PICK OF THE MONTH
Vans U.S. Open of Surfing
July 27 – August 5
For the past 60 years the US Open has stood as one of the world’s top surfing events. Over the years, however, it has evolved to include world-class BMX and skateboard competitions as well.
Some new additions this year are the Vans Showdown, Vans Rebel Jam, Vans Vert Demos, Duct Tape Festival and Vans Street Market. The Vans Showdown is an invite-only street jam skate competition, featuring trick contests and cash prizes. The Vans Rebel Jam is an invite-only BMX street contest. The Vans Vert Demos showcase high-flying action all week long at the Vans Vert Ramp next to the Welcome Center. At the Duct Tape Festival, you can come out to surf, talk shaping and hang with surf enthusiasts in a comfortable community gathering. Street Market vendors include Upton Home, Burger Records, Eagle & Pig, Seea, Former, Deadbeat Club, Vinyl Solution, Leon Was Here and Skateism. It’s located next to the Vans Pro Park.
Check out all of the action along with the live entertainment, hands-on workshops, art exhibit and other beachside amusements.
Huntington Beach Pier
Main Street and PCH, Huntington Beach
129th OC Fair
August 1 – August 11
You’ll encounter “Acres of Fun” (that’s also this year’s theme) at the OC Fair. From carnival rides to rodeos; animal competitions to Moto-X racing; acrobats to karaoke—every fair-goer will have many opportunities to have fun. And don’t forget all the sweet and savory (and sometimes just strange) foods to try! The fair is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
OC Fair | 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa | 714-708-1500 | ocfair.com
Knott’s Summer Nights
August 1 – August 11
The summertime fun continues at Knott’s after the sun sets, with the park staying open until at least 10 pm during its Summer Nights. Visitors can play oversized versions of classic games, listen to live music performed on several stages, and chow down on yummy treats (such as build-your-own S’mores stations, nacho boats and grilled peach cobbler).
Knott’s Berry Farm | 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
714-220-5200 | knotts.com
August 1 – August 4
Powered by ABBA’s infectious hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Money, Money, Money” and “SOS,” this smash musical is a real crowd-pleaser with its story of love & friendship and dazzling dance numbers. But you probably know that already. While basically a lighthearted romp, some of the plot may be a bit mature for young children.
Laguna Playhouse | 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
949-497-2787 | lagunaplayhouse.com
Segerstrom’s Summer Jazz Series
Fridays, August 2 – 30
On Friday nights, Argyros Plaza will be filled with free jazz music from 7 pm-9 pm. Each week presents a different act: Clayton Cameron and The Jass Explosion (8/2); George Gilliam Quartet (8/9); John Clifton Blues Band (8/16); Mon David Quartet (8/23) and Sweet Baby J’ai & Women in Jazz All-Stars (8/30). The series isn’t geared for kids but is family-friendly.
Argyros Plaza | 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
714-556-2787 | scfta.org
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