free activities in orange countyOrange County is an amazing place to live for so many reasons, but sometimes things can get a little pricey. For those who are looking to keep their budget in check this summer without missing out on all the fun, check out this latest list of upcoming free Orange County events to help get the ball rolling!

Newport Bay Conservancy’s “Explore the Bay Family Hike”

This Saturday, May 21st, from 10:30 to 11:30 am the Muth Interpretive Center of Newport Beach is hosting an Explore the Bay Family Hike. Learn about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its miles of beautiful trails on this easy hike. We advise you to bring a hat and water, and make sure you lather on some sunscreen before you hop out of the car. There’s no registration necessary, just head on down!

Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, located at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach. Visit ocparks.com/parks/Newport or call 949-923-2290 for more information.

16th Annual Yorba Linda Celebration of the Arts Festival

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 5th from 11 am to 4 pm for the ever popular annual fine arts and music festival presented by the Yorba Linda Arts Alliance! This incredible free, family friendly event will feature original works of art, photography, ceramics, glassblowing, wood working demonstrations, and children’s art activities. Explore the fine art, historical, and cultural exhibits while enjoying live entertainment, food trucks, and the beautiful outdoor park setting.

The Yorba Linda Celebration of the Arts Festival will be held at Hurless Barton Park & Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House, located at 4701 Casa Loma Ave. in Yorba Linda.

Community Yoga Tuesdays at Cypress Library

Come and get your zen on (for free!) at the Cypress Library on Tuesday evenings (except the first Tuesday of the month) from 7 to 8 pm. This is a gentle, slow paced class designed to be approachable for yogis of all ages and skill levels. Wear comfortable clothing and socks, and bring a water bottle and yoga mat if you have one. You will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival.

Guests should meet in the library’s Program Room, located at 5331 Orange Ave, Cypress. For more information, please call 714-826-0350.

Yorba Linda Public Library’s “Star Wars Day”

May the force be with you this Saturday, May 21st at the Yorba Linda Public Library’s “Star Wars Day”! All ages are welcome to attend, and the event runs from 10 am to 1 pm. Everyone in your family is sure to enjoy all of the themed crafts, games, a light saber demonstration, taking photos with their favorite Star Wars characters, and much more!

We promise—this is not a trap! For more information, call the Yorba Linda Public Library at 714-777-2873 or visit at 18181 Imperial Highway in Yorba Linda.

Old Town Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook Off

Join us in Old Town Tustin on Sunday, June 5th from 11 am to 5:30 pm for this free family friendly event! The street fair features craft booths, a kids carnival, live music and entertainment, and much more! Love spicy foods? Indulge in sampling dozens of chili concoctions, or try your hand at the chili pepper eating contest! There’s also a watermelon eating contest for those that can’t stand the heat.

This event is located on El Camino Real and Main Street, and parking may be hectic so plan to head over early. For more information call (714) 573-3326.