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Best Outdoor Venues In Orange County

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Looking for a place to enjoy your nights in Orange County? Look no further. With many great venues in the area, options abound for outdoor entertainment. Take a look at this area's best.


Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2200 Encore Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 733-5010

Located in Irvine, right next to the Irvine Spectrum, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre was built in 1980 as the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and was later renamed in 2001. The outdoor venue is home to many top concerts from the likes of Iron Maiden, Kiss, Motley Crue and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Make sure not to miss the upcoming concerts by Luis Miguel, Dave Matthews Band and Rascal Flatts in September.


OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500

With the goal of celebrating Orange County's communities, interests and heritage, the OC Fair & Event Center holds many events in its location that range from the Centennial Farm, Food Truck Fare After Dark and a weekend swap meet. It is also home to the OC Fair held in the summer. The Fall Concert Series begins in September.


Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Rd
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6835

Nestled amongst a grove of oak and sycamore trees, The Irvine Regional Park is a terrific outdoor venue with rolling foothills and a variety of wildlife. Creeks, ponds, waterfalls enhance the park's beauty and offer a serene outdoor space to enjoy your time. The park features many amenities including bicycle and aquacycle rentals located adjacent to the historic boathouse as well as group picnic areas, and stages for concerts. In addition, enjoy the Irvine Park Railroad as well as the OC Zoo which is located inside the park. And, if that wasn't enough, a farmers market offers delicious fruits and other great foods.


Orange County Great Park
6990 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 724-6247

Open to the public, the 27.5-acre Preview Park is actively programmed with outdoor concerts, dances, workshops and other special events. Also home to the Orange County Great Park Balloon, the observation deck rises to up to 500 feet and can carry up to 30 people at one time. The Historic Hangar 244 has been incorporated into the events at the park that include concerts, dances and a winter ice rink. The signature events, including concerts, workshops and outdoor movies, have been available to the public while the Great Park remains open during its development.


Hart Park Bandshell
701 South Glassel
Orange, CA, 92866

During the summer, music under the stars takes place from 7pm to 8:30pm and features shows with classic rock, Irish music, R&B dance favorites, big band swing orchestra, Motown and soul and more. For a full schedule of concerts, visit Hart Park Bandshell Events.

Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on

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