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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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John Wayne Airport (JWA) launched its first ever photo contest to encourage Airport travelers and visitors to share how JWA connects them to what's important. Using #JWAconnects, participants 18 years or older and non-County of Orange employees can enter by uploading their original photos at www.ocair.com/photocontest. The public can vote for their favorite photos at www.ocair.com/photocontest. A first, second and third place photo will be selected and featured on JWA's homepage, ocair.com, f... more

  • 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: Heritage Hill Historical Park
  • Address: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
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  • December 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014

Watch the park transforms into an extravagant celebration with 1,000 luminarias lighting the buildings, illuminating the pathways and shining on the park. Holiday carolers, live musicians, storytellers and dancers provide seasonal entertainment throughout the event. Visit Santa and enjoy warm cider, cocoa and homemade confections.

  • Location: Island Hotel
  • Address: 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach,
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  • December 14, 2014

The entire family will enjoy brunch with Santa, who will be seated on the stunning patio at the Fireside Lounge. Brunch will include seasonal favorites and plated selections from the holiday brunch menu.    

"Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City! In honor of the miracle which occurred with oil, Pretend City hosts the Olive Press Workshop. Children will be taken back to a time of chance, drama and triumph! They will laugh, thrill and cheer as the adventure of Chanukah unfolds. They will also learn customs and traditions associated with Chanukah all while making olive oil for the Menorah. Register Online: http://pretendcity.org/event/celebrate-ch... more

  • 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.   

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present Home for Christmas – The Symphony Tour. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble's second Christmas album, Home for Christmas, including holiday favorites, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Silent Night." This promises to be an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance and holiday cheer.

  • 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

  • Location: Pretend City Children's Museum
  • Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Venue: Pretend City Children's Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • December 12, 2014 - December 23, 2014

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

A wholesome, uplifting holiday concert for the entire family. Sandi Patty's angelic voice has earned her five Grammys, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million records sold. Known simply as "The Voice," Patty joins Pacific Symphony to celebrate the season with inspirational and joyful songs.

  • 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.

  • Location: Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Address: 615 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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  • December 09, 2014 - December 21, 2014

Dixie's Tupperware Party stars Dixie Longate as the fast-talking Tupperware lady who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Longate throws a good old fashioned Tupperware party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage! Loaded with the most up-to-date ... more

  • Location: Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Address: 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Venue: Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • December 10, 2014 - December 14, 2014

Prepare to leave the theater with that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling as the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL comes to the Center for the first time. THE GRINCH broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway and has delighted thousands of families across America who have been enchanted by this heart-warming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as “100 times better than... more

  • 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.

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

  • 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: DAX Gallery
  • Address: 2951 Randolph Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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  • December 20, 2014

DAX Gallery & OC Art Walk are co-curating an art exhibit with local artists who will showcase their work in a collective group show, ‘FAM’. This exhibit supports local artists and will embody fashion, art, and music by bringing performing artists, tattoo artists, fashion boutiques, and live music to DAX Gallery. Works in the exhibition include a variety of mediums, styles, processes, and concepts. Fabric Fashion Show’s Pop-Up Truck Boutique will be rolling up and will have... 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: Irvine Barclay Theatre
  • Address: 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Irvine Barclay Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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  • December 12, 2014 - December 24, 2014

In cities around the world, The Nutcracker has become a Christmas holiday tradition, and the holidays are not complete without seeing The Nutcracker live. Festival Ballet Theatre's breathtaking production features superb colorful sceneries and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new! Starting with a spectacular 19th century holiday party, the story follows a young girl on a journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets into the Sugarplum Fairy's glorious kingdom. Set to... more

  • Location: Orange County Museum of Art
  • Address: 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
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  • December 14, 2014

11 am–4 pm | Art activities and performances Enjoy live music performances by students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Food truck on site.

An event of joy, reflection and renewal: Thrill to blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and the electrifying, uplifting "Hallelujah!" chorus.

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