Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 5.12.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 5.12.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation
May 15. Enjoy an afternoon of tastings, wines, signature cocktails and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. A number of high-profile chefs—David Coleman of Chianina Steakhouse (Long Beach), Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish (Los Angeles), Walter Manzke of République (Los Angeles) and many more—will prepare top dishes in honor of Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger. The event also features a silent and live auction and live entertainment. VIP 3-8 p.m., general admission 3-6 p.m. $200-$300. Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

Newport Boat ShowNewport Beach Boat Show
May 12-15. See the newest vessels to reach the Western United States at the 43rd annual Newport Beach Boat Show. Step aboard and compare more than 200 pleasure boats, including new models and ocean tested brokerage yachts. Th 12-7 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $15, children 12 and under free. Lido Marina Village, Via Lido and Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.757.5959.



LettersparrowBeginner Modern Calligraphy
May 14. Join Kelly Hollstrom of Letter Sparrow for a workshop defining the art and structure of modern calligraphy. Learn the proper way to use tools, warm up exercises to loosen your hands as well as basic strokes and technique.  Each student will receive a take home kit of Kelly’s preferred high quality supplies. This kit will include paper, a straight holder, a nib, ink, blank card with envelope, washi tape and an instruction manual. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $100. The Portal, 210 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.


wylandMeet Wyland
May 14. Meet renowned artist and marine life advocate Wyland when he returns to Southern California. The artist will unveil new fine art releases, including a series of undersea collaboration limited editions with Disney. 6-10 p.m. Free. Wyland Galleries, 509 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 800.995.2631.




TOA5Taste of Anaheim
May 12. Eat your way through Anaheim one bite at a time at the annual event. Anaheim Gardenwalk hosts several local eateries and breweries such as Zov’s, House of Blues and Slater’s 50/50 to showcase some of their best menu items. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors and more. 5:30 p.m. $40-$45. Anaheim Gardenwalk, 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410.



red hot chili peppersKROQ Weenie Roast
May 14. Don’t miss this multi-artist concert featuring bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Panic at the Disco, Lukas Graham, The Lumineers and many more. Noon. $49-$150. Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.




Screen-Shot-2016-05-09-at-11.51.41-AMWest Coast BBQ Classic
May 14. Get ready for a finger lickin’ afternoon full of barbecue, games, contests and more. Join the Queen Mary for the 5th annual West Coast BBQ Classic where amateur and expert grill masters are invited to take part in a classic showdown. Savor BBQ styles from across the country—from Texas slow-cooked hickory barbecue to southern Memphis-style barbecue. Country music sensation Scotty Mac Band will be providing live entertainment. Don’t forget the watermelon and cobbler eating contests! 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission $40; Parking $15. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934.


wursthausFOOD + DRINK
Wursthaus Happy Hour
Ongoing. Indulge on a brand-new happy hour at Wursthaus, featuring its signature smoked bratwurst, Belgian fries, drunken fries (topped with Belgian andalouse sauce and caramelized onions) and beer specials. M-Th 3-6 p.m., 10 p.m.-12 a.m.; Su all day. $3-$5. Wursthaus, 305 E. 4th St., Suite 106, Santa Ana, 714.760.4333.



Grgich-Estate-WIne-Dinner-AntonelloGrgich Hills Estate Winemaker Dinner
May 13. Dine on a five-course menu paired with wines from Grgich Hills Estate. Pairings include wild mushroom risotto with Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2012 and apricot tart with Grgich Hills Violetta Late Harvest 2012. See website for full menu. 6:30 p.m. $125. Antonello Ristorante, 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153.



Slow-Smoked-Sundaze-Oak-GrillSlow Smoked Sundaze
Ongoing. It’s officially BBQ season and Oak Grill is kicking it off with Slow Smoked Sundaze. Enjoy a down-home feast complete with starters (deviled eggs, a pickled plate and farmer’s salad), a main entree (baby back ribs, whole roasted catch of the day, fried chicken, beef brisket or cedar planked salmon), a choice of two sidekicks (corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, sauteed greens or cole slaw) and cornbread with honey butter. Top it all off with pecan pie or Pizookie Sundaze. Complimentary Backyard Lemonade is included, made with basil and fresh strawberries. Sundays 5-9:30 p.m. $34/pp. Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.


Country Music Sunday
May 8. See performances from the best local and international country acts on Sunday’s at Skyloft, beginning May 8 with Scotty Weaver. 4 p.m. $5. Skylof, 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.



Juicy-JJuicy J
May 13. Party with American rapper, songwriter and record producer Juicy J at Sutra this weekend. Founding member of Southern hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is best known for his songs “Bandz A Make Her Dance” and “Bounce It.” 9 p.m. $20-$30. Sutra, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Suite A 200, Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103.



tech 9Tech N9ne
May 15. Tech N9ne—American rapper whose music has been featured in film, television and video games—will rock the stage at The Observatory with his signature chopper-style rapping. Doors open at 10:30 p.m., show begins at 11 p.m. $35. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.



Sex and educationSex and Education
April 27-May 22. A high school basketball star’s college scholarship is suddenly in jeopardy when his poorly written, sexually charged note to his girlfriend is intercepted during a final exam. Miss Edwards, his high school English teacher uses the note to teach Joe a lesson on life, love and the power of words. Explicit language. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.


oc symphonyOrange County Symphony: The Four Seasons
May 15. Catch the Orange County Symphony’s last concert of the season. Hear two classic works for string orchestra—the elegant Suite for Strings of Carl Nielsen and Antonio Vivaldi’s beloved set of violin concerti, The Four Seasons. 6:30 p.m. $20. Anaheim First Christian Church, 520 W. South St. Anaheim.