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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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  • Location: Great Park Gallery in the Palm Arts Complex
  • Address: Sand Canyon & Marine Drive, Irvine, CA 92650
  • Venue: Orange County Great Park
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  • January 05, 2014 - June 13, 2014

Hero, showcases the art of Anime and Manga across a variety of mediums, including digital arts, sculpt modeling, 3D design and printing technologies, as well as traditional mediums such as acrylics and ink.

  • Location: Newport Landing-$16 Whale Watching Year Round
  • Address: 309 Palm St. #A, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • December 01, 2013 - April 30, 2014

Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off Newport Beach in Southern California, but over the last five years this has changed dramatically with hundreds to thousands of giant blue whales sighted each year. Over 1100 giant blue whales were viewed from May-October last year with multiple blue whales viewed during one whale watching cruise, a regular occurrence. Along with viewing blue whales, finback whales (second largest whale) are also frequently viewed as well as the smaller minke ... more

  • Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  • Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 92651
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  • April 22, 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 a 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. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water. James Dilley P... more

  • Location: The Irvine Museum
  • Address: 18881 Von Karman Ave STE 1275, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: The Irvine Museum
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  • January 18, 2014 - May 08, 2014

California Scene Paintings: 1920s to 1970s. 

  • Address: 1 Glen Bell Way, Irvine,
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
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  • October 06, 2012 - (No End Date)

Hundreds of proud drivers congregate to kick tires and have a cup of coffee. There is something for everyone to enjoy; classics, exotics, concepts, hotrods, motorcycles and motor-sport. And it's all free, minus the coffee, of course. Spectators park in the parking structure Those displaying their car park in the lot beside the Mazda building   

 Comics fom the OC hone and test their materials.

  • Location: Hornblower Cruises & Events
  • Address: 2431 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663
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  • April 20, 2014

Join Hornblower Cruises & Events and hop onboard a Hornblower yacht for a two-hour Easter Brunch Cruise to remember. Enjoy ever-changing water views, free-flowing champagne, an elaborate brunch buffet, live entertainment, and award winning service. You can even have your family picture taken with the Easter Bunny! YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES: 2 hour cruise Free-Flowing Champagne Hosted Soda, Juice, Coffee, Tea, and Water Lavish Brunch Buffet Live Solo Entertainer Photo Opportunity with the Easter B... more

  • 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.    

  • Location: John Wayne Airport - Thomas F. Riley Terminal
  • April 08, 2014 - May 08, 2014

A selection of ceramic tile artworks by Laguna Beach artist Mike Tauber are on exhibit. Tauber's works can be seen on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. The works displayed consist of hand-painted imagery on ceramic tiles, which are then combined into mosaics. The theme of this exhibition is "Golden State," in which the artwork depicts scenes of California's lus... more

  • Location: Julianne Argyros Stage
  • Address: 655 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 926
  • Venue: South Coast Repertory
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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  • April 13, 2014 - May 04, 2014

by Rachel Bonds Directed by Daniella Topol Jamie enjoys a quiet life in his small Pennsylvania town, fixing up his grandfather's old lake house and pining after Mary, his troubled coworker.  When his brother comes back to town with a new girlfriend, Jamie's peaceful world is turned upside down.  A tender story about those who stay and those who go away.

A backstage, onstage, mix-it-up featuring some of California’s finest flamencos. The Barclay and the Festival present an “eye-opening” flamenco experience. Yaelisa, dancer and artistic director of the Festival, and a dozen of California’s recognized flamencos will host our guests in an interactive evening of flamenco and general merriment. Come on in! The backstage terrace, scene shop and stage house itself are the sites of the evening’s festivities. Informal acoust... more

Musical Theatre Village (MTV) is a community-based theatre serving Southern Orange County. Conveniently located near the Irvine Spectrum, MTV presents five family-oriented musical plays each year, showcasing the talents of members of our community; primarily family groups - brothers, sisters, moms, dads, cousins, and school friends - all working together to create wholesome and reasonably priced family entertainment.

  • Location: Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Address: 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • April 26, 2014 - April 27, 2014

A Family Series favorite is back by popular demand. Using the magic of illusion and without speaking a single word, Gale LaJoye teaches us how to turn sorrow into joy. Combining physical humor, silent acting and illusion with extreme artfulness, he transforms the simplest objects into things of wonder, and takes us on a journey filled with laughter and sadness that speaks to the power of human kindness. In Snowflake, a funny and poignant play, Gale LaJoye lives up to his international reputation... more

Play one of our 50 plus board games ranging from classics like Settlers of Cantan to neo modern games like Apples to Apples or bring your own!

  • Location: Grand Central Art Center
  • Address: 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 92701
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • March 01, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Julia Haft-Candell’s sculptures are physical records of their making, and a reflection of their own history. Using small components to build larger forms, the artist continually invents, reassesses and makes endless decisions about how the work takes shape. Ultimately the goal is to form a composition that most effectively speaks to the ambiguity of perception and the complexity of being. Using forms inspired by nature and the body, as well as ideas derived from quick doodles and sketches,... more

  • Location: Grand Central Art Center
  • Address: 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • January 18, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer spent their Social Studies residency at the ASU Art Museum looking for miracles. The artists explored the miraculous through people’s perceptions of it in their lives, interviewing students, school children and community members of all ages and backgrounds. They combined their findings in an installation of fleeting vignettes playing on all of the available sound and video equipment in the museum’s possession. In the words of the artists, “Our i... more

  • Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park
  • Address: 2145 N. Windes Driv, Orange,
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  • April 06, 2014 - August 03, 2014

The Nature Center is open the first Sunday of each month. Join a Park Ranger for a tour of the nature center and learn about local history, flora and fauna.  

  • Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park
  • Address: 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange, CA 92869
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday
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  • May 05, 2013 - (No End Date)

72 Nature Center open the 1st Sunday of each month. Join a Park Ranger for a tour of the nature center and learn about local history, flora and fauna. All ages.

  • Location: UCI Anteater Stadium
  • Address: 903 W. Peltason, Irvine,
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • April 05, 2014 - September 06, 2014

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 enters the second season of its groundbreaking partnership with MLS, every USL PRO squad will once again play a pair of regular season games vs. MLS Reserve teams.    2014 HOME SCHEDULE APRIL  5th  vs.OKC Energy FC 12th  vs. SAC Republic FC 24th vs. Harrisburgh City Islanders 27th vs. LA Galaxy II MAY 8th... more

  • Location: The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • Address: 8808 Irvine Center Dr,, Irvine, CA 92618
  • April 20, 2014

Come celebrate Easter at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Services are Sunday, April 20 at 9am and 11:15am and will include celebratory worship, a creative arts piece, teaching, baptisms and unique children’s ministries. Children’s ministries are available for age’s birth to five. The services are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Come and hear the story of Jesus Christ and why it still matters today. Visit oceaster.com for more info.

  • Location: La Quinta Inn & Suites - meet in hotel lobby
  • Address: 14972 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Venue: La Quinta Inn & Suites
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday
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  • December 02, 2012 - (No End Date)

Step back in time to explore the rich history of Irvine and the Irvine family. This docent-led walking tour reveals what life was like in Old Town Irvine in the early 1900's with site tours of what was once the bean granary, boarding house, blacksmith shop and more. Tour offered by the Irvine Historical Society. Walking tour is one hour. Reservations are required.

Calling all musicians, spoken word, hip hop lyricists, specialty acts & other worldly talents. Showcase your skills along OC's best talent!

Practice your artistic talents at Pretend City’s new outdoor Paint Yard! This new area will combine environmental education and art. Featuring an old vehicle, tires, and other “junk yard”-inspired elements, visitors are invited to get messy and add their own colorful marks to help recycle this junk car into a work of art! The Paint Yard is only open for the month of April as we Color the City!

  • Location: John Wayne Airport - Between Terminal B and C ticketing lobbies
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  • December 31, 2013 - April 30, 2014

This exhibit features both current projects and achievements from the organization's history. As one of the oldest and most recognized music presenters in Southern California, the Philharmonic Society has presented many of the world's acclaimed symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and international artists for the enjoyment, edification and appreciation of Orange County audiences.

Play is the way your child learns and grows. What better place to play than at Pretend City where imagination and education come to play! Pretend City has launched their new Pretend City Playgroups. “Play’s the Way” is the theme as the Pretend City Playgroup engages grown-ups and their children in the most dynamic early learning play program focused on healthy development, early learning, and social skills building. Each playgroup is a 6 week program led by Pretend City’s... more

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