100 Reasons to Be Ecstatic About Summer In OC!

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

 

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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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Photography and post-production: Star Foreman
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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36. DANA POINT'S TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL
It has a title sponsor in Toshiba, but the behind-the-scenes work of this annual salute to old-time nautical vessels is at the Ocean Institute, an Orange County nonprofit that has carved a national reputation for its ecological and educational programs ranging from marine science to maritime history. File this one under the latter, as the kind of vessels you'll be gazing at during the Tall Ships Festival are the kind that traversed the oceans well more than a century ago. The ships sail into port Sept. 9 and take a collective cruise at sundown followed by mock cannon-battles the next two days. Saturday and Sunday also feature a nautical-themed festival, complete with a pirate encampment, a living-history demonstration, tours of the tall ships, and an arts-and-crafts show. Seven ships are expected to participate, including Dana Point's Pilgrim, a full-size replica of the hide brig that carried Richard Henry Dana on his landmark journey spelled out in OC's first reality show, Two Years Before the Mast. 24200 Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, (949) 496-2274; www.ocean-institute.org. Sept. 9-11.

 

37.KEY ANGELS SERIES
The July 1-3 series against that other Los Angeles team, the Dodgers, will obviously generate the most buzz—but it's no more important than a series against another mediocre-to-awful squad such as the Seattle Mariners, which wraps up the Angels' 10-game home stand before the All-Star Break. So save your ducats and attend one of the series that, more than likely, will determine which team from the limping American League West Division advances into the postseason. Those are against the Rangers, who, unless they've bolted out to a huge lead by the All-Star Break, should be the Halos' only serious in-house division competition. Oh, there's also a team from New York called the Yankees coming to Anaheim Sept. 9-11, but no one really follows the Yankees outside NYC, right? Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, (714) 940-2000; www.losangelsangels.mlb.com. Angels vs. the Rangers, July 19-21, Aug. 15-18, Sept. 26-28.

 

38.IRISH FAIR AT IRVINE MEADOWS
Let's face it: St. Patrick's Day may be the biggest non-Cinco de Drinko boozing holiday of the year, but outside of puking up your corned beef and cabbage, it's hard to get a real feel for Irish culture. Far more culturally inclusive is the massive Irish Fair, which organizers claim is the largest in the western United States. It's filled with music, dance, food and wares from or greatly inspired by the Emerald Isle, including sets from the Young Dubliners and the Fenians, harp and bagpipe concerts, Irish football and hurling demonstrations, an Irish Grand Parade, an Irish dog show, and even a sheepherding demonstration. And here's something really interesting: On Sunday, church services are held at 10 a.m. The Roman Catholics do their thing in the Shamrock Bowl, while the Protestants get theirs on an island in the middle of a lake. Hmm . . . Irvine Meadows, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine; www.irishfair.org. June 18-19. $12-$18.

 

39. THOSE LAGUNA BEACH ARTS FESTIVALS
It's easy to confuse the three festivals that clog up Laguna Beach's insanely packed roads in the summer, but here's the skinny. The Pageant of the Masters, while well-known for its rather insane live re-creations of classical art pieces, actually began 75 years ago as a juried art show, which it remains; this year, some 160 pieces will be judged. Right across the street is the Sawdust Festival, founded in 1965 in large part as a protest against the aforementioned juried system. Only Laguna Beach residents exhibit in this show, and you can stroll the grounds and see them actually creating their works, which range in media from blown glass and wooden sculpture to jewelry and surfboard design. It also features three stages and strolling entertainers. Finally, Art-A-Fair, which also started 45 years ago, is a scaled-down combination of the first two. It's a juried art show that allows non-residents to exhibit, and you can also watch the artists at work. Pageant of the Masters, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-1145; www.foepa.com. July 7-Aug. 31. Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-3030; www.sawdustartfestival.org. June 24-Aug. 28. Art-a-Fair, 77 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-4514; www.art-a-fair.com. June 24-Aug. 28.

 

40. BIKING THE SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL, FOR NOVICES AND MASTERS ALIKE
Summer in OC means never having to check the weather forecast—sunny and warm for months at a time. In other words, perfect bicycling weather. OC has dozens of off-road bicycle paths, but the king of all of them is the Santa Ana River Trail, a 32-mile path that runs from the Green River exit on the 91 in Corona to the beach at the Huntington Beach/Newport Beach border, completely separated from traffic for all but half a mile and recently resealed and re-striped for much of its length. The path passes under the roads that cross it, which is enough to give new riders a little workout. Just be careful out there—it's popular with runners, walkers and families teaching children to ride bicycles in a safe environment. And for advanced riders, the Riverside Bicycle Club sponsors the annual Riverside to Surfside bike ride (formerly—and more funnily—known as the Smog to Surf) from the La Sierra Metrolink station to Huntington Beach. riversidebicycleclub.com.

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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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