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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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  • Address: 655 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92614
  • Venue: South Coast Repertory
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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  • November 29, 2014 - December 26, 2014

Nineteenth-century London comes to life with all the familiar Dickens characters-Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Fezziwigs and old Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Many of today's family Christmas traditions have origins in this tale which highlights the joy of generosity and caring for those around us.

  • Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
  • Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach,
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  • November 25, 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. James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 South to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U... more

  • Location: Laguna Niguel Regional Park
  • Address: 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel,
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  • November 23, 2014

Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Reservations required, sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 tu... more

Free ice skating, Giant Wheel and carousel rides and valet along with DJs throughout the center.  

  • Location: Fashion Island
  • Address: 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Venue: Fashion Island
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  • November 28, 2014

Enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree and more.  

Enjoy holiday entertainment throughout the day.  

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

U.S. Premiere Written, directed and performed by Rick Miller Barclay audiences will remember Rick Miller from his worldwide hit MacHomer. With BOOM, Miller returns to the Barclay in an explosive new solo performance that chronicles the music, culture and events that shaped the Baby Boom generation (1945-1969). BOOM takes us through 25 turbulent years, and gives voice to over 100 influential politicians, activists and musicians. Through cutting-edge multimedia, unforgettable characters and... more

U.S. Premiere Written, directed and performed by Rick Miller Great music, tour-de-force storytelling, unforgettable characters and cutting-edge multi-media, this amazing solo performance chronicles the music and events that shaped the Baby Boom generation (1945-1969). From the explosion that ended WWII to the rocket that took men to the moon, Boom tells the stories of the culture, music and politics of an era. Rick Miller is a talented actor and impressionist and was named “One of the 100 ... more

Celebrate family, friends and the holiday that brings everyone together through fun activities.

  • 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.   

Shhh! Listen to the sounds of morning! They tell of something exciting that happened during the night. A pig was born. His name is Wilbur. And he's destined to become tomorrow's bacon-until a spider with amazing skills hatches a plan. This beloved children's fable about love and friendship comes alive onstage-in a warm and witty production that helps young people understand the ever-changing cycle of life.

  • 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.

  • Location: Excel 360 Learning Academy
  • Address: 15378 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
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  • November 15, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Calling all language lovers! Looking for the perfect Saturday morning activity that is educational and fun? Join us every Saturday from 10am – 11am for Chinese Storytime. Little learners are able to soak up languages at such an early age, and this great offering in a casual setting is the perfect Saturday morning activity. They will participate in the following activities and enjoy learning in a different language! - Reading a Chinese storybook - Learning Chinese vocabulary - Interacti... more

The Christmas Train runs November 28-30, December 5-7, and 12-23.    

  • Location: Irvine Spectrum Center - The Edwards Courtyard
  • Address: 71 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Venue: Irvine Spectrum Center
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  • November 21, 2014 - January 04, 2015

The Edwards Courtyard will come to life each evening with a special tribute to the magical holiday shows of the Disneyland Resort. Families can enjoy the holiday music and light displays on the hour every hour.

  • 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: The Market Place
  • Address: 2915 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782
  • Venue: The Market Place
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  • November 21, 2014 - January 04, 2015

Come check out three different holiday trees inspired and designed by the LA/OC favorite hockey team, Anaheim Ducks. The trees will be located in three different areas of the center. Look for fun and interactive events and activities with teh Anaheim Ducks each weekend throughout the holidays.

  • 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

  • Address: Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, CA 92697
  • Venue: Beall Center for Art + Technology at UCI
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • October 10, 2014 - January 24, 2015

Eddo Stern: New Works October 10 - January 24, 2014 Eddo Stern: New Works will present five game based projects: Darkgame 4.0, Vietnam Romance, Still Life With Putin, House Stern Pachinko, and Cruise Control. Stern explores the intersection between making games and making art. In the past few years he has been experimenting with various approaches for game visuals that integrate digital techniques such as 3D programming and electronics with non-digital image making methods such as watercolor on ... more

  • Location: Excel 360 Learning Academy
  • Address: 15378 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
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  • November 15, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Hands-on experiments are a wonderful way to enjoy the world of science. Learn about interesting science and technology facts through our Science Lab Series, where we will be performing experiments that are simple, safe and perfect for all ages. Level 1 (1st – 4th grade) 10:30am – 12pm $25 per class Level 2 (5th – 8th grade) 1pm – 2:30pm $30 per class Some of the many topics we will be covering are: - Gasses and liquids - Temperature - Sound and light - Earth, weather and... 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.    

Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • Location: Island Hotel
  • Address: 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach,
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  • November 29, 2014 - December 27, 2014

Enjoy a cup of cider at the Island Hotel's new Marketplace. Sample gingerbread cookies and other pastries fresh from the Marketplace bake shop on weekends from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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