Labor Day weekend is the unofficial launch of fall and even though the weather feels like summer, the kids are most likely back in school and sports, bringing in a new season.
Here’s my roundup of family-friendly events you can do this Labor Day weekend in Orange County!
Thursday, September 1
Flouwermouthe and Trubify present a benefit concert for Think Together
Santa Ana-based Think Together is a leading nonprofit provider of expanded learning, afterschool, and early learning programs. (Full disclosure: I work there). The organization has partnered with Trubify, a music live streaming app, along with Flowermouthe, an artist collective, to raise funds for its academic and enrichment programs.
The live-music event will be hosted at the Black Marlin in Old Town Tustin on Sept. 1 and will feature an array of family-friendly musicians including performances from Mike Wilson, Shea Givens, The Groovlers, and Gabriel Soriano.
The event will also be livestreamed on the Trubify app starting at 5 p.m., with a suggested donation of $15 per in-person and livestream attendee. All proceeds raised through the Trubify app will be directly donated to Think Together.
Friday, September 2
Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach
This top-rated juried art show features original artwork by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists. Find affordable and unique works of art, perfect for your home or business.
Enjoy art workshops, several dining options, guided art tours, nightly musical entertainment and hands-on demonstrations. Special art-related attractions and events, such as jazz concerts, wine, and chocolate pairings, art discussions, and activities for children, provide entertainment for all.
The last day of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach coincides with the last day of the Pageant of the Masters, and while our littlest OC residents might not appreciate this unique attraction, visitors young and old regale in its 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”).
Learn more on the Visit Laguna Beach website.
Orange International Street Fair hosted by the City of Orange
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Orange International Street Fair, themed the Golden Orange. Located at the circle in Old Towne Orange, this annual event hosts dozens of unique food vendors featuring cuisine from all over the world, arts and crafts booths, and local nonprofits. The fair is free to attend and runs from Friday, September 2nd through Monday September 4th at 10:00 p.m.
Catch local cover band, Power Serge, as they open the fair on Friday for its third run from 8-9 p.m. on the main stage. For a full lineup of entertainment, visit the Orange International Fair Website.
OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach Presents PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
Join OC Parks for the last OC Parks Sunset Cinema of the summer at 6 p.m. for a free viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean.
OC Parks Summer Concert Series and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series are open to the public of all ages and free to attend with free parking. Food trucks will be serving at each location and a beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. Gather friends and family and enjoy free concerts and movie screenings this summer with OC Parks.
Learn more on the County of Orange website.
Saturday, September 3
Huntington Beach Civil War Days
Perfect for the historical buff in your family, the Huntington Beach Historical Society will once again host their annual Civil War Days Living History Event in Huntington Beach Central Park. Dubbed Southern California’s Largest Living History Event, the event will run Sept. 3-4 and is free for the public to attend.
This event is facilitated by hundreds of dedicated volunteers portraying people from all walks of life, and as always, our events are free to the public. Come out to see this grand display this Labor Day Weekend!
Learn more on the Huntington Beach Historical Society website.
OC Parks Family Parks
Be sure to register in advance on the OC Parks website as no walk-up registrations are permitted. Hikers should be in good health and able to do a beginning hike over a variety of terrains. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.
Sunday, September 4
The Angels host the Astros and Family Sunday
Cheer on the home team as the Angels host the Astros for the last Family Sunday and Kids Run The Bases promotion of the season. The first $25,000 fans in attendance will receive a free rally monkey presented by the Orange County Health Care agency.
Kids Run the Bases is available to fans ages 3-13 in attendance after the game. Kids Club Members will be required to present their official Junior Angels Membership Wristband in order to receive preferred access to Kids Run the Bases.
The game starts at 1:07 p.m. with tickets as low as $9. Be sure to buy tickets along the third base line to stay in the shade and remember families can bring sealed bottled water and food in a clear backpack.
Monday, September 5
Enjoy the day with your family and friends!
Many businesses are closed on Labor Day to allow employees to also spend time with their families and friends. If you decide to head out, be sure to check a business’s hours of operations so you don’t get caught off guard.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend in Orange County and be safe!