Orange County

Weekend roundup

August 20-23


Drive-In Concert at Muckenthaler

Aug. 20. Switch up your evening plans with a weekly drive-in concert series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center! This week’s performer is Brazilian born vocalist and songwriter Caro Pierotto who will be accompanied by her all-star band. Attendees will be enchanted with her original tunes along with some tasteful renditions of American and Latin classics, all with a refreshing touch of Brazilian music. Gates open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 p.m. $30 per car; no tickets will be sold at the door. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.

Bass Boxing at the Beach

*Date change update at 9 p.m. on Aug. 20

Aug. 22 | Sept. 5. Step into the ring (beachside) with Equinox and Boxing Lab fitness instructor Ashley Moore for this beat blasting, cardio box class. Learn to punch like the pros and train like a champion during this intense 45-minute workout with heavy hitting bass tunes spun live by DJ DeCrazy Cat. Check in at 6:30 p.m., class starts 7 p.m. $20 per person; Venmo to @AshleyMooreTrain. Bolsa Chica State Beach, 17851 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.

Food + Drink

Seven-Course Culinary Adventure

Aug. 21. Expand your culinary horizons with this tasteful pop-up dinner adventure hosted by three all-star chefs at Terrace by Mix Mix. Chefs Hamamori (Hamamori), Nick Weber (24 Carrots) and Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix) will collaborate to create an unforgettable seven-course omakase dinner. Make reservations online. Park near Macy’s and take the stairs to the Bridge of Gardens where you’ll stroll across to Terrace by Mix Mix. 7 p.m. $125 per person. 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 657.231.6447. | Reservations


Reopened. Back and better than ever is the healthy, fast-casual eatery Greenleaf at SoCo and The OC Mix! With an all-new menu, guests can indulge in dishes such as lemongrass chicken salad, turkey melt on a pretzel roll, roasted spaghetti squash and salmon pomodoro. Through the end of August, guests can receive a complimentary skinny margarita or glass of wine (download the app to do to redeem). Open daily 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 234 E. 17th St., Suite 100, Costa Mesa, 949.200.3950.

O.C. Fair-Inspired Food at Mutt Lynch’s

Now Available. While the annual O.C. Fair is cancelled this year, guests can head to Mutt Lynch’s in Newport Beach to experience its new fair-inspired menu! Available through Labor Day weekend, the menu includes iconic fair favorites, such as giant turkey legs and deep-fried Oreos. Mutt Lynch’s is also offering its full menu, which contains more than 200 items. The iconic beach bar has also expanded to offer outdoor dining with plenty of seating, tiki torches and the hanging Christmas lights. Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.675.1556.

Water Grill’s Market Sale

Every Saturday. Looking for a place to nab some fresh seafood or produce? The upscale seafood destination across from South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa turned its fine dining space into a market for locals to shop at each Saturday. Offerings include a selection of fresh seafood, shellfish, dry-aged steaks, clam chowder, produce and barbecue kits, plus wine and cocktails to go. It takes place in the private dining rooms. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 949.208.7060.

Arts + Culture

Chance Cyber Chat Series

Aug. 21. Take a virtual theater trip with Chance Theater during this third Chance Cyber Chat Series. To be part of any upcoming Chance Cyber Chat, register for free for any (or all!) of the five shows, watch those shows online, and then login to Zoom on the corresponding Friday night to enjoy an exclusive hosted conversation with Chance Artists, fellow theater lovers and special guests. 8 p.m.

Art Along the Coast

Aug. 22-23. Cruise at your pace on this no-cost, self-guided tour through southern Orange County to view and acquire many works not yet seen in public by juried artists from the 2020 Festival of Arts. Starting in San Clemente and up to Santa Ana, art enthusiasts can take this weekend or the following weekend (Aug. 29-30) to visit any of the 14 different locations. This premier group includes professional painters, sculptors, photographers, pastel, mixed media, glass and jewelry artists. Visit website for on participating artists, times, tour details and a map.

Nestle Into Nature: Movements Seeking Balance Exhibit

On View. New to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center is an environmental contemporary art exhibition featuring nature-themed paintings and ceramic vessels by eight contemporary Korean artists. To view Nestle Into Nature: Movements Seeking Balance before its end date on October 9, make a reservation online for a private 5-minute viewing for groups of no more than four people with a $5 entry fee. Visitors must wear a mask. M-Th 12:30-4 p.m.

Photo credits: Caro Pierotto by Christine Chang. Ashley Moore by David Harvey (@dave_xt) via Instagram. Greenleaf courtesy Kitchen Table + PR. Mutt Lynch’s by Outshine PR. “Pretty in Pink” artwork by Fabrice Spies Fine Art. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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