Orange County

Weekend roundup

June 22-25

Find the best things to do for the weekend of June 22-25

Edited by Laura Okey

Wags ‘N’ Wine
June 25. Get ready for an exciting day filled with delicious food, wine tasting, beer, prizes, live music, live and silent auction and, of course, dogs—lots and lots of dogs. Watch the Pooch Pageant and introduce your furry pal to some new friends. Every dog attending will be treated to a doggie goodie bag. Food, drink and entertainment are inclusive in the admission price. VIP noon. GA 1-5 p.m. $75-$105 adults; $20 children 6-12; Free for children 5 and under. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.328.8661.




GreekFestA Taste of Greece
June 23-25. Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, folk dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka (a picturesque, historical Athens neighborhood). F 5-10 p.m.; Sat 12-10 p.m.; Sun 12-9 p.m. $3. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949.733.3102.





Life-Time-Athletic-Laguna-Niguel_PoolSolstice Bliss Poolside Yoga
June 25. Grab a mat and head to Life Time Athletic Laguna Niguel to celebrate the season with Solstice Bliss Yoga. The 90-minute class will consist of each of the club’s signature yoga formats followed with complimentary chilled kombucha, fresh fruit and vegetables and infused water on the expansive, resort-style pool deck. You’ll also receive swag bags filled with mala bead bracelets and essential oil samples. 5:30-8 p.m. $15-$20. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Beach, 949.238.2719.





Long Beach Bayou FestivalLong Beach Bayou Festival
June 24-25. Experience the Louisiana Bayou with a two-day festival featuring musical performances, dance lessons, a parade, a crawfish eating contest and more. The dance floor is always open as a wide range of groups perform, including Cajun, Zydeco and Blues artists. Savor the many delicacies and flavors of the Big Easy with authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. See website for weekend schedule. $26-$31. Rainbow Lagoon Park, Linden Avenue and Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, 562.912.4451.




CenterClub_SousChefSous Chef Knock Out
June 21. Enjoy an evening of culinary competition at Center Club Orange County, hosted by world-renowned cook, broadcaster and author Simon Majumdar. Sous chefs Simon Yi, Katherine Haga and Rudy Lopez will be paired with club members to compete as teams with two elimination rounds. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine as you witness the battle. 5:30-8 p.m. $75. 650 Town Center Drive, Garden Level, Costa Mesa, 714.662.3414.





The-FifthThe 23rd Brazilian Summer Festival 2017
June 25. Travel to Brazil without even leaving Orange County at The 23rd Brazilian Summer Festival 2017. Enjoy live entertainment from Rio de Janeiro’s backyard samba band Fundo de Quintal with special guest Thalma de Freitas. 4-11 p.m. $48-$65. The Fifth Rooftop Lounge, Grand Legacy at the Park, 1650 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 818.566.1111.





CosBar2Cos Bar Grand Opening Party
June 22. Make your way to gorgeous Lido Marina Village to celebrate the opening of one of its newest tenants, Cos Bar. The one-stop shop offers everything you need in the field of makeup, skincare and hair care. While you shop, enjoy makeovers, special surprises, light bites, cocktails and special guest, Cos Bar’s CEO David Olsen. 5-7 p.m. Free. 3422 Via Lido, Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach, 949.424.6572.





Day of Music Fullerton
June 21. Celebrate the summer solstice with a variety of free musical events throughout the city of Fullerton. Over 150 concerts are expected this year. Some of last year’s performers include Fiddlers on the Roof, Bach on the Block, Burger Bowl by Burger Records and more. All musicians—amateur or professional, young or old—are invited to take part in the festival. Musicians must register by June 1. See website for schedule of events and various locations. Noon-10 p.m. Free.




summer-concert-seriesOC Parks Presents Annual 2017 Concert Series
June 22. Catch the debut concert for this year’s outdoor summer concert series featuring surf-infused folk rock artist Donavon Frankenreiter. Enjoy food trucks, a beer and wine garden and local live music in celebration of the summer season. Bring your own blankets and beach chairs for seating. 6-8 p.m. Free. Craig Regional Park, 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, 714.973.3180.





Movies on the Beach
June 23. Start your weekend festivities with a family movie night at the beach! Bring your own blankets, chairs and jackets and cuddle up for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory on the big screen. Arrive early and stop by the all new Bay Café on the beach for a new seasonal menu of summer bites and refreshments. Movie starts at dusk. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863.





Anthropologie-Fashion-IslandPaseo Party
June 24. Fashion Island’s 4th annual Paseo Party will feature insider previews to some of the center’s most sought-after home stores. Along with Rosie, the largest Sunnylife inflatable flamingo ever seen stateside, enjoy special offers, entertainment, festive activities, photo opportunities and more. In addition to the courtyard, many participating stores will also host in-store parties. Some of the retailers include Bloomingdale’s Home Store, Neiman Marcus Horchow Shop, Anthropologie & Co., Z Gallerie, Trina Turk and more. 1-4 p.m. Fashion Island, Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard to Atrium Lawn, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 855.658.8527.




Anaheim-GardenWalk1Rock The Walk
June 22-August 24. The summer music showcase at Anaheim GardenWalk features local artists Thursdays this summer. Enjoy the music while exploring the dining and entertainment options in the center. See website for full directory. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Anaheim GardenWalk, Kate & Ella Court, 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, 714.635.7400.





Summer Groove & Grub
Beginning June 23. Head to the beach and celebrate the weekend with delicious fare and live entertainment. Pete’s Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach will offer Friday night taco buffets and Saturday barbecue accompanied by various live rock, hip-hop and blues musicians. This Friday, The Smith Band will perform and on Saturday, Jumpin Jack Benny. 7-10 p.m. Adults $19.95; children 4-12 $9.95. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.1234.





Farmhouse---Salsa-IngredientsFarmhouse Cooking Seminar: Salsa and Relishes
June 25.
Join executive chef/owner Rich Mead for a monthly seminar where he shares his greatest cooking techniques. Be inspired by the fresh seasonal ingredient combinations he uses to create the field-to-fork dishes of Farmhouse. This Sunday’s focus is salsa and relishes. 10-11 a.m. Free. Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, 949.640.5800.





liquid runThe Liquid Run
June 24-25. Skip the mud run and head straight to this obstacle course that floats entirely in water. Liquid Girls will be on hand to take photos and help you find your way to the liquid libations beer garden. DJs will be mixing tunes from the liquid pontoon boat as you join in a game of water beer pong. On the land surrounding the water, enjoy food trucks, vendors and beach games. Don’t forget your selfie with Moby Duck, a giant 18-foot liquid sitting rubber duck. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking $10. $69-$99. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 877.210.1170.




Barcode Cuckoos NestFOOD + DRINK
Barcode Grand Opening
June 22-24. Head to Garden Grove’s latest hangout spot, Barcode, and Indulge on creative bites like spice basil wings, garbage fries, pineapple mango habanero wings, kimchi pulled pork sliders and more. The ’80s and ’90s nostalgia bar offers Asian fusion food, pop culture deco and retro video games for you to play. This Thursday through Saturday you can take advantage of 25 percent off the entire menu—so you can try everything! 6 p.m.-midnight. 12926 Main St., Garden Grove.




Pelican-Grill-Terrace-by-DaySummer Clambake
June 25. Cape Cod cravings are coming to Newport Coast for Pelican Grill’s first annual summertime clambake. Pull up a chair around the communal table on the ocean-view terrace for a family-style New England feast of clams, shrimp, mussels, sausage and crisp seasonal wines to wash it all down. Photo courtesy of Pelican Hill. Reservations recommended. 6-8 p.m. $75. 22800 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 844.443.0022.





puestoTest Kitchen Dinner at Puesto
June 22. Capture the flavors of Mexico City at Puesto’s five-course prix-fixe test kitchen dinner. Executive creative chef Katy Smith will prepare tacos and other specialties along with unique Valle de Guadalupe wines and margaritas in an exclusive in-kitchen dining space. Reservations required. 7 p.m. $40; optional beverage pairings additional $30. Tax and gratuity not included. Puesto Los Olivos, 8577 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.





SideDoor-Monthly-Cheese-TakeoverCurated Cheese Takeover at SideDoor
June 21. Known for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie offerings, SideDoor is dedicating an evening to boutique creamery and specialty cheese shop Cypress Grove Creamery. Tracy Nelsen, SideDoor’s certified expert and cheese monger, will lead an artisanal cheese tasting and discussion. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor dishes on that evening only. 4:30 p.m. Five piece cheese board $28. 801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331.





Hiro-Nori-RamenHiro Nori Ramen Grand Opening
Ongoing. The newly opened Trade Food Hall welcomes its latest tenant Hiro Nori Ramen, a craft ramen joint. Indulge on delicious homemade ramen with fresh-cut noodles. Ramen is served up with rich and light pork chicken broths as well as vegetable ramen, pork buns and more. 2222 Michelson Drive, Irvine.





Brad Paisley
June 24. Don’t miss Brad Paisley hit the stage with special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Paisley, a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, has numerous accolades including three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. Some of his #1 hits include “He Didn’t Have to Be,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “Water” and “Remind Me.” 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 800.745.3000.




Adam-Rafferty Lord of the StringsLord of the Strings
June 25. See jazz guitarist Adam Rafferty perform as part of the Lord of the Strings concert series. He has a unique background as a top New York jazz player turned into a widely acclaimed fingerstyle player performing pop, jazz and everything in between. The concert also features wine selections curated by LCA Wine at SOCO—but first—grab some light bites from one of SOCO’s culinary partners to bring in and savor. 2 p.m. Show begins 3 p.m. $30. Food not included in ticket price. LCA Wine, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.





South-Coast-PlazaSegerstrom Pioneering Spirit: An American Dream
Through July 31. Experience a unique exhibition, Segerstrom Pioneering Spirit: An American Dream, presented by South Coast Plaza. The interactive, archival displays follow the family journey that began as a farming community and later developed into what is now South Coast Plaza—an international shopping, dining and arts destination. See website for exhibit details. Free. South Coast Plaza, Jewel Court, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.435.2000.




Baroque-Music-FestivalBaroque Music Festival
Through June 25. Hear historically stylistic interpretations of the great masterpieces of the Baroque period at the 37th annual festival. Enjoy a Wine and Waters reception following each performance. See website for schedule. $30-$50. 3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, 949.760.7887.






hoag-summer-classicUPCOMING EVENTS
Hoag Summer Classic
June 28. Experience a taste of more than 40 of Orange County’s finest restaurants while enjoying live entertainment. Restaurants include Red O, A Restaurant, Bayside, Water Grill and many more. The featured band, DSB, is a group of world-class musicians highly revered as the next best thing to Journey. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hoag Hospital Foundation. 5 p.m. Tickets start at $125. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.




NorthItaliaNorth Italia Community Dinner
June 26. Experience traditional yet modern homemade Italian food during North Italia’s four-course community dinner. Indulge on seasonal flavors with menu items prepared from scratch in order to deliver the freshest and highest quality dish. This month, the menu includes items like Spaghetti alla Chitarra (san marzano tomato, sheep’s milk ricotta, controne chile) and Porchetta all’Abruzzese (white bean ragu, roasted artichoke, roasted garlic gremolata, cipollini onion). 6-8 p.m. $65. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060.

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