100 Reasons to Be Ecstatic About Summer In OC!

Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States

74. DRUNKEN HIDE-AND-GO-SEEK WITH THE HUNTINGTON BEACH POLICE ON FOURTH OF JULY
While families have a gay old time at Surf City's Fourth of July parade, the rest of the city transforms into Moe's Tavern, a mass of stumbling, bumbling yokels that thinks the best way to celebrate our country's independence is by barfing on other people's lawns. Unfortunately, that provokes the Huntington Beach Police Department—which, on a normal day, is already one of the most baton-friendly batches of boys in blue in OC—to arrest or detain anyone even standing next to a can of Bud. Really, there's no reason to head down to HB that day—but the allure of the beach, the revelry, the babes and the bros makes Huntington Beach our collective charging station for the summer, the alcoholic jolt that pushes us through the rest of the season. That's not a bottle of beer in my hand, officer; it's a container of FUN!

75. CRUISING DOWN THE BALBOA PENINSULA IN A BEACH CRUISER
Cars were never meant for the narrow alleys and streets of the already-narrow Balboa Peninsula, which makes it an ideal place to ride a bike to get from Point A to the beach. But Balboa demands a specific bicycle: not the fixed-gear ones favored by hipsters or mountain bikes, but the classic beach cruiser, the sleek machine with curves like the kind Detroit used to make. It doesn't go fast—the better to take in the sand and scents of the Peninsula. And in case you forgot yours or stupidly sold it as a teen, thinking you'd never need a bike again after buying that old Honda from your cousin, Newport Cruisers rents and sells the jewels at reasonable prices. 2233 W. Balboa Blvd., Ste. 105, Newport Beach, (949) 675-5010; www.newportcruisers.com.

76. CRUISING DOWN PCH
Sure, it's a cliché—but what a cliché! Whether driving a VW Bus or Camry, a convertible Cadillac or Jeep, our stretch of Pacific Coast Highway takes us from the small-town feel of San Clemente to the cliffs of Laguna, the ritziness of Corona del Mar to the new resorts of Huntington Beach, and back to the small-town feel in Seal Beach. And guiding you is the ocean, the gleaming beacon of the season. Now, if only all those damn tourists would leave so we could find someplace to park. . . .

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Location Info

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Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Costa Mesa

Mo Ran Gak Restaurant

9651 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Garden Grove

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Museums

Region: Santa Ana

Fullerton Farmers' Market

801 W. Valencia Drive
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Restaurant > Street Food

Region: Fullerton

Irvine Lake Cafe

4621 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Silverado

Villa Romano Green Farms

200 Avenida La Pata
San Clemente, CA 92673

Category: Restaurant > Street Food

Region: San Clemente

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

12827 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Retail

Region: Garden Grove

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

2200 S. Ritchey St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Category: Retail

Region: Santa Ana

Knott's Berry Farm

8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Buena Park

Aliso Beach

31131 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92652

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Laguna Beach

Mutt Lynchs

2300 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Newport Beach

The Fisherman's Restaurant

611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: San Clemente

Costa Mesa Speedway

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: Costa Mesa

Mugs Away Saloon

27324 Camino Capistrano
Laguna Beach, CA 92677

Category: Music Venues

Region: Laguna Niguel

Anaheim Convention Center

800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Category: Services

Region: Anaheim

Fullerton Sports Complex

560 E. Silver Pine St.
Fullerton, CA 92835

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: Fullerton

The Festival Amphitheatre

12762 Main St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Garden Grove

Ocean Institute, Dana Point

24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Dana Point

Angels Stadium Of Anaheim

2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Music Venues

Region: Anaheim

Irvine Meadows Fairgrounds

8800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Irvine

Art-A-Fair

777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Community Venues

Region: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts

650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Laguna Beach

Sawdust Art Festival

935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Laguna Beach

El Centro Lions Park

201 N. Cypress St.
La Habra, CA 90631

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: La Habra

Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center

6200 Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Category: Music Venues

Region: Long Beach

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Dana Point

United States Sailing Center

5689 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803

Category: Services

Region: Long Beach

Oaks Blenheim Riding Park

Via la Plata
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: San Juan Capistrano

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

20612 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Services

Region: Laguna Beach

320 Main

320 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seal Beach

Matador Cantina

111 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fullerton

Pacific Amphitheatre

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Music Venues

Region: Costa Mesa

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Long Beach

Dockside Boat & Bed

316 E. Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Long Beach

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Orange

Cook's Corner

19152 Santiago Canyon Rd
Coto De Caza, CA 92610

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Foothill Ranch

The Bruery

715 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

Category: Breweries and Wineries

Region: Placentia

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Pacific Coast Highway and Warner
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Huntington Beach

Lantern Bay Park

25111 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Dana Point

Pearson Park

401 N. Lemon St.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Anaheim

Hi-Time Wine Cellars

250 Ogle St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Category: Restaurant > Wine Bar

Region: Costa Mesa

Centennial Farms

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Services

Region: Costa Mesa

Newport Cruisers

2233 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Category: Retail

Region: Newport Beach

Catholic Worker

316 Cypress Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Services

Region: Santa Ana

Wild Rivers Waterpark

8770 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Irvine

Doheny State Beach

25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Category: Parks and Outdoors

Region: Dana Point

The Rinks- Anaheim Ice

300 W. Lincoln Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: Anaheim

Oak Canyon Ranch

5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: Orange

Creme Tangerine

2930 Bristol St., Kiosk 2
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Category: Retail

Region: Costa Mesa

Las Brisas

361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Laguna Beach

Tanaka Farms

5380 3/4 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Category: Restaurant > Raw Food

Region: Irvine

Portfolio Coffee House

2300 Fourth St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: Long Beach

Art Theatre of Long Beach

2025 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Long Beach

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Hair and makeup: Autumn Sanders
Styling: Devon Nuzer
On-set stylist: Sunshine Harding
Models courtesy of Models International: Haley Bartlett, Thor Knai, Samantha Summers

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77. BUILDING A SAND CASTLE
Summer brings out the amateur architect in everyone with sand castles: the careful sculpting of granules, the slow mixing of water to create a hard base upon which to build a single, puny tower that collapses onto itself after about five minutes. When you're ready to be a bit more of a pro, contact Ray Karch. The lawyer by day is an award-winning sandcastle builder who can create anything from a sandman to Shrek, from the Capitol building to Star Wars palaces. And better yet: Karch is a magician who's a member of the world-famous Magic Castle. Ask him to make the sun disappear, and you'll be surprised at what he can do. For more info on Ray Karch, visit castlesbykarch.com.

78. THE HARVEST CRUSADE
You don't have to be Christian or even believe in Jesus to be awed by the tens of thousands of people who flock every August to Angel Stadium to get some old-time religion via testimonials, bands, skateboarding and salvation. The Harvest Crusade's stickers are as ubiquitous in Orange County as Fox Head decals and begin sprouting in early June like poppies did for a previous generation of Californians. Sure, Pastor Greg Laurie (disciple of Calvary Chapel honcho Chuck Smith) has politics a tad more conservative than ours, and the events inevitably turn into political rallies for whatever's in the crosshairs of the culture wars that particular year (yesterday, abortion; today, gay marriage; tomorrow . . . Hollyweird?), but there's a certain power in seeing masses sway in unison and accepting a Palestinian as their savior on balmy August nights. And the Harvest protestors—never liberals, always conservative Christians who find Laurie heretical for reasons only the most avid students of antinomianism can explain—are always a hoot. For more info on the 2011 Harvest Crusade, visit harvest.org. Aug. 12-14.

79. SUNDAY MORNING AT ISAIAH HOUSE
While Orange County's 1.2 million Catholics usually spend Sunday summer mornings in the pews, sweating while accepting without question the sermons of possible pedophile-protecting priests, some of the truest Papists spend the Lord's Day with the secular saints at Isaiah House, the base for the Orange County Catholic Worker. There's no air conditioning in the historic home that houses it, and the back yard is all concrete, radiating the sun's rays, but the atmosphere is relaxing, even holy. Those in need stop by for some breakfast, sing along to musicians who donate their time, or sit down in the Catholic Worker's makeshift library to read everything from the Good Book to comics. There's always a steady stream of volunteers who make food or drop off clothes or supplies—but it's never enough. Summer fun is OC's religion, but don't forget the least among ustedes—good karma, you know? 316 S. Cypress Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 835-6304; www.occatholicworker.org.

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Eric Brightwell
Eric Brightwell

*Reasons 45, 58, 67, 87 and 99... because LA County is next door.

Cathie
Cathie

Break of Dawn is in Laguna Hills, not Laguna Niguel. So I guess the only thing Laguna Niguel has going for it is the bare-assed folks at Mugs Away. Big whoop.

 
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