Can’t-Miss Events in Orange County This Month (July 2019)

Photo credit: Courtesy of © World Surf League/Sean Rowland; www.worldsurfleague.com

VANS U.S. OPEN OF SURFING
STARTS JULY 27
Hundreds of thousands of fans converge with more than 300 world-class surfers—such as 2018 champion Courtney Conologue, pictured at left—skateboarders, and BMX riders in Huntington Beach for this nine-day competition, one of the largest action sports festivals in the country. Between the action, fans can check out art exhibits and product demos from top sports brands. Huntington City Beach, vansusopenofsurfing.com

“WORKS ON PAPER—THE COLLECTION OF CHEECH MARIN”
THROUGH JULY 14
Actor-director Marin has quietly amassed one of the best collections of Chicano art in the nation. This exhibit includes 65 works, from watercolors to mixed-media pieces, by 24 established and emerging artists. Themes include pre-Hispanic symbols, post-revolutionary Mexico, and contemporary culture. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

“RAGTIME”
THROUGH JULY 28
The musical based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow follows three people whose lives get entwined in surprising ways in New York at the turn of the 20th century: an upper-class married woman, a Jewish immigrant, and a young musician from Harlem. The Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally features songs such as “Getting Ready Rag,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day,” and “Make Them Hear You.” Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

NEW SWAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
OPENS JULY 3
At this year’s festival, UC Irvine acting students will team with professional actors, some of whom are alumni, to put on two of the Bard’s plays: “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “The Merchant of Venice.” The UC Irvine Claire Trevor School for the Arts constructs the outdoor theater for the event every summer. New Swan Shakespeare Festival, Gateway Commons, Inner Ring Road, Irvine, 949-824-2787, newswanshakespeare.com

PACIFIC SYMPHONY JULY 4 SPECTACULAR
JULY 4
Tribute band Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles shares the stage with the Pacific Symphony for this annual Fourth of July tradition. As always, it will end with a musical tribute to the U.S. armed forces and a fireworks display. Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & FIREWORKS
JULY 4
A fireworks show off the pier at 9 p.m. provides a fitting finale to Huntington Beach’s daylong annual celebration of Independence Day, which features a parade with bands, floats, local dignitaries, equestrian groups, celebrities, and community groups. Plus, there’s live entertainment along the pier. Parade: on Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Yorktown Avenue; fireworks at Huntington Beach Pier, 714-536-5486, hb4thofjuly.org

TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE
JULY 2 THROUGH 30
This is your last chance to get down with friends and strangers alike on The Julianne and George Argyros Plaza for free dance lessons on Tuesdays. This month features hip-hop style moves and is open to all experience levels. Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

“MAMMA MIA!”
JULY 5 THROUGH 28
The hit musical based on ABBA’s songs follows Sophie, a bride-to-be, who invites her mother’s former lovers to her wedding in an attempt to discover the identity of her father. It has been staged in more than 50 countries and features hits such as “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen.” Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-497-2787, lagunaplayhouse.com

PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS
OPENS JULY 7
With “The Time Machine” as its title, this year’s annual “living pictures” show draws from science fiction and steampunk fantasies such as the H.G. Wells novel from which it takes its name. Using elaborate makeup, costumes, and sets, actors on stage will re-create paintings, sculptures, and other works that travel through time and space. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-1145, foapom.com

SEAL
JULY 10
The singer-songwriter burst onto the scene in 1991 with his hit song “Crazy.” Since then, with follow-ups such as “Kiss From a Rose” and “Love’s Divine,” he has sold more than 30 million albums and earned several Grammy nominations. Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

“THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”
JULY 10 THROUGH 21
The revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical, which originally premiered on London’s West End in 1986, makes a stop in Orange County as part of its North American tour. The production features new staging, choreography, scenic design, lighting design, and costumes but still includes favorite songs such as “Music of the Night” and “All I Ask of You.” Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

CASA COOL: 3RD DEGREE BLUES
JULY 11
This local six-piece band has played blues, soul, Dixieland, jazz, and rock music across Southern California for almost 25 years. Music lovers can reserve a table on the courtyard or relax on a picnic blanket on the lawn. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949-498-2139, casaromantica.org

“MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”
JULY 11-14 AND 18-21
Shakespeare OC begins its 2019 season in its new location at Santa Ana College with this classic comedy about missed connections, misunderstood messages, and two witty but stubborn people finally surrendering to their love for each other. The production will be set in the Wild West. Santa Ana Amphitheatre, Santa Ana College, 1530 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, shakespeareoc.org

Photo credit: Courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center

 

OC FAIR
OPENS JULY 12
Fried food, farm animals, carnival games, and rides bring crowds out to the annual 23-day celebration. Live music and entertainment, pig races, cooking demonstrations, and art and photography exhibits are also featured, and this year’s theme is “Acres of Fun.” OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, ocfair.com

WILLIAM FLORIAN: “THOSE WERE THE DAYS”
JULY 18
A former member of the New Christy Minstrels, Florian will play songs from the 1960s folk ensemble, along with music from artists such as Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Weavers, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

AMIR K
JULY 18 THROUGH 20
The comedian has performed on The CW’s reboot of “MADtv,” “Adam Devine’s House Party,” “Last Comic Standing,” and MTV’s “Jerks with Cameras.” His comedy is informed by his talent for improvisation, storytelling, and his multicultural upbringing—born in Iran, he was raised in Southern California. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-854-5455, irvine.improv.com

RON KOBAYASHI TRIO
JULY 19
The jazz pianist brings his trio back to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza for a second appearance at the summer jazz concert series. The Cathy Segal-Garcia Band also will perform that Friday, so bring a picnic and some friends for a free evening of music. Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

MENALIVE: BOY BANDZ
JULY 19 AND 20
Orange County’s Gay Men’s Chorus will perform boy-band hits from groups such as The Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, N*SYNC, and One Direction in this concert, the finale of its 18th season. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

CELEBRATING CHRIS CORNELL TRIBUTE CONCERT
JULY 20
Singer Ryan Quinn, Vitalogy: A Tribute to Pearl Jam, and SoundSlave (a Soundgarden/Audioslave tribute band from San Diego) will perform in this celebration of singer Chris Cornell’s music and life. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program. The Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 714-942-6060, theyosttheater.com

ZAC BROWN BAND
JULY 25 AND 26
The Grammy Award-winning Southern rock band makes a stop on The Owl Tour at Irvine’s new outdoor concert venue. Fans can expect to hear hits such as “Chicken Fried,” “As She’s Walking Away,” and “Toes,” along with some surprising covers. FivePoint Amphitheatre, 14800 Chinon, Irvine, 949-988-6800, livenation.com/venues/33640/fivepoint-amphitheatre

SMOKEY ROBINSON
JULY 27
The Motown legend’s first hit, “Shop Around,” went to No. 1 on the R&B singles chart in 1961 and made his band, The Miracles, famous. With other now-classic songs such as “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Tears of a Clown,” and “I Second That Emotion,” Robinson cemented his reputation as a hitmaker. Considered one of the best singer-songwriters ever, he has received the Kennedy Center Honors and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Pacific Amphitheater, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

NATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHERS INITIATIVE 2019
JULY 27
Established to support the creation of new choreography, this annual event brings four prominent choreographers to Orange County, where they develop contemporary and ballet pieces over the course of three weeks. Professional dancers perform the works in this concert at the end of the residency. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

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