Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 7.14.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 7.14.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Orange County Fair

July 15-Aug. 14. Indulge in a little bit of deep-fried everything at the Orange County Fair. Get your fair face on with the whole family and enjoy action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), tribute bands, carnival with rides, La Grande Wheel, livestock competitions, agricultural displays, petting zoo, wine tasting and of course—fried food galore. Concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre include artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire and Train. M-Tu Closed, Wed-F noon-midnight, Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-noon. $7-$12, under 5 free; $10 (cash only) for parking. 88 fair drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


OC-Napa-meets-BajaOC Meets Napa and Baja
July 16. Celebrate Latino influence in Orange County with a festival of food, wine, live entertainment, activities and more, hosted by AlteMed. National Latino chefs and Latino vintners and winemakers from Napa and Baja will come together and offer some of their best bites and sips. Over 50 top Orange County restaurants will participate including Taco Maria, Little Sparrow and more. 6-9 p.m. $125. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 323.622.2405.


Saint Marc Pub-Café Yappy Hour
July 16. Enjoy a Tito’s “Yappy Hour” with Top Dog Barkery and your furry friends. Win prizes such as chew toys, leashes, doggie treats and more. There will even be a special menu featuring items for your dog to dine on. The OC Humane Society will host an adoption event outside of the restaurant. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 949.629.2591.



Costa-Mesa-SpeedwayX-Treme Freestyle Moto-X
July 15. Witness high-flying action as daredevil motorcycle riders defy the laws of gravity while grabbing big air and performing jaw dropping flips and stunts. Free admission with purchase of OC Fair admission (very limited seating). 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1501.



OC-Brew-Hee-HawOC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup
July 15-17. Sip on unlimited two-ounce pours of more than 80 craft beers from top breweries at the third annual event. Collect a commemorative festival glass and enjoy music, dancing, games, prizes and more. All guests will receive free entrance to the OC Fair. 6 p.m. $50-$75. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1501.



Queen-Mary-Haunted-HarborThe Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Annual Cast & Crew Auditions
July 15-16. Do you have what it takes to scare the ship out of us? Dark Harbor is set to return for another horrifying year and you can be a part of the bloodcurdling action. Dark Harbor needs hundreds of performers to help bring the wickedest nightmares to life this October—from specialty acts to street monsters, themed beverage attendants and more. F 6-10 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach.



MainPlace-MallParty on the Patio
July 14. Enjoy numerous tastings, signature cocktails, a designer handbag raffle, live entertainment and more at MainPlace Mall’s Party on the Patio. The event will feature complimentary bites and $5 signature drinks from restaurants such as Wakcano Asian Restaurant & Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Panini Cafe, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Applebee’s and more. Also, get fashion accessory tips from style experts and enjoy live music from band Otto Pilot. 5-8 p.m. Free; raffle ticket prices vary. Patio near Ashley Furniture, MainPlace Mall, 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.547.7800.


IMG_3918M. Lovewell Grand Opening
July 16. Calling all artists, calligraphers and crafters! M. Lovewell is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday in downtown Santa Ana with surprises, giveaways, a custom hand lettering workshop and more. Enjoy coffee and donuts from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and special surprise goodies to the first 30 guests. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 305 E. 4th St., Unit 104, Santa Ana.




Rancho Las LomasSummer Nights—Movies Under the Stars
July 14. Venture to the backwoods of Orange County and see a movie under the stars at Rancho Las Lomas. This week’s featured flick is Pretty Woman. Bring a low-back chair and a picnic, the barn will be open at 6 p.m. for a cold Towne Park brew and the movie will begin at dusk. 21 and over. Free admission, $6 valet. Rancho Wildlife Foundation, 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, 949.888.3080.



movies-in-the-parkMovies in the Park
July 16. Have the time of your life with a free outdoor movie screening of Dirty Dancing. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy entertainment with the whole family under the stars. Park opens at 7:30 p.m. Movie begins at 8:15 p.m. Free. Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 E. Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, 714.633.1442.



beachfront cinemaBeachfront Cinema
July 16.
Take movie night to the next level at the beach. This week, see Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 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.


Holiday BarFOOD + DRINK
July 15. Costa Mesa’s social scene is heating up with new cocktail lounge, Holiday—a venue reminiscent of the classic cocktail era. Offerings include a sultry blend of craft cocktails, late-night gourmet snacks and nightly entertainment. The interior is inspired by a 1900’s French country plantation house complete with plush lounge seating, hand-crafted carved wood bar, dance floor and an intimate stage. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 721 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.278.8728.



Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up
July 15. Hello Kitty fans of all ages are invited to enjoy selections of super cute menu items like delicious mini cakes, unique sweet treats and bow-shaped water bottles at the new Hello Kitty Cafe Pop Up. The temporary cafe is designed within a metal shipping container in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center. The cafe will also offer specialty coffee drinks using Portola Coffee Lab coffee. Grand opening 11 a.m. Irvine Spectrum, Giant Wheel Court, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.



Summertime-Beer-SeriesSummertime Beer Series
July 15. Indulge on a five-course menu carefully designed by Chef Jason Montelibano to pair with California craft brews. The first of the Summertime Beer Series at EATS Kitchen & Bar will feature brews from Karl Strauss, San Diego’s first craft microbrewery. 6:30 p.m. $75. Hotel Irvine, EATS Kitchen, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.



MoulinLa Fête National Dinner
July 14. Celebrate Bastille Day with a La Fête National dinner and all-you-can-drink French wine and beer. Indulge on Entrecôtes frites, featuring a rib eye steak served with bérnaise and pepper sauces, French fries and a Moulin fresh mixed greens salad. Call for reservations. $40. Moulin, 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.



yogurtlandYogurtland Nintendo-Inspired Flavor Series
Through Sept. 8. Take a flavor-filled adventure to Yogurtland as it powers up summer with its latest Nintendo-inspired flavors and collectible spoons. Flavors to be featured over the course of the series include Luigi’s white chocolate pistachio, Bowser’s dragon berry tart, Toad’s rocky road and much more. See website for all Orange County locations. 9961 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.968.8212.



Pitbull: The Bad Man Tour
July 15. See global superstar and Grammy Award-winning artist, Pitbull, perform with Latin megastar, singer-songwriter, Prince Royce. Farruko, Puerto Rican singer and songwriter opens the show. 7 p.m. $29.95-$139.95. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.



The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music
July 19-31. Sing your heart out to the show’s award-winning songs, “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi.” The new production of the spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp family is directed by three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Island-Hotel-Pop-UpSTYLE + BEAUTY
One-Day-Only Pop-Up Shop
July 16. Shop summer essentials during an exclusive one-day-only pop-up shop at Island Hotel. Presented by Fashion Island’s personal shopping stylists, the curated collection will feature men’s and women’s apparel and accessories from Trina Turk, Original Penguin, Kendra Scott, Seafolly Australia and TravisMathew. Enjoy complimentary sips, light bites and live music. Enter to win a $250 Gary’s gift card or a $250 Fashion Island gift card. 1-5 p.m. Free. Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.701.3166.


VitraTheo Eyewear Designer Trunk Show
July 15-16. Shop internationally recognized brand Theo Eyewear’s newest collection at an exclusive trunk show. Enjoy complimentary champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries while you browse. F 2-7 p.m., Sa 12-6 p.m. Vitra Eyewear Luxury Boutique, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.2186.