Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Doheny Blues Festival
May 18-19. Hear the best in blues, rock and R&B on three different stages at the annual music fest. Also enjoy an international food court, an eclectic vendor village with 50+ unique booths, microbrew tasting and a Kidz EcoFest with educational exhibits for the younger music fans. Lineup includes Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more. Meet performers at the music store. $60-$110. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.360.7800.


Pinch-Me-Band-Muldoon’s Concert in the Courtyard
May 19. Enjoy an exciting spring concert at Muldoon’s Irish Pub with the classic rock sounds of the Pinch Me! band who brings a fresh mix of classic and alternative rock by covering favorites from Van Morrison to Lady Gaga. Arrive early and enjoy brunch fare like Galway eggs Benedict with Scottish smoked salmon, corned beef hash and their famous Irish soda bread with sweet butter and fresh preserves. Brunch 10 a.m.; concert at 2 p.m. Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4110.


Charlie Palmer at South Coast Plaza’s Summer Food and Wine Event
May 16. Mingle with VIP chef Charlie Palmer while enjoying award-winning wines and gourmet cuisine at this event benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County’s program to feed the hungry in OC. Event also features music by KCRW 89.9 DJ Jason Bently, a silent auction and more. $100. 21 and over. 6-9 p.m. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.653.2900.


OCAntiqueOC Antique Market
May 18. Check out vintage décor, mid-century modern furniture and antiques for your home at Southern California’s newest antique show and flea market. By attending the event you’ll have access to more than 75 antique vendors as well as  entry to the entire Orange County Market Place with nearly 1,000 vendors. Onsite appraisers ready to assess an antique for you and live music by Jim Rice. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. $2, under 12 free. Free parking. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


PoseidonQueen Mary Pride Dance Party
May 18. Celebrate Long Beach Gay Pride while dancing the night away on the open-air sports deck aboard the Queen Mary. Internationally acclaimed DJs Manny Lehman and Ryan Kenney will set the floor on fire with party anthems and the latest club hits as guests celebrate under the stars with world class dancers, a dazzling laser show and drink specials all night long. Don your nautical-inspired costume and compete in Poseidon’s Hunky Sailor Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000 in prizes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $29 online, $40 at the door. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2834.


FashionistaFoodiesFoodies and Fashionistas at The District
May 18. Eat, drink and be fabulous at The District, where fashion collides with food! Enjoy sips and tastes by The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant, Luna Rossa Ristorante, RA Sushi, Pinkberry, Juice It Up and more while you feast your eyes on fashion by Madison Bleu, Denim Lab and Tazga at this pre-Golden Foodie event. 21 and over, $50. 4-7 p.m. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2347 Park Ave., Tustin.


BalboaArtWalkBalboa Island Art Walk
May 19. Enjoy beautiful art and live music in a spectacular waterfront setting at the 19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk. This premier showcase for talented local artists marks the start of the island’s summer season and features over a mile of paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. Live music will be on four stages and include performances from the Retros, Don Ross Duo, Garry Gould and more. Free admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. The OC Cruiser will be providing complimentary shuttle service from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free parking and pick-up location in the parking lot at Bayside Drive and Pacific Coast Hwy.


CheeseSurfasCheese Talk at Surfas
May 18. Discover why Humboldt Fog looks like a slice of cake and why French cheese, Epoisses, is banned from Paris’ metro as Surfas cheese expert Catherine Thornton gives you an introductory peek into the creamy, smelly and mouthwatering world of cheese. Taste your way from bries to blues, aged to alpine cheeses and how different animals impart different characteristics to cheese. Bloomy, washed, mouthy, piquant, nutty, stinky and blue…come talk cheese. No RSVP necessary but be sure to arrive early as seating is limited. Surfas Culinary District at SoCo, 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.453.2665.


Dr. Seuss at Fingerhut Gallery
May 17-June 2. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to view Dr. Seuss’ coveted hats and witness their direct impact on his most sought-after works of art. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss’ never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited for the first time. In addition, this exhibition will feature Dr. Seuss’ little-known Secret Art Collection, a series of estate authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) original drawings, paintings and sculpture which will also be available for acquisition. Fingerhut Gallery of Laguna Beach, 210 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, 949.376.6410.


MexicanRevolutionMexico at the Hour of Combat Exhibition
May 20-August 23. See rare photographs of the Mexican Revolution captured by Sabino Osuna in this Orange County debut exhibition. Osuna had excellent access to the protagonists on all sides and captured many moods of this dramatic revolutionary period. The collection displays internal unity, with several concentrations of the subject matter and it primarily covers the early years of the Revolution, in and around the capital. This is a unique opportunity to experience this historically important and rarely seen photography. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F. Free. Soko University’s Founders Hall Art Gallery, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, 949.480.4081.


Jerry-MullerHistorical Black & White Photography by Jerry Muller
May 18. View beautiful cityscapes, character studies, environmental portraits and fashion shots from famed photographer Jerry Muller. Muller has won numerous awards and has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Art. 4-7 p.m. The District Art Gallery, 2477 Park Ave., Tustin, 424.645.4161.


Children’s Bug Safari at Fullerton Arboretum
May 18. Kids will love this bug safari as they learn how to spot and identify many of the smaller critters that inhabit our world as they tour the Arboretum. Taught by the Arboretum’s own “Bug Lady, “ Cindy Calisher, Bug Safari is suitable for children 5 and older. 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. $5 per child, parents free with child’s admission. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, 657.278.3407.


SoakCity1Knott’s Soak City
Opening May 18. Summer fun is just around the corner and Knott’s Soak City is where you’ll want to be to soak up all the fun. This 13-acre water wonder world, adjacent to the world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park, consists of water slides and attractions such as Pacific Spin, the most action-packed water adventure to date. This thrilling multi-person raft ride includes a 132-foot long tunnel that drops its riders 75 feet into a six-story funnel. If you’d rather relax, 35 private cabanas are available to rent by the day, complete with food service and free inner-tube rentals. $34.99 adults, $24.99 children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under three. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.