Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Apr. 19-21. Witness action both on and off the track during a weekend of thrilling events including practice and qualifying sessions for all races, concerts, celebrity racing and the IZOD IndyCar Series event, which features an international field of world-class drivers including defending Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. Tickets $28-$265. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.981.2600.

EnsenadaYachtRaceLexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race Kick-Off
Apr. 21. Celebrate the world’s largest international boat race at the kick-off which will be full of live music, nautical displays, art exhibits, the La Strada dell’arte chalk festival, children’s boat building and other activities the entire family can enjoy. Free. Admission to the ExplorOcean is free as well. 12- 5 p.m. Balboa Fun Zone, 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.644.1023.


Gladys Knight
Apr. 18-20. The “Empress of Soul” diva has recorded nearly 40 albums, scoring chart toppers in pop, R&B and adult contemporary music. Backed by Pacific Symphony, Knight will be some of her signature hits, including “Every Beat of My Heart,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” 8 p.m. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Steve Knott on Knotts
Apr. 18. Before the thrilling rides, the delicious preserves and infamous chicken dinner, the Knott’s family had a modest dream to make Buena Park home. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center proudly presents Steve Knott, the grandson of Knott’s Berry Farms’ founders Walter and Cordelia Knott. Knott will be joined by John Waite, one of Knott’s Halloween Haunt’s original ride designers, for an evening of history and behind the scenes accounts of one of California’s greatest theme parks. Author Eric Lynxwiler will also contribute to the story of Knott’s Berry Farm with insights from his book From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott’s Berry Farm that was co-authored by Christopher Merritt. Refreshments will be provided by Bootlegger’s Brewery. Come, sit back and discover more about one of America’s first theme parks. $16-$20. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6366.

MissionSJCSwallows Walk & Talk Tour at Mission San Juan Capistrano
Ongoing. Learn about the legend of the Swallows of Capistrano, hear facts about the cliff swallows and view the swallows vocalization experiment, created to lure swallows to the mission. Known as the “Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano is a historic landmark and museum that boasts of quality permanent exhibits featuring original artifacts as well as traveling and temporary exhibits on a wide variety of topics. 1 p.m. daily. $6-$9, children under 3 free. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300.

Island Cowgirl Fifth Anniversary Party
Apr. 18. Join in the celebration while snatching up handcrafted rugged and romantic jewelry from designer Heather Kraty, whose pieces have earned a reputation of being treasured among celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Jessica Biel, Ashlee Simpson and Tiffani Thiessen. Each creation is carved with poetic etchings and words of inspiration that are sure to become keepsakes. Prizes, giveaways, specials and more will be abundant throughout the evening. 6- 9 p.m. 320 ½ Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.580.9909.

FullertonArboretumGreen Scene Plant and Garden Show
Apr. 20-21. Surround yourself with nature as you view nearly 100 exhibitors offering a wide variety of fascinating and extraordinary plants as well as handcrafted custom garden art and pottery. New this year are free Discovery Sessions featuring farm, food and garden topics led by prominent speakers, which will be held daily. Juried art exhibit showcasing a selection of Arboretum-inspired watercolor paintings produced by current California State University Fullerton students under the direction of Professor Lawrence Yun. A food court and beer garden will offer a variety of food and beverages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407.

earthday23rd Annual Earth Day Celebration
Apr. 20. Experience a fun, free event that offers something for every nature lover. Newport Beach celebrates Earth Day with engaging, earth-friendly activities including environmental activities, face painting and henna tattoos, scavenger hunts for all ages, science discovery and craft booths, live music, food trucks and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, 949.923.2290.


Ocean Avenue Spring Soirée
Apr. 20. Mingle candidly with business owners and individual artisans specializing in art, interior and industrial design, fashion, culinary creations and distinct home products while exploring the avenue’s cosmopolitan tastes in a festive setting. Along with several galleries hosting opening receptions for new exhibitions during the evening (one to note in particular is DEVICE, which provides a survey of usable and useful objects for everyday living), many businesses and individual artisans will be showcasing new products and wares. Nosh on hors d’oeuvres and sip on refreshments while enjoying entertainment stationed throughout the street. 6- 9 p.m. 480 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.547.1716.

casinoArt for Kids Sake Auction
Apr. 21. Enjoy wine tasting, live music and light refreshments while you peruse works by 20 artists, each with five pieces to auction. Four pieces will be sold during a silent auction and one will be auctioned off in a live auction.  Sales benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast area. 21 and over only. 1-5 p.m. $40. Casino San Clemente, 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.369.6600


Billy Elliot
Through Apr. 28. Revel in the joyous celebration of one young boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town,the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into ballet class, where he discovers his true passion. Winner of 10 Tony Awards, music by Elton John. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.