Often times, Orange County gets relegated to mostly Disneyland references and maybe the occasional trip to Huntington Beach. From Irvine to Brea, Anaheim Hills to San Juan Capistrano, there is always a plethora of people, places, and faces in Orange County to serve a well-spent weekend. Not sure where to start? Read on.
Irvine Spectrum Center
527 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
Veteran comedian and pioneering mainstay for influential television series like MadTV and most recently, Gabriel Iglesias Stand-Up Revolution, Pablo Francisco will be spending this weekend on the Irvine Improv stage. Known and revered for his razor-sharp wit and surreal impressions of everyone from Chris Rock to Ozzy Osbourne, every time Francisco schedules some sets, it’s a winner. The Southern California native has been active for over two decades and still manages to stay relevant with a fresh, hilarious take on the world around him.
The KonSept Music & Art Festival
4th St. East End
Santa Ana, CA
Continuing to build on the city’s reputation for nurturing art, creativity, and inclusion, a budding community collective known as Konsept has again organized their second annual block party with a roster of diverse talent running the gamut of genres. A daytime event designed to call attention to the city’s emerging creative talents in everything from fashion to film, the reality is this festival is a just a great reason to do some dancing in the street. Food, drink, and impulse purchases will of course be available, but for this party we advise sensible footwear and some stamina.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Though there is no shortage of aquatic destinations in Southern California, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center is one that is mistakenly overlooked. A sprawling, gorgeous facility dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sea mammals, the center is also wide-open to the public. Families can observe the animals as they are nursed back to health. Students can utilize the educational resources and informative docents to learn about the rehabilitation efforts. The center even offers specialized programs for every age group making learning something fun.
Leo Fender Exhibit
301 N Pomona Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831
Most folks have no clue that the man who revolutionized the electric guitar has roots right in Fullerton. Leo Fender is credited with cultivating the first ever mass-produced, solid body electric guitar with his “Telecaster.” The Fullerton Museum houses one of the most detailed exhibits on the craftsman that still remains hugely influential in modern music. A must-visit for anyone that appreciates the history of music, this is a slice of Americana right in our backyard.
AnArtChy: The Art of Punk
526 Main St. Suite 101
Huntington Beach, CA
Chronicling the roots of Southern California punk rock as it pertains to Orange County, bands like T.S.O.L., Adolescents, and Agent Orange left an indelible mark on the genre that influenced everything from politics to fashion through aggressive music. Enveloping a greater look at West Coast punk rock bands with an emphasis on those that made places like Huntington Beach their home, AnArtchy celebrates the rich history of the music and culture with works of art that tells a story most people never even knew.