Orange County

Weekend roundup

June 20-23

Spend your Thursday nights at the OC Parks Summer Concert Series.

Star Wars Day at the OC ZooDay of Music Fullerton, new Fable & Spirit restaurant and more…. Here are the top Orange County weekend events for June 20-23.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


OC-Parks-Summer-Concert-Series--photo-by-Mathew-MartinezOC Parks Summer Concert Series
June 20-Aug. 29. Rock out to local and nationally known artists at outdoor concerts every Thursday night all summer long. Venues include Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. The series kicks off with Hard Day’s Night on June 20 and continues with events featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sega Genecide and the Fenians. All concerts 6-8 p.m. Concertgoers 21+ can purchase beer and winet. 5-8 p.m. Free. See website for schedule and locations. 714.973.6865.

Pirate-Coast-Paddling-Glow-Tours-photo-by-Ray-KangPirate Coast Paddle Co. Glow Tours
Beginning June 21. Spend your evening on an LED light-adorned paddleboard or kayak on the bay; see marine life only visible at night on this excursion Friday and Saturday nights through Labor Day. Cocktails and dinner at Back Bay Bistro follow. See website for availability. $45 per session. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.278.0011.

Summer-Solstice-at-Great-Wolf-Lodge-photo-courtesy-J-Public-RelationsSummer Solstice at Great Wolf Lodge
June 21. Mark the official start of summer with the longest pool party ever. To celebrate the solstice, Great Wolf Lodge hosts a “Don’t Let the Sun Set!” event at its indoor waterpark. Families can enjoy themed entertainment, music, family activities and after-hours access to the waterpark slides, pools and attractions. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $35. 12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, 888.960.9653. Tickets

Beer-Choir-photo-by-Joesan-DicheBeer Choir
June 22. The Orange County Women’s Chorus and Pacific Chorale co-host the inaugural “Beer Choir,” a sing-along performance on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Representatives from both choirs take turns leading the singing. Food and drink are available for purchase from George’s Café. No singing experience is necessary; beer-drinking experience is a plus. 5-7 p.m. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.662.2345.

'Pride-and-Joy'-Package-photo-courtesy-Crowe-PRPride and Joy
June 22. In celebration of Orange Country Pride, the Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort—sponsors of O.C. Pride—offers the “Pride and Joy” package, which includes two complimentary Hot Mess cocktails from the resort’s restaurant Pacific Hideaway upon check-in, an in-room rainbow accessory (towel, beads, sunglasses, etc.), a complimentary room upgrade (if available), and late check-out. 500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, 714.861.4470.

'Star-Wars'-Day-at-the-OC-ZooStar Wars Day at the OC Zoo
June 22. May the Force be with you on this day of family-fun including Star Wars characters, themed activities, crafts, games, photo opportunities and animal meet-and-greets throughout the day. The first 100 children ages 12 and under in costume receive a gift and a free ride on the Irvine Park Railroad. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $2 GA, free for children 2 and under, $5 parking. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6847.


Fables-&-Spirits-photo-courtesy-Moxxe-PRFable & Spirit
Now Open. The new restaurant near Lido Isle celebrates the spirit of the Irish people with its stylish decor, everything-from-scratch menu and rich bar program. Chef David Shofner’s dishes include rotisserie and wood-fired dishes such as a rotisserie porchetta roll and smoked bone-in short rib at lunch, Icelandic cod fish and chips, rabbit fricassee and cracked pepper bucatini at dinner. Darren and Jean Coyle also own Dublin 4 Gastropub and Wineworks for Everyone in South County. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 3441 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949.409.9913.

Flower-Child-photo-by-Joseph-BarberFlower Child
Now Open. Fuel your body with good food at this new healthy, fast-casual eatery that accommodates all dietary needs—vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free to Paleo, Keto and more. The versatile, mix-and-match menu includes fresh made-to-order items such as the famous Avocado Hummus, bowls, salads, wraps and entrées. Making every effort to reduce waste, Flower Child offers juices and seasonal lemonade made daily with the remaining fresh produce acquired for main dishes. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The Bluffs Shopping Center, 1302 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 949.200.8141.

Around-the-World-Whisk(e)y-Pairing-Dinner-photo-courtesy-Shout-Public-RelationsAround-the-World Whisk(e)y Dinner
June 20. Explore the world of whisk(e)y with spirits expert/ambassador Maurice Chevalier at Bayside Restaurant. The evening begins with a welcome cocktail and continues with a five-course tasting menu. The culinary journey takes guest all over the world via curated spirits and foods—from Canada and the United States to Taiwan and Japan. 6:30 p.m. $76. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.1222. Tickets

AVEO-Table-+-Bar’s-International-Wine-Dinner-photo-courtesy-Outshine-PRAveo Table + Bar Wine Dinner
June 20. Chef Donald Lockhart presents a four-course meal paired with exclusive bottles from around the world, a culinary journey including Italy, New Zealand, and the coasts of California and Seattle. The evening begins with a sunset reception and sparkling wine by Taittinger’s Domaine Carneros followed by a seated dinner of artistically plated dishes such as bucatini vongole and duck prosciutto. Reservations required. 6 p.m. $120. Monarch Beach Resort, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3900.

Summer-Suds-Brew-Fest-photo-courtesy-Summer-Suds-Brew-FestSummer Suds Brew Fest
June 22. The annual event features more than 40 craft breweries and more than 80 beers for tasting. Enjoy live performances by the Microphone Doctors, Outerwave, and Casey Sullivan and Friends. Visit the party-game arena for friendly competition, engage with beer-makers and enjoy cuisine from Southern California food vendors. VIP entry 2 p.m., GA 3-6 p.m. GA: $35 pre-sale, $45 at the door; VIP: $45 pre-sale, $55 at the door. Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley.

Blind-Wine-Tasting-photo-courtesy-H2-Public-RelationsBlind Wine Tasting
June 23. Join Master Sommelier Peter Neptune at Cucina Enoteca Irvine for an interactive event. Taste five wines and expand your wine knowledge with an expert in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. 2-4 p.m. $46. Irvine Spectrum Center, 532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222.


Day-of-Music-FullertonDay of Music Fullerton
June 21. Celebrate the summer solstice with 150+ free musical events in more than 40 venues throughout the city of Fullerton. Musicians participating are of all all ages, creeds and musical persuasions. See website for a schedule of events and various locations. Noon-10 p.m. Free. See website for schedule.

Baroque-Music-Festival-photo-by-Gary-Payne-PhotographyBaroque Music Festival
June 23-30. The annual festival presents five concerts in eight days. Attend stylistically authentic performances of works from the Baroque period at various locations in Corona del Mar. The themed programs include Back to Bach Concertos; Glories of the Guitar; Passionate Voices: Music of Longing, Devotion and Joy; Bach’s Sons, Friends and Rivals; and Bach the Magnificent. A Wine and Waters reception follows each performance. $30-$50. 949.760.7887.

“Kickin’-Back'-Summer-Exhibit-photo-courtesy-Sherman-Library-&-GardensKickin’ Back
Through Sept. 22. Sit back and relax at Sherman Library & Gardens with Kickin’ Back, an exhibit of colorful, funky, over-sized garden furniture. Art pieces include a humongous hot-pink Adirondack chair (pictured), a gigantic striped sling chair, a garden daybed with soft pillows, a tasseled tree hammock, an outdoor swing and a retro rattan peacock chair embellished with palm fronds and flowering tillandsia. Free with admission to the gardens. 2647 E. Coast Hwy. in Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Photos: OC Parks, Mathew Martinez. Pirate Coast Paddling, Ray Kang. Beer Choir, Joesan Diche. Summer Solstice courtesy J Public Relations. Star Wars Day courtesy the ACE Agency. Fable & Spirits courtesy Moxxe PR. Flower Child, Joseph Barber. Around-the-World Whisk(e)y Dinner courtesy Shout Public Relations. Aveo courtesy Outshine PR. Day of Music Fullerton courtesy Day of Music Fullerton. Baroque Music Festival, Gary Payne Photography. Summer Suds Brew Fest courtesy Summer Suds Brew Fest.

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