Orange County

Weekend roundup

August 27-30


Drive-In Movies at The LOT

Aug. 27-30. Don’t miss the Fashion Island luxury cinema’s last outdoor drive-in experience this weekend on the top floor of parking deck near Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom! Grab tickets to watch one of these featured films: Little Women (Aug. 27), Avengers: End Game (Aug. 28), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Aug. 29) and A Star is Born (Aug. 30). Venue opens at 6 p.m., showtime around sunset (8 p.m.). $60 per car. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.

The True Willie Band Virtual Concert

Aug. 27. Calling all fans of Willie Nelson and the Festival of Arts! Experience this first-ever virtual concert presented by Festival of Arts, in partnership with Yamaha, featuring the True Willie Band—a favorite from past summer concerts. Purchase tickets all the way up till just before the concert Thursday evening. 5:30-7 p.m. $25 general public, free with registration for Festival members.

Fair Food Drive-Thru

Starts Aug. 28. While there’s no O.C. Fair this summer, fans don’t have to miss out on their food fix after all! Head to the fairgrounds to check this new drive-thru for summer treats from four vendors. Menu items include turkey legs, teriyaki chicken bowls, hot dog and cheese dog on a stick and chocolate chip cookies. To enter, hungry patrons can go through Gate 1 off Fair Drive but must stay in the vehicle and wear a mask while ordering. No walkups allowed and no parking available. F-Sa noon-8 p.m., Su noon-6 p.m.

Yakitori, Ramen and Beer Pop-Up

Aug. 28-30. Ever heard of the saying, “Good things come in threes”? Well, Anaheim’s Bizen Beer Bar is teaming up with Shin-Sen-Gumi and Orion beer for a delicious weekend featuring freshly grilled yakitori (Japanese-style chicken skewers), flavorful ramen and ice-cold Orion beer. Pre-order and schedule your pick-up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Bizen Beer Bar here. Social distancing and masks required. 161 W. Center St. Promenade, Anaheim. More Info 

Food + Drink

Cafe Sevilla’s Extended Happy Hour

Now Available. Who says happy hour can only last for a few hours? Costa Mesa’s newest restaurant and tapas bar is changing things up with extended hours—seven days a week! Enjoy $5 off all draft beer, wine, sangria and craft cocktails, as well as an array of tapas priced at $5, $7 and $9. Regular happy hour hours are Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., plus offers late night happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.688.1555.

Family Meal Kits at Five Crowns

Now Available. Make planning dinners at home easy with Five Crowns’ lineup of seasonal, weekly meal specials, courtesy of executive chef Alejandra Padilla. Each meal kit serves four and comes with a main dish, three sides, and dessert. New kits are available beginning each Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Guests may pre-order meals days in advance or place same-day orders by 2 p.m. Takeout with curbside pickup and delivery options available. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 949.760.0331.

Gracias Madre Cocktail Party Kit

Now Available. Shake up your at-home happy hours with a cocktail party kit created by Gracias Madre’s beverage director Maxwell Reis and executive chef Alan Sanz. The kit comes with the signature Purista margarita for two, chips, housemade salsa and fresh guacamole. Order your kit here. If the party’s bigger than two, Gracias Madre also offers family-style to-go options that serve four to six, as well as a la carte favorites. 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.386.8100.

Sunday Supper for Two

Every Sunday. Elevate your evening with AVEO Table + Bar’s new three-course Sunday supper at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. Each week, the chefs create a prix-fixe menu featuring the ingredients that are inspiring them that week, including produce from local farms and artisan meats and locally caught fish from trusted vendors. Reservations required. $49+ per person. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3900.

Arts + Culture

Symphonie Fantastique

Aug. 27. Up next in Pacific Symphony’s “Summer Replay” virtual series is a pre-recorded performance from February of Symphonie Fantastique, which features the revolutionary work of Berlioz that inspired by his love of a Shakespearean actress and transformed the sound of the symphony orchestra in 1830. The Pacific Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning opens the program with an interview with principal bassoonist Rose Corrigan. 7 p.m. Free. This performance will be available for viewing through Oct. 10.

Laguna Playhouse Gala

Aug. 29. Laguna Playhouse marks a century in Laguna Beach with its annual gala—only virtually. Watch performances by opera and musical theater star Nathan Gunn and New York-based musical-comedy duo Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, aka the Skivvies. The playhouse also launches Keeping Live Theatre Alive at the event, a program featuring original vignettes written and performed by a multitude of actors. 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. | RSVP

Style + Beauty

Roseland y Mar Pop-Up Boutique

Now Open. Give your wardrobe an update with sustainably conscious clothing from the new pop-up boutique Roseland y Mar at The OC Mix—here until September 15. The boutique also carries timeless swimwear, accessories and self-care items—such as bath bombs and candles. In an effort to reduce waste, Roseland y Mar offers a unique “buy back” option to help keep clothing out of landfills. Tu-Th 11 a.m.-6 p.m., F-Su 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite A3/A4, Costa Mesa.

Photo credits: True Willie Band by Jeffrey Scott Rovner. Fair food by @sikfahnla/Instagram. AVEO Table & Bar by Outshine PR. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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