Orange County

Weekend roundup

February 10-13


Love and Taco Festival

Feb. 12. How best to show that special someone you care – well did you know nothing says “I love you” quite like great tacos? Join Gente Night Market at the Heritage Museum of Orange County for a Love & Taco Festival to experience some of the OC’s best tacos! Also enjoy live DJs, Tunnel of Love train rides, and more. VIP tickets go on sale Feb. 10. which includes special packages for 2. For tickets, visit 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 West Harvard Street, Santa Ana, 714.540.0404.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Rolls Into Orange County

Feb. 12. For one day only, the famous Helly Kitty Cafe Truck is setting up shop in the OC! Continuing its tour of the west coast by coming to Brea bringing limited-edition collectibles including a new Hello Kitty Cafe canvas tote, Hello Kitty Cafe rainbow thermos, and much more. Please note the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck only accepts credit/debit payments – no cash. It will be set up at the Brea Mall, near the mall entrance by California Pizza Kitchen. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 1065 Brea Mall, Brea. More Info

Shred and Shots at Helmsman Ale House

Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day is about love, but sometimes that means moving past old flames to find new love. If you have an ex you need to move past – and in style – then Helmsman Ale House has the event for you! Gather your mates and make your way to the Shreds and Shots Singles Night on Valentine’s Day. Bring photos of your ex to shred, imbibe, smile, and enjoy! 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 2 shreds per guest limit. 2920 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.220.7599.

Food + Drink

Grand Openings at Rodeo39

Feb. 12. Come to Rodeo39 this Saturday to enjoy the opening of Shootz Hawaiian and Buenos Migos. Enjoy food giveaways to the first 50 attendees at both businesses, including a free Hot Kimchi Butter Katsu Sandwich at Shootz, and a free meal combo from Buenos Migos. Celebrate a love of Hawaiian comfort eats with Shootz as they move to their new, larger location within Rodeo39, while Buenos Migos is a modern, Latin-inspired fast-casual concept. 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton.

Super Bowl Beach Halftime Aloha Kit

Feb. 12. Billy’s at the Beach invites football fans to watch their favorite games from the lively waterfront setting or take Billy’s new Halftime Aloha Kit to-go through Sunday, February 13. Enjoy a taste of aloha during your at-home playoff or Big Game viewing with a tropical meal for two. Each $89 Halftime Aloha Kit includes four of Billy’s canned World Famous Mai Tais and a choice of two entrées including the Beach Burger, Fish and Chips, Pulled Pork Sandwich or Fish Tacos. 2751 W Coast Highway, Newport Beach. 949.722.1100.

Fall in Love at Fable & Spirit

Feb. 11-13. This Valentine’s Weekend, Fable & Spirit will be offering its award-winning menu, as well as two incredible specials. Executive Chef David Shofner is presenting 12-Hour Kurobuta Porchetta with parmesan polenta, Calabrian chili, chimichurri, roasted romanesco, and smoked braising jus; and Seared Diver Scallops with sunchoke puree, roasted hedgehog mushrooms, asparagus tips, and truffle veal glace. Complete your meal with wine recommendations from Sommelier Ali Coyle and unique cocktails by Director of Spirits Drew Coyle. 3441 Via Lido, Suite A, Newport Beach, 949.409.9913

Taco Rosa has Love at First Bite

Feb. 11-14. Chef Ivan Calderon offers a 3-course menu that begins with Halibut & Avocado Ceviche, followed by Stuffed Char-Pineapple with choice of skirt steak, shrimp, or chicken breast, served with cilantro rice, black beans, and choice of tortillas. This special dinner ends with Churros & Crema Catalana, Taco Rosa’s famous freshly milled fritters dusted with cinnamon and sugar cane, and served with Spanish crema Catalana. Available at Irvine and Newport locations. $45. 13792 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, 714.505.6080. 2632 San Miguel Dr, Newport Beach, 949.720.0980.

Raise a glass to Puesto

Feb. 10. The upscale, raucous Mexican restaurant celebrates its golden birthday. To ring in the celebrations, throughout the day, all guests that dine-in will receive a taco of their choice, on the house! This offer is good at all Puesto locations, which for Orange County include Irvine (Los Olivos and Park Place), Huntington Beach, and Anaheim. Those of legal age can also enjoy a special celebration cerveza as well! For more information, as well as details on all locations, and hours, visit

Arts + Culture

Valentine’s Day with Katherine Jenkins

Feb. 11-12. What could be more romantic for Valentine’s weekend than experiencing the leading pop-opera star performing romantic favorites? And she’ll also be singing selections from her new studio album, Cinema Paradiso, which she describes as “all the best film musical themes that we know and love, all together on one recording. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.00 and can be purchased here. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Photo credits: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, and Rodeo39 courtesy of FWD Public Relations. Taco Rosacourtesy of Moxxe Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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