Orange County

Weekend roundup

September 12-15

“Cirque Mei” at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.

StyleWeekOC, Tastemakers of Orange County, Cirque Mei and more…. Here are the top Orange County weekend events for September 12-15.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Sept. 12-14. Orange County’s original fashion week returns with three panel discussions featuring experts and influencers in fashion and beauty, among them actress Kat Graham, jewelry designer Gorjana Reidel, Planoly founder Brandy Pham and influencer Cassydy Berliner. The event, free to the public, promises celebrity-bran pop-up shops, activations throughout the center and in-store parties. Women’s brand Simply is co-host. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.



David-Spade-at-Brea-Improv-photo-courtesy-Personal-PublicityDavid Spade at the Brea Improv
Sept. 13-14. American actor, stand-up comedian, writer and television personality David Spade takes center stage for a two-night comedy special. The audience might recognize Spade from Netflix’s original comedy The Do-Over; he’s known for his heavy sarcasm and comedic self-deprecation. F 7:30 p.m. Sa 9:30 p.m. $45. 180 S. Brea Blvd. Brea, 714.482.0700.




The-Queen-Mary's-Doggie-Paradise-photo-by-@4aussiebrothers_IGThe Queen Mary’s Doggie Paradise
Sept. 14. 
The Queen Mary debuts an afternoon of canine fun at Doggie Paradise. The event is intended for four-legged friends of any size or breed and their two-legged friends. Highlights include educational workshops at the Bark-eology Tent, dog-themed entertainment on the Pawfect Performance Stage and a “cutest dog” contest. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 GA (includes one human and one dog), $50 VIP (includes one human and one dog), plus $5 per additional dog. The Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.499.1739.



Happy-Hour-at-Center-Hub-photo-courtesy-Ajenda-Public-RelationsHappy Hour at Center Hub
Now Available. Football season is back and Center Hub kicks off the season with happy-hour specials Mondays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to close! Catch the games and enjoy $6 well drinks, $1 off beer and wine, and food options from the surrounding food vendors. Trade Food Hall, 2222 Michelson Drive, #220, Irvine, 949.536.5652.




Salt-&-Straw’s-Student-Inventors-Series-photo-courtesy-Becca-PRSalt & Straw’s Student Inventors Series
Now Available. Salt & Straw head ice cream maker Tyler Malek and team are back with their annual offerings inspired by suggestions from local elementary students. They brought three Jefferson Elementary students’ scoop dreams to life with the flavors Magical Unicorn-ice-cream, Lady Noir and Frozen Prezall, available through Oct. 4. The names and descriptions (typos and all) were authored by each student inventor. A portion of proceeds are donated to the school’s PTA. Downtown Disney, 1550 Disneyland Drive, E-103A, Anaheim, 714.855.4321.



Surf-Inspired-Dishes-and-Cocktails-photo-by-Kait-McKay-PhotographySurf-Inspired Dishes and Cocktails
Now Available. Tanner’s Restaurant has launched new menu items inspired by the international flavors of renowned surf cities from around the world. Featured dishes include blackened salmon tacos, roasted organic peri-peri chicken, barbecue chicken skewers and pan-seared barramundi. New cocktails include Endless Summer, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, The ’55 and Make Waves. Paséa Hotel & Spa, 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.698.6130.



California-Wine-Harvest-Celebration-photo-courtesy-H2-Public-RelationsCalifornia Wine Harvest Celebration
Sept. 12. Elevate your evening with a walk-around tasting event highlighting some of California’s best and brightest winemakers at Del Frisco’s Grille at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy 20 different wines from renowned California vintners such as Duckhorn Vineyards, Daou Vineyards & Winery and Orin Swift Cellars. Passed hors d’oeuvres include ahi tacos, artichoke beignets, cheesesteak eggrolls and steak crostini; Grille favorites also include charcuterie and cheese boards. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $65. 772 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.341.0376.



Tastemakers-of-Orange-County-photo-by-Lisa-Hu-ChenTastemakers of Orange County
Sept. 12. Celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture and heritage with Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes and beverages by distinguished O.C. chefs. Highlights also include entertainment and silent and live auctions. VIP entry 6 p.m., GA 7-9 p.m. $85 GA, $125 VIP. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.




Pacific-Northwest-Seafood-Celebration-photo-courtesy-The-Ritz-Carlton,-Laguna-NiguelPacific Northwest Seafood Celebration
Sept. 13.
Indulge in an eight-course family-style Pacific Northwest Seafood Celebration on the Dana Lawn overlooking Salt Creek Beach. Guests can engage with the chefs as they prepare the meal. The price include endless pours of cocktails and paired wines. 6-9 p.m. $150. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000. Tickets




Taste-of-Japan-photo-courtesy-Taste-of-JapanTaste of Japan
Sept. 14. 
Celebrate Japanese culture and cuisine at this first-ever tasting event in downtown Long Beach. The family-friendly festival features a wide variety of culinary treats available for purchase plus Japanese art, anime and on-stage performances. For adults, the festival offers a VIP ticketed beer and sake garden including an eclectic variety of all-you-can-drink beer and sake options as well as food-item specials. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 GA pre-sale, $7 GA at the door, $60 VIP pre-sale, $80 VIP at the door. Pike Outlets, 95 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 877.225.5337.



Cirque-Mei-photo-courtesy-Cirque-MeiCirque Mei
Sept. 14-15.
From People’s Republic of China, Hebei Province, Cirque Mei features traditional and contemporary Chinese circus with 40 elite artists and acrobats. Performances include many of the most popular Chinese circus routines, among them hoop diving, lion dance, collective bicycle skills, flying meteors, foot juggling with umbrellas, female contortion and ladder balancing. Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. $29+. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Flashback-Heart-Attack-photo-by-Jeff-FarsaiConcert on the Green
Sept. 15. Local band Flashback Heart Attack brings the 1980s cover-band experience to the Newport Beach Civic Center. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, blankets and low-slung beach chairs; food trucks will also sell dinner and desserts. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.717.3802.



Photos: StyleWeekOC courtesy Irvine Co. Retail Properties. David Spade courtesy Personal Publicity. Doggie Paradise, @4aussiebrothers/Instagram. Salt & Straw courtesy Becca PR. California Wine courtesy H2 Public Relations. Tastemakers, Lisa Hu Chen. Pacific Northwest courtesy the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Taste of Japan courtesy Taste of Japan. Cirque Mei courtesy Cirque Mei. Flashback Heart Attack, Jeff Farsai.

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