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OC Fair Concerts and Fab Four Fair Fun

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

I have a confession to make.  In the name of healthy eating, I decided to skip one of my favorite OC Summer events:  the spectacular OC Fair and all its gloriously gooey fair food. 

Then I remembered the concerts, arts and crafts, little baby piggies, rodeos and rides.  Did I mention concerts?  How could I pass up all of this? 

Here's the deal. There's no way I can miss out on all the cool stuff going on this summer.  I'm going to the fair!!  I can't quit you, OC Fair. The summer fun and festivities featuring world-class entertainment at the Pacific Amphitheatre and hit tribute bands in The Hangar can't be beat.

Here's what's going on this week (July 30- August 3) at the OC Fair. 

 OC Fair Concerts

Wednesday, July 30 (Open Noon-Midnight)

  • Lifehouse / Five For Fighting in the Pacific Amphitheatre (7:30 p.m.)
  • Hotel California - A Salute to The Eagles in The Hangar (8:30 p.m.)
  • Extreme Rodeo in the Action Sports Arena (8 p.m.)
  • We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive: Free admission and one carnival ride with donation of five (5) clothing items (new or gently used.) (Noon-3 p.m.)
  • $30 Unlimited Rides & 2 Free Games (Sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.)
  • Community Flag Salute: Representatives from Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Newport Beach will lead Fairgoers in singing the National Anthem at 12:30 p.m. at The Hangar and residents can enjoy a $2 discount on admission with a Fair coupon available at their local city halls or libraries.

Thursday, July 31 (Open Noon-Midnight)

  • Little Big Town / Sara Haze in the Pacific Amphitheatre (7:45 p.m.)
  • Broncs & Bulls in the Action Sports Arena (8 p.m.)
  • Kids Day: Guests 12 and younger are free all day
  • $30 Unlimited Rides & 2 Free Games (Sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.)
  • Shop 'Til You Drop: Look for Olivia the Orange for special shopping deals with select vendors all day.
  • Celebrity Chef Kelsey Nixon: Join Kelsey Nixon from Kelsey's Essentials on the Cooking Channel as she displays her natural culinary talent on stage in The Hangar at 4 p.m.
  • Farmer's Market: A California-certified farmers' market where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public. The Farmer's Market will be held in Lot E from 8 a.m.-Noon before the Fair opens. Free admission and parking for the Farmer's Market does not include Fair admission or parking.

Friday, August 1 (Open Noon-Midnight)

  • Orange County's 125th Celebration: There will be a county-wide 125th birthday party to celebrate the growth and accomplishments achieved since OC was born and at 12:30 p.m. the OC Fair will honor the County by welcoming local representatives during the singing of the National Anthem and showing of a historical slide show.
  • The Fresh Beat Band in the Pacific Amphitheatre (6:45 p.m.)
  • Rumours - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show in The Hangar (8:30 p.m.)
  • Extreme Rodeo in the Action Sports Arena (8 p.m.)
  • $2 Taste of Fair Food: Enjoy Fair favorites for $2 per sample (Noon-4 p.m.)
  • $2 Rides & Games (Noon-4 p.m.)
  • Chef Challenge: Come and see talented culinary professionals compete in an element-themed cook-off at 7 p.m. in the OC Promenade.

Saturday, August 2 (Open 10 a.m.-Midnight)

  • The Fab Four - When The Beatles Hit America in the Pacific Amphitheatre (8 p.m.)
  • KIDZ BOP - Dream Big, Sing Loud Tour! in The Hangar (1 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Damage Inc. - Southern California's Tribute to Metallica in The Hangar (8:30 p.m.)
  • Broncs & Bulls in the Action Sports Arena (8 p.m.)
  • Rise & Shine: $3 admission (10-11 a.m.)
  • OC Cupcake Classic Contest: Enter the best and the sweetest of your treats to the OC Fair's 5th Annual Cupcake Classic. Online pre-registration due by Wednesday, July 30.

Sunday, August 3 (Open 10 a.m.-Midnight)

  • 311 / Wheeland Brothers in the Pacific Amphitheatre (7:15 p.m.)
  • Common Kings / Tini Grey in The Hangar (8:30 p.m.)
  • Fiesta del Charro in the Action Sports Arena (7 p.m.)
  • Rise & Shine: $3 admission (10-11 a.m.)
  • OC Fair 5k Fun Run: Runners and walkers will take over the Fair for a 5k only the OC Fair could offer. Race starts at  8 a.m.

 Here's a visual sneak peak for the concerts coming next week.  See you there at the OC Fair!

  OC Fair Concert 2

Visit for a full listing of each day's offerings.

The 2014 OC Fair, themed Summer Starts Here,is July 11 - August 10 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Super Pass, Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre and events in The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office. Free parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol St. exit of the 405 freeway.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa

Courtyard by Marriott-Irvine Spectrum

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Saturday, Jul 12, 2014

A new place to stay...

The Irvine Spectrum has evolved into a world class downtown area; complete with innovative entertainment, retail and dining experiences.

The only thing missing was a hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum 

On Monday, July 7th 2014, the missing piece was put into place as the new Courtyard by Marriott - Irvine Spectrum opened to the public.

This premium hotel will be a flagship for the chain that caters to the business traveler. Marriott has spared no expense in the 50 million dollar project aimed at creating a destination where guests can relax and re-energize.

Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum 

"We've really pushed the envelope with this hotel," said Jonathon Vopinek, Vice President of Asset Management for RD Olson Development at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"Economic viability is a core value in the community of Irvine," said Mayor Steven Choi. "This hotel speaks to the bright future of business in our city." 

 Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum

Amenities are the key at the Courtyard-Irvine Spectrum. Every imaginable convenience is available, making a productive business trip feel more like a vacation.

Each of the 210 guest rooms are designed to be a traveler's oasis.

Complimentary Wi-Fi, 40 inch Smart TVs with DVR capability, and IHome docks all combine to make guests feel at home. 

Courtyard by Marriott Irvine SpectrumGuests at the Courtyard -Irvine Spectrum don't need to stay in their rooms to enjoy the comforts of this special hotel.

The 1,600 square-foot Fitness Center, equipped with state of the art elliptical machines and TRX training is a great way to relieve the stress of a busy day. The outdoor, saltwater lap pool with Wi-Fi wired cabanas is the perfect place to relax and unwind. There's even a putting green to work on your short game. 

Courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum

Most business hotels focus on function. Weary travelers are accustomed to spending their free time in spartan lobbies searching for rare electrical outlets. 

The Courtyard - Irvine Spectrum has shattered all of the old business hotel conventions. The public spaces are spacious and inviting, with a nod to the local history of the Irvine Ranch.

Courtyard By Marriott Irvine Spectrum 

The Horseshoe Bar offers artisan draft beers and a place to watch the big game. For a little private time, there are cozy booths with individually controlled TVs. Fresh breakfast and healthy, hot dinner items are served daily in The Bistro. 

courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum 

In many ways, The Courtyard - Irvine Spectrum looks and feels much more like a business resort than a business hotel.

"We wanted to build a hotel that business travelers would love and could count on," said Vopinek.

Working hard has never been so easy to do.

courtyard by Marriott Irvine Spectrum
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