Orange County

Weekend roundup

April 25-28


OC Día del Niño

April 27. A family festival, OC Día del Niño features live music, dance performances, and hands-on art activities. The event, enriched with community resource booths and a variety of food trucks, hosts workshops and performances by professional artists, local arts organizations, schools and community groups, creating an engaging cultural experience for all attendees. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hunt Branch Library and Event Center, 201 S. Basque Ave, Fullerton.

Carlos Mencia at Irvine Improv

April 26-28. Comedian Carlos Mencia is best known for his raw and unfiltered style of comedy, which he has showcased to great success on comedy stages, and in television shows and movies. He has recently gone back to his comedic roots on his No Hate No Fear comedy tour, sharing his newest material with smaller, more intimate audiences. Friday-Sunday, hours vary. 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine. Tickets can be found here.

Bricks & Minifigs Laguna Niguel Grand Opening

April 27. LEGO enthusiasts, gather at the new Bricks & Minifigs® location for a day full of fun. As your one-stop aftermarket LEGO® toy shop, the first 100 customers will receive a custom torso and goodie bag, while all attendees are entered into a raffle. Meet and take photos with some of your favorite characters throughout the event. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 28051 Greenfield Dr, Suite D, Laguna Niguel.

Cars and Coffee

South OC Cars and Coffee

April 27. Hosting the largest weekly car meet in the US, South OC Cars and Coffee draws a diverse crowd with a mix of 700-1000 vehicles each week. The event features an impressive array of hypercars, supercars, exotics, vintage and classic cars, muscle and sports cars, hot rods, rat rods, pickups, 4x4s and motorcycles, catering to automotive enthusiasts of all types. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W Avenida Hermosa.

Food + Drink

Legends Seafood & Steakhouse Opens

Now Open. This new restaurant located in the heart of the coastal area offers a blend of fresh seafood and prime steaks. The setting features a vibrant ambiance and breathtaking views, complemented by impeccable service, providing a memorable dining experience. Reservations are available on OpenTable. Sunday–Thursday, 3-9 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 3-10 p.m. 31371 Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel.

New Seasonal Menus at Glasspar

Now Available. Delighted to unveil new menus designed for the warmer weather, Glasspar offers a variety of fresh, seafood dishes curated by the chef to enhance your dining experience. The refreshed menu showcases innovative starters, including white shrimp ceviche and Spanish octopus, followed by satisfying entrees such as fresh Atlantic cod. To complete your meal, indulge in the Chef’s Inspiration dessert, tailored to offer a unique finish based on the chef’s recommendations. Open daily, hours vary. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point.


Ends April 29. Begin at Native Son in Santa Ana to collect your Paloma Passport, and then visit each of the five participating locations to enjoy a Paloma cocktail. After exploring these venues and celebrating this classic drink, return to Native Son with your completed passport to enter for a chance to win prizes. This initiative from Native Son offers a delightful opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the beloved Paloma. Hours vary. 305 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana.

Arts + Culture

“In Conversation”

April 27. Come this Saturday for an insightful conversation between Gene Cooper, Tom Dowling and Mike McGee about Tony DeLap’s life and legacy. Jedidiah Coffee will serve complimentary coffee, along with tasty treats from Sidecar Donuts. The exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase on the day. RSVP here. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 298 Broadway Street, Laguna Beach.

Kishi Bashi in Concert

April 27. Kaoru Ishibashi, known by his stage name Kishi Bashi, returns to the Musco Center for the Arts. Celebrated for his radiant and uplifting soundscapes, which have been described as “pocket symphonies steeped in classical playing and 21st-century pop,” Kishi Bashi will perform alongside banjo player Mike Savino and cellist Emily Hope Price. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 415 N. Glassell, Orange.


Storytime Saturday

April 27. Bring your little ones to Laguna Art Museum for an interactive Storytime and art-making experience. Come for a special, exclusive reading of Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon led by the book’s author, Pamela K. Knudsen. The experience culminates in a watercolor pencil activity that puts children at the heart of their own adventurous creation. Saturday, 11 a.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Photo credits: Paloma Cocktail courtesy of By Maryna Voronova. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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