Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 9.22.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 9.22.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Sept. 24. Drink up at the 7th annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival as they break their own record of the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange County. Sip on craft beer and indulge on eats from gourmet food trucks and restaurant vendors. Enjoy live music and presentations by renowned beer experts including Anthony Chen, lead brewer at AleSmith Brewing Co., and Jim Crooks, master-blender at Firestone Walker Barrel Works. 21 and over. VIP 12 p.m.; General admission 1 p.m. VIP $60; GA $45. Oak Canyon Ranch, 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado.


Mesa LoungeEnd of Summer Party at Mesa Lounge
Sept. 25. Say goodbye to summer with a day-to-evening dance party under the glass retractable roof at Mesa Lounge. Dance to tunes by DJ and model Sam Blacky and WeAreTreo, sip on unique specialty craft cocktails and enjoy bites from Orange County’s acclaimed chef Nikki Starr. Presented by newMark Models and Modern Disco Ambassadors. 3-9 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Mesa Lounge, 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa.



Knott's Scary FarmKnott’s Scary Farm
Beginning Sept. 22. Halloween is fast approaching and Knott’s is the perfect place to put you in the zone—the scare zone. The attraction features numerous mazes like Shadow Lands, where you will fight off demon samurais in the depths of purgatory; and Red Barn, a blood-soaked affair filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh. Also find new live shows and thousands of monsters lurking throughout the park. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.



Unleashed by Petco SurfdogUnleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog
Sept. 25. Dog owners and lovers from near and far are invited to Huntington Beach’s dog beach for a beach day full of puppy-lovin’ fun. The 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog competition features a multi-heat dog surfing competition complete with a canine expo and awards ceremony. See website for details and pre-registration. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Huntington Dog Beach, 100 Goldenwest Street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



Music Tastes GoodMusic Tastes Good
Sept. 23-25. Head to the historic streets of downtown Long Beach for KCRW’s annual Music Tastes Good music festival and block party. Bringing music fans and foodies together, see an impressive lineup of carefully curated musical acts such as The Specials, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, Squeeze, De La Soul, Dr. Dog, Warpaint, Gallant, Living Colour and more. Enjoy the lineup of entertainment with creative culinary offerings, food vendors, chefs and artists. See website for schedule and lineup. Tickets start at $25.



Champions of Hope GALARARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Gala
Sept. 24.
Visit Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa for the star-studded event that will honor scientists, advocates, patients and supporters who are leading the fight against rare disease. See actor Ed O’Neill from Modern Family and Married with Children, actress Madison McLaughlin from Supernatural and Arrow among others. Entertainment includes performances by American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, a collaboration by finalists from season 6 of NBC’s The Voice and much more. Cocktail reception 5:30 p.m. Main event 6:30 p.m.  $500/pp. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, address, 949.248.7273.



The17thDoorThe 17th Door
Opening Sept. 23. Remember, the safe-word is “Mercy.” The 17th Door is more twisted than ever. Taking place inside a vacant furniture shop at The Market Place, you must sign a waiver before the doors are locked behind you. Gruesome characters are able to touch you as you venture through 21 unsettling horror rooms and a mini escape room. Prepare for all five senses to be engaged with things like foul scents, extreme temperatures, detailed visuals, spooky sounds and even a chance for a taste test or two. See website for schedule. Tickets start at $22. Adults and teens; children under 13 permitted at parents’ discretion; no infants or toddlers allowed. The Market Place, 2856 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.441.9080.



Catalina-WIne-MixerThe Original Catalina Wine Mixer
Sept. 23-25. Plan your weekend getaway with a three-day Step Brothers-inspired event taking place at Catalina Island’s ocean-front Descanso Beach Club. Enjoy live entertainment from alternative rock band KONGOS, gourmet food, fine wine, a screening of the movie Step Brothers and much more. See website for full lineup of events. One-day passes start at $69/pp. Two-day VIP tickets $399; two-day General Admission $149. 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon.



Pavement PhotoCredit_CarrieSchneider_DancerNames_MaleekWashington_JeremyNeal-2Laguna Dance Festival
Sept. 21-25. The festival features a robust schedule of ticketed and free performances and master classes. In its 12th season, Laguna Dance Festival will bring performances from world-renowned dance companies such as BalletX from Philadelphia and BODYTRAFFIC from Los Angeles. After Saturday night’s performance, mingle with the dancers and enjoy a wine and dessert reception under the stars on The Laguna Playhouse patio. On Sunday at 3 p.m., BalletX presents an afternoon of entertaining dance featuring distinguished choreographers Jorma Elo (Finland), Cayetano Soto (Spain), Amy Seiwert (USA) and Matthew Neenan (USA). See website for full schedule and times. Ticket prices vary based on performance, see website for details. Photo credit: Carrie Schneider. The Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.



Sept. 24. Celebrate the fall equinox with NamasDay at Life Time Athletic Laguna Niguel. Suitable for all skill levels, enjoy water-based yoga hosted on stand-up paddle boards in the Life Time pool from 1-4 p.m. or a partner yoga class from 2-3 p.m. in the yoga studio. Other class offerings include a family-focused yoga class, a beginner’s yoga class, an advanced yoga class and a kids painting class. Following classes guests are invited to a social hour with live music, giveaways, refreshments and healthy snacks. 1-5 p.m. $20-$30. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.238.2700.



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,




Toast to the CasaToast to the Casa 2016
Sept. 24. In a celebration of Italian culture, experience the mystery and intrigue in exquisite Venetian art while enjoying fine food and wines from over 30 restaurants and vintners. Enjoy spectacular entertainment and a live and silent auction. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $200. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.




Laguna BeachTaste of Laguna
Sept. 21. Head to Laguna Beach for a celebration of fine food, wine, beer and spirits at Tivoli Too!. Indulge on a selection of culinary delights from 35 of Laguna Beach’s most prestigious chefs and restaurants such as K’ya Bistro Bar, Las Brisas, Splashes, Starfish Laguna and Lumberyard. Leading vintners and brewers will also be on hand presenting generous tastes of their premium wines and beers. Local acoustic musicians will also perform. 21 and over. 5:30-9 p.m. $65-$85. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1018.




Show-Pigeon-TattooShow Pigeon Tattoo Presents Miss Ladybug Pop-Up Shop
Sept. 25. Miss Ladybug, a fashion brand, and Show Pigeon Tattoo have collaborated to create a line of kewpie-themed items. Shop a limited collection of tees, cardigans and enamel pin sets while enjoying delicious treats from Las Doughs Brujas. All guests will be entered to win an OOAK handpainted kewpie and receive free tote bags full of swag. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 2140 W. Chapman Ave., Suite 120, Orange.



Fascination-of-OrchidsFascination of Orchids
Sept. 24-25.
If you love orchids, there is no better placed to be. See the Fascination of Orchids exhibition featuring a huge assortment of orchids. Experts speak on how to grow and display the flowers. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. South Coast Plaza Village, 1631 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, 949.735.2930.




Wagyu & WineFOOD + DRINK
Wagyu & Wine
Ongoing. Join Capital Grille for its most anticipated lounge event of the year—Wagyu & Wine. Choose from three Wagyu burgers to enjoy with a glass of world-class wine for a mere $25. Featuring 2013 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Goldeneye Pinot Noir, two wines rarely available by the glass, it’s an experience not to be missed. Reservations required. Capital Grille, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.432.1140.


Anchor Hitch
Anchor Hitch
Sept. 24. Get your brunch on at Anchor Hitch this Saturday and receive a special 50 percent discount. Simply present this offer and feast on items like country fried steak (tenderized 21-day dry aged, lightly battered rib eye with country gravy, two eggs and country potatoes), an all-American breakfast, a salmon bagel board (smoked salmon, fresh tomatoes, onion, capers, cream cheese) and much more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 329, Mission Viejo, 949.226.8949.



TLT-FoodTLT Food
Through Sept. 25. Help TLT Food celebrate its two newest locations, Newport Beach and Pasadena, with a grand discount. Receive 50 percent off your order after 3 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday by presenting a coupon posted to TLT Food’s Instagram account. 1332 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.873.5332.



Blinking-Owl-DistilleryBlinking Owl Distillery Grand Opening
Sept. 24-25. Be one of the first to check out Orange County’s first craft distillery. Based in downtown Santa Ana, the distillery will open to the public for tours and tastings this weekend. At launch, three spirits will be featured: Vodka, OC Orange Flavored Vodka and Aquavit. In addition to spirits, enjoy live music and purchase food from local chefs Luis Perez and Lola Gaspar. VIP hosts for the evening are co-owners Robin Christenson and Kirsten Vangsness (known for her role in CBS hit crime show Criminal Minds). Reservations encouraged. Sa noon-7 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. Free admission. Tastings, tours and cocktails $10-$25. 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana.



holsteinsHolsteins Live Music and Late Night Happy Hour
Through Oct. 1. Turn up the volume with Holsteins for live music acoustic sessions and late night happy hour. Every Friday and Saturday night enjoy specials such as $3 draft beers, $5 house wines, $5 well drinks and more, plus $7 food specials with featured items like buffalo chicken dip, artichoke guacamole, fried pickles, poutine and sliders. 9-11 p.m. 333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.352.2525.



luke-bryanARTS + CULTURE
Luke Bryan

Sept. 24. Slip on your cowboy boots and cowboy hats for country music singer and songwriter Luke Bryan. You’ll recognize his hits “Country Girl (Shake it for Me),” “Kill the Lights,” and “Kick the Dust Up.” 7 p.m. Tickets start at $88. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.



defleppardDef Leppard with REO Speedwagon
Sept. 22. Sing along with English rock band Def Leppard, known for hits “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Hysteria,” “Animal,” “When Love & Hate Collide,” “Let’s Get Rocked” and so many more. Also hitting the stage, American rock band REO Speedwagon. The band’s number one hits include “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $38. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.



allthewayAll The Way
Through Oct. 2. See the Tony award-winning Broadway hit centered around Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Act, circa 1963. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.





CycleBar Laguna HillsSTYLE + BEAUTY
Cycle Bar Grand Opening
Sept. 25.
Experience premium indoor cycling studio, CycleBar Laguna Hills, the first CycleBar studio to hit California. Burn your calories like you never have before with killer music, a DJ booth, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data all set in a state-of-the-art, IMAX-style CycleTheater. The studio features spa-like amenities, concierge service, luxury retail for purchase and a pay-per-class and multi-class package options. CycleBar Laguna Hills, 26534 Moulton Parkway, Suite A, Laguna Hills.