Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 3.24.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 3.24.16

Kaleidoscope 6th Annual Easter Garden Party

March 26. Join Kaleidoscope for a fun-filled day of Easter festivities. Bring your baskets and your cameras for an Easter egg hunt followed by a photo opp with the Easter bunny. Kids can enjoy activities such as cookie decorating (with purchase) from Donna B’s Bakery, kid’s spring-themed face painting and an Easter petting zoo with bunnies, baby goats, chicks and ducklings. Noon-2:30 p.m. Free. Kaleidoscope, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo.


EasterEaster Picnic in The Backyard
March 27. Join Hotel Irvine for an Easter extravaganza in the backyard. Enjoy made-to-order crêpes, build-your-own eggs Benedict, an oyster bar and taco station, plus a bloody mary and mimosa bar. Festivities include an Easter egg hunt, a photo booth, magician trickery, a special Easter Bunny appearance and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $59 Adults, $15 children ages five through 12. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.


FIG-2Fig & Olive
March 27. Celebrate Easter over a three-course seasonally inspired prix-fixe brunch at Fig & Olive Newport Beach. Savor items like Provencal carrot & thyme soup (silky heirloom baby carrots, celery, onions, garlic, thyme and an olive oil crouton), vegetarian quiche (mushroom, spinach, parmesan and shallots baked in a savory tart of puff pastry and served alongside gem lettuce tossed with crispy shallots, chives and citrus dressing) and Riviera salmon (crispy seared salmon, grilled asparagus, braised fennel, pea purée, lemon zest and an Arbequina olive oil emulsion). 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. $40. Fig & Olive, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.


dining-entertainment1Vue Restaurant
March 27. Enjoy a special Easter champagne buffet brunch complete with an ocean view and live entertainment. Vue Restaurant at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa will feature an array of stations such as imported and domestic cheeses, signature carvery like dry herb crusted prime rib of beef with au jus, breakfast station with create-your-own omelettes and thick Texas cinnamon French toast, dessert station and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults $80, children 5-12 $35, $5 valet. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516.


costa-mesa-restaurantSilver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar
March 27. Celebrate Easter with a gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted prime rib, spiral baked ham, herbed Scottish salmon, breakfast sliders and a bar full of fresh desserts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $55, Children 12 and under $22. Avenue of the Arts Hotel, Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593.



March 27. Hop on board a Hornblower yacht for an Easter brunch cruise with the entire family. A lavish brunch will feature traditional favorites, live entertainment and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Includes dessert and champagne. Boarding 30 minutes prior. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. $68.95 adults, $41.37 children ages four through 12. 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Suite #101, Newport Beach, 949.631.2469.



Downtown-AnaheimFarmers’ Market Spring Celebration
March 24. Welcome spring with free activities like egg dying, coloring contests and spring-themed craft activities. Enjoy live entertainment featuring former American Idol contestant David Oliver Willis (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Indie rock artist Mikey de Lara (1-4 p.m.). Families will have the opportunity to take free photos with the Easter bunny from 2-4 p.m. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lemon St., and Center St. Promenade, Downtown Anaheim, 714.956.3586.



Valenza-TheEggValenza Chocolatier Easter Pop Up Shop
March 23-24. Pick up crave-worthy Italian chocolate this Easter at Valenza Chocolatier’s Easter pop-up shop. The 2016 Easter Collection includes a variety of decadent chocolates such as The Egg—a one-pound, completely edible chocolate egg that also serves as a perfect centerpiece. 12-7 p.m. The Hood Kitchen, 350 Clinton St., Suite A, Costa Mesa.



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Daughter at The LAB
March 26. Get a chance to meet the members of indie-folk band, Daughter during a signing event before their upcoming show at The Observatory (8 p.m.). Purchase the band’s latest album Not to Disappear, at Fingerprints (located in Long Beach) prior to the event and receive a wristband granting access to first spaces in line. 1-2 p.m. Free. The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661.


Jeff-RossJeff Ross at Irvine Improv
March 25-26. Hold onto your seats as actor, comedian and roastmaster, Jeff Ross takes the stage at the Irvine Improv. Ross arrives in OC on the heels of his recently released Comedy Central special, Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live From Brazos County Jail. Known as The Roastmaster General, he has roasted Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump among many others. F 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m., Sa 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $25. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.


The-LabLocal Authors Book Fair
March 26. Meet local authors and discover your next favorite book. Over 25 Southern California authors will be selling, signing and answering questions about their books in the walkways of the anti-mall. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661.



Lewis Cellars Five-Course California Wine Dinner
March 24. Enjoy a carefully paired five-course dinner with selections from Napa-based Lewis Cellars, a small family-owned winery. Courses include: diver scallop aguachile served with Lewis Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc; beurre monte Maine lobster and Lewis Cellars 2014 Chardonnay; coffee-dusted duck breast with Lewis Cellars 2013 Alec’s Blend; roasted Colorado lamb chop with Lewis Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon; and blueberry panna cotta with Lewis Cellars Ethan’s Syrah. 6:30 p.m. $150. Island Hotel, Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.0808.


MoulinBordeaux Wine Tasting
March 26. Embark on a journey through French wine country in Newport Beach. The interactive course will guide you on a tasting journey through the different growing regions. Taste four to six French wines from a particular region and learn to identify unique nuances and flavor profiles. Wines will be complemented with Moulin’s cheese and charcuterie boards and artisan bread. 5-7 p.m. $25. Moulin, 1000 N. Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.


PascalPascal Wine Tasting
March 24. Pick the perfect wines for spring and enjoy special discounts for one day only. Taste wines complimented by patés and cheeses and enjoy a complimentary bottle of red Rhone or rose with your purchase. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $28. Pascal Restaurant, 31451 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 103, San Juan Capistrano, 949.488.0031.



bookofmormonARTS + CULTURE
The Book of Mormon
Through April 3. This irreverent musical has become a cultural phenomenon. This musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the “good word.” Contains explicit language. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. 


futurethinking_productionpageFuture Thinking
March 25-April 24. Chiara, a spoiled starlet, has a middle-aged obsessed stalker fan, Peter. It’s Comic Con time and Peter’s back—in spite of a restraining order—with visions of a dream world where he and Chiara will live happily forever. All Chiara wants is for her stage mom and her bodyguard to get lost—preferably, together. Everyone has a fantasy, and soon they’ll collide with each other—and reality. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.