This week in Orange County brings a wide assortment of opportunities for fun, relaxation, and enjoying the beautiful summer weather. Families will love the variety of events available this week including community festivals, the return of the OC Fair, and the Vans US Open of Surf. Oh, and ice cream gets its own holiday; finally, something we all can agree on.
2695 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Imagine Dragons, will bring its lively electronic tour, “Smoke + Mirrors” to the Honda Center stage tonight, for a one-night-only event supporting their album of the same name. Hailing from Las Vegas, the group is most famous for its driving hit song, “Radioactive,” which remains and airwaves staple.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month
July is National Ice Cream month, meaning that kids of all ages can indulge in one of summer’s favorite desserts, the cool, refreshing taste of ice cream. At Del Frisco’s Grille in Irvine, the adult milkshake makes partaking in this month’s celebration even more fun! Other great OC options include Sprinkles in Newport Beach and Han’s Homemade Ice Cream in Santa Ana. Check out our list of the best ice cream parlors in Orange County.
Attend The 2015 OC Fair
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Orange County Fair is back in town! Celebrate the 125th anniversary of this nostalgic, family-fun opportunity with their “One Big Party” theme. From special events to rides, attractions, plenty of fabulously sinful fair food, vendors, displays, and local competitions, there is truly something for everyone.
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821
The Downtown Brea dining experience Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is now boasting another reason to make Thursdays your favorite day of the week: Tamale Thursday. Each Thursday, Executive Chef Joe Martinez will scour farmers’ markets to create a seasonal, local selection of specialty tamales. Highlights from the menu include Duck Tamales, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Tamales, and Tamales de Camaron Veracruzana (with Oaxaca cheese, wild Mexican shrimp, and a chipotle, garlic, and sherry sauce). Their seasonal watermelon margarita is the perfect complement to your meal.
Concert: Steve Miller Band
100 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Officially part of the OC Fair’s special entertainment listing, the Steve Miller Band will take the stage at the Pacific Amphitheatre tonight only to relive some of the group’s most famous, classic songs. Ticket holders (separate admission from the OC Fair), can sing along to hits including The Joker, Fly Like an Eagle, and dozens more of the popular band’s greatest hits in their decade-spanning career. Tickets start at just $30.
Vans US Open of Surf
Main Street & Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
Today kicks off the exciting week-long Vans US Open of Surfing, a tradition that many OC residents look forward to yearly. Exhibitions and events take place throughout the week including movie nights under the stars, shopping and vendor activities, and family-friendly fun, all in addition to the event’s main demonstrations and contests. Entrance into the event is free.
Cypress Community Festival
Cypress Community Center
Oak Knoll Park
5700 Orange Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
The city of Cypress serves up its annual Cypress Community Festival this weekend, featuring a wide assortment of events for the whole family. The free event, located at the Cypress Community Center, features a car show, Chili cook-off, amusement park-style rides for the little ones, live music and entertainment, vendors, and plenty of food to enjoy while attending the festival.