Category Archives: Entertainment
August 11, 2021 (4:45 pm)
Hank Williams Jr. and Pacific Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular shows added to Pacific Amphitheatre
Country artist Hank Williams Jr. will appear in concert at Pacific Amphitheatre on Sept. 23. Special guest Jackson Dean will perform with Williams at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, and tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13 on Ticketmaster.
On Sept. 11, Pacific Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s thrilling “1812” Overture, complete with pyrotechnics, in Pacific Amphitheatre. Plus, critically acclaimed pianist and International Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li will join the orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The concert is Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99 and are available via pacificsymphony.org.
March 25, 2021 (11:08 am)
Dates announced for 2021 OC Fair!
Today the OC Fair announced dates for the much-anticipated annual event – July 16- Aug. 15. The theme is “Time for Fun,” celebrating the joy of the return of Southern California’s favorite summer festival.
“We are grateful to plan for an exciting, and safe, OC Fair this year,” said OC Fair Board Chair Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia. “This milestone will allow the community to come together to celebrate the future and generate much-needed opportunities for economic development and growth in Orange County. The Board and staff have done a fantastic job of responsibly managing our finances and preparing to meet safe reopening guidelines to not just make it through the pandemic, but to emerge resilient and ready for 2021 and beyond.”
OC Fair officials have been working closely with public health agencies to develop protocols to keep fairgoers safe while bringing back carnival rides, fair food, entertainment, competitions, animals and more to fair fans. The plans for the 2021 OC Fair are based on health agency projections for the summer, but could change if warranted by public health conditions.
Advance ticket sales will be required and limited capacity will give fairgoers more elbow room. The number of concessions, rides and shopping vendors will be reduced and spaced out to provide more distance between each. Admission tickets will go on sale May 1 on ocfair.com.
“We have worked through many different scenarios for the 2021 OC Fair and we are so excited to move forward with this plan because it means that we really can bring back the fun, and that’s why I love this year’s theme,” said Michele Richards, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “We want everyone to continue to follow health guidelines and get vaccinated so we can finally celebrate summer together again.”
The Fair Board voted to keep ticket prices at the 2019 OC Fair rates, $12 general admission and $7 for children and seniors on weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday), and $14 general admission and $7 for children and seniors on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The current plan is for the fair to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as it traditionally has been. There is a change to move Friday into weekend pricing and OC Fair will absorb the online ticket sale fees.
Announcements regarding concerts in Pacific Amphitheatre and The Hangar will be coming soon.
September 16, 2020 (11:53 am)
Drive-in concert series continues Sept. 25-27 with live performances from three tribute bands
Autosonic Concerts presents a second drive-in concert experience Sept. 25, 26 and 27 at OC Fair & Event Center, adding another weekend of live summer music under the stars.
The music series will feature performances by live tribute bands with two 60-minute shows nightly that concertgoers can enjoy from the comfort of their own vehicles. In addition to viewing the live performances on stage and on large screens, the music will be broadcast to car radios.
When: Friday, Sept. 25, 6:30 & 9 p.m. featuring Which One’s Pink? / Saturday, Sept. 26, 6:30 & 9 p.m. featuring Queen Nation / Sunday, Sept. 27, 6 & 8:30 p.m. featuring Dead Man’s Party
How much: $75-$199 per vehicle (up to 4 people per vehicle)
More info: Visit autosonicconcerts.com for details, maps and tickets.
April 27, 2020 (9:52 am)
OC Fair Board cancels 2020 Fair due to pandemic
The OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors voted unanimously today to cancel the 2020 OC Fair, one of the most anticipated and enduring summer celebrations in Southern California for 130 years. The Board considered ongoing guidance and updated information from State and County health care and government officials about the status of the coronavirus pandemic and the improbability that mass gatherings like the OC Fair could safely and responsibly take place this summer.
In addition to the regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Board called a second April meeting specifically to review all options and discuss whether or not to move forward with the 2020 OC Fair. The action comes amid unprecedented community stay-at-home and social distancing orders and will protect guests, vendors and staff during the COVID-19 crisis.
“The decision to cancel the 2020 OC Fair was not taken lightly by the Board. As Governor-appointed representatives the Board has a responsibility to provide a safe experience to the community-at-large, the hundreds of people who depend on county fairs for their livelihood, fairgoers and OC Fair staff,” said Board Chair Sandra Cervantes. “While many of our guests have expressed extreme disappointment over the idea of the 2020 Fair being canceled, we strongly believe it is the right thing to do in this current situation. However, we will keep the spirit of the OC Fair alive with virtual fair concepts such as contests, competitions, entertainment and concessions to bring the fair experience to guests through ocfair.com and social media.”
The 23-day OC Fair welcomes more than 1.3 million fairgoers each year and has an estimated economic impact of $350 million annually. The Fair was canceled 1942-1947 during wartime, but otherwise has been a summer staple since 1890. Information on refunds for concert tickets and Super Passes that have already been purchased can be found at ocfair.com/refunds.
“We love the OC Fair as much as our guests do. And, while it’s disappointing that the Fair can’t take place this year, we fully support the Board’s decision,” said Michele Richards, OC Fair & Event Center CEO. “But please know OC Fair & Event Center will still be here to serve the community as we plan for the next OC Fair and the eventual return of our wonderful events.”
March 12, 2020 (7:16 pm)
OC Fair & Event Center closes property until further notice
(Updated June 11, 202o)
Out of an abundance of caution and to help stem the spread of coronavirus, OC Fair & Event Center announces a full public closure of the facilities, including Heroes Hall Veterans Museum, Centennial Farm, Equestrian Center and the administration building lobby until further notice.
OC Fair & Event center will continue to follow public health directives.
The following events previously scheduled to take place at OC Fair & Event Center have been impacted:
- Orange County Market Place – weekends, canceled until further notice
- Farmers Market – Thursdays, canceled until June 18
- OC Wine Fest – June 13-14, canceled
- BrideWorld – June 14, canceled
- OC Market Place Taco Fest – June 20, canceled
- Costa Mesa Speedway – June 20, canceled
- FamFest – June 20-21, canceled
- Pacific Symphony – July 4 & Aug. 21, canceled
- 2020 OC Fair – July 17-Aug. 16, canceled
- SoCal World Guitar Show – Aug. 22-23, canceled
- Irish Festival – Sept. 5-6, canceled
The following is a list of events originally scheduled for earlier this year that have been rescheduled for a later date:
- AAOC Trade Show and Conference – March 26, postponed to Sept. 10
- Mom Made Market – March 28-29, postponed to Oct. 10-11
- Fight Club – April 9 & June 11, postponed until Oct. 15 & Nov. 12
- OC Marathon – May 1-3, postponed to Nov. 6-8
- OC Night Market – May 8-10 & May 15-17, postponed to Oct. 23-25 & Oct. 30-Nov. 1
For a complete list of upcoming scheduled events, please visit ocfair.com/events.
August 20, 2019 (11:44 am)
A haunted beer festival? Yes – it’s Boo Ha Ha Oct. 25 & 26!
Brew Ha Ha Productions and the OC Fair are proud to present Boo Ha Ha – A Haunted Oktobeerfest on Oct. 25 & 26. The event will feature three hours of unlimited beer tastings, live music from Dead Man’s Party and Metalachi, competitions, costume contests and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged! Boo Ha Ha is a 21 and older event.
When: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 6 p.m.-midnight
Where: OC Fair & Event Center
How much: $45 general admission, $70 VIP
More info: Visit theboohaha.com
August 10, 2019 (10:45 am)
You are invited to a wedding at the OC Fair!
When: Saturday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m.
Where: In front of Millennium Barn during the OC Fair
The winning couple of our Love is in the Fair wedding contest have been chosen and they’ll say “I do” in front of 20 of their guests — plus the entire OC Fair! The wedding will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 10 and will include the ceremony, special entertainers and an unforgettable OC Fair experience.
Meet the couple!
Names: Leslie Leong and Michael Nguyen
Professions: Leslie is a veterinary assistant/nursing student; Michael is a behavior analyst for children with autism
How/when did you meet?
“In 2002, we met online in a music chat room, where Michael was trying to promote his high school band. We were internet friends for a long time. We didn’t meet in person until college. We lost touch for awhile but reconnected through social media and started dating four years ago.”
What do you like to do as a couple?
Camping, traveling, visiting national parks and laughing uncontrollably.
Tell us about your engagement.
Michael: “I had several plans since January of this year, but our vacation plans kept getting cancelled for various reasons. On July 1, the day before our 4th anniversary, I decided I didn’t want to keep postponing it because it didn’t matter if we were on a mountain or by the ocean, as long as we were together. I cooked her dinner. Afterward, I let her “open her anniversary gift” early. Leslie collects rocks and crystals, so I hid the ring inside of a geode. After a short engagement, we finally got to take a short camping vacation. When we got reception, we learned we had won the contest!”
Why is the OC Fair special to the two of you?
“Our anniversary is July, so the OC Fair was one of the first public places we attended as a couple. We’ve been every year since 2015.”
What was it like trying to pull this all together in just a week?
Michael: Vows are “til death do us part” and we managed to not kill each other.
Leslie: It’s been stressful trying to get everything put together in a week, there’s so much to do and so many phone calls to make!
What do your friends and families think of this unusual wedding?
“Our family is more traditional so they think we’re crazy. Our friends say it’s a perfect fit.”
July 19, 2019 (9:25 pm)
Tupua is here and bringing some fun to Heritage Stage!
Have you seen our new Polynesian dance troupe, Tupua? Here’s just some of what you’ll see during their daily shows.
Tupua performs at 5:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. every day at Heritage Stage in Plaza Pacifica.
The group will have a special performance for kids on Aug. 1. Come check them out and dance along! 🏝
June 3, 2019 (5:26 pm)
Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show tickets go on sale June 23
APOLLO 11 – The Immersive Live Show touches down in Costa Mesa for a limited engagement at OC Fair & Event Center on Thursday, October 10, with tickets on sale Sunday, June 23. Groups of 10 or more can purchase their tickets now by emailing email@example.com or calling 1‐833-9MOON11. Costa Mesa is the second stop of this exciting new production’s 18‐city tour over the next three years.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon, the time has come to tell one of the greatest stories in human history. Staged in the groundbreaking, purpose‐built lunar dome, Apollo 11 is a truly immersive live show performed by a full cast under 40,000 square feet of stunning 360° video projection and brought to life by world‐class theater design, a full orchestral score and life‐size rockets.
The show invites audiences to go on an epic journey to the Moon and back. The story of the 400,000 individuals it took to accomplish this mission told through the eyes of Ben, a retired NASA aerospace engineer, as he recounts those heady days to his granddaughter, Sydney. She then finds herself turning her eyes away from her smartphone and up to the sky as she dreams about the endless possibilities of space.
This celebration of one of man’s greatest achievements takes audiences of all ages on the ride of a lifetime and inspires future generations to imagine what comes next.
Shows at OC Fair & Event Center begin Oct. 10. The length of the show’s Costa Mesa run has not yet been released. For more information, visit https://apollo11show.com/.
November 19, 2018 (12:10 pm)
Justin Moore, Happy Together Tour, Viva El Mariachi headed to Pacific Amphitheatre during the 2019 OC Fair
Costa Mesa, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2018) – The OC Fair has announced three more shows coming to Pacific Amphitheatre during the 2019 Toyota Summer Concert Series. Tickets for these shows – and the previously announced “Weird Al” Yankovic show – go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.
July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $40
Country music singer-songwriter Justin Moore returns to the Pacific Amphitheatre on July 14 to celebrate his upcoming album. The recently released song, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” gives listeners a taste of what’s in store, adding to his collection of hits like “You Look Like I Need A Drink,” “Til My Last Day” and “Small Town USA.”
Happy Together Tour
July 21, 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $25
Back by popular demand, the Happy Together Tour returns to Pacific Amphitheatre for another great year of classic hits and everyone’s favorite oldies. The 2019 tour will include The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills.
Viva El Mariachi at Pacific Amphitheatre
Aug. 4, 6 p.m.
Tickets start at $17.50
Mariachi gets a bigger stage during the 2019 OC Fair with a festival at Pacific Amphitheatre. Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez has performed at the OC Fair for more than 20 years, typically on The Hangar stage. The 13-member band is being joined on Aug. 4 by Ana Barbara, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar.
“Weird Al” Yankovic (previously announced)
Aug. 8, 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $27.50
“Weird Al” Yankovic will perform fan favorites on Aug. 8 as part of the Strings Attached Tour – a high-energy rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall and a full orchestra. “Weird Al” is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon” and “Tacky.”
Tickets to these shows will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and include admission to the 2019 OC Fair. More performances and action sports at the Fair will be announced in the coming months. Sign up for pre-sale emails at ocfair.com/newsletters.
Super Pass holders can purchase tickets to select Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena performances at a two-for-one discount. The 2019 Super Pass is a season pass that includes admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair, as well as several exclusive discounts, and will go on sale Friday, Nov. 23, at ocfair.com/superpass.
The 2019 OC Fair is July 12-Aug. 11, open Wednesday-Sunday.