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Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Irvine

Looking for ways to spend your Memorial Day weekend? Here are a few options for you and your family to commemorate our fallen military heroes while also celebrating the start of summer.

Saturday, May 25

Kick Off Summer at the Irvine Spectrum

Bring your family and friends for cool vibes and a fun kickoff to celebrate the start of summer.

From 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., entertainment and activities throughout the Center will include:

  • Interactive DJs with games and prizes in Palm & Giant Wheel courtyards
  • DJs and live music by the Carousel, H&M, Yard House & Edwards courtyard
  • Food stations (popcorn, lemonade, cotton candy, shaved ice)
  • Kids activities
  • Special offers from select stores and restaurants
  • End the night in Giant Wheel Court with a musical performance by Hiatus (starting at 7 p.m.)

Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

Sunday, May 26

Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony

At 4 p.m., a special candle lighting ceremony will be held at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial at Northwood Community Park. To honor our military fallen, attendees will hear from guest speaker Rudy Reyes, a Force Recon Marine who served our nation as a member of lead combat forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the 1st Recon Battalion. The ceremony is held in partnership with the Northwood Memorial Committee. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Northwood Community Park, 4531 Bryan Ave., Irvine.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Ceremony

At 10 a.m., the city of Irvine will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony in the Formal Garden at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. A Commanding Officer from Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion will speak to pay tribute to our military fallen. Guests will have the opportunity to honor family and friends, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, by posting a brief remembrance on a memory board at the event. Cards will be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to members of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.

Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine.

For better access to the event, please enter the parking lot located on Harvard Avenue at San Juan.

Memorial Day Celebration at Pretend City Children’s Museum

Join Pretend City on Memorial Day to honor the fallen heroes of our military. They will host a morning Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence to pay respects. Pretend City will be open a full for families to learn and play.

Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, California 92618, East Irvine, United States.