Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 9.8.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 9.8.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Tastemakers of Orange County

Sept. 8. SOCO and The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance are collaborating to bring you Asian and Pacific Island-inspired food and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Participants include Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana, Break of Dawn, Tackle Box, Blue Fin and more. Besides food tastings, enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction. VIP 6 p.m.; general admission 9 p.m. VIP $95; GA $65. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


The-Escape-BusThe Escape Bus Launch Event
Sept. 10-11. Immerse yourself into a full-sensory gaming experience on The Escape Bus, Orange County’s first mobile escape room. The 30-foot former school bus was converted into a multi-room escape experience, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Be one of the first to play Firewall, a 45-minute hacker-themed game when it launches this weekend at 4th Street Market. Set in the year 2033, players are immersed into an elite hacker consortium—they have been captured into a maximum-security transport and must work together solving a series of clues and puzzles to beat the bus, or spend the rest of their days in a tiny cell. $29. 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana, 949.357.2871.


IrationShoreline Jam Reggae Festival

Sept. 10. See popular reggae-influenced alternative rock band Iration as they headline the 6th annual Shoreline Jam at The Queen Mary. The all-ages event will also feature some of the hottest surf roots reggae bands in California such as Josh Heinrichs/Skillinjah, Mike Love, The Movement, Bad Apples and more. Enjoy yard games, beer, cocktails and food to keep you going all day and night. Visit website for full schedule of events. 1-10 p.m. Tickets start at $45. $20 parking. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

david spadeIrvine Improv
Sept. 9-10. Laugh with hilarious comedian David Spade this weekend. Spade’s career includes movies like Joe Dirt and Grown Ups to CBS comedy Rules of Engagement. F 7:30 p.m. Sa 7 p.m. $35. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.



Sept. 11-Oct. 30
. Celebrate Oktoberfest early at Old World. Enjoy German food, music and activities including yodeling and dachshund races. Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020,




Summer Beach Dog Party ShowSummer Beach Party Dog Show
Sept. 10-11. Watch over 1,200 dogs as they compete for the coveted Best in Show title. See obedience and rally trials, talk with experts about training or grooming and take part in the silent auction that will benefit the Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club’s K9 Blood Bank Fund, a newly created fund that helps provide money toward the welfare of the greyhounds that contribute blood to police K9s. Sa 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Su 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Parking $8. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.



DecadenceDecadence 2016
Sept. 9. Sample unlimited food and beverage offerings from Orange County restaurants and bars. Enjoy music, giveaways, a free photo booth experience and artisanal vendors. 21 and over. VIP 6 p.m.; General admission 7 p.m. $30-$60. Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.



Toshiba-Tall-Ships-FestivalToshiba Tall Ships Festival
Sept. 9-11.
Grab your eye patch and enjoy music, a pirate encampment and tall-ship tours. Ride aboard tall ships during the sunset parade; mock cannon battle; and tall-ship-escort cruise. $5-$65. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point; park at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.



Rancho Las LomasStory Time at Rancho Wildlife
Sept. 7, 14. 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 alpaca. Reservations required. 10 a.m. $5. Rancho Wildlife Foundation, 19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, 949.589.7900.



M-LovewellFloral Watercolor Workshop

Sept. 10. Join Dianuh Aerin of Chasing Linen and learn the basics of watercolor and experiment in painting fun floral designs. The instructor will review tools and techniques before students will practice making watercolor strokes and washes. At the end of this class, all students will leave with a finished watercolor floral painting, a set of painting supplies, a floral watercolor print for inspiration and a fun new skill set that can be used for future projects. See website for weekend schedule of additional classes. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $95. 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.


DianeseDainese Warehouse Sale
Sept. 8-19. Head to Costa Mesa for discounts on protective sporting apparel for motorcyclists, mountain bikers and skiers at Dianese. Th-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sa 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1001 Brioso Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.650.2300.




TexasDeBrazilFOOD + DRINK
Texas de Brazil Grand Opening
Now open at The Market Place in Irvine, indulge on an endless selection of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage, all flame-grilled over charcoal and carved table-side. The menu also showcases a 50-item gourmet salad area with items such as grilled vegetables, rice and beans, charcuterie and imported cheeses, smoked salmon and creamy lobster bisque. 13772 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.209.1500.


Green Feast Farm to TableGreen Feast Farm-to-Table Dinner

Sept. 10. Experience a four-course feast prepared by the best regional chefs from San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. Celebrating local food artisans and sustainable practices, the event will include chefs such as Owen Salerno (Cucina Enoteca), Jason McLeod (Ironside), Camron Woods (The Ranch at Laguna) and many others. 4 p.m. Tickets start at $250. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223.



EurekaFootball Sundays at Eureka!
Sept. 11. Football season has finally arrived! Catch every play while enjoying $5 bloody marys and mimosas (Saturdays and Sundays), brunch fare and “hoppy” hour at Eureka!. Morning highlights include the all-day breakfast burrito with steak, tri-peppers, potatoes, jack cheese, topped with ranchero sauce, sour cream and an over easy egg; and for “hoppy” hour the truffle cheese fries tossed in truffle salt, topped with parmesan cheese and green onions, and served with a side of signature truffle cheese sauce. Sip on one of the 40 American craft beers on tap, over 40 small-batch whiskeys or handcrafted cocktails. Opens at 10 a.m. Eureka!, 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.230.3955. 4143 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.596.8881.



Andrei'sBack to School Week at Andrei’s
Sept. 9-17. Celebrate the kid within all of us and enjoy gourmet versions of childhood classics in honor of school being back in session. Try the PB&J chicken flatbread, a deviled egg tasting, alphabet chicken and vegetable soup or a Kobe beef short rib quesadilla. See website for full menu. Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 949.387.8887.



Bluewater-Grill-Taste-of-SpainTaste of Spain at Bluewater Grill
Sept. 13. Head to Bluewater Grill for a special Spanish dining experience. Taste seafood paella made with an exclusive blend of rice, saffron, seafood and shellfish, with a tapas platter and wines from the country’s famous grape-growing regions. Reservations strongly encouraged. $34.95/pp. Bluewater Grill Newport, 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.3474; 2409 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.3474.



Fifth-HarmonyARTS + CULTURE
Fifth Harmony

Sept. 9. American quintet girl group Fifth Harmony, formed on the second season of the X Factor USA, will hit the stage at Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre. Hear their hits “Worth It” and “Work from Home.”  7 p.m. Tickets start at $44. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.



Cloth-and-MetalSTYLE + BEAUTY
Cloth & Metal Neuw Fall Collection Launch

Sept. 9. Shop Cloth & Metal’s expanded fall collection of men’s and women’s jackets, knits and denim. Neuw, a brand born in Nieuwlandstraat, Brussels, is best known for its idea of Vintage Revision—revamping old jeans from the last 100 years. Enjoy beverages, a live DJ and Cloth & Metal’s hard-to-find fashion, lifestyle goods and audio electronics. 6 p.m. Free. 462 E. 17th St. Suite C, Costa Mesa.



yogasmogaYoga Sculpt
Sept. 11. Boost your metabolism and build lean muscle mass as you move to upbeat tracks at Yoga Sculpt. Led by Corepower Yoga, you’ll combine body weight movements with C2 sequencing and cardio to intensify each pose while mixing in strength-training moves like squats and lunges. 10-11 a.m. Free. Yogasmoga Fashion Island, 1119 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 888.990.9642.