Events | Orange County Things To Do In July

Orange County things to do in July 2013


John Mayer

Find the best Orange County things to do in July 2013, in our events roundup.

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 4th Anniversary
July. Celebrate the restaurant’s anniversary with specials every day: Meatless Mondays feature vegetarian specials, Bubbly Tuesdays include a complimentary champagne cocktail, Sweet Treat Wednesdays result in a free mini dessert, Thirsty Thursdays bring seasonal cocktail samples from 5-7 p.m., Foodie Fridays equal complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. and Silver Oak Saturdays offer a bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet for only $49 (regularly $110). Lunch served M-F; dinner nightly. Closed Su. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.

I Do! I Do!
Opens July 9. See Davis Gaines (Phantom of the Opera, Hello Dolly, Camelot) and Vicki Lewis (Chicago, Damn Yankees) as they light up the stage in this musical based on the play The Fourposter. Watch a couple’s 50-year marriage unfold as they discuss the joy, struggles, humor and passion that is every marriage on a set that consists solely of their bedroom, dominated by the large four-poster bed in the center of the room. Music by Tom Jones. $40-$116. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

Spank! The Musical
July 11. Laugh at this Fifty Shades of Grey parody that brings the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Watch the re-imagining of the characters from the book come alive and entertain you with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers and a few surprises. 8 p.m. $25-$40. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

Through Sept. 1. Browse the juried art festival that showcases works by 125 artists in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Watch artists create, ask questions and learn what inspired them or just quietly absorb the lovely garden ambiance of this artist’s haven. All works are available for purchase. Live entertainment on weekends. Su-Th, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $4-$7, 12 and under free. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514.

Sawdust Art Festival
Through Sept. 1. View works by more than 200 Laguna Beach artists, all of whom create their own unique artwork in all art media including glass, painting, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and textiles, sculpture, scrimshaw, photography and more. Enjoy demonstrations, outdoor cafes and live music on three stages in a quaint outdoor eucalyptus grove. Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $3.25-$20. Free trolley service in Laguna Beach runs daily from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.

Festival of the Arts
Through Aug. 31. Explore this fine art show featuring 140 of Southern Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. Tour the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at one of the on-site restaurants, create your own masterpiece or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. Enjoy a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy including nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings and daily art classes for kids. Through-July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; July 5-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $7-10 adults, children under 12 are free. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Pageant of the Masters
Opens July 7. Be amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Celebrating its 80th anniversary with the theme “The Big Picture”, Pageant of the Masters has added a cinematic spin to its world-class presentation with classic masterpieces that inspired legendary filmmakers. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. nightly. $15-$220. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Movie Mondays at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
July 8-29. Partake in the outdoor art series as it returns for its seventh summer by watching movies alfresco at the Center’s Art Plaza. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and picnic, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Patina Catering will also be offering specially-themed menu items available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. on Mondays throughout July. July 8 The Wedding Singer; July 15 Buena Vista Social Club; July 22 The Lion King; July 29 The Phantom of the Opera. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Marche Moderne Bouillabaisse Week
July 11-18. Indulge in a special menu featuring bouillabaisse prepared with fish flown in from the south of France such as Rouget, Saint-Pierre, Dorade Grise Rascasse, scallops, clams, shrimp and more. $50 per person. 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900.

OC Fair
July 12-Aug. 11. Visit this annual fair for family fun including food booths and competitions, carnival games, entertainment and more. This year’s theme is “Come & Get It.” Look for fried food debuts such as waffle-wrapped, deep-fried hot dogs, Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe’s and bacon bombs. $11 adults, $6 children 6-12, children under 5 are free. W-F noon-midnight. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-midnight. Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

Medici Wine Dinner at Tangata
July 13. Indulge in a pre fixe wine dinner inspired by the 15th century Italian Renaissance summer exhibit at Bowers Museum, Gems of the Medici. Dine on heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella panzanella, Florentine steak with white beans, roasted potatoes, braised kale and summer strawberry tart. Stay for Bowers Museum After-Hours which starts at 8 p.m. to listen to a performance by Natur Early Music Ensemble. $35 per person or $50 with wine pairings. 5-8 p.m. Tangata at Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906.

Star Wars Course of the Force
July 13. Don your best Stars Wars gear and join fans as they unite at this Olympic-style relay run down the Southern California coast, starting at Skywalker Ranch on July 9 and ending in San Diego just in time for Comic-Con on July 16. Join the race in Huntington Beach and celebrate your love of the lightsaber with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and more. Registration is $150 and includes a customized Hasbro lightsaber and gift bag. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Kustom Kulture II Exhibit
Opening July 13. View this 20 year anniversary tribute to the original exhibition presented at the Laguna Art Museum in 1993. Curated by C.R. Stecyk and Paul Frank, the exhibition explores a contemporary look at Kustom car, motorcycle, surf culture and related art from the traditions of Von Dutch, Big Daddy Roth, Robert Williams, Rick Griffin, Basil Wolverton, Margaret Keane, Don Ed Hardy, Billy Gibbons and others. Opening reception July 13, 7-9 p.m. Runs through August 24. Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.374.1650.

Long Beach Grand Cru Public Tasting
July 13. Enjoy a wonderful evening of wine, food and live music against the scenic backdrop of the Long Beach shoreline at the international wine competition and festive public event. The competition attracts worldwide winery participation with over 1200 wines competing. After judging, competition wines are served together with cuisine from over 20 local restaurants and specialty food stores, with live music and silent and live auctions rounding out the festivities. 6-9 p.m. $225 per person. Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Ave., Long Beach, 213.640.3894.

The Planets by Pacific Symphony
July 13. Listen as Case Scaglione conducts the Pacific Symphony in an evening for the senses. View stunning footage from outer space while enjoying Holst’s The Planets, music you’ll recognize as the soundtrack for video games, TV shows and movies as well as Mozart’s violin concerto from Caroline Goulding, a 20 year old virtuoso. $25-$154. 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking, food and beverages allowed in amphitheater or choose to purchase a gourmet picnic meal from Bristol Farms during the check-out process. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714.755.5799.

The B-52’s & X
July 18. Catch the party band as they perform all of their timeless gems, from “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” and “Private Idaho” to more recent classics such as “Love Shack” and “Channel Z” and more. Joining them is LA punk band, X. 8 p.m. $29.50-$49.50. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

Trefethen Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront
July 18. Treat yourself to a special wine dinner with Trefethen Family Vineyards while admiring the sunset over the ocean. Executive Chef Miroslav Rusev will be cooking a four-course menu including risotto with pineapple, asparagus and shrimp as well as filet mignon with sage butter, slow roasted tomato and gorgonzola polenta and other delicious offerings. Each course will be paired with a hand-selected Trefethen wine to compliment the dish. $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.

Family Fun Zone Fridays at ExplorOcean
July 19. Enjoy a mix of hands on activities, interactive programs and live entertainment at this family-friendly event. Activities include science experiments, art and crafts, carnival games and contests. Live music, face painters and jugglers will entertain you throughout the evening. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.

Vans U.S. Open of Surfing
July 20-28. Marking the 20th anniversary of the surf contest, Vans gears up for its debut as host of the event in Huntington Beach. Witness sports, music, art and fashion during this week-long event. Catch the biggest names in surfing, skateboarding and BMX as they compete in the largest stadium venues on both water and sand. Main St. and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach.

Newport Beach Jazz Party
July 24. Join the 4th annual event in the outdoor Rose Garden of the Newport Beach Marriott Resort & Spa featuring sunsets and views of the Catalina Island. Singer and pianist Carol Welsman, joined by her musicians and Don Shelton will perform two one-hour sets at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and food and beverage will be available for purchase. $20-$40. Guests are welcome to stay for both sets. Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.5003.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
July 25. See the female rocker who inspired female rockers everywhere perform hits from “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You” to “Crimson and Clover.” 7:30 p.m. $19.50-$39.50. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

John Mayer & Phillip Phillips
July 27. See the Grammy award-winning artist on his first major tour in three years as he supports his latest Born and Raised album. Joining him is American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. 7:30 p.m. $30-$73.50. Verizon Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714.755.5799.