Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

OC Fair
July 12-Aug. 11. Visit this annual fair for over-the-top food and livestock 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. Don’t miss concerts at the Pacific Amphitheater: July 12 Colbie Caillat; July 13 Steel Pulse and Iration; July 14 The Go-Go’s. Fair entrance: $11 adults, $6 children 6-12, children under 5 are free. Pacific Amphitheater tickets start at $18.50. W-F noon-midnight. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-midnight. Orange County Fairfrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


Downtown-AnaheimFarmers Market and Craft Fair
July 11. Stop by the Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmer’s Market and Craft Fair for a full day of food, brews, wine, music and more. Meet the newest BBQ master, Leo of Brewhawg BBQ, serving up free samples of his perfectly smoked pulled pork and pulled chicken. Bonterra Winery from Mendocino County will be serving free tastings of their award-winning organic wines. Live music and belly dance lessons. Noon-7 p.m. Center Street Promenade and Lemon St., Anaheim.


Course-of-the-ForceStar 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.  Noon-8 p.m. 405 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.


LBGrandCruLong Beach Grand Cru Public Tasting
July 13. Enjoy an 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.


Mission Store Grand Opening at Mission San Juan Capistrano
July 13. Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum and stop in at the new store that carries local, national and international artisans. The boutique also has a wide selection of vibrant home décor, jewelry and accessories as well as paper and children’s products. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1382.


Pie Not
Savor meat, veggie and gluten-free pies as well as delicious desserts at the new Aussie style bakery. Try the “Broc Top,” a quiche with broccoli, cauliflower and goat cheese in a pastry shell or the “Curry in a Hurry” which consists of sweet Indian spiced ground beef with onions in a pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. The shop also serves Bun Coffee, imported from Byron Bay, Australia. Open Tu-Su 7 a.m.-8 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 270 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.650.PIES.


TangataMedici Wine Dinner at Tangata
July 13. Enjoy a pre fixe wine dinner inspired by the 15th century Italian Renaissance summer exhibit at Bowers Museum, Gems of the Medici. Dine on veal carpaccio with herbs, arugula, compressed summer melon and parsley pesto and pan seared diver scallops with aged parmesan polenta, garlic melted toy box tomatoes and grilled broccolini. Stay for Bowers 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.


MarcheModerneMarche 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 at the cozy yet urban French bistro. $50 per person. Located at The Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900.


PinotTour de France Menu at Pinot Provence
July 10-17. Be transported to the countryside of France with a luxurious four-course prix fixe menu in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the bicycle race. Dine on dishes such as tomato gazpacho with a Dungeness crab beignet, heirloom tomato and basil pistou and roasted duck breast with celery root puree, summer squash and duck liver jus prepared by Chef Alfonso Ramirez. $70 or $100 with wine pairing. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. Pinot Provence at The Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.444.5900.


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.


I-Do!-I-Do!I Do! I Do!
Through Aug. 11. 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.


Coastal Eddy Gallery
Now Open. Check out the new media specific gallery that specializes in ceramics. Catch the current show “Turgid Flux” featuring Raku Ceramic Art by Don Fritz. Fritz’s special pieces reflect a tongue-in-cheek nostalgic charm combined with iconic toy and hardware designs. 4:30 p.m. 1417 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.4113,


Kustom-Kulture-chevymanKustom 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.


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.