Mission San Juan Capistrano Sets Stage with SCR as They Prepare for Outdoor Performances

A lot can happen to a place over 245 years, and the Mission San Juan Capistrano is no exception. But amid the swallows and sanctification, the conversions and catastrophe, the 1812 earthquake that nearly leveled it, the years of neglect when Anglo California wanted nothing to do with it, its embracing in the early 20th century by Anglo civic boosters as a way to sell the California myth, the rise of the auto tourist and the beginnings of the painstaking efforts to preserve it, the festivals, weddings, gatherings, and the countless numbers who have worshipped in the chapel or merely strolled through its lush 10 acres of gardens, there is one thing that OC's oldest cultural institution has lacked:

Live theater.

But that changes Thursday night, as one of the county's most prolific live arts producers, South Coast Repertory, returns to live, fully produced theater with a production of José Cruz González's "American Mariachi" which will perform in repertory over the next three weeks with the family-friendly musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

The OC Fair is Back: What to Know Before You Go

Attracting over 1.3 million guests in 2019, the OC Fair is a highly anticipated event for visitors near and far. However, after COVID took over the world in 2020, the OC Fair & Event Center remained bare last summer with no operating fair. It was the first closure the fair had experienced since World War II in its 131-year history. As cases went down and vaccines became more accessible, the OC Fair & Event Center staff continued to work closely alongside the OC Health Care Agency in order to gain approval for a safe and enjoyable summer fair. In the meantime, the staff arranged a successful lineup of off-season events for visitors of the event center.

As of June 15th, the State of California has lifted nearly all restrictions and is, effectively re-opened. Arts Orange County is proud to celebrate the return of gathering to enjoy the arts, and hopes you take advantage of the opportunity when you're ready! Individual businesses and venues will continue to have their own safety regulations and precautions, and we strongly advise reviewing them as you make your plans. We will continue to recommend a variety of both in-person and virtual ways to bring the arts into your life 


Pageant of the Masters "Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories"

One of the most beloved traditions in Orange County makes its triumphant return to the Festival of the Arts as an enormous cast brings legendary works of art to thrilling, 3-dimensional life  DETAILS »


Surfing the Pacific Rim

Saturday brings the Opening Reception for this massive group exhibition at the Huntington Beach Art Center, gathering the works of over 100 artists inspired by their love of the ocean  DETAILS »


Fullerton Friends of Music

As the Fullerton Friends prepare an exciting program of live-streaming events, lovers of classical music can enjoy an ongoing, special curated series of streaming videos collecting some of the greatest symphonic performances of all time  DETAILS »


Once On This Island Jr

The Arts & Learning Conservatory presents an "under the stars" outdoor production of the beloved Calypso-style musical fairy tale   DETAILS »


Poppi Seed Market at SOCO + The OC Mix

A one-day pop-up marketplace at the popular Costa Mesa gathering spot celebrates the local and the handmade with over 35 temporary boutiques offering fashion, jewelry, sweet treats, and other unique items  DETAILS »

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