#5 – Attend an event recommended by locals (5 Things to do in Orange County)
This is the last post in a series of 6. See post #1 here: 5 Things to do in Orange County
Whenever I travel, I always do a ton of research to find out what events are going on in the area during the time I am to be staying there. My favorite sources are:
- Pinterest (best way to find off-the-beaten path places to see)
- Groupon (cheaper deals on events and attractions)
- Facebook (follow pages to find information and sometimes better deals, and groups for that specific area for travel tips)
A favorite thing to do is to go at least one off-the-beaten path type of place to explore, and also find an event to experience. For examples; when we traveled to Galveston TX, we had a fun time going through some huge antique stores we came across. In Ireland, we attended a piano festival in New Ross. In Florida last year, we enjoyed dinner and a concert at a Jazz Piano Bar. For this trip to California, I planned to attend The OC Fair.
The OC Fair – Costa Mesa
This huge Fair annually begins in July, and is 23 days long! As soon as we landed in CA it was the first local thing a local recommended to us, and conveniently it was only 5 minutes from our Airbnb in Costa Mesa. It features all the typical fair-goer favorites, from animals and rides to new foods to try. We walked through some of the buildings full of crafts and photography, and caught a part of some performances by a few local bands. This fair includes a few bigger venues in the area as well which feature local and international acts throughout the month. You have to purchase tickets for some concerts separately, or purchase a “Super Pass.”
My favorite part of the Fair was taking a ride in “The Largest portable Ferris Wheel in the Western Hemisphere.” This Ferris Wheel, “The La Grande XL Observation Wheel” features enclosed, air conditioned cabins with a great view of the surrounding area.
2nd Favorite experience was the butterfly exhibit. For admission of only $2 you can go inside and walk around as long as you want admiring all the different butterflies. If you are lucky, you might have one land on you, or your Q-tip you are given to soak in cups of nectar.
Special Mention to the awesome, talented Chalk artists!
For more information you can visit www.OCFair.com
*Thank you for following this OC travel series! Next Month: Fashion Month! September with be filled with Fashion ideas and deals!
Prior Posts about the OC:
#1 5 Things to do in Orange County, California (that are not theme parks) – introductory post!