Things to Do
(current in 2012 not updated in 2015 so call the organizations for details.
GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS
The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art http://www.bowers.org/
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706 (714) 567-3600
The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana will allow Santa Ana residents to visit the museum on the First Sunday and
Third Tuesday of every month between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. free of charge. Santa Ana residents will need to
show a Driver's License or any picture I.D. with any correspondence that has their name and Santa Ana address
on it. (Note - free admission applies to only permanent exhibits and NOT to special visiting exhibits); also
check website for Bowers Events - festivals, programs
Note: On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Bowers can enjoy free access to the museum, Kidseum,
and all activities all day, thanks to the Target Corporation. Target Free First Sundays are very popular and to
prevent overcrowding, visitors may have to wait outside for admission. The Cultural Festival begins at noon and
activities will run until 4:00PM
Museum hours: Tues-Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Bowers Kidseum http://www.bowers.org/kidseum.php/
Features: Hands on activities at Kidseum for children: International Dress up; Tribal Instruments; Ethnic Masks;
Language Exploration; pre-school classes
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm; Sat. - Sun. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ages 3 and up $6:00 (free with current Bowers Museum ticket stub)
Heritage Museum of Orange County (Formerly Centennial Heritage Museum); http://www.heritagemuseumoc.org/
3101 W. Harvard St (near Fairview), Santa Ana, CA 92704 (714) 850-9452
The Centennial Heritage Museum is pleased to offer free admission to Santa Ana residents on the first Sunday of
Centennial Heritage Museum is a cultural and natural history center located on approximately 11 acres surrounding
the beautiful 1898 Kellogg House. It includes an historic plaza complete with a number of structures from the
1890s, a working blacksmith shop, and extensive orchards and gardens. A Victorian gazebo and a formal rose
garden highlight the plaza area. A nature park covers several acres of the property and includes Santa Ana’s only
freshwater marsh as well as the highest point of land in the city.
Kellogg House Tours: Friday: 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.* $5; Seniors/Children $4.00
Other times are available by appointment only for groups of 10 or more. Also offering school field trips, and
Lyon Air Museum http://www.lyonairmuseum.org/ 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA 92707 1 (714) 210-4585
Hours: 10 AM to 4 PM, every day, Admission: General- $8, Seniors & Veterans- $6, Ages 5-17- $4, under 5- Free
Founded by Major General William Lyon, Lyon Air Museum is located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in
Orange County, California. Lyon Air Museum is collocated with Martin Aviation, an Air/Lyon Inc. company and
award-winning general aviation repair facility established by the famed Eddie Martin back in 1923
Centers of Art & History
Delhi Center http://www.delhicenter.com/ 505 E. Central Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92707 (714) 481-9600
Features: Plaza de Arte is Delhi Center’s cultural arts initiative. It is a gathering place that celebrates Mexican folk
art, music and cultural traditions. Award winning folk art, musical concerts, dance and cultural events are year
round activities within Plaza de Arte.
CA State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 567-7233
Features: Student Films http://www.ratpoweredfilmsredux.com/
California State University, Fullerton Grand Central Art Center is dedicated to the investigation and promotion of
contemporary art and visual culture regionally, nationally, and internationally through unique collaborations
between artists, students, and the community.
Santa Ana Artist Village First Saturdays --Entertainment & Open Galleries
Santiago Street Loft Artwalk – http://www.santiagoartdistrict.com./
Every third Saturday of the month, Santiago Street Lofts hosts their monthly Art Walk at the Santiago Art District.
Live music and DJS set the laid-back vibe as artists and homeowners open their galleries to the public. Fine wines,
cheeses and other delicious refreshments are available in most galleries. Galleries open at 7pm and usually run
until 10pm. Ample Free Parking located across the street at the Santa Ana Train Depot.
Historic Santa Ana:
Dr. Willela Howe-Waffle House & Medical Museum http://www.santaanahistory.com/
Offices: Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society & Orange County Historical Society
120 W. Civic Center Dr., Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 547-9645
• Next Home Tour – June 4, 2011 Adults $5, seniors & members $4, students K-12 $3.
• Downtown architectural walking tours will be held in September and December.
The Old Orange County Courthouse
211 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 973-6605 (Built in 1901)
Tours of the Old Courthouse for adult and school groups are available by appointment Monday through Friday from
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Self-guided tours are also available. To arrange a tour of the Old Courthouse, please call
(714) 973-6610. Tours are free of charge.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 667-1517
Gallery Hours: Thurs & Sun: Noon-5:00 p.m. Fri & Sat: Noon - 9:00 p.m. Mon-Weds. By Apt.
No Entrance Fee
Upcoming: Deep Juried show by Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator, Laguna Art Museum : May 5- June 25, 2011
MUSIC & DANCE
Pacific Chorale http://www.pacificchorale.org
3621 S. Harbor Blvd., Ste. 220, Santa Ana, CA 92704 (714) 662-2345
Upcoming: August 14, 2001, Pacific Chorale’s Festival Chorus
(Performances at Renee’ and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)
Pacific Symphony http://www.pacificsymphony.org/
3631 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704 (714) 755-5788
Upcoming: June 2 – 5: Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff; June 9 – June 11: Rhapsody in Blue, June 16 – June
18: The Music of Bond, James Bond at Segerstrom Concert Hall
Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles http://www.pacificsymphony.org/
3631 S. Harbor Blvd, #100, Santa Ana, CA 92704 (714) 755-5799
Venue: Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Provides the highest level of performance opportunities available to young instrumentalists between the ages of 11
and 21 from throughout Orange County. It is one of the primary education programs of Pacific Symphony. Includes
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago
The Wooden Floor (previously St. Joseph Ballet) http://thewoodenfloor.org
1810 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706, Phone: 714-541-8314 ext. 110, Fax: 714-541-2150
Since 1983, The Wooden Floor has been changing lives by integrating year-round dance training with academic
assistance and family services. Youth can attend The Wooden Floor from the 4th through the 12th grade.
YOST THEATER http://www.yosttheater.com/
307 N. Spurgeon 714-997-1380 For information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yost Theater of Downtown Santa Ana is a historic Mexican vaudeville theater built in 1912 that was renovated
and re-launched at the music and arts festival SoundDowntown. Yost Theater first opened in 1913 - originally
known as the "Clunes" it later changed its name to Yost when Ed Yost purchased the theater.
Join Yost Theater on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=62897938120
Broadway on Tour Children’s Theater http://www.broadwayontour.org/
Ebell Theater, 625 French St., Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 542-6939
Breath of Fire - Latina Theatre Ensemble, http://www.breathoffire.org /
310 West 5th Street, 2nd Floor, Santa Ana, CA 92701, (714) 600-0129
Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble creates opportunities and leadership roles for Latinas in the visual and
performing arts. They aim to produce work that reflects impacts and empowers the Latino community. They also
believe in the transformative power of theater and aim to raise awareness of critical issues in the community,
entertain and challenge, foster cross-cultural understanding, be a catalyst for social justice change, and spiritual
Orange County Crazies http://www.occrazies.com/
DePietro Performance Center, 809 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701, (714) 550-9890
The DePietro Performance Center plays host to a number of exciting comedy events and original comedic works
throughout the year. Stand-up comedy contests, satirical comedic revues lampooning life in and around Orange
County and comedic plays by budding playwrights are only a few of the activities staged at the theater. The
DePietro Performance Center also serves as an intimate and exciting concert hall- that features up-and-coming
established artists on a regular basis.
Santa Ana College - www.sac.edu 1530 W. 17 TH St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
530 W. 17th St., Bldg. M-10, Santa Ana, CA 92706 (714) 564-6356 Shows presented on selected
days - reservations necessary - Mon- Fri.
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park and Crean Family Farm - www.santaanazoo.org
1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92701 (714) 836-4000
FREE ADMISSION for Santa Ana residents - 3rd Sunday of every month
General Information: Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for children 3 to 12 years of age and senior citizens; and
FREE to children under 3, people with disabilities and members of the Zoo.
Taco Bell Discovery Science Center & 3D Laser Theater http://www.discoverycube.org/
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 542-2823 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily (11-5 on Sun)
FREE ADMISSION for Santa Ana residents 1st Monday of month, Parking $4 $12.95 Adults, $9.95 for Seniors
(55+) & Kids 3 to 17
Features: WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science: It’s H20 from A2Z at . Immerse yourself in stimulating, hands-on
learning experiences that bring home the playful, powerful and precious world of water. May 20- Sept. 11, 2011
Ongoing:. Science of Hockey; “Dinoquest” (40 interactive dinosaur exhibits); Boeing Delta III Rocket with 25K
thrust engine; KidStation , Planetary Research Station , The Quake Zone, Boeing Rocket Lab
Be sure to check the various websites for additional exhibits and shows.
Go see a movie, Take one of your neighbors or their kids with you. stale but hey, what do ya want for two bucks? (Admission $1.00 on Tuesdays, $2.00 other days) + $2 surcharge for 3D. They upgraded to all-digital projection and some films are 3D. Showtimes 714 836-7469. If you haven't been there, the theaters are accessible from the rear entrance of Main Place (facing the 5 Fwy) The box office is up the escalator to the right and the theaters are one more escalator up. Showtimes here or here. Visit their website here.
OC Register Showtimes.
With 107 screens within six miles of Washington Square there's no excuse not to find something good to watch. Rent a DVD if you don't want to drive. DVD rentals at Videosky are $1.50. The new kid on the block is Redbox. You can rent a DVD for $1.09 outside of 7-11 at Flower and Seventeenth or Stater Brothers on Seventeenth past Fairview and at Walgreens. You can reserve online at www.redbox.com.
Attend a Santa Ana City Council Meeting. You've seen them on Channel 3 if you have cable, now see them in person! Check up on your elected councilperson to make sure she's representing our neighborhood well. Or go to a Com-Link meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month in the Community Room of the Police Station at 6:30PM. It's a forum to exchange information between Santa Ana's diverse neighborhoods. Hint: there's often free food before the meeting! If you click on the link above you'll find your webmaster and newsletter author in the center of the photo at the top of the Com-Link page.
Take a look at the City of Santa Ana Community Calendar for a list of meetings and events elsewhere in the city.
OC Weekly's Calendar, The Register's Calendar, The LA Times Guide
Read a blog about our fair city and environs. The Orange Juice Blog but remember to take everything you read with a grain of salt as it's full of hot air and a major agenda. They also have a (slightly) less political blog, New Santa Ana. That said, there's often local news and event coverage posted that is not available elsewhere. Others: Liberal OC and Red County.
There are always fine art events and performances going on at Santa Ana College. Here's the Calendar. Don't forget that the largest planetarium in Orange County is right next door. The Tessman Planetarium on campus has interesting shows open to the public for only $7. The schedule is online. The planetarium will be closed for several months for remodelling and should reopen in late Fall 2014. Phone 714 564-6356 for more information.
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