Orange County

Weekend roundup

August 18-21


National Dog Month Adoption Event

Aug. 20. Tustin’s chef-driven food hall– Mess Hall Market at FLIGHT–is partnering with local dog rescues and vendors to celebrate National Dog Month with an exciting adoption event. There will be a selection of dog-friendly vendors to shop from that include toys and treats, dogs to meet and adopt, and an onsite painting event where guests can paint a portrait of their dog. Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin.

The Thomas Truck Tour Kicks Off

Aug. 20. Beloved for over 75 years, the Thomas & Friends™ brand continues to delight fans of all ages. The all-new Thomas Truck Tour will be a unique and immersive mobile experience with exclusive merchandise, including an assortment of Thomas & Friends MINIS bundles and so much more. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine. (The truck will be parked near the Ferris wheel) More information, visit or @thomastrucktour on Instagram.

Sunset Cinema Series: Back to the Future

Aug. 19. Dial your excitement up to 88 mph as OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series brings the big screen outdoors to your favorite County parks. Come join the fun with a showing of Back to the Future (PG, 1985) at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Event and parking are free, food and beverage will also be available for purchase. Enjoy pre-show entertainment starting at 6 p.m. with the film beginning at approximately 8 p.m., after sundown. 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, 949.923.2240.

Food + Drink

Five-course Levendi Wine Dinner

Aug. 19. Tickets are still available for an intimate dinner experience. Featuring a versatiile menu littered with some of the very best products on the market, this is an experience not to be missed. From Beausoleil oysters to Akaushi prime rib and more, reserve your spot now to have a truly magical evening accompanied by some of the finest wines. Tickets can be reserved here. 6:30 p.m. $175 per guest. Five Crowns Restaurant, 3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, 949.760.0331.

O SEA Launches Happy Hour

Available Now. A brand new happy hour menu gives cause to pause for a mid-day celebration any day of the week. The new menu features a selection of specially priced oysters ($1.49 each) and “snackies,” comprised of menu favorites ($5.95 to $11.95). The menu is complemented by the carefully curated list of wines by the bottle; all offered at 50% off for Happy Hour daily. Daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 109 S. Glassell Street, Orange, 714.363.3309.

Lucky Dog Gelato Celebrates One Year

August 15-31. Internationally Ranked Master Gelatiere, Noel Brady, is celebrating the first anniversary of her San Clemente-based shop. Chef Noel will be featuring new, original recipes for her gelato, vegan gelato, and sorbetto, all of which she makes from scratch in small batches. These noteworthy anniversary offerings will be part of the selection of 12-18 gelato and sorbets Lucky Dog presents daily. Times Vary. 1010 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.545.7147.

Hammering Through The Weekend

Aug. 18-21. One of Orange County’s hottest food trucks – Hammer Burger – has a full weekend lined up of spots to go find them smashing burgers. Come see for yourself why these are some of the most sought after burgers around. All the planned stops are at various breweries across Orange County including Bottle Logic, Radiant Beer Co., and more. For the hours of operation, as well any changes, use their Instagram. For more information, visit

Arts + Culture

Craft and Arts Paint-ish Party

Aug. 18. Come for a night of creativity where what is in your glass matters moremthan what ends up on the canvas. Craft and Arts takes the concept of a paint night to a whole new level with an emphasis on creativity influenced by the craft beverages around you. A truly unique experience in an intimate setting – this is not an experience to be missed. Seating is limited so reserve your spot now. 6:30-9 p.m. Gunwhale Ales, 2960 Randolph Avenue, Costa Mesa.

Summer Concert Series: Tijuana Dogs

Aug. 18. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy live music under the summer sky during
the OC Parks Summer Concert Series. Join us Thursday, Aug. 18 for a performance by Tijuana Dogs at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach with opener Karly Moreno. Event and parking are free, and food and beverage will be available for purchase. Thursday, 5 – 8 p.m. Salt Creek Beach, 33333 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point.

Photo credits: Thomas Tour, courtesy of FWD Public Relations. Lucky Dog Gelato and O SEA courtesy of Moxxe Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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