Things to do in Irvine in July
Movies on the Lawn
The Orange County Great Park hosts family-friendly movies each summer, including Elvis Presley in Clambake on Friday July 6, and newer features on Saturday nights, including Peter Rabbit on July 7 and The Greatest Showman on July 14. Food truck fare starts at 6:30 p.m., the films begin at dusk.
Cliff Cramp at Great Park Gallery
The influential Cal State Fullerton professor is a painter and illustrator whose commissioned and original artwork includes paintings and digital media inspired by Star Wars, Stranger Things and many others.
Fireworks and Concert on the Green
Celebrate freedom as the Irvine Police Association hosts the 34th annual event at Irvine High School Stadium featuring live music, fun for kids and a fireworks extravaganza. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 14 and seniors. Or buy a Family Pass (good for two adults and up to four children) in advance for $50.
New Swan Shakespeare
Experience the bard’s best in the intimate surroundings of the New Swan Theater, outdoors on the UCI campus. The 2018 season features A Midsummer’s Night Dream and A Winter’s Tale.
Drawing on the Past at Irvine Museum
The museum will display drawings, pastels, watercolors and etchings by California artists that include Phil Dike and Emile Kosa. Some works date as far back as the 1880s, many produced while the artists were students in Europe.
7.5 and 7.12
Concerts at Mason Park
Orange County Park puts on a summer-long music series at the regional parks, including two shows at Mason. Stone Soul and Adam Lasher on July 5 and the always fun and frenetic Flashback Heart Attack on July 5, with Adam Lasher. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with food trucks and a beer and wine tent.
7.8, 7.15 and 7.22
Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts
Enjoy Sunday summer evening in Mike Ward Community Park enjoying The Smith Band (contemporary country) The Reflexx (New Wave from the ’80s) and Tijuana Dogs (party rock). The 7.22 concert will include an intermission performance by Irvine’s own Sara Peyton King.
Symphony in the Cities
Pacific Symphony returns for its annual classical music concert in Mike Ward Community Park. Before the concert, a Musical Playground for Children includes interactive activities such as making an instrument, playing a drum, meeting a musician and taking part in a conductor’s clinic with Carl St.Clair.
Stars Align Tour at FivePoint Amphitheatre
Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart will perform classic rock hits and guitar hero jams at Irvine’s newest outdoor concert venue. Other July shows include Counting Crows, Pentatonix, Logic Presents: Bobby Tarantino, G-Eazy and KLOS Whiplash.
National Choreographers Initiative
One of Orange County’s premiere dance events, NCI director Molly Lynch invites four choreographers (Kevin Jenkins, David Justin, Ilya Kosadayev and Mariana Oliveira) to create new ballets to be danced by sixteen professional dancers who are members of ballet companies from across the country.