Best Activities This Weekend In Orange County – September 8

There are a handful of festivals happening in Orange County this weekend that run the gamut in terms of variety. From elite level music acts to historic Maritime relics to beer and Bavarian culture, there is are plenty of recreational options in Orange County.

Friday, September 8
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Attend The Tall Ships Festival
Ocean Institute, Dana Point
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-2274
www.ocean-institute.org

Inviting guests to experience the size and majesty of the exploratory tall ship, Dana Point Harbor will house these stewards of the sea for three days worth of engaging activities. From mock cannon battles to the opening parade of sails, attendees will actually be able to work with the ship’s crew and get familiar with the mechanics of these massive vessels. Helping to highlight the Maritime roots that exist along the California coast, just being able to board these ships is worth the price of admission. Of course to better enhance the festival experience, amenities like Sails and Ales and the Mermaid Breakfast add a food and drink component that really seal the deal. The coolest event happening in Orange County this weekend reaches some 130 plus feet in the sky.

Saturday, September 9
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Ohana Festival
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6172
www.theohanafest.com

The roster of talent that anchors the 2017 Ohana Festival reads like a hall of fame ballot. Names like Social Distortion, The Pixies, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, TV On The Radio, Glen Hansard and Fiona Apple make this three-day event along Doheny State Beach one of the most diverse concerts happening in California all year. Skipping the watered down beer and stale snacks, Ohana actually curates their offering of craft beer and gourmet grub from some of the county’s best culinary contributors. In between sets from some legendary artists, you can rest assured that your food and drink will be just as stellar as what is happening on stage.
 

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Hit the Trail On A Horse
Country Trails and Riding School
1 Irvine Park Rd,
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 538-5860
www.ctriding.com

Offering some 500 acres of guided trails and experienced riders that are familiar with both English and Western styles, Country Trails and Riding School is your best bet if you are looking to spend your weekend on horseback. Working with beginning and intermediate level riders, there are one hour and two hour rides that give participants the chance to enjoy the oak and sycamore trees along with the hawks, quail, and peacocks that call the canyon home. Before and after the ride, guests can enjoy the amenities of the park. Pack a picnic, bring the sunblock and enjoy the outdoors at the kind of pace that will allow you to appreciate everything.

Sunday, September 10
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Play In The Sand
Beach City Sports
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(888) 227-5060
www.beachcitysports.com

Created by Albuquerque transplant Brooke Bouloy and sports enthusiasts Sam Jreisat, Beach City Sports is recreational sports league that organizes flag football, beach volleyball, kickball, and basketball for adults. With an emphasis on creating a welcoming social environment through competition, the leagues are intended to get adults to have fun while bonding with their teams. With events organized on the sand from Huntington to Newport Beach, Beach City even goes so far as to keep stats and track league standings to ensure a healthy rivalry among new friends. Enjoy your weekend by working up a sweat while meeting new people.
 

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Dachshund Races
Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
www.oldworld.ws

The transition into fall means October festivities are just around the corner. Getting a head start, Old World in Huntington Beach is synonymous with the German harvest celebration and along with the beer and Lederhosen; the venue is famous for their dachshund races. This strictly for fun competition gives guests the chance to showcase some canine cuteness while enjoying a beer, a brat, and fun of Oktoberfest.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.
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