(Credit: Willy Sanjuan)

(Credit: Willy Sanjuan)


If your phone is going nuts with inquiries as to what the plans are for this weekend, we have been working to prepare a convenient link for you to fire back with a quick list of options. Orange County, as L.A.’s neighbor, has an identity all it’s own. For those that aren’t into making the commute East of the 605, there are plenty of recreational options in the OC. Regardless of budget or preference, you are certain to find a slam dunk of a Saturday or Sunday. Let’s figure out what the game plan is for the weekend.

Friday, September 16
(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards)


Amy Schumer Live
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
8800 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 855-8095
www.amyschumer.com

Arguably the biggest comedian walking the Earth right now, Schumer is bringing her arena-sized sass to Irvine for a night of sidesplitting. There is something especially admirable about watching comedy in an amphitheater. To put things into perspective, there will be about 17,000 people enthusiastically waiting to see just one person. There will be no pyrotechnics, no guitar solos, and no back up dancers, either. You’ll just get Schumer and a microphone. But, that’s all you really need. The film and television starlet is at the top of her game and continues to be unflinching with her brand of frank funny. This is a hot ticket for good reason. Go out and laugh under the stars with one of the best in business.

Saturday, September 17
(Credit: Willy Sanjuan)

(Credit: Willy Sanjuan)


Oktoberfest 2016
Old World German Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 895-8020
www.oldworld.ws

Keeping in line with the fall harvest celebration derived from Germany, Old World in Huntington Beach has been hosting the beer heavy party since 1977. Complete with wiener dog (Dachshund) races, traditional faire, plenty of lederhosen, and large steins, Oktoberfest has become an annual tradition in Southern California that is impossible to avoid. With a traditional German brass band and a tangible sense of celebration in the air, it’s no wonder people stick around to have a few extra cold ones. Ongoing through the month of October, Old World does a great job of being respectful to the origins of the gathering while keeping things lively to appeal to new visitors. Hoist your glass to the changing of the seasons with the folks at Old World.
 

(Credit: SOCO Farmers’ Market)

(Credit: SOCO Farmers’ Market)


Soco Farmers Market
OC Mix
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 375-0749
www.shoptheocmix.com

Located in close proximity to the OC Mix, the Soco Farmers Market features more than just a few pop-up tents and some produce. With vendors ranging from specialty coffee roasters to home décor, the market is an inspired vendor village in the hub of Costa Mesa’s stylish shopping sections. Happening every Saturday, OC Mix boasts a refined collection of retailers that only serves to compliment the curbside purveyors, giving patrons plenty to peruse. Food, drink, and some retail therapy are all in store if you are headed to the OC Mix for your Saturday morning stroll.

Sunday, September 18
Garth Brooks (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

Garth Brooks (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)


Garth Brooks Live!
Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
www.garthbrooks.com

There are few artists as iconic as Garth Brooks. Transcending the country music genre, Brooks has gone on to be one of the most historically successful musicians of all time, with a catalog of work that can only be described as universally cherished. When Garth tours, the ticket is not just hot, it’s illusive. The demand for Garth was so big in Southern California, the man is doing three sold out nights at Honda Center. In the thick of his latest world tour, Brooks is a proven showman that consistently delivers hours of music in a performance that always leaves fans feeling fulfilled. Whether you like country music or not, a Garth Brooks concert is an essential experience. If you can, get to this show.
 

(Credit: Coach Cristina Morcom)

(Credit: Coach Cristina Morcom)


Newport Sea Base Rowing
1931 W. Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 646-6727
www.seabaserowing.org

Southern Californians have the ability to enjoy the water so easily that it’s arguably taken for granted. Combating that, the folks at Newport Sea Base are giving visitors the chance to appreciate the coast and put their bodies to the test with both competitive and recreational rowing. Offering programs that engage experienced athletes and others that challenge the novice looking to learn, Sea Base gets you in the water and working with a team of your peers in a way marries fun and fitness. If you are looking for something new to try with an interactive element, you might find a new passion in the water.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.
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