Things to Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

Aug. 5.
Bobby Navarro of and Chef Amar Santana of Broadway in Laguna Beach pave the way of culture and class with this inaugural pig-centric social. Fifteen of Orange County’s best chefs celebrate the “blessings of the swine” and create delicious dishes around the ingredient du jour. The chef lineup includes Chef Ryan Adams of 370 Common, Chef Greg Daniels of Haven Collective and Chef Casey Overton of the Loft at Montage Laguna Beach among others. Enjoy signature cocktails from craft bartenders, live music from the Nate Williams Band along with the stellar sights and sounds of the Newport Dunes Resort. 101 N. Bayside Dr., Newport Beach.

festival-of-artsArt of Cooking
Aug. 5.
The Festival of Arts presents the weekly event series “Art of Cooking.” Watch and learn as noteworthy chefs from Laguna Beach’s top restaurants and hotels demonstrate delicious recipes and let guests sample their creative culinary delights. This week’s culinary star is Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales from nearby Nirvana Grille. Demonstrations include a wealth of information for both novice and experienced cooks. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949.494.1145.

Sea Life
Through Aug. 19.
Take a dive and explore sea life in southern California with interactive activities, learning stations and exciting activities. Feel a spiny sea star, touch a slippery sea cucumber or experience the rough textured skin of a shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s special tide tank exhibit at the Discovery Science Center Aug. 4-5, 11am-4 pm. Through Sept. 3, visitors to the Discovery Science Center receive a free admission ticket to Santa Ana Zoo and the Orange County Zoo. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823.

XDL Championship Series
Aug. 2-4.
The XDL Championship Series, the premier motorcycle stunt riding championship in the world, returns to the location that first made it famous, the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Watch such star competitors as Ernie Vigil, Nick Brocha, Damon Barda and many more. At the 2012 Championship event, XDL unveils Motorcycle Madness, the newest extreme event that presents XDL Round 2, trial demos, motorcycle displays, a kid’s zone, live music, food and beverages. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

us-open-of-surfNike U.S. Open of Surfing
Through Aug. 5.
Watch the world’s best surfers, including Kelly Slater and Brett Simpson, shred the waves of Huntington Beach as they compete for the Nike U.S. Open of Surf title. On the sand, skaters battle it out in a big blue bowl shaped like a retro pool and a new Nike urban street course. Musical acts such as Best Coast, Grouplove and TV on the Radio perform right on the sand. Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey Circus: DRAGONS
July 27-Aug. 5.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey gathered the best of the best circus performers to honor the Spirit of the Dragon under the direction of ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson. DRAGONS, a fantastical tournament of champions, brings together mystic dragon lore with astounding circus feats of bravery and athleticism. The program includes famed Shaolin Warriors displaying ancient Kung Fu marital arts, Cossak Riders performing unrivaled equestrian acrobatics, the mighty winged Sky Dragons showcasing their aerial bravado on the only double-decker trapeze in the world and much more. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

Flights & Sounds Festival
Aug. 2-4.
Music lovers of all ages can enjoy a musical tour around the world when the Orange County Great Park, in association with Irvine Barclay Theatre, presents a diverse mix of internationally acclaimed musicians, dancers and exciting new artists at the fifth annual Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. Aug. 2-4 is Latin Music Weekend featuring the Chicano folk-rock beats of La Santa Cecilia on Aug. 2, traditional salsa music from La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashé and dance instruction from Atomic Ballroom on Aug. 3, and Latin jazz from Poncho Sanchez and trumpeter Christian Scott on Aug. 4. Orange County Great Park, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine, 866.829.3829.

victoria-justiceVictoria Justice
Aug. 2.
Triple threat Victoria Justice performs at the Pacific Amphitheatre as part of the 2012 Toyota Summer Concert Series. The singer/songwriter/actress performs in support of her new single “Don’t You Forget About Me,” the latest in a string of hits including “You’re the Resaon” and “I Want You Back.” Victoria stars in Victorious and is joined by fellow Nickelodeon star and singer, Max Schneider. 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870.

BOLTONMichael Bolton
Aug. 3.
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton performs at the 21st annual Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The performer has sold over 53 million albums worldwide and has received two Grammys, six American Music Awards and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also on the bill for the evening is Michael Lington, a familiar face on the contemporary jazz scene. On his newest album, Pure, Lington tackles his alto and tenor sax like never before on robust solos and memorable melodies. 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.360.7800.

sobeca-soundsSOBECA Summer Sounds
Aug. 5.
The SOBECA Summer Sound Series continues with performances by Los Angeles natives the Miracals and former American Idol contestant, Jackie Tohn and more at the CAMP in Costa Mesa. In addition to the main stage on the patio of SEED People’s Market is the Stone Brewing Co. Beer Garden, located in the Tree House above ECCO Restaurant. 2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661.

Laguna Beach Art Walk
Aug. 2.
Laguna Beach celebrates its rich and diverse cultural art scene every first Thursday of the month with a citywide art walk. Put on your walking shoes or take advantage of the free trolley explore the galleries of north, south and downtown Laguna Beach. Enjoy live music and refreshments while meeting the artists behind the beautiful works. “Dedicated to Painting Landscape” presented by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association at the Laguna Beach City Hall allows a fun opportunity to see artists in action. 505 Forest Ave. and various galleries throughout Laguna Beach, 949.683.6871.

La Cage Aux Folles
Through Aug. 5.
Winner of three Tony Awards, the hilarious revival of La Cage aux Folles was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season. The musical comedy classic, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Goerges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787

wondrettesThe Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns
Through Aug. 12.
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns takes you to the Springfield High School graduation where we reunite with the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, and take a peek into their futures, we are treated to the girls performing classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs such as “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Dedicated To The One I Love,” “Rockin’Robin” and over 20 other classic hits! You will never forget The Marvelous Wonderettes—a must-take musical trip down memory lane! 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

wss_where1West Side Story
Through Aug. 12. More than fifty years ago, a show about rival gangs in New York City changed musical theater forever. Now, see it again like never before as the Chance Theater brings a completely re-imagined and unexpected staging to its theater. The intimate, reconfigured space and riveting choreography offer an arresting immediacy you won’t get from a touring show. West Side Story is one of the greatest love stories of all time, filled with such classic Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim songs as “Tonight,” “America,” “Maria,” and “Somewhere.”. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714.777.3033.