Things to Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

old-glory-boat-paradeFOURTH OF JULY
Newport Beach Boat Parade and Festivities
July 4.
Newport Beach celebrates Independence Day with a multitude of fun events for the whole family. The annual Old Glory Boat Parade sails through Newport Harbor beginning at 1 pm. Boats and watercraft festooned with their most patriotic decorations cruise through Newport Harbor beginning at 1 pm as part of the Old Glory Boat Parade. Even a water-powered jet pack from Jetlev Southwest will carry a flag 30 feet above the parade. Other celebrations throughout the city include a celebration and parade at Mariner’s Park, a community festival and bike parade through West Newport and a fireworks extravaganza at the end of the night at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Check website for locations.

huntington-beachHuntington Beach Fourth of July Celebration
July 4.
Surf City USA hosts its 108th 4th of July Celebration in honor of our nation’s birthday. The day begins with the biggest pancake breakfast in the Western United States at Lake Park Breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis. Once you’ve had your fill of pancakes, cheer on participants in the Surf City 5K run and check out the Fitness Expo at Worthy Park. Enjoy a picnic on the beach or explore the sights and sounds of Main Street before celebrating with a giant fireworks show over the ocean. Check website for locations.

dana-point-fireworksDana Point Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4.
The City of Dana Point presents an aerial sky show, featuring a musical simulcast presented by radio station KSBR 88.5 FM. A free shuttle bus is available from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 10 am to 11:30 pm. Enjoy a full day at Doheny State Beach or arrive early to picnic over the harbor on the cliffs of Blue Lantern Park or Heritage Park. Fireworks will be launched off of a barge outside of the harbor beginning at 9 pm. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point.

Sawdust-facadeART FESTIVALS
Sawdust Art Festival
June 29.
The Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach artists, who exhibit and sell their original art and handcrafted items in an enchanting outdoor eucalyptus setting in Laguna Canyon. Visitors can experience the awe in artwork being created right before their eyes, including the large glass-blowing enclosure where glass masters perform their skill at the furnace. Guests can enjoy live entertainment on three stages, eye-catching artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and delicious food and drink, including beverages offered at the Sawdust Saloon.  935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.

festival-of-artsFestival of Arts
July 1.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Festival of Arts is California’s longest-running outdoor fine art exhibition. Running July 1 – August 31, the show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Special art-related attractions and special events such as jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and art tours provide entertainment for all. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Diana: Legacy of a Princess
Remembered for her charm, compassion, timeless beauty and classic style, Princess Diana continues to be an icon of inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Diana: Legacy of a Princess showcases a priceless collection of evening gowns, dresses, personal accessories, photographs, heirlooms and other cherished memorabilia associated with Princess Diana and the Royal Family. Also new to the Queen Mary is the Tea Room featuring a high tea service fit for a queen. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long beach, 562.435.3511.

Umami Burger
July 1.
Orange County’s newest Umami Burger opens to the public at the Anaheim Packing House. Umami is anything but a typical burger joint with menu items ranging from the classic Umami Burger with shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato and parmesan crisp to a Truffle Burger with house-made truffle cheese and truffle glaze. Anaheim’s signature burger is the Welsh Rabbit Burger featuring a house beef patty with broiled cheese sauce and house made pickles. Also exclusive to the Anaheim location is the absinthe root beer float topped with absinthe ice cream from L.A. Creamery. 338 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.991.8626.

bruxieBruxie Fourth of July Specials
July 4.
Renowned purveyor of savory and sweet gourmet waffle sandwiches, Bruxie celebrates the 4th of July in culinary style with holiday specials worthy of fireworks. For the second year, Bruxie is flying in live Maine lobsters to create the ultimate New England Lobster Bruxie made with tender lobster, a touch of mayo, fresh chives and racked black pepper. Other holiday specials include the Vermont Apple Pie Bruxie, a red, white and blue shake and black cherry cane sugar soda. 292 N. Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.3900; 215 W. Birch Street, Brea, 714.255.1188; 22205 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.207.6570.

SOBECA Summer Sounds Series
July 1.
 This summer, the SOBECA District presents a lineup of free concerts spotlighting local and national acts. The Summer Sounds Series kicks off at the Lab with local bands and OC Music Awards nominees including Open Air Stereo and Allensworth, The Ultimate Bearhug, Parallel, The Flux and more. The event also features activities and promotions to support local arts charities Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Music Saves Lives and others. 2930 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661.

June 29.
Pop punk band MxPx commemorate 20 years together with a national tour. Fans can expect to hear classics like “Kids In America” and “Punk Rock Girl.” Get to the show early and enjoy a Beer Garden party on the Rose Terrace at the House of Blues Anaheim. Entry is  $15 and includes a bulild-your-own food bar and discounted drinks. Mest, Set Your Goals and Rufio open the show. 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.

Cinema Orange Summer Series
June 28.
Dedicated to championing the works of aspiring and established filmmakers, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Newport Beach Film Festival proudly embrace the passion, independent spirit and creative vision of these talented artists with the Cinema Orange film series, now celebrating its eighth season. This Saturday, enjoy Gerhard Richter Painting, profiling one of the most significant and reclusive painters. Filmmaker Corinna Belz was granted access to his studio while he was working on a series of large abstract paintings over six months in the summer of 2009. Local gourmet food truck, the Flip Truck caters the event with signature sliders. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122.