Irvine Global Village Festival Goes Virtual

Friday, September 04, 2020

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This year, the City of Irvine is commemorating the 19th annual Irvine Global Village Festivalwith a series of responsibly planned events that adhere to social distancing guidelines as we navigate these unusual times. Join us for three weeks of unique, interactive online experiences and two socially distanced drive-in concerts that will highlight memories of festivals past and create new memories uniting the community. While we can’t gather in person this year, the City looks forward to celebrating Orange County’s premier multicultural event in innovative ways that keep the public safe, connected, and engaged.

“We are excited to offer the community a safe way to celebrate the City’s multicultural heritage during these unusual times,” said Irvine Mayor Christina L. Shea. “We can’t wait to see your photos, hear your stories, and dive into the rich history of the Irvine Global Village Festival as we come together to commemorate this special event.”

From Sept. 21-Oct. 10, you’re invited to honor Irvine’s multicultural community through music, art, food, and fun:

  • Browse photo albums and videos exploring the history of the Irvine Global Village Festival. Share your own photos of favorite memories from past festivals to see them included on the City’s social media accounts. 
  • Make new memories of Irvine Global Village Festival at home. Families can take part in weekly themed art activities and classes from home, including downloadable coloring sheets for kids.
  • Explore a list of multicultural restaurants in Irvine with outdoor dining or take-home options to dine globally and celebrate Irvine’s rich diversity while staying safe at home. Share photos of your festive meals with the City so we can share them online! 
  • Enjoy entertaining videos featuring the international cuisine, dance, and musical performances of previous Irvine Global Village Festivals. 

The Irvine Global Village Festival also includes two drive-in concerts at the Orange County Great Park, put on in partnership between the City and Irvine Barclay Theatre. On Friday, September 25, enjoy a live show by Willie Nelson tribute band True Willie and the Boys. Round out the festival’s celebrations on Saturday, October 10, with a show by all-female mariachi band Mariachi Divas. Park your cars and enjoy a picnic to pay tribute to the rich musical history of the Irvine Global Village Festival, all while safely practicing social distancing.

Tickets for these concerts are $25 per car for general admission and $40 per car for VIP front-row access. Pre-registration is required. Tickets will be on sale at for three weeks prior to the start of each event; the first week of sales is open to Irvine residents only, and the remaining two weeks are open to all members of the public. A $5 non-resident fee will be applied.

For more information, visit or call 949-724-6600.

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