Weekend Destinations

Summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in a few last minute Weekend Destinations! Santa Ana, CA has plenty to offer for everyone, regardless of age or status!

For the lovers of history and art, check out the Bowers Museum! They always have new exhibits coming and it’s fun for adults and kids alike. Maybe you’re wanting to be outdoors? Look no further than the Santa Ana Zoo! This beautiful home to over 80 species of animals (including the smallest monkeys in the world!) has something for everyone. Or maybe you’re wanting to experience Santa Ana and surrounding area from above? OC Helicopter Tours is your answer! Seeing things from above quite literally changes your perspective!

Santa Ana, CA has plenty to do close by so you can plan your perfect Weekend Destination!

Looking for Live Music? Look No Further

Live Music

Live Music @ The Observatory

Love live music? This weekend at The Observatory there is something going on every night. The Observatory is located in Santa Ana, CA and has nothing but the best in the industry. This venue will knock you off your feet and keep you coming back for more. Get your friends together and get ready for a weekend you won’t forget.

Friday, August 11th, 2017 8:00 pm

Two Feet 8:00 pm

Constellation Room @ Observatory Presents

Time: 7:00pm

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Observatory & KROQ Presents

Time: 7:00pm

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Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Betty Who 8:00 pm 

With Geographer
Time: 7:00pm

Amir Obe 9:00 pm

Constellation Room @ Observatory Presents

With EMI, Ye Ali

The Constellation Room is located inside of The Observatory.
Time: 8:00pm

Sunday, August 13th, 2017 8:00 pm

Royal Blood

With Welles

Time: 7:00pm

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Venue Information

The Observatory is located at:
3503 South Harbor Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92704 (D)
(714) 957-0600   |  

*Quick tip, Parking is $10 (Subject to Change per event) and is cash only*

Live Comfortably at California Palms Apartments

California Palms Apartments

A life of luxury doesn’t need to break the bank. For an affordable living option with all the amenities of high society, look no further than the California Palms Apartments. As a resident at California Palms, you’ll able to avail yourself of two shimmering swimming pools and a fitness center that’s open around the clock to accommodate your schedule. California Palms, with its verdant courtyards, its clubhouse, and its designated barbecue areas provides a scenic backdrop for your hectic social life.

Apartments are available in one-bedroom and studio models, and each apartment comes fully equipped with air conditioning, wood-style flooring, and energy-efficient household appliances. Consider this long list of amenities: from granite countertops, crown molding, and private balconies to convenient furnishings like microwaves, ceiling fans, and dual-pane windows, the apartments at California Palms offer a unique blend of luxury, affordability, and practicality.

Conveniently located near the 22 and 405 freeways in Santa Ana, people who stop by for a tour tend to never want to leave. Whether you’re a young professional, a student, or just a couple of romantics, California Palms provides the kind of practical elegance that makes you feel right at home. If you’re looking for all the frills of the posh life at a fraction of the cost, call to schedule your tour at California Palms today.

Top Summer Activities in Santa Ana

With summer here, it’s time to start thinking about which fun summer activities you’re going to do. Are you more interested in doing something with friends and family or using the summer to reconnect with yourself? Your city’s filled with tons of activities that are sure to keep you stimulated, relaxed, or whatever it is you’re actually seeking. Here are the best places in town to check out this summer:

El Maguey Bar & Billiards
Address: 2058 S Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Hours: Open today · 1PM–2AM
Phone: (714) 557-7870

Round1 Amusement
Amusement center in Santa Ana, California
Located in: MainPlace Mall
Address: 2800 N Main St #1100, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours: Open today · 10AM–2AM
Phone: (714) 619-6840

Lucky Strike Orange
Mod bowling spot offering many lanes, a lounge, dancing & regular DJs, with a 21+ policy at night.
Located in: The Outlets at Orange
Address: 20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868
Hours: Open today · 11AM–2AM
Phone: (714) 937-5263
Menu: places.singleplatform.com

Where will you treat yourself to some much-needed fun this summer?

Independence Day 2017: Best Destinations in Santa Ana to Buy Fireworks

Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the freedoms we’ve been granted because of our soldiers. Do something fun for your family this Independence Day by taking them somewhere near you that has a fantastic firework show going on. Or if you prefer more of a hands-on experience, buy some fireworks for your family to try it for itself. Here are the best Independence Day destinations in Santa Ana to get fireworks:

Phantom Fireworks Stand  
Fireworks store in Buena Park, California
Address: 7930 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
Phone: (714) 576-6159

TNT Fireworks Stand – Buena Park FFA  
Fireworks store in Buena Park, California
Address: 8510 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621
Hours: Open today · 9AM–5:30PM
Phone: (714) 992-8778

What will you to celebrate Independence Day in Santa Ana this year? Will you go see fireworks or have some fun buying your own? No matter what you do, you’re bound to have a great day if you spend it with friends and family.

Fun Summer Activities to Try in Santa Ana

The great thing about summer is that everyone’s in a better mood and there are a ton of fun things around your city to do. Maybe you already have a certain routine you like to get into the for the summer, but why not challenge yourself to do something different? If you need some inspiration on things to do near you, check out your city’s Parks and Recreation page:

Santa Ana Parks Recreation
City government office in Santa Ana, California
Address: 26 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 571-4200

Make this summer different by challenging yourself and your kids to try new things. Santa Ana is full of fun summer activities that are fit to entertain the whole family. Don’t just stay at home, although as tempting as it may be, and get sucked into a Netflix binge. Life is short- get out there and try something new. Start planning your summer today!

Great Father Day Gift Ideas in Santa Ana

With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s time to put aside an afternoon to pick up a gift for pops. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this list of terrific Father’s Day gift ideas.

• Is your father a film buff? If so, consider getting him some DVDs or film posters associated with his favorite movies.
• Does your dad like to read? If so consider getting him a Barnes and Noble gift card to indulge his literary fantasies.
• If you’re interested in getting something more basic for your father, consider getting him a new pair of headphones, a travel pillow for when he travels, a new wallet, or a watch. Here’s the best place in near your city to get him one of these things:

Barnes & Noble
Book store in Orange, California
Bookseller chain stocking housebrand eReader, plus a broad selection of titles for adults & kids.
Located in: Orange Town & Country Shopping Center
Address: 791 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
Hours: Open today · 9AM–10PM
Phone: (714) 558-0028

Top Memorial Day Activity In Santa Ana, CA

Memorial Day reminds us to appreciate the sacrifices made by the soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. This year, Memorial Day falls on May 29th. Have you committed to any Memorial Day activities yet? For inspiration, check out this event going on in Santa Ana this year:

Memorial Day Program

The Orange County Cemetery District will host Memorial Day Services honoring veterans at all three of the District’s cemeteries; Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park, and Santa Ana Cemetery.
All services are open to the public and attendance is free. Services will be held rain or shine. Seating may be limited, however, you are able to bring a blanket or chair too.

Santa Ana Cemetery
1919 E Santa Clara Ave
Santa Ana, CA
If you want further information about the services, please call the District office at (949) 951-9102, extension 10. This is a great opportunity to teach your children about the sacrifices made by our nation’s soldiers this year.

Family-Friendly Fun To Enjoy This Weekend In Santa Ana

This weekend, change things up by signing up for some family-friendly fun. Your city has plenty of stimulating places for your children to enjoy. Here’s a short list of some of Santa Ana’s best spots for family-friendly activities.

Bowers Museum
The Bowers Museum is an art museum located in Orange County, California. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 100,000 objects, and features notable strengths in the areas of pre-Columbian … Wikipedia
Address: 2002 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 567-3600

Libreria Martinez Books & Art Gallery
Book store in Santa Ana, California
Address: 216 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 954-1151

Jerome Park
Park in Santa Ana, California
Community spot features sports fields, trails, picnic areas & a recreation center with outdoor pool.
Address: Santa Ana, CA 92704
Hours: 7AM–8:30PM
Phone: (714) 647-6559

Old Orange County Courthouse
The Old Orange County Courthouse, at one point also known as the Santa Ana County Courthouse, is a Romanesque Revival building that was opened in September 1901 and is located in Santa Ana’s Historic
Address: 211 W Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Opened: September 1901
Area: 52,740 ft²
Phone: (714) 973-6605

Which family-friendly activity will you indulge in this weekend?

Top BBQ Restaurants in Santa Ana

When was the last time you went to a nice BBQ restaurant? If you miss eating some good old-fashioned ribs, then consider cruising by one of the following places this weekend. Santa Ana is full of some amazing spots to enjoy a good meal with friends and family.

Burrell’s BBQ  
Unfussy backyard BBQ joint serving sausage, ribs, BBQ chicken & classic sides such as mac & cheese.
Address: 305 N Hesperian St, Santa Ana, CA 92703
Phone: (714) 547-7441
Menu: places.singleplatform.com
Order: doordash.com
Hours: Open today · 11AM–7PM

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que  
Outlet of a barbecue chain serving wood-smoked meats & sides in an American West-themed space.
Address: 3608 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Hours: Open today · 11AM–10PM
Phone: (714) 957-1857

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que  
Regional chain serving slow-cooked meats & other Southern-style eats plus cocktails.
Located in: MainPlace Mall
Address: MainPlace Mall, 2800 N Main St #2160, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Hours: Open today · 11AM–10PM
Phone: (714) 542-7427

Where will you go to enjoy delicious BBQ this weekend?