Orange County

Weekend roundup

June 30 – July 4


Huntington Beach 4th of July Festival

June 30-July 4. Now a world-class destination, the City of Huntington Beach held its very first 4th of July Celebration 118 years ago. This huge multi-day event draws thousands to Huntington Beach every year, and It’s with great pride that SoCal’s Surf City residents come together and welcome visitors from all over for a weekend of seaside, family-friendly fun. A full list of events and details can be found at

Oceanfront Fireworks in Laguna Beach

July 4. Celebrate the 4th of July at the Rooftop Lounge, located atop the historic La Casa del Camino hotel, with specials on drinks and food, plus a coastal firework display visible from the hotel. The Rooftop Lounge gives guests an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean and breathtaking California coastline. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 1289 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446.

Food + Drink

Creekside BBQ with Docent

July 3. Come down to one of the best breweries around and get a jump-start on your Fourth of July celebrations. San Juan Capistrano’s Public House – and home to some very, very good beers – invites the whole family to come jump-start the festivities with food, fun, and the Summer sun from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 33049 Calle Aviador Suite C, San Juan Capistrano, 949.218.8488.

Annual Kick Off Party at Native Son

July 4. Join the team at Native Son as they bring back their annual Independence Day BBQ to help kick off the day the right way. All-you-can-eat burgers and all-you-can-drink on select beers from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and more, as only Native Son can deliver. Tickets are available here. Times vary. 305 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, 714.760.4422.

Riviera Opens to the Public

Now Open. Located inside the historic San Clemente Inn, the restaurant has been waiting to debut for some time. Now that its renovation has finished, it is finally ready to welcome guests. Helmed by Chef Cody Buchholz, the restaurant aims to be a dining destination for those looking for a delicious locally sourced meal. Times vary. 2600 Ave. Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.503.2222.

Glasspar Unveils Delightful Dishes

Now Available. Chef Rob Wilson is not shy about embracing the flavors of Summer with his array of new dishes at his restaurant, Glasspar. From fresh Mexican Bay Scallop Aquachile Verde to the classic Lobster Roll, the tastes of the season are on full display. Pair your favorite with any of their new cocktails for a wonderful meal. Times vary. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.6243.

Mastica Pop-up

July 1. Mastica – one of the best pop-ups around – sets course for an evening of wine and fun as they return to Semi Tropic Wines in Costa Mesa. From the beloved fish tacos, to brand new and exciting dishes, do not miss your chance to chow down on their offerings. They will be serving from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. or whenever they sell out. 816 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, 949.520.2118.

Arts + Culture

OC Concert Series

June 30. Jam out the summer classics as Donavon Frankenreiter (with Iris and the Shade set to open) takes over the stage at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton for an evening of rocking out. Bring your favorite dancing shoes for an unforgettable night of summer sounds. Admission and parking for this event are free. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. 3300 State College Blvd, Fullerton.

Summer of Space Continues

Now Open. An out-of-this-world adventure continues at The Discovery Cube as the Solar System Encounter exhibit continues to capture imaginations. Discover the planets of our solar system with vivid projection mapping images, colorful lights, and impressive displays. More special events will be coming in July as well. Tickets can be purchased here. Times vary. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana.

Photo credits: La Casa del Camino courtesy of Ajenda Public Relations. Glasspar courtesy of Outshine Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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