Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 8.14.14

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Aug. 15-22. Enjoy special prix fixe menus or discounts at Costa Mesa’s top restaurants including Silver Trumpet, Scott’s Restaurant & Bar, Antonello, Pinot Provence, Mastro’s, Vie de France, The Golden Truffle, Taco Maria, Pie-Not, Darya, Tavern + Bowl, Taco Asylum, Mendocino Farms, La Vida Cantina and more. See website for details.


Chef-Raj-and-Farmer-NickFarm to Feast at St. Regis Monarch Beach
Aug. 17. Delight in an evening of ocean views as you support local farmers and artisan products while enjoying dishes prepared by the resort’s award-winning culinary team. Walk the grounds of the lush Botanical Gardens while savoring hand-selected cheeses, fresh oysters and sustainable seafood, charcuterie, olive oils, fresh baked bread and more. Indulge in hand-crafted St. Regis Bloody Marys by the resort’s Lobby Lounge mixologists as well as local wines, live music and art by Laguna Beach artists. 4-8 p.m. $55, with $10 of each ticket donated to the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. St. Regis Monarch Beach, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200.


Alan-GreeleyGolden Chef Series
Aug. 19.  Join Chef Alan Greeley of The Golden Truffle and Chef Stan Frazier of Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza as they demonstrate how to prepare some of their signature dishes. Guests are welcome to ask questions and can enjoy light bites, wines and sweet treats while watching the chefs in action. 6-7:30 p.m. $20. Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom, 151 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa,


Pacific-FestivalPacific Festival at the Dunes
Aug. 16. Hang out with your toes in the sand and drinks in hand as you dance to live music by Holy Ghost, Poolside, Miami Horror, and Moon Boots as well as tunes by DJs Bag Raiders, Sam Sparro and more. Enjoy beachfront views paired with waterfront stages, local bites from Bear Flag Fish Company, The Lime Truck and more, in addition to live art and beach activities like lounge rafts and paddleboards. 18 and over. 1-9 p.m. $75. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive., Newport Beach,


Washi: Printmaking with Paper of Fukui at The Muckenthaler
Aug. 14. Take a free gallery tour of Washi: Printmaking with Paper of Fukui, which features prints, drawings, and paintings made on washi paper. This traditional paper from Japan—known for centuries as washi—is used for everything from furniture to toys, clothing, and origami, and is also a particularly fine ground for printmaking and other art. 7:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through Sept. 28. The Muckenthaler, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.


Beatles-DayBeatles Day at Sawdust Art Festival
Aug. 16. Celebrate the day with your favorite live Beatles covers and 60s themed art activities and classes. Afterwards, shop along the sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030.


YES at City National Grove of Anaheim
Aug. 16. See the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band perform two of their classic albums in their entirety, Fragile and Close to the Edge, plus an encore of their greatest hits. Three-course prix fixe dinner available prior to the show for $30. 8 p.m. $67-$77. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.


David Spade at the Irvine Improv
Aug. 16. Catch the comedian and actor who made his television debut on SNL and has since starred in numerous films and television shows including Grown Ups, The Benchwarmers, Just Shoot Me and Rules of Engagement. Enjoy food and drinks from neighbor Umami Burger. $35. 7 p.m. 21 and over. Irvine Improv at Irvine Spectrum, 31 Fortune Dr., Irvine, 949.854.6507.


Mendocino-PastramiEAT | DRINK
Mendocino Farms
Stop by the gourmet sandwich shop to taste a limited edition, hand-crafted artisan pastrami sandwich dubbed “House Smoked Pastrami Project.” The sammie is a collaboration with LA-based Ugly Drum BBQ, known for small batch BBQ. Enjoy this special sandwich served on Drago Bakery rye with creamy apple cole slaw and a side of Moppin’ Mustard sauce, $12.95. 450 E. 17th St. Costa Mesa, 949.548.2500.


Try Chef Cathy Pavlos’ new summer menu of wine country-inspired dishes, including heirloom salad of fresh peaches, heirloom tomatoes, green goddess dressing, di Stefano burrata cheese, sea salt roasted almonds and balsamic reduction; beet salad with fresh pea and mint hummus, feta, slat roasted beets, pea tendrils, hazelnuts and hazelnut vinaigrette; pan-seared baby green beans and snow peas with togarashi, shiso leaves, sesame oil, sumac and lemons; and strawberry and chocolate pizza with shortbread crust, fresh strawberries, chocolate, vanilla bean cream, macadamia nuts and house whipped cream. 2531 Eastbluff Dr., Newport Beach, 949.718.0477.


The Baja-style restaurant just launched Taco & Tequila Tuesdays where diners can snag a selection of two tacos, including wood-grilled chicken, oak-roasted chicken and pork carnitas for just $5. Three chicken taquitos and the restaurant’s signature guacamole are only $5 as well. Indulge in $10 snifters of Don Julio 1942 and flights of frozen margaritas for $12 or a selection of single margaritas for $5. 3-6 p.m. for food specials; drink specials until 10 p.m. Bella Terra Center, 7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.894.2792.


TheCopperDoorThe Copper Door
The popular craft beer bar located on the basement floor of the historical Pacific Building in downtown Santa Ana, has opened its kitchen to the public. The menu features modern-American cuisine including made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and more and all items are under $10. Beers used in daily marinades and sauces are selected from the bar’s frequently rotating draft selections and many of the dishes feature exotic meats such as alligator and wild boar. 225 ½ N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.543.3813.


Treat yourself to a taste of Brunos with their three-course dinner menu available seven days a week. Customize your perfect meal with a choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and glass of wine for $30 per person. Menu items include funduta; a selection of artisanal salumi and Italian cheeses; grilled Scottish salmon; flat iron steak; fettucine with porcini portabella and lobster mushrooms; gelato and panna cotta. 210 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.257.1000.