What’s the best way to celebrate a beautiful weekend in Southern California? Consider going to the OC Fair! Opening this weekend (tomorrow/Friday to be specific) in Costa Mesa at the OC Fair & Event Center. The theme this year is Acres of Fun! A major focus is being taken on agriculture - no big shocker...it is a fair after all, but also on the environment and a strong focus on taking care of and protecting it.
The opening of the OC Fair this year will celebrate the 129th year of this annual event - Dang! That is a long time to be living it up in the OC. Featured artist Narsiso Martinez will help exemplify the “Acres of Fun” theme with artwork that shines a light on farm workers. His portraits and landscapes will show how food makes its way to the table.
As always, this year’s festivities will include unique, rockstar, and epic food offerings (a separate post to come - keep an eye out) and new attractions, competitions and special events. Fancy yourself a Maker? Wanting to show off your skills? Well, you’re a little late to compete this year, but you can still check out some awesome entries in new competitions like action figure molding/modeling, 3-D printing or metalsmithing. You’ve also got the opportunity to sit in on a workshop to learn, for example, how to make party platters and herbal bath bombs from scratch or how to use bugs as an ingredient in recipes. Mmm… Ants and crickets… Delish!
At the Pacific Amphitheatre - an awesome outdoor live music and entertainment venue at the Fair, more than 30 shows are on the schedule for the Toyota Summer Concert Series. You could see Justin Moore & Josh Phillips, Styx, Chicago, Viva El Mariachi, Weird Al, or the Pacific Symphony just to name a handful of the artists and acts performing at the Amphitheatre.
The OC Fair runs 23 days and includes concerts at the Hangar stage and intense events like ATV racing, monster trucks, rodeos and demolition derbies at the Action Sports Arena. You’ve also got the chance to hit the carnival and midway area where you can blast off 17 stories into the air on Titan, a ride making its California debut, or take a spin on Ice Jet, a new snow-themed ride! How sick is that!?
What are you waiting for? Hop in the car and head to the Fair!