The Orange County arts and culture scene is filled with unique festivals, museums and performing arts venues that are intertwined with the county’s captivating history.
Anaheim Ballet is the City of Anaheim's resident nonprofit ballet company and training school.
The Battleship of Presidents, USS IOWA has opened as a floating museum! Voted one of the Best Cool Exhibits to See with Your Kids, your adventure includes a tour covering the gun and missile systems, officers' wardroom, crew's mess, the Captain's cabin and more. Battleship IOWA is perfect for families and events. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
One of Southern California’s finest museums and Orange County’s largest, the Bowers Museum promotes human understanding through art. Its state-of-the-art facilities enable the Bowers to present world-class exhibitions from the greatest museums in the world. Its own collections are particularly strong in the areas of African, South Pacific, Asian, Native American, pre-Columbian art, and California plein-air paintings. Its location, close to four major freeways and four miles south of Disneyland, makes the Bowers an ideal destination for visitors to Southern California.
As a community of faith, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is overjoyed to continue and build upon the tradition of outreach, charity and love carried out on this iconic campus. Like the faithful that have gathered and supported this church for a generation, the Catholic Church is committed to sharing Christ's love with the world.
We welcome you and your family to celebrate with us as we open a new chapter in the life of this campus. Experience the soaring edifices and inspirations of faith present on our campus and within our Church.
Look no further than The City National Grove of Anaheim for sophisticated ambiance, imaginative character and easy elegance. Whether your style is formal or fun, our unique rooms and spaces, world class on site catering, and experienced, creative staff help stage a flawless event that's sure to earn you rave reviews from your clients and guests.
Imaginations run wild through more than 100 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center, Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science fun. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine “launch”, explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur and try your best slap shot against the Anaheim Duck’s goalie! Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Bug Invasion and Bubblefest throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover. Since 1998, Discovery Science Center has been a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.
Often compared to Portland, Brooklyn or Austin, Downtown Santa Ana is an independent and unexpected urban center for Orange County where visitors and locals enjoy OC's emerging arts, farm-to-table restaurants and craft beer scenes.
Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters take place during July and August. The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show features 140 of Orange County’s top artists displaying paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and more. Art workshops, demonstrations and tours offered daily. Weekends are jammed packed with live music and special events. Pageant of the Masters features nightly re-creations of classical and contemporary artworks, with real people transformed into life-sized re-creations in a picturesque outdoor amphitheater with live narration and a full orchestra. See website for pricing and schedule.
Established in 1979, the Fullerton Arboretum has served the community as a premier resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education.The Fullerton Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in Orange County. Encompassing 26 lush acres, The Fullerton Arboretum has assembled a permanent collection of over 4,000 unique and unusual plant species from around the world. With its ponds, streams and wildlife, the Fullerton Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from a fast-paced urban life.
Visitor amenities include:
26 acres, 4000 plants and trees, 1894 Victorian “Heritage House”, Visitors Center,
OC Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, The Potting Shed, Nature Center,
Children’s Garden, Membership, volunteer opportunities, and educational classes.
Dining and live music will never be the same again in Orange County! Premiering Spring 2017, a brand new House of Blues will open its doors at Anaheim GardenWalk and truly be a house unlike any other. The new venue will dramatically expand in size, settings and in every entertaining sense imaginable. Conveniently located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, guests will discover multiple destinations within a destination - each spotlighting soulful cuisine, live music, original art, and authentic experiences. House of Blues Anaheim will be the newest and greatest destination for a delicious dining experience, incredible private parties and special events, upscale hospitality at California’s only premier VIP lounge, Foundation Room, and access to the world's most iconic musical artists.
Dick Marconi founded the museum in 1994 to create the Marconi Foundation for Kids and give the public a chance to see rare cars up close and personal. The net proceeds from booked events and museum visitors are donated to at-risk children charities throughout Orange County.
Impress guests with a $30 million car collection spanning from exotic, historic and high-performance classic cars. Dare to be different and host your next special event at The Marconi, call today!
Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, is the seventh among the twenty-one California missions. Enjoy the lush gardens, museum rooms, adobe buildings, ruins, and koi-filled fountains at Orange County's number one historic site. See website for pricing and hours of operation.
Pretend City Children’s Museum features a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving all children, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future.
Located just 15 minutes from the Anaheim Convention Center, the Nixon Library is perfect for clients who are looking for extraordinary event location. Southern California’s most exciting venue, a stunning replica of the historic White House East Room, is perfect for receptions of all sizes. Typical events begin with a cocktail reception in the First Lady’s Rose Garden where guests can also enjoy viewing the expansive exhibit galleries. Watch eyes light up as guests enter the elegant White House East Room for candlelight dining and dancing beneath magnificent crystal chandeliers surrounded by golden silk draperies and imported marble fireplaces. When you book your event at the Nixon Library, we will help plan an event your guests will never forget!
Sawdust Art Festival featuring 200 Laguna Beach artists in a magical setting complete with waterfalls and towering eucalyptus trees. Live entertainment, three cafes and saloon. Complimentary art activities for children and adults. See website for pricing and hours of operation.
Located along Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, Sherman Library and Gardens has a wide range of botanical collections.
103-acre private, four-year liberal arts college with an 8000-square-foot art gallery. Daily tours at 10am and 2pm, Monday-Friday. 150,000 visitors annually.
Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Museum was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Today, the interactive museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family as guests walk in the footsteps of the 225,000 young men who served on Midway. Visitors explore a floating city at sea, the amazing flight deck and its aircraft, flight simulators, and are inspired in the Battle of Midway Theater. Admission also includes a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, French and German. Visiting Midway is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in San Diego, known around the world as Navy Town, USA.