Orange County

Weekend roundup

April 1-4


Drive-In Movies at Brea Mall

April 2-3. Bring the kiddos to enjoy family-friendly movies on the big (outdoor) screen at Starlite Movie Night’s drive-in screenings at Brea Mall. Featured films include the fantasy adventure rom-com The Princess Bride on Friday, followed by Pixar and Disney’s Up on Saturday. Lot opens 5 p.m.; showtime around 7:30 p.m. $35 per vehicle. See website to purchase tickets. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea.

Whale Watching Special From Dana Wharf

Now Available. Whale watching season is underway at Dana Point Harbor and Dana Wharf is offering a spring break special perfect for the whole family! When booking a whale watching trip online, use the special code SPRING21 and save $13 per adult ticket now through April 30. Known as the “Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World,” Dana Point Harbor offers the best year-round whale watching opportunities for visitors and boaters due to the variety and abundance of whales in local waters. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603.

Easter Eats + Events

Easter Egg Hunt at SOCO and the OC Mix

April 3. Hop over to SOCO and the OC Mix’s farmers market for a safe and fun outdoor Easter egg hunt! Guests will be able to spot the Easter Bunny hiding colorful paper Easter eggs all throughout the farmers market stands. When you find an egg, post a photo with it on Instagram tagging @farmermarksoco and visit the info booth to retrieve a special sweet treat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite A1B, Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150.

Sur La Table’s Easter Dinner Cooking Class

April 3. Make Easter dinner egg-stra special this year by learning how to make an herbaceous rub, achieve a crispy sear and roast a juicy pork tenderloin at Sur La Table’s in-person cooking class. With guidance from chef Gary, attendees will also learn from chef Gary how to slice paper-thin potatoes for a rich and creamy gratin and how to make an Italian-inspired spring asparagus salad. At the end of class, the meal for two will be packed up with cooking and reheating instructions to enjoy for dinner. 4 p.m. $79 per person. 3333 Bear St., Suite 110, Costa Mesa, 714.241.0118.

Fable & Spirit

April 4. Executive chef David Shofner sets the tone this Easter Sunday with an elevated take on classic brunch favorites. Standout offerings include wood-fired shakshuka featuring baked eggs, poblano, moroccan spiced tomato, creme fraiche and queso fresco, served with naan; and house-smoked salmon on toasted pumpernickel, with everything bagel spice, citrus-infused red onion, dill crème fraîche, hardboiled egg, and crispy capers. Reservations recommended and can be made via Resy. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3441 Via Lido, Suite A, Newport Beach, 949.409.9913.

Food + Drink

Baseball Season at Golden Road Anaheim

Begins April 1. With the Angels Opening Day this Thursday, Golden Road Brewing Anaheim has Angels fans covered with socially-distanced outdoor dining and specials throughout baseball season. Highlights at Golden Road include socially distanced outdoor dining; 20-foot outdoor TV; weekly food and drink specials; new weekend brunch offerings; and take-home glassware (as available). Note: Golden Road will not seat game guests until one hour before the game. First come, first served; no time limit. M-Th, Su 11 am-9:30 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. 2210 E. Orangewood Ave., Anaheim, 714.912.4015.

National Burrito Day at Descanso

April 1. Calling all burrito fans! In case you didn’t know, National Burrito Day is on Friday and Costa Mesa’s modern taqueria is offering half-off its burritos with the purchase of a margarita all day long. The burritos are available for dine-in, patio dining or takeout. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

New Cocktails at The Blind Pig

Now Available. O.C.’s favorite adventurous New American eatery is serving up an all-new lineup of seasonal “shaken and refreshing” cocktails for spring with its signature punny and pop culture-inspired spin. Try a boozy play on an Arnold Palmer, the Golden Iced Tee, with a blend of teas and locally made gin; or Rescuing Princess Peach, a bright vodka cocktail with a peachy punch and a hint of mint. Sip on your favorite for only $9 during happy hour, offered daily from 4 to 6 p.m. at both locations. 31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.888.0072; 4975 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda, 949.888.0072. 

Arts + Culture

Bora Yoon “Live from Home”

April 2. Musco Center for the Arts presents a livestream performance by Korean-American composer, vocalist and mixed-media innovator Bora Yoon from her home. Watch as Yoon conjures audiovisual soundscapes through the intersection of space and sound. Classically trained and steeped in a first love of choral music, Yoon will create immersive storytelling composed of digital devices, voice, and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries in this live from home performance. 7 p.m. Free with registration required.

David Benoit Trio

April 3. Don’t miss this special livestream concert by Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger David Benoit. Streaming on YouTube Live, watch David and his trio perform from the James R. Armstrong Theatre and explore all facets of David’s 40-year career in music, including a sneak preview from his brand new album, plus perennial favorites and a special tribute to his jazz piano heroes. 7 p.m. $25.

Photo credits: SOCO and the OC Mix courtesy Kitchen Table Marketing + PR. Fable & Spirit courtesy Moxxe PR. Golden Road Brewing Anaheim courtesy Pray Tell Agency. David Benoit courtesy David Benoit. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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