Special Events


Chinatown-BowersThe Lure of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities

Apr. 12-Aug. 31. Learn how artists have played a pivotal role in documenting the historical changes and contributed to the perception of California’s Chinatowns and their residents. Composed of paintings from the 19th-20th Centuries that reveal artists’ interest, curiosity, idealism and romanticism with the subject. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org



June 27-Aug. 31. Juried art festival displays works by 125 artists in all mediums, including painting, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Live entertainment on weekends. Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (closes 6 pm on July 4 and Aug. 31). $4.50-$7.50. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514. art-a-fair.com http://www.art-a-fair.com/default.asp


SawdustSawdust Art Festival

June 27-Aug. 31. Works by 200 Laguna Beach artists—glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography—plus demos, kids’ activities, outdoor cafés and live music in eucalyptus grove. Daily 10am-10 pm (closes 6 pm on July 4). $7-$8. Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustartfestival.org


Festival-of-ArtsFestival of Arts

July 7-Aug. 3. California’s longest-running outdoor fine-art exhibition features works by more than 145 juried artists. Also, wine-and-chocolate and cooking events, Jazz on the Green, Sunday in the Park music series. Daily 10 am-11:30 pm. $7-$10. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145. foapom.com


PageantPageant of the Masters

July 9-Aug. 30. Watch the renowned presentation of works of art in living tableaux with actors, narration and orchestra. This year’s event, The Art Detective, reveals how lost treasures were found and crimes of passion uncovered—or covered up. Nightly 8:30 pm. $15-$220. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6582 foapom.com


OC-FairOrange County Fair

July 11-Aug. 10. Action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), concerts, carnival with rides, Giant Wheel, livestock competitions, petting zoo, wine tasting and fried food galore. W-Su. $7-$12, under 6 free; $10 (cash only) for parking. O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, ocfair.com


Vans-US-OpenVans U.S. Open of Surfing

July 26-Aug. 3. See the world’s largest pro surfing competition as well as a beach-lifestyle festival, skate and BMX events, community movie nights and more. Main Street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, vansusopenofsurfing.com



Brews-and-BBQBrews, Blues ‘n BBQ

Aug. 23. Enjoy Blues sensation Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers as they rock the garden and taste a wide variety of beers from some of California’s best breweries such as Bootlegger’s Brewery, Anaheim Brewery, Shock Top and more while feasting on delicious barbeque. 5:30 p.m. $45; includes admission, souvenir tasting glass and ten 4oz. tastings. Additional beer and wine tastings as well as food available for purchase. Must be 21. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton, 657.278.4010. fullertonarboretum.org

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