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Unique 2017 Labor Day Weekend Activities In Orange County

Labor Day celebrates the creation of the labor movement and the achievements of the American worker since 1894. Labor Day also marks the end of summer and the last long holiday weekend until Thanksgiving. For Orange County residents, it means meat and poultry sales at the grocery store, backyard barbecues, end of summer car sales, family picnics, and relaxing days at the beach. Here is a guide to experience something new and different for this Labor Day weekend.
Whale Watching
Dana Point Harbor
34624 Golden Lantern St.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 923-2255
Date: Friday, Sep. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017

Known as the "Whale Capital of the West," Dana Point Harbor is home to many marine activities perfect for celebrating Labor Day. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Ocean Institute, and Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari offer excursions daily starting at 8 a.m. Make a day of it with parasailing and sailing activities, dine at one of many fine waterfront eateries, or have a picturesque picnic at Baby Beach.

The Great Labor Day Cruise
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(702) 534-0294
Date: Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Great Labor Day Cruise is celebrating their 35th Anniversary this year. It is one of the largest and longest running 3-day American made car shows in the nation. The cruise is one of a few that can offer non-stop cruising around a 1.25-mile route. The event hours are Friday, September 1 at 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ending with an awards ceremony. Proceeds from this event will be donated to The Warrior Foundation Freedom Station to help the wounded return to civilian life.

All About Snakes
O'Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
(949) 923-2260
Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

At O'Neil Regional Park, local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe will teach you all about the snakes that can be found in Orange County. This is a family-friendly event featuring a live reptile display showing local snake species. Learn how to identify snakes, their habitat, and how react if you ever encounter one while on park trails.

Free Small Raw Juice
Juice It Up!
All participating locations in Orange County
Date: Monday, September 4, 2017

Smooth E-Club members receive a free small raw juice with the purchase of a small raw juice on Labor Day. You can choose from a line of 7 premium, fresh-squeezed functional Raw Juice Blends: Detoxifier®, Awakener®, Rejuvenator™, Immunizer®, Energizer™, Optimizer®, Invigorator®, or create your own. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that taste great, raw juice provides an easy way for you to access nutrients without the hassle or mess of juicing at home. Not a member yet? Sign up on Juice It Up's website.

Orange International Street Fair
Old Town Orange Plaza (Orange Circle)
Intersection of Glassell St. and Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-4816
Date: September 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Since 1973, the Orange International Street Fair has been annual tradition on Labor Day weekend. This year's theme is "A Taste of Tradition" and pays homage to the traditions and cultures of the countries/regions represented: America, Asia, Australia, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Polynesia, and Switzerland. Some of the international foods you will be able to sample are: bratwurst, shaved ice, sushi, gyros, loukomathes (Greek doughnuts), olio bollen (Dutch doughnuts), Irish banger sausage, kalua pork sliders, and more.

Benefits of Bats
William R. Mason Regional Park
18712 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 923-2220

At William R. Mason Regional Park, Park Ranger Jenn will teach you all about the truth and cool facts about bats. This is family-friendly program includes a presentation in the outdoor amphitheater and bat walk (bats are not guaranteed). You will learn why bats are important and beneficial to our eco-system.

By Chelsea Madren
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