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Orange County Weekend Events Roundup September 7-10

Experience “A Taste of Baja” with Pan-Latin coastal cuisine and wine at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

From music festivals to wine soirées, check out the top Orange County weekend events for September 7-10.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Florida-Georgia-LineFlorida Georgia Line: Smooth Tour
Sept. 7. Country music duo Florida Georgia Line and the best-selling rapper, Nelly, are stopping in Anaheim as part of their cross-genre tour, called the Smooth Tour, present by Old Camp Whiskey. They’ll be joined by rising country artist Chris Lane for this hip-hop and country fusion concert. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.




Jake-Shimabukuro-by-Kenny-KimJake Shimabukuro
Sept. 8. Widely recognized as “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro has become a one-man army advancing the ukulele cause, turning the four-string axe into a flexible musical vehicle, capable of generating everything from crunching, effects-laden rock to sensuously swinging jazz. He playa an intoxicating mix of pop tunes, American Songbook standards and lilting originals. 8 p.m. See website for ticket information. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.



OhanafestOhana Dana Point Music Fest
Sept. 8-10. Grab some sunscreen and head out to the Ohana music festival featuring acts such as Social Distortion, Pixies, Eddie Vedder and Jack Johnson. Craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails, as well as artisan food options from local restaurants and food trucks will be available all day long. Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. F 2:30-10 p.m.; Sa noon-9:45 p.m.; Su noon-9:30 p.m. See website for ticket information. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point.



Day-N-NightDay N Night Fest
Sept. 8-10. Don’t miss out on the biggest hip-hop festival of the summer featuring artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Travis Scott to headline the three-day event. Also on the lineup are fellow rappers YG, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, 21 Savage, Kodak Black and many more. Expect a variety of celebrities, guest performances and the biggest most baddest sets of the year. See website for ticket information. Angel Stadium, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.



Tall-Ships-Festival-by-Cliff-WassmannTall Ships Festival
Sept. 8-10. History comes alive at Dana Point Harbor to celebrate California’s rich maritime roots. Hop aboard the historic tall ship fleet for the annual Parade of Sail or partake in cannon battles, pirate adventures and mermaid encounters. See website for full festival schedule and pricing. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point; park at Dana Hills High School, 3333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.



Fashion-Island's-50th-Anniversary_1Fashion Island’s 50th Birthday
Sept. 9. 
Celebrate Fashion Island’s 50th Birthday with a fun-filled day of entertainment in each major courtyard and sweet treats. Don’t forget to stop by the Atrium Lawn and get your 50th Birthday photo opportunity. See website for list of in-store parties and exclusive promotions. 2-6 p.m. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000.




Bobby-SlaytonBobby Slayton
Sept. 7-10. 
Known as The Pitbull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton has been performing his own intense style of stand-up comedy for over 20 years, becoming one of the best known respected and energetic comics working today. Audiences may recognize Slayton from his scene-stealing roles in movies, dozens of television shows and his distinctive gravelly voice from a number of different animated shows. See website for prices and times. Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.854.5455.




Sheckler-Golf-Tournament10th Annual Sheckler Oakley Golf Tournament
Sept. 9-10. 
The two-day event will kick-off a gala that invites guests in with a red carpet entrance and cocktail reception featuring a cigar lounge followed by silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and more. The following day, guests will enjoy a vintage nautical themed golf tournament featuring a full-day of hole activations, lunch and entertainment on the green, a sunset cocktail hour, 200-ft. helicopter ball drop, raffles and more. $300 donation per seat at the gala; $3,000 donation for a table for 10. Monarch Beach Golf Links, 50 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, 949.234.3900.


Total TrainingTotal Training Grand Opening

Sept. 9.
Co-founded by Gregg and Tammy Niemann, Total Training’s grand opening in their newest location will have a ribbon cutting ceremony, free classes, giveaways and more. This 3,000 square foot studio will offer intense workout sessions curated with hours of research by Head Trainer and Studio Manager, Nicole Ramirez. The studio also features a state-of-the-art sound system, a high-energy nightclub atmosphere and customized graffiti by local artists. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 1941 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.340.3555.




Butterfly-photo-by-David-ClodeButterfly Garden Planning Class
Sept. 10.
With the Fall approaching, it is the best season to plant drought tolerant and butterfly friendly landscape plants. In this gardening class with Sustainable Sam, learn what plants to use, what certifications are available and some tricks on creating a Pocket Butterfly Garden in small spaces. 9-10 a.m. Free. Farmers Park Market, 400 S Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.533.7225.





Eleanor-KerriganQueen Mary’s Ships & Giggles Comedy Night with Eleanor Kerrigan
Sept. 11. Laugh away the Monday blues with electric cocktails, delectable bites and company from some of Southern California’s funniest comedians. Hosted by world-renowned comic, Rocco Stowe, this event will feature hilarious acts from Eleanor Kerrigan, Willie Hunter, Jessica Wellington and Andrea Joseph. Free after 6 p.m. 5-7 p.m. Happy Hour. 8 p.m. Show. Self-parking with validation of $20 purchase in the Observation Bar. The Observation Lounge at the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, 800.437.2934.



Red-O-Cigar-DinnerRed O Cigar Dinner
Sept. 6. Indulge in an evening with Red O for their first Cigar Dinner with executive chef Adrian García. There will be scotch whiskey tasting, hand rolled cigars, four-course meal and wine. 6:30 p.m. $100 pp (tax and gratuity included). Red O, 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport, 949.718.030.





Miguel's-Jr.-Huntington-BeachMiguel’s Jr. Huntington Beach Grand Opening
Sept. 6. Join Miguel’s Jr. founders Mike and Mary Vasquez and President and CEO Javier Vasquez for the grand opening of their newest location followed by complimentary lunch for all in attendance. The new location serves the full homestyle Mexican menu and new beverage menu featuring the fresh squeezed, all natural lemonade and housemade horchata with 100 percent pure cane sugar. 10:30 a.m.-11:15 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 11:15 a.m.-Noon Complimentary Lunch. 19620 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach.



A-Taste-of-Baja-ExperienceA Taste of Baja Food and Wine Experience
Sept. 8. Indulge in Raya’s Pan-Latin coastal cuisine and wine tastings from 15 boutique wineries from the Baja region of Mexico. Executive Chef Brian Sundeen will present a selection of tapas-style tasting dishes and representatives from each of the wineries will share their stories and experiences while discussing tasting notes for their wine selection. 6-9 p.m. $95. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949-240-2000.




Wine-Soiree-Spectular8th Annual Wine Soirée Spectacular
Sept. 9.
Spend your evening with a wide variety of wines, delicious food, live music, a silent auction and the Start Your Own Cellar raffle where you can win 50 bottles of wine. Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold. Funds raised will allow the Southern California Hospice Foundation to continue to offer invaluable assistance to children and adults with needs that lie outside of the hospice benefit, such as helping with food, transportation, utility bills and granting final wishes. 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $150. The Marconi Automotive Museum, 1302 Industrial Dr., Tustin.



Oak-Grill-Monday-Football-NightsMonday Night Football at Oak Grill
Starting Sept. 11. This is the night and place for football fans to fuel up during their favorite sports season. Oak Grill’s all-new NFL special Monday night bar deal invites footballers to order up any craft beer for just $5—to be enjoyed with $8 Tri-Tip Nachos piled high with spicy pinto beans, ghost pepper salsa, queso Oaxaca, cilantro crema and avocado. 5 p.m.-close. Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.




Sept. 10-Oct.9. To mark their 40th anniversary, Oktoberfest Huntington Beach promises to make 2017 the best celebration yet. There will be authentic German Food, imported German Beers, German-based bands and other festivities, competitions, games and more. See website for schedule and pricing. Old World German Restaurant, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020.




Tchaikovsky SpectacularPacific Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Sept. 9. 
End the summer with a bang with Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits along with Rachmaninoff’s lush Second Piano Concerto performed by the Gold Medal winner of this year’s Van Cliburn Competition. The electrifying 1812 Overture—complete with cannon sounds and brilliant fireworks—will have hearts racing and spirits soaring. Outside food and beverages welcomed; glassware not permitted inside amphitheater. 6 p.m. Gates open. 8-10 p.m. $25-$199. Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair & Event Center, 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.



Gerald-ClaytonCasa Jazz Master Class: Gerald Clayton
Sept. 9.
Take a master class in jazz piano from Gerald Clayton, whose collaborations with distinctive artists such as Diana Krall, Kendrick Scott, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard and saxophone legend Charles Lloyd have earned him Grammy nominations. Clayton is a pianist and composer who performs internationally with the Gerald Clayton Trio and a host of music icons. 10 a.m.-Noon. Free. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.

Jake Shimabukuro photo by Kenny Kim. Butterfly Garden Planning Class photo by David Clode.

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