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By Lillian Boyd
The annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series return this month, the County of Orange and OC Parks recently announced.
All events will include free parking, with food and drink available for purchase, while enjoying a family-friendly environment with free live music and movie screenings at parks across Orange County.
OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with free outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings beginning June 24 from 5-8 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.
The concert series kicks off with Flashback Heart Attack on June 24 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by local artists including Uptown Funk, Surf’s Up, The Fenians, Queen Nation, and Tijuana Dogs.
Free concerts continue with contemporary swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Aug. 5 at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, followed by Smiths and Morrissey tribute band Sweet and Tender Hooligans, and blues, soul and rock band Family Style.
Donavon Frankenreiter will close out the 2021 OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point.
OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series, which started back earlier this month, brings family-friendly movies to the big screen at regional parks on Friday nights. Guests can view screenings under the stars at Craig Regional Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.
Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy recent favorites and popular classics throughout the summer. The event sites open at 6 p.m., and the movies begin at approximately 8 p.m., after sundown.
“(We) are thrilled to be able to present the summer concert and movie series in person once again,” said Orange County Board Supervisor and Chairperson Andrew Do. “These concert and movie events provide a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to come enjoy entertainment in a beautiful, outdoor setting.”
OC Parks Summer Concert Series and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series are entirely outdoors and will be held in accordance with the most current guidance from state and local health agencies.
All events are open to the public of all ages and free to attend with free parking. Food trucks and booths will be available for dining and beverages.
Lillian Boyd is the senior editor for Picket Fence Media and city editor for Dana Point Times. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Her work experience includes interviewing incarcerated individuals in the Los Angeles County jails, an internship at the Pentagon covering U.S. Army news as well as reporting and anchoring for a local news radio station in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @Lillianmboyd and follow Dana Point Times at @danapointtimes.