Orange County

Weekend roundup

November 17-20


Tree Lighting Celebration

Nov. 19. Kick off the holiday season with a stunning tree lighting ceremony at the Outlets at San Clemente at the 8th Annual Tree Lighting Concert. The will be headlined by the Good Newz Girls and include performances by FUTUREPOP and OCSA – Montage. The event will be hosted by American Idol’s JRAND. Saturday at 5 p.m. 101 W. Vista Avenida Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.

Music and Indulgence at The Camp

Nov. 20. You can treat yourself to live music, a massage therapist, getting your fortune read, various workshops, and more – oh, and the best part is that it’s all free. There will also be a live speaking discussion on environmental topics from Eco Now. Vitaly Cafe will also have 100 free meals on hand. Enjoy a wonderful and thankful day of indulgence. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

Hydra-Facial Event at Joanna Young Skin

Nov. 18. Enter this holiday season refreshed and rejuvenated with this special Hydrafacial event. Make an appointment to enjoy a $50 express Hydrafacial, and also enjoy meeting skin professionals for skin analysis, explore a wide selection of boosters, getting a personalized treatment recommendation, and more. Limited availability. Friday, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 833 Dover Dr. Suite 15, Newport Beach, 949.258.7711.

Food + Drink

Spirits Pairing Dinner

Nov. 17. Join the team at Porch and Swing for their first mixed spirits pairing dinner. Chef Alan Sanzis preparing a 5-course dinner to pair perfectly with five rum and whiskey pairings from Ron Izalco Rums and Ry3 Whiskies. This is an extremely limited and ticketed event. Welcome cocktails are at 6 p.m. Thursday at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. 2010 Main Street, Irvine, 888.573.4407.

Bistango Celebrates 35 Years

Nov. 17-20. A testament to founder John Ghoukassian’s visionary thinking in the late 1980s, Bistango has survived and thrived in a business landscape that is anything but easy. They celebrate 35 years this week and raise a glass in celebration with a community that has helped support one of the best family businesses in Orange County. 19100 Von Karmen Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222.

Toast of the Coast Wine Festival

Pop-up Wine Tasting

Nov. 17. West of France, and just north of LA is a land of magic called Santa Barabara Wine Country. See why many of the world’s top wine media outlets have named this one of the best wine regions in the world. There will be a pop-up at Laguna Beach for a wine tasting featuring some of the region’s best. Tickets can be purchased here. Thursday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Laguna Beach Wine Gallery, 1833 S Coast Hwy., Ste 110, Laguna Beach, 949.715.8744.

The Blind Pig Unveils New Menus

Now Available. Critically-acclaimed new-American restaurant The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar has debuted a new seasonal Fall/Winter menu at its Rancho Santa Margarita location, utilizing fresh ingredients at peak ripeness, including apples, cranberries, pepitas, and more. Come see for yourself what makes this charming spot on the water one of the area’s most beloved destinations. 31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.888.0072.

Arts + Culture

At the Movies: Grace Kelly with Strings

Nov. 18. Grace Kelly delighted Barclay audiences with her sold-out quintet concert in 2018. She returns with a 15-piece ensemble and the World Premiere of her new project, “At the Movies.” This first-ever concert features reimagined versions of Grace’s favorite movie music, including songs by legendary film composers and contemporary artists like Billie Eilish. Friday at 8 p.m. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Everywhere Beer Co. Grand Opening

Paint-ish Party with Craft and Arts

Nov. 17. Come create your own unique masterpiece directly in the brewhouse of Orange County’s hottest new brewhouses – Everywhere Beer. A ticket includes one craft beer, all the materials you could need, crazy-fun instruction, and an environment for creative awesomeness. Tickets can be purchased here. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 1501 W. Orangewood Ave., Orange.

Photo credits: The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar courtesy of Ajenda Public Relations. Bistango courtesy of Shout Public Relations. Everywhere Beer courtesy of The Best Ceats. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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