Top Orange County Weekend Events Roundup January 23-26


Lunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente.

Lunar New Year, Cakebread Winemaker DinnerMuseums Free-For-All and more…. Here are the top Orange County weekend events for January 23-26.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Chinese-New-Year-on-the-Queen-Mary-photo-courtesy-the-Queen-MaryChinese New Year: Shanghai Nights
Jan. 25. Celebrate Chinese New Year aboard the majestic Queen Mary. Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights celebrates the Year of the Rat with traditional Chinese culture, cuisine and entertainment. Located in the Grand Salon is the limited seating buffet dinner and show. Performances by Wushu Shaolin Entertainment includes Chinese martial arts, dragon and lion dances, ribbon dances and Face Changer. First seating: 4-6 p.m., second seating: 8-10 p.m. $103-$260. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934.



Lunar-New-Year-at-The-District-at-Tustin-Legacy-photo-courtesy-FWD-PRLunar New Year at The District at Tustin Legacy
Jan. 25. The District at Tustin Legacy host its second annual Lunar New Year event in the Promenade near Union Market. Highlights include lion dance performances from O.C.’s premier troupe Southern Wind Lion Dance (12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.); Taiko drummers (12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.); interactive photo ops with paper maché lion head props and roaming stilt walkers; and Lunar New Year-themed kids’ crafts and activities. The first 500 people receive a lucky red envelope with a crisp $1 bill inside. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.9090.



Outlets-at-Orange-Lunar-New-Year-photo-courtesy-Simon-Property-GroupLunar New Year at Outlets at Orange
Starts Jan. 25. Head to the Outlets at Orange to celebrate the Year of the Rat. The shopping destination is giving away 1,000 red envelopes featuring exclusive offers from retailers such as Polo Ralph Lauren Men, Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Store, DKNY, Lindt Chocolate Factory Store, Perry Ellis, Original Penguin and more. Additionally, shoppers who donate $1 or more to the Simon Youth Foundation can spin a prize wheel to win themed goodies. Simon Guest Services, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, 714.769.4000.



Lunar-New-Year-at-Outlets-at-San-Clemente-photo-by-Kait-McKay-PhotographyLunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente
Jan. 25. Honoring the Year of the Rat, the fifth annual Lunar New Year celebration returns with more than 70 performers from the Irvine Chinese School and San Diego-based Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society. Highlights include a dragon dance, the interactive lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts activities, and red envelopes. 1-2 p.m. Free. Oak Tree Court, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.



Cakebread-Winemaker-Dinner-at-AVEO-Table-+-Bar-photo-courtesy-Outshine-PRCakebread Winemaker Dinner
Jan. 23. AVEO Table + Bar offers its first winemaker dinner of 2020 with Cakebread Cellar Vineyards. Winery co-owner and chief winemaker Bruce Cakebread will be present to connect with guests and unveil the all-new red blend, Mullen Road Blend from Columbia Valley. Chef Donald Lockhart prepared a five-course dinner paired with exclusive bottles from Cakebread Cellars. Seating is limited. Reservations required and can be made by emailing Mado at 6 p.m. $160. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 800.722.1543.



Chef-Shachi-Mehra-photo-courtesy-ADYACooking Class at Adya
Jan. 25. Watch chef-owner Shachi Mehra lead an interactive cooking class with step-by-step instruction of healthy dishes using 2020 produce trends with Melissa’s Produce. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $55. Anaheim Packing House, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.533.2392.





Newport-Beach-Restaurant-Week-photo-courtesy-FarmhouseNewport Beach Restaurant Week
Through Jan. 26. Showcasing Newport Beach as O.C.’s premier dining destination, participating restaurants offer special two- or three-course prix fixe menus with lunches starting at $10 and dinners at $20. See website for participating restaurants.






Lunar New Year Specials
Through Feb. 2. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Recess Room presents themed food and drink specials. Featured dish is the Lucky Pig, made with caramelized pork shoulder, crispy sticky rice and mung bean, amaranth greens, and daikon pickle. Sip on cocktails such as Prosperity (bourbon, orange liquor, grenadine, egg white, lemon and 24k gold flake) and Virtue (vodka, kumquat, elderflower liquor, absinthe, citrus and kaffir lime). Fountain Valley, 714.377.0398.



Lillias-White-photo-courtesy-Segerstrom-Center-for-the-ArtsLillias White
Jan. 23-25. Tony and Emmy Award-winner Lillias White returns to Segerstrom Center’s Cabaret Series with this autobiographical show filled with musical highlights from her life and career. With her powerhouse voice and exuberant stage presence, White has won accolades for her show-stopping performances on the Broadway stage, on television and in films. The New York Times proclaims “Lillias White is a singer who makes the most challenging vocal feats look almost easy.” 7:30 p.m. $89+. Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Stuart-Palley-photo-courtesy-Casa-Romantica-Cultural-Center-and-GardensPhotographing California Wildfires
Jan. 23. Go behind the scenes with So-Cal based photographer Stuart Palley focusing on environmental issues and wildfires as an acute effect of climate change. His photographic art series Terra Flamma: Wildfires at Night documents the most acute effects of drought in California, such as wildfires, through long exposure images at night. 7-8 p.m. $18 GA, $12 members and students. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.




Jan. 23-26. Experience a recreation of what it would have been like to see The Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime with the five-member group, Surfin’. These professional musicians have played with major rock artists, including one member who toured with the real Beach Boys and has been a long-standing member of the Brian Wilson Band. See website for showtimes. $56-$71. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.



OCMAExpands-photo-courtesy-EJS-MediaMuseums Free-For-All
Jan. 25. SoCal Museums announces the 15th annual Museums Free-for-All where more than 40 museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history and science—open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge. Participating Orange County museums are Muckenthaler Cultural Center and OCMAExpand (Orange County Museum of Art). This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each museum. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information. Free admission.


Photos: The Queen Mary courtesy the Queen Mary. The District at Tustin Legacy courtesy FWD PR. Outlets at Orange Lunar New Year courtesy Simon Property Group. Outlets at San Clemente, Kait McKay Photography. AVEO Table + Bar courtesy Outshine PR. Newport Beach Restaurant Week courtesy Farmhouse. The Recess Room, Lisa Hu Chen. Lillias White courtesy Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Stuart Palley photo Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Surfin’ courtesy Brian Beirne Mr. Rock N’ Roll/Legendary Shows. OCMAExpands courtesy EJS Media.