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July 2018

Free Things To Do in Orange County

Keep Having Fun This Summer with Our List of Free Things To Do In Orange County

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There’s no place quite like Orange County in the summertime. With a seemingly endless supply of wonderful things to do, there are still plenty of ways to have fun without barely making a dent in your budget. Here's a few of our favorite free things to do in Orange County to get you started.  

Free Bowling and Movies

Everyone loves to go bowling - so if you want to spend some time indoors, find a lane, lace up some shoes and spend a couple of fun hours together. Kids bowl free at many Orange County bowling alleys, but if you're family is in the mood for sitting down and kicking back, there are lots of free movie events happening throughout the summer. 

Zoo Discounts 

The OC is home to a few unique and interactive zoos, including the Santa Ana Zoo, which offers free parking and half-price admission after 2 p.m, and the Orange County Zoo, which is just $2.00 for entrance into the park.

Concerts in the Park

Summer in Orange County wouldn’t be complete without free concerts in the park. Grab a blanket, close your eyes and listen to your favorite tribute band or invite some friends over and enjoy an evening of great music under the stars.   

Beaches, Parks & Splash Pads 

We sometimes forget about them, but many Orange County beaches are free, including Huntington Beach which was just voted best California Beach for 2018. Pack a picnic, explore the coast, and find the perfect spot to spend the afternoon. Towards the end of August, the beaches are much less crowded, making for an even more relaxing day out for everyone.
For a day of fun and exploring, why not check out our scenic parks and hiking trails or head out in search of the nearest splash pad.   

These are just a few of the free things that are happening in and around Orange County. You can also take advantage of Kids Eat Free menus at local restaurants, or bring the fun closer to home with local craft fairs, farmers markets and all sorts of interesting community events.   

Conveniently located in the middle of all the fun, the Marriott Suites Anaheim is the perfect host for your summer getaway. Book your stay and start making memories. 

Orange County Fair: The Ultimate Family Fun Experience

With so much to do and 23 fun-filled days to enjoy it, the 2018 Orange County Fair is one of the year’s top events in Anaheim for family fun.


Since its opening in 1890, the Orange County Fair has entertained visitors from all over the world with its variety of fun events, competitions and contests. This year, the fair will take place from July 13th to August 12th, and will feature a mix of classic attractions and new thrills bound to entertain guests of all ages. If you’re looking for family fun in Anaheim, there’s simply nothing like it. 

Competitions and Contests 
Sticking to tradition, the 2018 fair will feature classic competitions and contents, including competition pies, quilts, paintings, giant pumpkins and more. Whether you’re competing or simply spectating, these classic events will bring a smile to your face.

What would a fair be without live entertainment? Great tribute bands, racing pigs, acrobats, hypnotists and more will capture your attention, and if you want to join on the fun, you can enter the OC Fair Community Entertainment program share your own talents. If you’re looking for even more thrills, make sure to check out the Action Sports Arena for demolition derbies, motorcycle racing, bull riding and more.

Carnival, Shopping and Food
As if that wasn’t enough, guests can also enjoy a variety of fun carnival rides, unique food and great shopping. You won’t find another fair in Anaheim where you can enjoy a deep-fried filet mignon on a stick, shop for a hammock and ride a carousel.

The Marriott Suites Anaheim is the best starting point for exploring the top attractions and events in Anaheim, including the OC Fair. Book your stay now for the ultimate family fun trip.