Many of the cultural arts events and festivals take place at the Village Green, located at Stanford Avenue and Main Street. Included in the Village Green complex are the Gem Theater and the Festival Amphitheater. Garden Grove is host to many special celebrations at the Village Green which reflect the diversity, vitality and richness of the community.
The City of Garden Grove offers fun activities throughout the year. For more information regarding these special events, call the number listed or the Community Services Department at (714) 741-5200. If you would like to keep informed of our upcoming events, you can send an email to us requesting to be placed on the distribution list.
The Gem Theater is located at 12852 Main Street in Garden Grove. The theater is a 178-seat venue owned by the City of Garden Grove, and under the new management of One More Productions. Founded in 2005, One More Productions has garnered impressive acclamations for its many live theatrical productions.
The 2009-2010 season will begin in August with You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Following this production will be The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Back on Stage 4: Hearts for the Arts; Fiddler on the Roof; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Anything Goes.
The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, call (714) 741-9550, ext. 221, or visit their website.
The Stanley Ranch Museum
Owned and maintained by the Garden Grove Historical Society, the Stanley Ranch Museum is a two-acre park to which several of Garden Grove's oldest homes and commercial buildings have been relocated. The Ware-Stanley House, built in 1892, is the focus home at the museum. Also included at the site are homes dating from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Garden Grove's first post office, opened in 1877, the Electric Shoe Shop/Barber Shop, and Garden Grove’s Fire Engine No. 1, a 1926 American La France are part of the exhibits. One of the most popular attractions is the Walt Disney Studio Garage which was relocated to the former ranch site in recent years. Guided tours of the museum facilities are provided on the third Sunday of each month
from 1:30 pm.
For hours and tour information, call (714) 530-8871 or visit their page.
Orange County Symphony
The Orange County Symphony, a community-sponsored organization, presents several concerts throughout the year and features a children's concert, holiday gala, and guest conductors. Visit their website at www.ocsymphony.org/.
For tickets and concert information or to volunteer, call (714) 638-9639.
Celebrating the strawberry harvest, the Strawberry Festival is the largest community-sponsored event in the 13 western states with over 300,000 visitors and participants. A parade, celebrity autograph breakfast, four-day carnival and an arts and crafts fair is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in May in the Village Green. The Strawberry Festival Association is responsible for coordinating the Festival activities.
For information, call (714) 638-0981.
Sponsored by the Union of Vietnamese Students Association, the Tet Festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the first day of the lunar year. The event is held annually in February in Garden Grove Park. The park is located on Westminster Blvd., between Magnolia and Brookhurst.
For more information, call (714) 890-1418.
Celebrating Korean history, tradition, and culture, this family-oriented event is scheduled annually for April. Featuring a parade and carnival, the event includes an open-air market. Displays of performing arts and martial arts are scheduled throughout the three days. The Korean Festival Association is responsible for coordinating the festival. For more information, call the Korean Chamber of Commerce at (714) 638-1440.
Arab American Day Festival
Each September, the Arab American community gathers for a weekend of cultural experiences and celebration. Attendees can enjoy authentic Middle Eastern food, entertainment, and merchandise for sale. Game booths and rides are also featured. For more information, contact the Arab World Newspaper at (714) 758-3507 or go to the Arab American Festival website.