Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 3.10.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 3.10.16

March Madness
March 10-12. March Madness is in full effect with the Big West Basketball Tournament taking place at the Honda Center. Cheer on your favorite teams as they compete for the 2016 title. March 10, 12 p.m.; March 11, 6:30 p.m.; March 12, 8:30 p.m. Big West Basketball Tournament $69. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.


BloomBLOOM Market at The LAB
March 12. Welcome spring a little early with The LAB’s BLOOM Market. The Costa Mesa art studio OH! Creative will provide a complimentary screen printing workshop using natural dyes. Also, enjoy live music and an art show featuring the work of several local artists in varying styles. 12-4 p.m. Free. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6660.


swallows-day-paradeSwallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Fair

March 12. See the parade that commemorates the storied annual bird visit from Argentina. The Mercado Street Fair in Historic Town Center Park off El Camino Real and Ortega Hwy., features more than 100 vendors with live music, activities for children and a variety of food and drinks. A free shuttle will be available for transportation between events. Swallows Day Parade 11 a.m. Street Fair 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976.

Pacific-CitySpringtime Saturdays at Pacific City

March 12. Welcome spring at Pacific City with Easter Bunny photo opps at Smocking Birds, a petting zoo, face-painting and mommy makeovers (courtesy of Sephora and M.A.C.), succulent workshops and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Easter Bunny photos available for purchase. Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



OC-Restaurant-Weeek-2OC Restaurant Week
March 6-12. Dine on specially priced prix-fixe menus at 140 Orange County restaurants, ranging from casual and family friendly to upscale fine dining. New to this year’s event is an $80 “luxe” menu offering wine or cocktail pairings. Options for $10-$20 for lunch and $20-$50 for dinner are endless at restaurants like Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Fig & Olive, Matador Cantina, The Winery, Red O, Selanne Steak Tavern, Slapfish, Skyloft, Sushi Roku and more. See website for list of restaurants and menus.

oc-fashion-weekOC Fashion Week
March 13-16. Get ready for Orange County’s most glamorous and stylish week of the year. Presented by Maserati of Newport Beach, OC Fashion Week will feature runway fashions and events that showcase local talent, models, hair, beauty and fashion designers. The all-new venue is set against a beautiful skyline and sweeping ocean views. General admission March 13-15, $85; March 16, $25. See website for full schedule and various locations.


MozambiqueLive Music at Mozambique
March 12. Savor South African-inspired cuisine, enjoy rooftop ocean-view dining and listen to live bands at upscale eatery Mozambique. The Waddy Watchel Band will be performing two one-hour sets this Saturday. 9:30-10:30 p.m., 11 p.m.-midnight. Free admission. 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777.



whaleFestival of Whales
March 12-13. Celebrate the migration of the California gray whale with a parade, street fairs, concerts, crafts, marine-mammal cruises, sand sculpting and more. Free. See website for full list of events. Dana Point Harbor, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.1045.



Easter-BunnyFamily Spring Hop
March 12. Snap a springtime picture with everyone’s favorite rabbit as the Easter Bunny returns to Fashion Island. The Easter Bunny can be found in his spring garden on the Atrium Lawn. Come and enjoy face painting, balloon artists and coloring for the children to enjoy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free event. Photo packages $22-$48. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport,  949.721.2000.


OC-Chefs-TableDisney’s OC Chefs Table
March 13. The event, formerly known as Table For 10, features 30 of Orange County’s top chefs collaborating on a five-course meal prepared table-side—each table decorated to reflect the personality and brand of each restaurant represented. Visit website to purchase table or seats. 5 p.m. Disney Grand Californian Resort & Spa, 1600 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 949-544-0385.


Cigars & Scotch

March 10. Sip, smoke and savor at this month’s Perfectly Paired series presented by Red Bar & Lounge. In a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere, enjoy a pairing that has become a worldwide institution—cigars and scotch. Hotel Irvine, Red Bar & Lounge, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.


GreekGo Greek Yogurteria
Ongoing. Stop by new Go Greek Yogurteria this weekend for the debut of its new flavor, rose. The made-to-order Greek yogurt shop includes a selection of gourmet ingredients—savory and sweet—that are both healthy and delicious. Choose between parfait, kryo (self-serve Greek frozen yogurt) and fresko (fresh Greek yogurt creations). 3019 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.723.0398; 3500 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.612.7533.


jade-handstand-on-a-yachtSTYLE + BEAUTY
Yoga on a Yacht
March 13. Enjoy a luxurious yoga session—on a yacht. Complete with three stories, full size bathrooms, ocean views and sunshine, the class will take place on the deck of the yacht and seating is first come, first serve. Arriving 30 minutes prior to class time is strongly encouraged. 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. $38. 2901 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach,


MollyMolly Wood Garden Design
March 11-12. Take advantage of Molly Wood Garden Design’s biggest sale of the year at both the Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach locations. Spruce up your home for spring with 20 to 60 percent discounts on hard-to-find plants, one-of-a-kind items for indoors and outdoors, new and vintage furniture and accessories and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa; 1290 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. 949.548.1611.


chenowethARTS + CULTURE
Kristin Chenoweth at Segerstrom Center

March 12. See Tony and Emmy Award-winning musical actress Kristin Chenoweth perform a new collection of songs from stage, film and her first live album, Coming Home. Kristin is best known for her roles in The West Wing, Glee and Pushing Daisies and was Glinda in the original history-making Broadway production of Wicked. VIP package includes an exclusive meet and greet, personal autograph, premium seating and more. 7:30 p.m. $39+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Bach_keyart_slide4Bach Unwound
March 12. Experience a subterranean concert in soon-to-open music lounge, Underground. Breakout star cellist Ashley Bathgate performs the West Coast premiere of Bach Unwound in collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer collective Sleeping Giant. With incorporation of live electronics and external media, the artists perform a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of Bach’s original music. 8 p.m. $12. Located in basement beneath Festival Hall. Underground, 220 E. 3rd St., Santa Ana.