(credit: Watermans League)

(credit: Watermans League)

It’s been a long work-week and for those looking to unwind and put their hard-earned money to use, there is an endless array of people, places and faces to visit with this weekend, particularly in the OC. Whether the plan is to keep it family friendly and go easy on the wallet or maybe drop a coin on some tickets for a Broadway show, here is a rundown that will make sure you are in the know.

Friday, October 2
(credit: Watermans League)

(credit: Watermans League)

US Open of SUP
Huntington Beach Pier
103 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Dates: September 26, 2015 – October 4, 2015

Over the last week, the competition has been vigorous along the shores of Surf City, USA. Stand-up paddlesurfing sounds niche, but officially, the world championship tour has been going strong since 2009 with fifteen different global destinations representing to vie for best in the world. Though most of the rankings have already been solidified for this stop of the tour, the Standup World Series long distance race happens this weekend. This stretch proves especially important as this race leads into the finals happening in Oahu later this month. Complete with standup surfing clinics, parties and Duke’s, and the antics up on Main St., Huntington will be a buzz this weekend.

Saturday, October 3
(credit: Jamison Luther, Manic Mind Productions)

(credit: Jamison Luther, Manic Mind Productions)

The 17th Door Haunted Experience
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
Dates: October 2, 2015 – November 1, 2015

This is definitely the season if getting the living crap scared out of you is your thing. Another in a line of very cool DIY-styled haunted attractions is now situated in Tustin. Stretching some 30-minutes from beginning to end, Gluttire University is the backdrop for a sinister, interactive experience that follows “Paula” in a sort of horror flick come-to-life. Carefully creepy and no doubt packed with some eerie visuals, walking in is challenging enough. Making it out is something else.

(credit: Las Lagunas Gallery)

(credit: Las Lagunas Gallery)

Bring Us Your Dead – A Day of the Dead Exhibition
Las Lagunas Gallery
577 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 667-1803
Dates: October 1, 2015 – October 30, 2015

For Southern California especially, the Day of the Dead is a sort of pseudo holiday with roots stretching back to the Aztecs. Celebrating the culture of commemorating the dead among the living, artists including Jim Kohatsu, Arnold Anthony Orosco, Kimm Barnes, and Catherine Chastain are among the dozen or so featured contributors with work ranging from neon to sculpture. Vibrant, colorful, beautifully morbid, the exhibition at Las Lagunas is a comprehensive look at familiar imagery with a nod to the history behind it’s genesis.

Sunday, October 4
(credit: Natalie Iturbe)

(credit: Natalie Iturbe)

ExplorOcean Science
ExplorOcean Galleries and Science Courtyard
600 East Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-8915

Serving the community by developing educational programs for K-12th grade students, ExplorOcean is a Newport Beach-based non-profit organization dedicated to getting kids familiar with the wonder of the ocean. Every weekend, volunteers craft informative, educational activities that encourage kids and parents to work together and play the role of a scientist. Learning a respect for the environment through entertaining efforts, ExplorOcean does a great job of making learning a hands-on event. All this is free. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. ExplorOcean is ongoing and open from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays and 12pm to 3pm on Sundays.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.