Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 5.5.16

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of 5.5.16

Edited by Laura Okey

Fiesta de Sutra
May 5. Party with Chris Brown this Cinco De Mayo at Sutra. The Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter will be celebrating his birthday at the concert, which also includes headlining set by Redak. 21 and over. Doors open at 9 p.m. $60. The Triangle, Sutra, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103.



five-crowns-2Bourbon (Kentucky) Derby Party
May 7. Sip on traditional bourbon pours and watch the Kentucky Derby at Five Crowns. Cheer on your rider with mint juleps and five courses of delicious bites. Pours include Lexington Bourbon (included in a mint julep welcome cocktail), Woodford Reserve Derby, Colonel Taylor Jr., Cured Oak Bourbon, Four Roses Limited Edition 2015 and more. Call for reservations. 1:30-4 p.m. $100. Five Crowns, 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331.



golden-chef-seriesGolden Chef Series
Beginning May 7. See a culinary showcase featuring eight live chef cooking demonstrations. In partnership with the Golden Foodie Awards, the series will feature chefs from Del Frisco’s Grille, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Umami Burger, Dave & Buster’s, Cucina Enoteca, Casey’s Cupcakes and more. This Saturday, see Chef Sarah Daniels of Del Frisco’s Grille and Anthony Endy of Paul Martin’s American Grill. See website for full schedule. Free. Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Fortune Drive, Irvine.


huntington beach avp tournamentAVP Huntington Beach Open

May 5-8. The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour hits Huntington Beach with the world’s best beach volleyball talent, and an ultimate beach festival with interactive activations, music, food and more. General admission is free however tickets are available to special covered premium seating areas that feature a hosted lounge. See website for schedule of events. Free. 1 Main St., Huntington Beach.



oc-beer-festOC Beerfest

May 7. Indulge in dozens of international and domestic beers, savor fare from a handful of food trucks and listen to a variety of bands providing live entertainment. Breweries include Four Sons Brewing, Ballast Point, Shock Top, Strand Brewing Co. and more. VIP admission 1 p.m., General admission 2 p.m. Advance purchase $40-$50, at the door VIP $60, GA $50 (cash only). Food sold separately. Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, 714.563.4166.



john-heffronIrvine Improv

May 5-8. Laugh with hilarious comedian John Heffron. Known best as champion of Last Comic Standing, John Heffron has appeared on several late night television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Chelsea Lately. John Heffron also remains one of a small handful of veteran performers to tape three separate Comedy Central specials. See website for showtimes. $20. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.



stars-on-iceStars on Ice

May 7. See some of the world’s most creative and cherished champions perform together in both individual and ensemble routines at North America’s premier figure skating tour. Guests include three-time and reigning U.S. Champion and 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Ashley Wagner, 2014 U.S. Champion and 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Gracie Gold, four-time U.S. Champion and 2013 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeremy Abbott and many more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 800.745.3000.


yogasmogaMother’s Day Yoga Class
May 7. Refresh with mom this Mother’s Day with Vinyasa Flow yoga class, followed with fresh juice and breakfast bites. All moms will receive a special gift from Yogasmoga and be entered to win a spa gift certificate from Spa Gregorie’s Newport Beach. 9-10 a.m. Free. Yogasmoga, 1119 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 888.990.9642.



Pacific-CityPacific City
May 7. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Pacific City with fun activities like creating a wildflower bouquet (courtesy of Petals and Pop!), giveaways, complimentary professional photography sessions and more. There will even be a social media contest; Mom’s are encouraged to write their best advice on a board and post a photo on Instagram (must use the hashtag #GoPacificCity and tag @Pacific_City); whoever receives the most ‘likes’ by 12 p.m. on May 9 will win a dinner for two at Simmzy’s ($150) and a $100 Sephora gift card. To qualify for complimentary photo session, you must show receipt totaling $50 or more for purchases made at any combination of Pacific City merchants April 30 through May 7. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.930.2345.


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sealegs cinco de wine-oFOOD + DRINK
SeaLegs Wine Bar: Mother’s Day + Cinco de Wine-O
May 5, 8. Sip on $5 wines, sangrias and Corona/tequila shot combos in honor of Cinco de Mayo this Thursday. Dining specials include SeaLegs’ famous Chianti Chicken Tacos, two for $5. Come again on Mother’s Day and enjoy a featured three-course prix-fixe brunch menu with bottomless champagne for $35. Courses include lump crab cake served with lemon tarragon aioli and micro celery, pan seared Alaskan halibut over ratatouille and meyer lemon cake made with lavender frosting. Reservations encouraged. Mother’s Day brunch $35. SeaLegs, 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.


chapter oneChapter One: The Modern Local
May 4-5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early with a five-course tequila dinner. Savor five food pairings with five different tequilas for $60. Courses include ceviche, pork tostada, chorizo and potato taquito and more. Come back on Cinco de Mayo and party all day and all night with $5 drink specials and $2 tacos. May 4, 7 p.m. $60.  Chapter One, 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.361.6171.


cha chasCha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
May 5. Enjoy all-day drink specials, live Latin bands and tequila girls this Cinco de Mayo. Sip on award-winning margaritas like the watermelon margarita, back on the menu due to popular demand. All-day specials include half-off all premium agave tequila shots, $15 grande classic margaritas and $10 beer and tequila shot pairings. Arrive early for deeper discounts: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $4 classic margaritas, 12-2 p.m. $5 classic margaritas, 2-4 p.m. $6 classic margaritas. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1040.


Avila'sAvila’s El Ranchito
May 5. Raise your glasses for Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials including tacos, chinolingas (an Avila’s exclusive), Jose Cuervo margaritias, Corralejo tequila shots and more. Celebrate with a DJ, Schwinn bike raffles and lots of other giveaways. See website for Orange County locations in Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and more.



hopdoddyHopdoddy’s Mouthwatering May Specials
Through May. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or any day of the week) with the new seven-layer burger or rosemary paloma cocktail at Hopdoddy Burger Bar. The seven-layer burger includes the ingredients to an ultimate Tex-Mex dip—house-made refried black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream and shredded lettuce—piled high on a ground beef patty and an egg bun. Other May specials include Demi’s cinnamon roll shake and the rosemary paloma with freshly squeeze grapefruit and lime juices, silver tequila and rosemary simple syrup. 311 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337.


May 8. Show mom how grateful you are this Mother’s Day at Gratitude, a 100 percent organic, plant-based restaurant. Mom can indulge on a complimentary dessert following her entree. Offerings include favorites like the forest berry meringata, tiramisu and a gluten-free brownie with vanilla coconut cashew ice cream, cashew cream, chocolate sauce and powdered sugar. The restaurant is also offering its recently debuted “Detox Your Beauty” boxes featuring all natural beauty and skin products. Gratitude Newport Beach, 1617 Westcliff Drive, Suite 112, Newport Beach, 949.386.8100.


Hyatt Mother's DayHyatt Regency Mother’s Day Brunch
May 8. Indulge in fresh seafood, pastries, made-to-order omelets and a carving station—complete with unlimited champagne, coffee, tea and juices—for Mother’s Day brunch. The oceanfront resort, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, will host moms and family in the Lighthouse Courtyard and Huntington Ballroom. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $85, seniors $65, children ages 6-12 $28, under six free. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4627.


AndreisAndrei’s Mother’s Day Brunch
May 8. Treat mom to endless champagne and a delicious three-course brunch featuring options such as a seafood tasting (snow crab claw, jumbo shrimp, mustard aioli and vodka cocktail sauce), sweet corn Benedict, New York steak and eggs, flourless chocolate cake and much more. Reservations recommended. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $45, children $14, endless champagne $12. Andrei’s, 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 949.387.8887.



May 7. Hear the internationally acclaimed folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha perform at the historic Yost Theater. Presented by Santa Ana Sites in association with Irvine Barclay Theatre, the Ukrainian musicians will present their full-bodied harmonies and skilled instrumentation, in conjunction with off-kilter chants and syncopated drumbeats that transcend language, age and genre. 7:30 p.m. $18 presale, $22 at the door. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 888.862.9573.


MariachiSol_615x400Mariachi Sol De Mexico
May 5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi Master Jóse Hernàndez and his Sol de Mexico. A proud fifth generation Mariachi musician, Maestro Hernàndez’ roots trace back to 1879 to the birthplace of Mariachi, Jalisco, Mexico. Under the leadership of Hernàndez, Sol de Mexico are one of a few Mariachi in the world that perform in the classical music circuit. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


jazz in the chapelJazz in the Chapel
May 5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an evening of jazz. Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe will be performing with his Latin jazz group, Imaginacion, at Cooks Chapel. 7:30-10 p.m. $7. Anaheim Packing House, Cooks Chapel, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.533.7225.




Jackson BrowneJackson Browne

May 6. Revel in the sounds of singer/songwriter Jackson Browne as he makes his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut. The concert will feature both guitar and piano and performances of top hits from Jackson Browne’s most recent album, Standing In The Breach. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.




Opening May 6. Hear the glorious music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in this psychological mystery. Travel back to Vienna, 1781: the city of drama, intrigue and scandal is abuzz with the arrival of a young Mozart, who can write an opera a week but can’t control his exuberant giggling and notorious libido. Antonio Salieri—until now the royal court’s most lauded musician—recognizes Mozart’s genius, calling him “God’s magic flute.” Pious, wicked, and soon to be guilt-ridden, Salieri tries everything to subvert the success of this enfant terrible. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.