Orange County

Weekend roundup

June 25-28


Concerts at the Camp

June 25. Swing by Costa Mesa’s eco-friendly retail campus for its new drive-in concert series every Thursday through July 30. Watch and listen from your vehicle and purchase takeout from several Camp restaurants. This evening is a special edition for the Class of 2020: Graduates who wear their cap and gown or show their student I.D. receive a 20% discount at participating retailers and restaurants; they include Blackmarket Bakery, East Borough, Folks, Native Foods, Umami Burger, Vitally Caffe, Seed People Market and Purre Boutique. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661.

Switchfoot Live Stream Concert

June 27. Join Grammy-winning rock band Switchfoot for its 16th annual BRO-AM live-stream digital concert in support of at-risk kids in San Diego and other communities across the nation. Other participating artists performing from their home towns include NeedToBreathe, Judah Akers from Judah and the Lion, Colony House and The New Respects. Can’t make it at 5 p.m.? The stream is accessible until June 30. See website for more info and to purchase tickets. 5 p.m. $10.99.

Welcome Back to the District

Reopened. The huge open-air lifestyle destination welcomes guests back with new health and safety protocols in place. Shop at retailers including TJ Maxx/HomeGoods and mother/daughter-run women’s boutique Jasper Plum. Dine in at restaurants such as the Winery, J.Zhou, RA Sushi, Lucille’s Smokehouse, BBQ Luna Rossa, the Yellow Chilli, Prego Mediterranean, Stowaway Tiki and Roba Noodle. Outdoor seating available in the Promenade, which also hosts socially distanced events such as free movie and music nights. 2437 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.9090.

Food + Drink

Summer at Descanso Restaurant

Now Available. The modern taqueria presents a dine-in summer menu featuring new dishes and margaritas. Offerings include short rib estofado, agave-glazed salmon, pollo-asado skillet, shrimp ceviche and ensalada de citricos. Pair your plate with a margarita in versions such as the Violeta, Paloma, Olvera Street, Mi Corazón and Strawberry Lemonade. M-Th 3-9 p.m., F 3-10:30 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

Al Fresco at Las Brisas

Reopened. Take in views of the Pacific while enjoying dishes from Las Brisas’ sea-to-table Mexican menu at the restaurant’s new outdoor Margarita Garden featuring socially distant tables on astroturf. The restaurant also offers a bar lounge, several dining room areas and a patio—all with ocean views. Su-Th 8 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 8 a.m.-11 p.m. 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.497.5434.

Knife Pleat To Go

Now Available. Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi of Knife Pleat now offer their sophisticated, contemporary French cuisine for takeout. A weekly three-course menu highlights Esnault’s focus on flavor and artistic execution; chef’s market items and a la carte items are also available for same-day pick-up. Takeout: Tu-Sa 11 a.m.-6 p.m. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.266.3388. | Takeout

Old Brea Chop House

Reopened. Downtown Brea’s newest steakhouse welcomes diners back with fine-tuned menus, takeout and dine-in protocols. In addition to dinner in the dining room, guests can enjoy the new lunch menu and “Lunch for Two” specials in the bar area. Happy hour is available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily except Saturday. Lunch: M-F noon-3 p.m.; Dinner: nightly at 5 p.m. 180 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.592.3122.

Sol Mexican Cocina

Reopened. Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, Sol Mexican Cocina offers its fresh, scratch-made fare for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch ($3 mimosas). Enjoy menu highlights this summer on the expansive patio and marina-view seats including the taco Vampiro, pork carnitas at dinner and the stellar Grand Clase Azul margarita. See website for hours. 251 Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.675.9800.

Arts + Culture

Avran Fine Art

Reopened. The Laguna Beach gallery opens for walk-ins to view all installations and new pieces. New arrivals include a laminated glass fan by Laszlo Lukasci, an acrylic painting by Judit Csotsits and an oil painting by Nina K. Not able to come to the gallery in person? View Avran’s entire inventory and purchase pieces directly from Artsy. Open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 540 S. Coast Hwy., Suites 104 and 106, Laguna Beach, 949.494.0900.

Live Painting Demos

Begins June 26. Watch artists from Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair create works in various media Fridays at the new Promenade on Forest through September 4. The more than 25 participating artists variously specialize in oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as jewelry making. See website for more info. 1-5 p.m.

Virtual Book Series

June 28. Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center presents its virtual Open Book Series featuring distinguished authors. Guest authors include Ivy Pochoda (Wonder Valley, Visitation Street and These Women), Rufi Thorpe (The Girls from Corona del Mar, Dear Fang, With Love and The Knockout Queen) and Ava Homa (Daughters of Smoke and Fire and Echoes from the Other Land), plus host of Lit Up! OC and writer Maddie Margarita. 1-2:30 p.m. Free; RSVP required. | Register

Virtual Family Festival

June 28. Tune in to Bowers Museum’s Facebook page on Sunday for a live stream of performances, art projects and a food experience. The festival program includes Bon Family and California All-Star Cloggers, Shan the Candyman, Franklin Haynes Marionettes, Pinocchio marionette, fingerprint doodles and a recipe from Candy Apples. 11 a.m. | Live Stream

Virtual John Williams Concert

Through July 14. Celebrate the treasured film music of John Williams in a 45-minute virtual concert for all ages performed by the Pacific Symphony. The program, “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies,” features music from Harry PotterStar Wars and Indiana Jones. See website to sign up to view the concert.

Photos from top: Courtesy The Camp/Facebook, Switchfoot, The District at Tustin Legacy, Descanso Restaurant, Las Brisas Laguna Beach, Knife Pleat, Old Brea Chop House, Sol Cocina, Avran Fine Art. The Promenade on Forest, Mary Hurlbut. Muzeo, Visit California/David Collier. Courtesy Bowers Museum, Pacific Symphony.

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