Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Shopping With a Heart Holiday Boutique
Nov. 21. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping by visiting the National Charity League’s third annual Shopping With a Heart holiday boutique. Bringing together retailers from The OC Mix, SOCO and 15-20 additional vendors, the event offers eye-catching and eclectic jewelry, clothing, home goods, accessories and more, all set up throughout The OC Mix. Feel good about your purchases as 15% of the proceeds from participating vendors will benefit SPIN (Serving People In Need)—a local charity that provides support to families and individuals in crisis situations. 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. The OC Mix at SOCO, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.


Chef-Castan---St.-Regis-MBBeaujolais Nouveau Wine Dinner
Nov. 21. Join Executive Chef Frederic Castan and Motif Restaurant for their long standing culinary tradition celebrating the French Fall Harvest, where each year the grape growers in the Beaujolais region of France honor the end of the harvest by making a wine for celebration. Begin the evening with a sunset reception on the terrace featuring a fresh farmer’s market display, followed by the unveiling of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Dishes for the evening include Maine lobster and veal sweet bread terrine, organic chicken breast filled with truffles, beef short rib stew, artisan cheeses and a special wine maker dessert—all paired with rare and popular wines from France.  $105. 6 p.m. Reservations strongly recommended. Motif at The St. Regis Monarch Beach, 1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, 949.234.3200.


totem_email_featureTotem at OC Great Park
Opens Nov. 21. Watch the show that imagines the progress of species through the troupe’s distinctive visual and acrobatic language. Somewhere between science and legend, it explores the ties that bind man to other species. The show, presented under the troupe’s iconic blue-and-yellow big top, is written and directed by Robert Lepage—multidisciplinary director of Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, Peter Gabriele’s Secret World Tour and the Metropolitan Opera’s recent Wagner Ring Cycle. Photo courtesy of OSA Images. Orange County Great Park, Perimeter Road, Irvine, 866.829.3829.


Nov. 21. See the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artist on his latest tour. Since releasing his first track “Started from the Bottom” from his soon-to-be-released album, Nothing is the Same, Drake has been burning up the charts landing in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Miguel, who wowed the crowd at this year’s Grammy show with his performance of “Adorn,” opens. 7 p.m.  $60-$110. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.


QMCHILLChill the Ice Kingdom at Queen Mary
Nov. 22. Witness the Queen Mary as it is overtaken by a deep freeze for the second annual Chill, bringing holiday cheer, enchantment and North Pole temperatures to families across sunny Southern California. See larger than life, hand carved ice sculptures that fill the 14,000 square-foot igloo called The Ice Kingdom, featuring scenes from The Nutcracker, such as life sized reproductions of Clara, the evil Mouse King, sugar plum fairies and The Nutcracker himself. Grab an oversized tube and race down one of the six slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long and ice skate in the 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink. Enjoy a holiday village with gingerbread houses, holiday carolers and Santa. $29.95 for adults; $14.95 for children. Open Tu-Su through January 5. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934.


Winter-Sawdust-Festival23rd Annual Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy
Opens Nov. 23. Kick off the holidays in Laguna as the Sawdust Festival grounds are turned into a winter wonderland where more than 170 artists create, display and sell original works. Enjoy holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, a petting zoo, Santa and much more. Open weekends through December 15. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.


nixon_american_heroes_e_34Trains, Trees & Traditions at Nixon
Opens Nov. 23. See the magical model train exhibit as it decks the halls of the Nixon Presidential Library this holiday season. Opening day will feature train rides, Christmas carolers, tours and train cookie decorating for kids. Escape to a whistling wonderland of model trains to celebrate a time when little locomotives would round the tracks underneath Christmas trees across America. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving. $11.95 adults; $4.75 children ages 7-11; free for children under 6; $8.50 seniors 62 and older; $6.95 students and active military. The Richard Nixon Foundation, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 714.993.5075.


Miracle-on-Main-StMiracle on Main Street: Huntington Beach Downtown
Nov. 24. Ring in the holiday season at the annual tree lighting ceremony as the All-American Boys Chorus of Orange County kicks off the event with a special concert of seasonal favorites and lively sing-a-longs guaranteed to immerse listeners in the spirit and magic of the season. Santa will be on hand as will complimentary treats, beverages and an art show. Free. 4-7 p.m. 200 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.536.8300.


Anaheim-White-HouseAnnual Tree Lighting at Anaheim White House
Nov. 26. Bring the family to Anaheim White House as they celebrate the holiday season with their annual tree lighting ceremony. Meet Santa Claus, Rudolph the reindeer, Frosty the snowman and many other holiday characters as you witness the lighting of the Christmas tree surrounded by a ton of white snow.  Reservations required. 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.722.1381.


Rockin-Red-VelvetCasey’s Cupcakes Grand Opening
Opens Nov. 23. The glamorous cupcake bakery opens their sixth location at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. Meet Casey Reinhardt, winner of Cupcake Wars on opening day where the shop will roll out the red carpet and offer limited edition pink stiletto cupcakes and live entertainment. Five lucky customers will be the recipients of prizes such as a spa-pampering overnight stay at the historic Mission Inn, cupcakes for a year, gift cards and more through special “pink” tickets baked into Casey’s Cupcakes. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Casey’s Cupcakes at Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach 657.400.9097,


Andrea-InteriorLa Bella Moda Fashion Show Luncheon: Cocktail Party Glam
Nov. 23. Adorn yourself with the latest designer cocktail attire and accessories from Bloomingdales, Elie Tahari, Halston Heritage, Kendra Scott and Roberto Coin as you ready yourself for the glamour of the holiday party season. Discover the latest fashion trends to help you glam up for your special night. Delight in a three-course prix fixe Prosecco lunch menu at Andrea Ristorante and enjoy an exclusive personal shopping experience in the fashion lounge for wardrobe consultations featuring the season’s hottest tends and suggestions for this year’s must-have gifts.  Photo courtesy of Pelican Hill. $49. 12-2:30 p.m. The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, 949.467.6800.


Michael-Buble-HeadshotMichael Bublé
Nov. 24. See the Canadian crooner as he supports his latest album To Be Loved, which debuted at the number one spot on Billboard Magazine’s Top 200. $62-$115. 8 p.m. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.



Justin-TimberlakeJustin Timberlake
Nov. 27. Don’t miss one of this generation’s most-celebrated entertainers on his The 20/20 Experience World Tour. This electrifying live show is guaranteed to be one of the best shows of the year as the performer sings his hits ranging from “Rock Your Body” to “Take Back the Night” to 8 p.m. $53-$179. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.


Z-CollectionZ Collection
Through Nov. 24. Take care of all of the ladies in your life by shopping at Z Collection in Crystal Cove with their gift card promotion. With the purchase of any $50 gift card, receive a $10 gift card; $100 earns a $25 gift card; $200 earns a $50 gift card and $500 earns a $100 gift card. 7876 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Coast, 949.715.2245.


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Wild Game Week at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Nov. 18-23. Try some wild American game meat specials this week at Andre’s such as wild boar chili, duck prosciutto salad and stuffed turkey with rabbit civet. Shop for friends and family with their gift card promotion through Dec. 31: For every $100 gift card purchase, receive a $20 bonus gift card. Bonus card provided in $20 increments only. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.


Val Kilmer in Citizen Twain
Nov. 21-24. Catch this limited engagement one-man show based on the life and writings of Mark Twain starring Val Kilmer. This theatrical presentation uniquely explores Samuel Clemens’ journey to acceptance, forgiveness and enlightenment through the scope of his writings and the self-reflection and engagement inspired by his relationship with Mary Baker Eddy. Every performance of Citizen Twain concludes with an audience talk-back while the actor has his extensive make-up removed in full view. $55. Post show reception with Mr. Kilmer, $90.  Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.