Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best OC things to do this weekend.

Chris Isaak
Aug. 2. Hear the crooner’s sultry voice and fluid guitar lines as he performs fan favorites from “Wicked Game” and “Life Will Go On” to more funk-fortified tunes such as “Let Me Down Easy.” 8 p.m. $90-$110. Back Bay Amphitheater at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.360.7800. 

Flaming-LipsFlaming Lips
July 31. Catch the psychedelic rock band as they perform favorites such as “She Don’t Use Jelly,” “Do You Realize?” and “Sun Blows Up Today.” Surf band The Growlers open. 7:45 p.m. $31.30-$56.50. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.

Aug. 1. The American blues-rock trio from Houston has been around for decades—four of them—and they’re still rocking with all three original members: Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). Hear them play hit after hit from their 15 studio albums including “She’s Got Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin.” 8:15 p.m. $38.25-$68.25. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


Aug. 2. Watch Tommy Shaw, James Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips play many of their hits that you remember including “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” and  “Renegade.” 8:15 p.m. $19.75-$49.75. Pacific Amphitheater at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


Fab-FourThe Fab Four: Beatles at the Movies
Aug. 3. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the release of the ground-breaking animated fantasy Yellow Submarine, The Fab Four recreates the sound, look and spirit of the originals with accuracy and style.  Listen to songs from many of the Beatles’ movies such as A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour. $16. 8 p.m. Tickets include same-day admission to the OC Fair.  Pacific Amphitheatre, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait
Opens Aug. 3. Gain an intimate look at the friendship between artists Nicholas Taylor and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a camaraderie that was born under the pulsating lights of New York’s famed Mudd Club in 1979. Although countless essays and reviews have been written about Basquiat and his work, these photographs by Taylor are the portrait of a man, an artist, and most importantly, a friend. Enjoy live jazz, refreshments, food and more at the opening reception Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m. $10. Fullerton Museum, 301 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6545.


Wild-GooseFOOD + DRINK
Wild Goose Luau & Pig Roast
Aug. 4. Join the popular tavern for their festive Aloha-themed event featuring a large outdoor beer garden and pig roast prepared by Chef Dave Burg. In addition to the multiple beers on tap from the beer garden there will be a dedicated cocktail bar with tropical drinks using freshly squeezed juices and muddled fruits such as the event’s “Wild on the Riviera” featured cocktail. Proceeds from the event benefit John Wayne Cancer Foundation. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.722.9453.


Bodies The Exhibition
Opens Aug. 1. Come face to face with real full-body specimens and organs that provide an incredibly detailed, three-dimensional vision of the human form rarely seen outside of an anatomy lab. Multiple galleries provide an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body…including a smoker’s lung and a healthy lung. Many of the specimens are arranged in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitors to relate to their own bodies in everyday activities. $12.75-$16.75. Premier Exhibitions, 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 888.647.2789.


TitanicTitanic The Experience
Opens Aug. 1. Relive the epic story of the “Ship of Dreams” at an exhibition designed to highlight the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through conserved artifacts and extensive staterooms, dining and recreational area re-creations. Become a passenger and time travel back to a prior century to witness the authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic. Interact with storytellers in period costumes portraying Titanic notables, such as Captain Smith and the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, allowing you to visit the unforgettable sights, sounds and emotions of the most famous ship that ever sailed. $12.75-$16.75. Premier Exhibitions, 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 888.647.2789.


KBF-Boardwalk-RidesNew Attractions at Knott’s Berry Farm
The Boardwalk Pier at Knott’s Berry Farm has three new attractions for all ages. Cling to the handrails on the new Coast Rider as you ascend 52 feet for a harrowing journey down a 1,339 foot track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. This great family coaster will give the feeling of riding along the California Coast. Take a ride into your own hands with the Surfside Gliders as you pilot your own two-person aircraft for a bird’s eye view of the entire Boardwalk area.  Rounding out the trip of attractions is the new Pacific Scrambler where everyone gets caught in the spin. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.


Newport-DunesMovies on the Beach: Big Fat Liar
Aug. 3. Enjoy the balmy summer weather as you watch the movie about a young boy and how his school essay finds its way into the hands of a Hollywood producer who turns the idea into a hit film. Bring the entire family as well as your blankets and lawn chairs to settle in and take advantage of this annual event. Concessions will be available for purchase. Free admission. Newport Dunes Resort & Marina, 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1100.