20 Top February Orange County Events


Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruises with Dana Wharf. Photo Credit: Steve O’Toole

From Super Bowl 50 and Valentine’s Day, to Mardi Gras celebrations and food festivals, see our roundup of the top 20 events in Orange County this February.

Feb. 3-Mar. 13. Discover the century-old relationship between human and horse as 70 horses and 45 artists lead you on a journey to some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes. Odysseo, the world’s largest touring production, marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects to produce a larger-than-life show. See website for showtimes. Tickets start at $29.50. The White Big Top, 16576 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, 1.866.999.8111. cavalia.net

Feb. 5-21. The world’s favorite little wooden boy comes to life like never before in this new, highly theatrical adaptation of a family favorite. Four actors play all the roles to tell the story of the misbehaving puppet on his way to becoming a real boy. See website for showtimes. $26-$31. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org


Aphrodisiac Cooking
Feb. 6. Start planning for Valentine’s Day and learn succulent recipes for the perfect romantic meal. Unlock the secrets of aphrodisiac cooking and sensual spices with dishes such as twice-baked potatoes with chives crème fraiche and fresh strawberry and chocolate mousse tart. 11:30 a.m. $75. Zov’s Bistro, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855. zovs.com


Super Bowl Sunday at Stag Bar
Feb. 7.
Surround yourself with 16 big-screen televisions, drinks and delicious game-day eats for Super Bowl 50. The newly re-opened Stag Bar in Newport Beach offers perfect Super Bowl pairings such as  sweet chili, red curry, buffalo, or hot wings, made-to-order varieties of meatballs with customized sauces and cheeses and creatively named, hand-tossed gourmet pizzas such as meat coma or hot and bothered. Plus, choose from new signature cocktails, craft beers and 75 small batch whiskeys. Super bowl 3:30 p.m. Hours of operation 8 a.m.-2 a.m. 121 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, 949.673.4470. stagbar.com


Tyga at The Observatory
Feb. 9. See American rapper Tyga as he performs live at The Observatory. Some of his hits include singles “Rack City,” “Still Got It” featuring Drake and “Show You” featuring Future. His fourth studio album The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, was released June 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime 8 p.m. $55-$66. The Observatory Orange County, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600. observatoryoc.com


Latin Food & Wine Experience
Feb. 12. Experience stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace while savoring Latin cuisine and fine wines. Hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, there will be featured wine stations and a selection of tapas-style tasting dishes including poloncillo prawns, sea bass ceviche and braised goat tacos. Reservations required. 6-8 p.m. $85. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000. ritzcarlton.com


Party Gras
Feb. 12. Join Aqua Lounge for its party of the month, Party Gras, a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras party. Party goers will be treated to a complimentary surprise “party gras” cocktail. The optional all-night package includes overnight accommodations, entry for two to Party Gras and complimentary parking for one vehicle. Tickets or reservations required. Entry (includes complimentary drink) $25/pp; All-night package starts at $239. 9 p.m. Island Hotel, Aqua Lounge, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. aqualoungenb.com


Love Affair Concert
Feb. 12. Listen to live performances from R&B and soul band Bloodstone, electro-funk group Midnight Star, American vocalist duo Peaches & Herb and many more at the Love Affair Concert, presented by 94.7 The Wave. Expect more artists that fit into the genres of new adult contemporary music, smooth jazz and soft rock. 7:30 p.m. $32-$77. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 714.940.2900. hondacenter.com


35th Annual UVSA Tet Festival
Feb. 12-14. Celebrate the year of the monkey over a vibrant array of traditional foods, contests, live entertainment, cultural displays, festive games and a firecrackers show to celebrate the lunar new year. F 4-11 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. General admission $6, parking $8. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.890.1418. tetfestival.org


Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruises
Feb. 12-14. Sail with the sunset on a whale-watching cruise aboard the Dana Pride featuring with complimentary champagne. Other cruises include a sparkling wine tasting cruise on a luxurious catamaran—complete with four organic sparkling wine tastes and a chocolate bar. On the Valentine’s Day sunset cruise, enjoy whale watching with complimentary chocolate treats and bottomless champagne. See website for schedule. $29-52. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603. danawharf.com


Art Crawl Experience (A.C.E)
Feb. 13. Stroll through over 50 outdoor and indoor art displays on Center Street Anaheim. Whether you have found your true love or are an avid fan of being single, A.C.E. has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day weekend. In honor of the holiday, the event theme is Your Arts Desire. The first 50 single ladies will receive a free single stem rose at the Center Street Anaheim Booth. Along with art displays, enjoy live entertainment such as bands, DJ’s and fire dancers. Shop handmade artisanal goods from indie craft vendors and get free admission to Muzeo’s exhibit NokmeeJun – Verdant Beauty. See website for full list of entertainment, craft vendors and artisan food. 6-10 p.m. Free. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, 714.956.3586. downtownanaheim.com


Monster Jam
Feb. 13. Get ready for mayhem and destruction with the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business. Monster Jam, one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, features drag racing and freestyle contests in which trucks face death-defying jumps and other obstacles. Join the Pit Party afterwards where fans get the chance to score autographs and memorabilia from the drivers. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25-$45. Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. ticketmaster.com


Harlem Globetrotters
Feb. 13-14. Celebrate the Harlem Globetrotters’ 90-year anniversary as their world tour visits Anaheim. See ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and unequaled fan interaction. On the court, the Globetrotters will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet; the star-studded roster includes  Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm– plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Sa 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Su 2 p.m. Tickets start at $19. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 714.940.2900. hondacenter.com


Valentine’s Day Deliciousness at Oak Grill
Feb. 13-14. Share an evening with someone special as the culinary team at Oak Grill serves up a highly seductive meal for Valentine’s day. The four-course menu includes a champagne toast and a chocolate salted caramel bombe for dessert. Call for reservations. $100/pp. Island Hotel, Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. oakgrillnb.com


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Feb. 14. Enjoy a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu themed, An Evening in Florence, at the resort’s VUE restaurant. Entrée selections include scampi—jumbo shrimp with ragout of white Tuscan beans, fresh herbs, garlic and fresh plum tomato—and for dessert choose between chestnut cake affogato or vanilla gelato with espresso drizzle. Price includes one bottle of Chianti wine per couple. Live entertainment. 5-10 p.m. $105/pp, $5 valet. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516. lagunacliffs.com


Drink Wine Day at Fireside Lounge
Feb. 18. Sip your heart out at this special wine-centric evening showcasing Island Hotel’s 50 California wines that are offered by the glass. Taste any of the 50 vinos and viticulture experts will be on hand to answer questions. Live acoustic music and a warm fire offers the perfect sipping ambiance. 6-9 p.m. $5 per tasting. Island Hotel, Fireside Lounge, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. islandhotel.com


Oak Grill Whiskey Dinner Featuring Johnnie Walker
Feb. 25. Savor a five-course meal from Sous Chef David Fernandez. Each course will be accompanied with premium whiskey pairings. The event pays special tribute to the iconic brand Johnnie Walker. 6:30 p.m. $120/pp. Island Hotel, Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. oakgrillnb.com


Fresh Toast
Feb. 27. Get ready for the ultimate weekend brunch party showcasing tastings form 40 local restaurants included in OC Weekly‘s happy hour & brunch guide. Some of the participants include The Hub, Crema Cafe and Haven Gastropub. Enjoy an interactive bloody mary and mimosa bar, live music, pop-up shops, lawn games, and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. General admission $35, VIP $55. Newport Beach Civic Center, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. ticketfly.com


Grand Opening: The Hilbert Museum of California Art
Feb. 26-27. Discover the fascinating world of California scene painting—a genre which explores the beauty of the Golden State while also showing the history of California’s people from the 1920s to today. Subjects include towns and cities, farms and ranches, marinas, factories, train stations, parks, freeways and the lure of the open road. In honor of its grand opening, experts will be on hand to provide background on the works. Enjoy refreshments provided by Ruby’s Streamliner Café. F 12-5 p.m., Sa 5:30-9 p.m. Free. 
167 N. Atchison Street, Orange. hilbertmuseum.org


Let’s do Brunch!
Ongoing. Take “Sunday Funday” to the next level with a new Sunday brunch at EATS Kitchen & Bar. Chef Jason Montelibano is unveiling an over-the-top brunch menu with free-flowing $8 bottomless mimosas to keep the party going all day long. Build your own bloody mary at the bloody mary bar with all the trimmings. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780. eatskitchen.com