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This Labor Day, there are a variety of affordable outings to complement your long weekend. If you’re looking to have some fun, get out and about, but watch the wallet, there are plenty of activities and events around Orange County to attend. With art, culture, entertainment, food and nature, there’s a little something for everyone.
Orange County Beaches
Orange County is replete with beautiful beaches. In fact, Orange County is known to have some of the most picturesque and incredible beaches anywhere in Southern California. This labor day, head to the beach, set up a picnic, take a dip in the water, and sip on beer and wine with friends and family. Check out the 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna Beach where iconic stairs lead to one of the best beaches to surf and to hang out at. Or, head to Salt Creek Beach Park, a well known surfing spot with picnic areas. Heisler Park is great if you want to see sculptures, or head to Victoria Beach and see one cool lighthouse! Want to get a little active? Plenty of O.C. beaches offer volleyball. Make sure to check out Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach, which offers one of the best courts in Orange County. All of these beaches are great for laying out and checking out the sights and sounds. Visit our guide to the Best Beaches In Orange County for more great ideas.
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Orange International Street Fair
Orange Circle & Plaza Center
112 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
Date: September 1, 2017 – September 3, 2017
The annual Orange International Street Fair is great fun for all ages and back again this year on Labor Day weekend for Orange County residents to enjoy. This year, the event is sure to be bigger and better than every before. Held for more than 40 years, this large celebration showcases arts, live music, specialty entertainment, crafts, numerous food booths serving cuisines from all over the world and live entertainment. Also, the kids can exert energy at the fair’s children street with games, playgrounds and crafts. Admission is free as booths are organized and maintained by local non-profit groups.
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Newport Beach Whale Watching With Newport Landing
309 Palm St., Unit A
Newport Beach, CA 92661
You’ve likely spent plenty of time on the beach. So, why not get out on the open water and cruise the open seas! Sail out into the ocean for an afternoon of whale watching with a variety of places offering whale watching tours. You can enjoy ocean breeze, sunshine and be on the lookout for one of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures. On your cruise, see giant blue whales, finback whales, humpback, gray whales and many more in their natural habitat and it’s all possible on one of our whale watching adventures. Newport Landing offers affordable whale watching and dolphin cruises (look for deals), or try Davey’s Locker, Newport Coastal Adventures or The Fun Zone Boat Company.
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Huntington Beach Concerts In The Park
Huntington Beach Central Park
1711 Talbert Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Date: September 3, 2017
This free concert series is a delight for the entire family, and yes, that does include the Labor Day big band, swing era extravaganza. Treat the family to a delightful Labor Day at the beach, then walk on up to Central Park to dance the night away. Ideal for picnicking, bring your blankets and chairs or spend the night on the dance floor. Today, Ginger & The Hoosier Daddy’s will perform.
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Civil War Days
Huntington Central Park
18000 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Dates: September 2 & 3, 2017
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. The Huntington Beach Historical Society will be hosting their annual Civil War Days living history and reenactment at the Huntington Beach Central Park on September 2nd & 3rd. The reenactment event promises to be a free exciting event. This is the 24th annual year they’ll be putting on the show on the 155th anniversary of America’s Civil War. Living history events like Civil War Days allow residents in Southern California and beyond to experience vivid recreations of life in our past in ways that would not otherwise be possible. This is free to attend.
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The Great Labor Day Cruise
Orange County Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Dates: September 1 – 3, 2017
It wouldn’t be Labor Day weekend without the 35th annual Great Labor Day Cruise. This three-day event showcases over 1,000 pre-1978 vintage cars, classics, street rods, unique international vehicles and with fun family events including a model car contest and authentic wild wagons display. Additionally, spectators are invited to camp out during the Labor Day weekend event featuring 200 camping spaces, with hook ups for RV or travel trailers. The 150-acre fairground will be a playground for car fanatics. The event continues to be one of the largest and longest held events in the country and one of the very few that can offer non-stop cruising around a 1.25 mile cruise route set up at the large venue.
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1313 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
Disneyland’s famous theme park may be expensive to get in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head down to Downtown Disney and explore the great shops, restaurants and entertainment for free. Of course, it may be a bit tempting to buy a variety of goods from stores, and food costs, but walking around is free and is a fun activity for the day with your family.