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

French Festival & Anniversary Celebration
July 9-14.
Join Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails for its 3rd Annual French Festival and Anniversary Celebration. Chef Yves Fournier prepares his favorite dishes such as goat cheese salad, duck confit flatbread and bouillabaisse. The celebration also features a sweet and savory crepe station as well as French films and music playing throughout the restaurant. Listen closely for the classic song “La Vie En Rose” and receive a complimentary glass of Rose Champagne every time it is played between 5-8 pm. 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 949.387.8887.

marche-moderneBastille Day Celebration at Marché Moderne
July 12-19.
South Coast Plaza’s Marché Moderne celebrates the historic storming of the Bastille by serving Chef Marneau’s much beloved Bouillabaisse Marseillaise. The delicious seafood stew from the South of France features fish caught off the coast of Nice, Marseilles and Toulon that is air-shipped to the restaurant for next day delivery. This regional specialty contains fennel, potato and tomate roti stewed with rouget, dorade, grice, octopus, scallops, mussels, clams and shrimp. Seafood may change from day to day depending on the catch. In keeping with the French theme, apértifs of Dubonnet, Pernod, Ricard, Cardinal and Kir vin blanc will be featured on the menu. Chef Marneau recommends enjoying a glass of Château Saint-Martin Rosé de Provence with his Bouillabaisse. 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900.

mastrosSaturday Social
July 14.
Mastro’s Ocean Club hosts Saturday Social every weekend beginning July 14. Receive a complimentary bellini upon arrival and enjoy an afternoon of bubbling Champagne, flowing cocktails, elaborate displays of shellfish and sushi, carving and dessert stations until 3 pm. A DJ spins contemporary, classic rock and island beats until 4 pm. 8112 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.376.6990.

bluewatergrillNew England Lobster & Clambake Feast
Through July 31.
Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant knows that summer is the best time of year to enjoy succulent Maine lobster. This month, the waterfront restaurant offers a New England Lobster & Clambake Feast featuring fresh steamed Maine lobster, a cup of steamed clams, local corn on the cob, red potatoes, coleslaw, drawn butter and fresh sourdough bread for $32.95. 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.3474.

memphisMemphis at the Santora
Memphis at the Santora is now open for dinner on Sundays with a special priced family style shared plate menu featuring selections of favorite Memphis dishes. The menu changes weekly to showcase a variety of signature entrees and desserts such as duck confit with chorizo and saffron risotto and waffles with rosemary-scented peaches with vanilla bean ice cream. The Southern-inspired restaurant also offers special craft cocktails for the month of July. Indulge in the Blinker made with Templeton rye whiskey, fresh grapefruit juice and house-made grenadine on the rocks or Chelsea’s Gin which mixes Bombay Sapphire East gin, Yellow Chartreuse, fresh lime juice and unicorn tears made of cornucopia passion fruit syrup topped with a splash of soda. 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.564.1064.

OC Fair
July 13-Aug. 12.
Summer in Orange County wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the OC Fair. This year’s theme “Home Sweet Home” celebrates home, family and fun throughout the fairgrounds. New exhibits include Chocolate Unwrapped: Beans, Bars & Bon Bons which explores all things chocolate and showcases professional chocolatiers from Irvine-based Xan Confections. Also new this year is an exhibit dedicated to September 11, 2001 titled Let Freedom Ring. As always, fairgoers can expect a range of exotic and fried foods, shopping exhibits, fun carnival rides, farm animals and produce, live music and a variety of family-friendly entertainment. Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

ocean-motionFamily Fun Zone Friday
July 13.
ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in the Balboa Village Fun Zone invites families to enjoy Family Fun Zone Fridays, an evening of live music, entertainment and activities. Adults can enjoy the Marieve Herington Duo performs jazz classics and standards near the water while kids get their faces painted and take part in arts and crafts. Be sure to experience the new boardwalk bounce attraction, Ocean Motion, which provides wonderful views of Newport Harbor and some thrills as well. 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.

Stephen Sondheim
July 13.
Known as the master of American musical theatre comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a not-to-be-missed evening of story and song. Sondheim is the composer and lyricist behind such Broadway favorites as Follies, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. The theatre icon shares stories with ASCAP’s Michael Kerker, while special guests Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform his most beloved songs. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

willie-nelsonWillie Nelson & Family
July 13.
Outlaw, highway man and country music legend, Willie Nelson, launches the 2012 Summer Concert Series at Pacific Amphitheatre with his folksy favorites. The Grammy Award winner has released a string of seminal albums for over 40 years including 2010’s Country Music and his latest album, Heroes, released in 2012. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

jessy-jBobby Caldwell & Jessy J
July 13.
Bobby Caldwell and Jessy J perform this Friday at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach as part of the 21st Annual Summer Concert Series. Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. Vocal artist, Jessy J, sizzles with a mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms, instantly captivating melodies and model looks. Doors open at 6 pm. 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.729.1234.

pageant-of-the-mastersART FESTIVALS
Pageant of the Masters
July 7-Aug. 31.
Each night during the summer season, the Festival of Arts 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. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582.

festival-of-artsFestival of Art
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.

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.

The Screwtape Letters
July 12-15.
C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel The Screwtape Letters, reveals spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. Now showing at Irvine’s Barclay Theatre and Cheng Hall, this theatrical adaptation, starring Max McLean as Screwtape, was a sold out hit in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Funny, provocative and wickedly witty, The Screwtape Letters change the way you think about how demons influence your every day life. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. 949.854.4646.

wondrettesThe 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.