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OC’s Best End-Of-Summer Celebrations

August 12, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Nick Gates)

(credit: Nick Gates)

(credit: Orange International Street Fair)

(credit: Orange International Street Fair)

These Orange County Labor Day festivities will provide fun for all ages. Kick back, relax and celebrate Labor Day with your choice of art, culture, cars, sports and camping.

(credit: Nick Gates)

(credit: Nick Gates)

Labor Day Weekend Skate Park Campout

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

Get your skate on this Labor Day at Lake Forest Etnies Skate Park. Have fun with friends and family while honing some gnarly skating techniques. This overnight event will take camping to another level. So grab your skateboards and pads for an unforgettable Labor Day weekend experience.

(credit: Orange International Street Fair)

(credit: Orange International Street Fair)

Orange International Street Fair

112 E. Chapman Ave., Suite G
Orange County, CA 92866
(714) 633-4816
Aug. 30 through Sept. 1
www.orangestreetfair.org

This annual celebration of entertainment, art and food is a great way to enjoy Labor Day weekend. The streets of Old Town Orange will be filled with a variety of activities that will keep the entire family entertained. You can sample food from different cultures, play games, listen to live music and browse several collections of art and crafts. If you are interested in being a vendor, you can send in an inquiry on the website. Be sure to check out this fun opportunity to engage in community fellowship.

Oktoberfest

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 895-8020
Aug. 30 through Sept. 1
www.oldworld.ws

Join in one of the most internationally acclaimed celebrations without having to leave the country. You can enjoy some of your favorite German food and beer right in the heart of surf city. In addition to German cuisine, there will be live music, a parade, children’s games and even a bouncy house. To get your tickets in advance, click here. Cheers to this festive event suitable for the entire family.

The Great Labor Day Cruise

Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 562-8752
Aug. 30 through Sept. 1
www.occa-inc.com

This 72-hour cruise supports multiple non-profit organizations including Drug Use is Life Abuse, Kristie’s Foundation and Wounded Warriors. Perfect for car enthusiasts, families and loved ones, this event will provide fun for drivers as well as spectators. Whether you want to encourage those participating or want to join in the cruise yourself, this event is sure to be a good time for all. You can even bring friends and family to camp out at the Orange County Fairgrounds and listen to live music featuring rock and surf classics by ProgKnowSys and Joey and the Monsoons while taking part in this non-profit event.

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Art-A-Fair

777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-4514
Now through Sept. 1
www.art-a-fair.com

Art-A-Fair not only displays artwork from some of Orange County’s best artists, but the event provides attendees with a chance to explore art from all over the world. Additionally, various mediums of art are showcased including jewelry, photography, glass, wood, ceramics and paintings. This comprehensive celebration of art and culture will leave you inspired and refreshed. Don’t miss this ultimate exhibition of 125 acclaimed artists, live music and workshops. You will even have the opportunity to chat with several of the artists to learn more about their art and purchase any work that you want to take home.

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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