Special Events

The Community Services Department organizes and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year for all ages and varying interests including parades, summer concerts, nature hikes, and other family-friendly events. For a current list of events and other recreation programming classes and activities, view the Leisure Times.

Special Needs Resource Fair

This is a unique opportunity for families and caregivers to learn more about resources available to the special needs community. We will have several representatives providing a wealth of information and tips to benefit our special needs friends. There will be fun for the entire family, including refreshments, activities, and special guests!

Fee: Free
Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway)
For more information, call (949) 461-3450

Rancho Days Fiesta at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Come explore the rich history of Orange County's Mexican Ranchos and Native American tribes! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the past through music, dance, crafts, and hands-on demonstrations. Historic buildings, including the 1863 Serrano Adobe, will be open, courtesy of Amigos de la Colina Docents. refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.

Fee: $5 admission per person. Children under the age of 3 are free.
Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park (25151 Serrano Road)
For more information, call (949) 923-2230

10th Annual Aliso Creek Clean-Up Day

Help fight the battle against litter and debris! Join other Lake Forest residents and community groups in removing litter from a portion of the Aliso Creek. The City will supply the gloves, trash bags, reacher sticks, volunteer shirt, snacks and beverages. Meet at Cherry Avenue and Fernbank Street (Southwest of Cherry Park). Park on Cherry Avenue. All volunteers such as service organizations, students, scout groups, Kiwinas, teens and adults are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must sign a waiver form. Please wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen, and a hat.

Free to participate
Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cherry Avenue and Fernbank Street
For more information, call (949) 273-6960

Movies in the Park 

Free to attend
Location: All movies in the park will be held at the Sports Park and Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway) starting at 7:30 p.m.

Movie Showtimes
Sing (PG) on Friday, June 16
LEGO Batman Movie (PG) on Friday, July 7
Finding Dory (PG) on Friday, July 21
Moana (PG) on Friday, August 11
Beauty and the Beast (G) on Friday, August 25

Dino Days at the Nature Park

Experience the Nature Park as it transforms into adventurous “Dino Days”! There will be fun for the entire family with a walking DINO tour of a life size moving T-Rex, Velociraptors, and a Dilophosaurus.

Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 per wristband
This is a PRESALE event only! No wristbands will be sold at the event. Purchase wristbands IN-PERSON ONLY at the Lake Forest Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway). Limited number of wristbands sold for each day. No refunds will be given for cancellations or lost wristbands. Wristbands include dinosaur tour, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artist and unlimited games. Ages 2 years old and over require a wristband to participate in dino tour and activities. Music and entertainment are free! There will be food for a
nominal fee.
Location: Lake Forest Nature Park (26215 Dimension Drive)
For more information, call (949) 273-6960

Summer Concert - “Rock Around the Clock” Concert and Car Show

Kick off the summer with a ROCKIN’ good time! “The Rockabillys” are family friendly entertainment, playing 50s and 60s/Americana,”Oldies but Goodies” and of course the best Rockabilly music around! Their sound is the perfect soundtrack for any good time event. “Redneck Rodeo” is a tightly tuned Country Music Machine that’ll get your toes tappin’. The Rodeo brings a mix of your favorite classic country numbers and dancin’ songs. “The Swing Kings” are a versatile dance band featuring an extensive playlist. They easily transition from rockin’ swing to the finesse of a traditional 40s Big Band or venture deep into Sinatra-land with lush ballads and famous swingin’ arrangements. They guarantee to move your dancin’ feet!

Car show is open to the public for the first 30 eligible entries. Car entries must be 1975 models or older. If you wish to submit your car as an entry please email ngates@lakeforestca.gov by Friday, June 23.

Sunday, June 25 from 5:30 p.mm to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sports Park and Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway)
For more information, call (949) 273-6960

“80s Flashback Tribute” featuring Flashpants, Boombox Heroes, and Pyromania

Join us for three show-stopping bands that will make you want to flash dance all night long! “Flashpants” is a Vegas-Style 80s Cover Band that combines 80s Dance music with audience interaction. “Boombox Heroes” is a HIGH ENERGY cover band specializing in the party and rock hits of the 80s. And bringing 80s rock to Lake Forest is “Pyromania”! Being called “The Next Best Thing to Def Leppard” is an honor that “Pyromania”: The Def Leppard Experience doesn’t take lightly. Fourteen years in the making, the band captures the music and the essence of a rock band that has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

Sunday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Pittsford Park (21701 Pittsford Drive)
For more information, call (949) 273-6960

2017 National Night Out

National Night Out is a nationwide evening event where communities across the country band together to give crime a “going away party.” This event is fun, free, and festive, with themes based on safety and crime prevention. Neighborhood Watch Groups and businesses are encouraged to register for a booth at the event. 

Tuesday, August 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Sports Park and Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway)
For more information, call Shannon Daniels at (949) 461-3546 or via email at sdaniels@ocsd.org

“End of Summer Bash” featuring Common Sense, The Suffragettes, and The Kalama Brothers

With a SoCal background and a small beach town attitude “Common Sense” took their reggae-rock influences and created their own style.The “Suffragettes” are an all female cover band, playing songs from the 1970s to the hits of today. They cover many genres including, pop, rock, r&b, country and even a little Latin. The Kalama Brothers play a variety of instruments to recreate cover songs that work with all ages. Having just released their first Hawaiian CD, they are taking steps toward more groove and soul-rock vibes. 

Sunday, August 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sports Park and Recreation Center (28000 Rancho Parkway)
For more information, call (949) 273-6960