Orange County

Weekend roundup

March 10-13


The Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

March 12. Famed trainer Chris Perondi and his cast of rescue dogs entertain audiences of all ages with high-energy excitement from beginning to end. During the Stunt Dog Experience, you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs.The dogs have been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 2 and 7 p.m.   Sat at 2pm & 7pm. 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine. 949.854.4646

Swallows Day Parade

March 12. The 62nd Annual Swallows Day Parade returns to beautiful San Juan Capistrano. Presented by San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, it is one of the nation’s largest non-motorized parades and a spectacular event that you will want to attend. Celebrate the return of the swallows at this historic, family-friendly event. Most street closures will occur fairly early, so do plan ahead for parking, and be sure to take advantage of the shuttle service, or arrive via train, and settle into a truly beautiful experience and celebration. 949.615.1920

Food + Drink

Celebrate Pi Day with Pop Pie Co.

March 14. The only way to celebrate “Pi Day” is of course to spend it with those who know pies better than most – Pop Pie Co. To mark the occasion, they are offering 3 extremely limited pies, available from the open of business at 11 a.m until sold out. The Dirty Flattop Burger pie, in collaboration with The Friendly in San Diego, The Smoked Pulled Pork & Mac and Cheese pie, in collaboration with Heritage Barbecue, and the Aussie Impossible Meat pie – all astoundingly delicious collaborations. 270 E. 17th Street, Suite 17, Costa Mesa, 949.524.3015.

Lunita’s Pizza Finds a Home

Starting March 16. Orange County pizza darling – and potentially best-kept secret – has finally found a true home. Lunita’s Pizza will move into the takeout section of El Maguey Mexican Restaurant (which is wonderful in its own right) and run its slot reservation-based business from there. It is still limited quantity, and cash-only, so plan ahead for orders. Guests have the ability to grab and-go or enjoy on the patio, albeit with a drink minimum per guest. Pies are available from Tuesday to Friday. 31481 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.350.4670.

Celebrate Holi & Nowruz with limited-time Desi dishes at Khan Saab

Coming Soon. To kick off the new season, Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen will be offering a limited-time menu in celebration of the Indian holiday Holi. Holi, or the Festival of Colors, showcases the beginning of Spring and in honor of the holiday, Khan Saab has prepared a special menu of colorful Indian dishes such as Poriyal, Hara Bara Kabobs, and more. For Nowruz, Khan Saab will be offering an exclusive menu to celebrate Persian New Year with dishes from Chapli Kabobs to Indian Aubergine, and more. 229 E Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton. 714.853.1081.

Dream Team Pop-up

March 10. Don’t miss your chance to experience some of Orange County’s best come together for a one-night-only pop-up event. Renowned providers of all things tasty – Heritage Barbecue, and Burritos La Palma – join forces at one of Santa Ana’s best watering holes, Vacation Bar, to provide guests with a truly unique dining experience. For one night only, get your fill of brisket tacos and pizzas, while imbibing the night away. Arrive early to make sure when you leave, you leave full, and happy. Vacation Bar opens at 5 p.m. 204 W 4th St., Santa Ana, 657.266.0855.

Philly’s Best Celebrates in a Big Way

Enter Now. Home to California’s most authentic Philly Cheesesteak, Philly’s Best is celebrating 30 years of business with a massive social media giveaway campaign. Philly’s Best invites admirers of all things meaty and cheesy to visit the brand’s Instagram page(@eatphillysbest) throughout March for instructions on how to win one of many gift cards up for grabs. In all, Philly’s Best will spread the brotherly love to 30 lucky fans, plus one grand prize winner will be randomly selected on March 24, which is National Cheesesteak Day, to receive free cheesesteaks for a year. For locations, ordering, menus, and more go to

Arts + Culture

Stacey Kent Live

March 10. Stacey Kent is a Grammy-nominated jazz singer whose gorgeously delicate mezzo-soprano voice conjures sublime textures and dreamy romanticism. With a catalogue of 12 studio albums -her most recent, Songs From Other Places, which has received critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad. Whether singing French chansons or the Great American Songbook, Kent’s interpretations of the timeless songs of love, nostalgia and intoxicating joie de vivre have won her a legion of fans worldwide. 8 p.m. 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine. 949.854.4646

Photo credits: Stacey Kent credit to Diane Sagnier. Khan Saab credit to Ajenda Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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