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41.LA HABRA CORN FESTIVAL
It hasn't exactly put La Habra on the cultural map, and it's not as if the city is renowned for its maize, but since its start in 1949, the La Habra Corn Festival has evolved into the city's largest community event. (Hell, it might be the city's only community event other than watching La Habra High slay whichever poor saps face off against them on the football field—but that's fall.) Founded and sponsored by the Lions Club, the idea was to lure transplanted Midwesterners who flocked to Long Beach and OC in the 1930s and 1940s by offering butter-rich corn on the cob. Apparently, corn is like crack to Midwesterners. The one-day event has turned into a weekend fest with carnival rides, food and drink vendors, a raffle drawing for a new car, and a Saturday-morning parade. And, of course, there's the official mascot, Corney the Lion. El Centro Lions Park, between Orange and Cypress streets, La Habra, (562) 691-3482; www.lahabracornfestival.com. Aug. 5-7.

 

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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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42.SAN CLEMENTE FIESTA STREET FESTIVAL
This is a San Clemente Chamber of Commerce-sponsored affair, so it might not be the best bang for your buck, especially if the sole idea is to drum up business at authentic street-fair cost. It's been going on for 58 years, however, and organizers anticipate 25,000 attendees this year, so something must be going on. On the surface, the San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival doesn't seem that different from most street fairs: live entertainment, an arts-and-crafts show, stuff for kids, and a classic car and Harley-Davidson motorcycle show. But this one catches the eye: a "salsa challenge," in which individuals and restaurants create flavorful concoctions to be judged. Teams are encouraged to dress up in sombreros, ponchos and huaraches, which is either a well-thought nod to culture south of the border or impossibly bad taste. Avenida del Mar, San Clemente; www.scchamber.com. Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

 

43.CATALINA ISLAND
If you're looking for a place to really let loose, Catalina Island's usually not on the top of the list. Lodging is ridiculously expensive for what you get (but hey, you're a captive audience, so how can you complain?), you can see the entire town of Avalon in about 20 minutes, and worst of all, you have to take a boat or ship to get there—unless you want to brave the frighteningly small landing strip on top of a mountain. But Catalina always beckons, whether to impress a new squeeze or wow the folks from Iowa. There are some 25 spots on the main strip to eat or get your drink on. There's also snorkeling, scuba diving, a zip line, glass-bottom boats, parasailing, jet-skiing and guided Jeep tours of the back country (non-tour cars are not allowed on the island). And the island has been in the news the past couple of months: Endangered bald eagles are slowly making a comeback to the island, and 1,500 pounds of pot was found on a small boat listing in an island cove. Two Orange County locations transport passengers to the island: the Catalina Express (www.catalinaexpress.com) from Dana Point, and the Catalina Flyer (www.catalinainfo.com) from Newport Beach.

 

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45.LONG BEACH BLUES BASH
Every summer, there wasn't a bigger or better outdoor party in Southern California than the Long Beach Blues Festival. Organized by one of the country's premier jazz-and-blues stations, KKJZ-FM 88.1 (formerly KLON), and housed on a massive field at Cal State Long Beach, it was two, sometimes three days of sweaty, sticky, utterly unpretentious Labor Day weekend-carnival fun. Just beer, booze and blues, with more than a few cases of heat stroke and dehydration tossed in. In 2007, the fest left the university after 27 years for the more high-profile Rainbow Lagoon. And then the economy bit the festival's ass. Last year, it was scaled back to one night with four acts and rechristened Blues Bash. That's what it looks like this year, too, although prices and acts are yet to be determined. It's a far cry from years when B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and Etta James headlined, but it should still be a good one-night party—even if it is indoors. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, (562) 985-7000; www.jazzandblues.org. Sept. 3.

 

46.WHALE- AND DOLPHIN-WATCHING CRUISES
For an up-close and somewhat personal look at the blue whale, the largest animal ever known to exist, take advantage of one of the four whale-cruise operators that leave from Orange County ports. Summer is when blue whales like to chow, and it's not uncommon to see one off the Southern California coast en route to its feeding grounds in colder waters up north. Summer is also a great time to see common, bottlenose and Risso's dolphins, as well as minke and fin whales. What's the best cruise to take? Scan them on the Internet, and they all seem stellar. But Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari is the only operator exclusively mammal-oriented. Its high-tech catamaran comes equipped with underwater-viewing equipment, as well as an X-pod that allows passengers to communicate with dolphins and whales. (Those mammals must have an awesome cell-phone provider.) 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, (949) 488-2628; www.dolphinsafari.com. Every Sat. Call for departure times. June-August. $55-$89.

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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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