Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
Stop by after you run the Dana Point Turkey Trot as the bar will be open at 6 a.m. serving bloody Marys, mimosas, bellinis and more, along with a handful of brunch specials including the FATwich, breakfast flatbread, eggs Benedict and the garden scramble. The dining room opens at noon offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu featuring home cooked dishes with a twist such as acorn squash, chipotle and honeycrisp apple bisque; smoked salt and pepper roasted prime rib served with buttery mashed potatoes, maple-bacon Brussels sprouts, famous creamed corn and butternut squash & cornbread-pinenut stuffing and traditional southern pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream for dessert. $38 adults; $18 children. A la carte items available upon request. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. 25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.388.8900.


MontageMontage Laguna Beach
Give thanks this season while celebrating at Montage Laguna Beach. Enjoy seaside ambiance with a chef’s holiday inspired tasting menu at signature restaurant Studio. $125 person or $200 with wine pairings. 9 p.m.  Alternatively, dine at The Loft with a four-course prix fixe menu. $95 adults; $35 children 4-12. Noon-10 p.m. The resort will also feature a masterpiece buffet with live musical entertainment, a decadent pastry lounge and complimentary family photographs. $110 adults; $40 children 4-12. Noon-5 p.m. 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6140.


Chef-Castan---St.-Regis-MBSt. Regis Monarch Beach
Partake in an extravagant Thanksgiving tasting menu at Michael Mina’s acclaimed Stonehill Tavern featuring holiday favorites and delectable cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Raj Dixit. $75 for three courses; $105 for five courses. Wine pairings available. Motif Restaurant’s Executive Chef Frederic Castan will be creating his own spin on traditional classics that is sure to entice you as well. $115 adults; $35 children. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200.


Laguna-Cliffs-Turkey Laguna Cliffs Marriott
Feast on a buffet including a display of salads, roasted pumpkin bisque, a carving station with roasted Tom turkey and slow roasted prime rib of beef, entrees such as char-crusted pork loin and Skuna Bay salmon, a gourmet macaroni and cheese station, cheese and bread display, fresh berries and tropical fruit and of course, an abundant pastry table complete with freshly baked pies, carrot cake, pumpkin cheesecake and a chocolate fountain. $95 adults; $40 children 6-12. Complimentary parking for Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet. Vue at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516.


Greenleaf makes it easy to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving dishes without the traditional calories with special Thanksgiving catering menus available for pick-up or delivery. Standouts on the menu include roasted turkey breast with garlic and rosemary, whole grain stuffing with vegetables and fresh herbs, agave roasted yams, butternut squash soup with green apples and broccoli with shaved garlic. Dishes are priced per pan while soups and sides are priced per person. A pre-fixed family meal option ($100) us also available, which serves 4-6 people. Greenleaf 17th St., 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950; Greenleaf SoCo at South Coast Collection, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.862.2480.


Scott'sScott’s Restaurant & Bar
Festive classics and seasonal signatures will be served this holiday. Enjoy an entrée and dessert for $35. Starters, extra sides and desserts are available a la carte. Complimentary corkage on any bottle of wine you’d like to sip with your meal. 4-9 pm. $12 children 12 and under. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400.


CatalCatal Restaurant & Uva Bar
Spend time with friends and family while dining out instead of cooking all day. The three-course menu features pumpkin arancini with apple-dried sherry slaw and sage gastrique; slow-roasted cider brined turkey with cranberry ginger relish, haricots verts, mushroom sausage stuffing and gravy; farro risotto with spiced yam, roasted mushroom, herbed-brown butter nage; and carmel pretzel bread pudding with stewed apples, caramel apple ice cream and kettle corn caramel. $38 for 3 courses; $19 for children under 10. 12-10 p.m, 1580 Disneyland Drive., Anaheim, 714.774.4442.


See our complete Orange County Thanksgiving guide here.


Black Friday at Irvine Spectrum Center
Nov. 28-29. Beginning at 11 p.m. on the 28th, enjoy the debut of the first-ever nightly Disney Magical Holiday lights at the center while you shop exclusive offers, shopping sprees, giveaways and more. Enter to win a $500 gift card drawing on the hour starting at midnight to 4 a.m. on the 29th and from 4-8 a.m., shoppers who spend $250 at one or a combination of Irvine Spectrum Center qualifying stores will receive a $50 gift card, while supplies last. Check website for details. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.


FIBlack Friday at Fashion Island
Nov. 29. The outdoor center opens at 8 a.m. with a holiday pop-up shop, deals and more. Enter to win the gift of your choice at the pop-up-shop, valued up to $2,000. Spend $250 and enter to win shopping sprees, free valet parking for a year and more. Holiday entertainment. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 450 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.


The-LabBlack Friday at the Lab
Nov. 29. Re-energize compliments of the Lab as Café Organico will be serving free black coffee from 7-10 a.m. to keep you going for all of that holiday shopping. While you are there, check out cool men’s threads from Klein Epstein & Parker and treasured trinkets from the Shangri-La. Grab lunch at the new Seabirds Kitchen, where vegetarian fare never tasted so good. 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661. the


Center-StreetBlack Friday at Center Street Promenade
Nov. 29. Enjoy multiple new shops, cafes and services including unique one-of-a-kind establishments such as Heart & Sole, The GOOD (mens’ haberdashery) and Home: Eco-nomics. Refuel at eateries like Gypsy Den, Healthy Junk and 118 Degrees. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Lemon and Center Streets, Anaheim, 714.956.3586.


LCNB-Dining-Room-with-PeopleBlack Friday Dining at Lark Creek Newport Beach
Nov. 29. Take a break from shopping for some tongue-in-cheek menu dishes focused on spotlighting “black” ingredients and cooking techniques. Opt for either a prix fix lunch ($18.95) or dinner ( $34.95) menu with dishes such as black bean soup with pickled black radish; blackened chicken tacos, spicy cole slaw, salsa verde and avocado salad and blackened swordfish with pickled papaya and mizuna salad. Specialty cocktails will be on hand such as their Lights Out which consists of black vodka, muddled black cherries, mint, lime and soda or their Fade to Black composed of vodka, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice and Cointreau, served a top black ice cubes. Photo courtesy of Eric Wolfinger. Fashion Island (below Island Cinema), 957 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.6700.


Love-&-WhiskeySmall Business Saturday Celebration at Love & Whiskey
Nov. 30. Join the boutique from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. for a special daylong ‘shop small’ event. Enjoy tasty treats and champagne while supporting a local shop in the community. Bring your friends and browse from a variety of carefully curated apparel, accessories and home goods at one of the most on-trend and approachable shops in OC. Receive a complimentary scarf on purchases over $65 or a special Mecury Glass Boho Luxe candle with purchases over $150, while supplies last.  Love & Whiskey at Park Place, 2967 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.660.5659.


Bowers-Downton-AbbeyManet: Portraying Life Event at Bowers Museum
Nov. 30. Stroll through the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition of “Manet: Portraying Life” on film, then at 3 p.m. enjoy high teas catered by The Olde Ship while delighting in anecdotes and recipes from Emily Baines, author of “The Unofficial; Downton Abbey Cookbook.” Adorn yourself as your favorite character with treasures from the licensed Downton Abbey Jewelry Collection. Participants have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to The Olde Ship and to Bowers’ Gallery Store. $40 includes tea and author presentation only. Exhibition entrance and film not included. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3677.


St-RegisTree Lighting at the St. Regis Monarch Beach
Dec. 1. Bring the whole family to enjoy the magical tree lighting ceremony and sand sculpture dedication, featuring three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty-May Treanor as the mistress of ceremonies. Experience a breathtaking eight-ton sand sculpture depicting a beach-holiday theme, visiting with Santa, holiday entertainment and prizes. As per tradition, one child will be chosen to help flip the switch of the beautiful Christmas tree, while families enjoy cookies and festive drinks. Proceeds collected from the event will benefit the Heart of a Marine Foundation, assisting members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Free. 4:30-6:30 p.m. 1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, 949.234.3200.


Montage-TreeTree Lighting at Montage Laguna Beach
Dec. 2. Partake in the holiday tradition for a festive evening of holiday caroling, hot cocoa, children’s activities and live music followed by a breathtaking tree lighting ceremony. Bring a food item benefitting Laguna Food Pantry, the resort’s Hearts of Montage philanthropic organization. Complimentary personal shopping assistance in all of the Montage shops and boutiques will be available to help you get started on your holiday gift-giving. Free. Reservations required. 4:30 p.m. 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6608.


Lazy-Dog-Brea-BarEAT + DRINK
New Brews at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Stop in to try unique brews as Lazy Dog has teamed up with Golden Road Brewing, releasing a new signature IPA, Pale Ale and Hefeweizen in their restaurants. The Lazy Dog Pale Ale offers full malty flavor balanced with medium hops while the fuller-bodied Lazy Dog IPA demonstrates a floral hop aroma and features Warrior, Palisade, Cascade, Opal Zythos and Simcoe hop varietals. The Lazy Dog Hefe, an unfiltered Bavarian-style Hefeweizen with notes of light banana and clove esters, completes the trio and showcases German Tradition, Cascades and Northern Brewer hops. Brea Mall, 240 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 714.529.9300; Pavilions Shopping Center, 16310 Beach Blvd., Westminster, 714.500.1140; The Market Place, 13290 Jamboree Road., Irvine, 714.731.9700; Stadium Podium, 1623 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.769.7020.


Lollipop Nail Studio
Get a healthy mani-pedi at the organic nail studio’s new, larger location at The Camp in Costa Mesa Offering eco-friendly nail polishes, scrubs, soaks and more, Lollipop focuses on non-toxic beauty treatments for women, men and children. Using nourishing, water-based nail polish to lotions, scrubs and soaks made in-house of only the freshest ingredients, Lollipop strives to make getting a mani-pedi as safe, luxurious and enjoyable as possible. The salon also offers classes and parties in their vintage decorated studio. Prices start at $25 for an adult manicure, $35 for an adult pedicure; $15 for a child manicure or pedicure. M-Sa, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.444.0330.