Park & Recreation Month

July is National Park & Recreation Month! Explore all that Irvine has to offer with a different activity for each day: 



Monday, July 1

We are celebrating by sharing activities you can do in the City of Irvine all month long. To kick things off, head over to Quail Hill’s nature-themed playground learn about native habitat. Find more ways to celebrate at

Tuesday, July 2

Splash at the pool at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Recreation swim hours are Monday through Friday from 1:15–3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1–2:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per adult and $2 per child.

Wednesday, July 3

Ride the carousel at the Great Park. Bring the kids and enjoy unlimited carousel rides with an all-day pass for just $10 per rider! The Great Park Carousel is open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Thursday, July 4

The Irvine Police Association presents the 35th Annual Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival at Irvine High School. The day features live music, activities for children, a raffle with prizes, and a fireworks extravaganza. Food will be available for purchase at the event.

Friday, July 5

Make warm and gooey s'mores by the campfire during Moonlit Marshmallows at Turtle Rock Nature Center. Each session is one hour. All ages welcome; $4 per person. Register online at

Saturday, July 6

Enjoy free lawn games, board games, and other outdoor activities during Family Game Day at the Orange County Great Park. Activities will be held next to the Visitors Center, and no registration is needed for this free event.

Sunday, July 7

The Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series returns tonight at Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge. Pop Gun Rerun kicks off a summer of concerts, performing the greatest hits of the '80s. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to rock out on the dance floor with the whole family!

Monday, July 8

Have an adventure at Adventure Playground! Get dirty 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.

Tuesday, July 9

Try pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in the United States. Gather some friends and enjoy drop-in use at Portola Springs Community Park, Knollcrest Neighborhood Park, and San Carlo Neighborhood Park. Beginner and intermediate lessons are also available for adults, as well as recreational coed leagues.

Wednesday, July 10

Go on a guided hike with Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteers in the Irvine Open Space Preserve.

Thursday, July 11

Socialize your pup 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.

Friday, July 12

Join the Orange County Great Park for family movies on the outdoor big screen. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic, or purchase light snacks onsite. Movies begin after sunset around 8:15 p.m. and are weather permitting. Admission is free.

Saturday, July 13

Help maintain the trails at Turtle Rock Nature Center. Bring the family for some fresh air, exercise, and land stewardship by assisting with trail maintenance and conservation. Ages 16 and older; parents must accompany children younger than 18. Register for Second Saturday online at

Sunday, July 14

Hit the courts on one of Cypress Community Park’s three lighted tennis courts. The City of Irvine has 98 public tennis courts and offers beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced level tennis lessons, leagues, and tournaments for youth, adults, and seniors.

Monday, July 15

Spend time with a senior at Lakeview Senior Center. Did you know the Rose Garden Café serves hot meals to seniors that are prepared fresh daily by professional staff on site?

Tuesday, July 16

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.

Wednesday, July 17

Take your dog on a walk at Quail Hill Loop. Located at the end of Sand Canyon road, the two-mile trail is a great place to connect to southern Irvine’s trail network. The loop is also the only wilderness trail in the Irvine Open Space Preserve that allows leashed dogs.

Thursday, July 18

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. With so much art happening at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, there’s something for the whole family.

Friday, July 19

Catch a ballgame at Mark Daily Athletic Field. Sports are a way of life in Irvine with 124 sports courts and 81 athletic facilities offering opportunities for public rental or drop-in use.

Saturday, July 20

Spot birds and lizards as you take a self-guided walk at the Turtle Rock Nature Center. Winding through the five-acre nature preserve is a paved trail that displays native Southern Californian habitats, including riparian, desert, and woodlands.

Sunday, July 21

Explore your musical side at Los Olivos Community Park instrument-themed playground. Inspired by the former Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the playground features percussion instruments and climbing structures.

Monday, July 22

Read amongst the trees with a book borrowed from the Little Free Library at Deerfield 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. Located in the Deerfield Community Center, our Little Free Library features children’s literature for all ages.

Tuesday, July 23

Play a game of volleyball at Mike Ward Community Park — Woodbridge. The scent of sunscreen and the feeling of sand between your toes make for great summer memories. Grab some friends and head to the park for a drop-in game of volleyball.

Wednesday, July 24

Watch the sun set while throwing a summer party at Woodbury Community Park. The park features two reservable picnic shelters, each with space for up to 75 people. Plan a family reunion, birthday party, or summer get-together.

Thursday, July 25

In conjunction with the Great Park Gallery’s summer exhibition, the Palm Court Arts Complex will become home to a series of musical events paying homage to the park’s history as the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Come enjoy a summer evening of dancing to Ginger & The Hoosier Daddys. This free event is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Friday, July 26

Gather friends for a basketball game on the drop-in courts at Las Lomas Community Park. Drop-in space for tennis, pickleball, basketball, soccer, and more are available at multiple City parks, including the Orange County Great Park.

Saturday, July 27

Practice your skateboarding skills at Harvard Skate Park. Ten thousand square feet of skating surfaces include a spine and the Bowl, lighted for night skating.

Sunday, July 28

Have a picnic by the water at Heritage Community Park’s pond, enjoying dinner with your family in one of 20 picnic tables near the lake.

Monday, July 29

Watch a professional soccer game at the Great Park Sports Complex Championship Soccer Stadium. With seating for 2,500 spectators, there’s room to bring the whole family out to watch local, national, and international tournaments as well as professional teams and club games.

Tuesday, July 30

Play like royalty at the Northwood Community Park castle playground. Let your little ones get lost in their imagination as they conquer the castle as knights, kings, queens, or dragons.

Wednesday, July 31

Go mountain biking in Bommer Canyon. Trails are open for hiking, mountain biking, and horse-back riding daily from 7 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting.