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Free and fun things to do in Orange County this weekend

There is so much to do this weekend in the Orange County area! Visit our Calendar of Events https://livingmividaloca.com/oc-events-calendar/

This Orange County FREE weekend events list is organized by city and noted where the entrance are FREE – which are all listed below! Use it as a jumping off point to celebrate the weekend in Orange County and choose a few events to attend.

There are so many free things to do in Orange County this weekend with family! Check out our list of events below, and visit their pages to confirm event details. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back next week for more fun things to do with family in Orange County!

Did we miss one? Email ([email protected]) or message us on Facebook or on Instagram.

If you’re looking for FREE things to do during the week, check out our community calendar, and save our Spring events lists.

Free things to do this weekend in Orange County with family – May 24-26, 2024

OC WEEKEND EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY ON FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024

ANAHEIM
Weekend Events in Anaheim

Live Music | Anaheim Packing House
7:00PM-9:00PM (Ongoing)
Live music from: David Spitzfaden

Movie Matinee | Central Branch Library – 901 S Sunkist
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Join us for a relaxing afternoon watching a classic movie and enjoying some light refreshments. This month in celebration of Memorial Day we are showing Rescue Dawn starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. Rated PG-13

COSTA MESA
Weekend Events in Costa Mesa

Centennial Farm | OC Fairgrounds
9:00AM-12:00PM (Discovery Day)
Visit our three-acre working farm, which features seasonal crops, farm animals and knowledgeable staff. Free admission and parking. Centennial Farm is on the south side of our property.

Heroes Hall Museum | OC Fairgrounds
10:00AM-4:00PM Friday-Sunday (Ongoing)
Visit our museum to view the latest exhibits and learn about local veterans. Heroes Hall is next to Centennial Farm. Free admission and parking.

General admission | Orange County Museum of Art
11:00 am – 6:00 pm 
OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

GARDEN GROVE
Weekend Events in Garden Grove
Main Street Classic Car Show |
Historic Main Street (Every Friday)
4:00pm – 8:00pm
The Main Street Classic Car Show is the longest-running car show in Orange County, California. Classics are on display for sure. But you’re likely to find all types of vehicles on the show-strip any given Friday. Because there are roughly 50 parking spaces. And with the show running every Friday you’re bound to catch a wide variety of rids on display.

IRVINE
Weekend Events in Irvine
Great Park Balloon |
Great Park
10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Great Park Balloon is Great Park’s iconic attraction. With the ability to soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it serves as a public observation deck for Great Park’s development and offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day.

For up-to-date flight information and weather-related availability, call the Visitors Center at 949-724-6247. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session.

NEWPORT BEACH
Weekend Events in Newport Beach
Sow & Grow Fridays
| Newport Bay Conservancy
9:00AM-12:00PM (every Friday)
Bring a friend and help us grow native plants for restoration projects around the Upper Newport Bay. Each week, you will have the opportunity to assist in seasonal activities like seed collection, sowing seed flats, transplanting seedlings, pruning, processing cuttings, composting, pot washing, weeding, and maintaining nursery space. 

Minimum age: 13 years old

Minors must have a legal guardian present at all times.

For group requests, please contact [email protected]

This volunteer work will take place outdoors at the Back Bay Science Center. Although most of the work will be conducted under shade, volunteers should be prepared to stand and be exposed to changing weather for various lengths of time. Please bring sturdy closed-toe shoes, hiking or outdoor working attire, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. Free parking and public restrooms are available on site. No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided.

ORANGE
Weekend Events in Orange
The Orange Home Grown Education Farm
| 356 N. Lemon Street
9:00AM-11:00AM (every Friday)
In-person education about aspects of growing, harvesting, and distributing sustainable food.

SANTA ANA
Weekend Events in Santa Ana
Friday Night Munchies |
1301 S. Bristol Street
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Music, food, drinks, merch, friends and family. Free parking.

OC WEEKEND EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY ON SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024

ALISO VIEJO
Weekend Events in Aliso Viejo
Aliso Viejo Farmers Market
 |
Aliso Viejo Town Center (Every Saturday)
8:00am – 12:00pm
The Certified Farmers Market every Saturday morning in the Regal Edwards Theatre parking lot at Aliso Viejo Town Center.

ANAHEIM
Weekend Events in Anaheim
Cars & Coffee |
Anaheim GardenWalk
8:00am – 12:00pm (Every Saturday)
World class facility to unite cars and coffee‘s throughout Southern California. Come meet the locals, meet new auto owners, and talk about planting more cars and coffee’s from California to Connecticut.

Live Music | MAKE Building – 500 S. Anaheim Blvd. (Every Saturday)
6:00PM-8:00PM
Live music from: Tiffany Dennis (MAKE Bldg)

Live Music | Anaheim Packing House – 440 S. Anaheim Blvd (Every Saturday)
7:00PM-9:00PM
Live Music From: The Honeydrops

COSTA MESA
Weekend Events in Costa Mesa

Centennial Farm | OC Fairgrounds
10:00AM-4:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays (Ongoing)
Visit our three-acre working farm, which features seasonal crops, farm animals and knowledgeable staff. Free admission and parking. Centennial Farm is on the south side of our property.

Heroes Hall Museum | OC Fairgrounds
10:00AM-4:00PM Friday-Sunday (Ongoing)
Visit our museum to view the latest exhibits and learn about local veterans. Heroes Hall is next to Centennial Farm. Free admission and parking.

Segerstrom Center Tour | Segerstrom Center (Most Saturdays)
10:00am – 3:30pm
Take a free tour of Orange County’s award-winning home for the performing arts and see Segerstrom Center in a whole new light! Led by Segerstrom Center volunteer Docents, guests will explore the remarkable campus while experiencing the details and history of this cultural arts hub located in the heart of Orange County. Reservations required.

General admission | Orange County Museum of Art
11:00 am – 6:00 pm 
OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

HUNTINGTON BEACH
Weekend Events in Huntington Beach

Donut Derelicts | Adams Ave Donuts (Every Saturday)
Mornings
Each Saturday morning, car enthusiasts from all over gather in the parking lot of Adams Ave Donuts to enjoy a donut, a cup of coffee and a spectacle of hot rods and classic cars.

Live Music on The Green – Tanner Howe | The Green (by Century Theater)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in our Green area and enjoy live music! 

IRVINE
Weekend Events in Irvine
Great Park Balloon |
Great Park
10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Great Park Balloon is Great Park’s iconic attraction. With the ability to soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it serves as a public observation deck for Great Park’s development and offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day.

For up-to-date flight information and weather-related availability, call the Visitors Center at 949-724-6247. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session.

The Center of Summer Celebration | Great Park
1:00pm – 9:00pm
Celebrate the beginning of summer with the ultimate summer celebration at Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy non-stop entertainment, silent discos, a 100-ton sandcastle, and much more!

LA HABRA
Weekend Events in La Habra

Splash Zone Opening | 2300 W. Lambert Road
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Party highlights include lawn games, recreation led activities, children’s museum mobile museum, raffle and AJ the DJ. Free hot dogs and sno-cones when you sign up for their email list while supplies last. Snack bar will be open for additional purchase items.

MISSION VIEJO
Weekend Events in Mission Viejo

Farmers Market | North Paseo, 25282 Marguerite Parkway (every Saturday)
10:00am – 2:00pm
Shop a variety of locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cooked items, handmade crafts and more. For more information on events at the North Paseo, visit envisionmv.com.

ORANGE
Weekend Events in Orange

Orange Home Grown Farmers Market | 303 W Palm Ave
9:00am – 1:00pm
Activities at the market include: live music, pet sitting, kid’s club, cooking demos, yoga, educational classes, a food truck rotation, market tours, and more. 

PLACENTIA
Weekend Events in Placentia
Diamond 9 Sports Cards and Memorabilia Show
| Diamond 9 Sports Cards (Every Saturday)
9:00AM-6:00PM
Sports cards and collectible show. Raffle every Saturday.

SAN CLEMENTE
Weekend Events in San Clemente
South OC Cars and Coffee | Outlets at San Clemente
(every Saturday)
9:00am –11:00am
Common sights include supers, hypers, euscle, classics, rods, trucks, and motorcycles.  But, of course, you don’t have to bring a car to put on display.  Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow car guys and gals.

SANTA ANA
Weekend Events in Santa Ana

Patio Vibrations | 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana (every Saturday)
4:00pm – 9:00pm
All ages, music, food and drinks. 80’s flashback music.

Super Saturdays Storytime | Santa Ana Main Library (every Saturday)
10:30am – 11:00am
Bring the family and join us on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am for storytime fun! Children will be exposed to early learning skills through play, sound, and movement as we share stories, songs and rhymes. Family storytime also encourages a life-long love of reading and promotes bonding between family members. Contact us at 714-647-5250 for more information.

SILVERADO
Weekend Events in Silverado

Helena Modjeska Historic House Open Hours | 29042 Modjeska Canyon Road
10:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy Shakespearean performances by the Modjeska Shakespeare Players, live music performances by The Orange Town Revival and docent-led tours of the iconic home and grounds. You can even taste one of the famous caramel and marshmallow Modjeska candies! 

This event is free with free parking, but reservations are required due to limited parking on-site. To RSVP, contact the park office at [email protected]

YORBA LINDA
Weekend Events in Yorba Linda

Morning Meditation | Yorba Linda Public Library (every Saturday)
9:00am – 10:00am
Start your week more relaxed and focused with a heartfulness guided meditation session with an experienced Heartfulness Trainer. 

Family Storytime | Yorba Linda Public Library (every Saturday)
10:00am – 10:30am
Enjoy stories, fingerplays, puppets, & more!

OC WEEKEND EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY ON SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2024

ANAHEIM
Weekend Events in Anaheim

Live entertainment | Anaheim Indoor Marketplace- 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd (every Saturday and Sunday)
12:00pm – 6:00pm
We’re here to remind you we have FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT every Saturday and Sunday in our Placita at the Anaheim Marketplace! We are doing giveaways, all you have to do to enter is come enjoy our entertainment.

COSTA MESA
Weekend Events in Costa Mesa
General admission | Orange County Museum of Art

11:00 am – 6:00 pm 
OCMA has an established reputation as an innovative art museum with a history of actively discovering and engaging with living artists at pivotal points in their careers. Since its inception, OCMA’s commitment to artists and audiences has been at the core of its activities, presenting the voices and work of influential artists and creative thinkers through innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

HUNTINGTON BEACH
Weekend Events in Huntington Beach
Live Music on The Green – Adelaide |
The Green (by Century Theater)
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in our Green area and enjoy live music! 

IRVINE
Weekend Events in Irvine
Great Park Balloon |
Great Park
10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Great Park Balloon is Great Park’s iconic attraction. With the ability to soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, it serves as a public observation deck for Great Park’s development and offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day.

For up-to-date flight information and weather-related availability, call the Visitors Center at 949-724-6247. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session.

NEWPORT BEACH
Weekend Events in Newport Beach
Community Day
| Back Bay Science Center (every Sunday)
10:00AM-2:00PM
Join us as you tour the facility, including Shellmaker trail, teaching lab, and aquatic lab.
Learn about the Back Bay Science Center’s Educational Programs and how you can get more involved.
Fun, hands-on activities for kids.

SANTA ANA
Weekend Events in Santa Ana
Car Show
| Randy’s Donuts – 2232 E. 17th St.
9:00AM – 11:00AM
St. Patrick’s Day donuts and a car show!

TUSTIN
Weekend Events in Tustin
District Farmers Market Tustin
| The District (every Sunday)
9:00AM – 1:00PM
Fresh items! Produce, honey, eggs, plants, mushrooms, baked good, prepared food and crafts!

Mark your calendars for upcoming Orange County weekend events.

ORANGE COUNTY EVENTS CALENDAR

✨ How do you get YOUR event on the calendar? It’s easy! View Event Submission Guidelines and Submit Your Event here: livingmividaloca.com/event-submission-form/

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Originally published on May 21, 2024. Last Updated on May 26, 2024 by Pattie Cordova

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