Nobody does summer like Newport Beach. June through September is chock full of events around town that you won’t find anywhere else! So grab your flip flops and a fully charged phone, because you don’t want to miss any of these top activities!
The Orange County Fair is a Summer Must!
A whirlwind of friend Oreos, hypnotists, carnival rides, concerts, petting zoos, quilting competitions, and even pig races, the Orange County Fair will entertain the entire family like nothing else can. We’re partial to the food scene (fried food fantasy of our dreams!) and the outdoor concerts at the Pacific Amphitheater. Pro tip: entry to the fair is free with a concert ticket, so enjoy a ride or two before seeing acts like Trevor Noah, Counting Crows, and Kool and the Gang. Oh, and did we mention they have a Pig Cam?! See what the fair’s resident piggies are up to here!
July 15 – August 14
The Sawdust Festival is an Absolute Treat Under the Eucalyptus Trees of Laguna Beach!
Row upon row of one-of-a-kind treasures await at the the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. Take a drive down PCH to Newport’s neighboring beach town known for its art and soul. The magic of Laguna Beach culminates at the Sawdust Festival, with music, installations, glass blowing, metal smithing, and local art for you to discover – all amongst the eucalyptus trees. This is a must-add to your Newport Beach summer itinerary!
June 24 – August 28
‘Makers in the Zone’ is Newport’s Newest Event (& it sure doesn’t disappoint!)
At the very end of the Newport Beach peninsula you’ll find a bayside locale packed with fun and games, aptly named The Fun Zone. With a waterfront Ferris wheel, arcade, restaurants, souvenir and ice creams shops, the Fun Zone makes for a fabulous afternoon any day of the week. But on the fourth Thursday of every month, things get a whole lot more festive with the new ‘Makers in the Zone’ events. Shop local artisan goods, sip on craft beer, and listen to laid back tunes in the timeless Americana ambiance. It’s summer at its best!
June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22
Watch Family Flicks Under the Stars Every Weekend at Newport Dunes
Bring your beach chairs & blankets and watch classic family movies with a bay front backdrop! For just the price of parking, you and your crew can watch favorite flicks like Sing!, Matilda, and the Sandlot at the beautiful Newport Dunes! This is the perfect way to enjoy the cinema, SoCal-style!
Every Friday & Saturday from now – September 3rd
The Pageant of the Masters will Enchant and Gobsmack You!
There’s a reason that the Pageant of the Masters has been around for 89 years – it’s incredible! Never been? This jaw-dropping, you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it theatrical experience transforms art into gigantic LIVE renderings that will blow your mind! Shows are performed nightly under the stars in beautiful Laguna Beach. It’s the perfect excursion for the whole family. Yes – your kids will love this, too!
July 7 – September 2
Hang Loose at the U.S. Open of Surfing
Cheer on the world’s top professional surfers at the U.S. Open in our neighboring town of Huntington Beach! People come from all over to watch these athletes carve up a wave like you’ve never seen! On top of this staggering surf competition, the beach transforms into a small city of booths and tents filled with merchandise, face painting, giveaways, food trucks, and more! It’s a week-long beach bash that screams summer!
July 30-August 7
Looking for more Summer excursions?
Check out these kid-friendly activities perfect for filling up summer with unforgettable fun! From surf camps to island-hopping to tidepool explorations, Newport Beach is the perfect summer headquarters!