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OC Parks summer concert series and sunset cinema screenings return for the season

Moviegoers enjoy the screening of "The Sandlot" at Yorba Regional Park in 2021.
(Courtesy of OC Parks)

It’s time to dust off the beach chairs as OC Parks’ twin series of summer concerts and sunset cinema film screenings return for the season.

“The county of Orange and OC Parks are excited to bring another year of exceptional entertainment to the community,” said Doug Chaffee, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Regional parks throughout Orange County will host 10 free concerts and 12 movie screenings in a family-friendly, outdoor atmosphere from June until Labor Day.

The series are part of a popular local tradition attended by music and movie lovers across the county. The outdoor events also provide an incentive to explore Orange County’s many parks.

“Enjoying a free concert or movie with friends and family is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to experience our parks across the county,” said Chaffee.

The sunset cinema film series will screen movies on Friday nights from June 17 to Sept. 2, kicking off with a screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at Fullerton’s Craig Regional Park on June 17. Other scheduled screenings include “Encanto” at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea on July 1, “The School of Rock” at Irvine Regional Park on Aug. 5 and “Luca” at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point on Aug. 26.

Preshow entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and movies start at about 8 p.m. (after sundown).

The summer concert series returns Thursday evenings from June 23 to Aug. 25 with concerts from 5 to 8 p.m.

Concertgoers at Mile Square Regional Park watch Sweet and Tender Hooligans perform in 2019.
(Courtesy of OC Parks)

Latin rock group Ozomatli opens the season with a concert at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on June 23. Other shows include yacht rock band Yachty by Nature at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on July 7 and Smiths and Morrissey tribute band, Sweet and Tender Hooligans, at Fountain Valley’s Mile Square Regional Park on Aug. 11.

All events are free to all ages and open to the public with free parking. Food trucks will serve at each event, and parkgoers 21 and older can enjoy a beer and wine garden.

A full schedule of events can be found at ocparks.com.

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