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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup August 16-19

Pacific Wine and Food Classic photo by Luis Esparza.
Indulge in delicious bites and sips of wines at the annual Pacific Wine and Food Classic.

From celebrating the arts to new restaurant openings, check out the top Orange County weekend events for August 16-19.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld
Aug. 15-16. Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Charlie Puth takes center stage at the new performance venue Five Points Amphitheatre for the tour of his second album Voicenotes as part of the 2018 Honda Civic Tour. Billboard Music Awards winner and Golden Globe-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld will guest star on Puth’s tour. 6:30 p.m. See website for prices. 14800 Chinon, Irvine, 949.988.6800.




80th Anniversary of The Lido Theater photo by Bob Hodson Photography80th Anniversary of the Lido Theater

Aug. 16. Celebrate the Lido Theater’s 80th anniversary at their charity event to benefit Lupus International. Enjoy a special Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a Bill Medley concert and a screening of the 1938 Oscar-nominated film Jezebel, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. Reception 6 p.m., screening 7:15 p.m. $20. 3459 Via Lido, Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.673.8350.




Brea FestBrea Fest

Aug. 17. Celebrate Brea’s art programs while indulging in fare from over 35 local restaurants and distributors at the annual Brea Fest. Enjoy live music, theater performances, gallery exhibits, live artist demonstrations and free activities for kids. 6:30-10 p.m. Free admission, food and beverage sold separately. Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 
1 Civic Center Circle
, 714.990.7771.




Festival Ballet Theatre's Gala of the Stars photo by Skye SchmidtFestival Ballet Theatre’s “Gala of the Stars”
Aug. 17.
Experience an unforgettable night of dance at the 11th annual “Gala of the Stars.” This event boasts an incredible roster of world ballet stars from internationally-acclaimed ballet companies including Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre), Sarah Lamb (The Royal Ballet), Svetlana Lunkina (National Ballet of Canada), Sebastian Kloborg (former Royal Danish Ballet) and more. 6 p.m. $55+. 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.




Fash Bash photo courtesy of FWD PRFash Bash
Aug. 18. Get crafty at Fashion Camp’s 7th annual end of summer celebration and fashion show. Highlights include a fashion sketching station, DIY pin making, T-shirt deconstruction, a photo booth, braid bar, mini manicures and two fashion shows with kids showing off their best creations. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., fashion show 1 p.m. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2477 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.259.0946.




Fiesta-Yacht-PartyFiesta Yacht Party and Caribbean Yacht Party
Aug. 18. Make the most of your weekend by hopping on board one of two 3-hour luxury yacht cruises through Newport Harbor. The Fiesta Yacht Party sets sail in the afternoon featuring margaritas, a bottomless taco bar and desserts, all while listening to the beats of top 40 music and the best Salsa/Latin hits. Come in the evening for the Caribbean Yacht Party to enjoy specialty rum libations, Caribbean cuisine, reggae music played by a DJ and more. 21+. Fiesta: Boarding 11:30 a.m, cruise at noon; Caribbean: Boarding 6:30 p.m, cruise 7-10 p.m. $73.50. Royal Princess Yacht, 2901 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.485.6543.



Plum Fest and Weiner Dog Races photo courtesy of Vantage Strategic MarketingPlum Fest and Dachshund Race
Aug. 19. Old World is going plum crazy at the annual Plum Fest. Expect to try Pflaumenkuchen (a cake made with specialty plums that only ripen for a brief time once a year), plum crepes, plum schnapps, plum martinis and more. Enjoy live music, barbecue fare, full bar, street vendors and stick around for the Dachshund Race. Doors open 1 p.m.; festival 2-6 p.m.; wiener dog races 3-4 p.m. Free. Old World, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.





Catmosphere Laguna photo courtesy of Outshine PRCatmosphere Laguna
Now Open. Head over to Orange County’s first cat cafe down in Laguna Beach! Catmosphere Laguna offers a menu of sweet and savory toasts, salads and snacks as well as coffee, tea, beer, wine and champagne by the glass. Located in a separate space from the cafe, The Kitty Lounge can accommodate up to 12 guests and 12 adoptable felines at a time. In partnership with local businesses, guests can look forward to Yoga with Kitties, Feline Reiki, book clubs and more. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., last bookable appointment 5 p.m. Kitty Lounge: $22 adults, $12 children ages 6-17. 381 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach.



Mr. Stox at Anaheim White House photo courtesy of Frank Groff IncMr. Stox at Anaheim White House

Aug. 16. Former owner Chick Marshall and General Manager Curtis Springer of Mr. Stox will take over Anaheim White House restaurant for one night to whip up one of Mr. Stox’s classic meals. Featured dishes include famous crab cakes, lobster bisque, osso buco and New York cheesecake. Call to make reservations. 7 p.m. $85. Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381.




National Rum Day at Pacific Hideaway photo courtesy of Crowe PRNational Rum Day at Pacific Hideaway
Aug. 16. Cheers to National Rum Day with Pacific Hideaway’s themed cocktail, The Dazed and Confused. Ingredients in this special concoction include Caña Brava Rum, Plantation Pineapple Rum, ginger syrup, lime and garnished with faux joint made of dried sage and oregano. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.965.4448.




Farmer Boys La Habra Grand Opening photo courtesy of Ajenda PRFarmer Boys La Habra Grand Opening
Aug. 17-19. Celebrate Farmer Boys’ newest O.C. location in La Habra with a weekend filled with festivities and specials. All weekend long, guests can enjoy $4.99 French Toast Combo or Hot Cakes Combo, and from 2-5 p.m. each day, guests can grab $2 Big Cheese® Cheeseburgers and spin the prize wheel in-store to win free food and Farmer Boys swag. On Friday, the first 100 people in line at 2 p.m. will be entered into a random drawing to win free Farmer Boys for one year (five winners will be selected)! 602 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, 562.315.8757.



Falasophy at Irvine Spectrum Center photo courtesy of 100inc AgencyFalasophy at Irvine Spectrum Center
Soft Opening Aug. 18. Fans of falafels can rejoice now that Falasophy’s newest location is open at the Irvine Spectrum Center. This location will be offering a limited menu and will be giving away free falafel pita sandwiches—a classic filled with falafel, pickled red cabbage, cucumber-tomato salad and housemade tahini. There will also be giveaways on social media during the weeks leading up to the event. 690 Spectrum Center Dr., Suite 920, Irvine.



Pacific Wine and Food Classic photo by Luis EsparzaPacific Wine and Food Classic
Aug. 18-19. Raise a glass to the inaugural wine festival that will feature 200+ restaurants, chefs, winemakers and artisans, plus a celebrity chef host and live entertainment. See website for full list of participating vendors. VIP entry 1 p.m., GA 2-5 p.m. GA single-day: $115 for Saturday, $99 for Sunday; VIP single-day: $149 for Saturday, $139 for Sunday. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach.




Festival Runway Fashion Show photo provided by The ACE AgencyFestival Runway Fashion Show
Aug. 19. Just like TV’s Project Runway, see who’s in and who’s out this year as Festival of the Arts artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused or recycled materials. Selecting the winners will be a panel of fashion experts including Kaye Spilker (Curator of Costumes and Textiles at LACMA), Alex Jaeger (Costume Designer) and Nelson Coates (Production Designer). Noon-3 p.m. Free with $15 Festival of Arts admission, $25 reserved section (includes Festival admission). Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800.487.3378.



80th Anniversary of The Lido Theater photo by Bob Hodson Photography. Festival Ballet Theatre’s Gala of the Stars photo by Skye Schmidt. Fash Bash photo courtesy of FWD PR. Plum Fest and Dachshund Race photo courtesy of Vantage Strategic Marketing. Catmosphere Laguna photo courtesy of Outshine PR. Mr. Stox at Anaheim White House photo courtesy of Frank Groff Inc. National Rum Day at Pacific Hideaway photo courtesy of Crowe PR. Farmer Boys La Habra Grand Opening photo courtesy of Ajenda PR. Falasophy at Irvine Spectrum Center photo courtesy of 100inc Agency. Pacific Wine and Food Classic photo by Luis Esparza. Festival Runway Fashion Show photo provided by The ACE Agency.

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