Orange County

Weekend roundup

August 22-25

Watch six different events at the annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo.

Disney’s D23 Expo, new on the menu at the Mayor’s Table, pet artist at Room & Board and more…. Here are the top Orange County weekend events for August 22-25.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


D23-Expo-photo-by-DisneyD23 Expo

Aug. 23-25. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of the Walt Disney Co. under one roof. Those worlds include Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars as well as Disney across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music and live entertainment. 8:15 a.m.-9 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim.




Rancho-Mission-Viejo-Rodeo-photo-courtesy-Cornerstone-CommunicationsRancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Aug. 24-25. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, contestants compete in six hair-raising events at the 19th annual event where all proceeds benefit local charities. Events include saddled bronc, bareback and bull riding, steer wrestling, and tie-down and team roping. Sa 1 p.m., Su 11:30 a.m. $30 adults, $10 children ages 4-12, free for kids 3 and under; $10 parking (cash only). Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway.



Barks-and-Brews-photo-by-Kait-McKay-PhotographyBarks and Brews
Aug. 25. Pamper your pooches at the Outlet at San Clemente’s 4th annual celebration of National Dog Day. Sip on cold beer from brewing companies including Artifex, Dog Pawrk, Left Coast, Lost Winds, Stereo Brewing and Towne Park, or a handcrafted cocktail while the pups imbibe a specially crafted non-alcoholic dog beer. Also scheduled are live entertainment, a photo booth, free treats and dog-friendly vendors. 4-7 p.m. Free entry, $5 per 12-ounce pour. Oak Tree Court, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.



New-Dinner-Items-and-Cocktails-at-The-Mayor's-Table-photo-courtesy-J-Public-RelationsNew on the Menu
Now Available. The Mayor’s Table has unveiled new cocktails and dinner  items crafted created by executive chef/partner Riley Huddleston. Now on the menu are toy-box melon salad, watermelon gazpacho, summer peach salad, pan-roasted scallops and Prime bone-in ribeye. Specialty cocktails include Grow a Pear, Take Off Your Tai and Color Wheel Cosmo. Lido House Hotel, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.662.6160.




The-Ranch-x-Golden-Road-Brewery-Dinner-photo-courtesy-The-Ranch-Restaurant-&-SaloonThe Ranch x Golden Road Brewery Dinner

Aug. 22. Executive chef Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant & Saloon collaborates with brewmaster Victor Novak of Golden Road Brewing for a six-course beer dinner. The menu includes miniature Baja fish tacos and octopus cocktail paired with Golden Road’s K-38 Clara, Muscovy duck breast paired with In Bruges and red-deer venison chop with Get Up Offa That Brown. Limited seating; call for reservations. 6 p.m. $125. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4204.



Haven-Dinner-Series-photo-courtesy-Moxxe-PRHaven Dinner Series

Aug. 23. Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar presents a five-course Southern Italian dinner paired with Italian wines. Executive chef Craig Brady promises a few surprises, among them tableside preparations and courses created a la minute. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $75+. 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680. Tickets





Mastro's-x-Macallan-Dinner-photo-courtesy-Murphy-O'Brien-PRMastro’s x Macallan Dinner

Aug. 23. Mastro’s Steakhouse Costa Mesa hosts a Scotch tasting featuring its signature cuisine and Macallan Scotch whiskies. Dishes include honey-pear seabass, Ancho-chile ribeye “chateau” and cherry-balsamic-glazed pork belly. 6 p.m. $275. 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714.546.7405. Tickets





OC-Night-Market-photo-by-John-TruongOC Night Market
Aug. 23-25. An outpost of the largest Asian-themed night market in the country, the OC Night Market features hundreds of distinctive food items as well as merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment in one jam-packed weekend event. New and returning chefs present all manner of delectable and unusual dishes. F-Sa 4 p.m.-midnight; Su 4 p.m.-11 p.m. $5 GA, free for kids under 6, $8 parking. OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.



Taste-of-Brews-Long-Beach-photo-courtesy-Boardom,-IncTaste of Brews Long Beach

Aug. 24. Enjoy dozens of craft beers, hard ciders, seltzers and kombucha as well as samples from SoCal’s mobile restaurants. The 9th annual event takes place at an ocean-front venue; proceeds  benefit the Long Beach Marine Institute and Make-A-Wish Orange County & Inland Empire. Pay parking available at the Pike Parking structure. Ages 21+. Noon-5 p.m. $25.50-$40. Shoreline Aquatic Park (aka Lighthouse Park), 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach.



Rosé-Pairing-Dinner-photo-courtesy-Urban-Kitchen-GroupRosé Pairing Dinner

Aug. 25. Elevate your evening at Cucina Enoteca in Irvine for cleverly paired fare from executive chef Tim Kolanko and chat with wine director Augusto Ferrarese as he shares rosé facts and  insights. All guests will be entered to win a free magnum of rosé. Wearing pink is suggested! 6-8 p.m. $57. Irvine Spectrum Center, 532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222.




'Siqueiros-Walls-of-Passion'-photo-courtesy-Orange-County-Museum-of-ArtSiqueiros: Walls of Passion

Aug. 22. Orange County Museum of Art presents a screening of the documentary film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion, the story of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) and the resurrection of his Los Angeles mural América Tropical. Seating is limited; RSVP at the website. Ticket pick-up 5 p.m., film 7 p.m. OCMAExpand-SantaAna, South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2130.




Pet-Artist-Event-at-Room-&-Board-photo-courtesy-Kitchen-Table-Marketing-+-PRPet Artist at Room & Board
Aug. 25. Celebrate your pet with a personalized hand-painted portrait by Kimberly Heimbach, the artist behind LadyFolk Studio in Laguna Beach. Bring in a picture of your furry (or scaly or feathery) friend, then watch Kimberly’s technique and creativity in action while enjoying light appetizers. Guests who place an order at the event will receive their finished portrait by mail in one to two weeks. $75 for a 5-by-7-inch portrait.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. SOCO & the OC Mix, 3309 Hyland Ave., Suite A, Costa Mesa.


Photos: Rancho courtesy Cornerstone Communications. Barks and Brews, Kait McKay Photography. Mayors Table courtesy J Public Relations. The Ranch courtesy the Ranch Restaurant & Saloon. Mastro’s courtesy Murphy O’Brien PR. OC Night Market, John Truong. Taste of Brews courtesy Boardom, Inc. Rosé Pairing courtesy Urban Kitchen Group. Siqueiros: Walls of Passion courtesy Orange County Museum of Art. Pet artist courtesy Kitchen Table Marketing + PR.

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