Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 3.17.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 3.17.16

Firkfest Cask Beer Festival

March 19. Taste unlimited 2- to 4-oz. cask pours from more than 30 Southern California craft breweries including Barley Forge Brewing, Bottle Logic Brewing, The Good Beer Company, The Bruery, Noble Ale Works and more. Enjoy food truck fare from various local food trucks as well as delicious eats from local Anaheim Packing House.  Noon-4 p.m. $55-$65, designated driver $15. Anaheim Farmers Park, 400 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.798.3019.


southcoastcollection_home_slide1-960x428Spring Fling at SOCO

March 20. Put a spring in your step with SOCO and The OC Mix’s Fifth Annual Spring Fling. Bring the family for fun activities like a petting zoo, egg hunt, photo booth, Easter Bunny, face painting, kids crafting, and more. The egg hunts start at 10:30 a.m. at Granola Babies, 11:30 a.m. at SOCO Studios and 12:30 p.m. outside Peinture at The OC Mix. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 657.232.0920.


cherry-blossomCherry Blossom Festival
March 20. Celebrate cherry blossom season with a festival featuring Japanese food, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts, games and live performances from Taiko Drummers and traditional Japanese dancers. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Huntington Beach Central Park Bandstand, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach.



Boysenberry-BBQ-SauceKnott’s Boysenberry Festival

March 19-April 3. Celebrate the historic berry that started it all—the boysenberry! Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will feature countless, one-of-a-kind boysenberry-inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus live entertainment for the entire family. Delicious treats include items such as fried cheese curds paired with a spicy boysenberry dipping sauce and ribs smothered in Knott’s farm-made Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce. See online for ticket pricing and park hours throughout festival. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.


veggie-paloozaVeggiePalooza 2016
March 19-20. Taste the homegrown difference with over 200 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, companion flowers, veggies and more available for purchase. All plants sold are Fullerton-grown at the Arboretum. Additionally, guests can participate in gardening classes, watch cooking demos and join a Q&A session with the UCEE Master Gardeners. Don’t forget your wagons, carts and totes to carry your veggies! 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Fullerton Arboretum at CSUF, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.4010.


Los-Olivos-HR_15-08-19Los Olivos Marketplace
March 19. Celebrate the grand opening of Los Olivos Marketplace with a family-friendly event. Enjoy activities like an interactive imagination playground from Pretend City Children’s Museum, life-size Jenga, face painting, cooking demonstrations with Whole Foods Market, live music performances from Irvine Public Schools Foundation and giveaways featuring gift baskets and gift cards raffled every 30 minutes. Retailers expected to be open include Blue Eyed Girl, Newport Colony, Panini Café, CUPS Frozen Yogurt, Whole Foods Market and more. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 405 fwy. and Irvine Center Drive, 8673 – 8697 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.


MoulinFrench Art & Music Fair
March 20. Transport yourself to the streets of Montmartre, France for Moulin’s showcase of a variety of local artists and musicians on their outdoor, umbrella-covered patio. Enjoy classic French food and drinks while mingling with the artists and listening to live singers and accordion music. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Moulin, 1000 N. Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.


aquaKismet: Aqua Lounge
March 18. Get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit with Aqua Lounge. Arrive decked out in green and enjoy a night of music and celebration—complete with a complimentary Kismet cocktail. 9 p.m. $25 entry includes complimentary beverage. Island Hotel Newport Beach, Aqua Lounge, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.0808.



oystersGreen Goes Blue
March 17.
See the blue and gold at the end of the rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day as you celebrate with UCLA basketball greats Tyus Edney and Toby Bailey. Enjoy Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey for $6 while overlooking the ocean at the brand new Ways And Means Oyster House. See website for hours. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.960.4300.


skyloftSt. Paddy’s Day Party at Skyloft
March 17. Indulge in Irish-inspired fare including corned beef and cabbage, a corned beef sandwich and green beer. Enjoy the celebration that overlooks Laguna Beach from the veranda or downstairs listening to live bag pipes. Starting at 9 p.m., The Young Guns will keep the party going to the wee hours with a playlist that includes Irish hits and favorite ’80s tunes. Complimentary transportation provided for those located within 3 miles. Live bagpipes 5-8 p.m. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.


Pacific-CitySpringtime Saturdays at Pacific City

March 19. Welcome spring at Pacific City with Easter Bunny photo opps at Smocking Birds, an animal variety show, 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.



Alton-Burger-Hero-1FOOD + DRINK
Umami Burger Artist Series
Ongoing. Indulge in Umami Burger’s latest collaboration in it’s Artist Series—The Alton Burger by Alton Brown. The specialty burger is available at all locations nationwide for a limited time. A tribute to a classic Southern breakfast, the burger includes Umami Burger’s signature beef blend mixed with bacon lardons, topped with cheddar cheese, miso-maple bacon, smashed cheesy tots, a fried egg, fried sage and a house-made coffee ketchup. See website for all Orange County locations. 2981 Bristol St., Suite B-2, Costa Mesa, 714.957.8626.


WineDinnerCalifornia Wine Nights
March 18. EATS Kitchen & Bar is showcasing MacRostie Winery, a California winery, and the winemakers themselves will lead you through an interactive five-course meal pairing their wines with an exclusive menu created by Chef Jason Montelibano. Highlights include pairings such as ravioli with ricotta, egg yolk, wild mushroom and brown butter with a MacRostie Russian River Pinot Noir. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. $75. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.


MortonsMillion Dollar Burger & Wine
Through April 12. Enjoy Morton’s Million Dollar Burger for a limited time—a prime burger topped with foie gras, black truffle butter and braised short ribs on a brioche bun. The burger is paired with a glass of Raymond Primal Cut Cabernet Sauvignon. $39. 1895 South Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 714.621.0101; 1641 West Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.444.4834.



nekter_GO_flyer_v4-(6)-scpNékter Juice Bar
March 18. Celebrate Nékter Juice Bar’s grand opening at South Coast Plaza with $1 juice and smoothie specials, any one-day cleanse for $30 and an opportunity to win one free month of juice. Restrictions apply. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Located on first floor in Crate & Barrel wing, across from Champagne Bakery Cafe. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa.


Lord of the Strings: Acoustic Eidolon
March 20. Enjoy a live concert by internationally acclaimed duo Acoustic Eidolon at LCA Wine. Savor sips curated by Nancy Milby, LCA Wines owner, as you listen to the unique performance using instruments such as cello and double-neck guitjo. Doors open at 2 p.m. 3-5 p.m. $30. LCA Wine, SOCO Collection, 3315 Hyland Ave., Suite H, Costa Mesa, 657.232.0920.



Crystal-CoveReflections Spring Art Show
March 19-20. Discover one-of-a-kind works at Crystal Cove Alliance’s Spring Art Show and Sale. Reflections will feature the region’s most talented professionals who have captured Crystal Cove State Park with oil, acrylic and canvas. Meet the artists and purchase the artwork. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6200.


Sospiri Trunk Show
March 18-19. Preview the latest luxurious frames from legendary brand, Sospiri, at an exclusive trunk show hosted by Vitra Eyewear. Enjoy complimentary chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne while browsing. The collection is known for its meticulous use of Austrian crystals and dedication to exquisite Italian design. March 18, 2-7 p.m., March 19, 12-6 p.m. Free. Vitra Eyewear Luxury Boutique, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.2186.


yogasmogaParent & Me Yoga
March 17. Bring your little ones for some fun and relaxation with Parent & Me Yoga. No experience needed and babies and children of all ages are welcome. 9-10 a.m. Free. Fashion Island, 1119 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 888.990.9642.