Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 7.28.16

FInd the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 7.28.16

Edited by Laura Okey

VANS U.S. Open of Surfing

Through July 31. This weekend marks the most exciting and event-packed days of the week-long event. Bring your sunscreen and watch 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.


healthy-JunkHealthy Junk Vegan Faire
July 30. The award-winning vegan restaurant throws its third annual festival, showcasing a full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services. Enjoy live music, food tastings, a beer and wine garden with organic drinks, demonstrations, artisans and more. 4-9 p.m. Free. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, 714.772.5865.



Jeff DunhamJeff Dunham
July 28. You’ve seen him on the Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents and The Tonight Show, now laugh along with the ventriloquist, producer and stand-up comedian in person at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Dunham will perform his set titled Perfectly Unbalanced. 8:15 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50. The Pacific Ampitheatre, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.



Ringling Bros. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
July 29-Aug. 7. The circus is back in town with its 145th edition and a brand new family-friendly show—the first Ringling Bros. production ever to not feature elephants, marking a new era for the circus. The intergalactic adventure features gravity-defying acrobats, aerialists, majestic animals, daredevils and clowns. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $20. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.


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.


Hotel Irvine Movie NightsMovie Nights in The Backyard
July 29. 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 E.T. the Extraterrestrial. 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.


M.LovewellHand Lettering & Design Basics
July 29. Join Lauren Cotter of Laurenish Design for a workshop perfect for both beginning and experienced letter-ers. Letterforms will be molded through several exercises aimed to restructure and improve your current letters in print styles. Learn techniques for layout and design while getting personal tips. Graph paper, card stock, and pencils will be provided for use during class and each student will take home a drawing marker along with their work. 7-10 p.m. $100. 305 E. 4th St., Suite 104, Santa Ana.


Summer-Art-Sundays---1Summer Art Sundays
July 31. Fashion Island is teaming up with Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters to bring you Summer Art Sundays. Bring the kids for a Kids Artfest on Atrium Lawn with creative art activities, face painting and a dream catcher creation station. Noon-3 p.m. Fashion Island, Atrium Lawn, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.



Moulin Cars and CafeMoulin’s Cars & Café
July 31. See an overflowing lot of luxury vehicles, both antiques and exotics, while you sip and stroll at Moulin. Mingle with automobile owners and enthusiasts and enjoy breakfast inside the restaurant or on the patio. 7-9 a.m. Free. Moulin, 1000 Bristol St. N., Newport Beach, 949.474.0920.




Burger BossFOOD + DRINK
Burger Boss
Ongoing. “Be your own boss” at Burger Boss with complete creative freedom to build your own burger (or even choose from a lettuce wrap or bowl) with grass-fed, cage-free and locally sourced ingredients. The wide variety of choices include vegan black bean as a protein option and over 35 different cheeses, toppings and sauces. You can even customize fresh cut fries and sweet potato fries. 27690 Santa Margarita Parkway, Mission Viejo.


Lighthouse-bayview-cafeLighthouse Bayview Café
Ongoing. Enjoy happy hour at Lighthouse Bayview Café with gorgeous sunset views over the bay and specially priced hors d’oeuvres and libations. The brand new menu features items like delicately savory whitefish street tacos, hot wings, chowder tots, super-soft pretzels and more. Sip along with wine, bloody marys or cold draft beer. M-F 3-6 p.m. Marina Park, 1600 West Balboa Blvd., 949.933.1001.



holsteinsHolsteins Shakes & Buns Late Night Happy Hour
July 29-30. Join Holsteins Shakes & Buns every Friday and Saturday night for a late night happy hour and live music. The alternating line up features Newport Beach singer and songwriter Kerry Getz, a Pink Floyd-style rock band Parkaioom and a local modern folk artist Lou Lagoon, among others. The late night happy hour will be available in the bar and lounge and will feature $3 draft beers, $5 house wines & cocktails and select appetizers for $7. Fridays and Saturdays 9-11 p.m. Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.352.2525.


PokemonGo2Pokestop Margaritas
July 29. Catch a margarita along with your Pokemon. If you’ve joined ranks with the millions participating in Pokemon Go, Head to Silver Trumpet where they are activating a “Lure” at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel Fountain. Show the bartender a picture of your catch and enjoy the “MARGARITA GO” for $7. Noon-6 p.m. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593.



RubysRuby’s Burger Day
July 27. Purchase a Ruby cheeseburger and fries for the special price of $2.99 this Wednesday in honor of the late Ruby Cavanaugh’s birthday. One dollar from each burger sold will be donated the the Ruby Dooby Foundation to care for kids, in honor or Ruby who passed away last year. Available at all locations except Shake Shack and airport locations. See website for details. 2305 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 949.673.7829.



Dirty Heads
July 29. The hip-hop, up-tempo reggae band from Huntington Beach performs hits from their namesake album, which just dropped July 15. Special guest Pepper opens the show. Dirty Heads have toured with groups such as Cobra Starship, AER, Gym Class Heroes and more. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.


Concerts-on-the-greenConcerts on the Green
July 31. Five-piece rock band, Hollywood Stones kicks off the Newport Beach City Arts Commission’s Concerts on the Green. The band is known for recreating the classic rock music of the Rolling Stones. Bring your own picnic, blankets and low-slung beach chairs to enjoy the concert. TK Burgers and Chunk ‘N’ Chip food trucks will also be on-site with food for purchase. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Newport Beach Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.717.3816.


Irvine's SUmmer concert seriesIrvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts
July 31. Bring the whole family for an outdoor concert from Pacific Symphony’s Symphony in the Cities series. Enjoy gourmet food trucks with food for purchase and a musical playground for children. Bring your own blankets and chairs. 5:30 p.m. musical playground opens; 7 p.m. concert begins. Free. Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 949.724.6606.



Breaking_through_Grey,_Gobind_Boyes_-_11x14,_$720Follow the Sun
July 29-31. See the beauty of Crystal Cove captured in a collection of California plein air paintings. On Friday night, enjoy drinks, appetizers and live music while perusing artworks available for purchase during a private reception. For the remainder of the weekend, the artwork will be open to the public for viewing. Private art preview and sale F 5:30-7:30 p.m., $40-$50; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Free. Education Commons of Crystal Cove State Park, 5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6200.


SpaGregoriesSTYLE + BEAUTY
Spa Gregorie’s Girls Night Out
July 28. Grab your gals for a girls night out at Spa Gregorie’s. Indulge in some serious pampering with bites from Cafe Gratitude and Nothing Bundt Cakes, refreshments from Spa Girls Cocktails, music, beauty services including a braid bar, makeup touch-ups and Botox services and a professional photographer to document all of the fun. Enjoy beauty freebies, swag bags, raffles and much more. Attendees are asked to bring a new or gently used donation item for Orange County’s Working Wardrobes philanthropy. 6-9 p.m. $25 with donation to Working Wardrobes. 200 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach, 949.644.6672.