Orange County

Weekend roundup

September 3-7


Drive-In OC at City National Grove of Anaheim

Sept. 4, 6. Entertainment returns to Anaheim with this drive-in series at City National Grove of Anaheim. Attendees can watch live music, movies and more from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. This weekend, grab your tickets see American Idol‘s season 17 runner-up Alejandro Aranda (aka Scarypoolparty) perform on Friday, followed by multi-platinum pop band Fitz and the Tantrums on Sunday. Both shows start at 7 p.m. See website for prices. 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.712.2700.

Taste of Knott’s

Sept. 4-7. While the theme park remains closed, Knott’s Berry Farm welcomes foodies to its outdoor dining and retail experience each weekend through September 13. Delight in classic flavors from around the park including new and one-of-a-kind food, drink and merchandise offerings. In addition, shop at the 14 artisan booths or at select Knott’s retail stores. Tasting Card required for event entry; one card per person, per entrance. $30 adults for five tastes, $15 children 3-11 for three tastes, free for children 2 and under. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.

Taste of Japan

Sept. 6. Don’t miss out on the ultimate Japanese street food pop-up in Long Beach! Get your fill with yakitori, ramen and other mouthwatering street foods from eateries including Shin-Sen-Gumi, Tsujita Artisan Noodle, Tanota Takoyaki, Drinking Buddy Japanese Artisan Snacks and Kagura Tokyo Tonkatsu & Sake Bar. Highly recommend pairing your food with cold craft beer from Ten Mile Brewing Company. Pre-order instructions available online; masks required during pick-up. 4-7 p.m. Ten Mile Brewing Company, 1136 E. Willow St., Long Beach.

Labor Day Weekend

Adya’s Grill Kits

Sept. 4-6. Save yourself the trouble of whipping up an at-home Labor Day menu and order yourself a ready-to-grill kit from Adya. Choose from two different two-person kits: the steak or seafood with veggies ($50); or the paneer or tofu skewers with veggies ($40). All grill kits come with roasted corn, chickpea and cucumber salad; basmati rice pilaf; naan; and mint chutney. Pick-up time and locations: Friday to Sunday at ADYA Anaheim; Friday and Saturday at ADYA Irvine; Friday at the artisan pop-up at OC Baking Company; or Saturday at Orange Home Grown. Place orders by emailing

Old Brea Chop House Marketplace

Sept. 4-6. Skip the large grocery store chains and get a variety of the finest cuts of meat, seafood and meal kits from Old Brea Chop House’s new marketplace. Locals can also purchase grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and cocktails to complete their Labor Day feasts! The marketplace is open next weekend as well if you aren’t able to stop by this weekend. See menu here. 10 a.m.-noon. 180 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.592.3122.

Food + Drink

Newport Beach Restaurant Month

Through Sept. 30. Foodies, rejoice! The annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week is back this year—but for a whole month! Use this extra time to check out as many participating eateries, whether it’s outdoor dining or take-out, as you can. Fun fact: there’s opportunities to win daily foodie giveaways and weekly grand vacation getaways! Sign up for the free Dine Pass to get in on this tasty experience. Read More

Bearded Tang Brewing

Now Open. A major heat wave is coming this weekend and we’re planning on ordering some cold ones from Stanton’s first ever brewery at Rodeo 39 Public Market! While Bearded Tang isn’t open for walk-ins at this time (anticipate a grand opening later this month), it’s open for to-go orders on its crowlers for $8. Choices include the fruity wheat ale Peach Blvd; hoppy blonde ale (Cali)bration; smooth Calm, Cool, Collected IPA; and West Coast-style Tank’d IPA. For pick-up, drive up to the front of Rodeo 39 to meet up with the Bearded Tang team. 12885 Beach Blvd., Suite 23, Stanton. | Order

Hendrix’s New Seasonal Menu

Now Available. Dive into Hendrix Restaurant & Bar’s new menu featuring executive chef Rainer Schwarz’s ocean-to-table dishes. Indulge in seafood items such as a 1.5-pound Alaskan king crab leg, whole fried Thai snapper, whole fried Texas red fish, lobster spaghetti carbonara and Oysters Rockefeller. Hendrix’s menu also features a selection of crisp summer salads, all of which can have rotisserie chicken, salmon or flat iron steak added. M-F 4-9:30 p.m., Sa-Su 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-9:30 p.m. 32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.248.1912.

Arts + Culture

DTSA First Saturday Digital Artwalk

Sept. 5. From singers to painters to blacksmiths, get a personal look into their creative processes at Downtown Santa Ana’s (virtual!) monthly artwalk. You’ll see some familiar local artists joining in from previous DTSA artwalks and will be showing their newest work. Before getting too comfortable on your couch, make sure to hit-up your favorite Downtown Santa Ana food and beverages for pick-up or delivery. 6-10 p.m. dtsaartwalk.orgFacebook Live

Trailblazing Women of Walt Disney’s Animation with Mindy Johnson

Sept. 6. Bowers Museum presents a special virtual presentation with award-winning author/historian Mindy Johnson of the landmark volume Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (Disney Editions). Watch Johnson take you into the hidden world of ink pens, paintbrushes, pigments, pencils, and pixels and the female artists that have formed Disney animation. Ticket holders will receive the private link on Sunday an hour before start time to view the online presentation. 1:30-2:30 p.m. $10 general, $5 members. For questions, email or call 714.567.3677.

Photo credits: Drive-In OC by Steve Thrasher. Newport Beach Restaurant Month courtesy Dine Newport Beach. Hendrix courtesy Moxxe PR. All other images are courtesy of the venues.

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