Top Orange County Things to Do in January

Harlequinade by American Ballet Theatre will make its West Coast Premiere this Jan. 17-20.

This month in The OC, find award-winning theater, action-packed motorsports and a surplus of dining deals with Newport Beach Restaurant Week. See our list of top Orange County things to do in January.

Edited by Laura Okey.

Pageant of the Masters Casting Call 
Jan. 4-6. The iconic Pageant of the Masters is looking for volunteers for next summer’s show, themed The Time Machine. Individuals of all shapes and sizes are invited to try out to be a cast member in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants, giving forth your best ability to hold as still as possible for 90 seconds. Free. F, Sa 7-9 p.m., Su 2-5 p.m. Irvine Bowl Park, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, foapom.com

Costa Mesa Bride World Expo
Jan. 5. Shop, compare and connect with 150 Orange County wedding vendors at the biggest and best OC bridal show of the year. Vendor offerings include florists, wedding venues, photo booths, photographers, disc jockeys, bridal gowns, tuxedos, entertainers, bridal beauty, custom invitations, vintage decor and romantic honeymoons. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 presale online; $12 GA; free for ages 12 and under. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. brideworld.com

Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Jan. 5, 19. The world’s premier off-road motorcycle championship series returns to Anaheim to kick off the 2019 season. Arrive early for the pre-race FanFest for an opportunity to get an autograph and see the riders, the teams and their bikes, plus a virtual reality experience. See website for full event schedule. Doors open noon. $25+. Angel Stadium, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 800.352.0212. supercrosslive.com

Winter Fest OC
Through Jan. 6. This annual event features more than 20 wintry activities, including outdoor ice skating, ice tubing down Snowflake Summit, a significantly upgraded snow play area with real snow and a re-imagined Festival of Lights. See website for schedule and ticket prices. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 657.333.2520. winterfestoc.com

Oak Grill’s Chef Dinner Series
Jan. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Executive Chef Brittany Valles will showcase three-course seasonal dinner menus featuring her personal favorites on Sundays and Mondays through the month. Dishes include king crab with red curry, potatoes, heirloom carrots, charred onion and cilantro, and bone-in pork chop with charred cabbage, whole grain mustard pork jus, apple chutney and mustard frill. $65. Oak Grill, Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. fashionislandhotel.com

Knott’s Merry Farm
Through Jan. 7. Joy is in season at Knott’s Merry Farm. Take in the sights, sounds and scents of the holidays one last time, along with thrilling attractions, live entertainment and holiday decorations. See website for hours. $54+. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com

Monster Jam
Jan. 12. It’s all 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. 6:30 p.m. $36+. Angel Stadium, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. angel.stadiumanaheim.com

Olea in Newport Beach is one of many eateries participating in the seaside city’s restaurant week.

“Dear Evan Hansen”
Through Jan. 13. Six-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical tells the story of Evan Hansen and his journey to fulfill a lifetime dream of finally fitting in. Personal and profound portrayal of life and the way we live it. See website for show times. $35+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

Newport Beach’s Restaurant Week
Jan. 14-27. Showcasing Newport Beach as OC’s premier dining destination, participating restaurants will offer special, two- or three-course, prix-fixe menus with lunches available starting at $10 and dinners starting at $20. See website for participating restaurants. dinenb.com

“Harlequinade”
Jan. 17-20. American Ballet Theatre’s sumptuous and lighthearted production makes its West Coast debut, featuring the exceptional choreography of Alexei Ratmansky. See website for show times and ticket prices. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
Opens Jan. 19. This Tony Award-winning musical thriller set in 19th century London tells the story of desperate times and diabolical measures to avenge a family that was wronged. See website for show times and ticket prices. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org

Pet Days at OC Market Place
Jan. 19-20. Support local animal rescues at this annual event featuring animals available for adoption and a large variety of exotic animals to see and learn about. Vendors will cover a range of topics. Do not bring your personal pets. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with a qualifying donation (paper towels, towels, bleach, cat litter, potty pads, pet food or gift cards). OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa. ocmarketplace.com

Aquarius Affair at Aqua Lounge
Jan. 26. Celebrate the beginning of 2019—the year of the Aquarius. The splashy evening gives you a reason to celebrate with themed zodiac and water decor. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. fashionislandhotel.com

Bernadette Peters
Jan. 26. See three-time Tony Award recipient and Broadway performer Bernadette Peters, known for her renditions of Stephen Sondheim’s work and for her illustrious entertaining—she’ll even share a lullaby she wrote for her rescue dog. 8 p.m. $49+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

Amigo Guitar Show 
Jan. 26-27. Two-day guitar show and international music swap meet, featuring the mecca of all guitar collections and opportunities to trade, buy and sell. Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 10 a.m. -4 p.m. $20; $8 parking. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500. amigoguitarshows.com

Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner
Jan. 29. Indulge on a five-course wine pairing dinner with Napa Valley Chateau Montelena Winery, set amidst an expansive ocean view. Menu highlights include roasted karabuta pork belly paired with the 2014 Estate Zinfandel, and braised shortrib paired with the 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. See website for full menu. 6:30 p.m. $139. 21 Oceanfront, 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100. 21oceanfront.com

“Forever Motown”
Jan. 30-Feb. 2. This special rock and roll musical event features six performances from a collection of nine artists, including the Spinners original lead singer G.C. Cameron and former Temptations lead singer Glenn Leonard, along with members of The Marvelettes. A live band sings hit songs from all the Motown legends like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. See website for show times. $45-$65. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com

Photos: Harlequinade courtesy American Ballet Theatre. Olea courtesy Dine Newport Beach. 

 

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