1. The OC Fair opened today and will run Wednesdays through Sundays through August 12 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. This year’s theme is Home Sweet Home, and every day there will be children’s dance troupes, magicians and local bands performing, as well as shows by the Peking Acrobats, All-Alaskan Racing Pigs and the Dragon Knights on stilts and in costumes. Children can compete in nightly food-eating contests, singers can perform live during Karaoke Rockstarz shows, and from Aug. 1-12, you can check out the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales who will trot through the Fair every evening. Fried food galore, daily milking demonstrations, concerts, and of course rides ($30 unlimited ride wristbands are available on Wednesdays and Thurdsays with $2 rides and games on Friday.) General admission is $11, seniors are $8, and children between 6 and 12 are $6. Kids 5 and younger are free. For complete schedules and information, visit the OC Fair website. And also — if you can’t make it to the fair but want to get a feel for what’s happening, check out the Pig Cam for live shots of little piggies.
2. Roger’s Gardens will host a seminar called “Plumerias: The Hawaiian Lei Flower” from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Experts from the South Coast Plumeria Society will discuss the history of plumerias as well as their care, culture, transplanting and more. The South Coast Plumeria Society holds meetings in Fountain Valley that are open to the public, according to Roger’s Gardens’ website. Also on Saturday, Roger’s will host “Garden Fresh Summer Cooking With Zov” from 2 to 3 p.m., where Chef Zov Karamardian will demonstrate how to use and incorporate fresh herbs and vegetables in everyday cooking. Food trucks also will be on hand; the Lobsta Truck will be serving on Saturday and the SoHo Taco truck will be serving on Sunday. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
3. Head to Crystal Cove State Park for a walk through the 12-acre Historic District beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, where you can learn about the cottages and their historical uses as well as the history of the cove. Park in the Los Trancos lot, and meet at cottage #34. The Crystal Cove Alliance also will host the Wild Side Art Show & Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Education Commons in the Historic District. For more information, click here. The park also will offer a family nature walk that will explore the park’s plant and animal life at 9 a.m. Sunday. A park naturalist will lead the walk; meet at the Moro day-use lot at the Amphitheatre. The events are free, but there is a $15 day-use fee to park in state lots.
4. Vive La France! You don’t have to be French to enjoy Bastille Day, celebrated in Newport Beach a day later than the official July 14 holiday. The Newport Beach Sister City Association will host a Bastille Day celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Winnow Gallery and Courtyard at 124 Tustin Ave. in the Mariner’s Mile area. Corona del Mar’s Vin Goat cheese shop will serve cheese, fruits and charcuterie, with wine pairings by the Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery, and there will be opportunity drawings for gift baskets. The event costs $20 per person, and organizers ask that you R.S.V.P. as soon as possible by calling (949) 644-5578 or emailing nbgram @ aol dot com.
5. SCAPE Gallery will host an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday to launch an exhibition of paintings by Wolfgang Bloch. The exhibition will run through Aug. 18 in the gallery at 2859 East Coast Highway. For more information, call (949) 723-3406. Born in Ecuador, Bloch moved to the United States in 1982 and currently lives in Southern California.