Valentine’s date-night ideas, fun with pups and more…. Plan your itinerary with our top Orange County weekend events for February 14-17.
Edited by Laura Okey.
Panic! At The Disco
Feb. 14. Grammy-nominated band Panic! at the Disco brings its North American tour to Honda Center, playing hits from its critically acclaimed fifth album, Death of A Bachelor. Opening performances by Two Feet and Betty Who. 7 p.m. $57+. Parking $20-$25. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500. hondacenter.com
Kid’s Pet Parade
Feb. 16. Children ages 5-12 can bring their favorite pets to play and compete for titles such as cutest, most unusual and most obedient. A special judges award includes the opportunity to be in the Swallows Day Parade. All pets must be leashed, haltered or caged. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 entry fee. Los Rios Park, 31747 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976. swallowsparade.com
ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI
Feb. 16-17. Celebrate the annual event with professional and amateur darts, piping, drumming and massed-bands competitions. Daily festivities include border collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations and historic reenactments. Whiskey and Scotch tasting sessions with aged malt experts are available for adult festival goers (additional cost). Highland dancing and athletics are hosted by the North American Pro Athletes. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $25 GA, $12 ages 4-11. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com
Paws Fur Pink Run
Feb. 17. Run, walk or wag your way to a cure with your four-legged family members at the annual Paws Fur Pink Run. Activities include a FURever Yours Expo with yoga in the park and a PAWsitively Pink costume contest. 7:30 a.m. $15-$45. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. pawsfurpink.com
Red Hot Singles Party
Feb. 14. Red Bar and Lounge is throwing a Valentine’s Day singles party complete with a local deejay, craft cocktails, bar bites, and the perfect ambiance in which to mingle with singles and meet up with friends. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Red Bar and Lounge, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6757. hotelirvine.com
Single & Ready to Mingle
Feb. 14. Celebrate a fun and flirty Valentine’s Day at Pacific Hideaway’s Single & Ready to Mingle party. Sip on craft cocktails from one of OC’s top bartenders, Casey Lyons, while enjoying delicious food and live music by Jonathan Blake Salazar. Taste menu items such as oysters, lamb chops and fried mac and cheese, plus themed cocktails such as the Truth of Dare with tequila, vida mezcal, spiced pear Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, cinnamon, smoke and salted caramel. 6-10 p.m. $12. Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.965.4448. pacifichideawayhb.com
Mixology Date Night
Feb. 16. Learn from mixology experts at Red Bar & Lounge how to create a deliciously seductive cocktail, then sip the concoctions while enjoying shareable plates with your date. Advanced reservations required. 6-7:30 p.m. $45/pp. Hotel Irvine, Red Bar & Lounge, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6757. redbarandlounge.com
Stupid Cupid Party
Feb. 16. Aqua Lounge presents an anti-Valentine’s Day party for singles where they can meet and mingle while enjoying crafted and themed cocktails along with a live deejay. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920. fashionislandhotel.com
For lots more Valentine’s weekend happenings, check out our guide to where to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County.
ARTS + CULTURE
Swing Under the Stars
Feb. 14. Head to the dance floor and swing under the stars to live music by Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang. An expert instructor will help you find your best moves—beginners and experts welcome. Enjoy a bourbon tasting from High West Distillery and indulge in themed menu items from George’s Cafe. The event also features giveaways by Bumble, caricature artists, and the opportunity to make a special Valentine’s Day card for a loved one. 6-9 p.m. Free. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org
Valentine’s Day with Kenny G.
Feb. 15-16. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, popular saxophonist Kenny G. returns to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with the Pacific Symphony to perform some of his greatest hits. The orchestra will open with lush love themes by Puccini, Offenbach and Gottschalk—and Richard Rodgers’ “My Funny Valentine.” 8 p.m. $46+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. pacificsymphony.org
Backhausdance With(in) OCMA: Keeping
Feb. 16. Immerse yourself in a new, original dance work by founding Backhausdance member Amanda Kay White, created especially for the Orange County Museum of Art. The performance is designed to place the audience in the center of the work so as to intimately witness the unfolding of the one-of-a-kind dance. 2 p.m. Orange County Museum of Art, South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, 714.780.2130. ocma.net
James and the Giant Peach
Opens Feb. 17. See a popular stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book James and the Giant Peach with music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team behind La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen and Dogfight. See website for showtimes. $24-$30. Chance Theater, 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 888.455.4212. chancetheater.com
STYLE + BEAUTY
Lunar New Year at Fashion Island
Through Feb. 18. Fashion Island rings in the Year of the Pig with exclusive deals, discounts, promotions and giveaways when you shop at participating retailers and eateries. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind interactive installation on the Atrium Lawn. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000. shopfashionisland.com
Chocolate Indulgence Facial
Through Feb. 28. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, treat yourself to Life Time Athletic Laguna’s luxurious Chocolate Indulgence Facial. Complete with a complimentary glass of champagne, the exclusive treatment is said to leave skin luminous, firm and healthy. The facial features aromatic cocoa powder enzymes that nourish and exfoliate; an effervescent oxygen masque increases blood flow and stimulates collagen synthesis for aging skin. $129 includes all-day access to the club. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.238.2724. lifetimefitness.life
Photos: Panic! at the Disco courtesy Honda Center. Kid’s Pet Parade courtesy San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI courtesy the ACE Agency. Paws Fur Pink courtesy Paws Fur Pink. Pacific Hideaway courtesy Pacific Hideaway. Red Bar & Lounge courtesy Hotel Irvine. Kenny G. courtesy Pacific Symphony. Aqua Lounge courtesy MCPR. Mixology Date Night courtesy MCPR. Swing Under the Stars courtesy Segerstrom Center for the Arts. James and The Giant Peach courtesy @chancetheater/Instagram. Backhausdance courtesy OCMA. Lunar New Year courtesy Fashion Island. Life Time Laguna courtesy Life Time Laguna.