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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup Feb. 16-20

Find the best Orange County things to do for the weekend of Feb. 16-20

Edited by Laura Okey

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIV

Feb. 17-19. Celebrate Scottish heritage at the annual event. The festival will kick off with the Burns Supper on Friday night followed by a weekend of rich Scottish culture highlighted through authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine. In honor of Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns, the Burns Supper includes a complimentary cocktail, the piping of the haggis, a traditional four-course dinner and all the Scottish entertainment imaginable. The official ScotsFestival opening ceremonies begin Saturday morning with the traditional Grand Parade of Clans & Bands with an Address to the Haggis. Saturday and Sunday’s festivities include border collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, performances by the Scots Greys Calvary, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and historic re-enactments in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. Forty members of the US Marine Corps Pipe Band are set to perform a traditional hymn with the LA Scots Grade 1 Pipe Band, the premier pipe band in the United States. See website for full weekend schedule and pricing. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.



Harlem GlobetrottersHarlem Globetrotters
Feb. 18. See ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and unequaled fan interaction from the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. The star-studded roster includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm–plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson. New this season, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket—6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Sa 1 p.m., 7 p.m., Su 2 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Honda Center, 2695 East Katella, Anaheim, 714.940.2900.




cinepolisCinépolis USA Movie Screening & Dinner

Through Feb. 19. Take your movie experience to the next level. Cuddle up with a blanket and your special someone in spacious and comfortable seating for a screening of Fifty Shades Darker. Enjoy a bottle of Cinépolis Private Label Cabernet or Sauvignon Blanc (or beer and other spirits) and full service in-theater dining.  The theater is also offering an exclusive prix-fixe dinner and cocktail inspired by the sultry film. Menu highlights include housemade guacamole with goat cheese, Vietnamese tacos and cinnamon and sugar churro bites. Seating is limited, reservations recommended. See website for all movies and showtimes and full menu. 32401 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.373.7900; 30632 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.835.1888.




Left-Coast-brewing-CoLeft Coast Brewing Co. Anniversary Party
Feb. 19. Celebrate Left Coast Brewing Co. tasting room’s four-year anniversary with a flight of various beers on tap, including a 4th anniversary IPA. Additionally, tickets will include an entree from Sol Agave Food Truck, a limited edition 4th anniversary mug and 25 percent off all merchandise and carry-out. 1-5 p.m. $35 if purchased in advance, $45 at the door. 1245 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente.





Lyon-20160131_P-51D_Mustang_1465Lyon Air Museum Flight Line Experience
Feb. 18. Experience “History on the Flight Line” firsthand at Lyon Air Museum. Step out onto the flight line and get an up-close look at a surprise visiting aircraft. The lineup is expected to include a T-28 Trojan, an AT-6 Texan, a Boeing Stearman, various vintage and antique aircraft, plus military reenactors. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults $12, children ages 5-17 $6. (Photo courtesy of Warbird Photos, Britt Dietz.) Lyon Air Museum, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585.




BRUNO-FIRE-(1)-NBC-NewsAnaheim White House Presidents Day Fundraiser
Feb. 20. Top Orange County chefs are coming together to show their support for colleague Bruno Serato of Anaheim White House. In wake of the recent fire that closed down his restaurant, the public is invited to gather for an evening of live entertainment, raffles and diverse tastings from many well-known and beloved Orange County establishments. Participating restaurants include Mozambique, Ruth’s Chris, Pascal’s, SeaLegs, Skyloft, Zov’s Bistro and more. All proceeds will assist employees of the fire-damaged restaurant. VIP tickets include beer and wine and early admission. Photo credit NBC News. 21 and over. 6-8 p.m.; VIP 5 p.m. General $50, VIP $75. Highway 39 Event Center, 1563 South College Blvd., Anaheim, 949.310.5839.





life-time-athletic-laguna-niguel_exterior_pressDaddies and Daughters Dance
Feb. 18. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your truest valentine at the Daddies and Daughters Dance. Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to enjoy a special mermaid-themed bash with music, crafts, food and a full night of dancing. 5-7 p.m. $30-$40 per couple; $10 per additional child. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.238.2719.





Brad-GarrettBrad Garrett
Feb. 17-18. Best known for his iconic role on television series Everybody Loves Raymond, Brad Garrett’s trademark voice has also been heard in films Finding Nemo, Tangled and Ratatouille. See the popular comedian hit the stage this weekend at Irvine Improv. Garrett’s stand-up career has spanned over thirty years and he was one of the youngest comics ever to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Two item minimum purchase required. F 7:30 p.m., Sa 7 p.m. $30. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.




MLovewellFloral Watercoloring
Feb. 18. Join Dianuh Aerin of Chasing Linen and learn all the basics of watercolor as well as floral design. First, learn the tools and techniques that the instructor prefers, then practice making watercolor strokes and washes yourself. Lastly, learn how to paint the perfect flowers and leaves. At the end of this class, you will be able to leave with your finished watercolor floral painting, your own set of painting supplies and a fun new skill set that can be used for future projects. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $100. 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana.




Feb. 21. Bring the kids to Pacific City for a fun morning of stories, crafts and shopping. PC Grommets and Smocking Birds will present Dinosaurs!, a story about how dinosaurs choose their pets. Afterwards, kids will be able to create their very own one-of-a-kind dinosaur. Additionally, parents can take advantage of other cool offers withing Pacific City such as free ice cream cone at Saint Marc and parking validation, 20 percent off purchase at B. Candy, free kids hot chocolate with any drink purchase at Portola and many more. See website for full list. RSVP required. 10-11 a.m. Free. Pacific City, PC Grommets, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach,




cucina-enotecaFOOD + DRINK
Swine & Wine
Feb. 18.
Head to Cucina Enoteca for a unique al fresco dining and drinking experience. Featuring a whole pig roast, an array of chef-driven sides and accompanying wines, you’ll experience pork in a whole new light. Making use of the La Caja China roasting box on the outdoor patio, Cucina’s chef Tony Trujillo prepares a whole heirloom pig, slow-smoked at high temperatures to achieve crispy golden skin and tender fall-off-the-bone pork. Enjoy with sides like fresh slaw and housemade buns, coal-roasted potatoes with Calabrian crème fraîche, yellow bean salad with smoked almond and salsa verde, campanelle pasta salad with Bloomsdale spinach, walnut and confit tomato, as well as little gem salad with crispy chick peas, fennel, citrus and frá diavolo. Pair the feast with five interesting wine selections hailing from Tuscany and Piedmont, as well as offerings from Napa and Willamette Valley. 12-3 p.m. $72. 523 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222.




Serra Wine Dinner
Feb. 16. Delight in a delicious five-course dinner from Five Crowns executive chef Steve Kling, paired with a variety of wines from award-winning Serra Vineyards of Oregon. Led by assistant wine maker at Serra Vineyards, Liz Wan, and Tracy Nelson of Five Crowns, you’ll enjoy pairings like mushroom raviolo with brown butter and sage with a 2012 Cabernet Franc from Applegate Valley; and lamb barbacoa with chili oil, warm tortilla and consomme paired with a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Applegate Valley. See website for full menu. 6-8 p.m. $85. 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331.




Through Feb. Hopdoddy Burger Bar is mixing it up this February with a lineup of new specials. Highlights include the triple B burger available through Feb. 21. The burger features a medium-rare Akaushi patty atop a bed of peppery arugula and topped with melted blue jack cheese, warm bourbon bacon onion jam and fired tobacco onions. Also try the s’mores shake, available through Feb. 14, this handspun shake blends chocolate sauce, crushed Girl Scout S’mores cookies and marshmallow fluff, topped with whipped cream and extra s’mores cookie bits. Lastly, the rosemary paloma, available through Feb. 28, is made with fresh squeezed grapefruit and lime juices, housemade rosemary simple syrup, silver tequila and garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary. Fashion Island, 311 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337; 3030 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.505.2337.




twenty-one-pilotsARTS + CULTURE
Twenty One Pilots
Feb. 15-16. Catch Twenty One Pilots as they stop at Honda Center for two nights during their Emotional Roadshow tour. You’ll recognize hit songs “Stressed Out” and “Ride” from their latest album Blurryface; and “Heathens” from the soundtrack of film Suicide Squad. 7 p.m. $39-$49. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.940.2900.





queen maryThe Local Band Hangout
Feb. 16. Listen to top local artists and up-and-coming bands while experiencing the wonders of the majestic Queen Mary every third Thursday of each month. This week, see multi-faceted vocalist Karina Nistal, LA-based rock-blues band Hellhounds of London and acoustic duo Aragorn & Olivia. The new concert series takes place in the historic Observation Bar. Arrive early for Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See website for changing lineup. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Show begins 8 p.m. $10. Parking $8 with validation. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.




Silent-OscarRare Silent Oscar Award Exhibition
Opening Feb. 19. See one of only 15 Academy Awards ever presented during the silent film era in the exhibition, The Birth of Motion Pictures: An Illustrated History of Silent Cinema, 1910-1929. The rare “Silent Oscar” was awarded for Distinguished Achievement in Cinematography, and was presented to Clyde De Vinna for the 1928 MGM film, White Shadows in the South Seas. The featured attraction will be part of a $2 million public exhibition of 60 original silent movie posters and vintage early cinema memorabilia. The historic items are part of the world’s largest private collection of silent film posters—more than 2,000—owned by real estate developer, former sports agent and Brea native, Dwight Manley. The exhibition will be displayed by the City of Brea as part of the Southern California community’s 100th anniversary celebration. $3. City of Brea Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, 714.671.3601.

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