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22. SEEING WHAT THE HELL THEY'RE FRYING AT THE FAIR
Is there anything they won't fry at the Orange County Fair? The Heart Attack Café booth is a place of pilgrimage for the young and high of metabolism. Deep-fried White Castle hamburgers are old hat, and deep-fried artichokes, though delicious, contain far too much vegetable matter to really be unhealthy. Last year, the café deep-fried butter by injecting it into churros, which it then fried. (Paula Deen's Seal of Buttery Approval was nowhere to be seen—the churros were a distraction.) It was paired with chocolate-covered bacon to make up the "Coronary Combo." And Chicken Charlie deep-fried Klondike Bars. This year's theme is "Let's Eat"—so yes, let's eat our year's allotment of saturated fat in one go.

 

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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

19122 Live Oak Canyon Road
Coto De Caza, CA 92679

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coto de Caza

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: Out of Town

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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23. TRAFFIC DOESN'T TOTALLY SUCK GOING TO LA
Every commuter in Orange County knows exactly when school has let out. There's that halcyon moment when, upon entering the 5 or the 405 or the 55 for the slog to work with all the other white-collar drones, the hapless worker notices that things are much faster than usual. It takes a few moments for it to sink in—could it be? Is it true? Yes, school is out! People are on vacation, and this beatific state lasts just long enough for it to become the new normal. Unfortunately, 'tis but a transient state—people return in late August, and that first drive after Labor Day is soul-crushing. Enjoy the bliss while it lasts.

 

24. HOME IMPROVEMENTS WITH THE HELP OF HABITAT RESTORE
It's home-improvement time, and the lines at Home Depot stretching back to the window-and-door department pay testament to it. OC has two alternative home-improvement stores run by Habitat for Humanity Orange County. A special "Deconstruction" team gets invited to homes under renovation to remove the old equipment and refurbish it for sale. At Habitat ReStore, everything from kitchen cabinets to couches, garden furniture to French doors is for sale, with the profits going to fund the homes Habitat OC builds. 2200 Ritchey St., Santa Ana, (714) 434-6202; 12827 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 590-8729; restoreoc.org.

 

25. WATCHING THE SURFERS AT TRESTLES—WHILE YOU STILL CAN
Is there a scene more stereotypically Orange County than surfers in the deep-blue waves, paddling out from a curved, sagebrush-lined beach? Park the car and hike over the railroad tracks, and even if the closest you get to a surfboard is the décor at Duke's, you can still soak up the sunshine and the atmosphere. Yes, technically, Trestles is in San Diego County, but it's as quintessentially OC as Newport Beach or Disneyland. The Transportation Corridor Agencies—better known as the toll-road pendejos—wants to put the south end of the 241 pretty much right at the famous surfing spot so badly it has resorted to scare tactics about traffic jams following a hypothetical incident at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (the giant concrete boobs south of San Clemente). In the meantime, though, dress warmly, go early and catch—or watch—some of the best waves in adopted OC.

 

26. KABABAYAN FEST
Most Filipino festivals tend to skew nostalgic, with long masses asking for blessings on the folks back home, followed by a very long, very calorically dense feast. They're beautiful in their own way, but "rollicking good time" is not a phrase most people would use to describe them. Then there's the Kababayan Fest, for which 20,000 young Filipinos descend on Knott's Berry Farm for a day of concerts and Pinoy heritage interspersed with water rides and craziness. As the festival has grown, it has attracted bigger-name bands and sponsorship by GMA, the largest television network in the Philippines. Arriving by jeepney? Optional. Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. For festival info, visit kababayanfest.com. July 16.

 

27. U.S. OPEN OF SURFING
Surfing outgrew its counterculture reputation some years ago, and nowhere is the mainstream appeal of the sport more evident than when the U.S. Open of Surfing descends on Huntington Beach Pier. Just as when the circus came to town in our parents' day, the skeleton scaffolding of the event rises early, alerting beachgoers and passersby that the week-long festival is coming, bringing with it some of the world's best surfers, vert-ramp skateboarding, daredevil motocross stunts and more free energy drinks than any mass of sun-drenched people should consume. We have more reason to attend and be heard this year: Local surf star (and onetime Weekly cover boy) Brett Simpson is the two-time defending champion. If you're willing to overlook the increased parking prices and lack of picturesque waves (little-known secret for non-surfers: summer isn't the best time for swells), you won't be alone—come the weekend, the beach will be blanketed with nearly 100,000 of your fellow surf-centric spectators. Huntington Beach Pier, at the end of Main Street, Huntington Beach; usopenofsurfing.com. July 30-Aug. 7.

 

28. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF SKIMBOARDING
If you're into somewhat-perplexing sports that resemble mainstream ones and don't mind spending a few hours under the sun with your eyes focused on the aquamarine waves breaking on the shore, we know where you need to be mid-July: Aliso Beach, on the south end of Laguna Beach, for the World Championships of Skimboarding. You should know the sport originated here, and the world's best skimmer, Bill Bryan, is a local. It essentially looks like surfing in reverse: Instead of paddling toward the shore to catch a wave, competitors begin on the shore and run toward the waterline. They'll drop a flat apparatus, hop on and skim across a thin layer of water toward the oncoming wave. What happens next depends on talent and improvisation—maybe a swooping turn or an aerial or maybe a little barrel. Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. For info on the World Championships of Skimboarding, visit wcs.victoriaskimboards.com.July 16-17.

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2 comments
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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