A Global Guide to Irvine

March 13, 2017

Irvine is home to many cultures from around the world, each bringing its own unique history, art, food and language. With so much diversity, Irvine offers a unique array of flavors, sights and sounds that create a highly enriching experience. Below you will find our list of immersive and exciting cultural destinations in Irvine.

Irvine Fine Arts Center

Discover a whole new world of engaging arts and crafts from around the globe at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. This vibrant exhibition space hosts several hands-on classes designed to educate students on the art of different countries. Available courses include an introduction to Thai fruit carving, French cooking classes, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and intaglio printmaking. With courses for both adults and children, the Irvine Fine Arts Center offers fun and immersive activities for every artist.

14321 Yale Ave
Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 724-6880 

Irvine Barclay Theatre

From classical Russian ballet to music from the Hawaiian Islands, the Irvine Barclay Theatre showcases performances from an international list of singers, dancers, actors and musicians. Known for its excellent acoustics, the Irvine Barclay Theatre hosts unforgettable performances with crystal-clear sound and stunning set design. With 750 seats, performances are intimate, allowing guests to get an up-close look at the world’s finest art productions.

4242 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-4646 

Ektaa Center

In Sanskrit, ektaa means “oneness” or “unity.” In sharing a variety of Indian traditions with the Orange County community, Irvine’s Ektaa Center lives up to its name. Designed for multipurpose use, the Ektaa Center provides classes in the classical and folk dances of India as well as traditional vocal and instrumental music, yoga and meditation, arts and crafts, and language lessons. For those interested in learning more about Indian culture, the Ektaa Center also hosts lectures, seminars and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including travel and cultural tourism.

2691 Richter Ave, Ste 105 
Irvine CA 92606
(949) 809-9605 

Korean American Center

The best way to learn a language is to get immersed in the culture, and the Korean American Center makes cultural exchange a top priority. Offering the largest non-collegiate adult Korean language program in the United States, the Korean American Center works to bring people together, build community and teach Korean culture to future generations. Here, students have the opportunity to learn Korean through a range of courses, from adult language courses to summer immersion programs for high school students. The Korean American Center also hosts the annual Irvine Korean Culture Festival, scheduled to take place on May 13, 2017, where guests can experience traditional Korean dance, music, food and performances.

18 Truman St, Ste 208
Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 535-3338 

Global Village Festival

Each year, people flock to Irvine for an international celebration of culture called the Global Village Festival. Held in September, this is a great opportunity to learn about the music, food and art of countries from around the world. Guests can attend exhilarating performances, such as hula dancing, flamenco dancing, Indian Bollywood dance, African drums and music, and Chinese folk dancing. When guests are not checking out one of the performances, they can taste flavorful dishes from an array of countries.

September 23, 2017
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-6606



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