Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 7.21.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 7.21.16

Edited by Laura Okey

VANS U.S. Open of Surfing

July 24-31. Bring your sunscreen and spend the week in Huntington Beach for the world’s largest pro-surfing competition. In addition to seeing some of the world’s most respected surf, skate and BMX professionals, events include a beach-lifestyle festival, skate and BMX events, autograph signings and community movie nights. Main street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



BeachHouseBeach House Music Festival
July 23. Dance the day away under the sun (or lounge around in a bean bag) while enjoying creative cocktails and the world’s top electronic artists. From the creators of Wet Electric and Sundown Music Festival, Beach House will feature Cut Snake, DJ Chris Garcia, Dean Mason, BUNT and many more. 21 and over. Noon-9 p.m. $35-$65. Huntington State Beach, Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Ave., Huntington Beach.



OC-FairOrange County Fair
Through Aug. 14. Indulge in a little bit of deep-fried everything at the Orange County Fair. Bring the whole family and enjoy action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), tribute bands in the Hangar, 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.


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Petes sunset grilleSummer Groove & Grub
Through Sept. 4. Hear top musicians at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach summer concert series, and get your grub on with a Friday night taco buffet and Saturday night barbecue at Pete’s Sunset Grille. The taco buffet offers steak picadillo con papas, chicken asada and warm churros with cinnamon-sugar. The Saturday night barbecue features dry-rubbed baby back ribs, whiskey barrel barbecue beef and peach cobbler with pecan crumble. Enjoy artists like blues band Jumpin’ Jack Benny, blues guitarist Brad Wilson and more. See website for full lineup. 7-10 p.m. Adults $19.95, children $9.95. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234.



HotelIrvine_MovieNightsMovie Nights in The Backyard
July 22. Ditch the indoor movie theater and enjoy blockbuster favorites on a 16-foot movie screen in Hotel Irvine’s backyard. Bring blankets and beach chairs, and stake out the best spot on the lawn for featured flick Avengers, Age of Ultron. Pre-order a picnic from The Marketplace or enjoy chef Jason Montelibano’s outdoor buffet with burgers, hotdogs, summer sides and staple movie snacks like popcorn, nachos and candy. Wine and cocktails are available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. General admission $5. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.



Rancho Las LomasSummer Nights—Movies Under the Stars
July 21. Venture to the backwoods of Orange County, and see a movie under the stars at Rancho Las Lomas. This week’s featured flick is Jurassic Park. Bring a low-back chair and 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.



OneLuckyMotherOne Lucky Mother
July 23. On a special day dedicated to moms everywhere, enjoy an afternoon of delicious food, drinks and entertainment hosted by Real Housewives of Orange County star, Peggy Tanous. Food and drinks will be provided by La Crema Winery, Liberated Wines, Portola Coffee, Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbecue, RA Sushi, The Auld Dubliner, among others. Entertainment includes a fashion presentation by Jasper Plum, cooking demonstration with Cathy Thomas, live music and more. 1-4 p.m. $25-$50. Free. The District at Tustin Legacy, next to Bowlmor, upstairs, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin.



M.LovewellBeginner Modern Calligraphy
July 23. Join Rachel Meadows of Honey Honey Calligraphy for a workshop defining the art and structure of modern calligraphy. Learn the proper use of the pointed pen and practice basic strokes and techniques. You’ll work through an alphabet and leave with all the tools you need to keep practicing. Each student will receive a take-home kit curated by Rachel. This kit will include a paper pad, straight and oblique holders, three nibs, ink and a resource guide. 2:30-5:30 p.m. $100. 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.



Vir-DasComedian Vir Das
July 22-24. From Bollywood to Hollywood, comedian, actor and musician Vir Das is bringing back his popular Unbelievable Tour to the Irvine Improv. Vir Das is one of the highest grossing stand-up comedians in India, and is well known for his appearances in films Delhi Belly and Badmash Compa. F 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Sa 7 and 9 p.m., Su 7 p.m. $22. 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.



Summer-Art-Sundays---1Summer Art Sundays
July 24. Fashion Island is teaming up with Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters to bring you Summer Art Sundays. View artistic works from Mary Aslin, Susan Cox, Shelley Rapp Evans and more. Famed Pageant of the Masters makeup director Ally Doherty will transform a cast member into legendary artist Frida Kahlo before your eyes. Noon-3 p.m. Fashion Island, Bloomingdale’s Courtyard lawn, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.



zaddle-495x400Story Time at Rancho Wildlife
July 21. Rancho Wildlife features a children’s animal adventure story time where they will get to meet the animal featured in the book. The event features a story, crafts and picnic. This week, kids will meet the zebra. Reservations required. 10 a.m. $5. Rancho Wildlife Foundation, 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, 949.888.3080.



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National Tequila Day at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
July 24. Celebrate national tequila day with 50 percent off premium tequilas all day at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen. Enjoy live music from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday brunch specials from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and happy hour specials all day in the lounge. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.240.1055.



SnoozeSnooze—An A.M. Eatery
Ongoing. Famous for its all-day breakfast, brunch and boozy breakfast cocktails, Snooze is now open at The Market Place in Tustin. Menu highlights include pineapple upside down pancakes (buttermilk pancakes with caramelized pineapple chunks, housemade vanilla crème anglaise and cinnamon butter) and the bella bella benny (thin slices of prosciutto, taleggio cheese and poached eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula). Don’t forget the boozy cocktails like the boss hog, made with bacon-infused Cyrus Noble Bourbon and house bloody mary mix. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. (photo by Ashley Davis) 3032 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.415.6269.



CapitalGrilleThe Generous Pour at The Capital Grille
Through Sept. 4. Join The Capital Grille for this year’s Generous Pour wine event—a tribute to some of the boldest risk-taking winemakers in the world. The dinner spotlights seven featured wines with extraordinary pedigree, from a Provençal sauvignon blanc to Stag’s Leap cabernet sauvignon. $28 with the purchase of an entree. Call for reservations. The Capital Grille, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140.



Moulin_WineTastingBurgundy Wine Tasting
July 23. Take a journey through France’s famed wine country and sip on six to eight different wines from the Burgundy region. 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.



SkyloftSkyloft—California Coastal Cuisine
Ongoing. Enjoy sweeping views of Laguna Beach on the restaurant’s third-floor rooftop deck, alongside nightly live music and an all-new California coastal-inspired menu. New Executive Chef Art Ortiz has created a selection of inventive dishes reminiscent of an upscale beach picnic. The menu features local seafood and smokehouse dishes that utilize an in-house smoker. Highlights include the original stuffed avocado—a lightly fried avocado filled with crawfish tails, pickled peppers and cucumbers and drizzled with homemade cajun aoili. 422 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.1550.



Phillip-PhillipsARTS + CULTURE
Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson
July 22. American singer-songwriter, musician and winner of season 11 of American Idol, Phillip Phillips, hits Pacific Ampitheatre in Costa Mesa this weekend. Matt Nathanson, folk and rock singer-songwriter best known for his platinum-selling song “Come On Get Higher” will perform alongside Phillips. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50. The Pacific Ampitheatre, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.



blue breeze bandIrvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts
July 24. Bring the whole family for an outdoor concert from Motown, R&B, soul and funk artists, Blue Breeze Band. Enjoy gourmet food trucks with food for purchase and a children’s play area. Bring your own blankets and chairs. 5:30 p.m. Free. Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 949.724.6606.



SerafinOcean Blue Art + Design Presents Josh Serafin: Celebrating Surf City
July 23. Join Ocean Blue Art + Design at Pacific City and experience new original works by Surf City’s own Josh Serafin. Light bites and beverages will be served. RSVP to 21 and over only. 6-8 p.m. Free. 21046 Pacific Coast Highway, suite H200, Huntington Beach, 714.969.2583.



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.



Room-and-boardSTYLE + BEAUTY
Room & Board Moving Sale
July 22-25. Take advantage of Room & Board’s moving sale as the South Coast Plaza Village showroom is relocating to South Coast Collection. Enjoy discounts of 20-50 percent on floor samples of modern American-made furniture and accessories. See website for store hours. 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.549.5995.



MiravalMiraval Life in Balance Spa
Through July 31. The first and only location of the award-winning wellness sanctuary outside of Arizona, Miraval Spa, is offering fabulous locals-only discounts through July. Complimentary classes include rise and shine yoga, boot camp on the beach, spinning, morning meditation and more. Additional classes such as aerial yoga and floating meditation are available at 50 percent off. Guests will also receive complimentary valet parking and can add on a post-class visit to Drybar or the Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon or treat themselves to a full body stretch with one of the spa’s restoring treatments. Call for prices and schedule. 1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point, 949.234.3900.