Virtually and Socially Distant—Here How to Experience August in Orange County

Written By: Taylor Gorski Orange County August Activities

Tired of the same weekend activities? Switch it up and visit a new restaurant, listen to live music from your car or participate in a virtual fun run! This August, Orange County is getting creative with activities for the entire family, and we’re here for it. 


1 | Visit the New Restaurant on the Block Orange County August Activities

When: Sundays through Thursdays in August

Wood & Salt Tavern, a brand new restaurant, is opening in Long Beach this August. Wood & Salt Tavern’s initial soft-opening hours will be Sunday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (initial opening hours subject to change). Dine outside and enjoy handmade pasta dishes like squid ink garganelli with tomato-braised calamari and ricotta cavatelli with littleneck clams. 


2 | Take a Trip to Catalina Orange County August Activities

When: Ongoing

Escape to an island without hopping on a plane. Catalina Island is taking all of the necessary health and safety precautions while still making it a relaxing, enjoyable destination for guests. Cruise on over for an overdue vacay!


3 | OC Fair Virtual 5K Fun Run Orange County August Activities

Sign up for the OC Fair Virtual 5K ($35 per adult and $22.50 for children under 12) for a fun family activity. Complete 3.1 miles by Aug. 18 and record your time online to receive OC Fair goodies in the mail—medal included—along with entry to the 2021 OC Fair. What a deal! 


4 | Concerts at The CAMP

When: Every Thursday in August

Hop in your car and take a drive over to The CAMP in Costa Mesa. Local bands are performing Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as part of a drive-in concert series. Get cozy in your car as you enjoy takeout eats and live tunes! 


5 | The Fab Four at the Fairgrounds

When: August 1

The Fab Four, a popular Beatles cover band, is performing at the OC Fair & Event Center on August 1. Invite your best friend or surprise your significant other and bring your own food and have some fun at this drive-in concert! 


6 | You, Me + Vitamin Sea

When: Throughout August

Dana Point is celebrating summer the best way possible––live music, fresh seafood outdoors and outdoor adventures. Accompanied with a cool ocean breeze, let loose with good tunes all August long! 


7 | Newport Beach Film Festival Orange County August Activities

When: August 6-20

The 21st annual Newport Beach Film Festival is taking place August 6-20 at The LOT in Fashion Island. This film festival brings in classic and contemporary filmmaking from all over the world. Visit their website to get your tickets. 


8 | Coffee & Music With Bear Coast Coffee

When: August 1

Pick up a cup of joe and enjoy live acoustic music at San Clemente’s Casa Romantica! Starting at 10 a.m., Bear Coast Coffee experts will help guests choose a perfect cup of coffee while enjoying a live acoustic performance in a coastal amphitheater setting.


9 | Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach foaVirtual, 3D Virtual Galleries

When: Ongoing

Featuring nine galeries and 123 artists, experience the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach from the comfort of your home! Artwork is available for purchase, and 100% of each sale goes directly to the exhibitor. 


10 | Surfrider Harbor Kayak Cleanup Orange County August Activities

When: August 2

Volunteer with the Surfrider Foundation and clean up the Huntington harbor on a kayak! From 8:45 to 10 a.m., help pick up trash from the water and learn about the impact of inland pollution. 


11 | Pampering Your Pup! 

When: August 7

If you are obsessed with your dog, this event is not to be missed. Tune into Zoom at 5 p.m., for a guided meditation for both you and your pup, and even learn how to give your dog a massage! This is a donation class benefitting the Vanderpump Dog Foundation. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a free stay at Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. 

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