Sometimes the workweek is so intense that when the weekend rolls around, figuring out what to do is just another hassle not worth dealing with. We all know how tempting that couch can be, but it would be a sin to disregard all of the cool events and destinations that are so easily accessible this weekend. For the folks out in the OC, the options run the gamut from craft beer and Mexican wrestlers to high art and paddleboarding. No matter the budget or the preference, there really is a ton to do all of which is worth the extra effort. Let's check it out together.
Rentals & Lessons
229 Marine Ave
Balboa Island, CA 92662
While there are plenty of people that participate in Stand Up Paddleboarding for a rigorous workout, there really is nothing like spending some time on the water of the Newport Harbor with nothing more than a board and a paddle. Cruising the calm waters provides and unique vantage point of the coastline and some of the most spectacular houses in California. Island Paddleboard not only provides plenty of rental gear, the folks also provide expert lessons to transform the novice into a whiz with on a SUP. There really might not be a better view when it comes to getting a good workout. Spending sunrise or sunset on the water is nothing less than incredible.
Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
5305 Santiago Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA 92676
From the same folks that have developed the OC Brew Ha Ha into one of the most reputable craft beer events in the nation, comes the festival that now combines the harmonious union of beer and tacos in Sabroso. Boasting some 120 different beers from a colossal list of fine craft breweries, Sabroso aims to crown best in show with tacos from OC eateries including The Kroft, Pour Vida, Dos Chinos, Grits of Fullerton, and the Lime Truck to name a few. Patrons can put down unlimited beer (in the form of 4 oz. tasters) while enjoying live music from The Wheelland Brothers, live Lucha Libre from masked Mexican Wrestlers on the lawn, and of course, plenty of gourmet tortilla goodness to soak up all that beer.
Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow
1175 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
True to their Republic moniker, OC Collective Artists Republic is again redirecting their focus on contributors that both live and work right here in the OC. Selecting ten artists whose reach ranges from regional to world-renowned, Ben Brough, Brian Bent, Craig "Skibs" Barker, Chantal de Felice, Danny Schutt, David Blake, Laurie Hassold, Michelle Bickford, Sophie St. Onge, and Tyler Warren are the featured players of Ten OC. From mixed media to traditional oil, paint and canvas, the work all translates a focused, stylish Southern California slant. A promising collection of creativity with localism at its core, the show reaffirms the kind of artistic spirit that anchors SoCal.
Visit Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Technically Fashion Island falls in line with an outdoor mall, but like the Glendale Galleria, to call this a mall is a huge understatement. From Bloomindales to Urban Outfitters, to G-Star and Luis Vuitton, plus superb dining options like Roy's and Cucina Enoteca to name a few, there is a wealth to explore. Wondering the shops without an agenda and stopping for a bite will likely consume the bulk of your day and take you well into the night. A healthy mix of big name retailers to locally popular purveyors, window-shopping at Fashion Island is a always a good choice.
La Habra Citrus Fair
321 E. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
What began in 2010 as a way to enrich the community of La Habra and raise funds for the city's deserving non-profit organizations has now grown to an annual event that attracts some 40,000 visitors every year. Giving local children the opportunity to explore horticulture and livestock, the Citrus Fair is a localized version the summer extravaganza further South in the OC. Complete with plenty of food from local vendors and a weekend full of live entertainment that extends from the early afternoon well into the evening, the La Habra Citrus Fair is the neighborhood carnival that is an essential slice of Americana.