Best Activities This Weekend Orange County – May 20

May 20, 2016 4:34 PM

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(credit: Jon Bilous/shutterstock)

Whether you are looking for a fast-paced, high-energy weekend that will help relive some of that workplace stress, or if you just need a nice and peaceful retreat from the office, Orange County has plenty for you to choose from. Concerts, films screenings, book readings, and even options that are pet-friendly are included in this weekend’s list of people, places and, faces worth you time. You do not need to worry about finding something to get into on your days off, we already did the heavy lifting. Read on.

Friday, May 20
(Credit: The Frida Cinema)

(Credit: The Frida Cinema)

The 20th Anniversary Screening of The Craft
The Frida Cinema
305 E 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 285-9422

Part of the ongoing “Friday Night Freakout Series” paying tribute to cult classics and creep-tastic cinema, The Frida of Santa Ana is screening a digitally-remastered version of The Craft to kick off the weekend. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, there will be extracurricular activities from pagan specialty store The Dragon & The Rose and tarot readings from Lady Pandora. There will appropriately be plenty of witch’s brew to get the audience into the spirit of the film. This is a great way to experience one of Orange County’s last real film houses in a way that makes a taking in a flick something way more entertaining.

Saturday, May 21
(Credit: Rat Park Foundation)

(Credit: Rat Park Foundation)

Rat Park Launch Party
Eureka Building
1621 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 220-6500

Rather than waiting for state support, Orange County has established a well-organized collective in the Rat Park Foundation to combat the stigma of addiction. Raising funds to provide essential services for those unable to access treatment and transitional programs, Rat Park is assembling a day long festival filled with food, art, and music all to generate awareness while enriching their community. With performances from standout prospects like The Gromble, Young Lovers, and Gnarvana this is the kind of party that boast a purpose. The event is open to all ages with proceeds going directly to people that need it.

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(credit: anetapics/shutterstock)

Irvine Central Bark
Central Bark
6405 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 724-6833

Leave it to Irvine to not only provide a modern facility with everything from covered seating to a separate small/frail dog enclosure for their adorably-named Central Bark dog park. Offering some three acres of wide open space so your dog can ditch the leash and run wild for the afternoon, the grounds are well-kept and perfectly suitable for both owner and pet to enjoy together. Well-lit for those that prefer the night-time hangout, this is the kind of dogpark work the extra driving distance.

Sunday, May 22
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(Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The Who In Concert
Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806

This Sunday is the rescheduled date from the band’s 2015 cancellation. The make-up play gave fans the chance to grab secondary market tickets to this highly anticipated show from one of rock music’s most historic ensembles. Celebrating the 71st birthday of legendary guitarist Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey and the Who continue to put on a spectacle of a stage show that defies their age. Among the many hits the band will dive into, they will definitely finish with the rock anthem, :Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which is the pop culture equivalent to Mount Rushmore or Niagra Falls. The song is something you must experience live before you die.

(Credit: Lido Village Books)

(Credit: Lido Village Books)

Lido Village Books
3424 Via Oporto
Newport Beach
(949) 673-2549

Situated nicely in the Lido Marina Village, the ocean breeze and collection of shops and cafes surround one of Orange County’s best independent destinations for books. With a staff that not only knows their staff, the shelf’s are stocked with great finds which also flexes the staff’s good taste. Regularly hosting live readings and booking signings, this is a neighborhood bookstore that does a great job of ensuring you have reason to keep coming back.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.


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