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As Or­ange County’s seat, sec­ond­most pop­u­lous city and home to

JOHN WAYNE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­PORT, which a new J.D. Power sur­vey ranked the No.1 large (as op­posed to mega, such as LAX) U.S. air­port, Santa Ana projects an im­age more busi­nesslike than fun. How­ever, res­i­dents trea­sure their artsy down­town with its funky gal­leries, the­aters, folk-art shops and in­ex­pen­sive side­walk cafés. Start a jour­ney into Santa Ana’s bo­hemian side at the 10-block ARTISTS VIL­LAGE, an­chored by Cal State Fuller­ton’s

GRAND CEN­TRAL ART CEN­TER

with its the­ater, dance stu­dios, edgy gal­leries and artists’ live­work spa­ces. Just out­side, go gallery-hop­ping around the SEC­OND STREET PROM­E­NADE,

which serves as the vil­lage’s leafy, foun­tain-stud­ded cen­tral court­yard. For a broader sense of the down­town arts scene, the first Satur­day of the month brings ARTWALK, when more than 20 gal­leries open their doors at 6 p.m. Trees twin­kling with lights, street ven­dors and cor­ner mu­si­cians, and live arts per­for­mances pro­vide a fes­tive at­mos­phere for glimpses into art stu­dios and de­sign work­shops. grand­cen­tralart­cen­ter.com down­town-san­taana.com/artwalk

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