We blinked and somehow it’s the end of the school year already! June means summer break, summer fun, summer festivals, and summer heat! To help you fill those looooong school-free days in the first month of summer, we’ve put together this carefully curated list of the most interesting, family-friendly Orange County events June 2022 has to offer!
And if you haven’t yet, definitely check out our Guide to Orange County’s Best Summer Camps. It is filled with a wide variety of camps that your kids will surely love.
Here are some fun events to fill your summer days in Orange County this June 2022!
June – August
From their website: “Guests will experience a new way of viewing our solar system as they fully immerse themselves in an up-close view of our galaxy in this seasonal large-scale model Solar System Encounter exhibit. Come and discover the planets of our solar system with vivid projection mapping images, colorful lights, and impressive displays…. Blast into outer space at the ALL NEW Rocket Launch!Aim for the moon, a satellite, or Mars and get ready to launch rockets as far as 30 feet high. Guests will interact with a variety of rocket ships as they are challenged with not only launching but landing their rockets…. Future scientists will explore Mars in Discovery Cube’s ALL NEW Mars Rover Test Course exhibit as they charter the Red Planet on a very special mission.”
Tickets: Adults $19.95, Children $14.95, Seniors $16.95. Parking: $6.
June 4 (San Clemente) and June 11 (Huntington Beach)
If you’re going to be at the beach anyway this June, why not spend a couple hours helping to clean up our beautiful beaches. This event is a nice way for children to learn about the importance of keeping our planet clean, and have a fun day in the sand at the same time.
Free. Registration required.
What better way to celebrate a return to indoor theater than with a kid-friendly show at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts? From their website: “This enchanting rags-to-riches fairy-tale opera adapts Rossini’s sparkling work especially for young audiences. From start to finish, you’ll be swept away by show-stopping vocal fireworks, toe-tapping tunes, high-spirited comedy and colorful costumes—all leading up to a happily-ever-after grand finale! This fun and fascinating 45-minute concert is designed especially for children 5-11.”
Tickets start at $14.00.
From their website: “This annual party held in the streets of Old Town Tustin holds the distinct honor of being the largest one-day chili cook-off in the country, according to the International Chili Society. The event will come alive with a variety of exhibitors featuring crafters, community organizations, food and chili booths, and craft beers and wine. Live music and contests are featured on event stages and there will be a Kids Fun Zone with games, bounce houses, and entertainment. Proceeds from the event are donated to local non-profit organizations and service groups whose members volunteer during the event.”
No entry fee.
For over 7 years, local ocean lovers have been participating in this Surf City tradition, which starts with a run on the beach and a swim around Huntington Beach’s iconic pier. Even if you’re not a strong swimmer, it can be fun to watch the horde of avid swimmers dive enthusiastically into the water and emerge some minutes later triumphant in their return.
$25 per person to participate. Free to spectate.
June 14-16 and 20-23
While COVID restrictions have significantly lessened since last summer, we recognize that some families are still interested in virtual or non-indoors activities for their kids. Although cooking tends to be an indoors activity, these virtual cooking classes for kids make them accessible to children all across the spectrum, including those with disabilities and learning differences.
Each day of class has a different cooking menu such as Pop Tarts, Ice Cream Pies, Summer Treats With A Twist, Homemade Pizza, and Summer Tea Party. Taught by personal chef, local mom of two, and OCMC guest contributor Jill Effron.
$35 per person/class. Can attend one class, every class, or any number in between.
This fun and kid-friendly annual summer tradition includes carnival rides, fireworks, beer & wine garden, food booths, vendors, and live music from bands including Flashback Heart Attack and Tijuana Dogs. One of the classic Orange County events June 2022 has to offer!
$5 for all attendees age 5 and up.
June 17 and 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 series kicks off in June 2022 with JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017) and includes other 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.
From their website: “It’s a Hometown Family Affair right in your backyard! This Juneteenth we are celebrating the vibrance and versatility of our voices with a family reunion-style celebration weekend, beginning with a Friday night concert and continuing into a day of performances, workshops, art making, and poetry. In celebrating freedom this year, we celebrate and honor individual voices that make up the larger community in which we thrive and live together.”
Free. To learn more about Juneteenth, America’s newest Federal Holiday for one of America’s oldest celebrations, please read our Juneteenth post here.
This free family-friendly event on the Civic Green in Cypress features a magic show, crafts with the Cypress Library, activities, games, booths, food trucks, and an outdoor screening of ENCANTO.
June 23 and 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. June 2022 events take place outdoors and will be held in accordance with the most current guidance from State and local health agencies.
Bring your surfboard for this day celebrating the ocean waves, local artisans, and SoCal good vibes. There will be live music, food vendors, beer garden, and of course, sand and surfing.
Free. State parking fees required if parking at the beach.
Whatever Orange County events June 2022 tempts you into attending, we wish you a very happy and healthy start to your summer. Remember to apply your sunscreen, stay hydrated, mask up when applicable, and above all else, have a blast!