Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Hollywood Confidential Murder Mystery Show at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Oct. 24. Be transported back to 1950’s Hollywood where murders have halted filming, but the show must go on. This interactive murder mystery show will have you trying to figure out whodunnit, all while laughing and having an uproariously fun time. Enjoy a tray pass reception and three-course dinner featuring coconut crusted shrimp, grilled New York steak and Creole red velvet roulade. 6:30 p.m. $79 per person. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200.


halloween-fall-fest[2]Halloween Fall Fest at SOCO
Oct. 25. Visit SOCO and The OC Mix for a fun-filled Halloween Fall Fest, offering an evening of activities and an outdoor movie (Disney’s Hocus Pocus) for the whole family. Bring your gremlins and goblins in costume to celebrate this festive evening, which will include photos from Eva Lempert Photography, a pumpkin patch from Bautista Creek Local Produce, and pumpkin decorations using chalk paint from Peinture. To get inspiration for your spooky pumpkin design, guests can Drop and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Gourmet popcorn and Halloween treats from Surfas Culinary District will be available for purchase. Festival activities begin at 3 p.m.; movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own chairs and arrive early to stake out your prime viewing spot. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.


titanicGhost Tours of Titanic The Experience
Oct. 25-26.  Get a little closer to the passengers and crew who met their fate that tragic evening over a century ago. Experience these spirits and hear the stories at this exclusive engagement. Beware of wandering ghosts, whispers, howling winds, shadows and bizarre noises! 8 p.m. $16.75 adults; $12.75 children ages three to eleven. 7711 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 888.647.2789.


FC-_Extmarigoldsnewsign_smallPorktoberfest at Five Crowns
Oct 30. Dine on swine and brew as Five Crowns roasts a Heritage Pig in the back garden of the restaurant. Enjoy tasty bites such as buttermilk biscuits with ham hock gravy, BBQ baked beans, braised black Tuscan kale with Italian sausage, pulled pork sliders with coleslaw, pork rillettes on endive, carnitas tacos and maple glazed donuts with crispy prosciutto bits. Unique craft beers from Firestone Walker Brewing will be featured as well as live music from guitarist Rabbi Blue, fun games, a Halloween costume contest and party vibe rivaling any Oktoberfest event.  Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.760.0331.


cdmCorona Del Mar Halloween Costume Ride
Oct. 26. Rent an electric bike at Pedego Electric Bikes so you can cruise effortlessly as you show off your Halloween costume in this 6-mile guided ride through Corona Del Mar, visiting the haunted houses in the neighborhood. Prizes for best costume; please no masks for safety reasons. Wear a helmet, pack a snack and bring water. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Meet at Newport Beach Civic Center with free parking. 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach.


social_pumpkin_2013Greenleaf Chopshop Pumpkin Carving
Oct. 26. Stop by the 17th St. location for a pumpkin carving party that the entire family can enjoy. The best pumpkin wins a $40 gift certificate to Greenleaf. While you are there, dine on healthy fare and thirst-quenching fresh-pressed juices. $20 per person. 10 a.m. RSVPs encouraged. 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950.



RBJK-Haunted-HouseHaunted House Building Workshop
Oct. 26-27. Join Chef Darrin Finkel as he leads an interactive Haunted House demonstration followed by guided assembly and decorating. Make your house the spookiest one on the block! 12-2 p.m. Reservations recommended. $48 per kit; includes house, candy décor, unlimited soda, 2 seats and a special treat for kids. An adult must accompany children under 12.  Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200.


Dia-de-los-Muertos-poster[1]Anaheim Harvest Festival
Oct 26-27. Gather at Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim on Saturday and enjoy craft vendors, a children’s costume contest, a doggy costume contest, a reptile show, activity booths, local food and drink, games and live entertainment. As twilight descends, a nighttime pageant of ghosts, witches, goblins and jack o’lanterns will parade through Anaheim’s darkened downtown in the Anaheim Halloween Parade. On Sunday, admire the float artistry while enjoying seasonal food and drinks will listening to live music by Echo Sparks. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest. Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 12-3 p.m. 195 W. Center St. Promenade, Anaheim, 714.999.3456.


ExplorOceanFamily Fright Zone Friday
Oct. 25. Get ready for a boo-tiful evening as ghostly creatures take to fright, on this family Fun Zone night. Experience costumes, pumpkins and candy as witches, wizards and ghosts come to life on the waterfront. Enjoy spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, face painting, magic shows and live entertainment for the entire family. Dress in your favorite costume and march in the Howlin’ Halloween Costume Parade. Participate in the Monster Mash, the Mummy Wrap and other Halloween activities. No tricks, just treats! 6-8:30 p.m. $5. 600 E.Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.


flajnik_slideGuest Winetender Ben Flajnik at Sealegs Wine Bar
Oct. 25. Meet celebrity guest winetender Ben Flajnik from The Bachelor and Envolve Winery at the popular new eatery in Huntington Beach. Flajnik will be behind the bar, pouring wine, engaging with guests, taking photos and signing wine bottles on request. 6 p.m. 21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5700.



Dr.-Mark-LensDr. Mark Lens of Zelens Personal Appearance at Space NK
Oct. 24. Meet the founder and genius behind Zelens, Dr.Mark Lens. Internationally known as a skin care and skin aging expert, Dr. Lens is highly sought after within the skincare industry. Book an appointment for a one-on-one consultation followed by a customized service by his world renowned esthetician based on the doctor’s suggestions. Call to reserve your appointment as space is limited. Space NK Apothecary at Bloomingdales Fashion Island, 701 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.6803.


LYFT-santa-monica-mustacheLyft Orange County Launch Party
Oct. 24. Celebrate the launch of Lyft Orange County, the alternative to taxis! Expect delicious eats, drinks and live music while learning about how using the Lyft app gets you affordable transportation on demand throughout Orange County. Download the Lyft app to get in at the door. Earn $50 in credit towards your first few rides just for attending. 6-10 p.m. 21 and over. Free. Chuck Jones Center at SOCO, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


5-pointsHuntington Beach Dog Costume Contest
Oct. 26. Bring your favorite dog to 5 Points Plaza’s Barking Lot where a red carpet and runway will be set up for dogs to strut their stuff for the camera. Enjoy a BBQ by Chef Randy, doggie snacks, pet adoptions, DJ and live entertainment. Prizes for scariest, cutest and most original costume will be awarded. 12-3 p.m. 5 Points Plaza, 18593 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.848.1632.
Lakers vs. Jazz
Oct. 25. Get ready for basketball season as the Los Angeles Lakers return to Honda Center for preseason action against their Salt Lake City rivals. Utah is in rebuild mode while the Lakers are down Newport Coast resident Kobe Bryant; it will be interesting to see what is in store for the season. 7 p.m. $27-$504. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim,


Ways-and-Means-OystersEAT | DRINK
Ways & Means Oyster House and Seafood Kitchen
Opens Oct. 23. Delight in a rotating mix of East and West Coast oysters, as well as raw seafood cocktails and towers, paired with innovative accouterments such as cucumber cocktail sauce or pons mignonette, available at the centrally-located oyster bar. The dinner menu offers shared plates and signature main dishes including seared Ahi tuna with wasabi sesame crust served with wok-fried shitake mushrooms, beansprouts, bok choy, enoki and tofu wontons and wild salmon with red pepper couscous, “new style” ratatouille, saffron aioli and zucchini flowers. For cocktails, think elevated takes on classic “vacation” cocktails such as Mai Tais and daiquiris in addition to premium beers and a carefully curated wine list. 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.516.1800.


21OceanfrontGrgich Hills Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront
Oct 24. Indulge in a special menu prepared by Executive Chef Miroslav Rusev including spicy tuna tartare, wild baby arugula with duck confit and Humboldt Fog cheese, Chateaubriand-style center-cut filet mignon with white truffle risotto and carrot mousse and New Orleans bananas foster. Each course will be paired with a Grgich Hills wine. 6:30 p.m. $95. 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.


Powerhouse Jazz Trio ACS: Allen, Carrington & Spalding
Oct. 25-26. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three of jazz’s most important female instrumentalists—pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding—as they team up as the new trio ACS. Formed out of their work together on Carrington’s Grammy Award-winning album The Mosaic Project, this trio is elegant, experimental and bold. 9:30 p.m. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


97550 clip Oiseau bleu 1963 T. FalconeART
A Quest for Beauty: Van Cleef & Arpels at Bowers Museum
Opens Oct. 27. View this heritage exhibition spanning more than 100 years of history. See jewelry, watches and precious accessories, as well as archive drawings and documents of the Place Vendôme High Jewelry Maison. More than 200 pieces from the private collections of Van Cleef & Arpels will be on display and visitors will go through a journey built around four themes that continue to inspire the Maison: Nature, Elegance, Exoticism and Femininity. Discover the Maison’s virtuoso craftsmanship and the stories attached to some of the pieces that have achieved mythical status. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.


NoRemorseNo Remorse Exhibit at As Issued Bookstore and Gallery
Opens Oct. 26. Contemplate your own opinions on crime and forgiveness as you view Laura Jane Levy’s large-scale scratchboard portraits of serial killers which address the often-varied motivations of these feared and marginalized men in society. Come face-to-face with large mug shots of these characters that may leave you uncomfortable under their gaze. Levy’s use of medium and subject matter conveys her need to immortalize these men while playing upon the viewer’s intuition of seeing something that is eerie, yet fascinating. On display through November 17. As Issued Bookstore and Gallery at The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.300.7118.