Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 6.23.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 6.23.16

Pacific CityEVENTS
Pacific City Good Vibes Beachfest
June 25. Celebrate the start of summer at Pacific City’s Good Vibes Beachfest, featuring an all-day lineup of fun, carnival-inspired retro-cool festivities. Enjoy delicious food demonstrations from Pacific City restaurants’ talented chefs, interactive large-scale photo ops and art walls, a children’s play area from Pretend City, live music, stilt walkers and face painters, sandcastle artists, free food sampling, an outdoor pingpong lounge and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.


wags2Wags ‘N’ Wine
June 26. Get ready for an exciting day filled with delicious food, wine tasting, beer, prizes, live music, live and silent auction and dogs. Watch the Pooch Pageant and introduce your furry pal to some new friends. Every dog attending will be treated to a doggie goodie bag. Food, drink and entertainment are inclusive in the admission price. VIP noon; GA 1-5 p.m. $65 adults; $20 children 6-12; Free for children under 5. Huntington Harbour Bay Club, 4121 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.328.8661.


Day-of-MusicDay of Music Fullerton
June 21. Celebrate the summer solstice with a variety of free musical events throughout the city of Fullerton. Over 150 concerts are expected this year including Fiddlers on the Roof, Bach on the Block, Burger Bowl by Burger Records and more. All musicians—amateur or professional, young or old—are invited to take part in the festival. Musicians must register by June 1. See website for schedule of events and various locations. Free.



The Ritz CarltonSoutheast Asian Street Food Tasting Experience
June 24. Transport yourself to the streets of Southeast Asia, where the vast array of eclectic street food makes a reputation for itself. Executive Chef Brian Sundeen presents a tasting menu derived from these roadside carts where many of the region’s best dishes are found. Highlights include Singapore noodles with pork belly and lobster; Vietnamese barbecue short rib with pickled vegetables; and panko-fried coconut sticky rice with mango curd and coconut sorbet. A selection of beer and wine complement the menu. 6-9 p.m. $85. The Dana Lawn, The Ritz-Carlton, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000.


Dana Point Food and Wine FestivalDana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
June 25. The festival features specialty foods from over 30 restaurants, 40 craft breweries serving 80 varieties of beer, 50 varieties of wine from around the world and craft cocktails. Also enjoy chef demos and live entertainment from the Spazmatics, DJs and more. VIP packages available. Noon-7 p.m. $10-$100. Sea Terrace Park, 33401 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point.



Laguna Art A FairLaguna Art-A-Fair
June 24-Aug. 28. Juried art festival displays works by 125 artists in all mediums, including painting, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Also find live entertainment on weekends. Sun–Th 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes 6 p.m. on July 4 and Aug. 28). $5.50-$7.50. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514.



Sawdust Art FestivalSawdust Art Festival
June 24-Aug. 28. See works by 200 Laguna Beach artists—glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography—plus demos, kids activities, outdoor cafes and live music in eucalyptus grove. Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes 6 p.m. on July 4). $4-$9. Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.


Rancho Wildlife FoundationStory Time at Rancho Wildlife
June 23. Bring the kids for a story time animal adventure where they will get to meet the animal featured in the book. Kids will enjoy a story, crafts and a picnic afterwards. This week, kids will meet the emu. Reservations required. 10 a.m. $5. Rancho Wildlife Foundation, 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, 949.888.3080.



NBP-BBQ-32Beach Party
June 25-26. Get ready for some summer fun with Kansas City Barbecue at the Newport Dunes. The beach party will feature barbecue fare, beer and wine, live entertainment and tons of activities for the whole family. On Saturday, some of the top BBQ teams in the country will compete for a prize of $7,500. Get up close and personal with the pit masters and their smokers and taste some of the best BBQ in the nation. On Sunday, a community carnival will feature bounce houses and games on the beach. Noon. $10-$95. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

HornblowerRockin’ Rainbow Harbor Cruises
Beginning June 25. Choose from two 90-minute cruises featuring live music and impressive views of the Long Beach skyline. Enjoy kiddy mocktails and a full adult cocktail bar with craft beer and cocktail specials. Hornblower chefs showcase seasonal picks on a rotation menu of appetizers. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 5. Noon; 3 p.m. $30. Boarding at Dock 6A, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 888.467.6256.


beachfront cinemaBeachfront Cinema: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
June 25.
Take movie night to the next level with a screening at the beach. See this weekend’s featured flick Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 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.

BOWERS_SCP550The Week that Changed the World: Nixon, China and the Arts
June 23. Visit South Coast Plaza for a ribbon cutting ceremony and viewing of new exhibition The Week that Changed the World: Nixon, China and the Arts. Enjoy gourmet cuisine and cocktails in Jewel Court. 6-8 p.m. Free. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.435.2077.



GreekFestA Taste of Greece
June 24-26. Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, Greek dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka (a picturesque, historic Athens neighborhood). F 5-10 p.m.; Sat. Noon-10 p.m.; Sun. Noon-9 p.m. $3. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.733.3102.



MollyWoodMolly Wood Garden Design Summer Tabletop Class
June 25. Entertain with style this summer as Molly Wood passes along expert advice on setting up gorgeous sustainable centerpieces, table settings and more. Reservations required. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Free. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611.



Orange County Great ParkMovies on the Lawn
June 17, 18. Spend an evening under the stars watching a classic or family favorite movie on the outdoor big screen in Orange County Great Park. On “flashback Friday” watch featured flick Singin’ in the Rain, and on “blockbuster Saturday” see Minions. Bring low-back chairs, blankets and a picnic, or purchase items from the food trucks or snack bar. Movies are weather permitting. Movies begin at dusk. Free. 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, 866.829.3829.


Ongoing. Delight in small plates with bold fresh flavors at South Coast Plaza’s newest addition to its dynamic dining scene. Mezzet embodies a relaxed coastal vibe and serves tantalizing flavors of the Mediterranean. Experience a taste of Spain, Morocco, Lebanon, Greece and the South of France. Crate & Barrel Wing, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.540.3365.


Andreis_020Andrei’s Whiskey Week
Through June 25. Celebrate fathers this month with Dad’s favorite drink. Andrei’s will feature special whiskey-infused dishes and cocktails and whiskey flights for everyone to enjoy. 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 949.387.8887.




Baroque-Music-FestivalARTS + CULTURE
Baroque Music Festival

Through June 26. Hear historically stylistic interpretations of the great masterpieces of the Baroque period. The 36th annual festival features sounds of the British Isles. Enjoy a Wine and Waters reception following each performance. See website for schedule. $30-$50. 3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, 949.760.7887.


Buyer-and-cellarBuyer & Cellar
Through June 26
Don’t miss the last chance to see Buyer & Cellar! Inspired by Barbra Streisand’s book My Passion for Design, Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. See website for showtimes. $58-$76. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.