Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 9.29.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 9.29.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Tater Tots and Beer FestivalEVENTS
Tater Tots and Beer Festival

Oct. 1. Sample dozens of craft beers and unlimited gourmet tater tot creations. In addition to all the guilty pleasures, there will be gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan options available, along with live entertainment. 21 and over. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 3-6 p.m. Tickets start at $40. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.



Newport Beach Wine & Food FestivalNewport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Oct. 1-2. Savor spectacular wine and food at the 3rd annual event, which features tastes from 42 Orange County dining destinations like Mastro’s, Red O, Selanne Steak Tavern and Broadway by Amar Santana; sips from 250 world-renowned cult and boutique wines, along with cocktails and beer. Also find cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs such as Rick Bayless and Shirley Chung, and a jazz lounge. New this year are Taste Around Town off-site events, hosted by various restaurants in Newport Beach such as The Ritz Prime Seafood. See website for more details. Sa-Su 2-6 p.m. One day $175, weekend pass $295. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 888.511.3378.



Montage Laguna BeachKXClusive at Montage Resort
Sept. 30. Head to the beautiful Montage resort in Laguna Beach for an evening of food, entertainment and fundraising hosted by KX 93.5. Activities include a live and silent auction and an incredible lineup of talent. See Orange County’s newest supergroup Painbirds, featuring founding members of Sugar Ray and Train, along with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan and more surprise guests. Event-goers will hear hits like “Fly,” “Every Morning,” and “Drops of Jupiter” performed by their original songwriters. Emcee for the event is comedy legend Rita Rudner. Celebrity chefs Chris Tzorin and Kyle Powers along with chefs Alonso Flores and Matthew Pike will serve artisanal hand-crafted food samplings. 5-9 p.m. Tickets start at $125. 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.



Pacific CitySalute to SUNdays at Pacific City
Oct. 2. Salute Sundays at Pacific City with live music, super-sized games like Jenga and Connect 4, pingpong, shuffleboard and gorgeous ocean views. The event is located near the giant movie screen on the upper deck, next to Saint Marc Pub and cheese Affinage. 1-4 p.m. Free. Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



Anaheim-brewOktoberfest at the Anaheim Brewery
Oct. 1. Indulge on all of the German eating, drinking and music you can handle. Get your fill of Oktoberfest essentials like bratwurst, pretzels and Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest lager, which was recreated from a 100-year-old recipe found in the Paulaner brewery in Germany. 336 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.780.1888.



HopsandVinesHops & Vines: 10th Annual Charity Classic
Sept. 29. Taste culinary delicacies from executive chef Lewis Butler along with twenty award-winning fine wines and craft brewery favorites. Enjoy entertainment from American Idol‘s Adam Lasher along with other special guests. The evening’s proceeds will benefit several Orange County causes, including the latest research in curing ALS. Cocktail attire. 6-9 p.m. Tickets start at $75. Center Club Orange County, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.662.3414.



RedBarnThe Red Barn—A Farm to Fork Experience
Oct. 1. Welcome fall with a four-course meal highlighting the season. Executive chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub will use locally sourced ingredients to create the gourmet spread, paired with wines selected by the Orange County Wine Society. Highlights include herb-crusted leg of lamb with jus and celery root puree, onions and eggplant; and rye whiskey apple tart with whipped mascarpone and sheep’s milk yogurt. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $150. OC Fair & Event Center, Red Barn, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.



Queen-Mary's-Dark-HarborQueen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Live your nightmares aboard the haunted Queen Mary among ghouls, spirits and the un-dead. This year, discover new monsters, more attractions and a hauntingly horrifying maze. Scary Mary’s Lullaby Maze takes you on a spine-tingling trip through the story of little Scary Mary who’s looking for new playmates. End your frightening night in the exclusive R.I.P. Lounge with all-you-can-eat tacos. See website for Happy Haunting Hour and VIP packages. Su, Th 7 p.m.-midnight; F-Sat 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Closed Tu, W. Tickets start at $20. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.



The17thDoorThe 17th Door
Through Oct. 31. 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, 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.



Knott's Scary FarmKnott’s Scary Farm
Through Oct. 31. 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.


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Rick_moonenFOOD + DRINK
Opening Dinner at Ritz Prime Seafood
Sept. 29. Kick off this year’s Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival with a sunset cocktail reception followed by a five-course land, sea and truffle tasting menu prepared by celebrity chef Rick Moonen with Ritz Prime Seafood’s executive chef George Ayala. Each tasting will be paired with fine wines led by master sommelier Michael Jordan. The evening will commence with an intimate meet-and-greet and book signing with Chef Moonen. 6-10 p.m. $295. Ritz Prime Seafood, 2801 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach.



Oak-GrillAutumn Match & Mix Wine Dinner at Oak Grill
Sept. 29. Taste the flavors of fall with a special dinner at Oak Grill with Far Niente Winery. A five-course dinner highlighting new and seasonal dishes will be expertly paired with exquisite wines, including the exquisite 17-year-old Far Niente Cabernet 1999. The festivities begin with a social mixer featuring complimentary appetizers. 6 p.m. $150. Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.



Flemings_FiletLobsterFleming’s Three-Course Filet & Lobster Dinner
Through Oct. 17. Indulge on the perfect pairing of steak and seafood with Fleming’s three-course filet and lobster prix-fixe menu. Enjoy a sweet, cold-water 8-ounce North Atlantic lobster tail and an 8-ounce tender filet Mignon, wet-aged for a minimum of 21 days and prepared to your exact preference. Choose between a larger cut or a bone-in filet for an additional charge. $49.95. 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633.



Puesto-Pop-upNational Taco Day at Puesto
Oct. 4. Celebrate National Taco Day with free tacos at Puesto’s pop-up shop. Indulge on tacos made with fresh, all-natural meats, sustainable seafood and local organic greens. Puesto will also debut its limited edition taco hats. 4-7 p.m. 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.




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Shanghai Acrobats
Oct. 1. The award-winning Shanghai Acrobats—one of the leading acrobatic companies in the world—makes its debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. With more than 100 top aerial acrobats, trampoline artists, jugglers and contortionists, they will perform a spectacular new show “Shanghai Nights.” 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Tickets start at $19. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Godfather LIVEThe Godfather Live
Oct. 1. See The Godfather like you never have before—live and in concert. Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece film will be accompanied by Nino Rota’s iconic score, performed live by a symphony orchestra while the film is simultaneously shown in high definition on the big screen. 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Hungarian Glass ShowHungarian Glass Show
Oct. 1. See an exhibition of glass sculptures from critically acclaimed artists Laszlo Lukacsi and Peter Borkovics. Meet both artists at the opening reception where they will discuss their work and the meticulous processes involved in the formation and creation of their pieces. 6-9 p.m. Free. Avran  Fine Art, 540 South Coast Hwy., Suite 106, Laguna Beach, 949.494.0900.