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By Lillian Boyd

The County of Orange and OC Parks have announced the return of the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series.

All events will include free parking, with food and drink available for purchase, while enjoying a family-friendly environment with free live music and movie screenings at parks across Orange County.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with free outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings beginning on June 24 from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy live music under the summer sky at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

The concert series kicks off with Flashback Heart Attack on June 24 at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton, followed by fan-favorite local artists including Uptown Funk, Surf’s Up, The Fenians, Queen Nation, and Tijuana Dogs. Free concerts continue with contemporary swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on August 5 at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, followed by the ultimate Smiths and Morrissey tribute band Sweet and Tender Hooligans, and blues, soul and rock band Family Style. Donavon Frankenreiter will close out the 2021 OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point.

OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series brings family-friendly movies to the big screen at regional parks on Friday nights starting on June 18. Enjoy a screening under the stars at Craig Regional Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach.

Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy recent favorites and popular classics throughout the summer. The event sites open at 6 p.m,. and the movies begin at approximately 8 p.m., after sundown.

Friday night films kick off on Friday, June 18, featuring The NeverEnding Story (1984).

“(We) are thrilled to be able to present the summer concert and movie series in person once again,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “These concert and movie events provide a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to come enjoy entertainment in a beautiful, outdoor setting.”

OC Parks Summer Concert Series and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series are entirely outdoors and will be held in accordance with the most current guidance from state and local health agencies. All events are open to the public of all ages and free to attend with free parking. Food trucks and booths will be available for dining and beverages. Gather friends and family and enjoy free concerts and movie screenings this summer with OC Parks.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series will be held Thursday nights, with the event starting at 5 p.m., live music beginning at 6 p.m.

In Dana Point, Family Style will perform at Bluff Park in Salt Creek Beach on Aug. 19. Donavon Frankenreiter will perform at the same location on Aug. 26.

For OC Parks Sunset Cinema Movie Series, which will be held on Friday nights at 6 p.m. (event starts at 6 p.m., movie begins at sunset), Dolphin Tale (2011) will be shown on Sept. 3 and The Little Mermaid (1989) will be shown on Sept. 10 at Bluff Park.

For the full schedule of concerts and movies throughout Orange County, visit danapointtimes.com.

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