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From Musicals to Stand-Up Comedy, Here Are 5 Shows to See in Orange County This Summer

Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting Summer Happenings

Summer in Orange County is more than sunny beach days, backyard barbecues and rooftop cocktails. It’s also the perfect time to catch a show, admire exceptional art and enjoy the endless entertainment this region has to offer! And thanks to various concert venues, cool comedy clubs, intriguing art galleries and their top-of-the-line talent, when it comes to putting on a show, Orange County knows how to steal the spotlight. Here are five shows to see this summer in Orange County! Orange County Summer Shows


Hadestown at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Dates: August 9 through 21

Credit: Charles Erickson

Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hadestown is more than a show—it’s a spectacle! Brought to you by the creative minds of indie singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin, this showstopper intertwines two mythic tales and invites viewers on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that will grab your attention from the time the curtain rises all the way to the final bow.

Location: Costa Mesa

Orange County Summer Shows

Pageant of the Masters

Dates: July 7 through Sept 2

Credit: Courtesy of The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Experience a one-of-a-kind show where art comes to life! Pageant of the Masters is the talk of the town in Laguna Beach, and this year’s theme is “Wonderful World.” Consider this international art show your passport to distant lands, cultural celebrations and fascinating history. The stage is set outside with an original score played by a professional orchestra and faithful re­creations of art in real life. Another bonus, your pageant ticket gives you unlimited access to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show all summer long. 

Location: Laguna Beach


HAMILTON at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Dates: September 28 through October 16

Credit: Joan Marcus

The hit musical HAMILTON is making its way to Segerstrom Center for the Arts this fall! Featuring a score that mixes hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and has created a revolutionary moment in theatre. Don’t miss this wildly popular, award-winning show by Lin-Manuel Miranda coming to Costa Mesa this September.

Location: Costa Mesa


Orange County Summer Shows

Comedy Shows at The Rec Room

Dates: see calendar of events

The Rec Room is Orange County’s newest comedy club that offers a nostalgic twist. This showroom hosts some of the world’s most gifted comics and musicians, and it’s also home to a vintage arcade that will take you back to your childhood. Play a game of pinball or try out their bowling alley before enjoying a show. It’s an intimate scene with low ceilings and even lower lights, which is ideal if you are trying to avoid any heckling. But if you can appreciate a good laugh, then get up close and personal with a front-row seat!

Location: Huntington Beach


2022 Toyota Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheater

Dates: see calendar of events

Credit: Courtesy OC Fair & Event Center

It doesn’t matter if you like vibing out to reggae or grooving to funk; the 2022 Toyota Summer Concert Series features all types of music and entertainment—yes, even comedy! The Pacific Amphitheater is set up during the Orange County Fair to host this exciting concert series. Plan for a day of fun by roaming the fair and grabbing some drinks before enjoying the show. With concerts happening Wednesday through Sunday, be sure to check the website for the lineup of artists and showtimes.

Location: Costa Mesa

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