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Special Events

The City of Irvine's Community Services Department hosts a variety of special events including concerts, ceremonies, the Irvine Global Village Festival, pet adoptions and more. Please check back periodically for updates. To find these activities and more, view the digital edition of Inside Irvine here. Registration is currently available for many activities at




Location & Contact

April 29

Kaleidoscope – A Family Art Experience
As part of the 2017 Imagination Celebration festival, the Irvine Fine Arts Center will present Kaleidoscope – A Family Art Experience, a free one-day event featuring a trio of hands-on creative stations for the whole family to be inspired. This drop-in event is geared for ages 5 and older. Additional highlights will include face painting, a customizable Italian soda bar, light refreshments and local guest artists. Visit for more information. 

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Avenue
May 1 Summer Inside Irvine Mailed
Registration begins for summer classes and camps. Visit or read the digital version of Inside Irvine for more information.
May 28
4 p.m.

Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for Americans to honor those who have given their lives while defending our nation. The Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony, held in partnership with the Northwood Memorial Committee, will include a dedication ceremony for an expansion of the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, as well as presentations by Gold Star families. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Northwood Community Park
4531 Bryan Avenue

May 29
10 a.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony
The City of Irvine will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony in the Formal Garden at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to honor family and friends who have died in the line of duty by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board at the event. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to members of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion. 

Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Park in the San Juan parking lot off Harvard. 
June 3
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Studio Arts Festival
The Irvine Fine Arts Center will host the 23rd annual Studio Arts Festival. The juried festival will showcase more than 85 Southern Californian artists and their original works of art in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber and glass. The festival will also feature music, art demonstrations and food, including ice cream sundaes served in handmade collectible ceramic bowls. Admission and parking are free. For more information on the festival, visit the Irvine Fine Arts Center site here

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Avenue
June 4
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Super Pet Adoption
More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring more than 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals for adoption. This annual event features dozens of vendors, gourmet food trucks and a bake sale, a silent auction, and low-cost microchipping. Each animal available for adoption is spayed or neutered, microchipped and evaluated by a veterinarian. Cats and dogs are vaccinated appropriate to age. Suggested donation for the event is $2 per person or $5 per family; parking is free. Leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. Event proceeds benefit the Irvine Animal Care Center in its efforts to provide care and support to thousands of homeless, neglected and abused animals each year. For more information on the Super Pet Adoption, visit the Center's page here.

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon


June 12-Aug. 18

Summer Camps
The City offers many camps during the summer break. Click here for the complete listing. 

Various park sites
Register online

July 9, 16, 23, 30,
and Aug. 6, 13
5:30 p.m.

Sizzlin' Summer Concerts
Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park. Gourmet food trucks will also be onsite, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other Irvine nonprofit organizations.

Mike Ward Community Park
20 Lake Road

Sept. 23
10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Irvine Global Village Festival
Save the date for the 16th annual Irvine Global Village Festival, a free multicultural event featuring international cuisine, live entertainment, crafts and activities, cultural exhibits and more. Visit for more information.
Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
4 Civic Center Plaza