Top 10 things to do in Irvine in July
Disney and MCAS El Toro
The Great Park Gallery has what promises to be a fascinating summer show centered on the design for the base’s official Flying Bull logo, created by Walt Disney. The show will feature both vintage and original art inspired by Disney’s WWII insignias and designs.
UCI’s Irvine Museum Collection presents “Dusk till Dawn,” an exhibition of landscape paintings of nighttime scenes, or vistas captured at sunrise or sunset.
“LEGO The Batman Movie” at the Great Park
Free family movies screened at dusk on the lawn at the Great Park come to a conclusion with the funny and frenetic take on the caped crusader and an origin story of his ward, Robin.
July 4th Concert on the Green & Fireworks
The Irvine Police Association is hosting its 33rd annual Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival at Irvine High School stadium, featuring live music, activities for children, a raffle with prizes and a fireworks extravaganza. Tickets are $15 for adults (ages 14 and older) and $10 for children and seniors.
New Swan Shakespeare
Experience the bard’s best in the intimate surroundings of the New Swan Theater, outdoors on the UCI campus. The 2017 season features “The Tempest” and “The Taming of the Shrew,” plus the eclectic “Shakespeare’s Fool” performance by Jason Feddy on July 25.
Tomato Palooza chef event at the Great Park
Join foodies at the Farm + Food Lab to learn about preparing local, seasonal gourmet dishes. The July gathering will feature the best of summer tomatoes from Chef Sharon Murphy of One Fine Fig.
7.6 and 7.13
OC Parks Summer Concert Series
Celebrate the summer season with live music, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. On July 6, the concert series is at Mason Regional Park with Rolling Stones tribute band Hollywood Stones and the following Thursday, July 13, Journey tribute band Open Arms and ’80s sensation Flashback Heart Attack. The concerts and parking are free.
7.9, 7.16 and 7.30
Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts
Enjoy Sunday summer evenings in Mike Ward Community Park enjoying bands Yard Sale (dance hits) Pop Vinyl (popular hits) and Color My World (covering the band Chicago) on Sunday evenings. A portion of proceeds go to the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other local nonprofits.
The symphony will return to an Irvine amphitheater later this summer, but for those who can’t wait, Maestro Carl St.Clair will lead the Pacific Symphony in a free outdoor concert at Mike Ward Community Park, complete with pre-concert activities for kids that include a conducting clinic led by St.Clair.
National Choreographers Initiative
Be there for the world premiere of four new ballets at Irvine Barclay. The works are created as part of Artistic Director Molly Lynch’s intensive 3-week National Choreographers Initiative that brings four choreographers together with top dancers.