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10 Fun Things to do in Orange County This Summer

About 6 month(s) ago by Ayres Hotels
Ready for some summer fun? Orange County is filled with pageants, fairs, festivals, concerts, shows, and more. Check out a list of the top activities going on in the OC this summer…

1. 12th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show- June 23, Fountain Valley


Come one, come all! Classic car lovers will enjoy this free car show at the Recreation and Sports Park. It’s open to the public and showcases over 200 classic cars and trucks. The event also features food, games, entertainment, carnival rides, and Von Rod’s Pinstriping Circus. Don’t miss the awards ceremony that takes place at 2PM.


2. Orange County Fair- July 13- August 5, Costa Mesa


The Orange County Fair opens July 13 and kicks off with an evening firework show. This traditional county fair offers something for everyone, including rides, animals, shows, carnival games, acres of shopping, interesting food concoctions, and much more!


3. Street Fair & Farmers Market- Every Tuesday, Huntington Beach

Don’t miss Surf City Nights. This weekly event closes down Main Street with organic produce, tasty street vendors, and a variety of wares. Enjoy the sunset and the cool ocean breeze as you listen to live music, watch funky street performers, and view local artwork.


4. Lobsterfest—August 5, Newport Dunes

Check out the beach party at the 10th Annual Lobsterfest. Live Maine lobster is flown in fresh on the morning of the event and is prepared on site for you to enjoy. There is also a no-host full-service bar and live music on the beachfront stage from the West Coast Party Crashers. Grab your lobster bib and head to the party.


5. Pacific Wine & Food Classic Festival- August 18-19, Newport Dunes

Come join the best local chefs in Orange County as they prepare their inspired cuisine, with over 150 wines, cold beer and crafty cocktails. This event takes place on the sand and boasts one of the best food & wine festivals in the world.


6. Pageant of the Masters- July 5- September 1, Laguna Beach

If you haven’t experienced this pageant, it should definitely be at the top of your list. It is arguably one of the most unique performances in the world! Pageant goers will be enchanted by ninety minutes of living pictures and incredible recreations of classic and contemporary works of art.


7. Sawdust Art & Craft Festival- June 29- Sept 2, Laguna Beach

Art enthusiasts will love this display of fine arts and crafts. Set in a 3-acre eucalyptus grove, this festival is celebrating its 52nd year and features arts and crafts from over 200 local artists. Grab a drink and sit by the waterfall to enjoy the live music or check out the various art workshops and live art demonstrations.


8. Circus Vargas- June 8-17, Laguna Hills Mall

The circus is coming to town! Check out this amazing cast of world renowned performers, with pure circus magic under the Big Top. This year’s theme is Dreaming of Pirates and includes a thrilling voyage of nonstop action. Make sure to arrive 45 minutes early to enjoy the interactive pre-show celebration.


9. Doheny Surf & Art Festival: June 23-24, Dana Point

Catch some waves, check out some art, and grab a beer at this free event. The Doheny State Beach will host surf contests, live music, surfboard displays, classic woodies, a beer garden and a variety of food, vendors and artists.


10. Fiesta Music Festival & Salsa Challenge- August 12, San Clemente

This fabulous fiesta includes an array of delicious foods provided by local non-profit organizations. Sway to the sounds of the live music and challenge your taste buds with salsa from some of the finest local salsa makers. The event also includes contests, children’s activities, an arts & crafts exhibit, and a motorcycle show.

While you’re in town, don’t forget to book your Ayres Hotel in advance to lock in your best rate! We offer several luxurious, handcrafted boutique hotels in Orange County near all your favorite events.

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