Orange County

Weekend roundup

August 5-8


Blood drive at The District at Tustin Legacy photo courtesy The District at Tustin Legacy

Blood Drive at The District at Tustin Legacy

Aug. 7. With an ever-increasing need for blood donations, The District at Tustin Legacy is partnering with Southern California Blood Bank Mobile to host a blood drive on Saturday near Lowe’s and Lucille’s Bar-B-Que. Also in attendance at the drive will be Utopia Euro Caffe to give a free Utopia Latte to each donor at the event. Photo ID required and arrive hydrated. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 844.380.5220.

Orange County Soccer Club's Beer Fest photo courtesy Orange County Soccer Club

Orange County Soccer Club’s Beer Fest

Aug. 7. Cheers to the weekend at Orange County Soccer Club’s first Beer Fest of 2021 inside Championship Soccer Stadium. Attendees will not only have access to the Beer Fest but also the game between Orange County Soccer Club and LA Galaxy II in the 405 Derby. There will be two more Beer Fests on Sept. 3 with a game against El Paso Locomotive FC and on Oct. 2 with a game against Phoenix Rising FC. Must be 21+ with valid ID. Gates open at 5 p.m.; VIP gets early access at 4 p.m. $50 GA, $40 VIP, $20 designated driver ticket. 8272 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, 949.647.4625.

Live acoustic performance in Casa Romatica's Redmond Amphitheater photo courtesy Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Coffee Concert with High Tide Coffee

Aug. 7. Ease into your morning with a fresh cup of High Tide Coffee and a live acoustic performance by local musicians in Casa Romatica’s coastal Redmond Amphitheater. Coffee cuppings start at 10 a.m. followed by the performance. 10 a.m.-noon; live music starts at 11 a.m. Free with $5 admission. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.

Food + Drink

Presotea's boba beverages photo courtesy Ajenda PR

Soft Opening of Presotea at Trade Marketplace

Opens Aug. 7. Get a taste of delicious tea, boba and more from the new Presotea at Trade Marketplace in Irvine. With its combination of fresh tea leaves and high-pressure infusion technology, guests can enjoy not only its flavors of tea and boba, but also enjoy newly-blended drinks during its soft opening this Saturday at 11 a.m. If you can’t make the soft-opening, be sure to attend the grand opening on Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine.

The Huntington Beach House mural photo courtesy Reveille Inc.

The Huntington Beach House

Now Open. Calling all beachgoers! Get an unparalleled dining experience with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean at the new Huntington Beach House. Located half a mile up the iconic “main drag” of Huntington State Beach at Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, the venue features 13 dine-in firepits spread throughout a sandy, separate section and a 120-foot seated counter overlooking the beach. The menu boasts food offerings year-round, including sandwiches, salads, hamburgers and a variety of beverages. M-F 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 21061 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.

Tapas and sangria at Comedor Restaurant photo courtesy Ajenda PR

New Happy Hour at Comedor

Now Available. La Casa del Camino’s newest eatery Comedor has rolled out a weekly happy hour to enjoy every Monday to Thursday. Guests can indulge in Spanish-style tapas such as charred Spanish octopus with squid ink romesco, papas arrugadas and croquettes. Comedor’s happy hour offers half-off Comedor’s tapas menu, and refreshing margaritas and sangria for just $12. Be sure to also join Comedor Thursday to Sunday evenings for live music from local Orange County bands. M-Th 5-7 p.m. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.9718.

Arts + Culture

The Anaheim Children’s Festival photo courtesy Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center

Children’s Art Day at Muzeo

Aug. 7. Looking for things to do with your kiddos? Anaheim Children’s Festival is returning for its 29th event, Children’s Art Day, at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center’s Carnegie Plaza. The event offers families and people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy exploring and making art together. Highlights includes booths, art projects, musical and performing groups, chalk art, face painting, and plenty of fun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.765.6450.

People looking at art at Festival of Arts photo credit Baldemar Fierro

Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Through Sept. 3. Art lovers enjoy a breathtaking showcase for artists at California’s longest-running outdoor fine-art exhibition. The Festival of Arts features juried works by over 100 artists in a wide variety of media including paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood, ceramics and glass. Also: live music on select dates, jazz concerts, guided art tours, and demonstrations. M-F 4pm-11:30 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. $5-$15. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800.487.3378.

Winslow Homer's "Breezing Up (A Fair Wind)" at Pageant of the Masters 2021 photo courtesy Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

Pageant of the Masters

Through Sept. 3. The renowned production of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) presents faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art. Real—and very still—people pose to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This summer’s production is themed Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories. Live narration and a full orchestra accompany each full-stage vignette. Daily 8:30 pm. $30-$260. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800.487.3378.

Photo credits: Presotea and Comedor courtesy Ajenda PR. The Huntington Beach House courtesy Reveille Inc. Festival of Arts by Baldemar Fierro. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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