OC Summer Events 2013

As temperatures rise and ice-cold beer cans snap open, this question may cross your mind – what fun summer events are happening in June this summer in Orange County?  No need to look any further. We’ve compiled a list, sorted by select cities, of exciting events happening around you that will be great for some fun in the sun!

Buena Park

Concerts in the Park
Location: Boisseranc Park

Free concerts with unlimited food and fun for the entire family!
June 12: 7p.m. – 9p.m.  – Sinatra Tribute Band
June 19: 7p.m. – 9p.m.  – Wiseguys Big Band Machine, 18 pc big band
June 26: 7p.m. – 9p.m.  – Neon Nation, 80s tribute band


Costa Mesa

Concerts in the Park
Location: Fairview Park Costa Mesa

Free family fun including gourmet food trucks, wine and beer garden and plenty of activities for the kids!

Tuesday Evenings at 5:30, music begins at 6:15 p.m.
Free Movie Mondays
Location: Segerstrom Center Costa Mesa

The name says it all! Catch a free movie with the family on Mondays! Be sure to bring your beach chairs or other portable seating.
Monday Evenings – Set-up begins at 5:30 and movie starting at dusk (approximately at 8 p.m.)



irishAnnual Irish Fair and Music Festival
Location: Oak Canyon Park, Orange

Celebrate the Irish as you enjoy the largest festival of its kind in the Western United States! With 16 entertainment areas including the very best in all things Irish such as music, song, dance, sport of the Irish and over 100 Irish, Scottish and English import shops, you are sure to have a fun time! Even watch the sheepherding shows, Irish horse shows, Irish dog shows and enjoy the tunes of one of the largest Irish Step Dancing competitions in California!



San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Summer Nights
Location: San Juan Capistrano’s Historic Town Center Park, El Camino Real

Live music, dancing and children’s activity area for kids to hang out while adults enjoy a cold beverage from the beer and wine wagon.

Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.




Relay for Life
Location: SJC Sports Park, San Juan Capistrano

This inspirational event brings together a community in order to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. It is the largest Cancer-fighting event in the nation and raised nearly hundreds of millions of dollars last year!

June 29 – 10 a.m.


Santa Ana

Annual Ride The Coast
Locations: Start – Santa Ana Auto Mall (1500 Auto Mall Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92705).   End – Original Mikes (100 S. Main Street, Santa Ana).

Benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Ride the Coast is a non-competitive, police escorted open ride event. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m.



ConcertsintheParkConcerts in the Park
Location: Peppertree Park

Enjoy free, live music with your family as you enjoy a picnic or purchase food and snacks from community groups!

Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


The Shaffer Cottages are all Dolled-Up!

The South Shaffer Cottages, located in Old Towne Orange, weren’t always such a hotspot with couples and singles seeking their next home. In fact, these cottages were so out of shape and in such shoddy condition that nobody had seemed to want them!


Everything was a mess until owner Hugh Siler purchased the property in May 2011 when the units were barely habitable. “For instance, in one of the bathrooms, the floor was so rotted that it’s a wonder a person didn’t fall through it,” Siler said. Aside from the rotted flooring, the maintenance required to bring these stylish ‘20s cottages back to life was more than just a few strokes of paint.

Equal parts vision and persistence are what pulled these homes together and created the stunning living spaces there today. Working with the City of Orange’s Historic Preservation Planner, Siler and his team were able to restore the building to better than original condition. After using redwood shiplap to replace the siding, restoring hardwood floors, installing subway tiles and finding period-correct vintage porch lights, all that was left was the matching historic paint colors in order to bring the cottages roaring back to life.

0022Some may find it difficult to locate a property such as this, especially if one wants to fix it up the way Siler has. However when it came time to make a decision about purchasing these homes, Siler took no hesitation and knew he wanted to take over. “Old Towne Orange is one of the most unique areas of Orange County, let alone Southern California,” Siler said. “I’ve been visiting this great city for decades and when the opportunity presented itself to try and do something that would a) make a neighborhood better, b) improve a city c) challenge my crew and d) make the city and entire community proud of what we accomplished, I jumped at the opportunity.”

When restoring a property such as the South Shaffer Cottages, the value of the property isn’t the only thing that rises. Of course, the neighborhood as a whole and the neighbors’ property value rises as well. When properties look this good, the dollar signs follow shortly behind.

The renovations that have been made to the cottages have not only increased their own value, but have created quite a buzz within the community. “Feedback that we received from over a dozen neighbors has been incredibly favorable, from ‘you guys just made my home more valuable,’ to ‘I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to restore something this neighborhood is very proud of,’” Siler said.

After renovations, this charming collection of four historic cottages is in the best shape it’s ever been. Built in 1923, each unit is approximately 500 sq. feet and is boasting with character. Complete with original ‘20s stoves, claw foot bathtubs, toilets and even a drinking fountain, these cottages are sure to please and have become the prime living destination for couples and singles alike. So prime in fact, that a line began to form when people saw that these homes were up for rent. Even now, Siler keeps a waiting list of interested residents should there be any vacancies.

And how hot of a commodity are the South Shaffer cottages? Just two weeks ago Siler had a vacancy. Within two hours of putting the “for rent” sign in the ground, the cottage was rented.

Learn more about the Shaffer Cottages