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Weekend roundup

October 21-24


Newport Beach Film Festival photo courtesy Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

Oct. 21-28. Lights, camera, action! The annual Newport Beach Film Festival is back for its 22nd year with the return of in-person happenings. The week-long festival will showcase more than 350 feature films and shorts from 50 countries across multiple genres; plus nightly special events, world premieres, awards contenders, red carpet galas and compelling conversations with filmmakers. The closing night will feature the West Coast premiere of War on the Diamond. See website for prices and venues.

RTE's skewer sampler at Rodeo 39 Public Market photo courtesy FWD PR

Rodeo 39 Public Market’s One-Year Anniversary

Oct. 23. Cheers to the bustling food hall’s one-year anniversary! This Saturday, Rodeo 39 will be celebrating its birthday with day-long festivities such as live entertainment, food giveaways, and dining and shopping deals. Guests can make stops at Dot & Dough for small batch doughnuts, R.T.E for skewers (pictured), Bearded Tang Brewery for craft beers, Kra Z Kai for Laotian barbecue, Skin Design Tattoo for tattoos, ZeroUV for eyewear and more. Festivities at 11 a.m., live entertainment at noon. Visit the link for full list of promotions. 12885 Beach Blvd., Stanton. More Info

ScotoberFest photo courtesy Orange County Soccer Club


Oct. 23. Experience Scotland without having to leave O.C. at Orange County Soccer Club and Scottish Fest’s ScotoberFest. Taking place at the Championship Soccer Stadium, the family-friendly event will feature authentic Scottish food, vendors, traditional music and performances, whiskey tastings, and more. In the evening, attendees can stick around and watch the soccer match between Orange County SC and Las Vegas Lights FC. Every entry ticket includes free admission into the match. Event begins at 11 a.m., match begins at 7 p.m. $15 GA with extra $40 for whiskey tasting or $25 for gin tasting. 8272 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, 949.293.7781.

Food + Drink

People sitting around a table at Oktoberfest in Old World Huntington Beach photo courtesy Old World Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest at Old World Huntington Beach

Through Oct. 31. While Germany isn’t able to celebrate Oktoberfest this year, Biergarten at Old World in Huntington Beach is! Fans of this annual festival can once again enjoy authentic German food, imported German beers, German bands, and other German-inspired festivities and competitions through the month. On Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, bring the kiddos for free family nights, while Fridays and Saturdays are for ages 21+ only. See website for schedule and pricing. W-Th 5-10 p.m.; F-Sa 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Su 1-7 p.m. 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.

Burnt Crumbs' peaches and cream soufflé pancakes photo credit Ron De Angelis

Peaches and Cream Soufflé Pancakes at Burnt Crumbs in Irvine

Through Oct. 31. Calling all brunchgoers! Award-winning chef Paul Cao is shaking things up during weekend brunch at Burnt Crumbs in Irvine with a seasonal new flavor of his fan-favorite Japanese soufflé pancakes … peaches and cream! Dive into this stack of made-to-order jiggly (and fluffy) soufflé pancakes, served with butter-glazed fresh peaches, peach whip, and double-peach ice cream from local ice cream shop Han’s Homemade. Sa-Su 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Los Olivos Marketplace, 8549 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.502.5998.

Spooky cocktails at Tanner's and Treehouse Lounge photo courtesy Paséa Hotel & Spa

Spooky Cocktails at Paséa Hotel & Spa

Through Oct. 31. Trick or treat yo’ self to some spooky Halloween cocktails at Tanner’s and Treehouse Lounge, located inside Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. Available all month long, guests can sip on festive cocktails such as the MC Magic (smoked and poured table-side), The Gravedigger (espresso and vodka-based), Unicorn Blood (brandy-based, topped with rock candy), El Diablo (garnished with Thai chilis) and The Transfusion (bloody mary mix served in a sealed pouch). 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130.

Arts + Culture

Virtuoso violinist Kishi Bashi photo courtesy Musco Center for the Arts

Kishi Bashi in Concert at Musco Center

Oct. 23. Watch internationally revered violinist, singer-songwriter and artist activist Kishi Bashi take center stage at Musco Center for the Arts. The highly anticipated in-person concert will feature Kishi accompanied by a string trio, electric banjo player Mike “Tall Tall Trees” Savino, and a 18-piece side-by-side string ensemble comprised of professional musicians and Chapman string students. They will perform music from Kishi’s upcoming Emigrant EP as well as his 2019 album, Omoiyari. 7:30 p.m. $38-$63. 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 714.997.6812.

Dante Alexander and Julanne Chidi Hill in the OC premiere of Dael Orlandersmith's play, "Yellowman" at Chance Theater at Bette Aitken theater arts Center in Anaheim photo courtesy Chance Theater

Yellowman at Chance Theater

Through Oct. 24. Don’t miss the last weekend Dael Orlandersmith’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist Yellowman at Chance Theater in Anaheim. This play is an exquisite and provocative exploration of the challenges of overcoming racism, class, biases, and prejudices inherited both from community and family. Note: This show contains mature language and themes. See website for showtimes. $39-$49. 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212.

Artwork for "Sh-Boom – Life Could Be a Dream" at Laguna Playhouse photo courtesy Laguna Playhouse

Sh-Boom: Life Could Be a Dream at Laguna Playhouse

Through Oct. 31. Laguna Playhouse welcomes back theatergoers to watch the jukebox musical Sh-Boom: Life Could Be a Dream in personThe story follows a fledgling doo-wop singing group, Denny and the Dreamers, who are preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest in hopes of making it to the big time—but then trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. See website for showtimes and tickets. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

Photo credits: Rodeo 39 Public Market courtesy FWD PR. Burnt Crumbs by Ron De Angelis. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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