Orange County

Weekend roundup

July 29-August 1


Los Angeles-based Kimera Band photo courtesy Bella Terra

Fiesta Friday at Bella Terra

July 30. Join Bella Terra for a fiesta-themed, family-friendly Friday night on the new lawn area. Enjoy the authentic Latin sound and rhythms of Kimera Band (pictured), kids crafts, face painting, balloon twisters, and a photo op with special guests Princess Elena and Coco. There will also be free churros from HB HOT by Four Sons, and chips and guac from Puesto. 5-8 p.m. Free admission; registration required for each child who will be making a craft at the event. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2533.

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Movie Series

July 30. Spend Friday nights under the stars while watching movie screenings at Orange County regional parks. The series continues with a screening of the dark fantasy drama Willow (1988) at Mason Regional Park. Additional park locations include Craig Regional Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. See website for movie lineup and locations. Event starts at 6 p.m., movie begins at sunset). Free admission and free parking after 6 p.m.; food and drink available for purchase.

"Love on the Run" (1936) film photo still courtesy Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

1930s Fly-In Drive-in Movie Experience

July 31. Polish up the Ford and join Art Deco Society of Los Angeles for a 1930s drive-in movie double feature experience in Tustin. Moviegoers will enjoy screenings of Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Love on the Run (1938). Come earlier for dinner at a chef-driven food court Messhall Market, and enjoy additional highlights such as an old fashioned photo booth and a drawing for Art Deco prizes. Vintage cars and attire are welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m. $25 at the door. 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, 310.659.3326.

Kid learning to snowboard at DIVERTsessions photo courtesy DIVERTsessions


July 31. Bring the family to the new 45,000-square-foot action sports and creative park DIVERTsessions for the first DIVERTGames at MainPlace Mall. There will be skate and snowboard competitions, live music with Cofresi (part DJ, park live drummer), giveaways, pro skater meet-and-greets with Trevor McClung and more. 4-8 p.m. Admission is free to spectators with a donation to the Divert the Youth program. 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.361.1534. | More Info

Food + Drink

Singapore's Le Shrimp Ramen in South Coast Plaza photo courtesy Le Shrimp Ramen USA

Le Shrimp Ramen at South Coast Plaza

Now Open. Come hungry to SoCal’s newest ramen concept from Singapore’s Paradise Group, located inside Collage at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza. Slurp up the Singaporean twist on the traditional Japanese noodle soup which fuses shrimp into the classic pork bone-based broth for a new style of ramen. The menu also includes an array of side dishes and appetizers, from chilled silken tofu in oyster sauce and braised tofu in tonkotsu broth to Long Jing tea lava egg and chilled cucumber. To celebrate its opening, Le Shrimp Ramen is offering buy one bowl, get the second bowl for 50% off from July 31 to August 15. 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa. More Info

Lighthouse Brunch at Balboa Bay Resort photo credit Baldemar Fierro

Lighthouse Sunday Brunch at Balboa Bay Resort

Now Available. Newport Beach’s premier waterfront property presents a weekly seafood Sunday brunch in its brand-new Lighthouse room that serves as a modern, indoor-outdoor gathering space under new executive chef Prabeen Prathapan. Look forward to a decadent buffet station serving items ranging from artisan cheeses and premium charcuterie to perfectly seared sea bass and grilled flat iron steak. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 per person, $45 children 14 and under. 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.645.5000.

True Food Kitchen's shrimp tacos on the summer menu 2021 photo courtesy True Food Kitchen

Summer Menu at True Food Kitchen

Now Available. Say hello to summer flavors with True Food Kitchen’s seasonal selections of new culinary dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and natural refreshers. New dishes include tuna lettuce cups, pan-seared sea bass, newly updated Good Earth kale cobb, grass-fed steak tacos and shrimp tacos (pictured). Through the summer, True Food Kitchen will also introduce these limited time features: peaches and burrata (July 28-Aug. 11) and crispy spicy tuna (Aug. 18-Sept. 8). Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.2400. | More Info

Arts + Culture

Los Angeles-based Cambodian and American band Dengue Fever photo credit Chean Long

Summer Sounds: Dengue Fever

July 30. Mark your calendar for a special performance by Los Angeles-based Cambodian and American band Dengue Fever on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Famous for their one-of-a-kind cross pollination of Khmer rock, garage rock, psychedelic rock, and British Invasion sound, Dengue Fever is set to electrify stage in the final Summer Sounds concert of 2021. All patrons must have a ticket and location is first come, first served. Concertgoers should plan to bring their own folding chairs as these will not be provided by the Center. 7 p.m. $15. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

"The Nice Man Cometh" photo courtesy Laguna Playhouse

The Nice Man Cometh

Through Aug. 1. Don’t miss the final weekend to watch Laguna Playhouse’s virtual production of The Nice Man Cometh, starring Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated L.A. Law actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker. In this contemporary adult romance, the story follows Claire (played by Eikenberry), a divorcee, and Frederick (played by Tucker), a widower, who have found each other on popular dating app Tinder. On view until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. $20 per device.

Tyler Marshall and Elizabeth Curtin in Chance Theater's "Edges" photo by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio


Through Aug. 8. Chance Theater presents Edges, the first live and in-person show since shutting its doors on March 13, 2020. Before they wrote Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Dogfight, and many other modern musical classics, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote a thrilling song cycle about four burgeoning adults asking classic coming-of-age questions about love, commitment, identity, and meaning. There will also be a post-show discussion after each performance. See website for showtimes. $39-$49. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.

Photo credits: Lighthouse Brunch by Baldemar Fierro. Dengue Fever by Chean Long. “Edges” by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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