Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 11.17.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 11.17.16

Edited by Laura Okey


Nov. 16-Jan. 8. This spectacle of free-running horses that marries equestrian arts with live music and dance, acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects, arrives under a 10-story-tall white big top in Irvine. The dream-like production, created by one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, involves 65 horses and 48 performers, including riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians. Other highlights include the 17,500 square-foot stage that features a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, as well as a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives and a real lake—the last of which magically appears for a splashing finale. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $39.50. The White Big Top, 16576 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, 1.866.999.8111.



the-color-runThe Color Run Tropicolor World Tour
Nov. 19. Stroll, jog or sprint your way through a 5k course with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation. Prepare to be bathed in a tropical array of colors and island scents as you pass through the shade of palm trees, inflatable arches and island-style music. With every kilometer, you’ll enter a different color zone until reaching the end of the course, where you’ll find rainbow beach—an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities and massive color throws. 8 a.m. $49.99-$69.99. Huntington State Beach, 21601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



fashion-island-tree-lightingAnnual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 18-19. Welcome the holidays at Fashion Island’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. KOST 103.5 FM’s Mark Wallengren, along with Mrs. Claus, will host the night in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale’s Courtyard with exclusive performances, holiday greetings and “snowfall.” Be sure to arrive early to stake out your seats; guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to reserve their spots. 6-6:30 p.m. Free. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.



public-houseBarks of Love at The Public House
Nov. 17. Head to The Public House in Downtown Fullerton for Barks of Love. For every beer purchased one dollar will be donated to the nonprofit organization, Barks of Love, and ten percent from all food tickets. Enjoy a photo booth, a silent auction and shop from a selection of Barks of Love merchandise. 7-10 p.m. The Public House, 138 West Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.708.0082.



la-bella-moda fashion seriesLa Bella Moda Fashion Series
Nov. 20. The Resort at Pelican Hill has collaborated with luxury designers and personal shopping stylists at Fashion Island to bring you a three-part fashion series showcasing this season’s best trends. During the themed weekly events at Andrea, the resort’s Italian restaurant, delight in a three-course prix fixe prosecco brunch created by chef Jonah Amodt. Get an up-close look at each ensemble at your table, as expert stylists provide wardrobe guidance for the season ahead. The second of the three events, Holiday Premiere, will feature this holiday season’s luxe, soft velvet that adorns everything from blazers to bags and hats to heels. 11 a.m. $65. 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 855.467.6800.



holiday-kick-off-at-pacific-citySanta at Pacific City
Nov. 19. Witness Santa’s official arrival at Surf City USA as he skydives onto the sand. Straight from the North Pole, Santa will appear in the sky and land on the beach in front of Pacific City. Watch all the excitement from the main deck near Simmzy’s and Lemonade. Enjoy photo ops and celebrate the start of the holiday season. Expect a life-sized advent-style calendar featuring festive surprises each day in December, live music, other hall-decking happiness from the PC Pedal Squad and much more! Santa’s arrival noon. Free. See website for additional details. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.



The Ritz Carlton Surfing SantaThe Ritz-Carlton Surfing Santa Competition
Nov. 19. See men, women and children dress like Santa and other holiday-inspired characters for a Salt Creek Beach Surf Competition. The winner of the “best dressed” award will receive a $500 prize. After the competition, further your surf experience by checking out one-of-a-kind surfboards made by acclaimed artists, master surfboard shapers and world-renowned surfers. The unique surfboards will be  up for auction at the Ritz Carlton through Dec. 31. Proceeds benefit Surfers Healing. See website for schedule. Free. $50 entry fee. Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, 949.240.5088.



mollywood-halloween-to-harvest-tabletop-workshopNovember to Harvest Tabletop Workshop
Nov. 18. 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 the holiday season. 1 p.m. Free. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611.





Outlets at San ClementeOutlets at San Clemente Tree Lighting Celebration
Nov. 19. Begin creating warm holiday memories this season at the Tree Lighting Celebration at Outlets at San Clemente. Hosted by Santa and his reindeer, the event features a live reindeer meet-and-greet, roaming Christmas carolers, a photo booth, crafts, face-painting and balloon animals. Don’t miss the grand finale—the lighting of a fresh-cut 40-foot tall White Fir tree from Mt. Shasta covered in more than 6,000 twinkling, multi-colored lights as “snow” falls over San Clemente. After the event, get a head-start on Christmas shopping! 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Outlets at San Clemente, Center Court, 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente.



OC ChefsSchoolHoliday Prep with Chefschool
Nov. 19. See a free cooking demo with OC’s premier cooking school, Chefschool, at Bloomingdales South Coast Plaza. The instructors from chefschool will demonstrate how to create your holiday must-have dishes using the latest kitchen tools. 2-4 p.m. Free. Bloomingdales South Coast Plaza, lower level demo kitchen, 3333 South Bristol St., Costa Mesa.




Winter FantasyWinter Fantasy
Weekends beginning Nov. 19. The Sawdust Festival grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland. See 175 artists display and sell their creations as holiday gifts. Enjoy food, live holiday entertainment, art classes, a petting zoo and of course—Santa Claus. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $7. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.




Andreis_020FOOD + DRINK
Speakeasy Saturday
Nov. 19. Head to Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails for Speakeasy Saturday. Feel as if you’ve been transported back to the Prohibition Era with live music from The Gin Mill Grifters. Dress as if it were the 1920s and enjoy a fabulous dinner. Reservations encouraged. 7-10 p.m. Free entry. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.




true-food-kitchenTrue Food Kitchen
Taste the flavors of fall with True Food Kitchen’s new menu of seasonally-driven dishes. Known for selecting and preparing healthy and delicious food using nutrient-rich ingredients, the new menu will feature items like charred cauliflower and chioggia beet bruschetta for starters. Main entrees include house-made vegan butternut squash pizza made with artisan pizza dough and baked with garlic puree, roasted butternut squash, kale, smoked onions and topped with thyme, sage, lemon oil, dried cranberries and vegan almond ricotta; pan-roasted chicken served with cannellini beans, maple-glazed butternut squash and braised Swiss chard in an apple-rosemary jus with sage leaves and thyme and much more. Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.2400.


bayside-restaurantBayside 17th Anniversary
Through Nov. Help Bayside celebrate its 17th anniversary with a special three-course menu that comes with a $20 bounce back card. The prix-fixe dinner starts with a choice of lobster salad or tuna tartar, either Chilean sea bass or filet Mignon as the entrée and a special dessert. Each guest ordering this menu during November, the anniversary month, will receive the bounce back card that may be redeemed in January 2017. Call for reservations. Prix-fixe menu $66. Bayside, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.



le corsaireARTS + CULTURE
Mikhailovsky Ballet: Le Corsaire
Nov. 18-20. Bustling bazaars, the roaring seas, dashing pirates and exotic harem dancers make for an enchanted experience as the Mikhailovsky Ballet (from St. Petersburg, Russia) tells the story of the love between a pirate and a slave. The action takes place against the backdrop of the open sea, in remote grottoes, amid the hustle and bustle of an eastern bazaar and the languid luxury of a sultan’s harem. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



masters-of-illusionMasters of Illusion
Nov. 17. As seen on the hit TV series, now airing its third season on the CW, Masters of Illusion Live is hitting the road. The show, which features some of the world’s greatest magicians, will have audiences on their toes with grand illusions, comedy magic, sleight-of-hand, floating objects and more. 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. Musco Center for the Arts, One University Drive, Orange, 844.626.8726.



LCA-wineLord of the Strings: The Black Market Trust
Nov. 20. Enjoy the Lord of the Strings concert series featuring wildly popular jazz/vocal band The Black Market Trust. Their unique sound showcases their love of everything from The Mills Brothers to the Beach Boys and Sinatra to Lennon/McCartney. During the concert, enjoy wine selections curated by LCA Wine at SOCO—but first—grab some light bites from one of SOCO’s culinary partners to bring in and savor. 3 p.m. $30. Food not included in ticket price. LCA Wine, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,



Box Car ChildrenThe Boxcar Children
Nov. 11-20. Based on the popular children’s book, see the story of four orphaned siblings as they evade authorities and a mysterious stranger. On their journey, they discover the rewards and perils of a life of independence while hiding out in an abandoned boxcar they find in the forest. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $15. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.



beautylandSTYLE + BEAUTY
CosmetiCare BeautyLand
Nov. 17. Learn about aesthetic technology, lasers, body sculpting and other cosmetic procedures at Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare—Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served while overlooking the Balboa Harbor. Stop into CosmetiCare’s seven signature rooms (such as skin care, laser, glow rooms) and see demonstrations of non-invasive techniques to correct wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, uneven tone and pigmentation, rosacea and more. Enjoy exclusive day-of specials and exciting giveaways. RSVP required. 5-8 p.m. Free. 1101 Bayside Drive, Ste 22, Newport Beach, 949.718.6900.


vitra-eyewear-chrome-heartsVitra Eyewear One-Year Anniversary Celebration
Nov. 19. Join Vitra Eyewear in celebrating its one-year anniversary with a champagne toast and an entire afternoon of luxury fashion, food and fun. Browse 25 curated designer eyewear collections, including 10 elite and unique brands you won’t find anywhere else in the O.C. See lab demonstrations and enter to win a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses during the in-store raffle. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Vitra Eyewear Luxury Boutique, 3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, 714.966.2186.