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The days are longer. The weather’s great. Now’s the time to get out and have some fun! Here’s our top five list of things to do in the week ahead.

The Intergalactic Nemesis

1. Sci-Fi Staging
Seat belts should be required for The Intergalactic Nemesis; it’s an intense, lively trip through space. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and her assistant—along with an intriguing librarian from Arizona—journey across the globe and beyond in defense of humanity. Buckle up for the adventure June 1-2. Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, scfta.org

2. Mad Hatter
Dr. Seuss—aka Theodor Seuss Geisel—has impacted the world with his inventive, educational children’s picture books. But this is a man of many hats. In fact, he was an avid hat collector. And here’s your last chance to get a glimpse at his never-before-seen collection, as well as his secret art, during the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! exhibit, which closes June 2. The program honors the 75th anniversary of his book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Fingerhut Gallery, 210A Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.6410, fingerhutart.com

3. Street Eats
The Tustin Street Fair is a summertime tradition, complete with entertainment, a watermelon eating contest and—the highlight of it all—a chili cook-off. To keep you busy between eats, the fair also has live music, craft booths and entertainment. Enjoy the fun in the sun on June 2. El Camino Real and Main Street, Tustin, 714.573.3326, tustinchilicookoff.com

4. Hokey Pokey
Calling all poke addicts! The I Love Poke Festival gives O.C. foodies another chance to indulge. On June 5, chefs compete to earn the title of best poke, and this year the competition requires culinary pros to use a sustainable seafood product. North Shore Poke Co., Hapa J’s and other eateries will be evaluated by an all-star panel of judges on presentation, ingredient quality and, perhaps the most important factor, flavor. Don the Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, ilovemusubi.com/poke

5. Hang 10
O.C.’s artists are celebrating our coastal community with a tribute to The Surf Gallery. On display June 1-29, Expression Session honors this unique Laguna venue, which closed in 2010, with a collection of works that are guest curated by Will Pennartz, the founder of the gallery. Artists Republic for Tomorrow, 210 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.988.0603, ar4t.com