Orange County

Weekend roundup

April 18-21

Wet your whistle with new cocktails at Craft House in Dana Point.

New cocktail menus on the coast, Easter festivities and Shen Yun at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts…. Check out the top Orange County weekend events for April 18-21.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Angels-5K-and-1-Mile-Fun-Run-photo-courtesy-Los-Angeles-AngelsAngels 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
April 20.
Don’t miss out on the ninth annual Angels Baseball Foundation races at Angel Stadium. Race activities include running through foam bubbles for part of the course, 30 health and fitness vendors at the health expo and kid-zone activities before and after the race. The first 5,000 registered runners receive a commemorative race shirt, medal and two ticket vouchers redeemable online to one of six Angels games (see website for dates). Register online. 5K at 8 a.m., Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. $45 5K, $30 Fun Run. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.


Princess-Tea-&-Story-Time-photo-courtesy-of-Pelican-HillPrincess Tea and Story Time
April 20.
The Resort at Pelican Hill presents a magical afternoon tea in the Great Room Social Lounge with princess appearances and readings of classic children’s storybooks by the fireside. 2-4 p.m. $65 adults, $45 children under 12. (Parent supervision required for all children in attendance.) 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 888.507.6427.




Easter-at-Outlets-at-San-Clemente-photo-courtesy-Reveille-IncOutlets at San Clemente
April 20. Spend your Easter weekend with your family and pets at the ocean-view Outlets at San Clemente. Event highlights include face-painting, balloon animals, crafts and live animal shows featuring bunnies, porcupines, alligators and a kinkajou. Enjoy photo opportunities and a meet-and-greet with the Easter bunny. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras and arrive photo-ready. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Oak Tree Court, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.



Hornblower-Easter-Sunday-Brunch-photo-courtesy-Hornblower-Cruises-&-EventsHornblower Easter Sunday Brunch
April 21. Hop aboard a Hornblower yacht for an Easter brunch or supper cruise with the family. The lavish brunch will feature traditional favorites, along with free-flowing champagne, live entertainment, sweet treats and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Boards 30 minutes prior. 10 a.m.-noon, 11a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. See website for prices. 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.631.2469.



Brunch-at-The-Rooftop-Lounge-photo-courtesy-Ajenda-PRThe Rooftop Lounge
April 21. Head to the rooftop restaurant atop La Casa del Camino hotel for the best brunch views in O.C. Enjoy  favorites such as the lobster avocado toast and banana-pecan baked French toast. Wash it all down with refreshing mimosas or bloody marys. 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.497.2446.






Spring-Menu-and-Cocktails-at-Farmhouse-photo-courtesy-The-ACE-AgencyMenus in Bloom 
Now Available. The spring menu at Farmhouse features 12 new main dishes, veggie sides and desserts, courtesy of owner and executive chef Rich Mead. Cocktail guru Anthony Laborin and his team compliment Mead’s ever-evolving menu with 13 hand-crafted new cocktails. Laborin’s Counterfeit cocktail menu features four non-alcoholic beverages. Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.1415.



New-Cocktails-at-Craft-HouseCraft Cocktails
Now Available. Top-rated Craft House restaurant celebrates its third anniversary with its new Craft House Classics cocktail menu. Libations include the Florist, a lavender-infused gin cocktail, and Hey Ladies, a refreshing mix of strawberry, lemon, St. Germain and vodka. Owner and executive chef Blake Mellgren was nominated as Chef of the Year in 2018 by the Orange County Golden Foodies. 34094 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.481.7734.



Beast-Feast-photo-courtesy-Urban-Kitchen-GroupBeast Feast
April 18. Dine with chef Cesar Sarmiento for the second installment of this primal dinner series that utilizes the entire animal instead of a few popular cuts. Buffalo (aka bison) kicks off the first of two family-style dinners; the second dinner, featuring whole tuna, follows on July 18. 6:30 p.m. $84. Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach, 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.861.2222.




Disney’s-California-Adventure-Food-&-Wine-Festival-photo-by-DisneyDisney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
Through April 23. Bites and booze at one of the happiest places on earth! Among booths are ones including California produce, coastal dishes and beer and wine outposts. The festival also features demonstrations by California chefs as well as wine, beer and spirit seminars. See website for more details. Festival is an additional cost to park admission. 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565.




Wyland's-Art-LessonArt Lessons and Whale Watching for Kids
April 20. Bring your little ones to a creative adventure on the water with marine muralist Wyland. Event highlights include an onboard art lesson by Wyland via video feed, a two-hour whale- and dolphin- watching adventure and the chance to win a work of art by Wyland valued at more than $1,500. Reservations required. Every Saturday. Art lesson at 9 a.m., whale watching from 10 a.m.-noon. $5 children ages 3-12. 888.224.0603.



"Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook" photo courtesy Laguna PlayhouseFeel the Earth Move Under Your Feet
Through April 21. Be transported back to the sound and vibe of a 1970s concert experience at Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook, North America’s premier musical tribute to legendary songwriter. This show includes songs from the record-breaking, Grammy-winning album Tapestry, as well as King’s hits from throughout the ’70s. See website for schedule and ticket prices. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2728.



"Shen Yun" photo courtesy Segerstrom Center for the ArtsShen Yun
Through April 28. Experience the spirit of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization with music, dance and acrobatics. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance—along with scenographical effects and original score, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty. See website for show times. $80+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Angels 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run photo courtesy Los Angeles Angels. Princess Tea and Story Time photo courtesy of Pelican Hill. Easter at Outlets at San Clemente photo courtesy Reveille Inc. Hornblower Easter Sunday Brunch photo courtesy Hornblower Cruises & Events. Craft House photo courtesy Craft House. Beast Feast photo courtesy Urban Kitchen Group. Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival photo courtesy Disney. Tapestry, the Carole King Songbook photo courtesy Laguna Playhouse. Shen Yun photo courtesy Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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