Feb. 9-11. The Tet Festival boasts about the attraction of over 100,000+ audiences and hundreds of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are immersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games and customs celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. tetfestival.org
Kinder Karneval Fasching
Feb. 11. Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of GermanSchoolCampus.com. A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and Currywurst. Takes place at Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach. Tickets can be found here.
SJC Walking Tour
Feb. 10. The Walking Tour visits two San Juan Capistrano adobes built in the 1790s and the Victorian Pryor House. Hear tales of Buchard, the pirate, Juan Flores, the bandito, Chola Martina, the bruja and much more. Tours start at the train depot Saturday at 1 p.m. For more information or to set up a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949.493.8444. sjchistoricalsociety.com
Food + Drink
MoonGoat Coffee Opens a New Location
Soft Open Now. Fans of MoonGoat Coffee are in for a surprise as the newest location in Irvine is in a soft opening period, serving up signature coffees to guests before their official opening on Monday, February 12th. Come through now and get your coffee fix with some of the best around. The first 50 guests on opening day will receive an exclusive gift. Hours, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 5171 California Ave unit 100, Irvine. moongoat.com
Better Buzz Grand Opening
Feb. 9. Better Buzz Laguna Hills serves a variety of handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks, including sweet, yet bold cold brews and specialty lattes. They also offer made-to-order acai bowls & smoothies for those in the mood for something fruity, and savory items to pair with your buzz any time of the day. Friday at 5 a.m. 25252 La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills. betterbuzzcoffee.com
Taco Mesita Anniversary Party
Feb. 10. Taco Mesita marks its first anniversary this weekend and invites you to join the celebration. Enjoy $2 margaritas, a natural wine tasting hosted by Jumbo Times Wines, and exclusive screen printing of Mesita shirts featuring a new design. Plus, savor the tacos that made them a favorite. Saturday, 7-11 p.m. 765 El Camino Real, Tustin. tacomesita.com
Year of the Dragon at Paradise Dynasty
Available Now. Paradise Dynasty, located at South Coast Plaza, celebrates the Year of the Dragon with a special Lunar New Year menu. This exclusive selection includes traditional dishes designed to usher in auspiciousness and good fortune. Available through March 31st, this Lunar New Year menu offers an experience not to be missed. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa. paradisegp.com
Arts + Culture
Hakuna Matata, OC!
Now Showing. There is still time to experience the majesty of Disney’s The Lion King! Get your tickets now! Don’t miss the awe-inspiring phenomenon that is a total feast for the senses! Now – February 25th, only at Segerstrom Center for the Arts! 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org
Blue Note Records 85th Anniversary Tour starring The Blue Note Quintet
Feb 9. Blue Note Records commemorates its 85th anniversary with a U.S. tour headlined by The Blue Note Quintet, a collective assembled to pay tribute to the label’s illustrious history and spotlight its diverse array of contemporary artists. Led by six-time Grammy Award nominee Gerald Clayton as musical director and pianist, the ensemble features vibraphonist Joel Ross, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Matt Brewer. Friday at 8 p.m. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. thebarclay.org
Lunar New Year Festivities
Feb. 10. Bring the entire family to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Rodeo 39 Public Market will celebrate Lunar New Year with a day of family fun, including face painting, balloon artist, lion dancing and red envelope giveaways. Lunar New Year festivities start at noon, culminating with a lion dance at 5 p.m. Starts this Saturday at noon. 12885 Beach Blvd, Stanton. rodeopublicmarket.com
Photo credits: Better Buzz Team courtesy of Better Buzz Coffee. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.