Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
May 12. Grammy Award winning, gospel music icon Kirk Franklin has teamed up with House of Blues to create a new Gospel Brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration. In addition to musical entertainment that will bring you to your feet, brunch offerings include cornbread muffins and maple butter, Creole chicken and shrimp jambalaya, chicken and waffles, carving stations, in addition to create-your-own Bloody Mary and mimosa bars. $40 adults, $18.50 children ages 3-9, under three are free. Shows are at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. with brunch at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 1530 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583.

ShadesShades Restaurant and Bar
May 12. Treat Mom to a champagne brunch served inside the Cielo Mare ballroom, overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a wide variety of cheeses, gourmet salads and fresh seafood, along with a carving board including roasted prime rib and stuffed pork loin, breakfast station and assorted dessert display. Live entertainment and a gift for every mom. First seating begin at 10 a.m. $75 adults, $16.95 children. The Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000.

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Art Crawl in Downtown Anaheim
May 11. Stroll amongst outdoor permanent “art in public places,” a cascade of canopies featuring unique hand-crafted treasures and illuminated palm trees to discover artists demonstrating their creative process at Art Crawl Experience, or simply ACE. Downtown restaurants and shops also transform their spaces into one-night pop-up galleries and downtown Anaheim brick-and-mortar galleries display the latest art exhibits. Catch the 2nd Annual UFO Crash Landing Site, an outdoor alien art exhibit resembling Area 51 that takes over the courtyard in front of Anaheim ICE. Also enjoy food truck fare, a beer garden, fire dancers, flamenco dancers and live music. 6-10 p.m. The crawl stretches from Anaheim Blvd. to Harbor Blvd. and along Center St. Promenade. Art lovers can walk, crawl or climb aboard the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) for complimentary rides throughout Anaheim’s Art Crawl Experience.

tasteofanaheimTaste of Anaheim
May 9. Enjoy food, drinks, music and fun in Anaheim at the 18th annual event. Participating restaurants include American Tavern, Slater’s 50/50 Burgers By Design, The Catch, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, House of Blues, Mamounia Restaurant, The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon, The Melting Pot and many more. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $35-45, under 5 free. Free parking. The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.758.0222.

Audien at Sutra
May 10. Get ready for a mind blowing DJ set with Audien’s tingling sixth sense for EDM music production. He hit the ground running at age 18 and hasn’t stopped since. Elektro magazine declared, “Audien’s productions take listeners on a roller coaster ride of uplifting synth progressions, chaotic builds and hard, bouncing drops that hold the ability to move crowds wherever played.” $20. Sutra at Triangle Square, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.722.7103.

Ballet BC
May 11. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the exclusive California engagement of Ballet BC in its U.S. debut tour. The company’s 16 dancers boast exceptional classical and contemporary training and practically leap off the stage with striking individuality and passionate commitment. Under the electrifying leadership of its new director, this Canadian company is making big news for its bold style and innovative repertoire. Dance Magazine says this is the company to watch. $16-$43. 8 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Circus Vargas at Westminster Mall
May 9-13. Circus Vargas debuts the magical edition of their long-running The Big One is Back! Tour, Magikaria. Under the iconic, big-top tent, singing ringmaster Kevin Vernardos kicks off Circus Vargas’ newest and most exciting spectacular to date, amazing audiences with elaborate illusions, death-defying daredevilry and unbelievable fests of acrobatic and aerial artistry. If you arrive 30 minutes prior to show time, you can experience an interactive pre-show activity that lets kids become the stars of the show. $20-$55; under one are free. Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster.

MariachisBattle of the Mariachis
May 11. For a day of family fun, visit Mission San Juan Capistrano for their 9th Annual Battle of the Mariachis featuring live music, ballet folklorico, food, bilingual marionette show and more. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 children ages 4-11. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1315.


The Rolling Stones
May 15 & 18. Their “50 and Counting” tour continues the exhilarating celebration of the band’s first 50 years—decades of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage show to audiences around the globe. 8 p.m. $150-$600. Honda Center, E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 800.745.3000.

The Fantasticks
May 10-June 9. Amanda Dehnert, celebrated throughout the American theater for re-imagining classics, has added a multitude of visual delights and fantastical illusions to the original charm and beautiful ballads of The Fantasticks. When two scheming fathers conspire with the mysterious El Gallo to keep their daughter and son apart, the dewy-eyed lovers venture into the real world. But as fantasy turns into reality, El Gallo is there to remind them that “without the hurt, the heart is hollow” in one of the most popular musicals of all time. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.

Through May 19. Relive the inspiring story of a working-class girl who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. She works by day as a steel mill welder and a bar dancer at night while aspiring to be accepted at a prestigious ballet academy. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.