It’s first official weekend of the summer season and because of that, the Southland seems especially festive. With the wealth of recreational opportunities this weekend, things are looking particularly promising.

Friday, June 23
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Irvine’s Super Swim Lesson
William J. Woollett, Jr. Aquatics Center
4601 Walnut Avenue
Irvine, CA 92604

Running with the idea that building awareness through activity is the best bet, the city of Irvine is combating the tragedy of drowning by working on prevention. To kick off the summer, the Woollett Aquatic Center is hosting one gigantic swimming lesson for people of all ages and skill levels. The idea is to get people to understand how to prevent dangerous situations through safe water play. Guests will be able to enjoy a recreational swim after the instruction that will include everything from water slides to a screening of the movie Sing poolside. Kids and adults alike are invited to join the festivities.

Saturday, June 24
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Attend The Born Free Motorcycle Show
Born Free Motorcycle Show
Oak Canyon Ranch
5305 E. Santiago Canyon Rd.
Irvine, CA 92606

Celebrating its 9th year, Born Free harnesses the spirit of the open road for motorcycle enthusiasts. Though labeled a motorcycle show, this event leans more towards a lifestyle gathering for those that appreciate the craftsmanship and horsepower of a proper motorcycle. With a collection of vendors showcasing vintage goods, live music, and a weekend full of racing, the star naturally is the collection of bikes on hand. Guests will be able to see unique rides, custom one offs, and rare motorcycles that only come out of the garage for special event just like this. Whether you are an aficionado or the casual spectator that can appreciate a good looking ride, the action will be aplenty down at Oak Canyon Ranch.

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House of Blues Anaheim GardenWalk
400 W. Disney Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 778-2583

As the second event of it’s kind in the recent months, PotterCon will take to the new House of Blues in Anaheim to host all things Harry Potter for its rabid base of fanatics. Considering it’s humble beginnings, the cult-like gathering is more because of its party atmosphere than it is a proper convention. Cultivated by fans of Harry Potter, the very first PotterCon was a gathering of ten die-hard fans that wanted nothing more than to get together and celebrate their favorite franchise. On that same premise, the event has taken on a much bigger following and now roams nationally resonating with an audience that is just looking to celebrate Harry. Costumes, beer, and some wizardry anchor the festivities and with momentum continuing to swell, this party is one not to be missed.

Sunday, June 25
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Exhibit: “Audio’s Visuals: The Photography of Henry Diltz”
Fullerton Museum
301 N. Pomona Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-6545

A combination of folk art channeled through rock photography, the 60’s icon Henry Diltz is likely burning into your memory and you didn’t even know it. In fact, the musician was designated the official photographer of Woodstock and is responsible for some of the most cherished images in rock history. The “Morrison Hotel” album cover for The Doors was shot by Diltz. The very first Crosby, Stills and Nash album was also shot by Diltz. Diltz was also the photographer that took The Eagles out to Joshua Tree and turned them into cowboys for the cover of “Desperado.” The Fullerton Museum will host a collection of work from Diltz to better frame his influence and importance as a contributor of pop culture. This exhibit will last until early July but you really shouldn’t wait to see this kind of history.

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Summer Solstice Festival
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833

This week marked the arrival of the summer solstice and to celebrate, the Muckenthaler is giving you plenty of reasons to enjoy some time out in the sun. The Summer Solstice Festival is a free event that covers all the bases for a quality afternoon with the whole family in mind. There is a child’s play area and art-driven workshops to keep the little guys in the loop. For the adults, there is a craft beer garden and live performances from Grammy nominee Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, the Bastards of Belleville doing early 20th century jazz, blues, and swing, and the Darden Sisters to keep things lively. There will be plenty of food on hand and even guided tours of the gallery for those looking to soak in a bit of culture. The grounds of the Muck are gorgeous and one of the best places locally to welcome summer. The price is right, as this event is free for visitors.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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