Events and festivals are well underway in Orange County, some of them will have a cost to attend, some will not, but they all offer entertainment, activities and fun for the entire family. Featured below are four that everyone can attend for free.
Santa Ana Art Walk
2nd St Promenade
Santa Ana, Calif
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 7 - 10 p.m.
Join the throngs who come to stroll the hippest new neighborhood in downtown Santa Ana, on the first Saturday of each month. This is an evening of dining, shopping for original art, and viewing the original art work from some of California's most talented artists.
The 4 blocks between Broadway avenue and Spurgeon street and the recently completed Lofts are all part of the larger Santa Ana Artists Village which includes major art venues, a mix of smaller up-and-coming galleries, and design studios Visitors have access to buy art work from the talented artists, as well as visit the open working lofts
Center St Promenade & Lemon st
Phone: (714) 956-3586
Date: Nov. 9
Time: 6 - 10 p.m.
The free art walk and arts festival on Nov 9 features downtown galleries, crafts, a live artists fair, live entertainment, and gourmet food trucks with fresh eats. The "Art Crawl Experience" was created by artists and community leaders to bring art and culture to the downtown area where visitors will find street artists demonstrating their creativity, pop-up galleries, brick-and-mortar galleries, and outdoor permanent art fixtures such as the illuminated birdhouse sculpture by Peter Shire.
The 'crawl' stretches from Anaheim Blvd and along Center Street Promenade, visitors who prefer not to walk can use the Anaheim Resort Transit, for free, during the Art Crawl Experience.
Bolsa Chico Ecological Reserve
Huntington Beach, Calif
When: Frist Saturday of the month
Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
On the south lot of the Bolsa Chico Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to the State Beach, docents wait for those interested in the presentation of the 'Bolsa Chico story' . Tours begin every 15 minutes and include presentations of history, endangered species, ecology and restoration. It is free on a 'first come, first served basis.
Also on the last saturday of each month, at 9 a.m., there is a 'free' bird talk and nature walk at the Reserve. Attendees can learn about the variety of bird species and their migratory habits, as this is one of the prime birding sites in Southern California. Parking at the Ecological Reserve is limited, try to carpool or arrive in lots of time to find parking in the area.
La Palma Days 2013
La Palma Central Park
7822 Walker Street
La Palma, Calif
Phone: (714) 690-3350
Date: Nov. 9, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
La Palma Days, an annual tradition of the diverse heritage of the city, has been celebrated for over 28 years by the city of La Palma, and follows the celebration of the Pageant which took place on Nov 3. The city plans to have the La Palma Days Parade designated as the official 'Veterans Day Parade of Orange County', it will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Walker street.
In addition there will be over 30 vendors, a wide variety of food , from around the world, entertainment and activities for the entire family. The Pavilion Stage will showcase entertainment by local talent, and while the event is free attendees need to purchase wristbands for the activities, which can be done for $22 by Nov 8 at the La Palma Community Services Dept.,7821 Walker St. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at a cost of $25.
Recommended site: http://bolsachica.org/the-wetlands/bolsa-chica-history/