Orange County

Weekend roundup

March 12-15


(CANCELLED) Festival of Whales

March 14-15. Celebrate the annual spring migration of gray whales at Dana Point Harbor’s 49th annual Festival of Whales. Activities include a parade, concerts, car shows, whale watching, Rubber Ducky Derby and Diamond Dig. See website for full schedule of events. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, 949.496.1045.

Golden Years Vintage Market

March 14. Find vintage clothing, record accessories and more at this event featuring shops from all over L.A., Long Beach and Orange County. Grab your friends to snap a few pictures from the photo booth and enjoy tunes by DJ Telegram Sam. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana, 702.596.3874.

St. Paddy’s Day

Irish Fest at Old World 

March 14-15. Cheers to the annual Irish Fest with a 21+ party on Friday night with Irish beer, German beer and green cocktails. On Saturday, bring the family to watch wiener dog races, listen to Irish music, play carnival games, and enjoy traditional Irish and German fare (including corned beef and cabbage, bratwursts and Irish stew). F 7 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sa 2-6 p.m. Friday: $10 GA, $20 VIP; Saturday: $10 adults, $5 children ages 4-12. Old World Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave., #49, Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.

(CANCELLED) Shamrock ‘n’ Roll

March 14. Celebrate the revelry of Ireland aboard the Queen Mary! This event features four rockin’ bands: Yachtley Crew, Hoist the Colors, the Untouchables, and Dirty Old Town – A Sincere Tribute to The Pogues. Between all the electric music, partygoers can grab pints and Irish fare at the multiple bars stationed throughout the ship’s historic salons. Use promo code PULSE for $10 off on pre-sale tickets—available through March 14 at 3 p.m. Ages 21+. 7 p.m.-midnight. $30 presale or $20 with promo code, $35 at the door. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.600.4313.

Paul Martin’s

March 15-17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Paul Martin’s with a two-course prix fixe meal. Start with a seasonal salad and then enjoy slow braised corned beef served with traditional carrots, cabbage and red potatoes for an Irish feast. Available for a limited time only for $25. Irvine Spectrum Center, 34 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.453.1144.

Food + Drink

OC Restaurant Week

Through March 14. Eat. Drink. Repeat. One hundred and fifty of Orange County’s favorite restaurants dish up delicious prix fixe menus at fantastic prices. Focuses this year include cocktails, and breakfast for dinner; new guides are divided into categories such as family-friendly dining, date night and ladies’ night. Lunch $10-$25, dinner $20-$50.

Pi Day at Pop Pie Co.

March 14. Pie enthusiasts and mathematicians alike can celebrate National Pi Day at the San Diego-based artisanal bakery in Costa Mesa. The menu includes The Dirty Flattop Cheeseburger Pie (collaboration with The Friendly), BBQ Pork Daddy Mac Pie (collaboration with Grand Ole BBQ y Asado), Green Curry Chicken Pie (Chef Gan’s personal recipe) and BBQ Jackfruit Mac & Cheese Pie (collaboration with Spoiled Vegans). The first 50 guests in line at 8 a.m. receive a free special hand pie exclusive to the Pi Day and the first 30 guests get free merch. Specials available until they run out. Begins at 8 a.m. 270 E. 17th St., Suite #17, Costa Mesa.

Arts + Culture

A Bronx Tale

Now Playing. Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri teams up with directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater to create this streetwise musical. Based on Palminteri’s true life story, this Broadway show takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Through March 22. See website for showtimes. $26+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Outside Mullingar

Now Playing. On view through March 29 is a “softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections” (The New York Times) by the author of Moonstruck and Doubt. Near Killucan, Ireland, Tony Reilly schemes to sell the family farm and disinherit his son, Anthony. Standing in his way is a small plot of land belonging to the neighbor, Rosemary—and her long-simmering grudge. See website for showtimes and prices. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa,

Coach Originals Pop-Up

Through Mar. 15. View and shop the Coach Originals interactive pop-up at South Coast Plaza. Located on Level 1 in Jewel Court, discover how Coach has re-envisioned its signature handbags from the 20th century for 2020. The collection features three types of bags: remade, remixed and restored—all can be purchased at the Coach boutique. Featuring live artist customization, limited edition, vintage-inspired patches and pins to personalize your bag. Hot stamping and limited-edition retro-inspired patches and pins are also available. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.

Exhibition of Pacific Rim Artists

Through Mar. 15 Orange County Museum of Art’s third season is coming to a close at OCMAExpands-Santa Ana. View six exhibitions, as well as a seventh show featuring objects from the museum’s collection, that consider the complexities of our relationship to the natural world. Th 11 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2130.

Note: All event listings included in this roundup were confirmed accurate as of press date. Due to current environmental concerns, the editors suggest readers check for schedule changes which may have recently occurred.

Photos: Festival of Whales, Christina de la Fuente. Golden Years Vintage Market photo courtesy Golden Years Vintage Market. Irish Fest courtesy Old World Huntington Beach. Paul Martin’s courtesy Irvine Company. Mozambique courtesy OC Restaurant Week. Pop Pie Co. courtesy Haley Hill. A Bronx Tale, Joan Marcus. “Outside Mullingar” logo courtesy South Coast Repertory. Coach Originals Pop-Up courtesy South Coast Plaza. Coral Island art piece by Mulyana. 

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