The fact remains that this weekend you will be BOMBARDED with invitations that include some combination of Mexican lager and something wrapped in a tortilla. We decided to dig a little deeper and find some destinations that offer that cherry on top to make the drive worth it. From live music to art, and even a bit of sports and fitness, here is a rundown of ten rad things worth getting off your nalgas for.
BINGE: SABROSO CRAFT BEER & TACO FESTIVAL AT IRVINE LAKE
From the same guys responsible for the summer staple in the OC known as the Brew Ha-Ha, the troupe dedicated to all things beer gets a head start on the sunny drinking season. Pairing the beavy of 4oz. tastings from the 60+ participating breweries with top-notch tacos from area restaurants, chefs are prepping tortilla filled goodness for their share of regional bragging rights. Either way, the ticketholder wins. Live music, Lucha Libre, and all the beer you can handle sounds like an amazing Saturday.
May 3rd | 21+ | $55-$65 | Website
FILM: THE ENDLESS SUMMER 50th ANNIVERSARY AT HILTON WATERFRONT
Celebrating Bruce Brown’s timeless documentary that followed professional surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson as they globetrotted in search of the perfect wave, The Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center hosts a gala event for a great cause. The high end charity dinner and auction all benefits The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation all while commemorating an unforgettable film that continues to influence new generations of filmmakers and surfers alike.
May 3rd | All Ages | $250 | Website
FIESTA: ANAHEIM CINCO DE MAYO CARNIVAL
To avoid the bummer that is Cinco De Mao landing on a Monday, the city of Anaheim has extended their annual Cinco De Mayo party in clued a full weekend of festivities. Word is, attendance last year topped 100k people. Traditional food, carnival rides and games, plus a mainstage that includes a talent show, bandas, and a live performance from Mariachi Nuestra Raises, this free event is a great option for a family friendly day out
May 3rd & 4th | All Ages | FREE | Website
SKATE: RYAN SHECKLER’s 5th ANNUAL SKATE FOR A CAUSE EVENT
Taking over the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, skate superstar Ryan Sheckler and a host of the sport’s elite will hop on their boards for live demos and skate themed carnival games all with the aim of raising funds for a great cause. Benefitting the Sheckler Foundation, helping injured action sports athletes and children in need, this family friendly event is free and a great way for kids to get up close and personal with the guys they see comes X Games season.
May 3rd | ALL AGES | FREE | Website
BOXING: MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA VIEWING PARTY AT DAVE & BUSTER’S
Whether you follow the Sweet Science or not, you know the name. Floyd Mayweather is not only the highest paid athlete in any sport, he is also one of the most polarizing personalities on planet Earth. Stepping into the ring this weekend against the pride of Argentina, Marcos Maidana, people will be paying attention. Dave and Buster’s in Orange is hosting a viewing party so people can eat, drink, and get in some air hockey or skeeball while they yell at the big screen.
May 3rd | 21+ | $15 | Website
PURO PUNK ROCK: MANIC HISPANIC AT THE OBSERVATORY
The long standing tradition that is the Manic Hispanic Cinco De Mayo show have become something of legend. Heavy drinking and circle pits to “Rudy Cholo” (Yep, that is an ethnically satirical slant on the Rancid classic “Ruby Soho”) are now an institution among the punk contingent in Southern California. Tongue in cheek humor aside, the musicians that assemble this motley crew are punk rock royalty and the tunes prove it. With Swingin’ Utters on as the supporting act, this is a cannot miss event this weekend.
May 3rd | All Ages | $15 | Website
RUN: CINCO DE MAYO TACOS Y CERVEZA 5k RUN
This Sunday morning fun run is not only designed to be more social than strenuous, but it also benefits a great cause. With proceeds going to the Save A Warrior Foundation, helping soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, runners hit the PCH coastline just south of the Huntington Beach Pier. With cash and prizes up for grabs plus a beer and taco party at Dos Toros in Huntington post race, this is a great way to get some exercise in and maybe get tipsy in the process.
May 4th | 21+ | $39 | Website
GENIUS: MORRISSEY AT THE OBSERVATORY
Last year he performed a special intimate set at Hollywood High School and The Fonda in LA. This year, Morrissey takes to the stage at The Observatory for a show that sold out in minutes. In what promises to be an evening of fanaticism, expect all the theatrics of your standard Morrissey show (shirt changes, fans rushing the stage to kiss him, etc) but here you will be able to see it incredibly close.
MAY 8th | All Ages | STUBHUB It | Website