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2017 NCVAA – THINGS TO DO IN ORANGE COUNTY

Laguna Dance Festival 2017

Sep 7-17, 2017 | Laguna Beach, CA

The Laguna Dance Festival blends concert dance with non-traditional venues to create a unique, up-and-close feeling for fans of the art form. By transforming art galleries and site-specific outdoor venues into dance stages, the festival’s audiences can experience top-quality dance performance in ways that challenge the traditional portrayal of the genre. Since its inception, the festival has collaborated with such respected companies as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet and many others.

Fiestas Santa Ana 2017

Sep 10-11, 2017 | Laguna Beach, CA

You’re always in the mood for a fiesta, so without question you’re entertaining the thought of attending Fiestas Santa Ana. It kicks off with a street fair that’s loaded with cultural entertainment including flavorful food, energetic music, dancing and a colorful parade around Santa Ana, California. This free event is loaded with tons of culture and entertainment that you shouldn’t waste on sitting in the comfort of your own home.

Shakespeare|Summerfest Orange County 2017
(The Pirates of Penzance)
Strawberry Bowl Festival Amphitheater

Sep 14-16, 2017 | Garden Grove, CA
12762 Main St Garden Grove, CA

Shakespeare | Summerfest Orange County unifies people from all walks of life through the power of professional Shakespeare. Each year, audiences of all ages flock to the Garden Grove Amphitheater for a summer of shrills, thrills and celebration of outdoor theater. There’s acting workshops and educational opportunities offered throughout the summer as well. This summer series makes theater accessible to everyone.

Old World Oktoberfest 2017

Sep 13-17, 2017 | Huntington Beach, CA
Old World Huntington Beach | 7561 Center Ave #49 Huntington Beach, CA

Willkommen to the Old World Oktoberfest in Huntington Beach, California. The lederhosen-clad German celebration off the Pacific coast features steins overflowing with beer, bratwurst bursting out of the bun and accordion and horn-laden German music. Weiner dog races, beer contests and chicken dances are among the featured attractions.

Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair 2017

Sep 14 and 21, 2017 | Anaheim, CA
Center Street Promenade between Clementine Street and Anaheim Boulevard|S Lemon St & W Center Street Promenade Anaheim, CA

Since its inception in 1995, the Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market has been the go-to spot for locals to buy directly from certified California growers. Live music, delicious eats and agricultural exhibitions offer additional entertainment for festival goers.

Los Angeles Bachata Kizomba Salsa Festival 2017

Sep 14-18, 2017 | Anaheim, CA
Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort|1855 S Harbor Blvd Anaheim, CA

Have your mind blown by some of LA’s top Bachata, Kizomba and Salsa dancers. Dozens of performers over three days lay it all on the line to deliver inspiring and hypnotic performances. If you feel inclined, take a workshop to hone your skills and learn to dance like a pro.

Anaheim Art on the Walk 2017

Sep 15, 2017 | Anaheim, CA | Art
AnaheimGarden Walk|400 W Disney Way Anaheim, CA

The Anaheim GardenWalk is laden with shopping and dining opportunities, but you want your mind to be blown. Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes, head in any direction of your choosing and you’ll discover Orange County’s phenomenal artistic talent. For months on end, the GardenWalk is peppered with original artwork that gives local artists much-deserved exposure and a chance for you to admire the city’s unparalleled creativity.

OC Fest of Ales 2017

Sep 16, 2017 | Anaheim, CA | Food
Downtown Anaheim|201 W Center St Promenade Anaheim, CA

If you’re wondering what’s new in the world of brew, the OC Fest of Ales in Anaheim, California, is a good place to start your research. Just follow the trail leading to beer from more than 35 craft breweries and you’ll be making new suds buddies in no time. You like to make beer? There’s a home brew challenge. There’s also food from local restaurants, live music and more.

Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Festival 2017

Sep 16-17, 2017 | Long Beach, CA | Cultural
Aquarium of the Pacific|100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA

Native American culture is brought to the forefront at the Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Festival in Long Beach. You will get exposed to multiple Native American cultures for an entire weekend through art, Native American music, basket weaving, looking at hunting and warrior materials and many other experiences unique to Native American culture.

Sundown Music Festival 2017

Sep 17-18 2017  | Huntington Beach, CA |
Huntington State Beach|21601 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA

Feel the California sun against your skin and sink your toes in the hot sand. Sundown Music Festival takes place along the coast of California at the beautiful Huntington Beach. It is two full days full of amazing artists like Awolnation and NGHTMRE.

Blue Whale Migration Summer/Fall 2017-$16 Cruise Special

June 01, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Location: Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Address: 309 Palm Street Suite A, Newport Beach, CA 92661

Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate

The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to the waters off Newport Beach. Over 1,000 whales were viewed last spring/summer 2016 of which 350 were the giant blue whales. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off southern California, but over the last ten years this has changed dramatically with hundreds of giant blue whales spotted each summer. These giants of the sea reach lengths of up to 90 feet and are the largest of all animals. Along with viewing these giants view the second largest whale in the world, the finback whale which is often seen feeding in the same areas as the blue whales. Other whales encountered include humpback whales, and minke whales. Along with whales, giant pods of common and bottlenose dolphin are also very likely with pods numbering in the hundreds to over one thousand frequently viewed. These “mega” pods of dolphin are quite an amazing sight to witness with what seems like the whole ocean filled with jumping dolphin as far as you can see.

Teatro Martini

Started September 24, 2015
Address: 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Times: Showtimes vary by night
Recurrence: (Recurring daily)

While there are plenty of entertainment venues in SoCal for children and families, there are very few for just grown-ups. Teatro Martini is a new, edgy, fun, interactive experience for grown-ups that merges upscale dining with spicy, but not too spicy, entertainment for couples and groups. Grown-ups love the spicy non-stop comedy, fun interactive experience and fantastic dining. Acrobatics, world class magic, great singing and dancing for the demanding Southern California entertainment marketplace were also added. The food is grown-up gourmet, too, served in a cozy, dinner cabaret environment for just 200 people.

Teatro Martini features: An 18-and-up interactive cabaret and superb dining experience, signature drinks and a five-course dinner with group packages available and tickets starting at $69.95. It is scheduled to run at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Seating is limited. Call reservations at 844.249.7865. Teatro Martini, 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, Calif. 90620. For more information, visit www.TeatroMartini.com.

Stark Beauty: The Photography of Edward Weston

July 22, 2017 – September 17, 2017
Bowers Museum
Address: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

Times: 10 am – 4 pm
Admission: $15
Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Phone: 714-567-3600

During his lifetime Edward Weston (March 24, 1886- January 1, 1958) revolutionized photography by taking unadulterated pictures of his subjects. Stark Beauty captures Weston much in the same way the artist captured the world through his lens. Three sections represent the most iconic aspects of Weston’s work: portraits of his beautiful muses and famous contemporaries, vast American landscapes depicting the United States in unaltered focus and reality, and close-ups which find beauty in the forms of man-made objects, vegetables, and the bare human body. This exhibition is on loan from The Capital Group Foundation. The foundation’s collection includes outstanding works from some of the most influential 20th century American photographers. The foundation’s mission is to make the collection available to the public for exhibition and education.

Arroyo Brew Fest

September 16, 2017 – September 16, 2017
Location: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

Address: 26772 Avery Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Times: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Admission: $30
Phone: 949-305-5100

Join us for our first Brew Fest on Saturday, September 16th from 3pm-6pm. Tickets are $30 per person and include (12) 3oz beer tasters. Food and beer tickets will be offered for additional. Breweries include Karl Strauss, Left Coast, Lost Coast, Stone Brewing & Laguna Beach Beer Company. Pre-payment will be offered through eventbrite.

Live Summer Music Cruise at Dana Wharf

May 27, 2017 – October 28, 2017
Dana Wharf Whale Watching- SAVE 40% OFF Promo Code VISITOC

Address: 34675 Golden Lantern St , Dana Point, CA 92629
Times: 8pm
Admission: $25
Recurrence: (Every Saturday)

Line up for this summer, are you ready to party with Dana Wharf!? Cruise aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride which has upper deck seating as well as inside seating in it’s large galley, making it one of the most comfortable rides on the water. The boat also features a full bar including wine, beer (domestic and imported), and mixed drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the live music as we cruise through Dana Point Harbor at sunset. You’ll be welcomed aboard with a complimentary glass of Dana Pride Punch! 5/27 – Bunch of Guys 6/3 – Cali Conscious 6/10 – TBA 6/17 – Waterhouse 6/24 – Flock of 80’s 7/1 – Cali Conscious 7/8 – Yacht Rock 7/15 – Cali Conscious 7/22 – Flock of 80’s 7/29 – Bunch of Guys 8/5 – Waterhouse 8/12 – Cali Conscious 8/19 – Flock of 80’s 8/26 – Bunch of Guys 9/2 – Flock of 80’s 9/9 – Sonic Gold 9/16 – Section 8 9/23 – Cali Conscious 9/30 – Bunch of Guys 10/7 – Flock of 80’s 10/14 – Sonic Gold 10/21 – Cali Conscious 10/28- Bunch of Guys ( last Music cruise of the season)

David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own

September 17, 2017 – December 10, 2017
Location: University Art Museum, CSULB

Address: 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-0004
Times: 12:00-5:00
Recurrence: (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

University Art Museum presents David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own as part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA On View September 17 – December 10, 2017 Opening Reception: Sunday, September 17th 4-6pm The University Art Museum celebrates the monographic exhibition, David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own with an opening reception. For this event, Lamelas will initiate a performance of Time, a collaborative, durational piece conceived and originally performed in 1970.
HOURS
Sunday – Thursday 12pm − 5pm
Wednesday 12pm − 8pm
Friday – Saturday Closed
The UAM is closed all University holidays. Parking Information: University Art Museum and disabled parking spaces are available in Lot 15. Additional and short term parking is available in Lot 17.

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Children/Family friendly things to do in OC

Golf Course in OC for those who like to golf

Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

There are several easy hiking trails we could take and the scenery is absolutely beautiful, including magnificent ocean views.

Tour of the Great Park and Hot Air Balloon Ride

The Great Park in Irvine is not completed yet, but there are a number of interesting things to do including taking a ride on the giant hot air balloon.  It’s tethered to the ground so it only goes up and down but the view is great and I think it’s free.

Tour of Tanaka Farms

This will give visitors a glimpse of Orange County’s agricultural past.  Plus, you can buy yummy fresh strawberries!

Tour of Little Saigon

We could arrange for someone who knows Little Saigon well to give a tour and educate attendees about the lesser known aspects of the largest Vietnamese American enclave in the US.

Did you know that they sell artisan churros in the heart of Little Saigon?  They do!

Or gelato ice cream cones made in the shape of animals?

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