Orange County

Weekend roundup

September 1-4


Bends Brew

Bend and Brew at OC Local

Sept. 3. Detox before your morning flow hosted by iHeartYoga at one of South County’s most popular new neighborhood spots. Tickets are $15 a person, but also include your first drink – and with one of the largest and best selections of beers on draft in all of Orange County. RSVP by signing up here. Starts at 10 a.m. 30100, Town Center Drive Unit A, Laguna Niguel, 949.481.5800.

Labor Day Pool Party

Sept. 4. A three-day weekend mixed with a heat wave means only one thing – time to hit the pool. Join DJ Fonz and DJ Marco Nova in Dana Point this Labor Day. Guests are invited to enjoy great beats, bites and libations. $40 entry, which includes and a complimentary drink. Tickets are purchased on-site. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000.

Orange International Street Fair

Sept. 2-4. OISF celebrates 50 years of tradition this weekend with the return of the famous street fair in the city of Orange. Attendees can enjoy 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths, local artisans, 7 stages of entertainment featuring local bands, and a street dedicated entirely to kids with crafts and games. Friday, 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information, please visit

Food + Drink

Happy Hour at Billy’s at the Beach

Sept. 3-5. Celebrate the final days of summer by relaxing in the bay breeze while enjoying Billy’s daily happy hour specials. Featuring $8 signature cocktails and wines by the glass, and a selection of pupus including Billy’s grilled sausage platter, Kalua pulled pork slider, chicken skewers and chowder fries. Billy’s at the Beach will be open on Labor Day from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. 2751 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, 949.722.1100.

Bites and Botanical Bevies

Opens Sept. 1. 608 Dahlia – the sublime restaurant located inside the Sherman Library & Gardens – recently launched its new botanical-inspired craft cocktail menu. This Thursday, they are extending past their traditional lunch-only hours to present lite bites and beverages. From 3-6 p.m. guests are invited to come enjoy the majestic garden, restaurant, and 608 Dahlia’s new cocktails. 2647 E Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, 949.220.7229.

The Lost Inferno Ignites its Soft Open

Now Open. It seems that all good things are moving to San Clemente. The team behind some of Orange County’s best havens for cocktails, atmosphere, and more have opened their newest vibrant concepts to the public. The Lost Inferno – a tiki bar of sorts – and its Japanese cocktail bar speakeasy – Momoku No Usagi – are officially welcoming guests to its experience. Thursdays to Saturdays, 6 p.m. – midnight-ish. 425 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente.

VEA Opens with a Bang

Now Open. Newport Beach’s newest hotel is officially open. VEA Newport Beach welcomes guests to enjoy the renovated space and exciting new menus across the property. The culinary team have brought in three different restaurants for guests to enjoy. There is also live music to enjoy all weekend, both at View (7-10 p.m.) and at Edge Bar (4-7 p.m.) 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.4000.

Arts + Culture

Final Days of Pageant of the Masters

Ends Sept. 2. The yearly journey is almost over for art lovers as the finals days of the flagship event at the Festival of Arts looms. The 2022 Pageant of the Masters is a kaleidoscope of international art becoming your passport to distant lands, cultural celebrations and fascinating history. Tickets can be purchased here. 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Casa Romantica Turns 94

Sept. 4. Recently, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens celebrated its 95th anniversary with a special recognition from Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. Now they are inviting guests to join them for D. Yoder Family Sunday 95th Anniversary Celebration. There will be tile decorating, special docents sharing the history of the estate, live music, and celebratory cake. Sunday from 10am – 2pm. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. 949.498.2139.

N.I.C.U. 2 Nursery Charity Event

Sept. 1. Enjoy an end-of-summer benefit concert featuring Sega Genocide at Brewery X at Anaheim. The concert – with an accompaniment of a silent auction – is designed to benefit Hoag Hospital’s N.I.C.U. The charity provides financial aid to children in the N.I.C.U. The event is free to attend. Learn more about the charity here. Thursday from 6-10 p.m. 3191 E. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim. 657.999.1500.

Photo credits: Billy’s at the Beach courtesy of The ACE Agency. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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