Past Events

4th Annual Plaza Plaza Navideña Event

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 the City of Santa Ana celebrated the 4th Annual Plaza Navideña and tree lighting at Plaza Calle Cuatro in Downtown Santa Ana. Event attendees enjoyed an evening of music, entertainment, piñatas, hot chocolate and tamales and a special guests Santa Claus! At the event we celebrated the Best Tamale in Town contest winner, Dos Chinos! Happy Holidays!

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Shakespeare in the Park 2016

Shakespeare by the Sea - at Birch Park in #SantaAna! Playgoers brought picnics, blankets, and beach chairs for a night of entertainment under the stars! Admission was FREE! Thanks to our friends at Shakespeare by the Sea who always put on an epic performance!

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Fourth of July Celebration 2016

On Monday, July 4, 2016 the City of Santa Ana held the 6th Annual 4th of July celebration in honor of Independence Day. Families enjoyed a day full of patriotic entertainment, food, activities, and a spectacular firework show to end the event off right.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival 2016

On April 30 & May 1, 2016 the City of Santa Ana celebrated Cinco de Mayo with its traditional festival. Families enjoyed a weekend of food, carnival rides, Plaza de la Cultura, resources and entertainment. Headlining acts included Kevin Ortiz and Diana Reyes.

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Día de los Niños 2016

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Santa Ana Public Library celebrated the 8th Annual Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros "Children's Day/Book Day". The event consisted of free and fun activities for the whole family which included performances, entertainment, community resources, face painting, train rides, drough resistant gardening, sidewalk chalk, the Makerspace Zone, Harry Potter Adventure Land, Friends of the Santa Ana Public Library book sale and so much more!

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3rd Annual Plaza Plaza Navideña Event

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, hundreds of residents gathered at the corner of 4th and French Streets to enjoy the 3rd Annual Plaza Navideña, a holiday tradition in the City of Santa Ana. Event goers enjoyed live entertainment, music, hot chocolate, photos with Santa Claus, and the renaming of the new Plaza Calle Cuatro.

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Somos de los Muertos 2015

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, 7,000 people gathered to walk, run, bike, or skate up and down the South Main Corridor from Warner Avenue to Downtown Santa Ana. Individuals and families of all ages took advantage of this once-a-year happening that promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Taken from the concept of Ciclovía, an open roadway free from motor vehicles, SOMOS (Sunday on Main Open Streets) creates an opportunity for Santa Ana residents and visitors to enjoy a day of freely accessing a 3.1 mile open road. With a día de los muertos theme, this year's event had face painting, resources, games, Zumba, and fun activities for children and families.

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Fiestas Patrias 2015

On September 12-13, 2015, the City of Santa Ana celebrated the 37th Annual Fiestas Patrias, celebrating Mexican Independence and Latin culture in the city. Thousands attended this free event and enjoyed two full days of entertainment highlighted by stars Maribel Guardia and Fidel Rueda. On Sunday, a parade for Fiestas Patrias made its way through Santa Ana's downtown.

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Plaza Wellness/5K Run 2015

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the City of Santa Ana hosted their 2nd Annual Santa Ana 5K and Plaza Wellness event, attracting over 1,800 registrants.

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Participants ran a 5K route through the historic Downtown Santa Ana and many received medals for their accomplishments after the run. During Plaza Wellness event, there were several Zumba demonstrations, health and resource booths, a VIP basketball game, and entertainment for everyone.

5k winners

Women 5k Run
First: Samantha Lopez Time: 00:17:44
Second: Nathalia Lopez Time: 00:18:34
Third: Swemicarely Abbendano Time: 00:19:11
Men 5k Run
First: Erik Tavera Time: 00:15:47
Second: Jorge Suarez Time: 00:16:04
Third: Serj Tankian Time: 00:16:04

Complete Results


Summer Talent Show 2015

On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the City of Santa Ana Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency hosted the 16th annual Summer Talent Show at Salgado Recreation Center. Groups from around Santa Ana spent months practicing and preparing to showcase their talent in front of a huge audience...many for the very first time! The result, a happy day full of music, dancing, acting, comedy, and fun for the whole family that show that Santa Ana has some very talent youth!

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Fourth of July Celebration 2015

On Saturday, July 4th, the City of Santa Ana celebrated America's independence at Centennial Park with music, entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. The day ended with the tradition of a fireworks spectacular.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival 2015

The City of Santa Ana celebrated the 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 1-3, 2015 in the beautiful Downtown Santa Ana. A free-admission spectacular full of great performances, food, community resources, information, and fun for the whole family!

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Día de los Niños 2015

On Saturday, April 25, the Santa Ana Public Library celebrated the 7th Annual Children's Day/Book Day "Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros" with an all day event that was full of spectacular performances, literacy, resources, fun activities, and an amazing book sale for all!

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Plaza Primavera 2015

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the City of Santa Ana celebrated the 2nd Annual Plaza Primavera (Spring Plaza) event at Plaza Santa Ana (corner of 4th and French). Event attendees enjoyed music and dance performances, arts & crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, free pan dulce & Award-winning Santa Ana water, and the Santa Ana Public Library's new Electronic Petting Zoo and e-library resources. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed an afternoon in Downtown Santa Ana.

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Plaza Navideña

The city of Santa Ana held its 2nd Annual Plaza Navideña event on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the Downtown Plaza on the corner of Fourth and French streets. The event included a visit from Santa Claus and candy filled piñatas for the children to break. There were festive live entertainment including mariachi music, ballet folklorico, live holiday carolers, and this all in the plaza adorned with a 30-ft tree for the enjoyment of all.

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Plaza Founders

The city of Santa Ana held its first Plaza Founders event on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Downtown Plaza on the corner of Fourth and French streets. The event featured music, a presentation on Santa Ana’s history, and a Santa Ana’s Best Tamale contest. The event celebrated the founding of the city of Santa Ana in 1869.

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SOMOS

The City of Santa Ana hosted Orange County's first ever Ciclovía - an open streets event where the streets were closed to cars and opened to bikers, walkers and runners. SOMOS or "Sunday On Main Open Streets" connected Santa Ana's vibrant downtown to its historic South Main Corridor, with plenty of activities and information booths along the 3-mile route (photos courtesy of Hiram Uribe).

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Fiestas Santa Ana 2014

On Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014, thousands of residents gathered in the historic Downtown Santa Ana to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

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Plaza Wellness/5K Run 2014

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, The City of Santa Ana produced its first 5K Run with almost 1,000 participants from all ages.

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The route took runners through the historic Downtown Santa Ana passing beautiful landmarks such as the OC Courthouse, Spurgeon Building, booming 4th Street, Sasscer Park, and the Garfield Community Center. After the run, everyone was welcome to participate in Zumba exercises, and to watch the VIP Basketball Game. The Plaza Wellness offered a health and resource fair that furthered community education on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.


Women 5000 Run
First: #767 Dolores, Castro Time: 19:19.36
Second: #764 Avendano, Swemicar Time: 19:40.59
Third: #920 Razo, Alexa Time: 19:40.98
Men 5000 Run
First: #641 Suarez, Jorge Time: 15:45.69
Second: #175 Dominguez, Danny Time: 15:45.97
Third: #642 Suarez, Tomas Time: 15:50.35

Complete Results (pdf)


15th Annual City of Santa Ana Youth Talent Show

On August 16, 2014, the City of Santa Ana’s youth program celebrated the end of summer with the City’s 15th Annual Summer Talent Show.

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Catalina Campout 2014

The City of Santa Ana Parks, Recreation, and Community Services agency takes dozens of youth from Santa Ana on an annual campout trip to Catalina Island.

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Fiestas Santa Ana 2014

On Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014, thousands of residents gathered in the historic Downtown Santa Ana to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Birch Park

The City of Santa Ana in partnership with Shakespeare by the Sea held its 3rd Annual, Shakespeare in the Park event at Birch Park.

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Independence Day Celebration at Centennial Park

Independence Day celebration at Centennial Park that culminated in a fireworks spectacular.

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Cinco de Mayo Festival 2014

On May 3rd and 4th, Santa Ana celebrated its 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. A tradition for the people of Santa Ana, the Cinco de Mayo festival is an opportunity to enjoy arts, culture, good food, and the beautiful downtown.

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Día de los Niños 2014

On April 26, 2014, the 6th Annual Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros "Children's Day/Book Day" took place outside the doors of the Santa Ana Public Library. Thousands gathered for this tradition and celebrated children, literacy, and community.

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Plaza Primavera 2014

Santa Ana residents were invited to come and celebrate the arrival of spring in beautiful downtown Santa Ana. During this event there was the Best Panaderias (Bakeries) in Town Contest, Food, Music, Dance, and Arts & Crafts. This event was free to the public and part of a series of events the City of Santa Ana will be hosting called Vibrant Santa Ana.

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