Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 3.31.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 3.31.16

SOCO Uncorked
March 31.
Sip, taste and shop at a festival that brings together all the tenants at  South Coast Collection (SOCO) and The OC Mix. Taste food from award-winning restaurants like Taco Maria, Pueblo and ARC that incorporate ingredients and tools from tenants like Surfas and Savory Spice Shop. LCA Wine pairs wine for the more than 20 featured restaurants. VIP events 5 p.m., tasting event 6 p.m. $75-$120. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 657.232.0920.


Running_Music_FestivalNight Nation Run
April 2. Dance along an illuminated 5k course featuring live music from various electronic music DJs. Celebrate completing the course at an after party on the main stage. General registration includes a Night Nation T-shirt, a race bib, a glow necklace, free giveaways and admission to the after party. 5-10 p.m. $60, children 8 and younger free. Parking $8. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.



Segerstrom-Center-Revelations-Celebration-2014-photo-by-Joesan-Diche-(78)Revelations Celebration
April 3. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Orange County in April, and to kick off their performances you can learn the moves to one of their most famous pieces, Revelations. Join former Ailey dancers Nasha Thomas and Renee Robinson, along with Ailey Arts in Education Teaching Artist Roderick Jackson outside at Arts Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts to learn choreography for “Wade in the Water,” “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” and “Rocka My Soul.” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Arts Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121.


BBB-Darnell-3Dinner & Jazz Show
March 31. Welcome spring with a live jazz show, dinner and sweeping views of the Back Bay. The Darnell Wyrick Quintet will perform at Back Bay Bistro this Thursday while guests enjoy a three-course meal. Options include a choice of soup or salad, a surf and turf entree and a chef’s dessert. Dinner 5 p.m., concert 7 p.m. $35/pp includes dinner and show, $20 for show-only tickets, $10 for show-only tickets for students. Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach,  949.729.1144.


Taste-of-DanaThe Taste of Dana
March 31. Taste fabulous fare from over 20 local restaurants while enjoying live entertainment, raffle prizes and a silent auction. The 20th annual event will include raffle prizes such as a Big Bear cabin getaway and park hopper passes to Disneyland and California Adventure. Participating restaurants include Savannah Chop House and Starfish Laguna Beach. 6-9 p.m. Earlybird $15, at the door $20. Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point.



Jimmy-TatroUproarious Live Television Taping
April 2-3. See a live television taping for new series, Uproarious, featuring the strongest new stand-up comedians blended with the most trending digital stars. Hosted by YouTube sensation, Jimmy Tatro, each show will feature numerous stand-up comedy acts, book-ended by original digital comedy sketches featuring a variety of the Internet’s most well-known talent. The live taping will include 30 of the hottest comedians across the country including Ricarlo Flanagan, Brendan Lynch and many more. See website for lineup. Sa 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.; Su 6 p.m. $20. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.



Boysenberry-BBQ-SauceKnott’s Boysenberry Festival
Through April 3. Celebrate the historic berry that started it all—the boysenberry! Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will feature countless, one-of-a-kind boysenberry-inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus live entertainment for the entire family. Delicious treats include items such as fried cheese curds paired with a spicy boysenberry dipping sauce and ribs smothered in Knott’s farm-made Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce. See online for ticket pricing and park hours throughout festival. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.



col-bar-dayFOOD + DRINK
Colony Wine Merchant Beer Brunch
April 3. Trade your mimosas for beer this Sunday at Colony Wine Merchant’s beer brunch. Taste beers from Valiant Brewing Co. paired with a three-course meal. Courses include bacon and eggs (herbed deviled egg, seared pork belly) paired with Valiant Crescendo Blond, prime rib hash (roasted potatoes, crisp onion, hollandaise) paired with Valiant Criterion Amber and caramelized French toast paired with Valiant Acurum Trappist. Reservations required. 1 p.m. $35. 280 S. Lemon St.‚ Anahiem‚ 657.208.1860.



Cafe-GratitudeGratitude Happy Hour
Ongoing. The 100% organic, plant-based café’s new happy hour includes $6 small plates like Ecstatic with roasted maple miso Brussels sprouts; Feliz, a portobello tostada; and Vivacious, raw kale chips. Also on the happy hour menu are conscientious craft cocktails such as a Moscow Mule or Costa Rita. M-F 3-6 p.m. $6 cocktails and small plates. 1617 Westcliff Drive, Suite 112, Newport Beach, 949.386.8100.



IMG_4020Restaurant Marin
Ongoing. Experience the new modern day diner, Restaurant Marin, now open at South Coast Collection. The sophisticated yet casual concept is located next to sister restaurant ARC and features indoor and patio dining. Breakfast is available all day with items like house-smoked salmon, homemade granola and English muffin sandwiches. The beverage program, led by award-winning bar chef Koire Rogers, includes homemade sodas and seasonal fresh craft juice blends. 7-12 a.m. 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite G, Costa Mesa,


kyaBrown Bag Thursday

March 31. Spice up your happy hour by enjoying a mystery brown-bagged bottle of red or white wine on Thursday nights at K’ya Bistro Bar. Located within earshot of crashing waves, the bustling bistro features several Mediterranean inspired small plates with an emphasis on sharing. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 855.990.0281.



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TRX Bootcamp
April 3. Meet the yang to your yin as Ambia and Josh Phelan of Spectra Yoga lead you through a TRX Bootcamp. Jump, climb and move into a stronger you. Bring a mat and some shoes for a functional and fun total body workout. 10-11 a.m. Free. 1119 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 888.990.9642.



Charmaine_IG_Post_EARTS + CULTURE

April 2. Join DAX Gallery for an opening reception featuring the new exhibit Portals. The exhibit showcases the work of renowned oil painter Charmaine Olivia, best known for her oil paintings of beautiful women paired with expressive brush strokes of vivid color. The exhibit will be on display through June 2. At the opening reception, enjoy complimentary refreshments. 6-10 p.m. Free. 2951 Randolph Ave, Costa Mesa, 714.957.1706.



MM-resizedMarilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty
April 2. See featured exhibit Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty at the Orange County Museum of Art. The exhibit includes 25 paintings (made between 1976 and 2013) plus video works and photographs that depict our culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. From oversized paintings of makeup-laden lips and eyes to soiled designer shoes, the artwork maintains critical focus on the power of desire. M-Tu closed, W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m., F 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $10-$12, children under 12 free; Friday’s free. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122.



April 1. See a live performance by singer-songwriter Tinashe, best known for her debut single “2 On,” which reached number one on the Rhythmic chart, and peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100. VIP tickets include a meet and greet and photo with Tinashe, as well as early entry, a signed tour poster and more. 11 p.m. General admission $27.50, VIP $60. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.



jazz-in-the-chapel-1Jazz in the Chapel
March 31. Join Cooks Chapel for Jazz in the Chapel featuring local group Ron Stout Quintet with Gerald Pinter. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. 7-10 p.m. $7/pp + tax.  Anaheim Packing House, Cooks Chapel, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.533.7225.



April 4. Enjoy a live performance by R&B/hip hop artist Jeremih. Best known for hit singles “Birthday Sex,” “Down on Me,” and “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” Jeremih will be performing songs from his third studio album, Late Nights, released in 2015. 8 p.m. $40. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.



April 1. Dance the night away with a live performance from Falcons, presented by Modern Disco Ambassadors. A boiling pot of styles and genre-free influence, Falcons musical style ranges from world music to southern rap, and everything in between.  9 p.m.-2 a.m. $12. The Wayfarer, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.764.0039.



bookofmormonThe Book of Mormon
March 22-April 3.
This irreverent musical has become a cultural phenomenon. This musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the “good word.”  Contains explicit language. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.