Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 10.27.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 10.27.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Stag & Spirits

Oct. 31. Head to the historic Stag Bar + Kitchen this Halloween for the largest costume party on the peninsula. Dress to impress and enjoy food and drink specials, music, games and more. Choose from new signature cocktails, craft beers and 75 small batch whiskeys. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Stag Bar + Kitchen, 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470.



local-pet-marketHalloween Bash (For Dogs)
Oct. 27. Grab your furry friend for the Halloween Bash for dogs! Take some snapshots in a free photo booth and enter a dog costume contest. If your pup doesn’t have a costume yet, there are plenty to choose from on site. Enjoy tacos from Sancho’s Tacos, raffle prizes and more. The first 50 dogs will receive a free gift bag. 6-8 p.m. Free. Costumes available for purchase. The Local Pet Market, 18900 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.962.9272.



Queen Mary’s Dark HarborQueen Mary’s Dark Harbor Halloween Bash
Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Live your nightmares aboard the haunted Queen Mary among ghouls, spirits and the un-dead this Halloween weekend. This year, discover new monsters, more attractions and hauntingly horrifying mazes. On Halloween night, a special bash will be hosted by Girls Next Door star and Playboy Bunny Bridget Marquardt. All guests are invited to don their best costume, dance with the monsters and sip specialty spirits. The evening will conclude with a costume contest and a drag show. Pre-registration required. See website for details and costume limitations. Halloween bash F 7 p.m.-midnight; Dark Harbor hours Su, Th 7 p.m.-midnight; F-Sat 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets start at $20. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.



casa_creepy_5Casa Creepy
Oct. 29-31. Make your way through a haunted house maze staged in San Clemente’s historic 1927 home. Featuring authentic period highlights and props, expect to encounter ghosts, mummies and creepy-crawly surprises around every corner. Appropriate for ages seven and up. 7-9 p.m. $5-$12. Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.




aqua-loungeHalloween Inferno at Aqua Lounge
Oct. 29. Travel back in time this Halloween with Aqua Lounge. The forecast calls for a disco inferno—dust off your best pair of bell-bottoms and catch the soul train down to this event. There will be party favors and big prizes for the winners of the Halloween costume contest. A popular DJ will be on deck to ensure the party keeps on going. 9 p.m. $25 entry fee includes one complimentary drink. Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.



red-bar-and-lounge2Eat, Drink and Be Scary
Oct. 29. Hotel Irvine invites guests to come as they aren’t for its 2nd annual Halloween costume party at Red Bar and Lounge. Dress up for the costume contest (and win some scary-good prizes) and enjoy the frightfully delicious spooky cocktails. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free entry for costume party. Hotel Irvine, Red Bar & Lounge, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.




the-17th-doorThe 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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socal-corgi-beach-daySoCal Corgi Beach Day
Oct. 29. Grab your corgi and your surfboard and head to Huntington Beach Dog Beach for SoCal Corgi Beach Day. Enjoy fun activities, contests, corgis, corgis and more corgis at the biggest corgi “pawty” on the planet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest.




dl-hughleyD.L. Hughley
Oct. 28-29. See one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. Some of D.L. Hughley’s best known work includes four years starring in his own sitcom The Hughleys, his mega-hit film Original Kings of Comedy and his 2006 HBO comedy special entitled Unapologetic. F 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m., Sa 7 p.m., 9 p.m. $25. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.



water-brush-letteringWater Brush Lettering
Oct. 29. Join Dianuh Aerin of Chasing Linen and learn all about water brush lettering using a water brush. Find your unique style through practicing watercolor techniques, blending colors and using upper and lowercase letters. At the end of this class, you’ll be able to create your own custom lettered print and walk away with unique skill set that you’ll be able to use on your future projects. Each student will take home a water brush lettering kit, lettering guide worksheet and a print for inspiration. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $75. 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.



cinepolisCinépolis Luxury Cinemas
Oct. 30. Celebrate Halloween and the 10th anniversary of the 2006 twisted fairy tale Pans Labyrinth. In a special screening of the film, enjoy exclusive food and drink specials and film-themed trivia, prize giveaways and Snapchat filters. The first 75 guests to each location will receive a spooky Pans Labyrinth mask. 7 p.m. $20-22. 32401 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.373.7900; 30632 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.835.1888.



Through Oct. 30. Celebrate Oktoberfest all month long at Old World. Enjoy German food, music and activities including beer tasting, a biergarten, farmers markets, yodeling and dachshund races. Don’t forget your wiener dog! See website for full schedule of events. Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.




Moulin Cars and CafeMoulin’s Cars & Café
Oct. 30. See an overflowing lot of luxury vehicles, both antiques and exotics, while you sip and stroll at Moulin. This weekend celebrates the one-year anniversary of the monthly event. 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.




jazzdinner-seriesDinner & Jazz Show
Oct. 28. Take in sweeping views of the Back Bay accompanied by a live jazz show and dinner. Darnell Wyrick Quintet will perform at Back Bay Bistro while you savor a three-course meal that includes a choice of starter, filet Mignon or fresh seasonal seafood and a chef’s dessert. Dinner 6-8 p.m., concert 7-9 p.m. $40/pp includes dinner and show, $20 for show-only tickets, $10 for show-only tickets for students. Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach,  949.729.1144.



The LabFright Night Flicks at The LAB
Oct. 28.
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 Beetlejuice. Admission, parking and popcorn are free. 7 p.m. The LAB Antimall, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.




Pacific CityHalloween Movie Nights at Pacific City
Oct. 26. 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 Hocus Pocus. Movie begins 7 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.




friday night flix Woodbury Town CenterFriday Night Flix at Woodbury Town Center
Oct. 28. Kick back and relax under the stars with featured flick Minions. 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.



Oktober-feast Beer Dinner at Oak Grill
Oct. 27. Lederhosen aren’t the only things that come in pairs. At Oak Grill, the Oktoberfest-inspired beer dinner, will offer a five-course menu paired with seasonal craft beers from Four Sons Brewing. Chef David Fernandez will showcase his specialty dishes, while general manager Kevin Morales introduces brews that perfectly complement this fall holiday meal. 6 p.m. $65. Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.



nitroladoNitrolado Halloween Desserts
Oct. 28-30. Upgrade your standard candy treats this Halloween and stop into Nitrolado. Visit the store this weekend in your costume and receive a special buy-one-get-one-half-off deal. Nitrolado is known for its handcrafted gelato flavors such as durian avocado, sea salt caramel with torched s’mores (pictured) and more—all made by liquid nitrogen. Be sure to check out the special limited time Halloween themed desserts and LED light cups! 10212 Westminster Ave., Suite 115, Garden Grove, 714.722.3731.



baysideOktoberfest at Bayside
Through Oct. 29. In celebration of Oktoberfest, Bayside in Newport Beach will be offering a special menu crafted by executive chef Paul Gstrein. The specials will celebrate classic Bavarian cuisine and traditional ingredients of the region. Among the menu highlights is the “Käserkrainer” Bratwurst—Emmental cheese-infused smoked pork sausage with sauerkraut, roasted potatoes and sweet and spicy mustard. Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.



gwen-stefaniARTS + CULTURE
Gwen Stefani

Oct. 29-30. Rock out with Gwen Stefani, as she stops at Irvine Meadows performing hits from her latest album This is What the Truth Feels Like. Young the Giant, an American rock band from Irvine, will hit the stage with her. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.



five-finger-death-punchFive Finger Death Punch + Shinedown
Oct. 29. See Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown join forces as they co-headline the biggest fall arena rock tour at Honda Center. Special guests include Los Angeles-based rock band Sixx: A.M., UK metal rock band As Lions and more. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.




Betty BuckleyBetty Buckley
Oct. 27-29. Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in her new show, Story Songs. A renowned interpreter with an eclectic taste for songs from all genres, Buckley will share a collection of tunes by Radiohead as well as theater greats Stephen Schwartz and Jason Robert Brown. The evening will also include works by members of the new generation of exciting young theater composers, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Buckley will be joined by her long time musical director and arranger, jazz pianist Christian Jacob. (Photo by Scogin Mayo). 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $79. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.