The first weekend of September marks a time to honor all of your hard work by not doing any and having a great time! Whether three days of rest beckons, or a playful adventure is calling, Orange County has a host of perfect options. Here are a few of things we plan to do over the three-day weekend.
Hit the Beach
Orange County boasts 42 miles of beautiful and diverse coastline. From north Orange County's wide sandy beaches to the quiet coves the south, you're bound to find a beach to enjoy a lovely time by the shore. For those looking to be active, surf the late-summer swells, have a game of Frisbee (where allowed), snorkel or play beach volleyball. Looking for some R&R? Pack an umbrella and a picnic, then float in the water, finish or finally start that summer reading book, or simply build sandcastles and explore tidepools with the kids."
2016 features 40+ events all weekend long, from Prohibition Mixology Tasting and Swingin' Sunday Tea Dance to the Captain's Strolling Art Walk and the Bootlegger's Bash, discover the opulence of this by-gone era. On Sunday, Sept. 4, 'swing' to Huntington Beach Central Park for Concerts in the Park: Henebry's 1920's Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra. The swing band cover show concludes the annual summer concert series, so pack a cozy picnic and enjoy a night of music and fun with your loved ones, friends or the entire family. On Sept. 2nd, dive into a cultural melting pot at The Orange International Street Fair, a tradition that unites various cultures and causes. Sample authentic cuisine, try your hand at a new craft, and drink in entertainment from Irish, Polynesian, Greek and Mexican cultures, among others. Admission is free; prices for activities vary. Orange County Great Park boasts a number of family-friendly events all weekend long, from Friday Night Lawn Games to Storytime in the Garden on Sunday, bring the whole family down to Irvine this Labor Day Weekend.
Theme Park Thrills
On September 5th, Knott's Ghost Town's 75th Anniversary will come to an end, so now is your last chance to experience the critically acclaimed Ghost Town Alive! After, spend the day cruising around the park, riding roller coasters - don't miss their newest ride Voyage to the Iron Reef! At 10 p.m., look up to the sky for a stellar fireworks show. Of course, one last trip to Disneyland® Park in Anaheim is always a perfect way to spend the final weekend of summer vacation. Also, Disney's Half Marathon takes place this weekend, offering three full days of fun, fitness and a host of events.
On the Water
Soak up these last warm-water days of the season. On the evening of Sept. 5, get glowing with a standup paddle adventure on Newport Beach's Back Bay. The popular group Glow Night Tour, led by Pirate Coast Paddle Co., enables you to experience SUP in a bright new way. Boards are equipped with LED lights that illuminate the beautiful scenery and marine life. Speaking of what lies beneath, whale season has delivered more sights than usual this year of blue whales, humpbacks, orca and even the rarely seen pilot whale. Jump on one of the many boat tours offered along the coast and be blown away choose from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching in Dana Point, Newport Landing in Newport Beach and Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach, among others.
Spring into Autumn
If you've had your fill of summer fun and are eager to start the new season, a shopping spree is a great way to spend Labor Day (plus, score some deals!). You're in proximity to some of the region's best shopping. For luxurious finds and fine dining, head to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Newport Beach's Fashion Island offers a similar experience, with some top chef restaurants to boot, in an outdoor setting. Catch the ocean breeze beneath the blowing palms as you shop-hop. For styles at a discount, scoop up back-to-school treasures at The Outlets at Orange or Citadel Outlets (visit their sites for a full list of stores). If big-name brands aren't your thing, the quaint coastal towns of Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach offer an array of specialty boutiques. Quirkier finds can be discovered in downtown Fullerton and the Orange Circle.