Park & Recreation Month

July is National Park & Recreation Month!

Explore all that Irvine has to offer with a different activity for each day: 



Friday, July 1

July is National Park and Recreation Month! We are celebrating by sharing activities you can do in the City of Irvine all month long. To kick things off, learn how you can work in our parks as a Community Services Leader. Positions are part-time, offering flexible schedules of 10–19 hours per week and up to $20.24 per hour. 

Saturday, July 2

Learn about sustainable gardening at the Farm + Food Lab, the perfect place to enhance your gardening knowledge or learn the basics about starting your first garden. Visitors can experience the Pizza and Spaghetti Garden, Butterfly Garden, and chicken coop, or take classes on pickling and canning.

Sunday, July 3

Spend time with seniors at Lakeview Senior Center and Rose Garden Café. Join the City of Irvine in “Serving Up Smiles” to our community’s seniors by becoming an Irvine Senior Services volunteer. Attend a volunteer orientation Wednesday, July 13, at Lakeview Senior Center at 2:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

Monday, July 4

Visit the Field of Valor at Great Park. The City of Irvine is hosting its inaugural Fourth of July Field of Valor event through July 10 at the Great Park Reflecting Ponds. Members of the communing are invited to honor veterans, active duty, and fallen service members by visiting the flag display.

Tuesday, July 5

Come play disc golf at the City’s 9-hole course located at Deerfield Community Park. Free disc rental is available in the community center. 

Wednesday, July 6

Find classes for all abilities at Sweet Shade Ability Center. Located at Sweet Shade Neighborhood Park, the center is the home of the City of Irvine Disability Services program. Activities are available for individuals with sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities, and their family members.

Thursday, July 7

Take a free balloon ride at Great Park. With the ability to soar 400 feet above the surrounding landscape, the Great Park Balloon offers an unmatched 360° view that spans 40 miles on a clear day. Parking and admission to the balloon are free. 

Friday, July 8

Catch a ride with TRIPS! For Irvine residents who are 18 or older and are unable to drive due to a physical or cognitive disability, the TRIPS program provides low-cost, accessible transportation to services, activities, shopping, appointments and more. TRIPS also shuttles residents age 65 and older to Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers.

Saturday, July 9

Are you ready to rock? The City of Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts return to Mike Ward Community Park — Woodbridge. Dance along with us starting at 5:30 p.m. as Knyght Ryder performs '80s & '90s party favorites.

Sunday, July 10

Take your dog on a walk at Quail Hill Loop Trail. Located near the end of Sand Canyon Road, the two-mile loop is also the only wilderness trail in the Irvine Open Space Preserve that allows leashed dogs.

Monday, July 11

Add some art to your week! See the works of talented Irvine high school artists on display through Friday, July 15, at Irvine City Hall in the High School Art Exhibition.

Tuesday, July 12

Get dirty at Adventure Playground! Have an adventure in the sensory garden, climb the tree house, and get creative at the art wall. Adventure Playground opens daily at 10 a.m. and closing hours vary by season.

Wednesday, July 13

Read under the trees with a book borrowed from the Little Free Library at Cypress Community Park. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

Thursday, July 14

Give blood during UCI Health Blood Drive at Great Park. One blood donation can save up to three lives! Spend an hour with us Tuesday, July 19, at Great Park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and #DonateBlood. Your donation will help ensure UC Irvine Health can meet the needs of their patients and the #OrangeCounty community.

Friday, July 15

Celebrate Park and Recreation Professionals Day. As part of Park and Recreation Month, we are celebrating Park and Recreation Professionals Day today. This is a day to thank all the dedicated professionals who build strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation programs. 

Saturday, July 16

We have the perfect summer plans for your family with Movies on the Lawn at Great Park! Join us tonight for a free showing of Encanto on the Terraced Lawn.  

Sunday, July 17

Have a picnic by the water at Heritage Community Park’s pond. Enjoy a meal with your family at one of 20 picnic tables near the lake.

Monday, July 18

Go bird watching at Turtle Rock Nature Center. The five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment. 

Tuesday, July 19

Help your pup make friends at Central Bark Dog Park. At nearly three acres, the park includes covered seating, separate fenced areas for small dogs, and a water facility for parched pups. Central Bark is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and closed Wednesdays for maintenance.

Wednesday, July 20

Make a Splash at Heritage Community Park. Take a break from the summer heat and come enjoy the water play fountains. After, take a stroll around the lake to dry off!

Thursday, July 21

Earn service hours in our Teen Programs. The High School, Middle School, and Junior Youth Action Teams connect young people to a variety of unique learning experiences in Irvine. Individuals can choose to join a Youth Action Team Club at their middle or high school, participate as a volunteer for a community service project, or gain essential life skills.

Friday, July 22

Learn to swim at William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. The City of Irvine Learn to Swim program offers lessons for all swimming abilities at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Classes are available for all swimming abilities for everyone from infants to adults.

Saturday, July 23

Listen to live classical music at Contemporary Classical in the Palm Court. Don’t miss our final live performance, taking place today at Great Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Inspired by the artwork of Phillip K. Smith III currently on view in the Gallery, Contemporary Classical in the Palm Court highlights ambient, minimalist, and contemporary classical music.

Sunday, July 24

Gather friends and shoot some hoops on the drop-in basketball courts at Las Lomas Community Park. Drop-in spaces for tennis, pickleball, basketball, soccer, and more are available at multiple City parks, including Great Park.

Monday, July 25

Honor veterans at Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial at Northwood Community Park. Dedicated in 2010, Northwood is the first permanent memorial to honor every American fallen service member in Afghanistan and Iraq for their sacrifice in service to our country.

Tuesday, July 26

Pay tribute to our City’s agricultural past at Plaza Park. Kids will love fun features that pay tribute to our City’s agricultural past, including orange stepping crates, a Farmers Market storefront, sand diggers, and play oversized citrus trees and asparagus — the official City vegetable of Irvine.

Wednesday, July 27

Take in some art at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Get creative in the open studios, find inspiration wandering galleries, or purchase handmade goods in the lobby. 

Thursday, July 28

Throw a summer party at Los Olivos Community Park. The park has first-come, first-served picnic shelters and lots of lawn space to play. If the indoors are more your style, Los Olivos Community Center’s 2,954-square-foot multipurpose room can be rented as a whole or split into two separate rooms.

Friday, July 29

Come check out pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in the United States, on one of Portola Springs Community Park’s six lit pickleball courts. You can also head out to any of the City’s nine hybrid tennis and pickleball courts located at parks around the City.

Saturday, July 30

Climb rocks at the Quail Hill Community Park playground. Little climbers will enjoy the nature-themed playground. While there, follow the walking path where you can learn about the native habitat. 

Sunday, July 31

Hit the trails at Bommer Canyon. Trails are open for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding daily from 7 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting.