Orange County

Weekend roundup

March 3-6


Time For the Festival of The Whales

March 5-6. Dana Point Harbor is preparing for the height of whale watching season with the 51st Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebration. The weekend will be filled with events including the Welcoming of the Whales Ceremony, the iconic Festival of Whales Parade, whale watching excursions, a concert at Baby Beach, and the artistic creation of a colossal whale tale which will be constructed in real-time on the grass area at the entrance to the Harbor. For more information and to view the full list of events visit 34571 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, 949.496.6137.

Trivia at TRADE

March 5. Enjoy a special 2-hour brunch trivia event as Sunset Trivia’s host guides your team through fun and exciting rounds featuring questions ranging from music, movies, sports, TV, pop culture, and more. TRADE Marketplace is home to Orange County’s most buzz-worthy food concepts and retailers! Located in the heart of the Orange County Airport commercial district, TRADE’s venue boasts a curated lineup of hand-selected restaurateurs who offer a diversified flavor palate of global cuisines, as well as visionary wellness, healthcare, and retail concepts. 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. 2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine.

Orange County Restaurant Week Kicks Off

Starting March 6. Orange County’s largest celebration of restaurants returns! Kicking off Sunday, March 6th, and running through the 12th, OC Restaurant Week brings together countless dining destinations for epicureans to enjoy with special menus and offerings throughout the week. From datenights, to lunch specials, cocktail options and more, the posibilities are endless. Don’t miss out on your ultimate restaurant adventure. For the complete list of participating restaurants, and their accompanying menus and offerings, go to

Food + Drink

A Helping Hand at Mayfield

Available Now. San Juan Capistrano darling, Mayfield, once again reveals its charity cocktail of the month, this time with its sights set on Ukraine. In an effort to support World Central Kitchen, the bar team has created “A Moment To Help.” With Verde Mezcal, Pimms, Aperol, sugar, and citrus, this light, breezy sipper will send $1 from every cocktail sold to World Central Kitchen’s efforts aiding those in Ukraine. If you would like to learn more about WCK, or donate directly to their efforts, go to 31761 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.218.5140.

Ugo and Tony’s Pizza Launches

Available Now. With the explosion of home-delivery meal services, more and more chefs are finding ways to get their food infront of diners. Ugo & Tony’s Pizzeria – the brainchild of Orange County hospitality veterans – aims to enhance the at-home dining experience and food quality for residents with their offerings. While the menu just launched this week, and delivery capabilities are still growing, this is an exciting new venture for Orange County chefs. Delivery is currently only avilable on Grubhub, but more platforms will come online soon. To view the full menu, and for more information, go to

Ruby-Wednesdays Return

Available Now. Back for one month only, the infamous Reuben Sandwich returns to Fermentaiton Farm! The decadentaly delicious sandwich has a cult following, and is only enhanced by the ethereal flavors and products used by the team at Fermentation Farm. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of the best examples of what makes this one of Orange County’s best stops for flavor. 1125 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa, 949.650.0830.

Lola’s by MFK Finally Ready to Open

Opening Soon. The opening of Lola’s by MFK will be a triumph for Chef Henry Pineda, who nearly left the restaurant industry after a fire burned down his first location during the second shut down of the pandemic. The new space situated right next to Angel Stadium will showcase Pineda’s beloved Filipino cuisine. The restaurant will also deliver an orange County “first,” as they will be offering NFT opportunities to guests. More information, as well as official opening dates can be found via social media. Diners should keep their eyes glued to this new restaurant. 2410 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, 714.363.3335.

Arts + Culture

Miloš, Tribute to Segovia

March 3. Dubbed “the hottest guitarist in the world” by The Sunday Times, Miloš is reinvigorating the classical guitar repertoire with his passionate and intricately focused performances. Since graduating from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, Miloš has appeared to sold-out concert halls all over the world and was named by BBC Music Magazine as one of the six greatest classical guitarists of the last century. 3 p.m. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Photo credits: Fermentation Farm courtesy of Knife and Spork Public Relations. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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