Orange County Weekend Roundup March 1-4

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Watch the spring migration of gray whales at the 47th annual Festival of Whales at Dana Point Harbor.

From the annual Festival of Whales to new restaurant openings, check out the top Orange County weekend events for March 1-4.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

EVENTS

prAna-Warehouse-SaleprAna Pop-Up Warehouse Sale
Mar. 1-4. Score up to 50-75 percent off on your favorite items from prAna including activewear, travel pieces and climbing gear. Bags will not be permitted in the warehouse, please plan accordingly. Th-F 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sa-Su 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, alternativeretail.com

 

 

 

 

Flying-MizdaisyFlying Miz Daisy Vintage Market
Mar. 1-4. Ready to give your home a makeover? Shop at Flying Miz Daisy for vintage, repurposed and one-of-a-kind goods from over 75 of the best vintage exhibitors on the West Coast. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 GA; $5 senior (65+); free for children 12 and under; $8 for parking. Admission is good for both days. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, flyingmizdaisy.com

 

 

 

House-of-Blues-One-Year-AnniversaryHouse of Blues Anaheim One-Year Anniversary
Mar. 2. To celebrate the milestone, Steel Panther will hit the stage with their high-energy Sunset Strip Live show, featuring some of their biggest original songs, iconic metal hits from the 80s, and their trademark comedic delivery. Alongside Jack Daniels drink specials, exciting raffles and promo models, enjoy food and drink specials in the Restaurant & Bar. Mention phrase “Anniversary” while dining in the Restaurant & Bar to redeem 10 percent off final bill (excluding alcohol). Doors open at 8 p.m. $20. 400 w. Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, 714.778.2583. houseofblues.com

 

 

Ocena-Institute-Jazz-FestivalOcean Institute’s Jazz Festival
Mar. 2-3. Experience the annual jazz festival fundraiser to support the Adopt-a-Class program that benefits more than 10,000 underserved students in Southern California. On Saturday, come for a reception and a five-course dinner from the executive chefs at Monarch Beach Resort, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Montage Laguna Beach and Park Hyatt Aviara. The festival features jazz artists including four-time Grammy nominee Jeffrey Osborne, renowned cosmopolitan saxophonist Michael Paulo and R&B driven guitarist Paul Brown, among others. 5:30-9:30 p.m. See website for ticket information. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.496.2274. ocean-institute.org

 

 

TomatomaniaTomatomania
Mar. 2-11. Back for its sixth year, the week-long tomato seminar offers an astonishing selection of 200+ heirloom and hybrid tomato plant varieties, including new varieties for 2018 and the Tomato of the Year, ‘Madame Marmande’—a red beefsteak with the toughness of a hybrid and the taste and character of a timeless heirloom. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.5800. rogersgardens.com

 

 

 

47th Annual Festival of Whales photo by Chrisitina de la Fuente47th Annual Festival of Whales
Mar. 3-4, 10-11. Celebrate the annual spring migration of gray whales with a parade, concerts, children’s activities, car shows, art shows, educational opportunities, food and fun in the harbor. Enjoy a variety of activities including whale watching, classic car display, Rubber Ducky Derby, Diamond Dig, sand sculpting, the annual clam chowder cook off and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, 949.496.1045. festivalofwhales.com

 

 

 

Citrus-Care-and-Pruning-ClassCitrus Care and Pruning Class
Mar. 3. Learn about growing and caring for citrus trees in beautiful Southern California from Isabel Barkman. Isabel will cover the basic tasks of growing citrus trees, including choosing varieties, site selection, planting, irrigation and year-round care. 9:30 a.m. Free. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., 714.708.1500. ocfair.com

 

 

 

 

Lantern-Festival-2018Lantern Festival 2018
Mar. 4. Bring the entire family and celebrate Pacific Symphony’s third annual Lantern Festival. Highlights include Pacific Symphony Brass Quintet, Dragon Dance, lantern making with Bowers Museum, Chinese folk dance, Lac Hong Performing Art Group, South Coast Chinese Orchestra, a puppet show, photo opportunities, food trucks and more. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

 

 

Ride-for-a-ReasonRide for a Reason
Mar. 4. Work up a sweat and be part of a good cause at the Ride for a Reason cycling event. Sign up solo or with a team of up to four at this indoor relay to help raise funds in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Life Time Foundation. Register on website. 8 a.m.-noon. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel. stjude.org

 

 

 

 

 

FOOD + DRINKS

BourbonSteal_CaviarParfaitBourbon Steak at the Monarch Beach Resort
Opening Mar. 1. The luxury oceanfront resort welcomes a new dining destination into its family this March. Menu highlights include chef Michael Mina’s signature butter-poached and dry-aged prime steaks along with creative-yet-refined dishes using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Bourbon Steak’s first martini cart serves an elevated experience table side while the wine program features a robust library from both the old and the new world. 5:30-10 p.m. Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3900. michaelmina.net

 

 

Crepes-Bonaparte-photo-by-Whitney-Lauren-HanCrepes Bonaparte
Opening Mar. 1. Indulge in the oh-so famous French crepes from Southern California’s original crepe caterer at their first brick and mortar location. Guests can select their made-to-order crepes at the counter before finding a seat at the indoor high tops or on the al fresco patio. Signature menu items include the Caprese, California Sunrise and the HazelBerryAna. Beverage offerings including French beer and wine, as well as espresso drinks. On opening day, each person in line will receive a free Nutella Crepe from 5-9 p.m. 115 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite A, Fullerton, 714.595.9995. crepesbonaparte.com

 

 

Snowopolis-24Karat-ice-creamSnowopolis New 24Karat Menu item
Ongoing. Can you feel that golden magic in the air? Snowopolis presents their new 24Karat ice cream cone filled with vanilla soft coasted in gold leafs. Served in a sprayed, gold waffle cone, the creaminess of the vanilla makes the gold form to every ice cream curve, resulting in a tasty Instaworthy post. $14.95 a scoop. Snowopolis, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.746.7300. snowopolis.net

 

 

 

Chef Pascal OlhatsPascal 30th Anniversary
Mar. 1. Celebrate Pascal Restaurant’s 30th anniversary with a five-course menu featuring salade lyonaise, thyme crusted seabass or duck a l’orange, lemon tart and more. Additional highlights for the evening include live entertainment, a cooking demo by chef Pascal and a special award celebration. 6 p.m. $85. Café Jardin inside the Sherman’s Gardens and Library, 2647 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 714.313.6666. pascalrestaurants.com

 

 

 

OC-Restaurant-WeekOC Restaurant Week
Mar. 4-10. Back again for its 10th anniversary, OC Restaurant Week brings together more than 150 participants for the week-long feast. Diners can enjoy a wide variety of options, from casual and family friendly establishments, to upscale and fine dining. A  “luxe experience” will be available again for a select group of menus priced at a $80 price point. See website for full list of participating restaurants and prices. ocrestaurantweek.com

 

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

Dana-Gould-at-Irvine-ImprovDana Gould at Irvine Improv
Mar. 1-4. Legendary comedy writer, actor, show creator and producer takes the stage in Irvine this weekend. Gould’s credits include The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, Maron, The Ben Stiller Show, Super Adventure Team and many more. 21+. See website for showtimes. $20. Irvine Spectrum Center, 527 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, 949.854.5455. Irvine.improv.com

 

 

 

 

New-Works-by-America-Martin‘DECONSTRUCTING GENDER’ by America Martin
Mar. 1. Be inspired and mesmerized by artist America Martin’s unique approach in exploring the human form and its context. Although Martin’s focus is primarily on the female form, aspects of gender neutrality and ambiguity permeate her work. Both male and female figures are solid in width and girth, commanding the space that they occupy within her work, lacking most of the gendered signs of normative beauty standards. Reception 6-8 p.m. JoAnne Artman Gallery, 326 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.510.5481. joanneartmangallery.com

 

 

Hamiltunes‘Hamiltunes: An American Sing-Along’
Mar. 3. Fans of award-winning hit musical Hamilton can gather to sing-along to all of the hit songs that everyone has come to know and love. Three-time Emmy Award-nominated Broadway conductor, pianist, comedian, writer and SiriusXM Broadway channel DJ Seth Rudetsky will host the event. Costumes are encouraged. 4-6 p.m. Free. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

 

 

Ebene-Quartet-photo-by-Julien-MignotEbène Quartet
Mar. 4. Watch Ebène Quartet’s debut performance with renditions of classical favorites and arrangements of popular and jazz works. Quartet members include Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure (violins), Marie Chilemme (viola) and Raphaël Merlin (violoncello). 2 p.m. $29+. Samueli Theater, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

 

47th Annual Festival of Whales photo by Chrisitina de la Fuente. Crepes Bonaparte’s First Storefront photo by Whitney Lauren Han. Ebène Quartet photo by Julien Mignot.

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