News Release

City of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



Public Information Office

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with Us

The City of Irvine is celebrating its 50th anniversary of incorporation this year. Many exciting activities have already taken place to pay homage to these remarkable 50 years and more are planned, including the following exciting events. For more information, visit 

Upcoming Events

Shoebox Parade
Applications Due October 1
Design a “shoebox float” that features what you love about Irvine. Photos of all shoebox floats will be shared online on the City’s website and social media. The top three shoebox creations will be on display at the City’s premier multicultural event, Irvine Global Village Festival, October 9 at Great Park. Visit for entry requirements and more information.  

50 for 50 Fitness Challenge
October 4-December 31
Irvine residents ages 50 or older are invited to get moving with the 50 for 50 Fitness Challenge. Run, walk, bike, swim, or skate to complete 50 miles on your own time at any desired location. Upon completion each challenger will receive a certificate and medal at the 50 for 50 Finisher’s Celebration. Registration is $5 for seniors ages 50 and older. Sign up now and browse all available classes and activities at

Photo Contest Exhibition at the Irvine Civic Center
Exhibition Opening December 6; Exhibition Reception December 14
We invited residents, businesses, and visitors to enter our 50th Anniversary Photo Contest by submitting pictures that capture the essence of Irvine — our neighborhoods and residents, open space, history, and events. Winning photos in each category will be displayed at a photo contest exhibition at the Irvine Civic Center beginning December 6, and the winning photographers will be invited to a reception event December 14. Winners will be contacted upon selection. 

Photo Frame Tour
Irvine Civic Center through October 4
"Say Cheese" and pose for a picture behind our 50th Anniversary photo frames! Snap a picture at the permanent frame which is located at Great Park Palm Court. Or, take a picture with our traveling frame which will be stationed at special events throughout the City through the end of the year. View the schedule below to ensure you leave your mark on Irvine's history. Make sure you post to social media and use the hashtag #Irvine50thPhotos to join in on the celebration!

Location and Dates:
Irvine Civic Center: Through October 4
Great Park & Irvine Global Village Festival: October 4-October 19
Irvine Civic Center: October 19-end of the year