Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 4.14.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 4.14.16

HOB-Anaheim.47-AMLocal Brews, Local Grooves
April 17. Experience some of Southern California’s finest breweries, hottest bands and tastiest foods at the ultimate craft beer, food and music festival. House of Blues Anaheim will be featuring 16 breweries such as Left Coast and Ballast Point and 15 bands like Big Monsta and Moonlight Graham, complete with three different stages. Enjoy tasty eats available throughout the venue. Check out the full list of breweries and performers online. VIP 11 a.m.; General Admission 12 p.m. General Admission $12-$27. VIP (includes admission for 2) $60. 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583.


April 15-17. The event aims to ignite young minds with a series of competitions, workshops and activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (S.T.E.A.M.). The weekend features entertainment, exhibitors, vendors, contests and more. Activities range from fine art drawing workshops and scarecrow design contests, to the 4th Annual OC Fair Student Film Festival and jewelry and fashion design activities. Imaginology welcomes Orange County students (pre-kindergarten to high school) and their families. F 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa mesa, 714.708.1500.


LaurenishdesignHand Lettering + Cursive Basics Workshop
April 17. Join Lauren Cotter of Laurenish Design for a hand lettering and cursive basics workshop. The workshop offers exercises aimed to restructure and improve current letters in both print and cursive styles. Also learn techniques for layout and design while getting personal tips. All supplies and materials will be provided, along with a drawing marker to take home. Light refreshments will be served. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $100. The Portal, 210 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.


TAco5f509Wild & Crazy Taco Night
April 14. Delight in a variety of unusual and unique tacos designed by 26 of Orange County’s finest chefs and restaurants. Ticket price includes all-you-can-eat tacos and assorted beverages such as margaritas, beer and soda. All proceeds benefit the SOS Food Pantry. VIP Pre-party 4:30-5:30 p.m., general admission 5:30-7:30 p.m. VIP $150, GA $80. SOS Community Health Center, 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.270.2137.


fordsFabulous Fords Forever
April 17. See the largest all Ford show on the West Coast. From 1903 to current models, Ford invites you to celebrate 55 years of the Econline Van, 50 years of the Ford Bronco, 45 years of the DeTomasco Pantera and 45 years of the Ford Pinto. There will be 57 show classes, music, stage interviews, a great Ford display, show sponsors, celebrities and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.


peter-murray-095Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Apr. 15-17. Watch a seven-rave lineup headlined by the IndyCar Series with stars like Scott Dixon, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel. Packed with activities, families will enjoy a family fun zone with rock climbing walls, games, racing simulators and more while concert goers will love rocking out with Cheap Trick on Saturday night at the Rock-N-Roar concert. See website for schedule of events. $30-$135. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.981.2600.


B99C7BDF-0AE5-413C-FE8E935F77C75154Jo Koy
April 8-16. Laugh with the hilarious comic, Jo Koy, who has appeared on over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes and family‐inspired humor cross all boundaries. See website for all showtimes. $35-$65. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.


EATS-Kitchen-&-Bar-MusselsFOOD + DRINK
AYCE Mussel Fridays
April 15. Indulge on an an all-you-can-eat mussel menu on Friday nights in April at EATS Kitchen & Bar. Savor huge bowls of steamed mussels in delicious broth to your hearts content. $12. Hotel Irvine, Eats Kitchen & Bar, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, 949.225.6780.


SocialSpring Cocktails at SOCIAL
Ongoing. Sip on new spring inspired cocktails at SOCIAL Costa Mesa. Savor concoctions like Drop the Beet, an earthy, spicy and smokey cocktail with mezcal, golden beets, lime, honey, ancho reyes and volcanic sea salt; or try the Alimony, a spicy and refreshing cocktail with St. George Chile Vodka, lime, mint and cucumber. 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2525.


Winery_SundayBrunch2Brunch at The Winery
April 17. Indulge on new Sunday brunch at The Winery, featuring a weekly changing menu of contemporary California regional cuisine. Enjoy specials like zinfandel braised beef short rib hash and fried eggs with duck fat-roasted fingerling potatoes and roasted cauliflower; and almond croissant crème brulee french toast with fresh berries, applewood smoked bacon and berry-zinfandel syrup. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3131 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622.


WineDinnerCalifornia Wine Nights
April 15. EATS Kitchen & Bar is showcasing Sonoma-Cutrer 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 coffee-crusted Colorado lamb rack with a Single Vineyard Vine Hill Pinot. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. $75. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.


Alan Jackson’s Keepin’ It Country Tour

April 16. See Alan Jackson perform songs that have gained him legions of longtime fans as well as music from his latest album Angels and Alcohol. Hear debut hits such as “Here in The Real World” and “Gone Country” and party anthems like “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time.”  Lauren Alaina, former American Idol contestant, will be performing as a special guest. 7:30 p.m. $39.95-$149.95. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.


Kill-FrenzyKill Frenzy
April 15. Dance the night away with a live performance from Kill Frenzy, presented by Modern Disco Ambassadors. Kill Frenzy’s musical style ranges from house and ghetto-house to techno. 21 and over. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $13. The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.764.0039.



NTSThe Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
April 13-16. See the world-renowned National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) perform “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” at the historic Empire Building in downtown Santa Ana. Enjoy the immersive show and delightfully unruly theatre, all in the intimate dregs of a resurrected speakeasy. W-Sa 8 p.m., Su 3 p.m. $20-$25. 204 N. Broadway, Santa Ana.