Orange County

Weekend roundup

June 17-20


Third Friday Summer Concert Series

June 18. Bella Terra’s Third Friday Summer Concert Series is back this summer and kicking things off with classic rock band Crimson Crowbar. Attendees can bring beach chairs and blankets to sit on the grass, or find a seat in the newly finished Green area (in front of Century Theaters) to enjoy the concert. If you get hungry, we recommend heading to the new HB Hot by Four Sons for its weekend special of chicken bits and any beer for $11. 6-9 p.m. Free. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2533.

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Movie Series

Begins June 18. Bring the family to enjoy movie screenings under the stars at regional parks on Friday nights. Kicking off the series is a screening of The NeverEnding Story (1984) at Craig Regional Park. Additional park locations include Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason 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.

The Original O.C. Swap Meet

June 19. Mark your calendar for the return of The Original O.C. Swap Meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center! Look forward to shopping in an outdoor setting with more than 100 participating small-business vendors to peruse, as well as a selection of food and beverages available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, $10 parking (credit card only). Located at Lot D (enter at Gate 2), 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.302.0355.

Rides and Attractions at Irvine Spectrum Center

Reopened. With summer in full-swing, Irvine Spectrum Center has officially reopened its fan-favorite Giant Wheel, Carousel, Spectrum Climber and other attractions. Grab a bite to eat at any of the restaurants and take a ride on your nostalgic childhood favorites. Plus, the kids can enjoy the Spectrum Climber near Target. See website to purchase tickets for the Giant Wheel and Carousel. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.790.4871.

Father’s Day

Brunch and Specials at Old Brea Chop House

Preorder by June 18 | Dine-in June 20. North O.C.’s premier steakhouse is celebrating dads with all-day brunch beginning at 10 a.m. and three specials available for dine-in or pre-order. The shareable specials include 24-ounce bison tomahawk (pictured), 24-ounce dry-aged prime rib and beef Wellington, each served with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. Pre-orders must be placed by Friday for pickup on Sunday, and limited dine-in reservations are available. See website to place your pre-order or book a reservation. 180 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.592.3122.

A Restaurant’s “A Classic Never Goes Out of Style”

June 20. Celebrate the special men in your life at A Restaurant with the inaugural “A Classic Never Goes Out of Style” Father’s Day event. Set in the restaurant’s spacious outdoor lot, guests are invited to sip on ice-cold beers and Westward Whiskey cocktails while perusing classic cars on display. Listen to classic tunes spinning on vinyl and stop by the cigar-rolling station to pick up a fresh, hand-rolled cigar. Book a reservation to indulge in a steak dinner following the event. 3-5 p.m. $25 at time of entry, cash preferred (cigars sold separately). 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505.

Brunch or Dinner at Bayside Restaurant

June 20. Treat Dad to two-course prix-fixe brunch or indulgent supper at Newport Beach’s harborside eatery. The prix-fixe brunch offerings include steak and eggs, a short rib hash and oven-roasted rack of lamb—along with free-flowing draught beer (Goose Island IPA, Stella Artois and a seasonal selection) or free-flowing Champagne. If beer and brunch isn’t Dad’s thing, Bayside’s Sunday Supper is a great option with the full menu available—including snow crab, oysters, filet mignon, blackened swordfish and more—along with its award-winning wine list and signature cocktails. Prix-fixe brunch: $55 per person. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222.

Food + Drink

Georgia’s Restaurant Celebrates Juneteenth

June 19. Commemorate Juneteenth at Georgia’s Restaurant in the Anaheim Packing House with Nana Gretchen’s fried chicken bucket ($19) featuring four legs, four thighs and two large soulful sides. Guests can also sip a celebratory signature mimosa, bloody mary, Hurricane or Peach Sangria (pictured is Hurricane), glass of wine, or ice-cold beer. And, for the perfect sweet Southern ending, enjoy desserts such as the peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, lemon cake or pound cake with a side of house-made a la mode upon request. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 209A, Anaheim, 714.906.1900.

SmörBurgers at Trade Marketplace

Now Open. Come hungry to the newest chef-driven and internationally-inspired eatery SmörBurgers at Trade Marketplace in Irvine. Officially soft-opened, this eclectic concept from Food Network’s “Chopped” champion chef Joe Youkhan highlights two fan-favorite comfort foods—burgers and fries—with fresh, globally-influenced ingredients such as Peruvian pork belly, spicy Italiano meats, deep-fried American mac ‘n’ cheese and more. This is chef Youkhan’s second location—the first opened in Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market last summer. Tu-Sa 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.210.7200.

Arts + Culture

Freedom in Full Bloom: A Juneteenth Celebration

June 19. In partnership with Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation, Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents its first ever Juneteenth celebration on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Enjoy an afternoon of interactive activities and artistic performances celebrating Black innovation and resilience in music, poetry (pictured is poet Bridgette Bianca), visual art, and gardening. Masks must be worn upon check-in and until you arrive at your assigned “pod” (viewing area). Each pod will be separated by at least 6 feet from neighboring ones. 3 p.m. Pods start at $10. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


June 20-July 18. Next up in Chance Theater’s 23rd anniversary season is the O.C. premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat. Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, this acclaimed play tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay true to themselves and each other. See website for showtimes and tickets. Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Reopened. The wait is finally over! Anaheim’s Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center welcomes visitors back to explore its two brand-new exhibitions that will be on view through August 11. The new exhibits are For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights and Faces of Mankind: Portraiture for Social Change. Note: The Historic Carnegie Galleries will reopen in early July. Face masks are required indoors (for now) to protect those who are not vaccinated. W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.765.6450.

Photo credits: Georgia’s by Anne Watson Photography. SmörBurgers courtesy Ajenda PR. Bridgette Bianca courtesy Bridgette Bianca. Muzeo courtesy Visit California/David Collier. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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