Fairs and Carnivals

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    9 Fun Facts from 2014 Orange County Fair

    The OC Fair & Event Center released some fun facts the 23-day Orange County Fair that ended its run in Costa Mesa on Aug. 10.

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2014


    St. Angela Merici Church

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Deal Has Los Alamitos Race Course Acquiring Fairplex Park's Last Thoroughbred Event

    The Los Angeles County fairgrounds has been the site of horse racing since September 1933, but its last remaining event--an 11-day Thoroughbred race--would move to Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress under a deal reached Monday. It's all contingent upon approval by the California Horse Racing Board ... More >>

  • Music

    October 31, 2013

    Rob Zombie Is Living the Nightmare

    The king of horror put a scary amount of work into the Great American Nightmare

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Girl in a Coma is Ready to Return to Where it All Began

    Girl in a Coma blitzed the indie music scene ever since they debuted with Both Before I'm Gone off of Joan Jett's Blackheart Records in 2007. The San Antonio trio comprised of bassist Jenn Alva, drummer Phanie Diaz, and her little sister, guitarist and vocalist Nina, recorded three original albums a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 11, 2013

    OC Fair 2013

    Orange County Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Rare Boards (and an Even Rarer Book) Auction Raises $680k for Surfing Heritage Spot: Update

    See the update at the end of page 2 on last weekend's Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction raising $680,000 and other event details.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 9, 2 P.M.: The Surfing Heritage & Cultural Center in San Clemente is putting "some of the world's most rare and iconic surf memorabilia" up for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Bacon A-Fair, Porkabello, And Other Ways To Praise The Lard At The OC Fair

    OC Fair's Home Sweet Home theme carries an underlying bacon subtext. Don't believe us? No problem. We're gonna talk about it anyway. Meaty food porn explained after the jump, but first we start with these little piggies.The All-Alaskan Pig Races occur every afternoon in a mini arena all their own. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    OC Fair 2012 Commercial Celebrates National Obesity and Decline of the Family Farmer

    To celebrate the arrival of the 2012 Orange County Fair (in 11 days!), the 32nd Agricultural District (or its PR monkey) is running a television advertisement that celebrates the heartbreaking decline of the family farm and the frightening rise of obesity in America.Wait . . . what? That's not the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    This Sunday: Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off

    The 28th annual Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off will happen in Old Town Tustin, this Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. There will be entertainment, food vendors, about 50 chili teams, carnival rides, beer and other diversions. CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO you ne ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Fred Durst, Now with Sitcom! (Called 'Douchebag,' Cough Cough)

    ​ According to Rolling Stone, Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst is developing an autobiographical sitcom called "Douchebag," news that prompted dozens of showbiz bloggers to declare it the most accurate sitcom title ever.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with No Word from OC Registrar of Voters:] E-Vote System Breaks Down in Front of Blogger Critical of It​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 5:08 P.M.: I've swapped a couple emails with Brad Friedman today, and it's clear my original post about the Los Angeles-based blogger's encounter with an Orange County Registrar of Voters electronic voting machine at the OC Fair deserves some clarification.First, whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Chicken Charlie's, Maker of Deep Fried Kool-Aid and The Krispy Kreme Sandwich, To Open OC Restaurant?

    Chicken Charlie's Facebook Page​Our arteries are quivering already. Chicken Charlie's, the county fair stand famous for its deep-fried wonders--s'mores, PB & J, Oreos, cheesecake, frog legs, cheeseburgers and Girl Scout cookies, just to name a mouthful--may become a brick-and-mortar resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    [UPDATED: Early Attendance Numbers] Hide Your Gas-Guzzling Oldsmobiles, There's a Patience-Swallowing Epidemic on the 55: It's FAIRMAGEDDON!

    Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThe traffic is here. Be patient.UPDATE, JULY 15, 5:45 P.M.: By 3 p.m., the OC Fair had already had 32,439 people come through the gates, which was significantly up from last year's numbers at the same time. Last year, by the same time 24,164 had entered the fair. We estate t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011

    Love to Craft OC

    OC Great Park

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2011

    Strawberry Festival

    Village Green

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2011

    OC Greek Fest

    St. John Greek Orthodox Church

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    OC Fair Entry Signups Due June 1

    ​Does your family always ask you to bring your pound cake to the family gatherings? Are you ready for the coming apocalypse with a pantry full of perfect preserves? Do your friends come to your house instead of going to the local brewery's tasting room? Do you have a gift for tablescapes table dec ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 12, 2011

    Delilah Snell Is a Patchwork Kind of Gal

    [Trendzilla] The Santa Ana resident helps to run OC and Long Beach's largest indie craft festival

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011

    Cinco de Mayo Festival

    Downtown Santa Ana

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011

    Spring Citrus Fair

    Downtown La Habra

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    TV Commercial Targets Costa Mesa Mayor, Gary Monahan, Calling for Him to "Keep Walking"

    OCEASt. Patty's Day: not one of Mayor Monahan's better moments.​Controversy goes a long way in stirring attention. Costa Mesa, the city that was once best known for being home to South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Fair, finds itself embroiled in a power struggle that has managed to grab natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Gettin' Made: Craft Show Applications for Spring Shows!

    All right crafty kids, the arts & crafts show hiatus that always happens after the holidays rush is officially over - there's a whole mess of spring shows coming up that are perfect for showing off your creative endeavors! If you're dreaming big, apply to show your stuff at one of the biggest ar ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2011
  • Calendar

    February 3, 2011

    Art Crawl Experience

    Downtown Anaheim

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show II

    ​Welcome back to the next installment of our weekly feature that searches the darkest, scariest and orangiest corners of the Interwebs to find out what outsiders and insiders have to say about and from Orange County. Where Am I? So overblown by the talent of Disney Channel songstress Selena Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Want an Elvis Potato Head? Go to Elvis Fest in Costa Mesa This Weekend

    ​Elvis Presley died this week 33 years ago, which is why the 11th Annual Elvis Festival, to be held at the Orange County Market Place at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds, is planning a Hawaiian-style tribute to the King. (Elvis' movie "Blue Hawaii" was filmed on the islands of Oahu and Kauai; the soundt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Will Wyclef Jean Get to Run for Haiti President as One of 30 Candidates?​ Today the Haitian elections board will decide whether Wyclef Jean is eligible to run for the country's presidency. There's a five consecutive year Haitian residency requirement for candidates, but Jean has said his roving ambassador stint by President Rene Preval in 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Sublime With Rome Tops Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Shows

    ​The Orange County Fair broke attendance records with 1.5 million visitors for the run that ended Sunday.Orange County Fair Breaks Attendance RecordThe concurrent concert series in Pacific Amphitheatre also broke a record, selling out nine of its shows.Find out the top 5 shows based on ticket sale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Maloof Money Cup Competition Begins

    ​The Orange County Fair, nightly concerts in Pacific Amphitheatre and potential new owners measuring the closets aren't the only things going on at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa these days. Tonight through Sunday, the Action Sports Arena there will be taken over by skateboarders seek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Anti-Michelle Obama Rhetoric Used to Sell Greasy Food at OC Fair

    ​While far too many people are giving unwarranted attention to the Heart Attack Cafe at the Orange County Fair for offering deep-fried butter, no one seems to care that they're bashing First Lady Michelle Obama's much-lauded efforts to de-fatten America.Want some Tea Party bullshit with your order ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    OC Weekly Familia Wins at OC Fair Baking/Jam/Jelly Contest!

    Dave Lieberman​My, do we have humble people working at the Weekly. A couple of days ago, I heard rumors that our calendar editor, Erin Dewitt, and Dave here at SaFII both placed at the Orange County Fair for their creations. But I received no email about the victory from Dave (who emails Edwin and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    PHOTOS: Meet the Food of the 2010 Orange County Fair

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTesting out the deep-fried butter... yum?​From the deep-fried goodies to racks and racks of meat, meet the food of the 2010 Orange County Fair. Highlights include the deep-fried, chocolate-covered bacon and corn dogs the length of your forearm. See the entire slidesho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Patchwork Craft Fair in Santa Ana on Sunday

    This Sunday afternoon, celebrate the good weather by getting out of the house and heading to Santa Ana for the always awesome Patchwork craft fair! ​   Details on the show, including a unique new offering by vendor Shari Bonnin of Bonnin Designs, after the jump.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off This Sunday

    ​It seems like yesterday I wrote a post reminding people of the 25th Annual Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off. But that was last year. This year's event (um, so, like it's the 26th Annual Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off) will be held this Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Old ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009

    A Taste of Greece

    St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2009


    Pacific Amphitheatre

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Head North This Weekend!

    Folks, I don't know if you realize, but it's summer out there. Aw, but times are too tight to fly somewhere for a little weekend vacation. Time to hit the streets for a crafty road trip to Northern California! Julia McCabe of JnJ Designs will be taking part in Saturday's Design Downtown block party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    TAPS in Brea Scoops Five Medals At California Beer Competitions

    The restaurant's brewmaster, Victor Novak (who sounds like a film noir actor, if you ask me), now has 37 awards to his name, thanks to the new haul. The California State Fair (which takes place from August 21 to September 7 in Sacramento) has given TAPS' Cream Ale a gold medal and its Irish Red a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Maloof Rides Into etnies to Talk Maloof Money Cup

    Joe Maloof (left) and Pierra Andres Senizergues appear ready to hop on a board in etnies' training facility.Joe Maloof--who with his brother Gavin owns the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA, ARCO Arena, the Palms resort and casino in Las Vegas and film, music and telev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    This Sunday: Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

    Perhaps the greatest South Park episode ever made is "Scott Tenorman Must Die." If you've seen it, then you know where I'm going with this. Yes. I am making the connection between Cartman's Chili Con Carnival with this Sunday's Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. Seriously, if you haven't, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2008

    Paisley Pelts

    Psychadelic Furs

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Wake Up and Suck the Orange 1.31.08

    POORMAN SUES KDOC: LA Times - Dana Parsons covers the Poorman with typical dollops of smarminess. No genital warts mentioned whatsoever. I'd wax moronic but Luke Y. Thompson already covered this like a month ago (Exit Poorman, Feb. 3). So will he be a Richman? Do fiddlers play on roofs? DEBBIE #1 G ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Family First

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2007

    To Do Today - 10/06

    GAY DAYS AT DISNEYLAND, 8am Come out and show your support for the 10th annual “Gay Days” at Disneyland. Numerous events will be held all day throughout the park. Remember to wear red. Disneyland, 1313 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim KIDSFAIRE, 10am This is one to take the whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    All's Fair in Love and OC

    When it's the opening day of the Orange County Fair, you have plenty of time in traffic — an hour, in fact, just to get from Santa Ana to the fairgrounds — to realize just how poorly the 55 is designed. Immediately after some major road feeds into it, forcing a mass slowing as a new torrent of c ... More >>