Orange County

Weekend roundup

March 18-21


City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In O.C. Concerts

March 19-20. Calling all concertgoers! There’s not one, but two drive-in concerts you can nab tickets for that are taking place at City National Grove! On Friday, you can watch Desert Hearts’ four-member crew perform, or L.A.-based producer/DJ Whethan (pictured) with special guest Syence on Saturday. Spaces are limited. Gates open at 5 p.m., shows begin at 6 p.m. See website for ticket prices. One ticket per vehicle with a maximum of five passengers per vehicle. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

Easter Bunny Photos at Bella Terra

March 20-21. Planning on sending out a holiday card this Easter? Hop on over to The Green for socially distanced photo ops with the Easter Bunny. While waiting in line, adults and children ages two and above must wear a mask, but may remove masks for photos and then put them back on. Appointments recommended but not required. See website to book a time slot and for more info. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $20 per appointment, $25-$65 for specific packages. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2533.

Virtual “Wildflower Week”

Upcoming | March 22-26. Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) invites nature lovers to experience native wildflowers on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks this spring with a virtual “Wildflower Week.” Throughout the week, IRC will share fun facts about the beautiful blooms found throughout Orange County, wildflower restoration efforts on the landmarks and information about the Conservancy’s 14-acre Native Seed Farm. Join the virtual from your home by “liking” the Landmarks’ Facebook page, following on Twitter and following on Instagram.

Food + Drink

Persian New Year Menu at Khan Saab

March 19-22. Ring in the Persian New Year (Nowruz) with delicious, critically-acclaimed Desi cuisine at Downtown Fullerton’s Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen. Indulge in a selection of exclusive Nowruz dishes such as Mantu (Afghan dumpling stuffed with Australian wagyu beef, topped with sweetened-spiced yogurt), Chapli Kabob (minced lamb, eggs, fried tomato, Khan spice rub), Aubergine (Indian eggplant, spiced tomato, hung yogurt) and The Dance of Kabuli Pulao (New Zealand lamb shank, cardamom pods, caramelized carrots, raisins). Su-Th 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.; F-Sa 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-11 p.m. 229 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 714.853.1081.

Margarita Crawl

Begins March 21. Sip sip, hooray! SoCal’s inaugural Margarita Crawl begins this Sunday (ends on March 27) in Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego. Presented by Tequila Herradura, the weeklong event serves to celebrate the margarita, considered to be the most popular cocktail in America. Diners have the opportunity to search the list of participating restaurants by name and city on website. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

Not Not Tacos in Costa Mesa

Now Open. San Diego-based hospitality group Grain & Grit Collective and TV personality/cookbook author Sam “the Cooking Guy” Zien invite hungry patrons to their newest Not Not Tacos location in Costa Mesa. Unlike the original location, the Costa Mesa spot is available for pickup and delivery only, and features menu items such as the Smokey Pork + Mac, Korean short rib, Sam’s cheeseburger and more. Th-Su 4-8 p.m. (hours subject to change), with plans to be fully open 7 days a week. 2701 Harbor Blvd., Suite E6, Costa Mesa, 949.375.9285.

Bosscat Kitchen in Old Towne Orange

Now Open. In case you missed the news, O.C. restaurateurs and owners of Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, Leslie Nguyen and John Reed, have opened their third location on the corner of Chapman Avenue and Olive Street in Old Towne Orange! Situated in the previous Rod’s Liquor 5,000-square-foot space, Bosscat’s design pays homage to the history of the 100-yea-old building it sits in while still having a modern touch. This spot will also offer its popular weekend brunch. M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-11 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-10 p.m. 118 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.716.1599.

Arts + Culture

Joey Sellers Quartet Livestream

March 20. Sit back, relax and enjoy a special Irvine Barclay Theatre livestream concert featuring highly regarded composer, arranger, trombonist and educator Joey Sellers with this quartet. The members of his quartet are saxophonist Jerry Pinter, pianist Adam Bravo, bassist Ernie Nunez and drummer Dean Koba. This performance will feature original music and unique arrangements of the Great American Songbook. 4 p.m. Free with RSVP.

Bowers Museum

Reopened. With restrictions lifted for indoor operations, Bowers Museum invites locals and Disney fans back to its space—with enhanced health and safety precautions—to explore the current exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic. View more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes and props that tell the story of the archives, the company and Walt Disney himself. This exhibit is on view through June 20. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for tickets. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.

South Coast Plaza’s Springtime Garden

Now Open. Celebrate the first day of spring at South Coast Plaza’s annual springtime garden and gazebos in Carousel Court and in the Crate and Barrel/Macy’s Home Store wing—open through April 15. While this year’s garden won’t feature the Easter Bunny and springtime crafts, they will return next year! 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.

Photo credits: Whethan courtesy Whethan. Wildflowers courtesy The ACE Agency. Margarita Crawl courtesy Moxxe PR. Not Not Tacos courtesy Grain & Grit Collective. Replica of Walt Disney’s Office, Saving Mr. Banks (2013) (Walt Disney Productions),Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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