Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Pig Out 2.0

Aug. 25. Experience the pig-centric social event of the year. Pig out on pork dishes created from Orange County’s most celebrated chefs from Broadway by Amar Santana, Pizzeria Mozza, ARC Kitchen and Bar, Little Sparrow, Hopscotch and more. Sip craft cocktails from some of the most respected bartenders from Juliette’s Kitchen and Bar, Napa Rose, 320 Main, ARC Kitchen and Bar, The Playground and Pie Society as well and enjoy music, silent auction, raffle prizes and more. $100-$125. 3-7 p.m. California Scenario-Noguchi Garden, 611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa.


GemFaireGem Faire
Aug. 23-25. See fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks, minerals and more all at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site. Also find jewelry repair while you shop as well as classes, demonstrations, hourly door prizes. $7. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 503.252.8300.


Elephant-Parade053Elephant Parade: Welcome to America
Opening Ceremonies Aug. 23-25. View dozens of life-size, colorfully decorated elephant sculptures as they make their U.S. debut. After opening weekend, the sculptures will be displayed through Nov. 16 at locations in Dana Point, including the harbor, beaches, parks and resort properties. Works are by art elite including international street-muralist Chor Boogie, Mumbai jewelry designer Mira Gulati and pinup artist Olivia DeBerardinis; half-sized designs by past contributors such as Tommy Hilfiger, Katy Perry and Diane von Furstenberg will also be exhibited. Free. Check website for times. Doheny State Beach, Dana Point Harbor, along Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.454.2091.


PackardPackard Car Show
Aug. 25. Celebrate the history of the nearby Packard Building as the Anaheim Packing District showcases luxurious Packard automobiles. Bring a picnic and relax on the rolling green hills of Farmers Park or enjoy pizza pies from Urban Pie or sweet and savory pies from Wheat & Sons. Pie-eating contest, lawn games and live music. 4-7 p.m. Free. 400 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim.


BrewsNBluesBlues, Brews ‘N’ BBQ
Aug. 24. Experience tasty brews from many of California’s best breweries including Bootlegger’s Brewery, Anaheim Brewery, The Bruery, and more while feasting on a variety of barbeque from local restaurants. Enjoy blues sensation Bubba and the Big Bad Blues Band as they rock the garden. $40 includes admission, souvenir tasting glass, ten (4oz.) tastes and live entertainment. Additional tastes and BBQ may be purchased. 21 and over. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.4010.

FashionCampOCFashion Camp Bash
Aug. 24. See hundred’s of summer camper’s work designed at Fashion Camp, the creative learning space focused on fashion design and sewing, as they highlight back-to-school fashions available at The District’s boutiques. Featuring two fashion shows put on by Fashion Camp’s Summer Camp participants, food samplings, creation stations including fashion sketching, t-shirt deconstruction, hair braiding and mini manicures, games and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. On and around The District Stage at The District at Tustin Legacy, 2477 Park Ave., Tustin, 949.478.0846.

Celebrity-Cruises-Food-TruckTaste of Modern Luxury Culinary & Spa Tour by Celebrity Cruises
Aug. 24. Treat yourself to this gourmet food truck and spa pop up offering complimentary food samples and massages, as well as a complete lunch, including beverage for only $8. Lunches will be items featured at Celebrity Cruise’s signature restaurants and half of all proceeds benefit United Way Orange County. Each guest will have a choice of a complimentary neck or hand massage, provide by the cruise line’s AquaSpa by Elemis team. While you’re there, learn about Celebrity Cruises from travel agents. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. AAA Costa Mesa branch, 3350 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa.

Wavelength Music Festival
Aug. 22-25. Listen to a dazzling and diverse array of contemporary musicians, in most cases performing with members of Pacific Symphony. Experience a new and distinct popular music experience as Wavelength celebrates music at its best, an art form without boundaries. Bonnie Rait opens the festival on Thursday; Delta Spirit and L.A. based indie band The Airborne Toxic Event perform Friday; KCRW’s Jason Bentley DJs on Saturday; The Music of Pink Floyd-The Dark Side of the Moon will be played in its entirety with Pacific Symphony on Sunday. $25-$95. 5:30 p.m. Parking $10. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


_Casey-AbramsFlights & Sounds Summer Festival
Aug. 24. Enjoy a summer evening of live music under the glow of the Great Park Balloon as this festival favorite returns for its sixth year with a diverse lineup of world, pop, acoustic and indie artists performing on the Terraced Lawn. Listen to singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams and indie pop singer songwriter Stacy Clark. Bring blankets, chairs and picnics. Free admission, $10 parking. Food trucks serving at 6 p.m. Live music begins at 7 p.m. The Orange County Great Park, Sand Canyon and Marine Way.


The Blind Pig
Opening Aug. 21. Enjoy swine dining and craft cocktails at new restaurant, Blind Pig. Playing homage to the speakeasies of the 20s, Blind Pig impresses with a classic-meets contemporary eclectic vibe. Executive Chef Josh Han presents a farm-to-table inspired menu featuring adventurous sharable plates ranging from smoked chicken liver mousee and pork belly to more familiar ingredients such as ahi tuna and lamb, all with a little swine dining twist. Open for lunch and dinner, Tu-Su. 31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.357.5553.


The-Tea-RoomThe Tea Room
Now Open. Visit this new British tea house nestled in Newport Beach’s Westcliff Plaza. Offering a modern twist to the traditional English Tea Room, owner Dee Standley has created a relaxing environment where customers can enjoy the delights of an English breakfast or decadent sandwiches, fresh baked scones with clotted cream, salads and of course, over 200 hand-blended variations of tea for anyone wishing to experience High Tea. You won’t find any doilies and rose-laden china here, as the Tea Room has a modern rustic chic look with crisp white walls, black trim and in a nod to Dee’s British roots, the obligatory Union Jack along bold pops of red. 1703 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.287.6559.


Rebecca Taylor
Through Aug. 31. Stop by Rebecca Taylor to check out her new fall collection of feminine pieces with her signature twist on classic silhouettes. Spend $350 in August and receive 20% off your purchase in September. Rebecca Taylor at Fashion Island, 567 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.610.0922.


Through Aug. 25. Return to the 60s and see one of today’s best Beatles tribute bands in this high energy theatrical concert. This multi-media spectacular features authentic costumes, instruments and sound as they recreate concerts from four eras: British Invasion/The Ed Sullivan Show, 1965 Help/Shea Stadium, Sergeant Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour and “Let it Be”/Abbey Road. $35-60. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.