Fun Activities to Do in Orange County This Weekend

By Carol Cassis
Carol Cassis
Carol Cassis
September 15, 2022 Updated: September 15, 2022

Fountain Valley Classic Car Show

Join car and music lovers to enjoy the craftsmanship and style of the city’s second annual Sunset Car Show. Hosted by Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, family and friends can enjoy an evening of car shows and awards, music, and lots of food. The night also features musical performances from bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Skynyrd & Frynds, Blues and Soul from local band Family Style, and No Duh.

16801 Euclid Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Saturday, 4:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Free. For more information.

Orange SoCal Etsy Guild Market

Featuring local artists, crafters, and designers, bring the family to enjoy a day of handmade fun! Located at the center of The Outlets of Orange, the market will feature live art and local designers offering their handmade vintage and original designs for sale. Hosted by SoCal Etsy Guild, the event takes place among lots of eateries and additional shops open for business within the outdoor mall.

The Outlets at Orange: 20 City Boulevard West Orange, CA 92868. Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information.

Los Alamitos Sunset Saturdays Farmers Market and Street Fair

This special night market has something for everyone to enjoy, including live music, succulent farm-grown goods, food, a beer garden, and much more. The family-friendly event also features family games like Giant Jenga and Connect Four, as well as adult games like axe throwing. Foodies can experience an array of options to choose from at the fair’s signature “foodie fest,” including vegan options. All are welcome and parking is free.

Downtown Los Alamitos Pine Street: 10932 Pine Street, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free. For more information.

Newport Bay Coastal Cleanup Day

Give back to the community and environment by joining the Newport Bay Conservancy to clean up the bay from trash buildup. With increased waste in the area from elevated use of single-use plastics, disposable masks, and gloves over this past year, these items and others risk harming wildlife, polluting waterways, and threatening public health, according to the organization.

After going virtual with the event last year, this September the group hopes to remove over 10,000 pounds of trash and invasive plants from the uplands and marsh areas of the bay.

Volunteers will meet directly at 20 to 25 different mini-cleanup day sites around the 11-mile bay, including the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Aquatic Center, Big Canyon, Vista Point, Jamboree Bridge, and others. Exact meeting locations will be announced and sent to groups before Sept. 17.

According to the organization’s guidelines, it is recommended that everyone wear old clothes and close-toed shoes, with tall rubber boots or waterproof shoes preferred. Minors need guardian permission and adult volunteers present with them, with ages 6 and up eligible to participate.

Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center: 2301 University Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Free. For more information.

Huntington Beach ‘Rocktoberfest’

The Biergarten at Old World Huntington Beach is hosting its second annual Rocktoberfest, with this Saturday’s concert designated as free! This “rock n’ roll version of Oktoberfest” features live bands, DJs, amazing food, the Biergarten Shotzie Girls, a full bar with over 60 beers on tap, craft cocktails, and a 10,000 square foot open-air Biergarten with a large fest hall. Attendees must be at least 21 to enter, and identification will be checked at the door.

Biergarten at Old World HB: 7561 Center Avenue #49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Saturday, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free. For more information.

Newport Beach Endless Summer

Grab your crew and book a table for two nights of beer gardens and live bands on the city’s Lido Deck. The city’s ‘Endless Summer’ celebration will feature the musical stylings of “Cali Conscious,” an eight-piece Surf Reggae Rock band from Huntington Beach, as well as “The Fabulous Yachtsmen,” a “yacht rock” band known to make its audiences get up and dance. The picturesque oceanfront venue will also feature signature drinks and beer on tap, along with sumptuous cuisine and more. Tables may be purchased online through Revel Republic, linked below.

Lido Marina Village: 3434 Via Lido Newport Beach, CA 92663. Saturday to Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. $15 to $195. RSVP here.

‘Trobicaza’ in Downtown Santa Ana

All are welcome at “Santa Ana’s favorite house day party,” where guests of all ages can dance to house music from local artists, including Bowie, Rachael Roll, and special guest Pam Sessions among others. Featuring colorful drinks and plenty of food options to choose from, Tropicaza is back by popular demand at Mission Control in Downtown Santa Ana, with tickets quickly selling out!

Mission Control Bar: 515 N Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Limited free RSVP available, with tickets $5 to $10. For more information.

Costa Mesa Flamenco Dinner Show

Enjoy a vibrant Spanish dinner show with a three-course menu combined with a Flamenco dance performance with traditional Spanish-trained Flamenco dancers at “the top of their field.” Price includes dinner featuring Shaved Jamón Ensalada Sevillana, “award-winning” Paella Valenciana, and Lemon Tart with Linguee Cherries for dessert. Upgrades are also available for à la carte purchases. Children under 10 will not be admitted. Cafe Sevilla of Costa Mesa.

1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa. Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 pm. $90 minimum. For tickets.

Carol Cassis