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

pelican-hillFOOD + DRINK
Summer Olympics-Themed Dishes
July 27-Aug. 5.
The Resort at Pelican Hill’s Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill bring all the Summer Olympic sports action to you on nine-foot TV screens. At the Coliseum Pool, cheer your team to victory on the flat-screen TVs in your own private cabana. Throughout the Olympics, resort chefs offer special dishes honoring the days’s televised sporting events. Featured dishes include: “Diving Scallops” in English pea puree with lobster, citrus and fennel salad; “Grilled Prawn Javelin” shrimp skewer served on California field greens; and “Handball Open-Faced Sandwich” with house-made meatballs, burrata and marinara sauce. Photos courtesy of Pelican Hill. 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 949.467.6800.

National Choreographers Initiative: Discovery 2012
July 28.
The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) presents Discovery 2012 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Discovery 2012 is composed of four new ballets created as part of the intensive three-week process of the NCI, which brings acclaimed choreographers to California to develop new works under the artistic direction of Molly Lynch. This year’s choreographers, Melissa Barak, Thang Dao, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Wendy Seyb, discuss their concepts and ideas before the dance showcase. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey Circus: DRAGONS
July 27-Aug. 5.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey gathered the best of the best circus performers to honor the Spirit of the Dragon under the direction of ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson. DRAGONS, a fantastical tournament of champions, brings together mystic dragon lore with astounding circus feats of bravery and athleticism. The program includes famed Shaolin Warriors displaying ancient Kung Fu marital arts, Cossak Riders performing unrivaled equestrian acrobatics, the mighty winged Sky Dragons showcasing their aerial bravado on the only double-decker trapeze in the world and much more. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

us-open-of-surfNike U.S. Open of Surfing
July 28-Aug. 5.
Watch the world’s best surfers, including Kelly Slater and Brett Simpson, shred the waves of Huntington Beach as they compete for the Nike U.S. Open of Surf title. On the sand, skaters battle it out in a big blue bowl shaped like a retro pool and a new Nike urban street course. Musical acts such as Best Coast, Grouplove and TV on the Radio perform right on the sand. Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach.

La Cage Aux Folles
Through Aug. 5.
Winner of three Tony Awards, the hilarious revival of La Cage aux Folles was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season. The musical comedy classic, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nighclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Goerges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787

Dashboard Confessional
July 26.
Singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba’s acoustic, heartfelt songs have no doubt sparked many cryfests throughout the years. A prominent voice of the “emo” genre, his lyrics often strike a chord with hopeless romantics of all ages. Carrabba performs his solo acoustic repertoire at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Madi Diaz opens. 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, 714.778.2583.

steel-pulseSteel Pulse with The Dirty Heads
July 27.
Grammy Award-winning reggae superstars Steel Pulse return to the Pacific Amphitheater for an evening of cool jams. One of Britain’s greatest roots reggae bands, Steel Pulse is best known for the hits “Handsworth Revolution” and “Babylon The Bandit.” Huntington Beach-based band The Dirty Heads opens the show. 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870.

earth-wind-and-fireEarth, Wind and Fire
July 28.
Funk kings Earth, Wind and Fire boogie down with landmark hits like “Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland” at the Pacific Amphitheater, adjacent to the OC Fair. Band members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson’s collection of classic songs earned them commercial and critical success including six Grammy Awards. 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870.

pacific-symphonyPacific Symphony’s 2012 Target Symphony in the Cities
July 28-29.
Grab a lawn chair, pack a picnic and head to the park for an evening of free outdoor music and entertainment. The Pacific Symphony’s 2012 Target Symphony in the Cities concert series celebrates summer with a mix of light classical and pop music. Visit Mission Viejo’s Oso Viejo Park on July 28 and the North Lawn of Irvine’s Orange County Great Park on July 29 to hear American and Spanish-infused music, favorite patriotic songs and a touch Tchaikovsky for good measure. Oso Viejo Park, 27204 La Paz Road Mission Viejo; Orange County Great Park, Intersection of Marine Way and Sand Canyon, Irvine, 714.755.5799.

Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays
July 27-29. Watch rookie phenom and MVP candidate Mike Trout, super slugger Mark Trumbo and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend at Angel Stadium. Stay for a fireworks show after the game with Angel Stadium’s weekly Big Bang Friday event. 2000 Gene Autry Way, 714.940.2000.

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.