September Drive-In Movies, Concerts, and More in Orange County

September Drive-In Movies, Concerts, and More in Orange County

O.C. venues are offering innovative ways to entertain audiences in the safety of their vehicles. Check out a few of our favorite happenings this month.

SEPT. 12, 19, and 26
IRVINE IMPROV LIVE COMEDY
To mark the end of summer, the Irvine Improv is taking their stage outdoors to the top of the Irvine Spectrum Center’s Regal parking deck. Experience a live comedy show featuring comedians such as Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Joel McHale (“Community”) from the comfort of your own vehicle. These real-time performances will be projected onto a 50-foot screen. Shows start at 8:00pm, and tickets range from $125 to $150 per vehicle. Regal Parking Deck , Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-790-4871, irvinespectrumcenter.com

SEPT. 11 THROUGH 13
STARLITE MOVIES DRIVE-IN
Pack the car for three nights of big-screen fun with a stellar lineup of movies on Southern California’s largest outdoor inflatable screen. Friday kicks off with the feel-good film “The Sandlot,” with the classic “The Princess Bride” on Saturday, and the action-packed “Ford v Ferrari” on Sunday. Parking opens at 6 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start time each night, and tickets, purchased in advance, are $35 per car. Parking area located across from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea, starlitemovienight.com/brea

SEPT. 18 THROUGH 20
STAR WARS TRILOGY MARATHON
The Frida Cinema’s Summer Pop-Up Drive In series presents the original Star Wars trilogy at Zion Lutheran Church of Anaheim. The series will kick off on Friday night with “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” and end on Sunday with “Return of the Jedi.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $30 per vehicle. Zion Lutheran Church of Anaheim, 222 N. East St., Anaheim; 714-285-9422, thefridacinema.org

SEPT. 18 THROUGH 20
GARETH EMERY
British DJ Gareth Emery takes the stage for a full weekend of eclectic dance music. His first three albums topped dance charts, and his newest album—which dropped in July—issues a nod to his early musical career as a band member. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

SEPT. 24
BETTMAN & HALPIN
Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin combine their original folk-Americana sound with upbeat bluegrass compositions, rich vocals, and introspective lyrics that will leave you moving and grooving all the way home. This drive-in concert experience at The Muck starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, purchased in advance, are $30 for non-members. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

SEPT. 25
THE KARATE KID
Cypress’ Parking Lot Cinema experience continues with 1984’s “The Karate Kid.” Only pre-registered vehicles will be permitted to enter, so be sure to buy tickets in advance. The parking lot opens at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start time, and bringing snacks is encouraged as there will be none for sale. Cypress College, 9200 Valley View St., Cypress, 714-484-7000, cypressca.org/home

SEPT. 25 AND 26
FORTUNATE YOUTH
From Hermosa Beach, this six-man reggae band is sure to bring good energy and California vibes to the stage. Influenced by Bob Marley, Katchafire, and The Grateful Dead and with musical hints of blues, rock, and punk, this multi-talented group has something for everyone. The show begins at 7 p.m. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700, citynationalgroveofanaheim.com

SEPT. 25 THROUGH 27
AUTOSONIC DRIVE-IN CONCERT SERIES
Autosonic Concerts presents their Drive-In Concert Series, a three-day long extravaganza featuring three different cover bands. Sept. 25 introduces Which One’s Pink?, an ode to Pink Floyd, taking the stage at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sept. 26, Queen Nation, a Queen cover band who performed over 160 shows across America and internationally in 2019, performs at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 27 hosts Dead Man’s Party, Oingo Boingo’s greatest tribute band, performing at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 to $199 per vehicle. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, autosonicconcerts.com

THROUGH SEPT. 27
OC FAIR FOOD DRIVE-THRU
With the cancellation of the OC Fair this year, the OC Fair & Event Center will be hosting a Fair Food Drive-Thru for fans to get their food fix. The fairgrounds in Costa Mesa will have five vendors serving delectable treats ranging from cookies, ice cream, Hawaiian chicken bowls, and funnel cakes. The drive-thru will be open throughout September, every Friday & Saturday noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Vehicles can enter and exit from Gate 1, no admission fees required. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, ocfair.com/drivethru

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