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- From 15 July to 14 August 2022 (specify dates)
- Costa Mesa
- Advance tickets purchased online are required; $12 Wednesday and Thursday, $14 Friday through Sunday; Other available ticket categories
OC Gallery: Lively and reverently, this awe-inspiring fills an entire month—skip Mondays and Tuesdays, take note—with great rides, great concerts, quaint competitions, and many cute creatures. 2022 dates are July 15 through August 14, you will need to buy your ticket online early, private business? It happens, like the $4 Taste of Fair Food Thursday afternoon and OC Brew Hee Haw events. “Feel the Sunshine” is the theme of keeping a smile; Creamy, dreamy eats? These are in the skillet, too.
40 Happy, Outfest: One of the planet’s most famous and popular LGBTQ+ film festivals, a film festival celebrating four decades in 2022, opens July 14 with Billy Porter’s “Anything is Possible” celebration at The Orpheum. More great films will be shown in a number of venues, while events like Screenwriting Lab Live Readings, Episodic Showcase and a virtual festival will run throughout the festival that will conclude with another “them/they” party on Sunday, July 24. The full schedule is here, Plus information on attendance, tickets, and locations.
Summer nights in Chinatown: Music, art, and many delicious foods are woven together on this sparkling evening, which takes place in the historic Central Plaza district on July 16. KCRW DJs will provide the sounds, cooking demonstrations from Chinese chefs will be a delicious centerpiece, and all kinds of cool and creative moments will add to the atmosphere (look for “large-scale outdoor video shows” to transform the outdoor space into an under-sky gallery). Planning a quick bite or two? There will be a number of food trucks nearby.
“¡Fiesta!”: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater presents “Love Letter to Latin America” filled with fun and cute puppets. Co-directors Karina de la Cruz, Alex Evans, and Daisy Hernandez “collaboratively revised the classic show to present a diverse range of voices and cultures that it reflects, working with ‘local artists, researchers and institutions.’ Look for this festive, music-packed family show at the band’s Highland Park Theater, in York Boulevard, on select dates through September 18.
National Ice Cream Day: Oh my gosh, we crave all the ripples, chocolate chunks, vanilla swirls, and scoops of one flavor sitting side by side with another flavor that’s the complete opposite. We want all the cold desserts, in short, and while we likely won’t find all of them, we can find plenty of them at Ice Cream Alley, which returns on a multi-week tour to Smorgasburg LA at ROW DTLA on Sunday, July 17. Lo and Becold, ha: It’s National Ice Cream Day. Entry is free, but you have money for the fun stuff (in other words, yes, all those handmade ice creams).