Here is the honest truth – if you don’t already have tickets for Weenie Roast 2014, prepare to see non-stop photos from the folks in your feed that are. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – it’ll be relentless. If you are one of the lucky ones, boast the best way possible. Live it up! If not, we did manage to find some solid alternatives on how to spend your weekend. If you are in the OC this weekend, check the list!
WEENIE: KROQ’S WEENIE ROAST 2014
Instantly selling out, the summertime tradition and one of Southern California’s most sought after parties, descends on the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this weekend. Pooling some of the heftiest brands from both modern rock and electronic dance music, the same stage will host the likes of Avicii and Beck, Foster the People and Bastille. If you didn’t score tickets, it’s highly recommended that you do everything within reason to try and win them. This is one of those things you will regret missing all year if you happen to not make it in.
May 31st | All Ages | Good Luck | Website
CINEMA: BIKE IN MOVIE : BICYCLE THIEVES
Widely regarded by generations of critics as one of the best movies ever made, Vittorio DeSica’s 1948 examination of Post World War II Italy is a tear jerker to say the least. A working man has his only mode of transportation, his bicycle stolen while working. In order to save his job, he must find his bicycle. With his young son in tow, the emotionally charged story between of a loving and desperate father tugs at viewers heartstrings. The Bicycle Tree in Santa Ana will be screening the film and encouraging everyone to ride their own bikes out. Bike valet will be available.
May 31st | All Ages | FREE | Website
CARNIES: BREA SUMMERFEST
With an estimated 20,000 annual attendees, this North OC precursor to the OC Fair serves as a pretty nice appetizer for the South County main course. Complete with fair food, carnival rides, games that result in over-sized stuffed animals, and an impressive main-stage that has boasted the likes of MC Hammer and Pat Benatar in years past, this three day event is a proper slice of Americana the whole family can enjoy.
May 30th – June 1st | All Ages | FREE | Website
DUDE: WHERE’S THE ART, LEBOWSKI?
Who doesn’t love a good art show? And with the high brow stuffiness routinely being deflated from the conventional take on art, cool themes and booze a plenty make art even better to stare at and enjoy. Taking place at Fullerton Tattoo, artists in various mediums get to showcase their affinity for The Big Lebowski on all types of canvases. Cruise the exhibit or come ready to buy – this promises to be a great time.
May 31st | All Ages | FREE | Website
FITNESS: LADERA RANCH GRAND PRIX OF CYCLING
Now in it’s third season with title sponsor SmartStop Self Storage, this USA Cycling Rules race through gorgeous Ladera Ranch brings out thousands of competitive riders all aiming for the trophy and a shot at earning a near $10,000 purse. With all proceeds benefitting Laura’s House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, as well as The Young Survival Coalition, helping victims of cancer, the bottom line is more than a worthy cause. The course begins at Founders Park and pairs the difficulty of a challenging course with the fun of knowing there is a great reason to tough it out.
June 1st | All Ages | $25 | Website
MIX: SOCO NIGHT SUMMER SERIES KICKOFF
Launching their Soco Summer Series happening every Tuesday night throughout the summer, The OC Mix is encouraging everyone to come out for a night of tasty food and a fan-selected film each week screened right outside as shoppers cruise the plaza. Eats provided by Urban Pie Mobile Woodfired pizzas, a beer and wine garden for the adults looking for a nightcap, and stores open late make this a pretty cool in week break and a nice alternative to the stale taste of taco Tuesday.
June 3rd (Every Tuesday through Sept.) | ALL AGES | $10 | Website
HELLO: LIONEL RICHIE AT HONDA CENTER
In the thick of his All The Hits, All Night Long Tour, generational songbird Lionel Richie will be setting the mood this week with a visit to Anaheim’s Honda Center. Paired with The Voice’s Cee-Lo Green, Mr. Richie promises to roll out the singles for fans to sing along to. “All Night Long”, “Dancing On the Ceiling”, and “Running With The Night” are just some of the gems you can expect to hear. Break out the white pants.
June 3rd | ALL AGES | $29.50 – $129.50 | Website
COMEDY: MARGARET CHO AT THE IRVINE IMPROV
Easily one of comedy’s most articulate, albeit opinionated personalities, Margaret Cho continues to find the humor in during her examining of difficult to tackle social intricacies. A profound advocate among the LBGT and Asian American communities, Cho is a rare talent with a penchant for the kind of storytelling that is both vivid and hilarious. Still working the comedy clubs, career successes haven’t slowed her touring – lucky for the fans.
May 30th – June 1st | 21+ | $25 | Website