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Weekend roundup

July 27-30


Milpa Music Festival

July 29-30. The Ecology Center hosts the second annual Milpa Music Festival, featuring 13 musical acts that are committed and passionate about the environment, sustainable agriculture, and food security. This is an all-ages event, with something for everyone. Saturday, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found here. 2701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano.

Barbie Truck Tour

July 29-30. The 2023 West Coast Barbie Truck Dreamhouse Living Tour is kicking off in SoCal. The newly redesigned Barbie Dreamhouse truck will offer an array of brand-new apparel, along with home goods and accessories inspired by a day in life of Barbie. Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Irvine Spectrum Center, and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Fashion Island. Additional information can be found at

Tijuana Dogs Live In The Park

July 30. It is time to party this Sunday with the Tijuana Dogs. Bring the whole family out for this stellar performance to wind down the weekend as this high-energy, muli-faced rock/dance/party local band takes the stage. Free to attend. 5:30 pm. – 7:30 p.m. Grand Park & Amphitheater, 6101 City Lights Dr, Aliso Viejo.

Food + Drink

New Summer Menu Has Arrived

Now Available. Summer is in full swing as Trevor’s at the Tracks shift into high gear with a new summer menu featuring an array of new dishes inspired by the restaurant’s ethos of “locally acquired – globally inspired.” With a menu designed to transport guests around the world, now is the time to come to Trevor’s. 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano.

Campesino Café Opens

Now Open. The Ecology Center, a 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm and education center, is pleased to welcome a zero-waste, closed-loop food and beverage model, with Campesino Café. Open daily, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for coffee and pastries, and open for breakfast and lunch service Wednesdays through Sundays. 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano.

Palmilla Welcomes Guests

July 27. Palmilla Newport Beach is SoCal’s new, elevated Sonoran- and Baja-inspired culinary destination that transports locals and visitors to the coasts of Cabo San Lucas. ​Under the culinary direction of Chef Ray Alvarez, Palmilla will offer vibrant Mexican dishes and vibrant bar program in a stunning space. Hours vary. 3110 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach.

Last Week for Fermentation Farm’s Special Taco

Through July. Only a few more days left to enjoy this July special from Fermentation Farm. Pasture-raised pork belly, avocado, tangy fermented salsa verde, and their signature house kraut. All of these clean ingredients are wrapped in their renowned, handmade organic nixtamalized corn tortilla. Monday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 1125 Victoria St., Suite R, Costa Mesa.

New Seasonal Pizza at Gibroni's

Gibroni’s Beer Release Party

July 28. Detroit-style pizza kings – Gibbon’s Pizza are launching their own beer with a big party. Featuring live music, a one-day-only pizza collaboration with Chef Gabe, and their first ever beer release with Delahunt Brewery and Beer Savage: Sauce On Top. Friday, 5 p.m. – 9 pm. 215 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente.

Arts + Culture

LAM Game Night

July 29. Laguna Art Museum is having a game night and you are invited for a fun-filled evening with games, music and refreshments. From classic board games to oversized games, this event has something for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. Saturday, 6 p.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Art Workshops

Wine and Painting

July 28. Uncork your creativity at the Festival of Arts, as this series provides the perfect combination of artistic expression and relaxation, making it an ideal way to spend an evening with friends, family, or even on your own. With a glass of your wine in hand, their experienced instructor Nikita Young will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful work of art. $80 pp. Friday, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Photo credits: Barbie Truck Tour courtesy of FWD Public Relations. Trevor’s at the Tracks courtesy of Wales Communications. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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