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Keep your senses sharp and take in one of these top-five must-see events.

Colbie Caillat

1. Cali Caillat
The Beach Boys’ surf tunes swept the U.S. from coast to coast in the 1960s, but today Cali girl Colbie Caillat makes waves with her acoustic music inspired by the shore. She’s here July 12, and local ocean-loving souls are sure to ride the rhythms of her songs. Pacific Amphitheatre, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,

2. State of a Fair
Summer is officially in full swing when the beloved O.C. Fair opens its doors. This year, the festivities run July 12 through Aug. 11, leaving plenty of time for you to catch a rodeo, sample vinos in the wine courtyard, ride the Ferris wheel—and sneak in a few bites of eyebrow-raising fair food. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.) O.C. fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa,

3. In Orbit
What better way to pay homage to outer space than with a concert under the stars? The Pacific Symphony does just that on July 13 with The Planets, an evening that showcases music inspired by, yes, the galaxy. Part of the symphony’s always ear-pleasing summer concert series, the program begins with virtuoso Caroline Goulding’s performance of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5.” Up next is Holst’s “The Planets”—we’re betting you’ll know the music from movies, TV shows and video games. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, 714.755.5799,

4. The Wolf Pack
Talk a walk on the wildly creative side through Aug. 11 when artist Dennis McNett shows off his latest collection of graphic art, Wolfbat Meditations. McNett dabbles in a range of mediums, including sculpture, performance art and illustration, and his works often feature unique representations of dragon imagery, Nordic giants or Viking ships. Artists Republic for Tomorrow, 210 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.988.0603,

5. Southern Pride
Celebrate the Fourth of July Texas-style with Red, White & Tuna, onstage July 12-28. The grand finale of the Tuna Trilogy is once again set in the state’s smallest town—the play’s namesake, where battles between conservatives and liberals, as well as polyester wardrobes and a high school reunion are sure to have you laughing your heart out. Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,