Summer Guide: Coming Attractions

The following preview of the hottest summer events has been approved for all audiences by Orange Coast

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A Fair to Remember
Where in Orange County can you gnaw on a spit-roasted turkey leg wrapped in a pound of bacon and look moderately sane? The Orange County Fair. More than 1.4 million will cap their summer with a visit, in hot pursuit of this cave-man snack and other death-defying munchies. This year’s hot ticket to heartburn? Deep-fried chicken skin. July 11 through Aug. 10, ocfair.com  

Muckenthaler Jazz Festival
This series features CalJAS All Stars with Eric Futterer, Cannonball-Coltrane Project, Janis Mann, and Glenn Cashman & The Southland Noet. June 5, 12, 19, and 26. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714‑738‑6595, themuck.org

Huntington Beach Pier Swim
Fancy a lap around the pier? The 64th annual event awards the top three finishers in each division. June 14. 400 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714‑960‑8870, huntingtonbeachca.gov

Summerfest 
Two days of live music, handmade art, wine tasting, art classes, and barbecue, all to benefit the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.June 21 and 22. 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, 714‑649‑2760, tuckerwildlife.org

Shakespeare Orange County
This season’s lineup includes The Bard’s classics, plus shows by Backhausdance, The Antaeus Company, and more. June 21 through Sept. 28.
The Festival Amphitheatre, 12762 Main St., Garden Grove, 714‑590‑1575, shakespeareoc.org

Sawdust Art Festival
More than 200 Laguna Beach artists will exhibit jewelry, surf art, ceramics, hand‑blown and fused glass, and more. June 27 through Aug. 31. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949‑494‑3030, sawdustfestival.org

Art‑A‑Fair
The juried show includes local artists as well as exhibitors from around the world. June 27 through Aug. 31. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949‑494‑4514, art‑a‑fair.com

“In the Heights” 
The Chance Theater presents the multi‑Tony‑winning musical with a score that spotlights rap, jazz, hip‑hop, salsa, and pop. July 3 through Aug. 3. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 714‑777‑3033, chancetheater.com

Cher 
The Grammy‑winning diva on her “Dressed to Kill” tour at the Honda Center is joined by rocker Cyndi Lauper. July 9. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714‑704‑2400, hondacenter.com

Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters
This year’s theme for the “living pictures” is “The Art Detective.” The fine‑art show will offer works by 140 O.C. artists. Festival is July 6 through Aug. 30; Pageant is July 9 through Aug. 30. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949‑494‑1145, foapom.com

New Swan Shakespeare Festival
“Romeo and Juliet” and “Twelfth Night” will be performed in the intimate theater‑in‑the‑round at UC Irvine.July 10 through Aug. 31. 4004 Mesa Road, Irvine, 949‑824‑2787, newswanshakespeare.com

“Solo for Two: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev” 
The two spectacular Russian ballet dancers return to the Segerstrom Center with a program specially selected to showcase their gifts.July 25 through 27. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714‑556‑2787, scfta.org

Vans US Open of Surfing
Surfing, skating, BMX, and community movie nights—it’s Surf City’s gigantic party. July 26 through Aug 3. At the Huntington Beach Pier, 400 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, usopenofsurfing.com

La Habra Corn Festival
Grab a roasting ear to munch while you watch one of SoCal’s oldest and largest daytime parades. Aug 1 through 3. El Centro‑Lions Park, 350 E. Erna Ave., La Habra, 562‑697‑1704, lahabracornfestival.com

“Tchaikovsky Spectacular”
Led by maestro Carl St.Clair, the Pacific Symphony ends its outdoor summer series with classical music, fireworks, and cannons. Aug. 30. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714-755-5799, pacificsymphony.org

 

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue.

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