(Credit: Ramon Gonzales)

(Credit: Ramon Gonzales)


As the weekend rolls around, the tall task of figuring out how not to waste it is an important one. For the folks out in Orange County, the options are never slim. Home to loads of museums, plazas, venues, and attractions, you’d be hard pressed to cruise the streets and come up with a bust of a weekend. Considering the options are so plentiful, we tried our best to figure out a balance of off-the-beaten-path stuff mixed with some familiar destinations. Here is your weekend.

Friday, September 9
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


David Spade
Irvine Improv
Irvine Spectrum Center
527 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-5455
irvine.improv.com

Fresh off of his appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, veteran comedian David Spade will spend his weekend on the stage at the Improv in Irvine. From his introduction to America via SNL some two decades ago, Spade has maintained his credibility as a working comedian all while remaining a regular of film and television. Best known for the kind of humor hat resonates among those with a keen sense of sarcasm, Spade is the guy that keeps is foot on the gas when it comes to calling it like he sees it. Performing multiple shows over the course of the three day-stretch, here is your chance to see one of comedy’s most consistent contributors in an intimate setting that is sure to be nothing short of side-splitting.

Saturday, September 10
(credit: South Coast Plaza)

(credit: South Coast Plaza)


CanStruction
Festival of Children
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 782-8888
www.canstructionoc.org

Now celebrating its ninth year, CANstruction began as a way to bridge structural art with a real sense of civic responsibility. Utilizing canned goods, local architectural, planning, and design firms split into teams to create incredibly detailed structures made entirely of canned goods. The structures remain on display throughout the month of September at the South Coast Plaza and work to not only create awareness of the importance of food donations, but also to enrich the plaza with some very spectacular eye candy. It’s during this time that the viewing public can appreciate the time and effort that goes into each structure that the judges tackle the tough task of determining who should take top honors. The exhibition and judging coincides with the month-long festival of children that happens at South Coast. Most can appreciate art, but when the cause is for something greater than soothing a creative itch, the appreciation resonates deep with everyone.
 

(Credit: Ramon Gonzales)

(Credit: Ramon Gonzales)


La Palma Dog Park
229 W La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
www.anaheim.com

The weekend can be a great time to break away from the grind and reconnect with the family that sometimes takes an in-week backseat to all the responsibility that comes with earning a paycheck. Considering family, it would be a sin to not include your dog in that quality time. Among Orange County dog parks, one of the newest is located just a short drive away from Downtown Anaheim. The facility itself has doggy drinking fountains, separate small and bigger dog enclosures and plenty of well-maintained landscape for your four-legged family to run free. Use of the facility is free and the addition is a great way for animals lovers to mingle and connect. With the shops, restaurants, and points of interest at the Anaheim Promenade a short walk away, a visit to La Palma dog park is likely long overdue.

Sunday, September 11
(Credit: Ramon Gonzales)

(Credit: Ramon Gonzales)


Comic Hero University
140 E Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(949) 424-3768
www.comicherou.com

Tucked away in the far corner of the Fullerton transportation center, Comic Hero University is an insider haven for both gamers and collectors. While the on-premise collection of comic books isn’t the most extensive, it’s only due to space. Not only is the staff incredibly knowledgeable but if they don’t have that rare issue you are searching for, they’ll know exactly how to get it. With that being said, the selection on hand makes for some great reading as there are definitely a choice copies that would make for some great additions to anyone’s collection. Not to mention there is an element of fun that goes into digging through the discount boxes in hopes of finding that gem. If you’re done shopping or just looking to take a break, Comic Hero University offers a proper arcade in the back of the building. Lined with perfect condition pinball machines that will keep your pockets jingling with change, there are also classic arcade games like the original Simpsons video game and even the multiplayer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Doing some retail therapy here involves some exploration, some art appreciation as well as a little gaming, which makes for a great afternoon.
 

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)


Downtown Disney
1580 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
www.disneyland.com

There are a few places that function as both a great date destination and a perfect place for a family outing quite the way downtown Disney does. Lined with plenty of dining options, retail shops, and regularly bustling with the energy of live entertainment, downtown Disney is an ideal place to just spend a few hours hanging out. What you likely find out is that a couple of hours quickly turns into an entire day and what began as lunch turned into dinner and possibly a few drinks under the stars at Uva bar. With a multi-cinema movie theater on site, a main stage offering first-rate talent, and some of the Disney magic that spreads outside of the gates at Main Street, it really is impossible to be bored here.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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