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Orange County Weekend Roundup April 12-15

Savor unique and delicious tacos at Share Our Selves’ Wild and Crazy Taco Night.

From spring craft workshops to wine and brew events, check out the top Orange County weekend happenings for April 12-15.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Apr. 13-15. Ignite young minds with a series of competitions, workshops and activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (S.T.E.A.M.). The event features entertainment, exhibitors, vendors, contests and more. F 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.




Los-Rios-Street-Ghost-TourLos Rios Street Ghost Tour
Apr. 13. Listed in the “Best Historical Tours in Orange County” by CBS News, embark on a behind the scenes tour led by an OC Ghosts and Legends field investigator telling the tales, legends and haunted theories of this historic Orange County neighborhood. Tours 8:30 and 9 p.m. $16.50 GA, $13 kids ages 12 and under. Los Rios Street Historic District, San Juan Capistrano, 949.667.1957.




Molly-Wood-Garden-Design-Spring-Tabletop-Workshop-and-Texas-Tea-Party-photo-provided-by-Kitchen-Table-PRMolly Wood Garden Design Spring Tabletop Workshop and Travel Treasures
Apr. 13. Attend O.C.’s garden guru and style maker Molly Wood’s two workshops on how to spruce up your home and see the unveiling of Molly’s finds from the Original Round Top Antiques Fair. Look forward to treasures and vintage goods you can’t find anywhere else in Orange County. Workshops 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free, RSVP required. Molly Wood Garden Design, 1660 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.548.1611.



Celebrate-Spring-at-Bella-TerraCelebrating Spring at Bella Terra
Apr. 14. Nothing says spring like baby animal kisses, live music to put a spring in your step and a little gardening project to connect you with Mother Nature. Welcome the season with music, a petting zoo, balloon twister and a fun craft for kids: planting flower seeds in recycled garden pots. 1-3 p.m. Free. Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2533.




Paper-Flowers-proteasPaper Flowers: Proteas
Apr. 14. Get into the spring spirit with a step-by-step class on how to make paper proteas with regular card stock paper. Taught by Handmade By Sara Kim, learn different ways to incorporate them into your wedding, events and your home. All materials will be supplied along with light refreshments. 10 a.m.-noon. $65. M. Lovewell, 305 E. 4th St., Unit 103, Santa Ana, 657.245.3553.






Yang’s-Braised-Chicken-Rice-photo-provided-by-All-Points-Public-Relations-1Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice
Open Daily. With more than 6,000 locations worldwide, experience the acclaimed restaurant’s single menu item—Yang’s authentic Chinese Huang Men chicken and rice dish in three spice levels—at the first ever U.S. location. At 1,500 square feet, the Tustin restaurant has enough seating for 40 and features both dine-in and carryout. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 13824 Red Hill Ave., Tustin, 714.731.7777.




SOS'-25th-Wild-&-Crazy-Taco-NightWild and Crazy Taco Night
Apr. 12. Witness more than 25 of O.C.’s most celebrated chefs create unique and delicious tacos exclusively for this wild evening. Featured chefs include David Andrade (Pueblo), Rich Mead (Farmhouse), Andrew Gruel (SLAPFISH) and Katy Smith (Puesto), among others. All proceeds benefit the Share Our Selves’ Food Pantry, which distributes an average of 235 bags of food to low-income and homeless individuals and families each day. VIP pre-party 4:30-5:30 p.m., event 5:30-7:30 p.m. $85 GA, $150 VIP. 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.270.2137.



Kanye-West's-Music-Interpreted-Through-Spanish-WineKanye West’s Music Interpreted Through Spanish Wine
Apr. 12. Experience an evening featuring an unique blend of five Kanye West songs interpreted through five paintings by local artist Kathy Lajvardi and five tray-passed courses paired with five different Spanish wines. Each pairing is explained by celebrity sommelier Amelia Singer (Hulu’s The Wine Show). 7 p.m. $100 pre-sale, $125. LVBX, 1220 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.441.4832.




Stone-Brewing-Beer-Dinner-at-Pacific-Hideaway-photo-courtesy-of-Crowe-PRStone Brewing Beer Dinner at Pacific Hideaway
Apr. 12. Sip on suds paired perfectly with coastal favorites at a four-course beer dinner specially paired with Stone Brewing craft beers. Indulge in courses like housemade lobster bratwurst and vanilla bean stout cheesecake, while enjoying Stone Brewing craft beer pairings designed to bring out the flavors in each dish and brew. 5-7 p.m. Reservations required, call 714.965.4422 or email 500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach.




San Clemente Micro Brew Fest-Left-Coast-brewing-CoSan Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
Apr. 14. Taste micro-brews from 16 craft breweries from all around Southern California at this annual festival, presented by Left Coast Brewing Co. Indulge in homemade food from a variety of non-profit organizations and food trucks while enjoying live music. Admission includes 12 four-ounce micro-brew tastings. 21+. VIP entrance noon-1 p.m.; GA 1-5 p.m. $40 GA presale; $45 GA at the door; $50 VIP. Left Coast Brewing Co., 1245 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, 949.276.6014.



Winemaker Lunch at CUCINA enoteca Irvine
Apr. 14. Experience a three-course family-style lunch with two wines per course with Josh Phelps (Grounded Wine Co. + Ad Vivum) and Sam Smith (Smith-Madrone + Curly St. James) out on the patio. Guests can look forward to the rotisserie duck and chicken with sides of market vegetables and ancient grains. 1-3 p.m. $75 (excludes tax and service fee).





RAIN-A-Tribute-to-the-Beatles-photo-by-Richard-LovrichRAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles
Apr. 11. Jump into this time machine for the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the album to life in its entirety along with other Beatles favorites. 7:30 p.m. $39+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.





Boston-PopsJohn Williams Program by Boston Pops Orchestra
Upcoming | Apr. 16. Watch the Boston Pops Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart perform a program of film music by legendary composer John Williams. Enjoy excerpts from classic films scores such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter and the Star Wars series, as well as less familiar music by Williams including The Witches of Eastwick, The Towering Inferno and Heidi. 8 p.m. $48-$268. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.



Nathan-Gunn-photo-by-Joshua-Spencer“Flying Solo” with Nathan Gunn
Apr. 22. Come see leading baritone Nathan Gunn sing contemporary songs, fun operatic tunes and selections from classic American musicals in his personal story, Flying Solo. This “Sexiest Man Alive” (People Magazine) recounts how he became elder of the Scottish Clan GUNN and learned what life is really about. See website for showtimes and prices. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2728.



Molly Wood Garden Design Spring Tabletop Workshop and Travel Treasures photo provided by Kitchen + Table PR. Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice photo provided by All Points Public Relations. Wild and Crazy Taco Night photo by Share Our Selves. Stone Brewing Beer Dinner at Pacific Hideaway photo provided by Crowe PR. Nathan Gunn photo by Joshua Spencer. RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles photo by Richard Lovrich.

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