Orange County

Weekend roundup

May 2-5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Pacific Hideaway’s weekend fiesta in Huntington Beach.

Newport Beach Film Festival, Kentucky Derby viewing parties and Cinco de Mayo celebrations… Here are the top Orange County weekend events for May 2-5.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


newport-beach-film-festivalNewport Beach Film Festival
Through May 2. The 20th annual week-long film fest showcases more than 340 feature films and shorts and presents sessions with directors and screenwriters. Highlights from this year’s schedule span documentaries about local heroes as well as international narrative features. The closing night gala features a live performance and light bites from some of Newport Beach’s top restaurants (ages 21+). See website for prices and venues.



huntington beach avp tournamentAVP Huntington Beach Open
May 3-5. Watch the world’s best beach-volleyball talents serve and spike at the annual pro beach volleyball tournament. The event also features a beach festival with activations, music and food. General admission is free; tickets can be purchased to VIP premium seating areas. See website for schedule of events and premium-seat pricing. Huntington Beach Pier, 1 Main St., Huntington Beach.




OC-Marathon-Running-FestivalOC Marathon and Festival
May 3-5. The world-class event features the SDCCU OC Marathon and Half Marathon, OC 5K, Kids Run the OC “Final Mile,” Ultimate Finish Line Festival, and the OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo. More than 23,000 participants, including 9,500 children, enjoy food, music and other family-fun entertainment. Registration fees and race times vary; see website for details. Parking F-Sa $8, Su $10. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, 949.222.0456.




Mary-Colby-Tea-&-Fashion-ShowMary Colby Tea and Fashion Show
May 4. The seventh annual high tea fashion show at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is headlined by the pre-fall collection of the major fashion label St. John Knits. The high tea presents an assortment of traditional canapés, desserts and cream teas with champagne as well as a boutique silent auction featuring items donated by businesses and organizations. 3-5 p.m. $85, $680 reserved table for eight. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.



Weekend-Fiesta-at-Pacific-Hideaway-photo-courtesy-Crowe-PRWeekend Fiesta at Pacific Hideaway
May 3-5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the restaurant’s second anniversary all weekend with tacos, margarita specials featuring Don Julio Tequila, and brunch on Sunday. Jonathan Blake Salazar performs on Friday and local mariachi band Trio Mariachi Los Salazar on Sunday. F 6 p.m., Su 11 a.m. Kimpton Shorebreak Resort, 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.965.4448. Info




Cha-Cha's-Latin-Kitchen-Specials-photo-courtesy-Ajenda-PRCha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
May 5. Come hungry to either Cha Cha’s location for Cinco de Mayo specials. Among them: tacos with maseca-dusted crispy lobster tail, chipotle cabbage slaw, heirloom pico de gallo, avocado and roasted jalapeño crema; chicken mole enchiladas; a margarita with muddled pineapple and cilantro, elderflower liqueur, Blanco tequila, agave nectar and lemon juice; and other tequila and Mexican beer specials. Starts at 11:30 a.m., live music 4:30-7:30 p.m. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.255.1040; 13126 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.408.7819.



Cinco-de-Sapphire-photo-courtesy-Moxxe-PRCinco de Sapphire
May 5. Head to Sapphire Laguna for a Mexican-inspired Sunday brunch, specialty margaritas, bottomless mimosas, micheladas and mariachis. Menu specials include a study of eggs Benedict, cinnamon-chocolate pancakes, chicken mole hash, cochinita-pibil enchiladas, mama’s blackened fish tacos, Kobe beef havarti cheeseburger and spicy buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888.




Outlets-at-San-ClementeFiesta de Mayo Celebration
May 4. The Outlets at San Clemente host an afternoon fiesta featuring Ballet Folklórico de San Juan Capistrano and Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano. Indulge in Fiesta de Mayo specials at participating eateries at the outlet including Auntie Anne’s, Blaze Pizza, Rockwell’s Bakery & Café, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ruby’s Diner and Slapfish. 1-3 p.m. Free. Outlets at San Clemente, Oak Tree Court, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323.




Alfresco-Beer-vs.-Wine-Dinner-photo-courtesy-J-Public-RelationsAlfresco Beer vs. Wine Dinner
May 2. Enjoy a five-course seasonal beer vs. wine menu by corporate executive chef Ron Fougeray at Splashes. Libation pairings include local IPAs such as Latitude 33 Lost Cities Hazy IPA and summer rosé. Among menu highlights are seared scallops, sweet potato gnocchi and hamachi crudo. For reservations, contact Charlotte Scofield at or call. 6:30 p.m. $75. Surf & Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.376.2754.



Davio's-Kentucky-Derby-Viewing-Party-photo-courtesy-Ajenda-PRDavio’s Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
May 4. Watch the races at the new Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. Guests are invited to enjoy Derby-themed cocktails and small bites, take pictures in the designated photo area and have the chance to win a $100 restaurant gift card if their Kentucky Derby attire is chosen as the favorite. 1-4 p.m. 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.477.4810.




Bourbon-Derby-Party-at-Five-Crowns-photo-provided-by-The-ACE-AgencyBourbon Derby Party
May 5. Cheer your favorite Kentucky Derby horses while savoring an exclusive Louisville-inspired menu paired with five whiskies at Five Crowns’ fifth annual bourbon party. Experience a proper Kentucky welcome with a traditional Mint Julep made with Woodford Reserve bourbon. Dress to impress in Derby attire: Prizes for “Male Best Dressed” and “Female Best Dressed” are awarded; there’s also a prize for the “Race Bet Winner.” 1-4 p.m. $120. Five Crowns Patio and Garden, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 949.760.0331. Tickets



Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation photo provided by Marguarite Clark Public RelationsLaguna Beach Taste of the Nation
May 5. Elevate your afternoon with food tastings, fine wines, craft cocktails, delectable desserts and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach. Savor bites created by celebrity chefs from California, Australian award-winning chef Curtis Stone and two chefs visiting from Montage Los Cabos, Mexico. Sip on wines, champagne and crafted cocktails, including Cinco de Mayo celebration cocktails provided by Casamigos at the Margarita Bar. VIP entry 2:30 p.m., 3-7:30 p.m. $250 GA, $275 VIP. 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.6000.


Weekend Fiesta at Pacific Hideaway photo courtesy Crowe PR. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen and Davio’s Kentucky Derby Viewing Party photos courtesy Ajenda PR. Cinco de Sapphire photo courtesy Moxxe PR. Alfresco Beer vs. Wine Dinner photo courtesy J Public Relations. Five Crowns photo provided by The ACE Agency. Taste of the Nation photo provided by Marguarite Clark Public Relations.

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