July 29, 2022
Each week, Arts Orange County and Voice of OC are excited to deliver to you this look at the stories and events happening in our arts and cultural community.
The beloved annual tradition of outdoor musical theatre in Tustin's Peppertree Park returns with Dorothy's fantastical adventures along the yellow brick road MORE
♦ Visual Arts ♦
There’s more to the OC Fair than carnival rides, games for stuffed animals, giant barbecue turkey legs, the petting zoo and Chicken Charlies’ Kool-Aid chicken sandwiches.

Tucked away in the southeast corner of the Main Mall is the Los Alamitos building, which houses the Visual Arts Gallery, a longstanding tradition at the OC Fair. FYI: It's next to the “sweet and delicious” churros stand. This year, the air-conditioned gallery also includes all of woodworking for just the second time. (Last year was the first time.)

In previous years, woodworking was located in the Anaheim building on the northeast end of the Main Mall. The live woodworking demonstrations, a kind of treat in the old setup, are gone this time around.

Exactly 1,300 works are on display this year, compared to 1,067 last year, when pieces were more spaced out due to COVID precautions. There are 504 fine art works, 674 photographs, and 122 pieces of woodworking, according to exhibitions and education coordinator Stephen Anderson.
♦ Food ♦
Gaby Dion shares the future of her curated cocktailware business. Then it’s time to cool off with some Thrifty Ice Cream history.
Each week, we recommend a variety of events and experiences from the listings at SparkOC.com, our free website for Orange County's arts and cultural community. We always suggest you be mindful of the most recent health and safety guidelines in California, Orange County, and the venue for the listing.
♦ Local Spotlight ♦
World-renowned dancers take the stage at the Irvine Barclay Theatre to celebrate America's great diversity of culture and art MORE
♦ Wallet Friendly ♦
Tuesday nights during summer, downtown Huntington Beach shuts down to cars to make way for this popular Farmer's Market and street fair MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
For children at risk of over-stimulation, the Children's Museum of La Habra now offers the opportunity to explore the exhibits with dimmed lights, reduced sound, and no disruptive PA announcements MORE
♦ Wildcard ♦
The new and much-loved traveling stage filled with Pacific Symphony musicians makes a stop at St. Kilian's in Mission Viejo for a free concert of beautiful chamber music MORE
"Arts Orange County continues to play a significant role in galvanizing the community around support, participation and advocacy for the arts and arts education."
- Paula Tomei,
Managing Director
South Coast Repertory
Voice of OC is Orange County's nonprofit newsroom with a mission to consistently deliver fair, focused and thorough journalism on critical quality of life and local issues for Orange County communities.
Arts Orange County builds appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. Event information provided by SparkOC, an Arts OC program.