With the seasonal shift into Spring bringing warmer weather, I can't help but be excited to know the even warmer temps of Summer are just around the corner. And with Summer means longer days and lots of outdoor activities to enjoy with family and friends. Take full advantage of all that the OC Parks (including a handful of our favorite Irvine parks) has to offer this summer by attending a concert or sunset cinema event! Celebrate summertime outdoors with 10 free concerts + 14 free movie screenings at OC Parks June 14 – September 13. Top artists performing throughout summer include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The English Beat, The White Buffalo, and Lit. OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 free outdoor concerts Thursday evenings, June 20 – August 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

The concert series kicks off with Hard Day’s Night on June 20 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by popular local and national artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sega Genecide, The Fenians, The English Beat, The White Buffalo, Room at the Top, Sweet & Tender Hooligans, Tijuana Dogs, and Family Style. Lit, an American rock band from Orange County best known for the song "My Own Worst Enemy" will close out the 2019 OC Parks Summer Concert Series with a free show appealing to both rock and country fans at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series brings the big screen to your favorite regional parks. Fourteen free movie screenings will take place Friday nights, June 14 – September 13 around sunset at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. People of all ages can enjoy recent favorites and popular classics with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times at approximately 8 p.m. after sundown. Friday night films kick off on June 14 and include Zootopia (2016), Grease (1978), Thor (2011), Jurassic Park (1993), Paddington 2 (2018), The Goonies (1985), Incredibles 2 (2018), Back to the Future (1985), Mary Poppins Returns (2018), The Jungle Book (1967), The LEGO Movie 2 (2019), The Princess Bride (1987), Lilo & Stitch (2002), and The Endless Summer (1966). “Every year this series has continued to grow and we can’t wait to bring an exceptional mix of free entertainment to the community this summer,” said Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “These events provide a great opportunity for locals and visitors of all ages to join neighbors in enjoying the summer season at our beautiful regional parks throughout Orange County.”

What You Need to Know

OC Parks Summer Concert Series and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series are free to attend, with free parking and open to the public of all ages. Food trucks will be serving at each location and a beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. Gather friends and family and enjoy free concerts and movie screenings this summer with OC Parks.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series Thursday nights, 5 p.m.

Date: June 20 Concert: Hard Day’s Night @ Craig Regional Park
Date: June 27 Concert: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Craig Regional Park
Date: July 11 Concert: Sega Genecide @ Mason Regional Park
Date: July 18 Concert: The Fenians @ Mason Regional Park
Date: July 25 Concert: The English Beat @ Irvine Regional Park
Date: August 1 Concert: The White Buffalo @ Irvine Regional Park
Date: August 8 Concert: Room at the Top @ Mile Square Regional Park
Date: August 15 Concert: Sweet & Tender Hooligans @ Mile Square Regional Park
Date: August 22 Concert: Tijuana Dogs + Family Style @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Date: August 29 Concert: Lit @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

OC Parks 2019 Summer Concert Series Schedule

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Movie Series Friday nights, 6 p.m.

Date: June 14 Movie: Zootopia (2016) @ Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Date: June 21 Movie: Grease (1978) @ Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Date: June 28 Movie: Thor (2011) @ Craig Regional Park
Date: July 5 Movie: Jurassic Park (1993) @ Craig Regional Park
Date: July 12 Movie: Paddington 2 (2018) @ Yorba Regional Park
Date: July 19 Movie: The Goonies (1985) @ Yorba Regional Park
Date: July 26 Movie: Incredibles 2 (2018) @ Mason Regional Park
Date: August 2 Movie: Back to the Future (1985) @ Mason Regional Park
Date: August 9 Movie: Mary Poppins Returns (2018) @ Irvine Regional Park
Date: August 16 Movie: The Jungle Book (1967) @ Irvine Regional Park
Date: August 23 Movie: The LEGO Movie 2 (2019) @ Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Date: August 30 Movie: The Princess Bride (1987) @ Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Date: September 6 Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002) @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Date: September 13 Movie: The Endless Summer (1966) @ Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

OC Parks 2019 Sunset Cinema Series Schedule