Orange County

Weekend roundup

January 25-28


The NAMM Show Returns

Jan. 25-28. The Anaheim Convention Center will again host the 2024 NAMM Show, as it brings together industry professionals showcasing the latest innovations in music, sound and entertainment technology. This event will have performances by over 170 global artists and bands of spanning genres, acts from multi-GRAMMY® winners such as Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea and networking opportunities. Plus Yamaha will showcase the purple piano that was customized for Prince for his Piano & a Microphone solo tour. Thursday-Sunday, hours vary. 800 W Katella Ave., Anaheim.

Brick Convention

Jan. 27-28. The BRICK CONVENTION is brimming with interactive, creative and educational activities suitable for the entire family. Join them for a hands-on educational experience enjoyable for all ages, featuring building zones, dozens of large-scale and miniature LEGO models, professional LEGO artists and vendors offering a wide range of LEGO products. Sessions run from Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Farm and Garden Classes

Jan. 27. Whether you’re just starting or a seasoned fruit tree enthusiast, enhance your pruning skills with this insightful class led by Isabel Barkman. Dive into the optimal timing for pruning various fruit trees, including stone fruit, citrus and avocado. Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon. Located at the Silo Building at Centennial Farm. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Food + Drink

Boozy Brunch Happy Hour at OEB Breakfast Co.

Now Available. The Newport Beach breakfast and brunch hotspot, OEB Breakfast Co. is offering guests a complimentary glass of champagne with the purchase of a featured dish. OEB’s featured dishes include shakshuka, smoked pastrami Benny, Mattina Bowl, Market Salad and many more sandwich and salad options. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1104 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach.

The Royal Hawaiian

Tiki Diablo Mug Release Party

Jan. 28. Get your tiki on this weekend in style as a special mug release event is happening at Royal Hawaiian starting at noon. All mugs purchased (pre-ordered or on 1/28) will come with a ‘Guanko’s Grog’ specialty cocktail made for this release. Live music by Bruddah Adrian and mug signings by Tiki Diablo and Notch Gonzalez will also be going down from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at 12 p.m. 331 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach.

Ed & Junes

Jan. 26. Boil and Bake, a beloved bagel shop based in Costa Mesa, is bringing back their popular pop-up. Ed & Junes is coming to their own space to serve savory Italian-inspired small plates, fine wine and ensure a great time. During this exclusive event, guests can enjoy a fun, limited menu during this exclusive event. Friday, from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. 270 Bristol Street, Suite 114, Costa Mesa.

Peace Pizza Returns

Jan. 25. The Ecology Center, South County’s leading center for progressive farming and agricultural education, is hosting its first Peace Pizza pop-up of 2024. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to indulge in farm-fresh, sourdough, organic pizzas, available in both red and green varieties, complemented by the center’s signature Market Garden salads. It’s advised to arrive early to ensure a chance to enjoy these popular pies, as they are expected to sell out quickly. Thursday, 2- 6 p.m. 32701 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano.

Arts + Culture

Takacs Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin

Jan. 27. This world-renowned quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. They are the first string quartet ever to be inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and in their 48th year as an ensemble, they recently won their 4th Gramophone Classical Music Award for Chamber Music in 2021. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Amy Hanaiali’i – Palehua 25th Anniversary Tour

Jan. 26. Hawai’i’s top-selling female vocalist of all time, Amy Hanaiali’i is a major icon for Hawaiian culture, bringing the ancient language to the world with a blend of diverse musical styles. She is truly a force with six Grammy nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album, Best Regional Roots Album and 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”). Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine.

Photo credits: All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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