Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 5.26.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 5.26.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Boots on the Beach—Nashville Meets Newport
May 28. Grab your cowboy hats and dancing boots for this inaugural country fest at The Newport Dunes. Enjoy craft beer tasting and BBQ all evening long and listen to live music from PicklebackShine, Southern California’s premier top 40 country cover band. The Kelley Boys will be teaching you all the right moves—learn to line dance, the Electric Slide, The Two Step, the Cowboy Cha Cha and more. 5-10 p.m. Free. $10 parking. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach,  949.729.3800.


GG-Strawberry-FestivalGarden Grove Strawberry Festival
May 27-30. Celebrate local sports heroes—this year’s theme at the 58th annual festival—with a giant strawberry cake cutting ceremony, a Strawberry Stomp 5K Run, a VIP Celebrity Breakfast and much more. A parade will feature floats, bands, equestrians and characters like Knott’s Berry Farm’s Snoopy. Enjoy over 35 carnival rides, contests, games and more. See website for full schedule of events. F 1-10 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m., M 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Rides from $1. Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Ave., Downtown Garden Grove, 714.638.0981.


sealegsLobsterfest Memorial Weekend
May 27-29. What better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than with lobster and champagne? SeaLegs Wine Bar, also celebrating its four-year anniversary, invites you to enjoy $4 beers and champagne all weekend. Indulge on lobster of many varieties including Maine lobster roll sliders, lobster mac and cheese, lobster bisque and more.  21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.


Anaheim-brewAnaheim Brewery Founders Day
May 28. Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the first batch of beer brewed at Anaheim Brewery. Enjoy live music by Blues artist Brother Yusef and taste brand new release, 2016 Conrad’s Kolsch Release. 5-10 p.m. Free. 336 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.7801888.




NB-Wine-FestivalNewport Beach Wine Festival
May 27-29. Sip your way through Memorial Day weekend at the 13th annual Newport Beach Wine Festival. The festival will take place at Balboa Bay Resort with multiple events each day. This beautiful waterfront setting is ideal for sipping fine wines, savoring delicious entrees, tasting craft beers and more. Learn how to cook a wine-themed meal or take the opportunity to expand your knowledge on wine characteristics and blending. See website for complete schedule of events. $65-$150 per event. Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4146.


almost-famousBeachfront Cinema: Almost Famous
May 29.
Take movie night to the next level and meet us at the beach! Watch this week’s featured film, Almost Famous, from one of the largest inflatable outdoor movie screens in California. Featuring theater-quality projection and sound, you will get the ultimate viewing experience on the sand. Arrive early for pre-movie festivities (live entertainment, games and contests) set before the gorgeous Huntington Beach sunset. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase from food booths and the beach bar. Pre-movie activities begin at 5 p.m. Showtime approximately 8 p.m. (dusk). $15/pp. VIP package $49 (includes jumbo 2-person bean bag). Huntington State Beach, lifeguard tower 14, Huntington Beach.


creative carafesCreative Carafes: Sailing on the Sunset
May 27. Tap into your inner-artist and paint an Orange County beach-themed sailing piece. Artist Happy Lourie will guide you through this easy to moderate painting while you dine on a selection of small plates from Anaheim White House. 7 p.m. $45. Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381.



knottsKnott’s Berry Farm Military Days & Memorial Sunday Fireworks
May 28-30.
Enjoy Memorial Day weekend with family and friends at Knott’s Berry Farm. All active, veteran and retired US Military personnel will be honored and celebrated with complimentary admission. Up to six tickets may be purchased for family and friends at a discounted rate. End your day of fun with a spectacular fireworks show that will light up the night sky on Sunday at 9:45 p.m.  F-Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 10 a.m.-11 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.


laguna-hills-memorial-day-half-marathonLaguna Hills Memorial Day Run
May 30. Celebrate Memorial Day with the City of Laguna Hills 18th annual Memorial Day run, honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K or half-marathon. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities. After the race enjoy food from local food trucks, a beer garden and DJ tunes. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register online. El Toro Road & I-5 Freeway, 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, 949.975.8506.


Scottish-Fest-USAScottish Fest USA
May 28-29. Experience Southern California’s largest Scottish and Celtic festival where you can indulge your senses to the sounds of bagpipes and drums, the flavors and smells of authentic Celtic foods and the sights of traditional kilts, dancing competitions and more. Take the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to honor and give thanks to the men and women of the military with a memorial service on Sunday morning. All ages welcome. See website for schedule of events. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Order tickets online. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


back bay bistro jazz seriesBebop Explosion
May 26. Immerse yourself into a unique jazz experience with a live performance from Bebop Explosion. Complete with saxophone, trombone, bass, drums and more, Bebop Explosion will perform at Back Bay Bistro while you savor a three-course meal. Options include a choice of soup or salad, a surf and turf entree and a chef’s dessert. Dinner 6 p.m., concert 7 p.m. $35/pp includes dinner and show, $20 for show-only tickets, $10 for show-only tickets for students. Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach,  949.729.1144.


Watertable-RestaurantFOOD + DRINK
ZD Wine Dinner at Watertable
May 26.
Join ZD Wines and Watertable restaurant for a five-course tasting menu lead by president of ZD Wines, Brett deLeuze. Enjoy pairings like pan-seared diver scallops with spring pea salad, heirloom carrot puree, foie gras sponge and red pepper tuille with ZD Chardonnay; and bacon wrapped quail with creamy smoked cheddar polenta, poblano jam and wild cherry compote with ZD Founder’s Reserve Pinot Noir. See website for full menu. 6 p.m. $125. Watertable Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4885.


robert mondaviRobert Mondavi’s 50th Anniversary Wine Pairing Dinner
May 26. Indulge on a four-course tasting menu in honor of Robert Mondavi’s 50th anniversary. Menu highlights include crispy Hudson Valley duck confit paired with 2013 Napa Valley Pinot Noir; and rosemary and thyme roasted lamb loin paired with 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Suavignon. 6:30 p.m. $50. Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.



Moulin_WineChampagne Tasting at Moulin
May 28. Take a journey through France’s famed Champagne region and sip on 6-8 different Champagnes. Learn to identify flavor profiles and unique tasting notes. Enjoy alongside Moulin’s cheese and charcuterie boards and artisan bread. 5-7 p.m. $29. Moulin, 1000 Bristol St., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.




brunos-wineNational Wine Day
May 25. Celebrate national wine day with Bruno’s Italian Kitchen, voted best Italian Restaurant in Orange County. Try any glass of wine for only a penny with the purchase of any entree! Bruno’s Italian Kitchen, 210 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.257.1000.




Zo Skin Centre
May 26-29.
Enjoy food, fun games and glowing skin at Zo Skin Centre Fashion Island. Celebrate its one-year anniversary with five-minute complimentary skin consults, a free paraffin hand treatment (with any facial), 15 percent off any CoolSculpting treatment and much more. All guests can “Spin to Win” for exciting in-store giveaways. Sip champagne and savor light bites while you shop. Th-F 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite A208, Newport Beach, 949.234.7570.


Through May 29.
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. See an inspiring New York success story filled with one heart-pounding number after another. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.