Free Activities and Events for the Month of February in Hunt

February 14, 2013

Free February Fun! It is always a smart financial move to find fun free local activities.  Here are some interesting family-friendly activities happening this month in Huntington Beach that are big on fun and low on cost: 


Farmer’s Markets, Street Fairs, and Swap Meets:


Weekly: Goldenwest College Swap Meet

Goldenwest College Parking Lot -- 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA
(Goldenwest Street and Edinger Avenue)

             Saturdays 8a-3p

·   Free parking and Free Admission

The Goldenwest Swap Meet has a more eclectic selection of vendors than other more commercial swap meets; it is more like hybrid flea market – Farmer’s Market – discount superstore.  Vintage records and clothing between fresh local produce and inexpensive cell phone accessories. 



Weekly: Peter’s Landing Farmer’s Market & Craft Fair

Peter’s Landing -- 164000 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA
(on PCH between Anderson Street and 24th Street in Sunset Beach)!peters-landing/ci79

             Saturdays 9:00a-2:00p

·   Free Admission

·   Free Public Parking in Peter’s Landing Shopping Center

Peter’s Landing is part of Huntington Harbor and is located in the newly-incorporated area of Sunset Beach.  Being so near to the ocean and harbor, there is 2-hour “boat parking” in the Guest Docks and a marine supply store on-site.  More than 60 vendors offer fresh vegetables, fruit, plants and flowers, gourmet specialty food, and hand-made crafts.  Children will love the petting zoo, pony rides, and mini-choo-choo-train that travels around the shopping center’s parking lot. 



Weekly: Surf City Nights – Street Fair and Farmer’s Market

Downtown Huntington Beach
(HB Pier Plaza and Main Street between PCH and Orange)

             Tuesdays 5p-9p

·   Free Admission

·   Street Parking (may be metered)

·   Public Paid Parking Structure (200 Main Street – Entrances on Walnut, Olive and Third)

·   Free Shuttle:  Park at Huntington Beach Civic Center (Main St. and Yorktown)
Shuttle Hours of Operation: Tuesdays (5:30p – 10p)  call 714.536.5582 for more info

Orange County’s #1 Weekly Street Fair and Certified Farmer’s Market.  Every Tuesday night Historic Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach becomes a pedestrian-only street fair for 3 blocks between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue.  The weekly event features live entertainment and family-friendly activities (live music, face painting, magicians, etc.) in addition to a fantastic Famer’s Market, unique merchant and artist vendors, and a wide selection of food and beverage stalls.  Each week free special events are offered around a monthly theme. 

 Special February Events – “Western Nights”

·   All Month:                 Line-Dancing Lessons (5:30p-8:30p)

·   February 5th:            Hot Pepper Eating Contest (Starts at 6:00p)

·   February 12th:          Stick Horse Racing (Starts at 6:00p)

·   February 19th:          Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest (Starts at 6:00p)

·   February 26:            Special: Live Band accompanying line-dancers (Starts at 5:30p)



 Free Art Events:


Weekly: Downtown Huntington Beach Art Walk
Pop-up Galleries in various businesses throughout Downtown Huntington Beach

             3rd Thursday of Each Month: 6p-9p
             Next Event is February 21, 2013

·   Free Admission / Open to the Public

·   Street Parking (may be metered)

The Huntington Beach Downtown Art Walk, held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, features emerging and student artists with unique and unusual pieces and installations.  Downtown businesses play host to pop-up art galleries for one night each month, encouraging the public to enjoy art in comfortable, accessible environment.  

FREE and OPEN to the public, this monthly themed art show features artist displays in restaurants and stores throughout downtown Huntington Beach. 

February’s showcase is based on the theme “We Love HB”.


Ongoing: Huntington Beach Art Center

538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA

             Sunday – Monday          Closed

             Tuesday – Thursday       12p-8p

             Friday                              12p-6p

             Saturday                         12p-5p

·   Free Admission / Open to the Public

·   Street Parking (may be metered)

The Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) is a community arts and cultural center serving Huntington Beach and the Southern California region.  The Center presents the works of local, regional, national, and international artists producing in all media.  The HBAC hosts free cultural events in addition to art exhibitions. 

Current Exhibition:
             January 18th – February 23rd, “Centered on the Center”
Group show featuring nearly 200 artists and 400 works in a variety of styles and media. 



Ongoing: Windows Gallery at Huntington Beach Central Library

7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA

             Monday                        1pm to 9pm

             Tuesday - Thursday       9am to 9pm

             Friday - Saturday           9am to 5pm

             Sunday                         Closed

·   Free Admission

·   Free Parking in Library Lot (limited metered spots)

Founded in 1995, the Windows Gallery is located in the Huntington Beach Central Library & Cultural Center tucked behind the Friends of the Library Book Sale area. Tall windows facing west and north offer beautiful views of the lakes, fountains, trees, and animal life found in Huntington Beach Central Park.  Panels can be rented by local artists to display and sell their artwork when a curated exhibition is not on the walls.

Current Exhibition:
             February 1st  – February 28th, “Huntington Beach Art League’s Favorite Animals”
             Group show of pieces selected by the Huntington Beach Art League

Kid-Friendly Fun:

Weekly: Monday Night *Pajamarama* Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Children’s Area of Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra
7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA

      Mondays at 7:00pm

·   Free Admission

·   Free Parking

·   No RSVP Required

 Weekly Storytime features story-telling and activities for kids – but in a fun and cozy Pajama Party setting!  (Kids are encouraged to come in their pajamas.) 


 Weekly: Wednesday Morning Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Children’s Area of Barnes & Noble at Bella Terra
7881 Edinger Ave. #110, Huntington Beach, CA

      Wednesdays at 10:30am

·   Free Admission

·   Free Parking

·   No RSVP Required

“Toddler Time” -- Weekly Storytime features story-telling and activities geared towards younger kids.


 Outdoor Activities:


Weekly: Saturday FunRoll – Rollerblade and Skating Meet-up
Meet North of HB Pier at the Amphitheatre

             Saturdays at 10:30am

·   Free to Join

·   $9 Beach Parking Day-Rate

·   Street Parking (may be metered)

The Saturday FunRoll is a weekly meet-up of rollerbladers and skating enthusiasts of all ages.  The group begins their ride at 10:30am near the Amphitheatre (just north of HB Pier) and heads South on the bike trail towards Newport Beach, doubling back and ending back up at the Pier around lunchtime.  Approximately 16 miles round-trip.  Protective gear is encouraged.  Dwight’s Concession Stand (just south of the Pier) offers skate rental with protective gear.



Shipley Nature Center

Parking at 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA
(In Huntington Central Park, near where Talbert terminates into Goldenwest)

      Monday – Saturday        9:00a-1:00p

      Sunday & Holidays         Closed

·   Free Parking (avoid the meters at HB Sports Complex)

·   Free Admission

Shipley Nature Center occupies an 18-acre fenced-in natural environment within Huntington Beach Central Park.  The Center includes 4,000 feet of well-maintained trails that meander through several habitats including oak woodlands, Torrey pines, meadows, and Blackbird Pond -- a natural freshwater wetland with mature willows and sycamores.  Within the Nature Center is a 1,500 sq. ft. Interpretive Building with exhibits on local wildlife and ecology.  Shipley Nature Center also hosts occasional public events related to conservation, ecology, and nature studies. 





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