Things to Do This Weekend | Orange County Labor Day Weekend Events Roundup

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do on Labor Day Weekend

international-orange-street-fairFOOD + DRINK
Orange International Street Fair
Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Old Towne Orange transforms into a world market of sorts over Labor Day weekend. The circle is divided into different “streets” representing different countries who proudly offer their culture’s signature cuisine. From Irish to Australian and event Polynesian, the Orange International Street Fair continues its 40 year tradition of bringing the best international dishes to Orange County. Live bands play music from their respective countries and regions throughout the festival. 112 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.633.4816.

hatch-chilesHatch Chile Roasting 2012
Sept. 2.
This Labor Day weekend, Roe in Belmont Shore gives Hatch, New Mexico (the chile capitol of the world) a run for its money with Hatch Chile Roasting 2012. Enjoy a special chile menu including Roe’s famous green chile breakfast burrito, green chile hangover stew and a variety of spicy and savory Southwestern dishes all day long. 5374 E. 2nd. St., Belmont Shore.

Festival of Children
Through Sept. 30.
The 11th annual Festival of Children, a community-wide charity outreach held in conjunction with National Child Awareness Month, spotlights the amazing work of more than 75 local nonprofits. Enjoy performances from singers and dancers from nearby schools as well as arts and crafts stations throughout South Coast Plaza. This weekend’s festivities include a back to school fashion show. Don’t miss amazing playhouses that will be auctioned off to raise money for homeless families through Project Playhouse. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 877.492.5437.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Sept. 1.
Spend a perfect night under the stars. Johnny Depp stars as the unforgettable Jack Sparrow in 2003’s blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl while the gifted men and women of Pacific Symphony perform Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer’s high-energy, thunderous soundtrack live. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and dress as a pirate or your favorite character from the film. 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, 714.755.5799.

shoreline-jamShoreline Jam
Sept. 1.
The Queen Mary presents the second annual Shoreline Jam featuring top reggae, world, rock and pop artists including Ballyoo!, The Wailers, The Lions, Passafire, L.B.D.A. and Black Uhuru. Performances take place on the beautiful grass shoreline in front of the historic ship to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Specialty food and beverage vendors will be on-site during the festival. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

pacific-festivalPacific Festival: The Dunes
Sept. 2.
Mayer Hawthorne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Capital Cities, Yacht and many more musical acts take to three stages at the Newport Dunes Resort and Marina. The seaside festival showcases live entertainment, local dining, waterfront stages and multiple entertainment areas including the Identity Village, which enhances the experience with a hosted bar, cabanas and table service. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

The Lonesome Travelers in Concert
Aug. 28-Sept. 2.
The musical magic of last season’s hit folk production Lonesome Traveler comes to life again on the stage in a new sing-along style concert. Tap your toes and sway in your seat to iconic songs from folk musicians such as Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Pete Seeger. Featuring performers from the original show, this engagement will offer fans a unique experience with every performance. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.2787.

Abre Los Ojos
Opening Aug. 30.
To celebrate Fullerton’s Sister City of Morelia, Mexico, guest curator and celebrated artist José Lozano selects revered Mexican and Mexican–American art centered on the state of Michoacan from private collections in Southern California. Selections of Mexican and Chicano art from the collections of Armando Duron, Miguel Echeverria, José Lozano, Anita Miranda, and Enrique Serrato. Featuring works by Lalo Alcaraz, Frank Romero, Gilbert Lujan, Salomon Huerta, Margaret Garcia, Yreina Cervantez, Barbara Carrasco, Gronk and others. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.

pageant-of-the-mastersART FESTIVALS
Pageant of the Masters
Through Aug. 31.
Each night during the summer season, the Festival of Arts presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. Enjoy ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures)—incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This year’s theme is The Genius with Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” returning as the traditional finale. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582.

festival-of-artsFestival of Art
Through Aug. 31.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Festival of Arts is California’s longest-running outdoor fine art exhibition. Running July 1 – August 31, the show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Special art-related attractions and special events such as jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and art tours provide entertainment for all. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Sawdust-facadeSawdust Art Festival
Through Sept. 2.
The Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach artists, who exhibit and sell their original art and handcrafted items in an enchanting outdoor eucalyptus setting in Laguna Canyon. Visitors can experience the awe in artwork being created right before their eyes, including the large glass-blowing enclosure where glass masters perform their skill at the furnace. Guests can enjoy live entertainment on three stages, eye-catching artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and delicious food and drink, including beverages offered at the Sawdust Saloon.  935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.

Through Sept. 2.
Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair presents an expansive exhibition of artists from around the world and in other parts of the country as well as those who live right here in Orange County. Visitors are invited to leisurely walk among the artists as they create unique pieces and learn what inspired them or just quietly absorb the lovely garden ambiance of this artist’s haven. Two and three dimensional art abounds in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Enjoy live entertainment every weekend and a delicious meal at Tivoli Too!, which serves epicurean cuisine daily. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514.