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Best Free Art Activities In Orange County

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If you haven't experienced Orange County's art scene, or if you're just looking for a way to get your fix on the cheap, look no further. These art walks and museums provide opportunities to check out art almost any day of the week. With paintings, sculptures, jewelry and performance art, these free events are sure to be entertaining, enlightening and even relaxing.

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Downtown Fullerton Art Walk
223 W Santa Fe Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-2727
Free: First Friday Of Each Month, From 6pm – 10pm

For local art, live music and performing arts, the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk is where it's at. Peruse through the participating art galleries' offerings at your leisure while exploring the three areas of the tour: East of Harbor North of Commonwealth, West of Harbor North of Commonwealth and West of Harbor South of Commonwealth. Pick up a map of the art walk at any participating venue.

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Bowers Museum

Bowers Museum
2002 Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
Free: First Sunday of Every Month

On the first Sunday of every month, Bowers Museum provides not only free admission into the museum, but also hosts events for families to explore cultures from around the world. The museum, which was founded in 1936, offers a wide selection of art on view including more than 100,000 objects from around the world.

Art Walk Laguna Beach
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Laguna Beach Art Walk
Laguna Beach, CA
Free: First Thursday Of Every Month - 6pm to 9pm

Known for some of Orange County's most notable art galleries, the Laguna Beach Art Walk provides the public with several galleries to explore the first Thursday of every month. The year round free educational art event gathers many of the areas top galleries including Studio 7 Gallery, the Sandstone Gallery, the Pacific Edge Gallery, foaSOUTH, the Hugo Riviera Gallery and a myriad of others. One thing is for sure: art will be plentiful as you take a stroll through the beautiful streets of Laguna Beach.

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Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122
Free: Every Friday - 11am to 8pm

Located in Newport Beach, the Orange County Museum of Art is one of the premiere destinations for art lovers in the area. With more than 3,000 objects in modern and contemporary art, the museum offers an ever growing list of exhibitions. Every Friday, the public is invited to attend and view these terrific pieces for free! View everything from Warhol's "Mao" paintings to other artistic wonders.

Huntington Beach Art Walk
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Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk
200 Main St Huntington Beach
CA 92648
Free: Third Thursday Of Every Month - 6pm to 9pm

Located in the heart and soul of surf city in downtown Huntington Beach is their art walk which offers a chance to learn about the city's surf culture, history and more! Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from March to October at 6pm to 9pm, the art walk features all types of artists including emerging, as well as established, student artists and more. With restaurants and stores throughout the area participating in the event, it makes for a great evening!

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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