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ORANGE COUNTY GREAT PARK

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Spooktacular Saturdays

Spooktacular Saturdays

Coming October 4, 11, 18 and 25. New this year is required registration for free admission tickets and parking. Registration is due to limited parking availability.

Sign up now! Tickets are limited and required for admission.


Hours & Directions

Hours & Directions

We look forward to your visit to the Orange County Great Park – for family enjoyment, for corporate, private and nonprofit rental events, for the Great Park Balloon and athletic competition, and much more. To know when to come, and how to get to the Great Park, click here: http://www.ocgp.org/visit/hours-directions/


Visitor Information for the Great Park

Visitor Information for the Great Park

Plan your visit, decide on things to do and things to see by reviewing this information about the Orange County Great Park.


What is Open and What is Not

What is Open and What is Not

The Orange County Great Park has numerous classes, art exhibits, sports and fun activities that are ongoing. For upcoming events, go to: http://www.ocgp.org/events/.


Agricultural Programs

Agricultural Programs

The Farm + Food Lab is a unique and interactive outdoor classroom for visitors of all ages, featuring themed raised-bed gardens, fruit trees, vertical gardening, a chicken coop, a worm compost bin and solar and wind-powered lights. It is a working and dynamic organic horticulture area with a mission to educate visitors about gardening, inspire [...]


Mark Leysen Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Mark Leysen Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Exhibition: November 1, 2014-January 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 2, 1-3 p.m.

Mark Leysen’s abstract expressionist paintings allude to physical space, its experience and emotional imprint. Color and rhythm shape the compositions, with geometric forms providing balance and harmony. Leysen’s tools and materials – brushes, palate knives, paints and his music collection – are incorporated in the exhibition to illustrate the creative process of the artist at work. Leysen taught college level art for over 30 years. Since his retirement in 2010, he has worked intensively on a new body of work influenced by geographical regions that inspire him including Carmel, Carpinteria, Coronado, Monterey and San Francisco, which will be featured in the exhibition [...]


U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to Return to Irvine

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to Return to Irvine

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 is returning to the Orange County Great Park. Riding the success of the eight-day event with 64,000 attendees in October 2013, the Department of Energy will produce an 18-team event, hosted by the City of Irvine at the destination location Great Park, October 8-11 and October 15-18, [...]


City of Irvine, Second Harvest Food Bank Celebrate Launch of Incredible Edible Farm at the Great Park

City of Irvine, Second Harvest Food Bank Celebrate Launch of Incredible Edible Farm at the Great Park

Partnership in 4.5 acre farm provides fresh produce for the hungry and solidifies long-standing partnership for community benefit

IRVINE – Local business and community leaders gathered at the Orange County Great Park on Thursday to commemorate the launch of the Incredible Edible Farm, a 4.5 acre urban farm that will grow nutritious produce for the hungry in the community. Irvine elected officials joined leaders from Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in [...]


More Flights and More Rides as New Great Park Balloon and Carousel Pricing Launches Thursday, January 16

More Flights and More Rides as New Great Park Balloon and Carousel Pricing Launches Thursday, January 16

• New “Family & Friends” packages provide discounts for Balloon flights and Carousel rides for larger groups
• Children 18 and under fly free on Great Park Balloon with paid accompanying adult
• $3 for all-day pass for Carousel rides

IRVINE – The Orange County Great Park launches a new standard pricing structure for the Great Park Balloon and Carousel tomorrow, January 16, designed to provide more opportunities for families, children and large groups to enjoy the iconic Great Park attractions. The new standard pricing includes “Family & Friends” packages for both the Great Park [...]


Artists Gather in The Living Room at the Great Park Gallery

Artists Gather in The Living Room at the Great Park Gallery

New exhibition featuring intimate conversations with local artists begins April 6

IRVINE – Join us in The Living Room, a new exhibition at the Great Park Gallery that provides a community gathering place for engaging and intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Expect collaboration and inspiration as The Living Room hosts a variety of guest speakers on [...]