(Credit: Lake Mission Viejo)

(Credit: Lake Mission Viejo)


Just like that, a third of 2016 is in the bag. Spring is officially knocking on the door and with this being Easter weekend, it would be a sin to stay inside and couch surf. There is plenty to see and do in Southern California and if you are in the OC, the options are just as healthy. From live music to scenic parks, if you stick with this list, it’s tough to have a bad weekend.

Friday, March 25
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(Credit: Harmony Gerber / PHOTO-GRAFITTI)


Get Your Two-Step On
Reverend Horton Heat
The Coach House
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 496-8930
www.thecoachhouse.com

Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in Rockabilly music, Jim Heath, better known as Reverend Horton Heat has spotted California with shows this week. Rounding out his West Coast run, The Reverend will take to the Coach House stage for a comprehensive set of a catalog that extends some 30+ years. A fiery blend of country twang running at a punk rock cadence, the tandem of Heath and longtime bassist Jimbo Wallace are complete madmen live with Wallace spending some of his time performance atop of his stand up bass. Skilled musicians and consummate showmen, there is a reason the Reverend still packs them in after decades in the game. Even if corn-fed punk isn’t your thing, it is impossible to be underwhelmed.

Saturday, March 26
(credit: Crystal Cove State Beach)

(credit: Crystal Cove State Beach)


Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3539
www.crystalcovestatepark.org

Bridging Newport and Laguna, Crystal Cove State park is a little more than a three mile stretch of California paradise. Home to a wide array of wildlife and a botanist’s dream, Crystal Cove’s tide pools and conservation grounds are reason enough visit. A fantastic destination for mountain bike riding, snorkeling, and even horse back riding, Crystal Cove can be a weekly visit and still offer something new for returning guests. From the picturesque beach cottages that are available for rent, to the deck dining of the Beachcomber, so much of the appeal of the park is doing nothing and soaking in the environment. Considered a West Coast treasure, explore one of the best coastal scenes in the state.
 

(credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

(credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Relive the 80’s
The Spazmatics
The Slidebar
122 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-2233
www.Slidebarfullerton.com

When it comes to tribute music, The Spazmatics aren’t just a band, they are a proven brand. One of the pioneering acts to recreate the golden era of 80’s pop tunes, the geeks of the Spazmatics transform their stage time into a party. A comprehensive set of some of music’s most endearing singles, these concerts usually turn into singalongs with the crowd chiming in louder than the band. Imagine a live rendition of a John Hughes film and some alcohol and only then do you get the idea of what a Spazmatics show is. This is a free event and certainly one not to be missed.

Sunday, March 27
(Credit: Lake Mission Viejo)

(Credit: Lake Mission Viejo)


Lake Mission Viejo
22555 Olympiad Rd.
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 770-1313
www.lakemissionviejo.org

Orange County’s manmade lake is an idyllic slice of Southern California. With two different beaches where kids can splash around the shores without getting pounded by surf, this is a mellow alternative to the sometimes jam packed chaos of OC traditional beaches. With boats available for rent and year round fishing, a few hours cruising for a big catch can be quite therapeutic. Aside from the activities, the reservoir is a beautiful retreat if a mellow weekend is what the doctor ordered.
 

(Credit: Pirates Dinner Adventure)

(Credit: Pirates Dinner Adventure)


Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
7600 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 690-1497
www.piratesdinneradventureca.com

Bookending the Buena Park entertainment stretch on Beach Boulevard, the Pirates Dinner Adventure does a great job of putting authenticity first. In fact, the stage is a spot on replica of a Spanish galleon clocking in at 46 feet long with 40-foot masts, and sits in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon. No to mention, the audience seating is in ships that are positioned around this gigantic pirate vessel. The dinner show comes complete with plenty to eat and drink as the crowd rallies behind their designated pirate based on where they are seated. Pro production and a plotline that keeps the audience engaged makes this a great option when it comes to scoring tickets to a dinner theater. Besides, who doesn’t like pirates?

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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