Orange County Activities | July 30 – August 2

If you’re out and about in Orange County this weekend, there’s a few fun things to do here!

Anaheim Packing House Anniversary

Aug. 1. Celebrate Anaheim Packing House’s one-year anniversary with crafts, games, giveaways, face painting, a beer and citrus cocktail garden, and live music on two stages.
Free. Anaheim Packing House, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.533.7225. Facebook.com/PackingDistrict


Orange County Fair

OC fairThrough Aug. 16. This year’s theme is “One Big Party” to celebrate 125 years of the fair. Bring the whole family and enjoy action sports, tribute bands in the Hangar, carnival with rides, livestock competitions, agricultural displays, petting zoo, wine tasting, and fried food galore.
M-Tu Closed, Wed-F 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 -12.a.m. $7-$12; Free for children under 6; $10 (cash only) for parking. 88 fair drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500. ocfair.com


Summer Concert Series


July 23-Aug. 27. OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series every Thursday through August 27. All concerts are part of the KROQ ‘N Surf summer series. Bring a blanket and beach chair and enjoy local, live music and food trucks on-site. This Thursday, see Tom Freund with Downtown Country Club.
Mason Regional Park. 6-8 p.m. Free. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, 949.923.2220. ocparks.com


Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons Summer Festival

Aug. 7-9. Come to Huntington State Beach for a pro BBQ competition and summer festival. 50 of the top West Coast and nationally ranked BBQ teams, including teams from TLC reality television show BBQ Pitmasters, will be competing for a $10,000 prize sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Enjoy free watermelon and watermelon carving demonstrations. Roll up your sleeves and join in on a rib and watermelon eating contest, a seed-spitting for distance contest and a cow milking contest. Listen to live bands and taste over a dozen craft beers from local and national suppliers. All proceeds benefit American Family Housing.
Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Craft beer tasting, Sat 1-5 p.m. 3 day pass adults $10; 3 day pass children (ages 8-12) $5; Children 7 and under free. Beer tasting $25. Huntington State Beach, Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Hwy Lot 9, Huntington Beach, 714.897.3221. afhusa.org


Pageant of the Masters


pageant of the masters 2012 - Laguna Beach, Orange County, CAJuly 8-Aug. 31. The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world, and is not to be missed! Be amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) –incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This summer’s production of The Pursuit of Happiness will explore the many sources of happiness, featuring seminal works of art by a diverse group of artists such as Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, and of course Leonardo da Vinci, whose Last Supper traditionally closes the show every year. A live narrator guides the audience through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra.
8:30 p.m. $15-$230/pp. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145. pageanttickets.com

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