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

Adam Lambert
July 19. American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert brings his signature glam-rock to the Pacific Amphitheatre. His most recent album, Trespassing, debuted in the number one position on the Billboard 200 chart after its May release. Lambert recently finished a collaboration tour with 70s super band Queen throughout Europe. 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870

ukulele-festUkulele Festival
July 19. Enjoy an awesome convergence of great ukulele and musical talent on stage for one night only at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. Opening the Ukulele Festival is La Habra High School’s very own ukulele band. Featured performers include Captain Jeff and His Musical Chumbuckets, Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys and Left Over Cuties. Grammy Award-winning ukulele virtuoso Ian Whitcomb will also take the stage. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6585.

men-alive-julyMen Alive: Von Trapped
July 20-21. Men Alive, Orange County’s gay men’s chorus, present a tribute to the classic film The Sound of Music. The performance transports you to 1920s Austria and sweeps the audience along into a love story between a Navy captain and a nun turned governess. Add into the mix seven ill-behaved children, lots of nuns and some soldiers and you’re trapped in a hilarious and spectacular experience like no other. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

young-the-giantYoung the Giant
July 22. Irvine natives Young the Giant perform hits “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” among others at the Pacific Amphitheater. Tying up the Orange County connection, Fullerton-based band the Steelwells open the show. 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870

Bowers After-Hours: All That Glitters: The World of Fabergé
July 21. Discover the spectacular designs of Peter Carl Fabergé, the master goldsmith and legendary jeweler still celebrated for his inventive designs and meticulous craftmanship with a special after-hours discussion at the Bowers Museum. Beginning at 5 pm, get an exclusive viewing of the museum’s galleries and enjoy dinner at Tangata or a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres in the John M. Lee Court. Art historian Tim Adams gives a distinguished lecture on the special exhibition Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars and the Russian culture of the late nineteenth century at 7 pm. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

Angels vs. Rangers
July 20-22. This weekend, the Angels compete against the 2011 World Series runner-up team the Texas Rangrs. Stay for a fireworks show after the game with Angel Stadium’s weekly Big Bang Friday event. 2000 Gene Autry Way, 714.940.2000.

Summer in the Garden
July 19. Landscape designer Molly Wood and interiors and fine-art photographer Karyn R. Millet team up to bring affordable art and design to art collectors and homeowners alike. The two Orange County natives host an art show featuring a vibrant and finely-curated collection of artwork and exclusive home and garden décor. The show includes beautiful landmarks from Millet’s new Paris collection as well as iconic local, Orange County beach scenes. 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611.,

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.

Farm-to-Table Dinner
July 21. Future Foods Farms founder/creator Chef Adam Navidi invites you to enjoy an organic farm-to-table dinner featuring organic produce grown on his 25-acre farm in Brea. Enjoy chef’s signature hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary beverage while touring the state-of-the-art farm and greenhouses. Served around a family-style table, Chef’s unique entrees are revolved around the freshest and ripest crops. Guests may bring their favorite wine or beer (no corkage fee) to pair with the tasting. A shuttle to the farm from Brea Sports Park is provided. 3333 E. Birch St., Brea. 714.448.4614.

New to Newport Beach is DivBar, a casual, full-service neighborhood restaurant and bar specializing in delicious barbecue and wood-fired pizza. Menu highlights include rodeo style mac and cheese with smoked pork and roasted onions, broasted chicken and baby back ribs served with DivBar original sauces. Don’t skip the peanut butter and chocolate bread pudding for dessert. DivBar hosts live jazz, blues and country rock entertainment Saturday and Sunday evenings. 2601 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.7427.

mastrosSaturday Social
July 21. 
Mastro’s Ocean Club hosts Saturday Social every weekend. 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.

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 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.