OC Moms Guide – July 2022

Orange County Events July 2022

Wondering what kind of fun and family-friendly Orange County events July 2022 has to offer? Here’s our top picks for fun activities in our area plus fireworks viewings and July 4th celebrations!


Sawdust Arts & Crafts Festival – Laguna Beach

Now through August 28

From their website: “Handcrafted art by 162 Laguna Beach artists, 3 stages of live music, complimentary art classes, glassblowing, art demonstrations and a variety of outdoor dining and saloon offerings- set in an eclectic, artisan-built village located in the heart of Laguna Beach.”

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors (65+) $7, Children (6-12) $5, Season Pass $30, Annual Pass $40 includes Winter Fantasy admission. For COVID-safety, tickets will be emailed with a QR code instead of physical passes. 


Click here for Orange County Mom Collective’s guide on where to see fireworks on July 4th plus other July 2022 Independence Day celebrations!

MainPlace Mall’s Bumble Bees & Honey Summer Playdate – Santa Ana

July 13

From their website: “Kids attending this event will receive a mini honey jar with dipper and will design their own bumble bee bookmark. They will also have a chance to explore an actual beehive and learn about the importance of bees and how they make honey.”

Free. For children ages 4-12. No advance registration is required, but a parent or guardian must be present for children to participate. 


OC Fair – Costa Mesa

July 15 – August 15 (Wednesdays through Sundays)

The OC Fair is back again this year with many of the favorites we’ve enjoyed year after year at this month-long event. TWO different carnival areas featuring rides and games, action sports arena, arts exhibitions, animals exhibits, produce displays, live entertainment, and more.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Limited capacity so buy them early. General (13-59) $12 on Weds-Thursdays, $14 on Fri-Sat-Sunday, Senior (60+) $7, Youth (6-12) $7, Children 5 and younger are free. Fair parking is $10 per car. Unlimited ride wristbands and Taste of the Fair tickets can be purchased in addition to fair admission tickets. 


San Clemente Ocean Festival – San Clemente

July 16-17

From their website: “Join us for the world-famous Dory boat races, 5K beach run, one-mile swim, Groms Rule Surf Contest and Dolphin Dash kid’s beach run. Kid’s Dolphin Dash, ‘Groms Rule’ Surf Contest, and Fishing Derby. This years line-up includes a FREE beach concert, Sand Sculpting Contest, Woodie Car Exhibits, and the Ocean Art Show.”

Free. There is limited parking available near the pier however there is FREE parking & round trip shuttle service from the Outlets at San Clemente.  


Toddler Treks: Slithering Snakes – Orange

July 19

If you’re looking for some toddler-friendly Orange County events July 2022 has to offer, this sounds like a fun one! From the OC Parks website: “Slithering snakes are sliding all about! Come learn about our scaly friends and hear a fun tale of one little snake that doesn’t want to grow up. Make your own scaly friend to take home with you!” 

Free. For ages 2 – 6 years. Space is limited and parents must register both themselves and each child. There is a Park Entrance Fee per entry vehicle (usually about $5 per car). 


Mission Viejo Library’s Haunted Escape Room – Mission Viejo

July 23

Perhaps you already have your kids signed up for a ton of fun camps this summer. (If not, check out our list of summer camps in Orange County!) But if you reach a point this July 2022 when you just can’t think of anything else fun to do, count on the library to come through for you! MV Library hosts free storytimes, concerts, family-friendly activities, and yes even escape rooms! You don’t have to be a resident of Mission Viejo to participate, just a lover of books, stories, and fun. Check out their list of events in the link above.

Free. This particular event listed above is a kid-friendly escape room where you have to solve riddles and follow clues to unlock the door. Their escape room events tend to sell out, so be sure to register by clicking on the MV Library link above!


Family Walk at the Bay – Newport Beach

July 23

There are lots of great Orange County events July 2022 entries on the OC Parks calendar. Here’s one entry from their website: “Join us for an easy, stroller friendly walk along Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of summer. We will stay on the paved Bayview Trail and pause frequently to observe birds, wildflowers and any other wildlife present.”

Free. Minors aged 16 and younger must have a legal guardian present at all times. Walk ins are welcome, but space is limited so advance registration is suggested via the link above.



Also, don’t forget about these ongoing FREE summer concert and movie events hosted by OC Parks!


OC Parks Sunset Summer Cinema

Every Friday night during the summer until September 2

From their website: “Twelve free movie screenings will take place Friday nights from June 17 – September 2 around sunset at Craig Regional Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Guests of all ages can enjoy recent favorites and popular classics with pre-show entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. and show times at approximately 8 p.m. after sundown.” 

The summer 2022 series includes family crowd pleasers like ENCANTO, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and BACK TO THE FUTURE. Click on the link above for detailed list of movies/dates.

Free Admission and free parking starting at 6:00pm (screening starts approximately at 8:00pm after sundown). Food trucks and booths will have bites and beverages available for purchase at each location. Events take place outdoors and will be held in accordance with the most current guidance from State and local health agencies. 


OC Parks Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday during the summer until August 25

From their website: “Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. The concert series kicks off with Ozomatli on June 23 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by popular local and renowned touring artists including Donavon Frankenreiter, Yachty by Nature, DSB, The Aquabats, Uptown Funk, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sweet and Tender Hooligans, and Tijuana Dogs.”

Admission and parking are free. Open to the public of all ages. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for guests to enjoy the food trucks and to save their spot on the grass for the concert. All concerts are from 6 to 8 p.m. July 2022 events take place outdoors and will be held in accordance with the most current guidance from State and local health agencies. 


For even more ideas of what to do with your kids this July 2022, check out our Ultimate Summer Bucket List For Orange County Families!


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