10 happenings this August

1. Pacific Symphony plays movie score

Relive the magic on the silver screen with Indiana Jones’ original adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with John Williams’ epic score performed live by Pacific Symphony. FivePoint Amphitheatre, 8 p.m. Aug. 13, pacificsymphony.org.


2. Shakespeare festival

Experience the immediacy and thrill of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” as Rome awaits the Ides of March. UC Irvine New Swan Theater; Aug. 3, 5, 9, 12, 18, 20, 23, 27 and 31; newswanshakespeare.com.


3. Lego block party

Enjoy an hour of creativity and building with Lego blocks at this free event. Big blocks are available for the youngest builders and smaller blocks for the older builders. University Park Library, 3-4 p.m. Fridays, 949-786-4001.


4. Drawing party

Learn about surrealism and its unique take on improvisation and collaboration from Michael C. Hsiung, who creates artworks for brands such as Vans, Dr. Martens and Enjoi Skateboards. Great Park Artist Studio, noon-3 p.m. Aug. 19, yourgreatpark.org/arts.


5. Splash-in movie

Grab your swimsuit, floatie and family, and come on down to the pool for a movie. Swim and float while “Cars” plays on the big screen. William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 949-724-6717.


6. Nighttime bugs

Explore biodiversity on The Irvine Ranch through insects. You’ll use black lights to attract them, then examine them and record your findings. Registration required. Native Seed Farm, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 19, letsgooutside.org.


7. Movies under the stars

Bring a blanket, grab your favorite take-out and post up with your people for movies on the Giant Wheel Lawn. “Lightyear” (Aug. 6), “Top Gun: Maverick” (Aug. 13), “Jungle Cruise” (Aug. 20) and “Encanto” (Aug. 27). Irvine Spectrum Center, 7 p.m. Sundays through August, irvinespectrumcenter.com.


8. Band nights

Rock out to smash hits from the 1980s performed by 80’z All-Stars while enjoying rides and chilling at the poolside. Special VIP area for Diamond Pass holders. Wild Rivers, 4 p.m. Aug. 9, wildrivers.com.


9. Painting workshop

Artist Pam Posey will demonstrate various drawing and watercolor techniques and guide participants through the creation of a landscape painting. This workshop is open to participants ages 16 and older. Previous artmaking experience is a plus, but not required. UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 12, imca.uci.edu.


10. Bird walk

Stroll through Irvine Regional Park and listen for the sweet songs of birds and hear fun associations to help you remember them. Program is focused for beginner- to intermediate-level birders. Registration required. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Aug.16, letsgooutside.org.

Look for woodpeckers on a bird walk in Irvine Regional Park, Aug. 16.

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