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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup January 17-20

Illusionist Aiden Sinclair leads Voyages to the Other Side: An Ongoing Paranormal Investigation.

Lunar eclipse night hike, paranormal investigations, theater,
supercross…. Check out the top Orange County weekend events for January 17-20.

Edited by Laura Okey.


Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 19. Long Beach hosts the 31st annual Martin Luther King. Jr. Parade. This year’s theme—“Walking the Talk”—highlights community leaders involved in social justice, environmental and human rights causes. Following the parade, join in an outdoor festival with entertainment, food and vendors. Parade: 10:30 a.m., starting at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and Anaheim Street. Festival: noon-5 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach.



Monster-Energy-SupercrossMonster Energy AMA Supercross
Jan. 19. The world’s premier off-road motorcycle championship series returns to Anaheim for the final time this season. Arrive early for the pre-race FanFest for an opportunity to get autographs, see the riders, the teams and their bikes, and enjoy a virtual reality experience. See website for full event schedule. Doors open at noon. $25+. Angel Stadium, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 800.352.0212.



Star Light, Star Bright Night Hike
Jan. 19. Bring a flashlight and your walking shoes for a starlit nighttime hike through Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Beyond the natural wonders of the outdoors, enjoy fun activities, hot cocoa and cookies and a Nature of Wildworks live animal presentation before hiking through the wilderness to Redwood Grove. Pre-registration required; email 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, 714.973.3160.



Voyages to the Other Side: An Ongoing Paranormal Investigation
Jan. 19. Led by master illusionist Aiden Sinclair, you’re invited to the historically haunted areas of the infamous Queen Mary ship for a journey back in time. The special event features a theatrical séance performance, paranormal investigation of the Revenant Room and Rope Locker, and a meet-and-greet and lecture with Grant Wilson of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. 1 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.



Annual-Pet-Days-at-OC-MarketPet Days at O.C. Market Place
Jan. 19-20. Support local animal rescue efforts at this annual event featuring adoptable furry friends; see and learn about a wide variety of exotic animals. Vendors will cover a range of topics. Do not bring  personal pets. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with a donation of paper towels, towels, bleach, cat litter, potty pads, pet food or gift cards. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.



Brewer Brothers Model Kit & Hobby Expo
Jan. 20. Model kit and history buffs are invited to browse an eclectic showcase of model kits ranging from cars and ships to planes, tanks and armored vehicles—there’s a focus on history and heroes. The Veterans Symposium features military vehicles and historical displays, plus a miniature war gaming area. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $6. Children under 12 free. Old World Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Ave., Suite 49, Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.



Lunar Eclipse Hike: Hicks Haul Road
Jan. 20. Meander the trails of Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve before taking in the sight of the super blood moon and lunar eclipse. The 3-mile hike leads adventurers through coastal sage scrub in the canyon’s interior. Dress warmly and bring water, a red-tinted flashlight and sturdy walking shoes. Ages 12 and up. Pre-registration required. 7-9 p.m. Free. Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, Hicks Haul Road, Jeffrey Staging Area, Silverado, 714.973.6865.




Free Fries at Farmer Boys
Jan. 17. Dive into a complimentary order of hot and crispy fries from local farm-fresh burger concept Farmer Boys. The all-new “always-crispy” fries will be available at all ten participating Orange County locations. Enjoy alongside a signature Farmer Boy burger. 2-5 p.m. Free. 17380 Red Hill Ave., Irvine, 949.407.7404. See website for additional locations.




Marché Moderne Bouillabaisse
Through Jan. 17. Due by popular demand, Marché Moderne’s  bouillabaisse, one of the restaurant’s most beloved dishes, is back after a three-year hiatus. Chef Florent uses fresh seafood flown in daily from France to create the rustic stew, which features scallops, mussels, octopus, clams and shrimp. $50. 7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 714.434.7900.



Live Music at TRADE Food Hall
Jan. 19. Head to TRADE Food Hall to enjoy flavors from around the world alongside live music. There are options for for any appetite: Choose among Vietnamese fusion dishes, fried chicken sandwiches, Mexican, vegan and beyond; enjoy the outdoor ambiance. 6-9 p.m. 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine.




Restaurant Week in Newport Beach
Through Jan. 27. Showcasing Newport Beach as O.C.’s premier dining destination, participating restaurants offer special two- or three-course prix fixe menus; lunches start at $10 and dinners at $20. See website for participating restaurants.





Jan. 17-20. American Ballet Theatre’s sumptuous and lighthearted production, featuring the exceptional choreography of Alexei Ratmansky, makes its West Coast debut,  Th-F 7:30 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Su 1 p.m. $29+. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.




Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Opens Jan. 19. Set in 19th century London, the Tony Award-winning musical thriller tells of desperate times and the diabolical measures taken to avenge a family that was wronged. See website for show times and ticket prices. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555.





The Wedding Show 2019
Jan. 20. Hosted by South Asian Bride Magazine, the luxury bridal event showcases the best of the South Asian wedding world with the industry’s most elite and talented vendors. Find dresses, designer wear and accessories. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. Tickets




Youth to the People at Sephora 
Jan. 20. Meet the co-founder of skincare company Youth to the People, then experience a soothing nighttime facial. Brand experts will use the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask to replenish and nourish your skin; you’ll get your very own trial-sized product to keep while supplies last. Meet and greet at noon. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Sephora at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 1001, Costa Mesa, 714.429.9130.



Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Parade courtesy Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge. Monster Energy AMA Supercross courtesy Supercross Live. Carbon Canyon courtesy OC Parks. Lunar Eclipse Hike courtesy Let’s Go Outside. Restaurant Week courtesy OC Restaurant Association. Boullabaisse courtesy Marché Moderne. Harlequinade courtesy American Ballet Theatre. Sweeney Todd courtesy South Coast Repertory. The Wedding Show 2019 courtesy South Asian Bride Magazine. Youth to the People courtesy Sephora.

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