(Credit: OC Parks)

(Credit: OC Parks)

A few days away from work is always better when you have a few things in the works in terms of how you plant to spend that time. Another boring weekend in the house just doesn’t have the same rejuvenating quality that a productive, proactive weekend does. Having said that, here is a nice little reference list of what is happening in the OC this weekend.

Friday, June 24
(credit: Mack M./Yelp)

(credit: Mack M./Yelp)

Queen Nation
The Coach House
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 496-8930

Ultimately good tunes are good tunes, but when it comes to tribute bands, it’s always nice to see an act that takes on the catalog of a band that you just can’t see anymore. Taking on the nearly impossible task of the timeless Freddie Mercury, Queen Nation is about as sincere a tribute performance as any to one of rock music’s most revered contributors. Coupling precise musicianship with the kind of stage presence befitting a Queen show, the guys of the Nation inject an energy into the songs that are brilliantly close to the real thing. A Friday night at the rock show is a great way to kick off a memorable weekend and this show is an undeniable win.

Saturday, June 25
(credit: Ramon Gonzales)

(credit: Ramon Gonzales)

OC Pride Parade
Main Street and Washington Ave.
Downtown Santa Ana

Galvanizing the community after recent tragic events, the organizers of Orange County’s installment of the Pride Festival have seen tremendous growth since the 2009 reformation of the organization. In 2009, attendance was estimated at 500 people. For 2016, OC Pride is fortified with a entertainment mainstage, a grand parade, a full week of events around Orange County leading up to the Saturday extravaganza. Expecting thousands of partygoers to descend upon Downtown Santa Ana at the Yost Theater, Pride is a party with a purpose bridging the community together through music, art, and celebration.

(credit: istockphoto)

(credit: istockphoto)

Star Wars Days
OC Zoo
1 Irvine Park Rd.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847

The folks at the OC Zoo house in the Great Park in Irvine are taking their love of animals and Star Wars to new levels. Encouraging visitors to dress in their Star Wars best, the Zoo is offering animal meet and greets, prizes, and some pretty stellar photo ops. The Cosplay date at the zoo won’t set your pocketbook back much either with the most expensive fee being all of $2.00 to join the fun.

Sunday, June 26
(credit: Sawdust Art Festival)

(credit: Sawdust Art Festival)

Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd,
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

It’s opening weekend of the summer festivities at the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival. Part artisan fair, part craft workshop, the gorgeous eucalyptus grove that houses the grounds is spotted with plenty to see, do, and share. Lined with cafes and offerings from some 200 local Laguna Beach artists, visitors not only get to shop for something to take home, but they can actually get their hands dirty and make something all their own. With a host of workshops and instructional opportunities, the Sawdust Festival runs through the summer and is a great afternoon for the entire family.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.