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Irvine Events Calendar

If you're headed to Irvine for business or pleasure, be sure to check out the calendar of events below before your trip. Whether you're looking for family fun, live music, stand-up comedy, theater, dance or other events, you'll find it here or minutes away.

Being in the center of Orange County, Irvine is not only home to artists and entertainers, it's a stop on the circuit from San Diego to Los Angeles. And of course, mild winters, springs, summers and falls mean great festivals and outdoor events all year long!

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Bewitching examines the art of costume culture with a brief history of Halloween in Southern California. This exhibition features an eclectic collection of hand-made costume couture, fashion illustrations from design legends of classic Hollywood, and historic photographs documenting Halloween in Southern California.

  • Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  • Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach,
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  • October 28, 2014

Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara's Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 South to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-t... more

The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds of blue whales each fall to the waters off Newport Beach. Over 645 blue whales have been viewed so far this summer and early fall for 2014. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off southern California, but over the last five years this has changed dramatically with hundreds/thousands of giant blue whales spotted each year. These giants of the sea reach lengths of up to 90 feet and are the largest of all animals. Alo... more

  • Address: 71 Fortune Dr STE 841, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Venue: Improv Comedy Club
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • October 30, 2014 - November 02, 2014

Bobcat Goldthwait is one of the most recognizable comedians in show business and was ranked as the 61st greatest comedian of all time by Comedy Central. The genre-defying Police Academy alum has been on the creative fast track over the past several months unleashing his one-of-a-kind brand of comedy in his new Showtime special "You Don't Look the Same Either" and his newest movie "God Bless America." In his newest special, Bobcat returns with a self-deprecating and topical... more

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Pretend City! Participate in fun, vibrant activities that will teach your children about this traditionally Mexican holiday. Story times will incorporate picture books, music, and videos to tell the tales and history of this holiday. Join the smart art activity where your child will create their very own colorful skull. Before you end the day in the Dia de los Muertos parade, visit the art studio to make your papel picado to add to a festive banner.

  • Location: Various
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • August 22, 2014 - December 31, 2014

OC's 125th Birthday - Quasquicentennial In 1889, locals voted to separate from Los Angeles County and form the County of Orange. In 1989, the County of Orange commemorated its centennial. Throughout 2014, the County will celebrate its 125th anniversary, also known as the Quasquicentennial. Find OC 125 commemorative events by visiting the website.   

  • Location: Bowers Museum
  • Address: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana,
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  • October 19, 2014 - (No End Date)

China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui will include objects from the discovery termed "the ninth wonder of the world" and acknowledged by many scholars as one of the greatest archaeological finds ever to be unearthed.

  • Address: 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Floe Lounge
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • September 11, 2014 - (No End Date)

A new drink offered daily at the discounted price of $7.00.

  • Location: University Art Gallery
  • Address: 4000 Mesa Rd, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Venue: Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • October 10, 2014 - December 13, 2014

The University Art Galleries (UAG) will mount a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Ed Moses, utilizing all three galleries and featuring works from the 1960s to the present. Cross-Section will trace the common thematic thread binding Moses’s prolific and continuous act of painting. In so doing, the philosophical continuity of the artist’s disparate visual strategies will be framed, strategies the artist has repeated and contradicted, as his investigation into the painted form ... more

Eddo Stern explores the intersection between making games and making art. Stern premieres works loosely bound by literal and humorous interpretations of portraiture and the notion of role playing in games, and presents a revision of his well-known work “Darkgame,” a sensory deprivation game that uses a vibrating headset allowing players to navigate space based on the feedback. The Beall Center’s 2014-15 exhibitions are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ... more

Specifically For: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Closed to the general public. This special evening is an opportunity for children and their families to have some Halloween fun in an autism-friendly environment. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume and trick-or-treat around the museum. Community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience.

  • Location: Irvine Regional Park
  • Address: 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92862
  • Venue: Irvine Regional Park
  • October 08, 2013 - (No End Date)

Features vendors with organic produce, artisan bread, specialty nuts, Mediterranean and Hispanic food items vendors and flowers. It is operated by the Orange County Farm Bureau. Irvine Regional Park also includes the Irvine Park Railroad train ride, pony rides, the OC Zoo, playgrounds, picnic tables and walking paths.    

Are you going trick-or-treating for Halloween with your family? Before you head out for all those sweet treats, join Pretend City for a free dental screening of your little one’s teeth, gums, and mouth courtesy of South OC Pediatrics & Dentistry. Your children will gain an understanding of the importance of oral health, which may just deter them from putting all those sugar monsters in their mouth!

Widely considered one of Europe’s leading quartets, the Hagen Quartett makes a long-awaited Center debut in a rare visit to the West Coast. The Hagen Quartett was founded in 1981. Its members include Lukas Hagen and Rainer Schmidt, violins; Veronika Hagen, viola and Clemens Hagen, cello. Its career has been rewarded with many prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The group is able to perform virtually an unlimited quartet reperto... more

Little ghouls and boys will have a howling good time! There's something for every little trick-or-treater even those of the two-legged variety. Come dressed to thrill in the creepy, creaky, critter city. Creep and crawl your way through the city as you trick-or-treat at each of the exhibit spaces every two hours. This party is bound to go off with a scream.

  • Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  • Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach,
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  • October 31, 2014

Join Laguna Coast Wilderness Park staff for a slow 3.8-mile Halloween Hike over sometimes steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). If the sky is clear, we will do some stargazing from the ridge. For those who are not afraid of the dark. Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection). For questions, call (949) 497-8324. Bring ... more

  • Address: 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Floe Lounge
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
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  • September 14, 2014 - (No End Date)

1/2 price on all Signature drinks and Quick Bites for everyone working in the hospitality industry.

Written and Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca An epic fantasy about cheating reality with imagination... and learning to fly! The genius of Daniele Finzi Pasca shines through in this very personal piece created by the in-demand actor-director. As physically grand as Finzi Pasca’s work is in his direction of Corteo for Cirque du Soleil and the closing ceremonies of the most recent Olympics, Icaro is stunningly intimate and affecting, ranging from open laughter, to moments of tenderness, joy a... more

  • Location: Across from UCI
  • Address: Bridge Road & Campus Drive, Irvine, CA
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
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  • June 21, 2014 - (No End Date)

Rain or Shine.

  • Location: Irvine Regional Park
  • Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • October 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014

Irvine Park Railroad's ninth annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! Activities include train rides, hay rides, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, face painting, picture stands, John Deere tractor races and a lot more. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary. School and group discounts available. For additional information and costs, please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com.

  • Location: Heritage Museum of Orange County
  • Address: 3101 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana,
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  • October 13, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Part of Museum on Main Street, a Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service that brings the Smithsonian to cities across America. John Wayne Airport provided photos of an aerial view of the Eddie Martin Airport in 1933, Eddie Martin and his flying friends and promotional Eddie Martin Airport coupons that could be redeemed for one passenger flight at a cost of $2.50.

  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • September 25, 2014 - November 01, 2014

Dying for a Knott's Scary Farm vacation getaway? Combine admission to Knott's Scary Farm with an Irvine area hotel to complete your frightful getaway experience on select nights.

  • Location: Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Address: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park,
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  • September 25, 2014 - November 01, 2014

Experience eleven elaborately themed walk-through mazes and interactive haunted attractions filled with trained scare masters, four endless scare zones, two live shows, including the return of Elvira-Mistress of the Dark, headless horsemen and more than 1,000 live monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, freaks, mutants, maniacs and other beasts lurking in the fog to scare even the bravest guests.

  • Address: 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Floe Lounge
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday
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  • September 11, 2014 - (No End Date)

Live Music

  • Location: John Wayne Airport
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  • October 16, 2014 - November 13, 2014

As part of John Wayne Airport's Community Focus Space Program, a selection of paintings by Steve Adam can be seen. Adam deems his painting style as both modern abstract expressionism and representational. His imagination inspires his artwork - he paints not only what he sees, but what he feels. In Adam's current coastal focus artwork, he selects palm trees, beaches, wildlife and wetlands to play below his signature glowing sun or moon. Adam's energy flows through his brushstrokes as he depict... more

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