A Look at Orange County's Arts & Culture for Fall 2021

As the months passed, the advent of vaccines and widespread mask wearing — as well as the lifting of state restrictions — have led to a cautious reopening of the arts in Orange County. Delta and other variants have given us some pause, but the vast majority of local arts organizations are proceeding ahead with their 2021-22 seasons. Some offerings are quite ambitious, while others seem to be putting safety first.

Voice of OC's talented team of arts writers have scanned the schedules, calendars and websites to bring you the best of fall 2021 — and, in some cases, a peek at what's coming up in 2022. While things aren't quite back to "normal," the resiliency, hard work and talent will be on display once again on stages, in galleries and in public places throughout the county of Orange. Here’s a look at what's coming up.

Panoringan: Old Towne Orange Is New Again with Almost a Dozen Dining Options

Locals who frequent Old Towne Orange are familiar with its mainstays such as Felix Continental Cafe, Rutabegorz, The Filling Station Cafe and Byblos Cafe. While newer dining rooms have moved in over the past five or even 10 years, the most noticeable shift in the restaurant scene has occurred during COVID. Between shiny storefronts, extensive remodels and concepts in the works, nearly a dozen eateries make Orange’s most frequented streets an evolving neighborhood.

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In response to the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the latest health and safety guidance, many major O.C. performing arts venues and organizations have announced that guests at their events will be required to wear masks and confirm that they are vaccinated in order to attend. Be sure to check directly with the venue for their requirements before going. The arts in Orange County are re-awakening, but your cooperation and safe participation as audience members is essential! Arts Orange County is proud to recommend a variety of both in-person and virtual ways to bring the arts into your life. 


The Great Divorce

The Irvine Barclay Theatre continues welcoming back live audiences with this stage production of C.S. Lewis's provocative satirical fantasy about a busload of visitors offered a tour of Hell - and the opportunity to stay forever  DETAILS »


Crear Studio

Acclaimed local artist Albert Lopez, Jr. features in the inaugural exhibition of the new gallery collective created by Santa Ana's LibroMobile  DETAILS »


Poetic Voices

Recitations and conversations from a thrilling lineup of contemporary poets, presented online by Muzeo  DETAILS »


Disney Superstars

Rare sketches and drawings of classic cartoon characters from Mickey Mouse on are on display at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University  DETAILS »


Soviet September

The Frida Cinema, in partnership with the South East European Film Festival, shines a rare spotlight on masterpieces of filmmaking produced in the old Soviet Union, including "Battleship Potemkin", the mind-bending sci-fi story "Solaris", and the epic adaptation of Tolstoy's "War and Peace"  DETAILS »

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