Orange County

Weekend roundup

April 22-25


Drive-In O.C. with Jason Mraz

April 23-25. Jam out with Grammy-winning artist Jason Mraz who will perform his latest album Look For The Good live at City National Grove of Anaheim‘s Drive-In O.C. The performances this weekend mark Mraz’s first shows with his band since the album’s release, which captures his career-long love for reggae music. Spaces are limited. F 7:30 p.m., Sa 2 p.m., Su 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. One ticket per vehicle with a maximum of five passengers per vehicle. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

Mai Fleurs Pop-Up at Trade Marketplace

April 24. Join Trade Marketplace in Irvine for a “Saturdays & Bouquets” pop-up, featuring beautiful dried floral arrangements from Laguna Hills’ Mai Fleurs. Find your perfect arrangement from a variety of beautiful, one-of-a kind florals to bring the spirit of spring into your home. If you get a bit hungry, we recommend grabbing some grub from one of Trade’s eateries. The pop-up will be located next to Center Hub Bar within Trade’s food hall. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine.

Poppi Seed Market: Mother’s Day Edition

April 25. Get a head start on shopping for mom at Poppi Seed Market’s pop-up, located at SOCO and the OC Mix. Peruse through more than 35 locally owned boutiques and makers where you can shop for apparel, candles, home decor, plants, baked goods, jewelry, leather goods, bath and body, and more. There will also live music will be performed throughout the day by Natalia Ramirez. The first 25 shoppers to arrive will receive a swag bag, and the first 100 guests to RSVP and check-in at the event will receive a free total bag. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free entry and parking. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.

Food + Drink

Puesto in Huntington Beach

Opens April 23. Cheers to Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar opening its third Orange County location this Friday at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach! This location is the largest of its O.C. locations at 7,600 square feet and features elements of Huntington Beach culture in its design with organic forms, raw materials, and earth tones of the Puesto color wheel. Locals can enjoy its award-winning tacos, curated list of agave spirits, signature cocktails and more for indoor or outdoor dining (delivery and takeout available). Tu-F 4-10 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 7821 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.316.0151.

Wild & Crazy Taco Night Drive-Thru

April 24. Cruise over to the OC Fair & Event Center for the 28th annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night, presented by Share Our Selves. This year, enjoy this new drive-thru format where you can stay socially distanced in your car. Participating vendors include Descanso, Farmhouse, Melissa’s Produce, Newport Rib Company, StillWater Spirits & Sounds, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Yogurtland. Drive-thru times are assigned by 15-minute intervals between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Advance ticket purchase required; $75 per person (not per car). 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.402.1182.

New Spring Dishes at Haven

Now Available. Get a taste of Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar’s new seasonal dishes courtesy of executive chef Craig Brady. Diners can try new offerings such as Vadouvan-spiced pork belly; duck confit with cherry jus (pictured); and chef Brady’s Jonah crab agnolotti featuring hand-made herbed pasta, crab and mascarpone filling, English pea cream, and lemon butter. M-F 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-11 p.m. 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680.

Arts + Culture

Ever A Dancer: Axis Dance Company 

April 23. Musco Center for the Arts presents a virtual livestream performance by Oakland-based Axis Dance Company, the nation’s most acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers. Through performance footage and conversation with artistic director Marc Brew, explore how cutting-edge artistry and education outreach makes the world more accessible through the arts. Watch live on YouTube or on Facebook. 7 p.m. Free with reservation required.

Michael Gutenplan: The Magic Mentalist

April 24. Watch master magician, mentalist and third-generation psychic Michael Gutenplan bring a little magic (and lots of laughs) to you at home during this one-night-only virtual performance.While this family-friendly show will be performed live on Zoom from the Magic Castle in Hollywood, virtually attendees will be able to communicate with Gutenplan during his performance! 7:30 p.m. $30 per household.

Uniting in Movement

April 25. Miss experiencing the arts in person? Now’s your chance to watch an exhilarating live performance featuring 18 dancers in a safe collaboration at Segerstrom Hall, presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Ballet Theatre. Uniting in Movement is comprised of three works by contemporary choreographers (Jessica Lang, Lauren Lovette and Darrell Grand Moultrie), each with very personal and unique visions for the future of ballet. Can’t make it to the live event? This will be available for streaming on demand from May 12-26. In-person seating is limited. 1:30 p.m. $50.

Photo credits: Jason Mraz by Jen Rosenstein Photography. Puesto by Anne Watson Photography. Taco by Miguel Andrade via Unsplash. Haven courtesy Moxxe PR. “Uniting in Movement”: “Indestructible Light” by Dancing Camera. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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