Orange County

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September 2-6


Orange County Soccer Club's Beer Fest 2021 photo courtesy Orange County Soccer Club

Orange County Soccer Club’s Beer Fest

Sept. 3. Cheers to the weekend at Orange County Soccer Club’s second Beer Fest of 2021 inside Championship Soccer Stadium. Attendees will not only have access to the Beer Fest but also the game between Orange County Soccer Club and El Paso Locomotive FC. There will be one last Beer Fest on Oct. 2 with a game against Phoenix Rising FC. Must be 21+ with valid ID. Gates open at 5 p.m.; VIP gets early access at 4 p.m. $50 GA, $40 VIP, $20 designated driver ticket. 8272 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, 949.647.4625.

Kusamono Display Workshop photo courtesy Sherman Library & Gardens

Bonsai Class: Kusamono Display Workshop

Sept. 4. Spruce up your plant life at home with a special bonsai class hosted by Debra Mauzy-Melitz from Orange County Bonsai Society at Sherman Library & Gardens. This in-depth workshop will introduce attendees to the culture, history, rules and techniques of Kusamono display and then encourage them to design their own display to reflect their own creativity. The class will include a display board, a Kusamono, a Suiseki on a cushion and a small seasonal accent item. 9-11:30 a.m. $100 members, $120 non-member. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Beyond Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience photo by Rodrigo Gaya Photography/GAYAMAN Visual Studio_courtesy Nederlander Concerts

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Through Sept. 12. Be transported into iconic Post-Impressionist painter’s world at this all-new experience at the Anaheim Convention Center. Created by French-Canadian creative director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s world-renowned Normal Studio, this experience features more than 300 of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic artworks through a three-dimensional lens. Guests can walkthrough an exclusively designed space that will make them become one of the brush strokes on his colorful canvasses. M, F-Sa 10 a.m-9 p.m.; Tu-Th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim,

Labor Day Weekend

Inflatable Water Park at Newport Dunes Waterfront Beach Resort 2021 photo courtesy The ACE Agency

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort 

Sept. 3-6. Continue the summer fun this Labor Day weekend at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort with aquatic adventures and family-friendly experiences. Spend the day on the water at Newport Dunes’ Inflatable Water Park (pictured) which features extra-large inflatables including a 17-foot slide, trampoline, two climbable icebergs, monkey bars, bouncers and teeter-totters. In addition to the aquatic playground, other activities include pedal boats, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and brand-new 21-foot electric Duffy boats. Water Park: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.279.4507.

Marriot Irvine Spectrum's outdoor lawn event space photo courtesy J Public Relations

Marriott Irvine Spectrum

Sept. 4-5. Bring your friends to enjoy barbecue and outdoor fun this Labor Day weekend at Marriott Irvine Spectrum. On Saturday, guests can enjoy a barbecue cookout at the expansive outdoor lawn (pictured), inclusive of lawn games (think: water balloon toss), boozy popsicles and a movie at dusk. On Sunday, continue the festivities on the lawn before heading up to Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar for a barbecue blowout (5-10 p.m.) featuring menu items such as smoked brisket sliders, loaded sweet potato fries, corn dog bites, and barbecue wings. There will also be a DJ spinning tunes from 6-9 p.m. 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.759.0200.

Food + Drink

Cheers with drinks at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens photo courtesy The ACE Agency

Farmhouse Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Through Sept. 5. In celebration of Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens turning five on Sept. 1, owner and executive chef Rich Mead created a celebratory menu of $5 food and drink specials available through Sunday. The menu features five $5 bites paired with $5 sips, including a daily red and white wine offering curated by general manager and wine enthusiast Koire Rogers. There will also be a signature cocktail courtesy of the ‘Chef de Swigs’ Anthony Laborin. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, 949.640.1415.

Interior shot of Radisson Blu Anaheim's FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar photo by Ralph Esposito/ courtesy Wagstaff Media & Marketing

New Dining Concepts at Radisson Blu Anaheim

Now Open. Radisson Blu Anaheim welcomes diners to experience its two new on-site dining destinations: FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar and Oasis Pool Bar. At FireLake, enjoy a breakfast experience (pictured; dinner service to come) featuring an assortment of egg-centric dishes such as the duck pastrami Benedict; and charcoal-roasted baked eggs. The quick-service Oasis Pool Bar is available to both hotel guests and locals looking for a quick bite and specialty cocktails to enjoy poolside. FireLake: W-Su 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; Oasis Pool Bar: W-Su 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Arts + Culture

NYC-based drummer Allison Miller photo courtesy Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Allison Miller Quartet at Casa Romantica

Sept. 4. Casa Romantica is kicking off its 2021-22 Casa Captivating Season with the Casa Jazz series featuring world-renowned, NYC-based percussionist Allison Miller. The evening will start off with a pre-show reception on the Ocean Terrace with appetizers and full bar from Carbonara Catering and wine from Westerly Wines. 7 p.m. $70 GA, $65 members. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139.

Sung Yong Tark Exhibit at Muzeo

Through Sept. 5. Don’t miss your chance to view Korean master calligrapher Sung Yong Tark’s Passing Through Life with Brushes, Chisels, & Clays: Traditional and Abstract Calligraphy before it closes this Sunday at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center. This exhibit serves as a retrospective of Tark’s practice over the past 35 years and is different from many calligraphy surveys because of the many works written in Hangul, the Korean language and one that is the most scientific phonetic language system in the world. W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.765.6450.

Matthew Rolston, "Barye, Roger, and Angelica (Angelica)," 2016 photo courtesy Fahey/Klein Los Angeles

Matthew Rolston’s Art People: The Pageant Portraits

Through Sept. 19. Laguna Art Museum presents artist, photographer, and video director Matthew Rolston’s first institutional solo exhibition on the West Coast, Art People: The Pageant Portraits. This exhibit features Rolston’s larger-than-life, strangely haunting photographs of participants in Laguna Beach’s world-renowned Pageant of the Masters, known for its elaborate tableau vivant presentations. Th-Tu 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $7 GA; $5 students (18+) and seniors; free for members and children 17 and under. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8971.

Photo credits: Beyond Van Gogh by Rodrigo Gaya Photography/GAYAMAN Visual Studio. Newport Dunes Waterfront Beach Resort courtesy The ACE Agency. Marriott Irvine Spectrum courtesy J Public Relations. FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar by Ralph Esposito/courtesy Wagstaff Media & Marketing. Calligraphy artwork by Sung Yong Tark. Matthew Rolston, “Barye, Roger, and Angelica (Angelica),” 2016 courtesy Fahey/Klein Los Angeles. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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