adventure-Blue Whale Migration Spring/Summer 2014

Jul 25 – Sep 30
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any…

OC Blues Soccer

Jul 25 – Sep 6
USL PRO announced its 2014 regular season format and schedule, with each of its 14 clubs playing a 28-game regular season schedule. As the league…

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends

Jul 25 – Aug 3
 Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brings the…

Then and Now: 100 Years of Plein Air Painting

Jul 25 – Oct 2
The tradition of painting beautiful landscapes nearly died out with the onset of Modernism in the 1940s, and…

Cars and Coffee

Starting Jul 26
Hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts,…

2014 Phillips 88 National Championships

Aug 6 – Aug 10
  This event will serve as the USA National Team selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan…

Where to Eat

Dining

Irvine offers global cuisine, with a selection of foods from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores. MORE