Orange County

Weekend roundup

June 24-27


Aloha Friday at Bella Terra

June 25. What better way to start your weekend than with a Hawaiian-themed family-friendly Friday night at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. Located on the new lawn area in front of Century Theaters, the event will feature sweet island sounds of master ukulele player and singer Palika; lei making crafts for the kids; face painting; a photo op with special guest Moana; and free authentic Hawaiian shave ice from Hoale Boys Shave Ice. To RSVP for lei making, see website for link. 5-8 p.m. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2533.

Harbor’s Summer Sidewalk Sale

June 25-26. Kick-off the summer season with the Dana Point Harbor’s Summer Sidewalk Sale this weekend. Each day, select Harbor shops and restaurants will offer special sales and giveaways for visitors, as well as live music from Olivia Ooms and Zach Churchill to entertain guests as they shop. Participating retailers include Killer Dana Surf Shop offering 30-75% off select items and Bella Bazaar will offer sales on their coastal inspired gifts. Local surf enthusiasts can stop by Woody Hut to shop and receive a free gift with their purchase. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point.

Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Upstream Music

June 25. Grab your tickets to watch SoCal’s premier live reggae, soca and Caribbean band perform at Segerstrom’s Summer Sounds on the Plaza. The five-man multi-talented lineup has been spreading their message of love and positivity through their exhilarating music, namely, Caribbean, reggae, calypso, soca (a fusion of American soul music and traditional calypso) and steel drum. Masks must be worn by all guests upon check-in and until they arrive to their assigned viewing area (or “pod”). 7 p.m. Pods start at $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Comedian Maria Bamford

June 26. Have a laugh with comedian Maria Bamford at Segerstrom Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. For those who don’t know Bamford, she is revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness and starred in the surreal, semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite. Masks must be worn by all guests upon check-in and until they arrive to their assigned viewing area (or “pod”). 7:30 p.m. Pods start at $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Food + Drink

Puesto at Westin Anaheim Resort

Opens June 25. Anaheim … get ready! Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar is opening its fourth O.C. location at the Westin Anaheim Resort this Friday. Set to open daily for lunch and dinner, the new 7,000-square-foot restaurant, known for its award-winning tacos wrapped in crispy melted cheese, will not only serve the Anaheim community its well-loved elevated tacos (which you can mix and match), but also line-caught fresh ceviches and enchiladas. Unique to this location is a first-of-its-kind “mosaic” projection, created by designer Paul Basile of BASILE Studio, along an entire wall and octagonal booths. 1040 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.294.0362.

Afternoon Tea at Knife Pleat

Returns June 26. The elegant French eatery helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi is resuming its popular afternoon tea series starting this Saturday. Available on the last Saturday of every month, enjoy fresh scones, delicious tea sandwiches, handmade desserts and a selection of expertly selected teas. If you’re looking to truly elevate the experience, add a caviar course and a glass (or two) of bubbly. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $85 per person. 3333 Bristol St., Suite 3001, Costa Mesa, 714.266.3388.

The District Lounge in Old Towne Orange

Upcoming | Reopens June 28. At the beginning of next week, The District Lounge in historic Old Town Orange is reopening its doors for locals once again—with a few new additions. Guests will enjoy their favorite brews poured on tap verses by can or bottle, and there’s a new 10-tap draught system that offers guests the choice of 16-ounce pints or 32-ounce jugs. The beer list will include domestic mainstays as well as rotating craft handles, including hosted taps for local craft breweries. In addition, the reopening also celebrates an entirely new food menu. 223 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 713.639.7777.

Arts + Culture

Gatsby Redux

June 24. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton presents Gatsby Redux, a reimagining of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby into a fully immersive site-specific experience by choreographer Janet Roston and Mixed eMotion Theatrix. The performance will be in person and take place all of the Muck’s grounds. 7 p.m. $30 non-members, $20 students and seniors, $15 members. 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.

Trio Barclay

June 27. Calling all classical music fans! Don’t miss a special live performance by Trio Barclay at Irvine Barclay Theatre. Comprised of violinist Dennis Kim (pictured), cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Sean Kennard, Trio Barclay is an ensemble of big musical personalities who have joined together to create a dynamic and exciting musical experience for themselves and for audiences. 5 p.m. $15-$75. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Suppressed Desires

Through June 30. Celebrate Laguna Playhouse’s 100 years of theatre with a Zoom reading of Suppressed Desires, the first full play ever produced by Laguna Playhouse in October 1920. This one-act play stars husband-and-wife duo French Stewart (pictured) and Vanessa Claire Stewart as the married characters Stephen and Henrietta Brewster, along with Jennifer Shelton as Mabel. In this comedic satire of psychoanalysis, the story follows a woman addicted to therapy learns that a little self-delusion may not be a bad thing. $20.

Photo credits: Puesto by Anne Watson. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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