Orange County Real Estate and Events Information.

This article was first published on June 23, 2017 by the OCRegister.

Like music? Well, one of the best things about summer in Orange County is all the great concerts you can enjoy, without paying a dime. Bring your beach chair, picnic and blanket, and prepare to tap your feet, or whatever other part of your body starts to move.

Here are some of our favorites:

1.         June 25: Laguna Niguel – (Also, July 9 and July 23.) Music by Mike Wilson and Michael Physick. Shows 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free merchant samples and coupons while supplies last. Location: Laguna Niguel Promenade, 27891 La Paz Road.

2.         June 25: Huntington Beach – The 75-piece Huntington Beach Concert Band performs “Patriotic Pastiche.” 5 p.m. in the amphitheater behind

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The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point today, Wednesday 14 2017. It's the Fed's third rate hike since December. And it's a sign that the central bank believes the U.S. economy is on solid ground.

Rising interest rates eventually affect millions of Americans from home buyers to credit card holders to savers. However, interest rates for mortgages are not expected to rise immediately.

Here's the original article from CNNMoney:

America, interest rates are going up.

The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday. It's the Fed's third rate hike since December. And it's a sign that the central bank believes the U.S. economy is on solid ground. 

"It reflects the progress the

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50 Safest Cities in CaliforniaIt comes at no surprise that some of the safest cities in all California are in Orange County. California - a known state for its beautiful beaches, award-winning wineries, and vibrant high-tech industry— it's also home to dozens of safe cities, including Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita in the top 10! Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo also made the list, in places 13 and 19 respectively.

According to the most recent FBI crime report, the fifty safest cities in California reported about thirteen crimes per 1,000 people in 2015, compared to the national average of nearly twenty-nine crimes per 1,000 people.

Here's the top 20:

1. Imperial 

Previous Rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.29
Property Crimes per 1,000: 3.11

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This a beautiful event to celebrate food and wine in Orange County. The Festival will take place at Sea Terrace Community Park in Dana Point, a one day event full of incredible entertainment, top notch food and a huge selection of California wine! 

The Festival includes over 30 restaurants, specialty foods and chef demos, 40 craft breweries & 80 varieties of craft brews, 50 varieties of wine from around the world, craft cocktail lounges and specialty drink bars, and live Music from multiple stages and areas throughout the event: 40 Oz to Freedom, No Duh, and Faux Fighters! 

  • Where: Sea Terrace Park at 33501 Niguel Rd., Dana Point, CA 92629

  • When: Saturday June 24th 12pm-7pm

  • How much? :from $8 per drink or $60 unlimited, to $150

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With school out for Summer and many looking for activities to do, here's a good, family friendly one. Coming back again this year, this is a two day celebration of the Southern California surfing life style: the Doheny Surf Festival.  This is a FREE event (other than parking admission to the park). 

When: June 24 and 25th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Where: Doheny State Beach (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, California 92629)

The Doheny State Beach Surf Festival will feature great surfing, live music,a classic woody car show, delicious food and beverages, a beer garden, healthy living demonstrations and a variety of vendors offering surf collectables and more.

Amazing surfing exhibitions will take place both days. On Saturday, the Doheny

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Celebrating 20 years this 2017, the Doheny Blues Festival is coming up this May 20 & 21, 2017 and headlined by legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge's This Is MEmphis Rock & Soul, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Chris Isaak, 2-time GRAMMY-winner Mavis Staples and Bobby Rush, among many others.

  • Where: Doheny State Beach
    25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
    Dana Point, California 92629
  • When: May 20th and 21st 2017
  • How much? $75-$250 (kids $15)

What to expect?

For the last 20 years, the Doheny Blues Festival has created a festival environment like none other! Three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music, legendary artists, a beachfront venue, microbrews, overnight camping, an eclectic vendor village and 20,000

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Want to be part of the spirit of Cinco de Mayo in San Clemente?  Celebrate the 27th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in the Spanish Village by the Sea on Saturday, May 6th, 2-6pm in Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente.  Or, the newer Outlets at San Clemente are celebrating with festivities on Saturday, May 6.

The city will turn Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente, into a festival ground from 2 to 6 p.m. with live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, beer garden, children’s activities like rock climbing, train and game booths.

The outlet center at 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa will offer entertainment from 1 to 4 p.m. including performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano and Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano, plus balloon artists, a photo

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Celebrating 20 years this 2017, the Doheny Blues Festival is coming up this May 20 & 21, 2017 and headlined by legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Melissa Etheridge's This Is MEmphis Rock & Soul, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, Chris Isaak, 2-time GRAMMY-winner Mavis Staples and Bobby Rush, among many others.

  • Where: Doheny State Beach
    25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
    Dana Point, California 92629
  • When: May 20th and 21st 2017
  • How much? $75-$250 

What to expect? For the last 20 years, the Doheny Blues Festival has created a festival enviornment like none other! Three alternating stages of blues, rock and soul music, legendary artists, a beachfront venue, microbrews, overnight camping, an eclectic vendor village and 20,000 music fans

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When: APRIL 30, 2017

Where: Dana Point, CA

Coming back for the 11th year, the Dana Point Grand Prix Presented by Kingston Technology is one of the best organized and attended 1-day professional & Bike Festival events in America. Come experience the fun & exciting celebration of bikes.  This year the Orange County Transportation Authority will bring you the OCTA Bike Festival.  

The Bike Festival will have BMX Stunt Shows, free bike tuneups, giveaways, free bike safety lights, OCTA bike racks, and much much more! Participate in the bike month contest: pledge to bike for the month and enter for a chance to win a free bike.

Come and watch fast paced racing action by the beach, up close at street level. Watch FREE exciting & spectacular

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Easter Egg Hunting is coming up and with that in mind, here's a few local 'hunt's happening around town. Also, in celebration of spring, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel introduces four incredible, non-edible Easter eggs, each individually painted by a local artist including Trevor Mezak, James Galindo, Robin Hiers, and Kym de los Reyes. The enormous hand crafted eggs are a “must see” and make the perfect backdrop for a springtime family portrait. Guests are invited to hop on over to the resort to see these brightly decorated eggs, which will be on display at the entrance of the resort from Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Easter Sunday is April 16, 2017

San Clemente: 

  • When: April 15 2017 - 9am to 12pm (Pancake breakfast at
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