Orange County

Weekend roundup

May 9-12


A Whale of a Mother’s Day

May 12. Embark on an ocean adventure and pamper mom with a delightful morning surrounded by marine wonders. Indulge in complimentary muffins onboard, specially baked to honor the special mothers in our lives. Refresh yourself with a variety of drinks available for purchase while enjoying the serene seascape. Sunday at 10 a.m. Secure your tickets now. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point.

Walking Tour

May 11. Explore the rich history of San Juan Capistrano with the Walking Tour, presented by the Historical Society. Starting from the train depot, the 45-minute tour includes visits to two 1790s adobes and the Victorian Pryor House, along with stories about local figures. It also features the Society’s collection of historic buildings and other notable homes in the Los Rios District. Every Saturday at 1 p.m. 26701 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano. More Information

10th Annual Mariachi Festival 

A Mother’s Day Celebration and Concert

May 11. Bring mom for a massive celebration at the Anaheim Marketplace. Enjoy free flowers for the first 100 moms, raffles, mommy makeovers, a kid’s zone with arts and crafts, mariachi and live music throughout will headline the day. Come and enjoy celebrating the most important women in your life. Saturday, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim.

Food + Drink + Mother’s Day

Express Lunch at BELLO Begins

Now Available. BELLO introduces “Express Lunch,” designed for diners seeking a quick yet luxurious multi-course meal. Available in two options, Classico for $35 and Riserva for $45, each offers three crafted courses such as cacio e pepe and pomodoro. Experience a swift and savory lunch at BELLO, perfect for those looking to enjoy fine dining within an hour. Hours vary. 1200 Bison Avenue ste. C2, Newport Beach.

Brunch with Mom at The Peel Craftbar & Kitchen

May 12. Celebrate Mom with a lavish prix-fixe Mother’s Day Brunch at The Peel Craftbar & Kitchen. The Peel offers an elevated brunch that begins with made-to-order omelet and waffle stations, complemented with a choice of signature entrees and delectable desserts. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Hotel Fera, 100 The City Drive, Orange.

Crafthouse Launches Lunch

Now Available. Responding to popular demand, Chef Blake Mellgren is excited to announce that Crafthouse is now open for lunch. Guests spending the day in Dana Point can now enjoy favorites like the Cuban sandwich, spicy tuna crispy rice, Smashburger and more at Crafthouse. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 34094 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point.

Margarita for Mom

May 12. In honor of Mother’s Day, Puesto is offering Margaritas for Mama with a complimentary Puesto Perfect mini margarita for all moms dining at any of its locations on Sunday. The Puesto Perfect mini margarita is a favorite – simple and balanced, featuring tequila reposado, freshly squeezed lime juice and a hint of agave nectar. Find Puesto’s menu, Orange County locations and reservation link online at

Descanso Offers Mother’s Day Brunch

May 12. This Mother’s Day, Descanso offers a multi-course lunch for $34, featuring flavors from Central Western Mexico. Begin with a cup of pozole, followed by entrees such as Francesa Toast and Salmon Avocado Tostadas. For dessert, enjoy the arroz con leche cheesecake, combining Mexican rice pudding, cheesecake, cinnamon, strawberries and caramel cajeta sauce for a sweet finish. Sunday, 11 a.m. 1555 Adams Ave #103, Costa Mesa.

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Arts + Culture

Art Workshop

May 11. This Mother’s Day weekend, join one of LAM’s professional teaching artists to create a non-figurative portrait inspired by artist Greg Colson’s Pie Chart portrait in their latest exhibit. What are the elements of the pie chart that best illustrate the subject of your portrait? Bring your ideas and create a one-of-a-kind work of art suitable for framing. Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Open Garden Day

May 11. Experience the charm of West Floral Park and Jack Fisher Park in North Santa Ana. This one-day community event invites you to explore a variety of gardens, offering tranquility and unique landscaping ideas. Enjoy garden tours, expert talks and demonstrations, alongside a display of vintage cars. A vendor-filled street offers unique garden treasures, complemented by an assortment of gourmet food trucks providing tasty treats. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wristbands can be picked up at 2302 North Westwood Ave., Santa Ana.

Photo credits: The Peel Craftbar and Kitchen courtesy of Moxxe PR. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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