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What's Coming in Local Arts & Culture in 2021

That crazy year of 2020 kind of threw everything arts and culture-related into a tailspin, so 2021 looks to be a year of recovery and reinvention.

Our trusty contributors to Voice of OC's arts and culture section have offered their voices, and their expert opinions, on what’s going to be worth seeing, hearing, tasting and experiencing in 2021.

Orange County Artists Paint, Create and Perform as Mental Health Outlet

Many Orange County artists use art to explore and improve personal and community mental health.

Panoringan: The Food Industry in 2020 Saw Closures, Openings, Pivots, Perseverance

Food columnist Anne Marie Panoringan reflects on selfless donations, industry pivots, and the resilience of small businesses during Coronavirus.

Arts Orange County thanks you and everyone who has contributed to its efforts to ensure that the artists and arts organizations in our community withstand the impact of the pandemic. Orange County's arts will rise again! 

Orange County has returned to Tier 1 of the California Re-Opening Plan, precipitating the closure of many of Orange County's arts and culture organizations and venues. In addition, a curfew for non-essential activities after 10pm has been instituted by the state government. Arts Orange County will continue to spotlight a mix of virtual and streaming arts and culture offerings along with in-person events that conform to the most current safety guidelines. We encourage everyone to keep their lives enriched by the arts, but safely! Save lives by wearing masks and respecting social distancing protocols. 


Free: Katherine Jenkins from UK

This exclusive performance from the classical/pop superstar singer, recorded at her home in the UK and including a Q&A, is a free holiday present from the Pacific Symphony  DETAILS »


Night of Lights OC

The dazzling drive-through festivities continue at the OC Fairgrounds through January 10th, with music, snow flurries, and Santa himself along with over a million twinkling lights  DETAILS »


Sherman Library Digital Catalog

Take a unique journey through Orange County history with this digital archive of thousands of photos collected exclusively by the Sherman Library  DETAILS »


Laguna Art Museum at Home

The Laguna Art Museum is producing programs and activities to keep the whole family appreciating art and making their own, as well as inspiring lectures, film screenings, and much more  DETAILS »


Gem Theatre presents Cocktail Hour

One More Productions continues lifting local spirits with this weekly musical-variety-talk show featuring local theater artists who have graced their stage  DETAILS »

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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.