18 Things To Do In Orange County This July And August

Allison Hata | July 4, 2019 | Lifestyle

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Through 8/10
Poems Without Words
Like silent poetry, art can fill a sensory need when a creative is at a loss for words. Appreciate a series of impressionist works while imagining the unspoken rhythms in the spiraling colors and brushstrokes. Free, The Irvine Museum Collection, irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

Through 8/18
A Brief History of the El Toro Air Show: 1950-1997
A time-honored tradition in midcentury Orange County, the beloved air spectacle drew upward of 2 million civilians to the base. Artists like Paul Gavin captured these moments on canvas and film, and the dazzling works are now introducing a new generation to the region’s rich military history. Free, Palm Court Art Complex, Irvine, cityofirvine.org

7/5-28
Mamma Mia!
Here we go again! ABBA’s feel-good hits are the soundtrack of the summer in this jukebox musical that follows a young bride-to-be’s quest to discover the identity of her real father. Tickets $81-$96, The Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Canyon, lagunaplayhouse.com

7/10 - 21
The Phantom of the Opera
A gilded classic, the Broadway smash hit brings heroine Christine and the titular Phantom back to the O.C. stage. This time, the hauntingly beautiful score is accompanied by new scenic design, choreography, staging and a 52-member touring cast and orchestra. Tickets $35.75-$150.75, VIP tickets $165.75, Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, scfta.org

7/18
Leadership in Heels
The female-centric speaker series featuring panels of dynamic executives and community leaders steps into summer with a new topic— generational leadership. Enjoy coffee, breakfast and empowering conversation at an event that encourages women to embrace the challenges and joys of living a life with purpose. 7am, tickets $75, sponsorships $1,500-$10,000, Center Club, Costa Mesa, scharrelljackson.com

7/19
Ziggy Marley
The eight-time Grammy-winning son of Bob Marley delivers reggae-pop tunes and fluttering beats in his OC Fair summer concert series performance. 7:30pm, tickets $28-$58, Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, pacamp.com

Through 9/1
Sawdust Art Festival
The wooded grounds of Laguna Canyon are abuzz with the sights and sounds of this annual festival featuring 200 of the city’s artists and artisans. Lose yourself in mesmerizing works of art; peruse handcrafted offerings; and participate in interactive workshops and demonstrations taking place across the outdoor village. Tickets $7-$9, passes $20, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, sawdustartfestival.org

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7/21
Symphony at the Mission
Pacific Symphony will perform its greatest hits in a first-ever concert with Mission San Juan Capistrano. Expect a medley of Broadway hits and opera classics under the stars. 6:30pm, VIP tables from $170, Mission San Juan Capistrano, missionsjc.com

7/25-26
Zac Brown Band: The Owl Tour
The summer tour will support the group’s forthcoming record, an exploratory work that transcends genre. Catch the Grammy Award-winning band’s latest single, “Someone I Used to Know,” and other new songs inspired by the mystery of the great horned owl. 7pm, tickets $53-$143, VIP packages $300-$700, FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, livenation.com

7/27
National Choreographers Initiative
See the fruits of an intensive three-week workshop as four choreographers from across the country debut new ballets. Julia Feldman, Alan Hineline, Alex Ketley and Tom Mattingly, each known for a distinct style, showcase their visions with the artistry of 16 talented dancers. 8pm, tickets $20-$45, Irvine Barclay Theatre, thebarclay.org

7/29
Surf and Turf Golf Tournament
A shotgun start kicks off the 15th annual tournament benefiting the PADRE Foundation’s Type 1 diabetes education and support groups. A putting contest, opportunity drawing and dinner buffet make a day on the green an afternoon to remember. 1pm, tickets $175, foursomes $700, sponsorships $800, SeaCliff Country Club, Huntington Beach, padrefoundation.org

8/11
CHOC Walk in the Park
Join the community for an inspiring morning that changes lives for SoCal kids. The 5K walk through Disneyland Park celebrates the future of our next generation by raising funds for research, health care programs and education. 6:15am, tickets $85-$95, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, chocwalk.org


8/11
Lobsterfest
It’s East Coast meets West for this surf-and-turf spread under the sun, with whole Maine lobster flown in fresh that morning. VIP treatment includes reserved front-of-stage tables, unlimited beer and wine, and all-you-can-eat lobster. 2pm, tickets $65, VIP tickets $150, Newport Beach Civic Center, lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com

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8/17-18
Pacific Wine & Food Classic
This SoCal culinary event allows attendees to dig their toes into the sand while enjoying samplings from more than 60 restaurants around town. Olea, Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden and Filomena’s are among this year’s returning favorites, along with first-time participants like Bosscat Kitchen, Sushi Roku and the Blind Rabbit. 2pm, single-day tickets from $99, VIP tickets from $149, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, pacificwineandfood.com

8/19
Rod Carew Children’s Golf Classic
The baseball Hall of Famer joins forces with Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to host an all-star golf tournament on two award-winning courses at Pelican Hill. After turning up the heat on the course, cool down with a cocktail and dinner reception, and bid in a silent auction with proceeds donated to the nonprofit. 8am, tickets $1,000, sponsorships $4,000-$15,000, Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast, pcrf-kids.org

8/23
Blackbird Vineyards Dinner
Chef Benjamin Martinek will introduce each decadent course of this wine-paired, five-course dinner featuring dishes like diver scallop tartare and poached Dutch white asparagus with meringue foam and Sterlet caviar. Paul Leary, president of Bespoke Collection, will present wines from Blackbird Vineyards as each course is served. 5:30pm, tickets $200, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, montagehotels.‌com

8/23
John Cusack: Say Anything
Following a screening of the 1980s rom-com cult favorite, the actor behind the lovestruck Lloyd Dobler brings audiences up close and personal in a candid conversation about his career and the making of the film. A limited number of VIPs can meet and take a photo with Cusack post-show. 7:30pm, tickets $44.75-$74.75, VIP tickets $159.75, Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, scfta.org

8/24
Bubbles and Brunch to End MS
Sip mimosas and savor an elegant three-course brunch while hearing from those affected by multiple sclerosis. Their inspirational stories set the stage for an afternoon of giving, with opportunity prize drawings and a silent auction benefiting the National MS Society. 11am, tickets $100, sponsorships $2,500-$20,000, Fashion Island Hotel, Newport Beach, nationalmssociety.org



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Photography by: The phantom of the opera photo by matthew murphy; sawdust art festival photo courtesy of festival; pacific wine and food classic photo by luis esparza; national choreographers initiative photo by skye schmidt