Events | Orange County Weekend Events Roundup 4.23.15

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Apr. 23-30. Movie buffs have the opportunity to watch some 350 feature films, shorts, documentaries and animation and participate in sessions with directors and screenwriters. Attend the Opening Night Gala with a live performance and a taste of Newport Beach with light bites from some the area’s top restaurants. See website for schedule. 949.253.2880.


ImaginologyOC Fair Imaginology
Apr. 24-26. Students and their families go full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for three days of competitions, exhibits and activities designed to explore the fun of science, technology, engineering, arts and math with engaging makeshops, educational workshops, build-your-own scarecrow contest, scavenger hunts and more to fuel imaginations. F 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Oc Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1501.


NB-to-Ensenada-RaceNewport to Ensenada International Yacht Race
Apr. 24-26. Watch the exciting start of boats from around the world set sail from the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico on April 24 at 11 a.m. with the last boat passing by at approximately 1:30 p.m. at this world-famous 125-mile overnight race. Trophy presentation on Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m. 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 949.644.1023.


Moles-and-MezcalsMoles & Mezcal at Sol Cocina
Apr. 22-30. In conjunction with the release of Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s cookbook, Salsas and Moles, the restaurant hosts its inaugural Mole Festival. Try a few of the most noted dishes from the new cookbook including mole poblano with tequila chicken; mole verde with grilled shrimp; red chile mole with sweet potato enchiladas; deep fried ice cream over a sweet almond mole sauce and a mole-inspired mezcal-based margarita. 5-10 p.m. 251 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.9800.


Surfas-CheeseFresh Butter and Cheese Please! Cooking Class
Apr. 25. Take this hands-on cooking class to learn how easy it is to make delicious and fresh cheese that tastes superior to store-bought varieties including ricotta, butter, queso blanco and mascarpone cheese. Learn how to stretch and pull fresh mozzarella and how to embellish your new recipes at home. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $65. Surfas Culinary District at SOCO, 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.453.2665.


Backyard-Block-PartyBackyard Block Party
Apr. 26. Join Hotel Irvine for this jam-packed event ideal for Sunday fun under the sun. The hotel’s expansive backyard will feature food and drink from Eats Kitchen & Bar and Red Bar and Lounge along with grub from some of Irvine’s top restaurants like Shirley Chung’s Twenty Eight, Mizu Sushi Bar and Stax Cookie Bar. Sip local craft beers and wines as you take in the sounds of local Irvine musicians such as The Brevet, Yellow Red Sparks and Armors. Partake in game competitions like cornhole, ping pong and lawn bowling. 3-6 p.m. $40 adults 21+; $10 children and students ages 6-20. Advance tickets required. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 888.230.4452.


Pat-WelshHome & Garden Speaker Series
Apr. 25. Get inspired for summer and hear Emmy-award winning TV personality and garden author Pat Welsh’s tips for creating a spectacular patio. Enjoy delicious refreshments while exploring Room & Board’s American-made modern furnishings. Following a brief Q & A, Pat will be available to sign copies of her award-winning garden books. Room & Board, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.549.5995.


Ripple-Kids-In-ActionRipple Kids in Action
Apr. 26. Kids will enjoy this event while learning to give back to the community with an assortment of fun, hands-on service projects like planting milkweed, making toys for shelter animals or packing birthday party kits for children in need. Watch a “Fierce Food” cooking demonstration and enjoy live music from OC’s School of Rock youth music academy, delicious food and pet adoption opportunities. SOCO Collection, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,


Seal-Beach-Car-ShowSeal Beach Classic Car & Vintage Motorcycle Show
Apr. 25.  Every year more than 25,000 visitors flock to Seal Beach to see nearly 550 cars in addition to other attractions like the first annual Seal Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show. Throughout the day you can check out more than 30 categories of classic cars as well as vintage motorcycles from 1979 and earlier. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Main St., Seal Beach.


Scotts-Jazz-BrunchJazz Brunch at Scott’s Restaurant & Bar
Apr. 26. Join KJAZZ’s Bubba Jackson and Scott’s GM Robert Redaelii for a special live entertainment series combining amazing cuisine with astonishing talent. Spend the perfect Sunday afternoon with hour-long musical sets featuring jazz musicians such as Luther Hughes, San Dt. Marseille, Doug MacDonald and Jennifer Leitham alongside brunch favorites like brioche French toast; skillet baked sticky bun, braised beef short ribs and sausage hash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.799.2400.