Orange County

Weekend roundup

February 24-27


Car Meet at Kraz-Z-Kai’s

Feb. 25. Add some horsepower to your Friday night with a supercar meetup hosted by Kraz-Z-Kai’s at Rodeo39 Public Market. The Laotian barbeque is utterly divine, and worth the drive alone – but paired with a mountain of automotive perfection to view makes it a mandatory addition to your weekend plans. This is a true experience not to be missed. The event is set to run from 5-8 p.m. 12885 Beach Blvd Unit 3, Stanton, 714.379.7026.

Get ready for the Festival of Whales

Coming Mar. 5-6. Dana Point Harbor is preparing for the height of whale watching season with the 51st Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebration. The weekend will be filled with events including the Welcoming of the Whales Ceremony, the iconic Festival of Whales Parade, whale watching excursions, a concert at Baby Beach, and the artistic creation of a colossal whale tale which will be constructed in real-time on the grass area at the entrance to the Harbor. For more information and to view the full list of events visit 34571 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, 949.496.6137.

Food + Drink

Solstice Opens

Opens Feb. 28. Solstice, a new seasonally-driven restaurant concept, is set to finally open its doors after months of construction and menu planning. The restaurant will offer a thoughtfully prepared menu driven by seasonally curated dishes that spotlight ingredients harvested at the peak of their season, and sourced from the best-growing regions, farms, and producers across the country. Culinary Director Chef Demetrio Zavala, and Executive Chef Brittany Valles are set to open a truly unique dining experience for guests to enjoy unlike anything else in the county. Reservations made here, with more information available on their website listed below. 18555 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, 949.241.7088.

Landers Liquor Bar Turns Three

Feb. 26. One of Costa Mesa’s best haunts for great food and even greater drinks will be celebrating its third birthday this Saturday with a ’60s themed night of music and fun. The little liquor bar that could, Landers has cemented itself into the hearts of locals right from the start and has become a destination for those that enjoy a good time. They will be hosting a trio of acts this weekend to keep the festivities going, including the Velvet Starlings, Hurricanes, and The McCharmlys. 7 p.m. 2101 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, 714.714.0086.

Farmer Boys Gets Wild with Alaska Seafood

Now Available. The Southern-California based restaurant chain, Farmer Boys, has partnered with Alaska Seafood to permanently bring a new and improved product – Wild Caught Alaskan Pollock – to the Farmer Boys menu. Guests are encouraged to take the bait and enjoy the new fish within the Farmer Boys 3pc Fish & Fries and 4pc Fish Platter. Harvested in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea, the large range of healthy and natural benefits of the Alaskan Pollock is mirrored with the high priority of seafood sustainability and there’s nothing fishy about that. For more information and locations visit

Henry’s Coastal Cuisine has Renewed Energy

Open Now. Executive Chef Lewis Butler presents a lively, yet refined dining experience that plays into the picturesque and captivating oceanfront setting for which Huntington Beach is known. According to Chef Butler, the menu at Henry’s Coastal Cuisine is a reflection of guests’ current dining preferences and will continue to evolve as those trends change. He looks to French traditions as the backbone of his dishes, with a touch of “California surf country” flavorings, to present a creative coastal cuisine. 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714.845.8000.

Arts + Culture

Linda Eder Performs By Myself -The Songs of Judy Garland

Feb. 25. One of America’s dynamic singers and performers, Linda Eder pays tribute to the great Judy Garland in a concert filled with the songs made famous by the beloved singer. The performance includes such favorites as “Almost Like Being in Love,”  “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” “The Boy Next Door,” “You Made Me Love You” and “Over the Rainbow.” 8 p.m. Ticket purchases and additional information can be found here. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods For Jazz

Feb. 27. Pacific Symphony presents “The Langston Hughes Project,” a multimedia concert performance of the poet’s jazz poem suite. This is Hughes’ homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop, progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha,” Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming—a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. 7 p.m. For tickets, click here. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Photo credits: Solstice courtesy of Outshine Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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