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

SOCO Outdoor Cinema
Aug. 10.
Enjoy a lovely evening under the stars and a special viewing of The Artist, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture among others presented by Eat|See|Hear. OC Mart Mix vendors such as We Olive, The Iron Press and N’Ice Cream offer free nibbles throughout the evening with gourmet food trucks on site for larger entrees. The event also features an art walk through SOCO. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150. 

Martina McBride
Aug. 10.
Country superstar, Martina McBride, riding the success of her latest release, “Eleven,” performs at Pacific Amphitheatre. Since debuting in 1992, McBride has released a series of Top 40 albums including “Evolution,” “Martina” and “Waking Up Laughing.” 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870.

helen-reddyHelen Reddy
Aug. 10.
Helen Reddy performs her favorite songs and shares stories from the heart during an intimate evening at the Coach House. Throughout her career, recording artist Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. Reddy has also starred on Broadway in New York, London’s West End and the beloved children’s film Pete’s Dragon. Perhaps best-known for the lyrics she penned for her feminist anthem “I Am Woman,” Reddy has outstanding triumphs in music, movies and the theatrical stage. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930.

jloJennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias
Aug. 11-12.
Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias stop at the Honda Center in Anaheim as part of their 2012 summer tour. With combined album sales of almost 125 million, Lopez and Iglesias are more than just superstars, they are some of the most dominant powerhouses in music today. Trailblazing international musician and singer/songwriter Frankie J supports. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 800.745.3000.

duran-duranDuran Duran
Aug. 11.
English rock band Duran Duran performs at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Since the 1980s, the pop rock superstars have landed 21 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Listen to classics such as “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Rio.” 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1870.

chorale-festivalChorale Festival
Aug. 12.
An invited Festival Chorus of up to 400 Southern California singers from community, school, university, church and temple choirs joins the voices of Pacific Chorale in a free public performance of great choruses from Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 2” as well as some spirituals and hymns. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Anaheim International Dance Festival
Aug. 10-12.
The Anaheim Ballet hosts a three-day festival dedicated to bringing arts supporters together, cultivating new audiences via an immersion experience into the world of dance and gathering the most highly talented international dancers to share and develop their art form. Festival events include the AIDF Gala Performance by internationally acclaimed dancers at the City National Grove of Anaheim and the AIDF Stars of Tomorrow performance filled with stellar young talent at Chapman University’s Waltmar Theater. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; Waltmar Theater, 1 University Drive, Orange, 714.490.6150.

lobster-festFOOD + DRINK
Aug. 11.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina hosts the fourth annual Lobstefest. This annual celebration of summer centers around a lobster feast with dancing to live music, raffles, prizes and fun on the beach. Maine lobsters flown in fresh on the morning of the event will be prepared on site alongside a buffet that includes shrimp, mussels, tri-tip, corn-on-the-cob and dessert. Popular reggae band We The People perform. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863.

mareMare Culinary Lounge
Aug. 10. Laguna Beach newcomer Mare Culinary Lounge is generating a lot of buzz with its delicious contemporary Italian cuisine. Chef Alessandro Pirozzi’s (of Cucina Alessa) creations include orange sweet peppers stuffed with goat cheese, walnuts and basil; burrata pizza topped with artichokes and balsamic reduction; and venison filet mignon with grilled peaches and rosemary potatoes. All of Chef Pirozzi’s pastas are made in-house daily—standouts include limoncello-infused mafaldine with lobster tail and fresh lemon sauce and black ink taglioni with Manila clams, jumbo diver scallops and sundried tomato chardonnay sauce. Dance to a live DJ after dinner during Friday Night Social Lounge beginning at 10 pm. 696 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9581.

C. Wonder Grand Opening
Aug. 11-12.
Revolutionary lifestyle brand C. Wonder celebrates the launch of its first West Coast store with a weekend of festivities at the new Fashion Island location. Charming, chic and cheerful women are invited to get their “daily dose of wonder” this weekend. Spin the Wheel of Wonder for the chance to win C. Wonder products and VIP perks, dance to a live DJ and enjoy sweet treats and beverages while shopping C. Wonder’s adorable accessories, clothing and home décor. 347 Newport Center, Newport Beach, 949.644.4376.

Art Crawl Experience
Aug. 11.
Art Crawl Experience (ACE) is a quarterly art walk hosted by the Downtown Anaheim Arts District. Each gallery offers a free opening reception with a new exhibit of unique local, national and international artists. Participating galleries and museums include Muzeo, Center Gallery and Rothic art haus. The event also features an indie arts and crafts fair, live music and gourmet food trucks. Shop the local boutiques or dine at one of downtown’s several cafes and restaurants. 205 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, 714.956.3586.

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.