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88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 714-708-1500
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    This weekend marks the opening of the OC Fair—and while Friday's rush to attend opening day will absolutely slam the 405 to a maddening crawl, hopefully by the time Saturday rolls...
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    Traipsing around neighborhoods collecting mini candy bars is all well and good—but imagine instead of middle class tract homes, you got to flit across a group of gourmet food trucks!...
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    Ale lovers of Orange County, strap on those beer-hats and elastic-waist pants, the Ultimate Beerfest hits the Fairgrounds this weekend. With two three-hour sessions, one beginning at noon...
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    You’ve never been to Japan. You’ve seen parts of Japan in movies such as Lost in Translation, and you like the idea that you can buy beer, lettuce or soiled girl panties out of...
  • Heard Mentality: Locals Only
    For the past year or so, Chad Galati's music has aspired to achieve one very simple formula: the right mixture of hip-hop, reggae and soul that makes standing still at a house party...
  • Heard Mentality: OC Super Fair
    Every year, the Hangar, the Orange County Fair's secondary live music venue, becomes a certified Valhalla of tribute bands. Fans of acts like Journey, Prince and Depeche Mode routinely shell...
  • Navel Gazing: Summer Guide 2013
    ILLUSTRATED BY ALEX GARCIA WRITTEN BY NATE JACKSON [Editor's Note: Summer in OC is never just about the here and now. Once the weather starts heating up, we start migrating to our communal...
  • Heard Mentality: live review
    MusInk Day 1 OC Fairgrounds March 8, 2013 Those who've been to MusInk before probably understand that when it comes to punk rock and tattoos, chaos is just part of the culture. Well, in...
  • Heard Mentality: MusInk
    MusInk Days 2&3 OC Fairgrounds March 9-10, 2013 The art of ink slinging took over OC this weekend, as the sixth-annual, three-day Musink Festival came to the OC Fairgrounds in...
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    When there's nothing but Smarties left at the bottom of the candy bowl, and all that sugar left you with a sick feeling akin to a night drinking cheap whiskey—it's easy to wish...
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    Back for its 30th year (and the most punchline-worthy roman numeral), the Great Labor Day Cruise turns the OC Fairgrounds into a glittering field of fluid lines, roaring engines and...
  • Stick a Fork In It: News
    It's a sight you never knew was missing from your life: frothy, white liquid shooting out from the udders of a camel. But as luck would have it, you can see this unique occurrence at the OC...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Created to Kill Us
    Chicken Charlie already got props last week for his upcoming deep-fried cereal exploits. Yet that's not the only A-game he's bringing next month. Surprisingly, his other tasty delights...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Created to Kill Us
    The OC Fair is around the corner (wahoo!) and that means only one thing--bring out the fat pants!  Chicken Charlie, SoCal's undisputed king of the deep fryer, will have a brand new...
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    This weekend, do good while eating good (and bring Dad along, too, it's almost Fathers Day) and head over to the 5th Annual Orange County BBQ and Music Festival—Southern California's...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Festivals
    Orange County's longest-running and best-attended barbecue contest returns to the Fairgrounds this Saturday June 9, and Sunday June 10. I have participated as either a cook or a judge in...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Ethnic Eating 101
    Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the OC Fairgrounds this week for the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, an educational extravaganza that celebrates "Turkey's...
  • Navel Gazing: Politics
    The rumors are true: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the shiny faced and morally misguided Tea Party presidential candidate, will be sharing her wisdom and campaign rhetoric in Costa...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Created to Kill Us
    Fair season is over, at least here in the County of Oranges. We set out to try the most gruesome foods from the darkest depths of the deep fryer. For the reading pleasure of those who...
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    Foodies have no shortage of gastropubs, hole-in-the-wall gems, upscale-resort-dining locales and carnicerías in Orange County, but if there is one thing seriously lacking, it’s...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Festivals
    Has our weekly Grill Marks series whetted your appetite for real, slow-smoked barbecue? Then go to Orange County's premier BBQ contest next Saturday, June 11 at Costa Mesa's OC...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Food Festivals
    Michael Voltaggio, the brooding champion of Top Chef Season 6, will be one of four celebrity chefs who will talk, and perhaps do a cooking demonstration, at the upcoming OC Fair.The younger...
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    So you used to watch The Simpsons, and after seeing Groundskeeper Willie razz Principal Skinner’s effeminate ways, you fancy yourself an expert on Scottish culture—the plaid...
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    The treasure hunt allows children to visit several Market Place vendors and food concessions to pick up free candy and small toys. The six lucky hunters who find a gold ticket in one of...
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    No, it’s not the movie, but half-naked men will beat one another during Fight Club OC, a bi-monthly bout produced by Roy Englebrecht Promotions of the popular Battle In the Ballroom...
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    It slammed down as fast as a giant mallet hitting a "Test Your Strength!" game. In May 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recommended that the Orange County Fairgrounds be put up for sale....
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    Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the Fifth Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival at the OC Fairgrounds. Festivities include dance troupes such as the Claddagh School of Irish Dance (10 a.m.);...
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    Day one of the three-day event that is Musink, OC's premier music-and-tattoo festival, features a couple of thrash-tastic blasts from the past. Nineties rap/thrash band Biohazard will be...
  • Music:
    Sorry, OC and LA, but real experimental musicians come from South Dakota. Just ask the guys in Roosterhead. Spontaneously emigrating from the Midwest to Huntington Beach last year, drummer...
  • Music:
    CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF CHART, DESIGNED BY NADIA AFGHANI! Show Info Bad Company at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair, 100 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 708-1870; www.ocfair.com. July 17....
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