Where to Watch an Outdoor Concert or Movie in O.C.

Movies on the Promenade at The District at Tustin Legacy; Photograph by Rich Mora

While theaters and concert venues remain closed, outdoor and drive-in events are being held across Orange County so that summer fun can continue from a safe distance. With 6 feet in mind and mask and hand sanitizer in tow, pile into the car and see what local entertainment has to offer while supporting our community.

Movies on the Promenade (Waitlist only)
The District at Tustin Legacy is hosting a free outdoor movie screening for the whole family. On July 16, “Goonies” will be showing on a 20-foot screen outside AMC Theaters at 8:15 p.m. or sundown. Support local businesses by ordering takeout, while enjoying gift card giveaways and entertainment from a live DJ. Tables open at 7 p.m. and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made and guests are encouraged to wear masks when walking through the venue. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 714-259-9090, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movies-on-the-promenade-tickets-111877055284

Bayside Summer Jazz Series
Bayside’s wrap-around patio is filled with elegant cuisine and live music all summer long. Sunday brunch means sipping on Champagne under sun shades as Dylan Wager’s acoustic and pop rock melodies takes center stage. The Irvine Barclay Theater Jazz Band is scheduled for Thursday night, Ron Kobayashi on Friday, and Tracy and the Blues Makers on Saturday. Jo Anne Kurman and Tracy Longstreth are set to play two nights each: Sunday/Monday and Tuesday/Wednesday respectively. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949-721-1222, baysiderestaurant.com

Bistango Summer Jazz Series
From Latin Jazz and R&B to classics and contemporary cover tunes, live entertainment will play through the evenings during Bistango’s Summer Jazz Series. On Wednesdays through Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., musicians like the Irvine Barclay Theater Jazz Band, Tracy and the Blues Makers, Le Grand Barr and Funky Four will be setting the summer mood for restaurant-goers. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949-752-5222, bistango.com

JULY 10 AND 12
San Juan Capistrano Drive-In Movie Summer Series (Sold Out)
With the success of previously held city-sponsored screenings, operator Kilburn Live has arranged for additional drive-in events in Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Club’s parking lot. Upcoming dates include “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” playing on July 10, and “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” on July 12. The movies start at 8:30 p.m. and is $25 per vehicle. 30753 Avenida La Pata, San Juan Capistrano, 949-493-1171,  https://www.cinemapopups.com/pop-up/8d4eabb7-4868-4d14-a606-4f97ba740489

You, Me + Vitamin Sea (Sold Out)
Dana Point Harbor is recreating the drive-in movie experience with a showing of Disney’s “Moana” on July 16. Gates will open at 6:15 p.m. and the evening will be kicking off at 6:30 p.m. with live music and special deals on to-go “movie boxes” from Harbor restaurants. Upon arrival, cars will be directed to an assigned parking space and guests are being asked to keep physical distance and to wear masks when not in their vehicles. Tickets are $25 per car and must be purchased in advance. 34571 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949-496-6137, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dana-point-harbor-moana-tickets-109838066614

Live Music at The Wharf
Enjoy the cool ocean breeze, fresh seafood from resident eateries, and live musical performances at Dana Point Harbor every Thursday in July. Singer-songwriter Zach Churchill will be making an appearance on July 16, and country pop artist Olivia Ooms on July 23 and 30. Both artists will be playing from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Wharf Courtyard by Frisby Cellars and Jon’s Fish Market on their respective days. 34571 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949-496-6137, danapointharbor.com

JULY 10 to 12
The Stage on Forest
To provide a safe, fun, pedestrian-only experience while supporting local businesses, the Promenade on Forest Avenue has opened to the public for outdoor dining, retail, and art performances. “The Stage on Forest” will feature live music from musicians Joseph Yashar, Jodi Siegel, Zach Churchill, and Mike Hamilton, on July 10, 11 and 12 at various times (details in the link below). Stretching from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street, hand sanitizing stations are set up and a maintenance staff is regularly disinfecting. Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will continue through the summer until September 7. Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949-497-0704, visitlagunabeach.com/events/the-promenade-on-forest

The Alley Cats
The Alley Cats have made an appearance at the White House, on Broadway, and now they are back at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center on July 16 for a drive-in concert. Tickets to see this Grammy-nominated Doo Wop group are $30 and must be purchased in advance online. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests will be asked to display pre-purchased tickets through their window, and are required to wear masks when exiting their vehicle at any time. 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, https://themuck.org/programing/2020-07-16-alley-cats

Concerts @ The Camp
Drive-in concerts are being held at The CAMP’s parking lot every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through the summer. While the event itself is free, supporting the variety of small, local businesses is highly encouraged. Safety guidelines for attending include staying in personal vehicles, wearing a mask when picking up or being delivered food, not consuming alcohol, and not approaching performers. Expect performances from artists such as Lou Lagoon, Pyschic Barber, Sean Oliu & The Coastline Cowboys, Darden, C A N D I D!, and Undecided Future. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-966-6661, thecampsite.com

Farmers Park Flix hosted by Anaheim Fall Festival
Join fellow Anaheim Packing District patrons for a limited-seat, vintage movie night under the stars. Films will be showing every 2nd and 4th Thursday through September, with the next feature being “House on Haunted Hill” on July 23, starting at 8 p.m. No alcohol or outside food and beverage will be permitted in the park and masks are required unless actively eating or drinking. 412 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, 714-533-7225, anaheimpackingdistrict.com

OC Parks Drive-In (Sold Out)
Beat the heat at Mile Square Regional Park where OC Parks will be hosting a 3-night feature of “Jurassic Park.” This drive-in movie event will take place with the health and safety of moviegoers being the top priority. Masks must be worn when under a 6 feet distance from others and parking spaces will be assigned based on vehicle size. Tickets are $10 per car and must be purchased prior to the date of attendance. The site opens at 7 p.m. and the film will begin around 8:30 p.m. 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, 714-973-6865 https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks/events/

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