Orange County Weekend Events Roundup July 26-29

New Updated Menu and New Chef at Mesa photo courtesy of 100inc Agency.

Elevate your evenings with new libations and dishes from the updated menu at Mesa.

From outdoor summer activities to new restaurant menus, check out the top Orange County weekend events for July 26-29.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

EVENTS

Camp District photo by Ryan Miller/Capture ImagingCamp District
July 26-Aug. 9. Bring your kiddos to enjoy crafts, music, dance parties, storytelling, interactive activities, face painting, balloon art, games and more at Camp District. Every Thursday, this camp focuses on a fun theme such as Sea Advenutres (July 26), Little Athletes (Aug. 2) and Under the Stars (Aug. 9). This week, kids can make a mermaid or custom backpack, plus get creative with button making. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. AMC Courtyard at The District at Tustin Legacy, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.9090. thedistricttl.com

 

 

Full Moon Yoga photo courtesy of Monarch Beach ResortFull Moon Yoga
July 27. Join Miraval Mindfulness instructors for an evening of outdoor meditation and candle-lit gentle yoga to live music under the full moon at Monarch Beach Resort. This event is free, but provided on a donation basis with all proceeds benefiting local charities. Please bring your own mat and props. Yoga blankets will be available on a first come basis. 7 p.m. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 855.368.2940. monarchbeachresort.com

 

 

 

Summer Dive-In Movies photo provided by Marguarite Clark Public RelationsSummer Dive-In Movies
July 27-Aug. 31. Pull up a chaise lounge poolside or get comfy on your own inflatable pool floaty to watch showings of your favorite blockbuster hits at Fashion Island Hotel. Featured screenings include Star Wars: The Last Jedi (July 27), Black Panther (Aug. 3), La La Land (Aug. 10) and more. Guests can purchase popcorn, movie snacks, beverages from the bar and more. 7-11 p.m. $10 GA, free for overnight guests. 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.760.0808. fashionislandhotel.com

 

 

Healthy Junk Vegan Faire photo provided by Vegan FaireHealthy Junk Vegan Faire
July 28. Located along the palm-lined and market-light illuminated Center Street Anaheim in CtrCity Anaheim, the renowned vegan comfort eatery Healthy Junk is hosting its fifth annual Vegan Faire: “One Love.” In addition to the expanded footprint, festival-goers can also unwind with a second music area and a tropical beverage at the beer garden, hosted by the Anaheim Fall Festival. 4-10 p.m. Free. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim. veganfaire.com

 

 

 

Molly Wood's Succulent Workshop photo provided by Kitchen Table Marketing + PRMolly Wood’s Succulent Workshop
July 28. Learn how to make your own one-of-kind succulent arrangement from O.C.’s garden guru and style-maker Molly Wood. At the end of the workshop, attendees can bring home their beautiful succulent arrangement that will be sure to brighten up any space. Call to RSVP or stop by at the store. 1 p.m. $60. Molly Wood Garden Design, 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611. mollywoodgardendesign.com

 

 

 

OC Meets Napa photo by AltaMed Food and Wine FestivalOC Meets Napa
July 28. Celebrate Latino influence in Orange County with a festival of food, wine, live entertainment, activities and more. Latino chefs, vintners and wine makers from Napa and Baja will come together and offer up some of their best bites and sips. Over 60 top Orange County restaurants will participate. VIP reception 6-7 p.m., GA 7-10 p.m. $150. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 323.622.2405. altamed.com

 

 

 

Renaissance-Newport-Beach-Palms-PoolRooftop Pool Party at Renaissance Newport Beach
July 28. Spend your summer with DJ YAYU spinning the hottest jams and Renaissance Newport Beach’s mixologist serving handcrafted cocktails. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 1 p.m. Free with complimentary valet parking. 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.955.5612. renaissance-hotels.marriott.com

 

 

 

VANS U.S. Open of Surfing photo by Benjamin Ginsberg. VANS U.S. Open of Surfing
July 28-Aug. 5. Bring your sunscreen and spend the week in Huntington Beach for the worlds largest pro surfing competition. In addition to seeing some of the world’s most respected surf, skate and BMX professionals, events include a beach-lifestyle festival, skate and BMX events, autograph signings and community movie nights. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Huntington Beach Pier, Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. vansusopenofsurfing.com

 

 

Woodbridge Village Summer Party photo by Irvine Company Retail PropertiesWoodbridge Village Summer Party
July 28. Celebrate the recent completion of a $30-million reinvestment of upgraded retail, dining and entertainment at Woodbridge Village’s summer party. Taste samples from some of the new restaurants including Sessions West Coast Deli, CHA for Tea, Clean Juice and Yogurtland. Additional highlights include performances, face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 4500-4820 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, 949.339.1033. shopirvinecompany.com

 

 

Midsummer Scream photo provided by The ACE AgencyMidsummer Scream
July 28-29. Get your scare on at this third annual Halloween and horror convention to see dozens of on-site haunted attractions and experiences; props, set and makeup vendors; specials celebrity guests; and panel presentations. Featured panels include the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest and more. Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See website for prices. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. midsummerscream.org

 

 

FOOD + DRINK

New Chef and Updated Menu at Mesa photo courtesy of 100inc AgencyNew Chef and Updated Menu at Mesa
Now Available. Elevate your evenings with new libations and dishes from the updated menu at Mesa. Also new to the restaurant is Chef Abel Vargas, who freshened-up the menu to feature a variety of globally inspired tapas and other stand-out dishes. Plates to try include the beet salad (horseradish crema, avocado, mixed greens), hanger steak (carrot harissa puree, garlic chip, parsley) and seared albacore (crispy onion, ponzu, sriracha). 21+ venue. Tu-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 6 p.m.-2 a.m. 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700. mesacostamesa.com

 

 

True Food Kitchen's New Summer Menu photo courtesy of Nerissa R. SilaoTrue Food Kitchen’s New Summer Menu
Through Early Oct. Get a taste of True Food Kitchen’s new summer menu made with a bounty of the season’s best ingredients at their peak of freshness. New additions include quinoa blueberry pancakes, Korean noodle salad (pictured), summer tacos and more. New beverages to try include Pop de Provence, Wild Orchid, Blueberry Mint Mimosa and Lavender Coconut Cold Brew. M-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.644.2400. truefoodkitchen.com

 

 

Weekend Brunch at Red O photo provided by Red O Newport BeachWeekend Brunch at Red O Newport Beach
Now Available. Kick-start your weekend mornings with Red O’s delectable brunch in Newport Beach. Enjoy a variety of starters such as pork belly sopes, ahi tuna tartare, Mary’s duck taquitos and the grand seafood platter. For entrees, indulge in the new cajeta pancakes, lobster Benedict and braised short rib enchiladas. For guests 21+, order margarita pitchers to share or $20 bottomless drinks (mimosa, house margarita, bloody mary and sangria). Sa-Su 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fashion Island, 143 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.718.0300. redorestaurant.com

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

"School of Rock" photo by Matthew Murphy“School of Rock”
Through Aug. 5. Based on the hit film, this New York Times Critics’ Pick musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher, who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids’ rock band playing live on stage. See website for show times. $29+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Camp District photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging. Summer Dive-In Movies photo provided by Marguarite Clark Public Relations. Healthy Junk Vegan Faire photo provided by Vegan Faire. Molly Wood’s Succulent Workshop photo provided by Kitchen Table Marketing + PR. VANS U.S. Open of Surfing photo by Benjamin Ginsberg. Woodbridge Village Summer Party photo by Irvine Company Retail Properties. Midsummer Scream photo provided by The ACE Agency. New Chef and Updated Menu at Mesa photo courtesy of 100inc Agency. True Food Kitchen’s New Summer Menu photo courtesy of Nerissa R. Silao. Weekend Brunch at Red O photo provided by Red O Newport Beach. “School of Rock” photo by Matthew Murphy.

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