A Slice of Orange County Culture

In Newport Beach, you'll find the Orange County Museum of Art. Their focus is to enrich that lives of a diverse and changing community through modern and contemporary art and it's a very popular spot for art onlookers in search of culturally moving experiences. The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts organization in Orange County, California. The museum enjoys worldwide recognition for its award-winning education programs and groundbreaking exhibitions. The Orange County Museum of Art has become destination museum that is locally relevant and internationally significant. Sherman Library & Gardens is a tranquil and colorful botanical garden in the midst of a bustling neighborhood. The garden is a 2.2-acre Corona del Mar retreat, providing a museum of living plants amidst a setting of blooming seasonal flowers and bubbling fountains. Throughout Newport Beach, there are a few very iconic and historical places to catch the latest flick. Island Cinema, located in Fashion Island, features stadium, reserve seating and access to hand delivered dinner and drinks. The Lido Theatre, on the Balboa Peninsula, opened in 1938. Its red velvet curtain that rises with each show help tell the story of its historical significance. Finally, the Port Theater, in Corona del Mar, is a hip movie house with leather seats, fine wines, craft beers and is often referred to as Orange County's premiere luxury theater. These theaters help host the Annual Newport Beach Film Festival that takes place in April of every year and showcases the best filmmaking from around the world. There are plenty of places to experience the arts and discover an environment that will leave you amazed and keep you thoroughly entertained.

Not only is Anaheim home to Disneyland — the most enchanting and entertaining theme park in Orange County, it also is home to the Los Angeles Angels, Anaheim Ducks and a few very well-known music venues. Anaheim GardenWalk is an outdoor dining, entertainment and shopping destination situated in the hear of the Anaheim Resort District. Soon-to-be-opened, House of Blues Anaheim will be coming to the Anaheim GardenWalk in March 2017. The new venue will provide an intersection of great food, music and art! The City National Grove of Anaheim is another impressive indoor live music venue. The intimate size and flexible configuration creates a great atmosphere for artists and their fans. The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, located in the City of Anaheim, re-invents the concept of a regional cultural center for 21st century audiences. Muzeo Museum is a center for arts, education, entertainment, and culture, engaging people of all ages. The museum showcases world-class exhibitions and offers creative and unique programming.

Surf culture is a way of life in Huntington Beach and it's engrained in the every day intricacies of its residents. It is very well known for hosting the U.S. Open of Surfing, a weeklong surfing competition held annually during the summer. Surfing is an art in Huntington Beach. Founded by Natalie Kotsch, who recognized the incredible beach vibe and welcoming spirit in Huntington Beach, the International Surf Museum is a must for all for love the sport of surfing or are intrigued by the unique, laid-back atmosphere.

Just minutes from beautiful beaches and major Southern California attractions, Costa Mesa is the perfect place to stay for an Orange County getaway. It is the City of the Arts — and for good reason. Costa Mesa takes center stage in Orange County with an internationally acclaimed art and theater district. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall features a magnificent exterior of Portuguese limestone and graceful glass wall. Through the glass, visitors and patrons can see the dramatic multi-tiered foyer and circular staircase that is a signature identifier of this extraordinary venue. Segerstrom Hall seats nearly 3,000 people. It is an opera-house style venue with proscenium arch and 8,500 square-foot stage that welcomes the greatest dance companies in the world, Broadway's top shows, operas and many other styles and genres of music and theater. It opened in September 1986, providing Orange County with one of the finest performance venues in the nation. Costa Mesa is incredibly well rounded in the art and entertainment sector. It really does have it all. Costa Mesa has unbelievable examples of public artwork and sculpture on display throughout the city.

One of Irvine's favorites attractions adds a little hilarity to the art scene. It is home to the Irvine Improv Comedy Club, featuring big name comedians, up-and-comers as well as an impressive full food and drink menu. The Orange County Great Park, located in Irvine, is an arts and sports recreation hub. At the park, you'll find classes, art exhibitions, sports and fun activities that are ongoing throughout the year.

An art colony at its roots, Laguna Beach is known for their local artists, towering edifices and street art just about everywhere you look. The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival holds two main events annually and attracts a large collection of visitors. For nine weeks throughout the summer months, the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival draws more than 200,000 visitors worldwide each year, invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. Visitors come to enjoy unique artwork, live entertainment on three stages, eye-catching artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and delicious food and drink. A Laguna Beach destination one must be sure not to miss if the world-famous, Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts. The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts' crowning jewel and is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. It is world-renowned in the artistry and theatrical illusion of living pictures. The beauty in the crashing waves and awe-inspiring cliffs of Laguna Beach goes well beyond the brilliance that sparks from the attractiveness of the cities natural environment. The art and culture that exist and thrive within it add even more uniqueness and impressiveness to the already gorgeous scenery.

There's more to Orange County than just the genuine, breathtaking beauty of each of its cities. There's a long history of culture and artful energy that adds to the list another compelling reason to go OC.