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Festivals in Orange County

Celebrating Community: The Enduring History of Small Town and City Festivals in Orange County


The Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove, CA on My Local OC.

The Strawberry Festival                 
Garden Grove, CA

From quaint gatherings in small towns to bustling celebrations in metropolitan hubs, festivals in Orange County have long been an integral part of our culture. These vibrant events serve as a nexus of tradition, culture, and community spirit, fostering connections among residents and visitors alike. Delving into our Orange County history and unveiling a tapestry of shared heritage and collective joy.

Our Orange County festivals have roots that can be traced back to ancient times when agrarian societies marked harvests with festivities to express gratitude to the gods for bountiful yields. These early celebrations evolved into annual traditions, characterized by feasting, music, and communal rituals. Over time, these gatherings became focal points for social cohesion, reinforcing bonds within our close-knit communities.

In medieval Europe, seasonal festivals played a pivotal role in fostering camaraderie among villagers. Events like May Day and Midsummer festivals provided opportunities for locals to come together, participate in games and dances, and celebrate the changing seasons. These traditions were not merely recreational but also imbued with spiritual significance, often incorporating religious rites and folklore.

As urban centers began to flourish during the Renaissance, city festivals emerged as grand spectacles of civic pride and cultural expression. Renaissance fairs, masquerade balls, and street parades became hallmark events, showcasing the wealth and sophistication of burgeoning metropolises. These gatherings attracted artists, merchants, and revelers from far and wide, transforming city streets into vibrant stages of creativity and merriment.

The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of rapid urbanization, altering the fabric of society, and reshaping the nature of festivals. While our industrial cities retained traditions of carnival and pageantry, they also introduced new forms of entertainment, such as amusement parks and expos. These modern attractions reflected the dynamism of urban life and appealed to diverse audiences, bridging gaps between social classes and cultural backgrounds.

In the 20th century, the rise of tourism and globalization further enriched the festival landscape, fostering cross-cultural exchanges and hybrid celebrations. Our small towns embraced their unique heritage, hosting events that showcased local crafts, cuisine, and folklore. Meanwhile, our larger cities embraced diversity, hosting multicultural festivals celebrating the rich tapestry of global cultures.

Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on My Local OC

Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, CA

Today, our small-town and city festivals continue to thrive, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences for attendees of all ages. Whether it’s a traditional county fair, a music festival in the heart of the city, or a cultural celebration honoring ancestral traditions, our Orange County festivals serving as reminders of the enduring power of community and the timeless allure of shared celebration. As we gather in Orange County to revel in the joy of festivals, we pay homage to the rich tapestry of human history and the boundless creativity of the human spirit.

Please see our list below for a festival near you.  And if you know of one that isn’t listed, please let us know and we will add it.



Have fun at our Festivals in Orange County!
The Team @ My Local OC
“Serving the Orange County Lifestyle.”
My Local OC Serving the Orange County Lifestyle

Written by: Patricia Braun – Publisher My Local OC
Festival Research & List Compilation – Tina McNamara – Marketing Assistant


2024 Festivals in Orange County
At the time of this post, these events are active.
But it’s always a good idea for you to check the local festival number before you go.

Aliso Viejo   May 4, 2:30-9 pm Soka Peace Festival   1 University Drive  949.480.4278   Website

Anaheim   May 2-5   Anaheim 5 de Mayo Fiesta – Festival @ La Palma Park   1151 N La Palma Pkwy   714.265.7191 option 1   Website

Anaheim   May 17-19   OC Greek Food Festival @ St. John’s Church   405 N. Dale St.   714.827.0181   Website

Anaheim   May 18, 11am-3 pm Anaheim Children’s Festival – Free Event @ Pearson Park   Lemon St. & Sycamore St.   714.765.6450   Website

Anaheim   June 21-23   YOKOCHO Fest @ Taste of Japan Anaheim 2024 @ STC Anaheim GardenWalk   400 W Disney Way   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Brea   May 17-19   Brea Bonanza Days – Country Music Festival @ Brea Downtown  330 West Birch Street   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Brea   August 9   6:30-10pm   Brea Fest @ Civic & Cultural Center   1 Civic Center Circle   714.990.7600   Website

Buena Park   September 21   Buena Park Culture Fest @ Buena Park Civic Center   6650 Beach Blvd.   714.562.3500   Website

Costa Mesa   May 5   OC Boho Fest @ The MET   535 Anton Boulevard   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Costa Mesa   May 25-26   10am   Scottish Fest @ OC Fair & Event Center   88 Fair Dr.   Website

Costa Mesa   October 16-27   SoCal VegFest – Biggest Vegan Festival @ OC Fair & Event Center   88 Fair Drive   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Cypress  June 9   Cypress SummerFest @ Civic Center Green   5275 Orange Avenue    714.229.6700   Website

Dana Point   June 22-23   Doheny Surf & Art Festival @ historic Doheny State Beach   25300 Dana Point Harbor   Email: [email protected]    Website

Dana Point   September 13-15   Maritime Festival @ Dana Point Harbor (see website – more info coming soon)   Website

Fountain Valley   May 17-19   Crawfish Festival (formerly known as Long Beach Crawfish Festival) @ Fountain Valley Sports Park   16400 Brookhurst Street   562.495.5959   Website

Fountain Valley   June13-16   Fountain Valley SummerFest @ Fountain Valley Sports Park   16400 Brookhurst Street   714.839.8611   Website

Fountain Valley   September 6-8   The Original Lobster Festival (formerly known as Long Beach Original Lobster Festival) @ Fountain Valley Sports Park   16400 Brookhurst St   562.495.5959   Website

Fullerton   June 7-8   Southern California Drone Film Festival @ Fullerton College   321 E. Chapman Ave   Website

Garden Grove   May 24-27   Garden Grove Strawberry Festival @ Village Green Park   Main Street & Euclid Street   714.638.0981   Website

Huntington Beach   May 4   Derby Days Festival – Surf City Derby Party @ Huntington Beach Sports Complex   18100 Goldenwest Street   949.836.2584   Website

Huntington Beach   August 16-18   BBQ Music Fest @ Huntington Beach Sports Complex   18100 Goldenwest Street   562.495.5959   Website

Irvine   June 21-23   Irvine Greek Festival @ St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church   4949 Alton Parkway   949.733.2366   Website

Laguna Beach   June 28-September 1 (Weekends)   Summer Sawdust Art Festival @ 935 Laguna Canyon Road   949.494.3030   Website

Laguna Beach   July 6-August 30   Festival of Arts – Pageant of the Masters   650 Laguna Canyon Road   800.487.3378   Website

Laguna Niguel   August 23-25   Sea Country Festival @ (see website – info coming soon)   949.425.5100    Website

La Habra   May 3-5   La Habra Annual Citrus Festival   321 E. La Habra Blvd.   562.697.1704   Website

Newport Beach   May 31-June 2   Subaru Newport Beach Jazz Festival @ Hyatt Regency Newport Beach   1107 Jamboree Rd   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Newport Beach   June 7-8   Wooden Boat Festival @ Balboa Yacht Club   1801 Bayside Drive   949.673.3515   Website

Placentia   May 15   Jazz & Art Festival & Louisiana Crawfish Boil @ Champions Sports Complex   505 Jefferson   Website

San Clemente   July 20-21   San Clemente Ocean Festival – “The Greatest Show on Surf” @ (see website – info coming soon)   949.440.6141   Website

San Clemente   August 11, 10 am-7 pm 2024 Fiesta Music Festival (69th Annual) @ 100 & 200 Blocks of Avenida Del Mar   949.492.1131   Website

San Juan Capistrano   August 3, 10 am-4 pm Festival of The Butterflies @ Los Rios Park   31791 Los Rios St   949.674.6307   Website

San Juan Capistrano   September 23-24   San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival @ Saint Basil Church   31612 El Camino Real   949.542.3445   Website

Santa Ana   August 3, 2-7 pm Chicano Heritage Festival @  Flower Street and Civic Center Drive   Website

Santa Ana   August 25   Orange County Blues Festival @ Stages Bar   604 East Dyer Road   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Tustin May 18 Tustin LobsterFest @ Peppertree Park   230 W First St   Purchase Tickets Online   Website

Yorba Linda   June 2   Celebration of The Arts & Music Festival @ Hurless Barton Park   4601 Casa Loma Ave   714.961.7100   Website

Yorba Linda   August 26  Chalk Art Festival @ Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center 4852 Lakeview Avenue   Website

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