Summer Events in July You Don’t Want to Miss

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OPENS JULY 1

LAGUNA ART-A-FAIR
Established and emerging fine artists and artisans from around the world display traditional oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, and charcoal drawings along with mixed media pieces, fiber art, ceramics, and jewelry. Festivalgoers can enjoy live music most weekend days, along with adult art workshops and various other events. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4514, art-a-fair.com

 

JULY 4

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE AND FIREWORKS
The Main Street parade returns for the first time in two years to kick off Huntington Beach’s annual day-long celebration of Independence Day. The fun continues with a festival on the Pier Plaza, with food, beverage, and retail vendors, and ends with the traditional fireworks show off the pier at 9 p.m. Parade on Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Yorktown Avenue; fireworks off Huntington Beach Pier; 714-536-5486, hb4thofjuly.org

 

JULY 4

JULY 4 SPECTACULAR: THE MUSIC OF QUEEN
Pacific Symphony launches its Summerfest 2022 concert series with this tribute to Queen. Windborne, a group of musicians and vocalists who travel the world playing classic rock with orchestras, joins the symphony to perform high-octane versions of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “We Are the Champions.” A Fourth of July fireworks show caps the evening. FivePoint Amphitheatre, 14800 Chinon, Irvine, 714-755-5788, pacificsymphony.org

 

JULY 5 THROUGH 17

“PRETTY WOMAN”
Based on the 1990 movie of the same name, this Broadway show features music by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. Adam Pascal—nominated for a Tony Award for originating the role of Roger in “Rent”—plays Edward Lewis, a businessman who unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with Vivian Ward, an escort he’s hired for the week to accompany him to business and social functions. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

 

JULY 6, 13, 20, 27

SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Families gather to picnic on blankets and beach chairs while listening to live music in the annual concert series at Brea’s City Hall Park. Performers include the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, playing patriotic pops music (July 6); My Generation, a British Invasion rock band (July 13); Neon Nation, a 1980s Top 40 cover band (July 20); and vintage rock/R&B band the Rayford Brothers (July 27). Dogs are welcome. City Hall Park, 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, ci.brea.ca.us/1019/Summer-Concerts-in-the-Park

 

OPENS JULY 7

PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS
This year’s edition of the annual “living pictures” show, with the theme “Wonderful World,” will take viewers to 17 countries around the world. Using elaborate makeup, costumes, and sets, actors on stage will re-create paintings, sculptures, and other works of art, including master works by Swedish painter Carl Larsson and Italian artist Giovanni Tiepolo. Tickets include a summer-long pass to the adjacent Festival of Arts. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949-494-1145, foapom.com

 

JULY 7 THROUGH 10

METAJAX CRYPTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
In its second year, this festival is expanding its reach by staging concerts at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Performers include Eddie Daniels with the Roger Kellaway Trio and Peter Erskine (July 7), Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band (July 8), New York Voices performing “The Music of Brazil” (July 9), the Tony Guerrero Group with guest vocalist Tawanda (July 10), and Matt Mauser’s Big Band Experience performing “The Music of Sinatra and More” (July 10). Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949-854-4646, thebarclay.org

 

JULY 8, 15, AND 22

SUMMER SOUNDS ON THE PLAZA
A series of free outdoor concerts brings an eclectic mix of performers to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Singer-songwriter Alice Bag, lead singer and cofounder of seminal L.A. punk band Bags, kicks things off July 8, performing music from her solo albums. On July 15, the 10-piece tropi-funk band Jungle Fire, a favorite of club DJs around the world, brings its blend of deep funk, West African dance rhythms, and Afro-Caribbean music to the stage. Finally, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the first mariachi band made up entirely of LGBTQ musicians, performs July 22. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-556-2787, scfta.org

 

OPENS JULY 8

NEW SWAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
The annual summer tradition returns with performances of “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” a play about the unlikely reuniting of a family separated at sea (which is believed to have been written by Shakespeare and George Wilkins); and “The Comedy of Errorrs,” a play that takes on the humor in mistaken identity. The UC Irvine Claire Trevor School for the Arts constructs the outdoor theater for the festival every summer. New Swan Shakespeare Festival, Gateway Commons, Inner Ring Road, Irvine, 949-824-2787, newswanshakespeare.com

 

JULY 15

“AMERICAN IDIOT”

Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong created this musical from the songs on the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum concept album of the same name. The story follows three young men—Johnny, Will, and Tunny—trying to find their path in life. The show received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical in 2010. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714-777-3033, chancetheater.com

 

OPENS JULY 15

OC FAIR
Fried food, newborn piglets, and carnival attractions bring crowds to the annual fair, a four-week Orange County summer tradition. Live music and entertainment, the Centennial Farm, art and photography exhibits, and contests round out the attractions. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, ocfair.com

 

JULY 16

TREVOR NOAH
Comedian Trevor Noah, the Emmy Award-winning host of “The Daily Show,” comes to the Pacific Amphitheatre with his newest show, “Back to Abnormal.” Noah, who regularly riffs on politics and current events, mixes social commentary with comedy in his standup shows, eight of which have been turned in to comedy specials, including the critically acclaimed “Son of Patricia” on Netflix. Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

 

OPENS JULY 17

111TH ANNUAL GOLD MEDAL EXHIBITION
One of the oldest art shows in the state, this exhibit curated by the California Art Club was fashioned after 19th-century European art salons, which encouraged artists to submit their best work, regardless of the subject. A jury of art experts and artists selected more than 200 paintings and sculptures from well-known and up-and-coming artists for the show; while it is on view, the museum will host several programs and events featuring the exhibiting artists. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org

 

JULY 21

BROOKE ASTON AND SOUL3SIXTY
Soul3Sixty, an eight-piece Motown band with three female vocalists, teams with Cal State Fullerton graduate Brooke Aston for a night of soul classics by icons such as the Chiffons, the Crystals, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, performed in the Muckenthaler’s outdoor amphitheater. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

 

OPENS JULY 21

“UNDER PRESSURE: SELECTED WORKS FROM BRET PRICE”
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the PepsiCo sculpture gardens in New York feature works by Price, a contemporary sculptor who lives and works in Orange County. His monumental steel creations, some of which are as tall as 35 feet and weigh 7.5 tons, are sought by collectors in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

 

THROUGH JULY 24

“AHORA”
Curated by Tlaloc Studios’ Ozzie Juarez and Thinkspace Projects’ Andrew Hosner, the exhibit spotlights 44 contemporary artists from around the world working in several mediums. Each piece was selected for its take on the spirit and mood of the current day. Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714-956-8936, muzeo.org

 

JULY 24

INLAND EMPIRE FESTIVAL
Reggae, soul, R&B, and Polynesian music artists join together, promising to spread island vibes across the OC Fair and Event Center grounds. Sammy J, Fiji, Anuhea, Eli-Mac, and Analea Brown, along with other artists to be announced, are scheduled to perform. Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

 

JULY 27

COUNTING CROWS
Nearly 20 years ago, the Counting Crows released their first album, “August and Everything After,” which went multiplatinum and catapulted the band into stardom with singles such as “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here,” and “Rain King.” Since then, the group has released six more studio albums, toured the world, and earned Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy nominations for the song “Accidently in Love,” which was recorded for the movie “Shrek 2.” Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500, pacamp.com

 

JULY 28

DARDEN
The five-piece band made up of three sisters and their two brothers is an Orange County favorite; the siblings have performed everywhere from the OC Fair to the House of Blues in Anaheim and Angel Stadium. Originally from Fullerton, they grew up in a musical family and count the Eagles, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac as their main influences. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595, themuck.org

 

OPENS JULY 30

VANS U.S. OPEN OF SURFING
More than 300 world-class surfers, skateboarders, and BMX riders converge on Huntington Beach for one of the most prestigious prizes on the World Surf League tour. In between the action, fans can check out art exhibits and product demos from top action sports brands. Huntington City Beach, vansusopenofsurfing.com

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