Top Orange County Things to Do in November

Don’t miss out on the 27th Annual Share Our Selves Celebrity Chef Dinner in Huntington Beach.

This month, Orange County brings you the Brewer-Clifton Wine Dinner, Latin Food Fest, Imagine Dragons and more. See our list of 40+ top Orange County things to do in November.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

Cheers for Literacy
Nov. 2. Chairman of Angels Baseball and current The Literacy Project Board of Director Dennis Kuhl joins former Angels pitcher Chuck Finley will be competing against each other to help raise funds to bridge the literacy gap across the Southland. 6-8 p.m. Free. The Winery Restaurant & Bar, 3131 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622.


Olga Sinclair, ‘New Works’ Exhibit and Opening Reception
Nov. 2-30. Olga Sinclair’s first solo exhibition will feature grand gestural masterpieces, limited edition intervened lithographs and small intimate canvases hand-carried by the artist exclusively for her exhibition with saltfineart. Opening Reception on November 2. 6-9 p.m. Free. saltfineart, 346 North Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.5554.


Big Bear Comedy Festival
Nov. 3-4. Now in its second year, the Big Bear Comedy Festival returns with a lineup of great comedic talent. Set at multiple venues in the Big Bear Lake Village, the two-day festival offers shows featuring around 15 slightly buzzed comedians, tuned up and unfiltered live on stage. See website for schedule and prices. Big Bear Lake.


Tribute to Ella!’
Nov. 3-4. Pacific Symphony Pops 2017-18 season roars on with a celebration of one of the 20th century’s most iconic singers—Ella Fitzgerald, whose legacy and influence defined a classic era of jazz singing—on what would have been her 100th birthday. This very special centennial celebration is created and led by guest conductor Blank. 8 p.m. $35+. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.755.5799.



View artwork by California Impressionists at the ‘Open Casa: I Love You, California’ reception in San Clemente.

‘Open Casa: I Love You, California’ Reception
Nov. 3. Celebrating unfettered California landscapes depicted in the art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930), The Peter and Gail Ochs Collection presents preeminent examples of work by the California Impressionists. Selections from the collection will include the works of Franz A. Bischoff, Maurice Braun, Colin Campbell Cooper, Frank William Cuprien and more. 6-8 p.m. Free. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.


CLASS by UFC GYM Grand Opening
Nov. 4. UFC GYM, the first brand extension of UFC, is bringing their new boutique fitness franchise model to the Yorba Linda market. CLASS will offer a modern twist on traditional boxing and heart pumping functional fitness classes in a high energy environment. There will be a DJ, photo booth, HIIT classes, BOX classes and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 23701 La Palma Ave, Yorba Linda.


Halsey: hopeless fountain kingdom Tour
Nov. 4. After her debut album Badlands earned the number two spot on the Billboard Top 200, Halsey is back for her “hopeless fountain kingdom” tour. Joining Halsey is special guest PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX. 7 p.m. $29.50+. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.


The Red Barn’s Fire-And-Ash Wine Dinner
Nov. 4. The exclusive event will feature live-fire exhibition-style appetizers, sparkling wines provided by Orange County Wine Society (OCWS) and tours of the farm and garden. Executive chef Jesse Lopez, of Spectra Food Services, and Chef Annie Morgan of KOCI Radio’s Pots and Pans with Jack and Annie, will present a menu showcasing California’s bountiful produce and artisan meats cooked exclusively on an open fire in ash. 6:30 p.m. $125/pp. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


5th Annual Champagne & Oyster ‘Sip & Shuck’ Fundraiser
Nov. 5. Guests will have the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne and sparkling wines, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views at the oceanfront restaurants. Beverages for the evening will be provided courtesy of Casamigos Tequila, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Nolet’s, Veuve Clicquot, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka and more. 21+. 2-6 p.m. $95 pre-sale, $145 VIP. The Deck on Laguna Beach, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.494.6700.


Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 5. Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a special altar exhibit representing Guanajuato, Mexico City, Guadalajara and other cities. Attendees will have the chance to win a trip for two to Mexico and are invited to place photos of their loved ones in the altar exhibit as they enjoy mariachi and folkloric dance performances, arts and crafts, face painting and more. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.999.0888.


Lord of the Strings with Jeff Peterson
Nov. 5. Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of today’s Hawaiian music scene and has played with legends such as Eric Clapton and Boz Scaggs. Guests will enjoy wine selections curated by LCA Wine at SOCO and The OC Mix, and are allowed to bring in light bites from one of SOCO’s culinary partners. 3 p.m. $30. 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


Caymus Winemaker Dinner with Chuck Wagner
Nov. 7. Spend the evening with Antonello Ristorante to welcome Chuck Wagner, founder and winemaker for Caymus Vineyards. There will be a special presentation and a five-course dinner paired with Caymus Vineyards wines. 6:30 p.m. $130/pp. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153.


‘Something Rotten!’
Nov. 7-19. From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells that the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical. See website for schedule. $29+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Meet founder and winemaker Greg Brewer at the Brewer Clifton Wine Dinner in Huntington Beach.

Brewer-Clifton Wine Dinner
Nov. 8. Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach invites you for a wine dinner with Greg Brewer, founder and winemaker of Brewer-Clifton winery. The indulgent evening will feature a six-course tasting menu and carefully selected wine pairings. RSVP required; call 714.845.4885. 6 p.m. $125/pp. Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach.


Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Thanksgiving Turducken Burger
Nov. 8-22. Get a taste of all your Thanksgiving table favorites in just one bite thanks to the new seasonal special at Hopdoddy. The Thanksgiving Turducken Burger includes a stuffing bun, fried green beans and onions, cranberry sauce, salt and pepper, mayonnaise and a turducken patty. Available at all Hopdoddy locations.


27th Annual Share Our Selves Celebrity Chef Dinner
Nov. 10. Enjoy an outdoor reception under twinkling market lights with hors d’oeuvres stations and wine tastings. Other highlights of the night include a silent and live auction, a photo booth, live performance by guitarist Eric Rankin and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the Share Our Selves (SOS) Food Pantry and Comprehensive Service Center. 5:30 p.m. $175. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 949.270.2137.


ARTventure 2017
Nov. 10-11. Showcasing a fusion of arts and entertainment, ARTventure highlights why Costa Mesa is known as the City of the Arts. Artwork will be displayed in Design Within Reach’s state-of-the-art showroom and will be paired with live musical, theatrical, literary and culinary entertainment. F 5-9 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. SOCO and The OC Mix, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.754.5000.


¡Latin Food Fest!
Nov. 10-11. The ¡Latin Food Fest! signature event, Gran Tasting, is an all-inclusive tasting festival where guests pay one price to enter and indulge in a variety of local and international Latin food, wine, beer and spirits. Meet acclaimed chefs who will conduct demos and witness the Best of Fest Awards, the fest’s showcase of culinary excellence. There will be a chef’s dinner, tastings, contests, live music, parties, workshops and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach.



Watch Lupe Fiasco perform live at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Lupe Fiasco
Nov. 11. Rapper, producer and entrepreneur, Lupe Fiasco will be performing at the House of Blues Anaheim. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $27+. 400 W. Disney Way Suite 337, Anaheim, 714.778.2583.


Mayday’s [LIFE] World Tour
Nov. 11. The record-breaking quintet hailing from Taiwan light up the stage with an impressive production designed by world-renowned creative director LeRoy Bennett of Seven Design Works. Bennett has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and more. 8 p.m. $72+. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.


Salute to Veterans
Nov. 11. Presented in collaboration with California labor unions and the Orange County Market Place, the community is invited to donate non-perishable items to help veterans in need. Other activities include a complimentary lunch, helicopter exhibit, bounce houses, swing dancers, the Pacific Symphony Brass Quintet and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


‘Gem of the Ocean’
Through Nov. 11. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, Gem of the Ocean is a mystical story of freedom, justice and redemption. This compelling spiritual drama—and the first installment in author August Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle—will hold the theatergoers spellbound through powerful dialogue and extraordinary performances. 12+. See website for showtimes. ASL-interpreted performance on November 4. $67+. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.


The Latino Comics Expo
Nov. 11-12. The nation’s largest convention of Latinx comic book creators and animators returns to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) for its 7th annual celebration. The expo includes panel discussions, kids’ workshops, creative talents, entrepreneurs and vendors from all over the United States presenting the best in Latinx comic book arts and pop culture. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Los Alamitos Ave., Long Beach.


‘Spanish Masters’ Exhibit and Opening Reception
Nov. 11-Dec. 2. Join Martin Lawrence Galleries Costa Mesa for the unveiling of important documented works by Spanish masters Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. This world-class exhibition showcases the depth and genius of these extraordinary artists. Opening Reception on November 11. 6-8 p.m. Free. Call 949.759.0134 to RSVP. Martin Lawrence Galleries at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa.


Dinner and Program with Vince Ferragamo
Nov. 13. Join former LA Rams Super Bowl quarterback Vince Ferragamo for an informative and entertaining evening. Ferragamo will share stories from his star quarterback days with the LA Rams, and how his motivation on the football field helped him become a successful businessman. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $55. Center Club Orange County, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets


Ships and Giggles Comedy Night with Sam Tripoli
Nov. 13. Known for his roles in the Naughty Show and Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show: Live on Sunset Strip, actor and producer Sam Tripoli knows how to bring laughter to audiences. Additional well-known comedians from Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime will join Tripoli and will be announced soon. 8 p.m. Free. The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge on The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.


Nov. 15. Comedians Trevor Hill and Stephen Furey present BEAR CITY, a twice-monthly, comedy show that brings the funny to the figurative table and brings pizza to the actual table. Features up-and-coming comedians alongside touring headliners that have been seen on Comedy Central, MTV, Conan and The Tonight Show. 21+. Doors 6:45 p.m., show 7 p.m. Free. Que Sera, 1923 East 7th St., Long Beach, 562.599.6170. Tickets


The Pump and Dump Show
Nov. 15. After four sold-out national tours, The Pump and Dump Show is back by popular demand with their original Moms’ Night Out event filled with irreverent fun, boisterous laughter, hilarious music, games, prizes and a much needed therapeutic night away from the kids. 7:30 p.m. $30. 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.482.0700.


Imagine Dragons – Evolve World Tour
Nov. 16. Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons is bringing their electrifying live show to Anaheim this fall. Imagine Dragons will be joined by Grouplove and K.Flay. 7:30 p.m. $29.50+. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.



Board the Queen Mary for the Jack Daniel’s Dinner in Long Beach.

The Queen Mary Barrel Series: Jack Daniel’s Dinner
Nov. 16. Come aboard the world famous Queen Mary for the Jack Daniel’s tasting dinner in the Queen’s Salon. This five-course meal is exquisitely prepared and features the finest ingredients available, resulting in an indelible expression of culinary creativity. Enjoy each course with a different liquor designed to match the meal’s flavor profile, delivering maximum taste. Your culinary journey culminates with an indulgent dessert and a CAO premium cigar on the Verandah Deck, overlooking the Long Beach skyline. 6 p.m. $130+. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.


Surfing Santa Competition
Nov. 17-18. This yearly staple at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel expands in 2017 to a two-day competition that also includes stand-up paddleboarding. Prizes are awarded in seven divisions for first through fifth place. $60 entry fee. The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Laguna Niguel.


Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17-18. Fashion Island’s annual tree lighting ceremony returns with holiday surprises and delights in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Join celebrity host Mario Lopez and KOST 103.5 FM’s Ellen K in welcoming the season with Santa and “snowfall,” as well as a live performance by The Young Americans. 6 p.m. Free. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.


Antonello Ristorante’s Cooking Class
Nov. 17. Join Antonello Ristorante owners Antonio and Fiorella Cagnolo for their last cooking class of the year. Watch and learn how to make some of Antonello Ristorante’s most delicious plates including crostino, risotto, grilled scallops and bomboloni. The evening includes a delicious four-course meal. 6:30 p.m. $130/pp. 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana, 714.751.7153.


‘Journey to Oz’
Nov. 18-19. Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever adaptation of the classic American tale allows children in the audience to take on key roles, including Munchkins, Winkies and even Dorothy. The audience is in the middle of the action in this fun, experiential show as Dorothy and her friends battle the Wicked Witch to find the brains, the heart and the courage they never knew they had. Sa 1 p.m., Su 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $20+. Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Santa’s Official Arrival at Pacific City
Nov. 18. Ring in the holiday season as Santa and two of his elves appear in the sky and land on the beach in front of Pacific City. Afternoon entertainment includes Santa photos, holiday songs performed by The Company Kids from Orange County Song and Dance Company, Santa hats, candy canes and more. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345.


‘The Spirit of Argentina’
Nov. 18-19. Take a journey to this South American country through the passionate dance and music that embody The Spirit of Argentina. The dancers dazzle with sensual moves and playful drama, while the musicians entice with melodies of romance and nostalgia. This program traces the evolution of tango through the classic musical compositions of Carlos Gardel, a central figure in the history of tango, and his collaborations with composer Astor Piazzolla. Sa 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Su 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. $39+. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Marketplace Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov. 23. For people who can’t make it home for the holidays, Marketplace will be serving up traditional Thanksgiving favorites all day long. Expect oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, seasonal vegetables and more. It will be everything people love about Thanksgiving, without the cleanup. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $19 per meal, $60 for party of four. Marketplace, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.


Selanne Steak Tavern’s Three-Course Thanksgiving Feast
Nov. 23. Selanne Steak Tavern is starting a new holiday tradition this year with its first ever special Thanksgiving feast. Chef Joshua Severson’s Thanksgiving menu is tradition-oriented with contemporary flair, composed of three tempting courses with choices accompanied by straight-from-the-farm sides served family style. Entree choices include Diestel Turkey Two Ways, American Wagyu Ribeye Roast and Kurobuta Leg of Ham Sugar and Spiced. 1-8 p.m. $95/pp, $25 ages 4-11. Selanne Steak Tavern, 1464 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9881.


Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch
Nov. 23. Held in the beautiful Island Hotel Ballroom, Thanksgiving brunch includes a farmers market salads, free-range turkey, carved-to-order prime rib, slow roasted pork loin and wood plank roasted salmon. There will be a Seafood Station, Biscuit Bar, Thanksgiving desserts and assorted individual pies and champagne to wash it all down. Live music and children’s crafts make this a day for the whole family. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $80/pp; $20 ages 5-12; Free 4 and under. Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4913.


Thanksgiving Family Feast in the Backyard
Nov. 23. For those who can’t take the heat and want to get out of the kitchen, The Backyard at Hotel Irvine is the place to head for Thanksgiving. A cornucopia of food stations will be offered including roasted turkey and maple-glazed Berkshire ham, cooked-to-order Steelhead salmon, build-your-own Bloody marks and dessert stations with pumpkin pies, German chocolate cake and warm sticky toffee pudding. Plus, guests will enjoy live music, a kids’ craft station and a photo booth. 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. $68/pp, $35 ages 5-12. The Backyard, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.



Kick off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Bay celebration in Newport Beach.

Lighting of the Bay
Nov. 24. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort kicks off the holiday season with this annual celebration. Families will enjoy live chorale performances, an outdoor screening of Arthur Christmas, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will arrive on center stage by stand-up paddleboard and flip the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase. 3-8 p.m. Free. Parking $10. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 800.765.7661.


‘The Polar Express’ Pajama Party
Nov. 25. Put your pajamas on and bring a blanket to be a part of this magical Christmas journey. Ticket includes admission to Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains and viewing of The Polar Express, meet and greet with the conductor, a Christmas craft to take home, hot chocolate and treats. 4:30-7 p.m. $15 children, $10 adults. Muzeo Main Gallery, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.956.8936.


Patchwork Show: Modern Makers Festival
Nov. 26. Shop handmade and independent goods from 150+ local makers, crafters, designers and food artisans alongside DIY craft workshops, food trucks and indie music. Vendors are selected through a jury process and feature clothing for men, women and kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. East 4th Street and Spurgeon St., Santa Ana.


Ruby’s Diner Turkey Takeover
Through Nov. 26. Fall has arrived and Ruby’s Diner is celebrating with a menu full of seasonal-inspired flavors. Beginning October 16, feast on items like the Thanksgiving Turkey Burger or the Turkey Arrabiata Ciabatta. Before you head home this Thanksgiving, try the Shake of the Month—Captain Crunch—through November 30. All participating locations.


2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships
Nov. 26-Dec. 5. For eight exciting days, an estimated 600 competitors from over 100 affiliated National Federations from all five Olympic continents are expected to participate in the IWF World Championships. Interested in volunteering? You will be given a Nike event shirt, a free meal per shift, earned volunteer hours, access to the competition and have a chance to meet athletes who competed at Brazil’s 2016 Olympics. See website for schedule. $30 per day, $240 full eight days. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim.


Live Music on the Deck with Par Avion
Nov. 30. Join this legendary, surf-influenced instrumental rock project for an evening of music with Par Avion. Members consist of Bernard Yin (The Fuzztones, Pansy Division, Medicine and more), Rebecca Ramirez and Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion). 6-9 p.m. Free. Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345.

‘Open Casa: I Love You California’ Reception artwork by Franz Bischoff.