The Ultimate List of Summer Activities in Fullerton, CA 
School is out, the days are getting longer, and if you’re like us, you’re itching to get out and have some fun in the sun. You may have a trip to the beach or Disney planned, but there are also plenty of unforgettable summer activities in and around Fullerton! From getting a sweet frozen treat with your friends to exploring downtown Fullerton, here are some of our favorite local summer activities:
Ice cream is always a good idea, but it’s especially soul-satisfying when the weather gets hot. One of the best summer activities in Fullerton is to support a local business and get a tasty treat at the same time at one of the area’s local frozen treat places!
Enjoy a healthy “shaved snow and drink” at 5238 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park. Some options include
- brown sugar boba snow,
- strawberry lemonade, and
- choc-o-razz ice cream.
Get yourself a shaved snow, smoothies, or an iced tea (including Thai iced tea and green milk tea) at 4951 La Palma Avenue, Suite B, in La Palma. Some options include
- blueberry lemonade,
- Thai iced tea, and
- peach smoothies.
Shake things up with gelati, misto shakes, soft-serve custard, Italian ice, and frozen drinks at 649 Imperial Highway in Brea. Options include
- chocolate hazlenut cookie concrete,
- blendini (custard and Italian ice blended), and
- frozen drinks (Italian ice swirled into a drink).
Honeymee is locally sourced, with ice cream made with California milk and natural honey. Visit them at 5231 Beach Boulevard B in Buena Park. Options include
- Honeymee (true milk ice cream with 100 percent natural honeycomb chip),
- matcha sweeties (ceremonial matcha true milk ice cream with drizzled natural raw honey), and
- yuzu milkshakes (true milk ice cream milkshakes with honey and premade yuzu concentrate).
Churned is always a great place for smoothies, ice cream, gelato, and bubble tea, sitting at 1331 W. Imperial Highway, Suite A, in La Habra. Options include
- bubble waffles with taro ice cream,
- horchata milk tea, and
- mango smoothies.
Fairs and Markets
One of the best classic summer activities in Fullerton and the surrounding areas is visiting a fair or market, and there are plenty for you to check out this summer. Grab a couple of friends and enjoy some tasty treats and artisan-made crafts!
This year’s Orange County Fair will take place from July 15 through August 14. There will be shows at the Pacific Amphitheatre, including appearances by the Turtles and Trevor Noah; live music at The Hangar; and monster truck rallies at the Action Sports Arena. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Head over to the 626 Night Market, inspired by the night markets of Asia, on June 17, 18, or 19. You’ll see 200-plus local food, shopping, and arts vendors and enjoy live music, games, crafts, and other entertainment for all ages. The market is located at the OC Fair & Event Center on 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.
Ripe peaches, local honey, and freshly baked bread—the bright colors and delicious scents of local farmers markets give us life! Every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Wednesday Certified farmers Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, and more at the Fullerton Community Center on 340 W. Commonwealth Avenue.
The Downtown Fullerton Market is open on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is so much fun! There’s produce, craft creations, kids activities, and hot food from amazing local vendors. The market runs through August 25. Head over to the downtown plaza on 125 E. Wilshire Avenue to check it out!
Summer Camps for Kids
Have young kids? Summer day camps are one of the best options for summer activities in Fullerton! Here are a few local ones to consider:
Are your kids between the ages of five and 16? This soccer camp takes place outdoors for three hours each morning between June 27 and July 1 at Adlena Park on 300 N. Adlena Drive in Fullerton. Kids will enjoy “coached skill development, games, challenges, competitions, and [their] camp World Cup.” They will take home a soccer ball and t-shirt and gain access to virtual training. The fee is $185.
For curious scientists ages five through 11, this weeklong day camp will be unforgettable! Over the week, campers will
- build a colorful slide and a motorized spinning invention,
- make a magical water fountain,
- be a science detective and solve the mystery of the Missing Zylong Bug,
- explore gravity while parachuting in the park, and
- discover the science behind magic.
Each day of the camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Fullerton Arboretum on 1900 Associated Road in Fullerton. The fee is $409.
Diving deep into scientific principles, the Summer STEM Camp is for kids ages five to 14 and runs each morning from June 6 to June 8. Kids will “play chess, build robots, explore dungeons and fight dragons using dice, make art from Rubik’s Cubes, get creative, and have fun.” The camp is located on 420 W. Lambert Road, Suite C, in Brea, and the fee is $225.
From June 23 through August 25, there will be 10 free outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings. You’ll enjoy family-friendly live music, food, and drinks at a few local parks. Here are the dates, performers, and locations:
- June 23: Ozomatli at Craig Regional Park
- June 30: Donavon Frankenreiter at Craig Regional Park
- July 7: Yachty by Nature at Mason Regional Park
- July 14: DSB at Mason Regional Park
- July 21: The Aquabats at Irvine Regional Park
- July 28: Uptown Funk at Irvine Regional Park
- August 4: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Mile Square Regional Park
- August 11: Sweet and Tender Hooligans at Mile Square Regional Park
- August 18: Tijuana Dogs at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
- August 25: The New Respects at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Pick a couple of artists and add their concerts to your calendar of summer activities in Fullerton this year!
Explore the City
Still looking for ideas for things to do around Fullerton? Here are a few other things you can do while wandering around the city:
- Head over to Laguna Lake! You can catch and release panfish or catfish, enjoy a walk around the lake, skip rocks, and then have lunch at a picnic bench with a view of the lake. As you’re fishing or walking, you can enjoy the beautiful, colorful ducks that hang out on the water.
- Fill your belly with delicious food at one of Fullerton’s downtown restaurants. Crepes Bonaparte serves French street-style savory and sweet crepes. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos serves crispy fish tacos, burritos, and a banzai bowl. And Heroes Bar & Grill serves roasted prime rib, burgers, and chicken sandwiches.
- Explore local history at the Fullerton Train Museum (open the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to noon) and the Chapman Building, which was once “home to the Chapman/Wickett Department Store and was Orange County’s tallest building when it was constructed in 1923.”
For summer activities in Fullerton sure to put a smile on your face all day, head to a local frozen treat shop, get some goodies at a fair or market, send a child in your life to a summer camp, jam out at a concert, or explore the city. From all of us at Avignon Apartment Homes, happy summer!
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