Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Solar Decathlon
Oct. 10-13. Check out this biennial competition challenging collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy efficient, attractive and easy to live in. Students spend almost two years creating actual houses to compete in 10 categories including architecture, engineering and market appeal. Free. Orange County Great Park, Perimeter Road, near Interstate 5 at Sand Canyon Ave. and Irvine Blvd., Irvine, 866.829.3829.

Anaheim-White-HouseInternational Medium Francesca Kimpton Dinner and Demonstration at Anaheim White House
Oct. 10. Join renowned medium, Francesca Kimpton, whose reputation for accuracy has been proven time and time again to private clients as well as radio and television audiences around the globe, as she performs group reading demonstrations. Following the reading, enjoy a special three-course dinner. $100. Space is limited; reservations strongly recommended. 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381.


WylandWyland Gallery Show
Oct. 12. Celebrate 35 years of Wyland Galleries with Wyland for a special anniversary gallery show appearance at Wyland Galleries Laguna Beach. Join the artist for an evening of art and conservation as he unveils his newest works of art and shares the latest on his travels, news and environmental outreach projects. For this historic event, the largest selection of Wyland originals anywhere in the world will be offered. Take advantage of show specials before prices go up in January. 6-10 p.m. 509 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.8000.

Whiting-RanchOC Parks 2nd Annual Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Poker Ride
Oct. 12. Ride your mountain bike through an adventurous course of trails, navigating your way through checkpoints along the way. After visiting each checkpoint, riders will be dealt a poker hand to compete for prizes awarded from Oakley and other participating cycle partners. Peruse the vendor village at the finish line to learn about outdoor-focused organizations. Food trucks Piaggio on Wheels, A Bite Truck and Kona Ice OC will be serving savory and sweet bites on-site. Pre-register online.  Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Park at Oakley Headquarters, 1 Icon, Foothill Ranch, 949.923.2245.

That-Dam-Mud-RunThat Dam Mud Run
Oct. 12. Get down and dirty at the 2nd Annual mud run event at the Sante Fe Dam Recreational Facility in this 5k course traversing trails with obstacles and tons of mud. Professionally built obstacles include Shock Top Monkey Bars, jump walls, ramp, crawl tubes, water obstacles, car wash foam and over a dozen mud pits. Gates open at 7 a.m. and the first wave begins at 9 a.m. with multiple waves in individual, team, timed and non-timed categories. Enjoy an Action Sports & Eco Fair as well as a Beer Garden and live music. Register online $69-$79. Parking is $10. Sante Fe Dam Recreational Center, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy., Irwindale.

GRIT_YOGAGRIT Yoga Grand Opening
Oct. 13.  Celebrate with the new sister studio to the popular GRIT Cycle as GRIT Yoga opens in Newport Beach. Founded by Marisa Wayne (John Wayne’s daughter), this state-of-the-art, five-star yoga studio offers a wonderful atmosphere in which to practice yoga. The studio features some of the most talented yoga instructors providing the region’s best instruction across yoga disciplines, from Hatha to Ashtanga, Iynegar and more. Tour the studio, meet the owner and instructors while sipping on Nektar mimosas and noshing on bites from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Jan’s Health Bar. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up on their website to receive invite. 2700 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.631.9642.

Savannah-Chop-HouseEAT | DRINK
Mad Mondays at Savannah Chop House
Oct. 14. Stop by Savannah Chop House for complimentary appetizers from 5-8 p.m. and enjoy drink specials all night long. NFL games will be playing in the lounge so you won’t miss any of the action. Live entertainment by Lauren Black from 6-10 p.m. in the lounge. 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.493.7107.

Anaheim Ducks vs. New York Rangers
Oct. 10. Watch the home opening game as the Anaheim Ducks host the New York Rangers. The Ducks finished strong last season, placing second in the Western Conference, and Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry return to aim for the Stanley Cup this year. 7 p.m. $32-$300. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.

Meet Fashion Blogger Kimberly Pesch at TOPSHOP
Oct. 12. Join TOPSHOP at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza as they host top local fashion blogger, Kimberly Pesch of “Eat.Sleep.Wear.” This shopping event will showcase Orange County’s unique fashion sense and style. Learn fashion tips and more from the fashion expert. 1-4 p.m. Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.8300.

Gods & Gifts: Vatican Ethnological Collection at Bowers Museum
Through Feb. 9. View a presentation of indigenous spiritual pieces as you learn about the global significance of the objects and their journey to the Vatican. Sixty-five sets of remarkable objects have been selected for their artistic and cultural relevance and the collection illuminates diverse religious beliefs and practices through works of art and includes gifts presented to the Pope from heads of state and spiritual leaders. Tu-Su,10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

Yuja Wang
Oct. 13. Hear the Grammy-nominated and Echo Award-winning artist as she brings her spectacular pianism to Segerstrom Concert Hall, presenting works by Prokofiev, Chopin and Stravinsky. 5 p.m. $20-$160. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Keiko-MatsuiKeiko Matsui and Hiroshima
Oct. 11.  See Keiko Matsui, the Japanese fusion/new age keyboard player who has topped the contemporary jazz charts for decades. Blending jazz, pop and rock with traditional Japanese folk music and instruments, Hiroshima creates music and sounds that are totally unique—with depth, heart and soul.  Grab dinner on property before the show at SHOR restaurant. 7 p.m. $60-$75. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach, 949.360.7800.

The-RomanticsThe Romantics
Oct. 12. Listen to the band best known for their ’80s hits “What I Like About You” and “Talking In Your Sleep.” You’ll be dancing and singing along in no time as the band performs. Pre-sale tickets are limited; call to purchase. $30. 9:30 p.m. 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777.

Fallen Angels
Through Nov. 3. For an evening full of wit, charm and high comedy, this classic Noël Coward farce is a play that shouldn’t be missed. Best friends each had a torrid affair with a certain charming Frenchman before marriage. Years later, their husbands are away on a golfing trip and guess who’s back in town? Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.