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June 29th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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Now that summer’s here, you’re probably looking for activities that bring enjoyment to your time-off agenda. While there are hundreds to choose from, we found five can’t-miss events that might spark your interest taking place up the coast of Southern California. From artworks to surfing to French cuisine, these venues offer something for just about everyone.

So get out there and enjoy!

Comic-Con

San Diego, San Diego County

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The granddaddy of all the cons will once again be the mecca of the geek universe July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center. As one might expect, tickets are sold out, but lots of ancillary events take place near the convention center. The people-watching can’t be beat, as attendees show up dressed as their favorite superheroes and comic characters. With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years, the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.

With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years, the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

Laguna Beach, Orange County

Designed to entertain and educate, the Sawdust Festival draws more than 200,000 visitors each year. You’re invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. Artists that exhibit during the summer festival are Laguna Beach residents. The festival also features art demonstration booths such as glassblowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops, a children’s art booth, a Ceramic Center, as well as refreshments from four outdoor cafes and a saloon, live musical entertainment, and more. The festival runs through September 3.

International Surf Festival

Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County

The 56th annual event promotes lifeguard service and physical fitness with competitions that include a lifeguard medley relay, volleyball and sand soccer matches, surfing, and bodysurfing contests. Participants range from age 8 to almost 90. The three signature events are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament. Other great events include a beach run, paddleboard races, dory race, and youth events. The festival has hosted many international lifeguard teams including some from Victoria, Australia. It all happens August 3 to 6 at Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa and Pier avenues, Hermosa Beach.

Other great events include a beach run, paddleboard races, dory race, and youth events. The festival has hosted many international lifeguard teams including some from Victoria, Australia. It all happens August 3 to 6 at Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa and Pier avenues, Hermosa Beach.

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Oxnard, Ventura County

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This annual celebration of everything salsa–food, music, dance– features an international food court, a marketplace selling gourmet salsas and sauces, boutique clothing, handcrafted jewelry and apparel, a salsa recipe contest, and performances by salsa and Latin bands. Exercise your taste buds in the salsa tasting tent, bring your young ones to the Kid Zone with its inflatables, and learn to dance–what else?–the salsa. The festival is July 29 and 30 at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.

29th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County

Each July, the Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich: great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music and dance, and, of course, the infamous Canine Cavalcade. On July 15 and 16, Santa Barbara celebrates its nickname, “The American Riviera,” as the French festivities transform Oak Park. The little French village comes to life at 11 a.m. when entertainment kicks off on three stages and continues non-stop until 7 p.m. both days. The stages will be filled with dance and music from more than 30 acts, including performances, audience participation, and instruction.

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