100 Reasons to Be Ecstatic About Summer In OC!

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29. DRINKING ON THE BEACH
Looking for a way to enhance your time on or near the beach? Here's an idea: booze. Whether that means sharing a bottle of wine with your significant other while watching the sunset, or nursing a couple of cold beers with your buddies while playing bocce ball on the sand, or throwing back a few shots of liquid courage just before braving heavy surf, booze has a wonderful array of uses. If you prefer to take the legal approach, you can always pull up a stool near the window at Mutt Lynch's (2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949-675-1556) or grab an oceanfront table at The Fisherman's Restaurant bar (611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, 949-498-6390). Otherwise, stock up on paper bags, red cups or wine bladders, and go stealth.

 

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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

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: 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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30. THE COSTA MESA SPEEDWAY
On Saturday nights, as you near the OC Fairgrounds, there's no mistaking the location of the Costa Mesa Speedway nor the sight of mud-splattered clothes smelling of oil and nachos. With the 500cc motorcycles looping the oval track and the crowd reaching fever pitch, the conglomeration of sound carries far and wide. But the races are better seen than heard. When Charlie "The Edge" Venegas' No. 43 comes sliding around the final turn, with Josh Larsen on his outside and Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell trying to slip inside for the late-race win, your gut can't decide whether it wants the close finish or a collision into the white walls. The best seats in the house are available to whoever gets there first, but be willing to endure what comes with getting up close and personal with motorcycles and the track. Leave the Derby hats and designer togs at home. www.costamesaspeedway.net.

 

31. AMTRAK MOONING AT MUGS AWAY SALOON
Just picture it: You're slightly swaying with the rhythms of the train as it travels up the California coast. Minutes prior, you passed through Camp Pendleton, with miles of open land to the east and a view of the Pacific Ocean to the west. You're passing through the mostly residential Orange County suburbs, daydreaming about the memories to be made at your destination, when, out of the corner of your eye, you see one—and then another and another and another and another. It's a line of people, and they're bare-assed. The skin tones vary, as do the size and hair factor. Yes, it's the legendary Mooning of the Amtrak hosted by Mugs Away Saloon, going strong for more than 30 years and perhaps the only thing Laguna Niguel can boast of besides Break of Dawn for breakfast (and that's actually in Laguna Hills). People come from across the county, wanting and willing to share their backend (and only the backend! Show your private parts, and a kindly sheriff's deputy will cart you off) with knowing and unknowing Amtrak passengers. Yes, pictures are encouraged. Across from Mugs Away Saloon, 27324 Camino Capistrano, Ste. 102, Laguna Niguel. July 15.

 

32.INTERNATIONAL MOOSE CONVENTION
No Orange County member of the Loyal Order of Moose is nominated for a national award this year (Pasadena's John Schacherl is on the Moose of the Year shortlist), but for seven glorious days, Anaheim will be the center of the Moose world. It's the first time in 32 years the fraternal brotherhood and sisterhood (which counts roughly 1.2 million members across the globe) of OC has hosted the International Moose Convention. What does it mean for most of us to have hundreds of Moose loose in Anaheim? Probably nothing, unless you work in a hotel or bar near the convention center. But consider for a moment the prestige: It's easy to mock those who would willingly call themselves a Moose in seriousness, but some big-time names have over the years, including both Roosevelt presidents, Henry Ford, Charlie Chaplin and even Manute Bol. Plus, the fact this organization raises some $75 million for charity each year is high praise. Been meaning to join a fraternal organization, and those damn Masons won't accept you? This is the summer you learn their secrets. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 765-8950. For info on the 2011 International Moose Convention, visit www.moose2011anaheim.org. June 30-July 6.

 

33.SUMMER CONCERTS AT FULLERTON SPORTS COMPLEX
You're not going to see rough-hewn punk or indie bands at Fullerton's series of Wednesday-evening concerts this year; instead, expect tribute bands including the Beatles-inspired HELP! and the Johnny Cash-infused the Mighty Cash Cats, country and classic-rock outfits, as well as the venerable blues stylings of the James Harman Band. It's a chill way to relax midweek: You can bring a picnic and watch other people's kids cavort. And unlike downtown Fullerton, where you can't swing a mace without hitting a cop on most nights, the po-po presence is very low-key at these mellow affairs. 560 E. Silver Pine, Fullerton. Every Wed., July 13-Aug. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

34.SHAKESPEARE ORANGE COUNTY
Orange County's sole troupe devoted to classical works only mounts two shows each summer, but the combination of artistic director Tom Bradac's no-nonsense, no-frills approach toward Shakespeare and its impeccable outdoor venue, the Festival Amphitheater, make it one of the highlights of the balmy season. This year, Shakespeare Orange County stages The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors. The first is awash in intrigue, blood, murder and suicide; the second is filled with mistaken identities, verbal repartee and enough cross-dressing to bring a smile to the face of Bugs Bunny. 12852 Main St., Garden Grove, (714) 590-1575; www.shakespeareoc.org. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, July 7-23; The Comedy of Errors, Aug. 4-20.

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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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