Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 10.13.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 10.13.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Foodbeast’s Oozefest II
Oct. 15-16. Don’t miss the world premiere of more than 20 cheesy creations at Foodbeast’s Oozefest. In honor of October being national cheese month, restaurants such as Slapfish, Slater’s 50/50, Burnt Crumbs, Iron Press and more will be presenting perfectly oozing cheese items for you to consume until you can’t anymore. The all-you-can-consume tickets include four hours of eats, drinks and entertainment. Craft beer will be served from 4 Sons Brewery, Good Beer Co. and many more. If your appetite is a little lighter, try the Oozefest Marketplace where you can purchase individual items from places such as Burnt Truck, Ragin Cajun and The Crispy Cuban. See website for details. Oozefest, Sa-Su 5-9 p.m., AYCC $50; Oozefest Marketplace, noon-10 p.m., $5 at the door. See website for event map. Downtown Santa Ana, between 4th and 5th Streets.



american-made-pop-up-costamesaAmerican-Made Pop-Up
Oct. 15. Shop American-made fashion from a team of Los Angeles-based female designers. Participating brands include Hipsters for Sisters, Sotela, Bead & Reel, Au & Co. and Jessica Faulkner. Additionally, Hipsters for Sisters will match its weekend sale prices online. Sip on complimentary mimosas and snacks while you peruse the collection of incredible finds. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 914 W. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 818.514.6149.



huntington-beach-business-improvement-districtHe’e Nalu Aloha
Oct. 15. Transport yourself to Hawaii this Saturday on the Huntington Beach Pier. Enjoy authentic island food, music, vendors and live entertainment at the pier festival and luau He’e Nalu Aloha. 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Huntington Beach Pier, Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Downtown Huntington Beach, 714.536.8300.




seasonal-carneasadapizzaMainPlace Mall Fall Food Fest and Restaurant Week
Oct. 15-23. Kick off  MainPlace Mall Restaurant Week with a complimentary foodie celebration on Saturday. The fall food fest will feature food and drink samples, a karaoke contest, giveaways and live music. Restaurant Week (Oct. 15-23) offers prix-fixe menus, discounts and complimentary valet when dining at participating restaurants. Participants include Applebee’s, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Panini Cafe and many more. Enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree at MainPlace Mall during restaurant week. The first 500 guests to RSVP will receive a free gift at check-in. Food Fest Oct. 15; 2-5 p.m; Free. Restaurants individually priced. MainPlace Mall, 2800 North Main St., Santa Ana.



anaheim-garden-walkArt on the Walk
Oct. 14. Stroll through Anaheim GardenWalk to see regionally created artwork, including paintings, sculptures and photography. Jump in an interactive photo booth and enjoy live music and performances through the evening. House of Blues (formerly located in Downtown Disney and soon-to-open at Anaheim GardenWalk) presents alternative pop artist Morgan Mallory. 6-10 p.m. Free. 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7410.




mollywood-halloween-to-harvest-tabletop-workshopHalloween to Harvest Tabletop Workshop
Oct. 13. Molly Wood Garden Design’s garden guru and style-maker, Molly Wood, invites you to create your very own fall-inspired center piece. Learn ideas on how to create stylish tablescapes in your home for Halloween through Thanksgiving. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Free. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611.



sugar-plum-festivalSugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festivals
Oct. 13-16. Find thousands of quality handmade crafts, antiques and collectibles made in the U.S. from more than 120 vendors. The festival’s first stop is in Costa Mesa at the Orange County Fairgrounds. See website for hours at each location. Free. Buena Park Downtown, 8320 On The Mall, next to Walmart, Buena Park, 562.598.0857.




beachfront-cinemaBeachfront Cinema
Oct. 15.
Take movie night to the next level at the beach. This weekend see Beetlejuice on one of the largest inflatable outdoor movie screens in California. Featuring theater-quality projection and sound, you will get the ultimate viewing experience on the sand. Arrive early for pre-movie festivities (live entertainment, games and contests) set before the gorgeous Huntington Beach sunset. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase from food booths and the beach bar. Pre-movie activities begin at 4 p.m. Showtime approximately 8 p.m. (dusk). $15/pp. VIP package $49 (includes jumbo 2-person bean bag). Huntington State Beach, lifeguard tower 14, Huntington Beach.



The LabFright Night Flicks at The LAB
Oct. 14.
Get in the Halloween spirit with Fright Night Flicks at The LAB. Bring your own chair or use one of theirs, and meet at the Barrel Fountain once the sun goes down. This week’s flick is The Addams Family. Admission, parking and popcorn are free. 7 p.m. The LAB Antimall, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.



friday night flix Woodbury Town CenterFriday Night Flix at Woodbury Town Center
Oct. 14. Kick back and relax under the stars with featured flick Angry Birds. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and purchase picnic dinner specials from surrounding eateries. Arrive early to enjoy a DJ, face painting, balloon twisters, various arts and crafts and more. Pre-movie activities 5 p.m., showtime 7 p.m. Free. Woodbury Town Center, Sand Canyon Avenue and Irvine Boulevard, Irvine.



the-corpse-bride-pacific-cityHalloween Movie Nights at Pacific City
Oct. 12. Head to Pacific City Wednesday nights through October for it’s spooky movie series. Come early to save your seats and grab a snack—Lemonade and Saint Marc will offer special movie night meals to go. This week’s film is The Corpse Bride. Movie begins 7 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



hello-kitty-wine-pairing-menu-at-antonello-dessert-with-hello-kitty-sweet-pink-wineFOOD + DRINK
Hello Kitty at Antonello
Through Nov. 12. Get ready for an overload of cuteness to accompany dinner. Antonello Ristorante & Enoteca Lounge is showcasing the Hello Kitty wine collection along with a four-course dinner menu. The adorable menu includes insalata d’anguria (sliced sweet seedless watermelon drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and fig balsamic, topped with feta cheese), farfalle alfredo (beet-infused bowtie pasta in a creamy Alfredo sauce), manzo brasato (braised boneless beef short ribs served over saffron risotto) and for dessert, flourless chocolate cake in the shape of Hello Kitty, topped with white chocolate semifreddo. Call for reservations. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153.



Balvenie at BaysideBalvenie Scotch Pairing at Bayside
Oct. 13. Sip on a selection of Balvenie scotches paired with a four-course menu at Bayside. Balvenie Scotch, two-time winner of the Single Malt Trophy, will offer up some of the finest from its collection, including it’s 12-year, 14-year, 17-year and 21-year. Menu highlights include port wine braised prime beef short-rib and oak roasted loch etive steelhead salmon-trout. 6:30 p.m. $56. Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.



Fall-Beer-SeriesFall Craft Beer Dinner
Oct. 14.
Indulge on a five-course menu paired with California craft brews. The second installment of the seasonal series feature brews from Absolution Brewery. Reservations required. $50. Hotel Irvine, EATS Kitchen, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.





oyster-sampler-water-grillWater Grill South Coast Plaza
Check out the first Orange County outpost of highly anticipated Water Grill, now open at South Coast Plaza. At the raw bar, choose from an impressive selection of both Pacific and East Coast oyster varieties, as well as clams, scallops, lobster and crab. Lunch and dinner favorites include wild Columbia River king salmon with lemon nage and heirloom tomatoes and wild Ross Sea Chilean sea bass with cauliflower purée, lemon chutney, hazelnuts and brown butter. The weekend brunch menu includes highlights like baked salmon rillettes with crème fraiche, mustard, dill and tobiko and crab Benedict with jumbo lump blue crab, poached organic eggs and grilled asparagus. M-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F 11 a.m.-midnight, Sa 10 a.m.-midnight, Su 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.208.7060.



bodytraffic-christopherduggan-gotham-bodytrafficARTS + CULTURE
Oct. 15. See Los Angeles contemporary dance company as they hit the stage at Musco Center. BODYTRAFFIC has been named one of Dance magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Showcasing technical brilliance and boundless energy, blended with quirky humor, this young company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. . 7:30 p.m. $20-$50. (Photo credit Christopher Duggan.) Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726.



secretgarden_2012_pcdavefriedman-6Festival Ballet Theatre Secret Garden
Oct. 15-16. See the first of Festival Ballet Theatre’s 2016-17 season, kicking off with Secret Garden. Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, Secret Garden is brought to life through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge choreography by Josie Walsh, an original cinematic score by Paul Rivera, Jr. and a stunning multimedia scenic design by David Bazemore.  Sa 7 p.m., Su 2 p.m. $39-$45. (Photo credit Dave Friedman.) Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646 x1.



destiny-of-desireDestiny of Desire
Oct. 14-Nov. 13. Based in Bellarica, Mexico, see the story of two baby girls born—one to poverty, one to privilege—and then secretly switched by a scheming former beauty queen. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. In this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas, forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion abound. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $64. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.



Laguna Plein Air Painting InvitationalLaguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
Oct. 8-16. Thirty-five plein-air artists take the scenic beauty of Laguna Beach as their subject and recreate its canyons and coves on a canvas. The works of art will be available for purchase. The week-long event will be held in multiple places, see website for full schedule. Heisler Park, 375 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.376.3635.




Cha Chas Latin KitchenUPCOMING EVENTS
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen: Jaime’s Night

Oct. 20. Dance to the tunes of a live Latin band while savoring food and drink specials all night long. Indulge on lobster specials like the lobster taco or tamale and tequila flights featuring Asombroso 100 percent blue agave tequila. The evening will honor both Cha Cha’s seven-year anniversary and long-time employee Jaime Palomar, who has been diagnosed with a type of kidney cancer. Additionally, all proceeds from a special margarita in Jaime’s honor, “The El Palomar,” made with Asombroso Blanco, fresh serrano chili, orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice and a float of hibiscus, will go towards his surgery. 5 p.m. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.240.1055.