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Best Upcoming Art Fairs In Orange County

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This summer, check out these unique art fairs in Orange County that offer live music, art, crafts, face painting, artisan work and gourmet food. Whether you want to reminisce about the iconic Woodstock concert in the 60s with live music, tie-dye clothing and stilt-walkers dressed as hippies, or you want to immerse yourself in artwork from all over the world, these Orange County art events have you covered.

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6th Annual Woodstock Tribute: Weekend of Music and Art
Orange County Market Place
88 Fair Drive - Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 723-6619
Date: July 5 & 6, 2015

The fourth annual Woodstock Tribute: Weekend of Music and Art will celebrate the iconic 60's Woodstock event with musical appearances and more. This year, Aquarius Tribute Band will be on hand to perform all the groovy tunes of the big 60's event. Aside from that, this two day fest planned for July 5th and 6th at the Orange Count Market Place in Costa Mesa will offer dye artisans, free face painting, hippie stilt walkers, Wavy Davy-The Tie Dye Guy, food trucks and much more!

Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk
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First Thursdays Art Walk
Laguna Beach
(949) 683-6871
Date: First Thursday of Every Month From 6pm to 9pm

The First Thursday Art Walk in Laguna Beach illustrates artwork from several galleries located on the North Coast Highway, Central Downtown and the South Coast Highway. The North and South Coast Highways have a longer lineup of galleries participating with at least ten to view during each walk. However, Central Downtown will have fewer stops along the way but each will boast magnificent artwork. The event highlights and celebrates the cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to attend. Conveniently, there are free trams offered by the city to shuttle attendees to the art galleries.

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Art A-Fair

Art-A-Fair Festival
777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-4514
Date: Summer 2015

Highlighting not only the artwork of the artistically-acclaimed area of Laguna Beach, Art-A-Fair Festival also showcases artwork from all over the world. The artwork will be available for purchase and some of the artists will be at the event so you can learn more about the story behind each piece. A variety of artistic mediums will be displayed including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. With all of those options, you'll definitely be able to find something that catches your eye.

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Huntington Beach Art Walk
Downtown Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-8383
Date: 3rd Thursday Of each Month From March to October

Enjoy this free art walk located "in the heart and soul of surf city" in Downtown Huntington Beach. Professional artists and students alike display a variety of artwork including traditional artistic styles. Peruse the over 10 galleries or studios participating and you will see a diverse range of art from great local talent. Also, performing arts entertainment is offered. Recently, a dance performance was given by Huntington Beach High School's performing arts program. Dancers dressed as zombies and performed to Michael Jackson's song, "Thriller" at the event. See what the next big show will be by attending a walk yourself.

You are invited to attend and enjoy meeting the artists first-hand. Most works are available for sale.

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Santa Ana Art Walk
201 N Bush St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-1171
Date: First Saturday Of The Month

Join fellow Orange County residents on the first Satruday of the month in the Artists Village for the Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk which will feature arts, crafts, live entertainment and all things art. Held on the 2nd Street Promenade between Broadway Avenue and Spurgeon Street in Downtown Santa Ana, galleries participating offer arts of all types including ceramics, 3d modeling, contemporary art and more.

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at

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