Events | Find the Best Orange County Things To Do In May 2014

Check Out The Best Orange County Things To Do In May

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Daffy Duck sketches by Chuck Jones can be seen at Bowers Museum

From foodie fests, to night markets, to the Doheny Blues Festival, art exhibits and more, find the best Orange County things to do in our May 2014 roundup of Orange County events. Trust us. These are definitely the social hot spots of hip things going down in Orange County!

Chuck Jones: Drawn From the Far Side at Bowers Museum
Through Aug. 24. View original drawings by the famed animation artist, many of which have never been publicly displayed, including a section of 50 so-called doodles. Jones helped bring to life many of Warner Bros. most famous characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig and he created several others including Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe le Pew and more. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

Turistas en Mexico: Mexican Postcards from the Early 20th Century at The Muckenthaler
Opens May 1. See historical postcards circa 1908-1928 that depict the art, culture, cities and natural wonders of a country emerging from revolutionary times. Opening reception May 1 at 6:30 p.m. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595. themuck.org

Schramsberg Winemaker Dinner at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
May 8. Join CEO and winemaker Hugh Davies of Schramsberg Winery as he pairs six wines with mouth-watering Spring harvest cuisine created by Executive Chef Michael Doctulero. Menu items include shigoku oysters with cucumber granita; Glacier Bay salmon with steamed Asian blini; Dungeness crab with leek risotto and Smithfield ham; Kurobuta pork with vincotto and kabocha squash ravioli and Saint André triple crème with pecan relish and agave. 7 p.m. $200 per person or $350 per couple. Limited availability; pre-paid reservations required. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400. scottswinedinner.eventbrite.com

Taste of Anaheim
May 8. Enjoy food from popular Anaheim restaurants such as American Tavern, House of Blues, ESPN Zone, Hanger 24, The Catch, Slater’s 50/50, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fire & Ice, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Rita’s Ice, as well as drinks, music and fun. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $45, includes all food; $5 for beer, wine and cocktails; $1 water or soda; parking is free. The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, tasteofanaheim.com

OC Night Market
May 9-11. Check out the first-ever night market to hit OC with more than 180 food and merchandise vendors, plus games, entertainment and art such as live body painting, DJs, musicians, a hip hop dance competition and Bobazilla: The World’s Largest Boba Cup. F-Sa, 4 p.m.-midnight; Su, until 10 p.m. $5 admission; $7 parking. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 626nightmarket.com

Book of Mormon
May 13-25. See the nine Tony Award-winning hit musical from South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Full of raunchy humor and explicit language, it is hardly holy. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

Doheny Blues Festival
May 17-18. Listen to blues, rock and R&B on three stages including Keb’ Mo’, Greg Allman, The Doobie Brothers and more. Enjoy microbrew tastings and international food vendors as well as arts and crafts. See website for schedule. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.360.7800. dohenybluesfestival.com

24 Carrots Pop-Up Dinner
May 22. Join Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo and Pastry Chef Robert LeSage for their first-ever pop-up dinner at Rancho Las Lomas. The dinner will showcase the bold and complex flavors of Spanish cuisine with a modern twist utilizing organic, seasonal and foraged ingredients. Enjoy a six course meal including paella, pan roasted halibut con Arròs negre, house cured pork tenderloin, tres leches and wine pairings with each course. 7-10 p.m. $175. Limited to 40 seats. Advance purchase required. 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, 24carrots.com

May Mixology: 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Bloody Mary
May 28. Celebrate the anniversary of the Bloody Mary with a master mixology lesson featuring Ketel One vodka. Mix and mingle with master mixologists as they demystify what has been called “the world’s most complex cocktail.” Enjoy live music, delicious drinks and light bites prepared by Executive Chef Raj Dixit from Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern. $45. 6:30-8 p.m. Space is limited, reservations required. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 800.722.1543. stregismb.com

Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival
May 31. Enjoy samplings from wineries, breweries and spirits companies including Cakebread, Justin, BJ’s Brewhouse, Pyramid Brewing and more as well as restaurants including Slapfish, Zimzala, Clay Oven, Maro Wood Grill, Bluewater Grill, Riptide and James Republic. 2-5 p.m. $75-$100. Hanger 244 at The Orange County Great Park, near Interstate 5 at Sand Canyon Ave. and Irvine Blvd., Irvine, 714.571.5220. greatwinefestival.com

Anaheim Packing House Grand Opening
May 31. Kick-off the anticipated grand opening of the newly restored district with a day full of festivities including live music from various local country and blue grass bands, an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m., line dancing, hayrides, vintage kids games and crafts from 1-5 p.m. and more. Dress in your favorite period ensembles from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Check out all of the carefully curated culinary artisans and get a free tour of the historical landmark. Free parking at Broadway and Anaheim Blvd. as well as at Center St. Promenade. Free. Noon-10 p.m. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, anaheimpackingdistrict.com

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