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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup September 14-17

Toast to the weekend at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails Saturday Brunch.

From OC Fest of Ales to StyleWeekOC, check out the top Orange County weekend events for September 14-17.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


The-Literacy-Project-Gala8th Annual ‘What Dreams Are Made Of’ Gala
Sept. 14. The Literacy Project’s annual fundraising event brings together philanthropists, literacy experts and supporters of education to give the gift of literacy to at-risk students performing below English proficiency. The evening will raise funds to provide The Literacy Project’s proprietary 30-hour reading program at no cost to elementary school classrooms throughout Southern California. 6 p.m. Cocktail Reception; 7 p.m. Dinner and Program. $225 pp; $2,000 for table of 10. Newport Beach Country Club, One Clubhouse Dr., Newport Beach, 949.721.1319.



Andew-McMahon-at-Global-Genes-Tribute6th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope
Sept. 14. Emmy nominated recording artist, Andrew McMahon, is set to perform at Global Genes’ event to help honor and celebrate rare disease advocates, scientists, patients and supporters. Additional performances include Stephanie Rice (NBC’s The Voice Season 12), Sparsh Shah and Gavin Stevens (both from NBC’s Little Big Shots). 4:30 p.m. Blue Carpet Arrival; 6:30 p.m. Event Start. $500 pp. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave, Anaheim, 949.248.7273.



Caterina's-Club-FundraiserCharity Golf Tournament Benefiting Catrina’s Club
Sept. 15. Golfers are encouraged to sign up for the Secure One Capital Wholesale Lending Golf Tournament benefiting Caterina’s Club, which feeds hungry children, houses families and helps at-risk you secure jobs. The tournament will feature a Million Dollar Shootout in which the person scoring a hole-in-one will earn $1,000,000. 11 a.m. Strawberry Farms Golf Club, 11 Strawberry Farm Road, Irvine, 657.201.3278.




Heather-HeadleyRomance of the Mission Benefit Gala
Sept. 15. Mission San Juan Capistrano presents its benefit gala on the beautiful mission grounds. The black-tie event includes a candlelight dinner hosted by the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, and a concert by Grammy and Tony Award winner Heather Headley. Proceeds go toward preservation of the mission, which was founded in 1776 and attracts 300,000 visitors each year. 6 p.m. Reception in the gardens; 7 p.m. Concert; four-course dinner in the courtyard to follow. $350 pp. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1323.



Sept. 15-17. Orange County’s original fashion week returns with A-list style sessions, high-fashion festivities and celebrity guests. Get front and center at a fabulous series of panel discussions from fashion, beauty and home influencers. Enjoy in-store shopping parties to showcase fall’s hottest trends and event vignettes to inspire. See website for more details. Free. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.




LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil
Upcoming. Cirque du Soleil is bringing LUZIA to SoCal! Experience water inside the big top, jaw dropping acts and larger than life props in this unique production unlike any show you have ever seen before. LUZIA opens December 8 in Los Angeles and February 21 in Costa Mesa. Get ready to be transported to a surreal world of wonders! Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A.; OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa.




Sand-Sports-Super-Show2017 Sand Sports Super Show
Sept. 15-17. Get up close to the latest Sand Rails, UTVs, ATVs, Side x Sides, accessories, apparel and more. This event will feature 300+ vendors and exhibits with the latest and greatest of what the sand and off-road industry has to offer. Many of these companies will be launching brand new products at the event. F 4-10 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Su 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 Advance; $20 GA; Children 12 and under are free. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, 310.533.0589.




Nick-Jonas-Angels-StadiumStrike Out Slavery
Sept. 16. Come support the inaugural Strike Out Slavery event to help raise awareness for the growing epidemic of modern day slavery. Enjoy the ball game against the Rangers, activities, giveaways and free post-game concert by multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist Nick Jonas. Raised funds will directly benefit eight international organizations fighting human trafficking. 4 p.m. Family Festival Activities; 6 p.m. Game Starts. Angel Stadium, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.




OC-Fest-of-Ales-2OC Fest of Ales
Sept. 16. 
In the heart of downtown Anaheim, enjoy unlimited craft beer tastes from 40+ breweries, unlimited gourmet food tastings, live music and games. Other activities include a home brew competition and one lucky brewery will be awarded the Mayor’s Trophy. Partial proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profit organizations: The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade, and Downtown Anaheim Association. Noon-4 p.m. $70. 201 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, 714.956.3586.




Festival-of-Children16th Annual Festival of Children
Sept. 16-17. Celebrating National Child Awareness Month, Festival of Children Foundation illuminates the important work of 75 local children’s charities, and will be featuring a multitude of free activities and entertainment. From storytime to LEGO activities and dancing, this weekend boasts plenty of events for kids of all ages to enjoy. Noon-4 p.m. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.




Wine-Festival-in-the-BackyardWine Harvest Festival in the Backyard
Sept. 17. A harvest for wine lovers and families to enjoy hearty eats, a farmers market, music, contests and games with prizes. While the children enjoy the kids’ corner and petting zoo, adults can enjoy superior wine tasting with pours from Justin, Groth, Daou, Paul Hobbs and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 Adult; $15 Ages 5-12; Free children under five. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.




Savor-Santa-AnaSavor Santa Ana Tasting Night
Sept. 14.
With your route map in-hand, you are invited to walk DTSA’s tree-lined brick sidewalks. Walking event features tastings at 40+ downtown restaurants, live entertainment and free trolley. 5-9:30 p.m. Five tastings for $10. Downtown Santa Ana Historic District, N. Spurgeon and 4th St., Santa Ana.





YNK-One-Year-AnniversaryYNK’s One-Year Anniversary
Sept. 15.
 Irvine’s beloved cocktail destination YNK by Ellis Adams Group is celebrating their one year anniversary with an event open to the public. Sip on YNK’s most popular libations while enjoying complementary hors d’oeuvres and YNK swag bags. RSVP to 5:30 p.m. Inside the Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine.




Andrei's-Saturday-BrunchSaturday Brunch at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Sept. 16. 
From light and simple to savory and sophisticated, recently appointed executive chef Porfirio Gomez created a brunch menu that combines Californian flavors with his two favorite Mediterranean cuisines: Spanish and French. Highlights include Pork Belly Fritatta, Crème Brule French Toast, topped with caramelized bananas, fresh berries, cinnamon cream and maple syrup and the Andrei’s Mimosa Cart. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 949.387.8887.




Afternoon-ChaiAfternoon Chai
Sept. 16.
Learn how to make the perfect cup of chai and Indian Tea Sandwiches with Chef Shachi Mehra. She has a passion for creating innovative and thoughtful menus that tastefully balance a variety of flavors and make cuisines appealing to a range of tastes. Mehra will also be sharing secrets on how to recreate her coveted chai along with her season-inspired Indian Tea Sandwiches. 11 a.m. $35 (includes lunch and wine, beer or chai). Packing District of Anaheim, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., #201, Anaheim, 714.533.2392.



Curious-IncidentThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Through Sept. 17. Five-time Tony Award-winning play based on Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel tells the story of fifteen-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. See website for ticket information. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Beethoven5Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
Sept. 14-16. Concert conducted by Music Director Carl St. Clair, who led Wagner’s Ring Cycle to critical acclaim as music director of the German National Theater and Staatskapelle in Weimar, Germany. Featured in his first-ever appearance with the Symphony is international opera star Greer Grimsley. 8 p.m. $25-$126. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.755.5799.



Carlos-MenciaCarlos Mencia
Sept. 14-17. One of today’s most popular entertainers and comics is bringing his “C 4 Urself Tour” to Orange County. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy commercial parodies, films, or nation-wide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a wide and diverse audience. See website for schedule. $25-$55. 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.


StyleWeekOC photo courtesy of Meredith Foy. 16th Annual Festival of Children photo courtesy of Festival of Children. Saturday Brunch at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails photo courtesy of Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails.

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