Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Green-Feast1FOOD + DRINK
Green Feast OC
Sept. 7. The Ecology Center will host its 5th annual much anticipated Green Feast where notable chefs (including Noah Blum, Scott Brandon, Greg Daniels, among others), organic farmers, ranchers, fisherman and vintners will delight more than 200 supporters of the eco-education facility with hors d’oeuvres using farm-grown, artisanal foods—all sourced within 250 miles—and a family-style four-course outdoor dinner across its lush green expanse. The al fresco evening begins with an Eco-App Off, where Orange County’s most talented chefs come together in a friendly competition to create hors d’oeuvres for guests. As dusk settles, the twinkling lights surrounding the 200-foot long communal table setting and candles will illuminate four culinary creations entirely prepared in an outdoor kitchen. Enjoy live folk music as you meander the gardens and visit with friends. 4 p.m. $200-$250 per person. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223.


lblobsterlogoLong Beach Lobster Festival
Sept. 6-8. The lobsters are coming to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach! Enjoy fresh Maine lobsters steamed in the world’s largest cooker while listening to popular local artists play swing, salsa, R&B and much more. The festival, which is the largest lobster festival outside of Maine, also features a giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars. 400 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, 562.496.5959.


Laguna Dance Festival
Sept. 5-8. Parsons Dance kicks off the fest as they perform a sexy, athletic and exuberant evening of dance, Sept. 5-6. Included is David Parson’s masterpiece, Caught, which features more than 100 leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer repeatedly fixed in mid-motion by the strobe lights to create an illusion of flight. Aspen Sante Fe Ballet performs Sept. 7-8 in three unique works by master choreographers, Ty McIntyre’s Like a Samba, Jorma Elo’s Over Glow and Last by Alejandro Cerrudo. Ranging from the accessible to the sophisticated, Aspen Sante Fe Ballet’s repertoire resonates with eclecticism and energy while exuding a European aesthetic that is grounded in American rigor. $35-$60. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.


The New Painters
Opens Sept. 5. When a brush cannot be found, use a brick. Salt Fine Art presents an exhibit of artists who are revolutionizing the grand tradition of painting through forward leaps in style, content and technique. View works by Alejandro Campins, Adriy Halashyn, Cisco Merel, Joaquin Rodriguez Del Paso and W. Opening reception Sept. 5 from 6-9 p.m. Salt Fine Art, 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.5554.


Sept. 7. Check out the first-ever Space –SNA artist-driven event featuring more than 20 artists from Southern California as they take over 4,500 square feet of blank space in historic Santa Ana. This one-night event will coincide with the Santa Ana Art Walk and artists are free to create anything in the space they desire—the building will be the canvas with no rules or agendas. Guests are invited to experience a variety of murals, installations and fine artwork from some of the area’s leading creative thinkers. $10 per person. 6-11 p.m. 307 N. Spurgeaon St., Santa Ana, 949.300.7118.


ArtWalkFirst Thursdays Art Walk
Sept. 5. Celebrate the diverse cultural art scene at member galleries throughout Laguna Beach during this educational monthly art event. Enjoy the evening balmy weather we are having as you stroll the streets viewing art of all kinds. Free. 6-9 p.m. Free shuttle service through Laguna.


Tall Ships Festival
Sept. 6-8. Explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships at the 29th annual event. The opportunity to sail aboard the tall ships will be available Friday night during the Sunset Sail and Saturday and Sunday for the cannon battles. On shore, learn about the history of pirates and the seafaring arts. F, 5-7 p.m.; Sa-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults, $8 children under 12. Free parking and shuttle at Salt Creek Beach Park, 34100 Selva Road, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.


Brea-Jazz-FestivalBrea Jazz Festival
Sept. 7-8. Listen to the region’s best in swing, blues, R&B and smooth latin, contemporary and traditional jazz. Peruse fine-arts and craft show, kids’ zone and a beer and wine garden. Free. E. Birch St. and S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.674.0801.



Festival-of-ChildrenFestival of Children
Sept. 7-29. Enjoy more than 70 youth-skewed free activities such as face painting, magic, arts and crafts, fashion shows and more. Diverse live entertainment on weekends. South Coast Plaza hosts canned-food sculpture displays. Check website for calendar of events. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.


Death of a Salesman
Through Sept. 29. See Arthur Miller’s classic play about Willie Loman, a man who tries to instill in his sons the values he has lived by, even as his family watches his version of the American dream slip away. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.


Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
Sept. 7. Catch this late-season face-off as the Angels host the Rangers. The Rangers are aiming for the American League crown while the Angels will be banking on Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton to keep them at bay. 6:05 p.m. game start. $9-$152. Angel Stadium, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.464.2901.