7 Things to Do in Orange County on Labor Day Weekend

By Julianne Foster
Julianne Foster
Julianne Foster
September 1, 2022 Updated: September 2, 2022

Orange International Street Fair

This beloved annual event celebrates the culture, local food, and diversity found within Orange County. Throughout Old Town Orange, there will be vendor and community organization booths, live music performances spread over eight different stages, exciting crafts and games for kids to enjoy, and 42 booths with be selling ethnic foods and alcohol. Booths are run by local non-profits whose proceeds go toward the community.

112 E Chapman Avenue, Orange. Friday through Sunday. Times vary. Free parking and admission. For more information.

Concerts on the Cliff

Four local bands are performing at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point this weekend with a spectacular view of the surrounding greenery flowing down into the beach and widespread ocean. The opening entertainment is DJ Ever Ed and Rachel Perry, followed by headlines The Adam Lasher Band, Pilot Touhill, and Burrito the Band.

25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point. Saturday. 4 to 10 p.m. Tickets price range from $25 to $70. For more information.

Civil War Reenactment

The Huntington Beach Historical Society is hosting the annual reenactment of the Civil War Days in Huntington Beach Central Park. Facilitated by hundreds of volunteers, the reenactment displays vivid recreations of Civil War events allowing residents to experience the past of our country during a crucial turn in American history.

18002 Goldenwest Street. Saturday and Sunday. Times Vary. Free. For more information.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The Pacific Symphony will be performing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture with a thrilling fireworks display at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine. Tchaikovsky is a famous romantic composer whose music is renowned throughout the world. Daniel Hsu, Bronze Medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Overture. There will be gourmet food trucks available for picnicking in front of the performance at tables or in grandstand panoramic seating.

14800 Chinon, Irvine. Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. For more information.

Farmers Markets in OC

Local farmers markets can be an exciting way to enjoy the weekend and explore supporting local farmers through purchasing produce, flowers, and other artisan crafts that may be available. Many cities have farmers markets available, such as Anaheim, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, and Orange. Find your local farmers market and more information here.

Summer Nights at Knott’s Berry Farm

This is the final weekend to enjoy the explosive festivities of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Summer Nights Event. Packed with live entertainment and a wide variety of delicious food and beverages, the theme park has been thrilling guests for months. The nighttime event begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music from local artists and DJs spread throughout the park. Besides great food and music, there are interactive photo opportunities and family-friendly games available.

8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park. Event runs through Labor Day. Tickets start at $69. For more information

Library Crafts Day for Kids

There will be a great opportunity for kids to enjoy themed craft time at the University Park Library in Irvine. There will be themed crafts, no sign up is required and the public is welcome during all house of the event. This generous opportunity for children is presented by Assisteens of Irvine—a non-profit group in Irvine that offers young adults the chance to give back to their community.

4512 Sandburg Way, Irvine. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. For more information.