11 OC Venues
For Kids and Teens to Perform At
1. Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction, a concert hall in Anaheim, hosts an open mic night for kids ages 5-18 every month, so it’s a great place to get your feet wet if you don’t feel ready to market yourself and put a whole act together. But the venue also regularly allows young teens to perform their own set.
2. The Vault
Another great concert hall that allows teens to perform is the Vault in Orange. It’s a fun place to play a set.
3. OC Fair
If you stay on top of it and fill out their community entertainment form early, you can get up to 40 minutes for your own act! It’s such a fun place to perform. Hold off on the fried snickers bar and giant turkey leg until after you’re done.
4. Gypsy Den
With three locations in Orange County–Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Anaheim, Gypsy Den is a favorite for local performers. If you’re looking to just try out a song, an open mic night might be for you, but if you’re ready to put on your own show, by all means, send a message to their band booking email address.
5. House of Blues
For a potentially larger crowd, try out House of Blues in Anaheim. You’ll be responsible for selling a good number of the tickets, but it’s a fun, high-profile venue.
6. The Blue Beet
A Newport Beach favorite, Blue Beet has been around since 1912 and has a lively music calendar.
7. Orange International Street Fair
Every year for Labor Day Weekend, the Orange International Street Fair puts on music performances. This is the perfect opportunity to get out there and show your stuff (and grab some of those German donuts while you’re at it).
8. The Slidebar
This Fullerton staple may have “bar” in the title, but it can definitely be a kid-friendly location. We’ve had students put on some excellent performances at Slidebar.
9. Coach House
Coach House, the famed San Juan Capistrano concert hall, allows teen performers and, in fact, has even hosted evenings specifically dedicated to teen bands.
10. Original Mike’s
Original Mike’s in Downtown Santa Ana is yet another wonderful restaurant and bar that has been known to host teen musicians.
11. Surf Cafea
One of our amazing clients opened a beautiful cafe in Huntington Beach that hires young musicians to perform. We’re so excited!