Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theatre
Dec. 13-24. See the classic ballet showcasing colorful sets and dazzling costumes, making this age-old tradition sparkle like new. Guest artists from the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre will be featured on specific performances. $35-$40. 4242 Campus Drive., Irvine, 949.854.4646.


Nutcracker-for-KidsNutcracker for Kids
Dec. 14. Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after seeing Tchaikovsky’s delightful Christmas ballet—performed in a condensed 45-minute version created just for kids. This seasonal favorite finishes with a grand finale holiday sing-along. 11:30 a.m. $29-$49. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121.


Bradley-OgdenChef Bradley Ogden Personal Appearance
Dec. 16-17. Meet celebrated chef and Lark Creek Restaurant co-founder Bradley Ogden as he celebrates his holiday cookbook, “Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden.” Guests are welcome to have Ogden sign their cookbooks, making perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for food lovers. Diners can enjoy special menu items from Chef John Ledbetter inspired by recipes from Ogden’s cookbook. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $30 per cookbook. 957 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.6700.


Santa-at-OC-MixSanta is Coming to SOCO
Dec. 14. Partake in an afternoon of holiday fun, featuring a free Santa photo booth. Capture memorable holiday moments of your children with Santa while listening to the delightful live music of a professional pianist. Arrive by noon to see Santa in his sleigh. South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.375.0749.


St-Regis-GingerbreadGingerbread House Academy at St. Regis Monarch Beach
Dec. 14-15, 21-22. Join in the annual tradition and create your own gingerbread house. Children and families have the opportunity to decorate their house with all the frosting and candy imaginable. Reservations required. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.-noon. $70 per house, maximum of four people per house. 1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, 949.234.3200.


ElfMix and Jingle at SoCo
Dec. 12. Celebrate the holidays with a complimentary outdoor showing of a much loved holiday movie, classic carols by Trevor Wesley and holiday shopping among expert stylists, designers and artisan boutiques. Enjoy festive treats and warm drinks from the center’s top culinary establishments and don’t forget to wear your favorite holiday ugly sweater for a chance to win a prize. Donate a warm coat to One Warm Coat charity to give those in need a much needed necessity. 6-10 p.m. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.375.0749.


Winter-Sawdust-FestivalSawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy
Dec. 14-15. Enjoy 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. Live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, a petting zoo, Santa and much more will be featured. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.


GreenleafGreenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
Dec. 14-15. Shop for artisanal food products, beauty items and handcrafted goods as Greenleaf’s 17th Street location in Costa Mesa hosts a holiday market. Vendors such as B Toffee, Kean Coffee, Just A Bite and more will be selling their products at booths located throughout the restaurant’s patio. Meet the vendors, sample products and purchase items which can be arranged into customized gift baskets, making for perfect unique gifts. 234 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950.


Warehouse-SaleWinter Warehouse Sale
Dec. 13-14. Shop and save up to 75% off retail on designer eyewear and clothing from brands such as Dita, Paul Frank, Rebecca Minkoff, Wildfox, Scotch & Soda and more. Fri, 12-8 p.m.; Sat, 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Baumvision Headquarters, 3100 Pullman St., Costa Mesa, 866.415.8842.



Kanye West
Dec. 13. See 21-time Grammy Award winner as he returns for his The Yeezus Tour. Combining state-of-the-art staging, production and lighting design with his unmatched aesthetic, visionary creative mind and an increasingly impressive catalogue of hits spanning his decade-long career, West won’t disappoint with this show. Kendrick Lamar opens the show. 8 p.m. $39-$199. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.


McCoy-TynerMcCoy Tyner Trio with Joe Lovano
Dec. 13-14. See the five-time Grammy award winner and NEA Jazz Master pianist McCoy Tyner, who has shaped modern jazz for more than half a century. He and his trio welcome Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano for a brilliant night of jazz in the intimate setting of the Samueli Theater. 9:30 p.m. $59-$79. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Joyce-YangJoyce Yang
Dec. 12-14. Witness Korean pianist Joyce Yang as she dazzles from the instantly recognizable introduction of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” to Bartok’s expressive “Concerto for Orchestra.” 7 p.m. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Thai_Noodles_smallEAT | DRINK
New Asian-Inspired Menu Items at Lazy Dog Restaurants
Try some of the new Asian-inspired dishes to land at Lazy Dog as they’ve spiced up their menu. New offerings include a dim sum duo of dumplings with shrimp shumai and pork potstickers, Thai noodles that are a modern take on traditional Pad Thai, Hawaiian sticky ribs with umami fries and a Siracha chicken sandwich, which pays tribute to a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Pair any of these dishes with their new beers for a great meal. 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.


Tangata[1]Van Cleef and Arpels French Dinner at Tangata
Dec. 12. Indulge in a menu inspired by French winter classics with a twist including a Belgian endive salad with blue cheese honey comb, candied walnuts and pears; steamed Prince Edward Island mussels and a lemon tart with orange-vanilla truffle chantilly. Afterwards, peruse the exhibit A Quest for Beauty-The Art of Van Cleef and Arpels, a high jewelry maison with a history that spans over 100 years at the illustrious Place Vendome. $35; $50 with wine pairings. 5-8 p.m. Tangata at The Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906.


Old-Vine-MatzoWinter Chef’s Menu at Old Vine Café
Executive Chef Mark McDonald and team have added some creative twists to traditional Jewish dishes, while staying true to the traditional flavor components. The chef’s menu includes matzo-ball soup, which is Chef MacDonald’s recipe—the secret is in the rich, condensed stock— coupled with the light and fluffy matzo ball and fried carrot; pan fried potato latke with dill-infused baked crème and brown butter apples; Australian lamb stuffed Napa cabbage with a sweet and sour tomato ragout and Jewish rye toast and to finish, a black and white ice cream cookie sandwich. $80 per person, with wine pairings. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.545.1411.


ARCHoliday Goose Dinner at ARC
Through Dec. 31. Chef Noah Blom is offering a traditional holiday goose dinner in addition to his menu of American roast house specialties this month. Dishes include coal roasted goose with black pepper, honey, mustard, caraway and coriander; black iron potato dumpling with smashed yukon, cream and nutmeg; charred red cabbage prepared with goose stock, duck fat and lemon and for dessert, fire roasted apple with almond, goat cheese and chervil. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.500.5561.


Slater's-Wild-BoarWild Boar at Slater’s 50/50
Slater’s is going wild with their December Burger of the Month, the wild boar meatball sandwich. The burger is comprised of a wild boar and ground pork meatball blended with Parmesan cheese and chopped garlic, served on a fresh Italian roll with thick cuts of bacon, grilled onion and bacon bits and smothered in house-made three cheese alfredo sauce. $11.95. 6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim Hills, 714.685.1103; 8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.594.5730; 24356 Swartz Drive, Lake Forest, 949.460.9314.


JT Schmid'sBeer Tails at JT Schmid’s
Stop by for the ultimate pre-game beverage when you are at Honda Center for a Duck’s game. JT Schmid’s just rolled out an array of specialty cocktails marrying fresh ingredients, premium spirits and the restaurant’s own handcrafted brews at their Anaheim location. Try the Beergarita, made with tequila, triple sec, fresh lime and topped with JT’s Blonde, served on the rocks with a salt-rimmed glass and lime wedge or the Melonweizen, which consists of Midori, orange juice and JT’s California Hefeweizen on the rocks with an orange wheel. $11.95. Photo courtesy of Christian Sosa Photography. 2610 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.634.9200.


Salted-CaramelSalted Caramel Shake at Smashburger
Through Dec. 31. The sweet and salty holiday treat is back for a limited time during the holiday season. This hand-spun shake combines Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream with salted caramel syrup, the perfect compliment to one of Smashburger’s premium burgers. While you are there, pick up gift cards for your gift giving needs as for every $25 gift card purchased, you will receive $5 in SmashCash. 26541 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, 949.716.3855; 1003 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1246; 806 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.218.4900.


Tom Everest Exhibit
Through Dec. 15. View paintings by artist Tom Everhart, world-renowned for his paintings of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts characters in his latest exhibit, Everhart: Works from 2000-2013. Everhart painted alongside legendary Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and is the only artist educated by Schulz. Photo courtesy of Peanuts World Wide. Coast Gallery, 540 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.376.4185.