84 Days of Summer: 10 Things You Need To Do Before Summer is Over


The bad news- summer is almost over. The good news-there are still plenty of activities in Huntington Beach to help you soak up the last few blissful days of summer. Here are 10 things you need to do before summer ends!

August 18, 2011 Orange County BBQ Bonanza – Aug. 18 – 21. All You Can Eat! Ribs, drinks, sides, desserts served at the outdoor festival held in Mile Square Park (FV Sports Park). Music on various stages, Kids Village and more. Location: 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA. Time: Open: Thurs & Fri 5 – 9 p.m. Saturday 4 -9 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Cost: $5 general admission, no ribs. $100 all you can eat & drink, and many gifts, souvenirs and perks. OCbbqBonanza.com

Hiking Half Dome and Yosemite – Event held at REI in Huntington Beach. The secrets of the Yosemite Valley – Half Dome, overlooking the majestic Yosemite Valley, inspires hikers from around the world. Experts talk about the region, gear and training for your next Yosemite Adventure. Cost: Free. Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

GW Segway Tours prides itself in being the only Southern California Segway tour company that lets you ride their segways in the sand! Travel through downtown, the boardwalk and the beach for 60 or 90 minutes. Tours include training and there are packages that include dinner as well. Visit the website for booking information

Kite flying is a classic beach activity. Ocean breezes make Huntington State Beach, the Huntington Pier and Bolsa Chica great places to fly a kite. Visit the Kite Connection on the pier and browse a wide selection of stunt, sport, beginners and advanced kits. They also have quite a few accessories and fun items like pirate flags!

The Old World German Restaurant in Huntington Beach has many special events throughout the year. On Sunday, August 21, celebrate Plum Fest and enjoy delicious plum cake, plum jam, plum schnapps and Berliners Pflaumenkuchen. Visit the Old World website for more information about this and other Old World events.

Enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Sugar Shack! Family owned and operated since 1967, the Sugar Shack is a local favorite. Breakfast burritos, omelets, pancakes, french toast, sandwiches, salads, burgers and various specialities fill the Sugar Shack menu. Not only is the food excellent, but the service is superb.

In Hawaiian, “no ka oi” means “the best.” At No Ka Oi restaurant on 215 Main Street in Huntington Beach, that’s exactly what you get. From delicious Hawaiian cuisine to spectacular food presentations, family friendly service, inside and outside dining, t.v.s, catering and a wonderful setting. Visit their website to sign up for special offers. Aloha!

Indulge your cupcake craving at Lil Red’s Cupcakery on Bolsa Chica Ave. Everyday you can enjoy their Fab Five most popular flavors: Lil’ Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate, Sugar Cookie, Tuxedo, and Sea Salt Caramel. Indulge in one of 10-12 rotating flavors as well. Take them to go or enjoy them in the adorable little red riding hood themed bakery. They also cater for all occasions.

Downtown Huntington Beach is known for unique shops that sell speciality food, gifts and clothes. One such shop is Electric Chair located on Main Street. Electric Chair sales punk rock, gothic, vintage and alternative clothing, shoes and accessories. Whether you are looking for the latest in streetwear, gothic and renaissance apparel, or classic punk stretch jeans, Electric Chair has what you are looking for.

Put your balance and finesse to work at ClimbX, an indoor rock climbing gym located on Gothard St. Climb X offers classes and hosts birthday parties and corporate events. Many classes come with a free months membership to Climb X. The gym also organizes outdoor rock climbing trips. Men, women and children of all ages will enjoy this unique sport.