Best Things To Do Labor Day Weekend In OC

August 8, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Sawdust Art Festival)

(credit: Sawdust Art Festival)

(credit: Sawdust Festival)

(credit: Sawdust Festival)


While Labor Day doesn’t officially mark the end of summer, it does generally mark the weekend before kids go back to school and schedules tighten up. If you’re looking for a last hurrah before the kids go back to school, Orange County has some pretty good options. From a car show to an art festival, here are some of the best ways to say so long to summer.
Orange International Street Fair (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Orange International Street Fair (credit: Christopher Schmidt)


Orange International Street Fair
Plaza Square Park (Chapman & Glassell)
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-4816
www.orangestreetfair.org
Dates: Aug. 29-31, 2014

The Orange International Street Fair is an event that every Orange County resident should experience at least once. Closed off and transformed into a truly international venue with a “street” for a variety of nationalities, The Orange Circle offers a variety of things for just about anyone. Down each national street, you’ll find places to get the cuisine of that nation and there are also a number of stages where you can find local bands playing. It gets pretty crowded around the area though, so parking can be hard to come by. Don’t be surprised if you have to walk some distance from your parking spot to to the festival.

(credit: Etnies)

(credit: Etnies)


Etnies Skatepark
20028 Lake Forest Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 916-5870
www.etniesskatepark.com
Date: Aug. 30, 2014

If you have a child who skates, Etnies Skatepark is the place to take him or her on Labor Day weekend for the annual campout that celebrates the end of summer. During the campout, the kids will compete in different skating contests and watch movies. In addition, an obstacle course will also be available. The cost is $30 per child. Gates are closed at 10pm on Saturday but reopen again at 9am the following day.

(credit: Huntington Beach Civil War Days)

(credit: Huntington Beach Civil War Days)


Civil War Days
Central Park (Gothard between Slater & Talbert)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
www.hbcivilwar.webs.com
Dates: Aug. 30-31, 2014

When you think about the Civil War, Huntington Beach probably isn’t the first place you think about. However, on Labor Day weekend, you can see a Civil War reenactment with two different battles at Central Park. This event also features a weapons demonstration that includes cannon fire twice a day. In addition, you’ll hear The Gettysburg Address and the U.S. Marine Band which makes for a fun and interesting history lesson in a beautiful setting.

Related: Best Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways Near OC

(credit: Sawdust Art & Craft Festival)

(credit: Sawdust Art & Craft Festival)


Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030
www.sawdustartfestival.org
Date: Now through Aug. 31, 2014

Drawing more than 200,000 people each year, The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach is the areas answer to an art festival. Browse through aisles and aisles of locally created art that includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and art glass and also find demonstrations like glass-blowing. One of those art forms that is amazing no matter how many times you’ve seen it, Glass-blowing is a big event here. Labor Day weekend isn’t the only time you can visit the Sawdust Festival, but it is the last weekend for it during the year. Tickets for adults are $8.50.

(credit: The Great Labor Day Cruise)

(credit: The Great Labor Day Cruise)


The Great Labor Day Cruise
OC Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 562-8752
www.occa-inc.com
Dates: Aug. 29-31, 2014

When you see the word cruise, Costa Mesa probably isn’t the first location that comes to mind. This, however, is not an ocean cruise. In fact, it is an event put on by the Orange County Cruising Association featuring classic cars, a giveaway of a classic car and live music. After all, nothing goes better with hot rods than music. Proceeds from this event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Related: Labor Day Weekend Events for Kids in OC

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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