Music can be enhanced by the venue in which it is performed. Alternately surroundings can be brought to life by well performed, well selected musical numbers. Listening to free summer concerts in Orange County, CA may be the best of both situations, good music and great background. The combination seems to be so natural that many towns in Orange County have determined to provide a summer concert program free to visitors and locals. While you really have your choice from among a dozen or more communities with free concerts,these series are among the best free summer concerts i Orange County , CA.
Huntington Beach. For the last 10 years the International Surfing Museum has provided residents and visitors to Huntington Beach with great musical entertainment. From April 1- October 14 , 2007 the Museum will be continuing this decade long tradition with its 11th annual series called “Surfin’ Sundays”. The Concert series features surf bands and there are always vendor booths where you can purchase refreshments. Concert goers will find the action at the Huntington Beach Amphitheater at “Pier Plaza” 315 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The music will last from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Find a few hours and enjoy the atmosphere,the crowd and the music .
Newport Beach. Fashion Island is a frequent destination for Orange County dwellers and visitors alike. There’s so much to do there, so many shops and eateries and certainly plenty of people watching to enjoy. But during the summer on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. there is also some great free summer concert music to enjoy. Beginning on July 11 and extending through Aug. 15 at Bloomingdale’s Courtyard at Fashion Island you can relax and be entertained with great music for free. You might have spent a dollar or two at Bloomingdales or Macy’s. You might have rung up a few credit purchases at Barnes and Noble’s Book Store. But the music on Wednesday nights during the summer is free of charge. General seating for concerts opens at 5 p.m. and is offered on a first come first served basis, but it is worth your while to get there early and then relax and enjoy the evening.
Seal Beach. Locals say that once you have visited “Seal Beach” you will always want to return here. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful spot with a wonderful ocean view. There isn’t much you could do to improve “Seal Beach” unless you do what the local Chamber of Commerce has done. With the sponsorship of State Farm Insurance Company, Seal Beach is now the site of a summer concert series offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to sunset. The concerts run from July 11- Aug. 15 and are held at Eisenhower Park by the Seal Beach Pier. Settle in to enjoy a night of beauty and melody, all for free.
Yorba Linda. It is likely that hometown hero and former President of the United States, Richard Nixon, would approve of the Yorba Linda Concerts in the Park. Who wouldn’t? This year’s series is to be held on Sunday evenings beginning July 8 and ending Aug 19. The opening concert will feature a tribute to Neil Diamond and the closing event will present “The Soul Shadows” playing Soul and Rhythm and Blues. Other concerts will be given over to classic rock, modern rock, rock-n-roll and reggae music. You are bound to find the tunes you beat you enjoy. All concerts are performed at Hurless Barton
Park in Yorba Linda, CA. All you need is a picnic or purchase refreshments on site to make your evening complete. The music will go on from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Fullerton. The Fullerton Sports Complex is a unique but successful site for free summer concerts. This summer on Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8:00 join friends and neighbors at the complex at 560 E. Silver Pine St. .The Parks and Recreation Dept. have done their best to provide performers that you will enjoy from the opening strains on July 18 to the final notes on Aug 22. All you need to do is bring a blanket, some lawn chairs and possibly a picnic supper. No time to pack the picnic basket? Don’t worry there will be food available for purchase on site. There will also be additional activities available for children .
The first concert features “The Answer” a group that has been performing since 1964. The play the kind of songs everyone can enjoy including numbers made famous by Jim Morrison and Creedence Clearwater. It’s a great way to start a concert series and encourage everyone to return again.
You can think of Orange County as a trendy, upscale, address in California and you won’t be wrong. But for music lovers it can also be remembered as a place for great free summer concerts in a magnificent setting , that won’t be wrong either.