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Huntington Beach Pier

Four Summer 2015 Events To Attend in Orange County

Looking for some summer fun? Orange County offers its residents so many opportunities to enjoy the summer and weather, at some of the best cultural events. Whether you live here or you’re here for a visit check out these local events — just by attending and participating you give back to local businesses and nonprofits.

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (July 25 – Aug 2, 2015)
It’s only appropriate that this event is hosted in Huntington Beach — Surf City, USA, and it’s all for the love of surf, sand and sun. The Vans U.S. Open of Surf is hosted over eight days and draws large crowds, not just because there is no cost to attend but because the entertainment lineup has something for everyone — live music, surf, skate, and bmx. While you’re there check out downtown Huntington Beach and grab a hamburger at 25 degrees or some Hawaiian fare at Aloha Grill both local favorites.

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Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters (July 5 – Aug 31, 2015)
If you admire arts and culture then this is the summer event for you. The Festival of the Arts runs through the end of August and features 140 artists and artisans who show and sell their work. You’ll find everything from from painting to ceramics to sculpture. This event has been around for more than 80 years and held in the heart of Laguna Beach just minutes from the beach. In addition to the festival, you can attend the Pageant of the Masters — a once in a life-time opportunity to see famous pieces of art brought to life on stage. The costumes, makeup and art direction make this production almost too good to be true.

Here’s a tip: if you purchase a ticket to see the Pageant of the Masters you’ll gain free entry to the Festival otherwise Festival of the Arts tickets are sold separately.

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Hi-Times Chili Cookoff in Costa Mesa (August 2, 2015)
This event has been going strong for for 9 years straight and has proved to be an amazing time for many Orange County locals. Set-up in the parking lot of Hi-Times, a well known wine and liquor store with an amazing selection off of 17th street in Costa Mesa. When you attend you’ll be eating bowls of chili, drinking beer, wine and cocktails.

In addition to food and beverages, they’ll showcase some local bands to keep the vibe going from noon to 5:00p. Be prepared to get your fill of sun and fun all day long Sunday, August 2! Admission and 20 raffle tickets is only $20 (and all of it goes to The Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area)

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Orange International Street Fair (September 4-6, 2015)
How often do you get to experience International food and entertainment so close to home? The Orange International Street Fair features 15 ethnic streets of 42 food and alcohol booths and 8 entertainment stages with local bands playing ethnic music. You’ll have a chance to try everything from a bratwurst from Germany to a Polynesian treat like Kalua Pork sliders. Admission to the street fair is free but be sure to bring your best walking shoes and some sunscreen because it gets hot out there.