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Best Of OC: Week Of July 14

July 14, 2014 5:04 AM

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(credit: OC Fair)

(credit: OC Fair)

(credit: OC Fair)

(credit: OC Fair)


Get ready for a fun week, Orange County. From murder mystery scavenger hunts to scoring a sweet Mike Trout gnome for your garden, there is plenty to do this week. Head east to Long Beach for the annual Crawfish Festival or explore your artistic side at the Pageant of the Masters or Orange County’s first ever performance of the stage musical of Disney’s Tarzan. And, don’t forget the greatest event of them all: The OC Fair has officially come to town!

Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 14

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Meet at Hennessey’s Tavern in Laguna Beach
213 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 369-0329
www.murdermysteryscavengerhunt.com

So much more than just clues and riddles, this Laguna based scavenger hunt plays double duty as a murder mystery hunt not intended for the faint of heart. You’ll compete as a team to use your detective skills to solve a murder. Unpack clues, solve puzzles, and use your creativity as you try to find the killer before the other teams do. Meet at Hennessey’s Tavern and follow the clues!

(credit: Pageant of the Masters)

(credit: Pageant of the Masters)


Tuesday, July 15

Pageant of the Masters
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-1145
www.foapom.com

Long admired for its use of creativity to display art in a unique and interesting way, this summers run of the Pageant of the Masters is in full swing. Laguna Beach’s annual Festival of the Arts Pageant of the Masters features world-renowned art theatrical illusions as “living pictures” are recreated from classical and contemporary works of art. This year’s theme, the art detective, will showcase 90 minutes of crimes of passion, riddles, and lost treasures throughout the history of art. A show unlike any other, this production can’t be missed.

(credit: Chianina)

(credit: Chianina)


Wednesday, July 16

Tuscan Wine Dinner
Chianina Steakhouse
5716 East 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 434-2333
www.chianina.com

A short trip to Long Beach will award you with a five-course Tuscan wine dinner this Wednesday, July 16. Chianina Steakhouse is pairing up with Olvi Wines to transport diners to Tuscany as they enjoy chilled poached lobster with a summer shelling bean salad; Devils Gulch rabbit sausage with eggplant, cherry tomato, and pappardelle; Bistecca alla fiorentina with rosemary roasted butterballs and summer squash; and more, all paired with select wines from winemaker Riccardo Olivi and his father Giuseppe. Reservations are required.

(credit: Getty Images)

(credit: Getty Images)


Thursday, July 17

Orange County Fair
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.ocfair.com

The OC Fair is back in town. Take the whole family out for a day of fun at the Fair, including fabulously unique fair food and drink, thrilling rides and amusements, carnival games, animals, entertainment, concerts, and sporting events. Food highlights include Deep-Fried Doritos or Chicken Skin (in addition to Twinkies and Oreos), Bacon-Wrapped Jack Daniels, and local craft beer at the OC Brew Hee Haw. The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pat Benatar, LeAnn Rimes, Jeff Foxworthy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and plenty of tribute bands highlight the concert series.

Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 7, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 7, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


Friday, July 18

Angels vs. Mariners
Mike Trout Gnome Giveaway
Angel Stadium
2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 940-2000
losangeles.angels.mlb.com

Celebrate the 2014 Angel’s all-star and fan favorite Mike Trout with a giveaway sponsored by Chevron Extra Mile. The first 30,000 fans to enter the ballpark will score a free Mike Trout Gnome, just perfect for your Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gardens at home. The Angels will take on the Seattle Mariners as well, so you are in store for a great game to go along with your swag.

(credit:Long Beach Crawfish Festival)

(credit:Long Beach Crawfish Festival)


Saturday, July 19

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
[400-403] Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

The 21-year-old festival combines the sights, tastes, and sounds of New Orleans at the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana. Two stages will feature live Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans style music, and you can sample on authentic fare as literal tons of fresh crawfish, as well as other southern specialties, are prepared Louisiana style for this event. Kids will love the children’s area, and sports fans will get their own seat in town as DirecTV presents a live sports tent.

(credit: Musical Theatre Orange County)

(credit: Musical Theatre Orange County)


Sunday, July 20

“Tarzan”
PYLUSD Performing Arts Center
1651 N. Valencia Ave
Placentia CA 92870
(714) 637-0186
www.mtoc.org

For the first time in Orange County, the Disney animated classic “Tarzan,” based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s “Tarzan of the Apes,” will be performed live on stage. Musical Theatre Orange County presents the show, including your favorite Phil Collins songs from the movie such as “You’ll Be in My Heart,” “Son of Man,” and “Two Worlds.” Limited engagement through July 27.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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