Things to Know

Disability Access

The Irvine Global Village Festival is committed to providing access to as many guests as possible and provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and service animals. Disabled person parking is available. Please enter at the intersection of Sand Canyon Avenue and Great Park Boulevard, and have the appropriate placard visible. Parking directors will route vehicles to disabled parking available in Parking Lot 2. For more information on parking, visit the Parking & Directions Page.

Festival Parking

Free parking is available.
Premier Parking is available on a first-come basis for $10. (Cash and Credit Card)
For more information, visit the Parking & Directions Page.

First Aid Station

If you need medical attention, please contact a Festival staff member, or visit the red and white First Aid tent located in the center of the park on the timeline by the balloon.

Items for Purchase

Credit card and cash acceptance varies by vendor. Please plan ahead, as ATM is not available on-site.

Food: A variety of food vendors provide both entree and tasting menu items at the festival.

Global Marketplace: Shop for a variety of art, handmade and imported global goods in the Global Marketplace.

Balloon and Carousel Rides: Balloon rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not available. Balloon flight availability is weather-related. Carousel tickets are available at the Visitor Center. All-day passes are $10 each, and single ride passes are $3 each.  A registration waiver (available at the Visitors Center) must be signed by every potential passenger prior to riding both the Balloon and the Carousel. For more information, visit the Balloon & Carousel page

Limited Public Forum and Open Public Forum Area

The Irvine Global Village Festival is characterized as a limited public forum. Political messages, membership recruitment, evangelizing, and similar activities are discouraged, except in areas designated for such activities. An “open public forum” has been designated to reflect City support of free speech. We invite individuals and organizations who wish to share their messages to gather in the designated open public forum located on the grass area in front of the Palm Court. The area is designated by signs outlining its boundaries. 

Lost Persons

Guests are encouraged to contact any CERT member or City of Irvine staff member if they become separated from their party. CERT members will be wearing green vests and will be roaming the event site. If a member of your party is lost, please visit the Lost Persons booth located in the Emergency Services section by the Balloon or contact a CERT member.
As an added safety precaution, free ID wristbands are available at the Lost Persons booth and our Information Booths. Please only include your cell number on the wristband and not the person's name.

Lost and Found

For lost and found assistance, please visit the Lost and Found tent located in the center of the park by the Balloon. If you realize you lost something after the festival, please inquire with the Great Park Visitors Center during normal business hours at 949-724-6599. 


Dogs are welcome at the Irvine Global Village Festival and remain in the charge of a person competent to restrain such dog. Owners are responsible to pick up after their pet(s) and for any damages they may cause.


While visiting City of Irvine facilities, parks, and events, photographers working for the City may be taking photos or videos for marketing purposes. This includes general shots of visitors in groups, or photos of individuals. If you have concerns about your image being used, please tell the photographer at the festival.

Smoke Free

Irvine Global Village Festival is proud to provide guests with a smoke-free environment. Per the City of Irvine’s Municipal Code of Ordinance, Section 4-10-512, smoking is prohibited and is unlawful in or at any park or recreation facility within the City of Irvine, except where designated.


The Irvine Global Village Festival strives to reduce, reuse and recycle as many resources as possible. Our goal is to eventually be a zero waste festival. Through the exploration of new technologies, environmentally responsible initiatives and encouraging new ways of thinking, we are moving closer to this goal each year.

Below are some of our eco-friendly initiatives:

  • Zero waste stations, which promote recycling and composting, in conjunction with compostable products, help inform guests about recycling options and divert garbage from local landfills.
  • Event signage, banners, staff and volunteer shirts are designed with reuse in mind.
  • Event programs are printed on recycled paper utilizing soy-based inks and are also available for download to mobile phones.
  • Every plate, fork, spoon, knife, cup, bowl and napkin is either recyclable or compostable.
  • Greenwave Paper Plates - Primarily composed of annually-renewable plants, sugar cane, and reeds.
  • Eco-Products Cold Cups - Made from PLA (polylactic acid), plastic derived from corn. PLA plastic is a compostable material that when placed in a commercial environment will naturally decompose back to organic elements. Unlike regular cold cups that are made using petroleum, PLA plastic products are made using US-grown corn!
  • Eco-Products Utensils - Biodegradable cutlery is made from non-GMO (genetically modified organism) vegetable starch. It not only exhibits superior performance over other biodegradable utensils, but is OK Compost certified. These biodegradable utensils break down under commercial composting conditions in about 95 days.
  • Napkins - 100% recyclable paper products

What You Can Do:

  • Bring your reusable water bottle to refill for at free water stations.
  • Reduce carbon emissions by carpooling or taking zero emissions vehicles to the festival. 
  • Utilize recycling and composting bins at event to help divert garbage from landfills.
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag if you are thinking of purchasing items.