Santa Ana Blog 


Discover what is cool, delicious, and artsy in Santa Ana.

Bob Bergman

Creative Principal, Visioneering Studios Q: Where were you born? A: I was born in Kansas. Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? A: I would travel through countries to work on resorts and theme parks. I would also give up my vacation time to do disaster relief mission work. Q:…

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Tacos for Days

By Greg Nagel Tacos aren't just for Tuesdays in Santa Ana. No matter what day of the week you're here, stopping to grab some of Mexic's regional cuisine is a rite of passage. Chato’s Bar and Grill pairs its tacos and tequilas with a Thursday special, offering satisfying street tacos and a…

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Diverse Dining

By Greg Nagel We're spoiled in Santa Ana: our vibrantly eclectic population makes some incredible eats. Dig in at these local gems with authentic international cuisine or vegan delicacies. Bird & Barrel has eclectic fare with fantastic cocktails, wings, and small bite accouterments, but the real…

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Let's Talk Shop

By Robin Jones Tourists fly from halfway across the globe to shop in Orange County, And it’s no wonder: You can find everything from the most exclusive luxury brands to one-of-a-kind handmade gifts here. If you’re looking for some retail therapy In Santa Ana, here’s where to start. East End…

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Get Outside

By Aliese Muhonen With nearly 300 days of sunshine and great weather year-round, Orange County is an outdoor lover’s paradise from mountains to sea. In Town Parks & Rec There are 47 public parks to enjoy in Santa Ana, with trails, playgrounds, exercise equipment, and picnic shelters. River…

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Buenas Noches

By Greg Nagel Heading out for a night on the town? Santa Ana has flavor and fun long after dark. Blinking Owl is Orange County's first distillery to produce bourbon, rye, aquavit, gin, and vodka, all made on-site from organic California-grown grain. Book a tour of its tall-copper distillery and…

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Logan Crow

Executive Director/Founder, The Frida Cinema Q: How many years have you been in business in Santa Ana? A: I opened the Frida Cinema in 2014. Q: Where were you raised? A: I was raised in Fountain Valley, California. My father was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and my mother in Managua, Nicaragua. Q:…

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Showtime

By Jakki Padilla & Aliese Muhonen Are you not entertained? Let Santa Ana’s flourishing performing arts scene show you a good time. 1. Observatory OC This popular venue is a magnet for fantastic live music from both famous and up-and-coming artists, as well as a host for dance and performing…

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Caffeine Crawl

By Aliese Muhonen Santa Ana takes its coffee (and tea!) seriously. Here’s a sampling of the city’s best. For the Coffee Purists These places cater to the refined palettes of experienced coffeeholics, with classic concoctions and in-house roasted beans. Coffee Muse Famous for: Its…

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Save the Dates

By Carrie Graham and Aliese Muhonen It’s always a celebration in Santa Ana. No matter what time of year or what you’re into, there’s something fun happening in the heart of Orange County. Year-Round Dancing in the Streets Dance the night away under the stars in the midst of art vendors and…

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