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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: Old Orange County Courthouse
  • Address: 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana,
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  • July 14, 2014 - October 10, 2014

Old Orange County Courthouse is pleased to present "Orange County Circa 1889," a collection of historic photographic work taken 125 years ago documenting the founding era of Orange County. In 1889, Orange County was striving to create an identity during a period of great change. After 20 years of struggle, residents had overwhelmingly voted in favor of separation from Los Angeles County to form California's 53rd and newest County. In agriculture, a recent blight in the local viney... more

Learn how to spark a child’s imagination with author and illustrator Crystal Smith’s Questions for Kids and her book making activity. Smith will read her award-winning title Daddy, My Favorite Guy, winners of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, International Latino Book Awards, and Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award. Pick up your copy of the book in the Pretend City Mini-Mall! Free; does not include museum admission Receive 20% OFF General Admission to Pretend City when yo... more

Visit Pretend City for a special Author’s Day activity! OC Animal Care will be at Pretend City with their Reading with Fido program. Meet their certified pediatric therapy dog, Kane the Collie, and learn about what it means to be a responsible pet owner. Free; does not include museum admission Receive 20% OFF General Admission to Pretend City when you purchase a book from one of the featured authors at the Pretend City Mini-Mall!

  • 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   

Celebrate Worldwide Day of Play at Pretend City Children's Museum! This annual event is designed to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play. Pretend City has joined forces with Fit 2 be Kids for some fun physical activities! Visit the gross motor room for a variety of experiences, such as Olympic Style Field Games, Martial Arts Fitness,and educational nutrition classes. Stop by and play today!

Specifically for: Children ages 6 – 8 years On Rosh Hashanah it is traditional to eat some special foods that symbolize blessing, such as pomegranates,apples, and honey. Come to Pretend City to participate in the Honey Factory in honor of Rosh Hashanah. Children will learn about how honey is made and what makes it kosher. A special observation hive with live bees will add some excitement! RSVP: Highly Encouraged Walk-ins welcome based on availability.

Sound the Shofar! It’s time to celebrate the festival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a Shofar Factory. Children will gain insight into the significance of the Shofar in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Children will see and hear a demonstration of the traditional blasts, while learning to blow the Shofar. Come learn and participate in the process involved in making a shofar from a kosher animal. RSVP: Not required for demonstration. Required for Shofar-making activity.

  • 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.   

  • Address: 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Floe
  • 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.

The “King of Romance” makes his Segerstrom Center debut with an evening filled with classic songs from his vast catalogue of hits. A music legend with legions of fans around the world, Engelbert Humperdinck has released more than 80 albums of tender, beloved ballads, earning him an outstanding 63 gold and 24 platinum records, four Grammy® Award nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Praised for his longstanding career, u... 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: The Original Manassero Farms Irvine Marketplace
  • Address: ?(On Jeffrey Road, between Barranca and Irvine Valley), ,
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  • September 14, 2014

A celebrity dinner with award-winning chefs cooking tableside to benefit American Soldier Network & Kitty Katchers at an actual 3rd generation family farm!

  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • September 15, 2014 - September 21, 2014

During the week of September 15th, the Alzheimer’s Association will GO Purple OC and feature the color purple on Orange County’s well-known landmarks, city halls, retail shopping centers and more to increase awareness and inspire action. GO Purple OC is an Alzheimer’s Association initiative to rally the community to spread the word and encourage registration for one of the four Orange County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

Once a month Pretend City offers Homeschool students unlimited access to their interactive exhibits that offer the opportunity to learn through fun experiences. A trip to Pretend City offers your students a learning experience through hands-on “real-life” educational play. These activities surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. Additionally, Pretend City offers two facilitated lessons per day for Homeschool students to participate in.

  • Address: 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Venue: Floe
  • 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.

  • Location: The Back Bay Conference Center (above Irvine Lanes)
  • Address: 3415 Michelson Dr., Irvine,
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  • September 13, 2014 - October 03, 2014

 Named the Best Comedy/Improv in Southern California by The LA Time, The Best Improv Show in Orange County by CBS Los Angeles and the Best Comedy Club by the OC Hotlist three years in a row, ImprovCity performs a 90 minute high energy, audience interactive, completely improvised comedy show based on audience suggestions. Because of this, no two shows are ever alike! Best part is that ImprovCity shows are always 100% clean and family friendly! ALL AGES WELCOMED!  Food + Drinks availabl... 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.

It’s a Pirate Party! Visit Pretend City for a swashbuckling adventure to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day! With special pirate themed story times taking place every hour and facilitated activities throughout the day, this will be a journey you won't want to miss. Buy one admission ticket and receive one free admission when a child dresses up in their best pirate garb.

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.

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

Live Music

  • Location: Mason Regional Park
  • Address: 18712 University Drive, ,
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  • September 19, 2014

OC Parks is pleased to announce Mason Movie Nights Under the Stars! Join us on September 19 for a viewing of The Lego Movie. Bring a chair or blanket and find a spot on the grass in Mason Park's beautiful amphitheater. You are welcome to bring your own picnic; there will be free popcorn and bottled water available for everyone. Additional refreshments will be available for a nominal fee. Special Instructions: Reservations are not necessary. Parking will be free after 5:30 p.m. and the movie w... more

  • Address: 16525 Von Karman Ave STE E, Irvine, CA 92606
  • Venue: Elements Massage
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • June 01, 2014 - March 01, 2015

Make Mondays "me time". Enjoy bagels and coffee company of other local moms and a short presentation on how to carve out special time for yourself.

  • 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: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
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  • September 13, 2014 - September 14, 2014

The lineup for this year includes the following amazingly funny people: Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Brent Morin, Chris D'Elia, Chris Hardwick, Dave Attell, Demetri Martin, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Jermaine Fowler, Jerrod Carmichael, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Jefferies, Julian McCullough, Louis C.K., Marc Maron, Michael Che, Moshe Kasher, Nate Bargatze, Reggie Watts, Ron Funches, Rory Scovel, Sarah Silverman and Whitney Cummings. The exact lineup of performers will vary by cit... more

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