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

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns
Through Aug. 12.
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns takes you to the Springfield High School graduation where we reunite with the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, and take a peek into their futures, we are treated to the girls performing classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs such as “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Dedicated To The One I Love,” “Rockin’Robin” and over 20 other classic hits! You will never forget The Marvelous Wonderettes—a must-take musical trip down memory lane! 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

wss_where1West Side Story
Through Aug. 12.
More than fifty years ago, a show about rival gangs in New York City changed musical theater forever. Now, see it again like never before as the Chance Theater brings a completely re-imagined and unexpected staging to its theater. West Side Story is one of the greatest love stories of all time, filled with such classic Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim songs as “Tonight,” “America,” “Maria,” and “Somewhere.” The Chance Theater’s fresh, contemporary look at this timeless exploration of ethnic tensions and youthful passion is sure to capture the heart of every audience member. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714.777.3033.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
July 6.
Of all styles of American music, none is more iconic than jazz: born of hard times, the music is a defiant celebration of freedom and individually. It has taken many forms over the years, and continues to evolve, but New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band proves nightly that there’s plenty of adventure left in its original form. A French Quarter legend, Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961, inspired by years of informal jam sessions that had taken place in the early 1800s building. Its charter members performed with jazz pioneers such as Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps like the current lineup. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

80s Movie Nights in the Tree House
July 6.
The CAMP takes you back in time Friday nights this July. The Films in the Tree House series returns with a twist, featuring free showings of 80s sports flicks including “Rad,” “Thrasin,” “North Shore” and “Gleaming Cube.” As part of the series, ECCO Restaurant at The CAMP, offers an exclusive pizza size and price for moviegoers—any one of its delicious, award-wining gourmet pizzas for just $9. This week’s film is “Rad,” a 1986 movie about a young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack. The film stars Bart Coner, Bill Allen and a young Lori Loughlin as Jones’s love interest. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

Pageant of the Masters & Festival of Arts
July 7-Aug. 31.
Each night during the summer season, the Festival of Arts, now in its 80th year, presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. Enjoy ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures)—incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This year’s theme is The Genius with Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” returning as the traditional finale. Be sure to arrive early and get a glimpse of Orange County’s finest artists exhibiting throughout the Festival of Arts grounds. 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, 949.497.6582.

santa-ana-art-walkSanta Ana Art Walk & Indie Film Fest
July 7.
One of Orange County’s hippest neighborhoods invites you to stroll down four blocks of galleries, restaurants and shops during the Santora’s 84th Birthday Celebration Artwalk. The month-long celebration begins with a 1920s-themed celebration at the historic Santora Arts Building. Browse art from some of Southern California’s freshest and edgiest artists while getting an inside look at the Artist Village’s working lofts owned by the artists and designers. Also taking places this Saturday is the Santa Ana Indie Film Fest, which screens short films directed by independent filmmakers in the Orange County area. The films will be screened outdoors on the 2nd street promenade. 207 N. Broadway, Santa Ana.

Sawdust-facadeSawdust Art Festival
Through Sept. 2.
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.

Through Sept. 2.
Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair presents an expansive exhibition of artists from around the world and in other parts of the country as well as those who live right here in Orange County. Visitors are invited to leisurely walk among the artists as they create unique pieces and learn what inspired them or just quietly absorb the lovely garden ambiance of this artist’s haven. Two and three dimensional art abounds in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Enjoy live entertainment every weekend and a delicious meal at Tivoli Too!, which serves epicurean cuisine daily. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514.

Summer Concert Series at Savannah Chop House and French 75
July 7.
Summer is finally here and Savannah Chop House and French 75 are taking full advantage of Orange County’s great summer weather and extra sunshine. Every Sunday through September, both restaurants offer weekly bands from 4:30-8:30 pm as well as delicious food, cocktails and all-day Happy Hour specials. Savannah Chop House, 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguesl, 949.493.7107. French 75, 1464 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.494.8444.

sweet-and-saucySweet & Saucy Shop
Now open at Cyrstal Cove Promenade, Sweet & Saucy Shop specializes in custom desserts that taste as good as they look. The charming bakery offers a variety of desserts from cupcakes and cake lollipops to mini desserts such as tarts and pies as well as cookies and French macarons. Sweet & Saucy also creates gorgeous custom cakes and desserts for any special occasion. 7922 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.0920.

Angels vs. Orioles
July 5-8.
This weekend, the Angels compete against the Baltimore Orioles. Stay for a fireworks show after the game with Angel Stadium’s weekly Big Bang Friday event. 2000 Gene Autry Way, 714.940.2000.