This year’s OC Fair headline entertainment venues which include Pacific Amphiteatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena made it to the top of multiple annual rankings by the industry publication Venues Today. The 2013 OC Fair, held July 12 through August 11, beat out entertainment venues from around the world between the months of mid-July to mid-August.
The ever-popular Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphiteatre ranked No. 1 for the fourth year in a row for venues of its size (5,000-10,000 capacity) for concert gross, beating out top venues such as the Greek Theatre in LA. The 2013 season was the highest grossing yet for the 8,200-seat amphitheatre.
The Alan Jackson performance on July 17 made it to the No. 1 spot on the rankings for highest grossing concerts for mid-July to mid-August.
Out of the 23 concerts on the PacAmp stage this year, the following shows were sell outs: Steel Pulse / Iration (July 13); The Go-Go’s (July 14); The B-52’s & X (July 18); The Counting Crows with The Wallflowers (July 21); Weezer (July 26); The Dirty Heads / The Expendables / The Originalites (July 28); ZZ Top (Aug. 1); Styx (Aug. 2); Hunter Hayes / Sara Haze (Aug. 4); Daryl Hall & John Oates (Aug. 8); and Rebelution / Matisyahu / Collie Buddz (Aug. 9).
The OC Fair’s newest entertainment venue, The Hangar, climbed up from the No. 2 spot last year to the top spot for venues with 2,000 and less capacities in the world this year.
The Hangar saw sellout crowds for the following shows: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles (July 12); Journey Unauthorized – A Tribute to the Music of Journey (July 26); Heartbreaker – A Live Rock Tribute to Led Zeppelin (July 27); Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez (July 28); Ozomatli (July 28); Which One’s Pink? – A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd (Aug. 3); J Boog /Common Sense (Aug. 4); and Dead Man’s Party – The Oingo Boingo Tribute (Aug. 10).
Also celebrating an accomplishment is the OC Fair’s Action Sports Arena, which offered ticketed, reserved seats and free general admission seating at each of its 31 individual events that included monster trucks, demolition derbies, motorcycle racing, canine agility shows, bull riding, mixed martial arts and dodgeball.
The Action Sports Arena earned a No. 3 spot for venues with capacities up to 2,000 and saw standing-room only crowds for all five demolition derbies (Orange Crush, Motor Home and Damsels of Destruction).
Also included were four nights of new Monster X Tour with monster trucks, Tuff trucks and quad racing. The complete five-night series of the Monster X Tour also earned a No. 5 ranking for individual events.
The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.