Orange County

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September 30-October 3


626 Night Market OC at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa photo courtesy 626 Night Market

626 Night Market at the OC Fair & Event Center

Oct. 1-3. Mark your calendar for the return of the 626 Night Market at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. The iconic California festival features more than 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions. 626 Night Market will also be back for two more weekends: Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 22-24. F-Sa 4-11 p.m., Su 4-10 p.m. $5+ one-day (online and at the door), $10+ weekend pass (online only), free for children 3 and under, $10 parking. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Interior shot of JoJo's Hideaway photo courtesy Outshine PR

Mike Hamilton at JoJo’s Hideaway

Oct. 1-2. Taking center stage this weekend at Tustin’s newly opened jazz lounge JoJo’s Hideaway is Platinum award-winning artist Mike Hamilton. The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has an extensive repertoire from jazz to rock and has toured and reordered with Kenny Loggins, Pure Prairie League, Steve Nicks, and Micheal MacDonald to name a few. Guests can enjoy dinner and drinks an intimate and exclusive atmosphere. Reservations are limited and can be made via email: 6-9 p.m. 17320 17th St., Tustin.

Food + Drink

O Sea celebrates National Seafood Month with three special menu items photo courtesy Moxxe PR

National Seafood Month at O Sea

Oct. 1-31. In celebration of National Seafood Month, O Sea is highlighting the bounty of seafood products found in local SoCal waters with a month-long limited menu. Executive chef David Yamaguchi is offering three special menu items that showcase the incredible diversity and quality of local seafood products: grilled Morro Bay Grassy Bar oysters with Santa Barbara red urchin butter; wild local opah in Mandarin aguachile with cucumber and white sesame; and grilled Santa Barbara spot prawns with yuzu kosho butter seaweed chimichurri. Su-M 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Tu-Sa 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 109 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.363.3309.

Burnt Crumbs' soufflé pancake with peaches and cream photo credit Ron De Angelis

New Weekend Brunch Menu Item at Burnt Crumbs

Through Oct. 31. Calling all brunchgoers! Award-winning chef Paul Cao is shaking things up during weekend brunch at Burnt Crumbs in Irvine with a seasonal new flavor of his fan-favorite Japanese soufflé pancakes … peaches and cream! Dive into this stack of made-to-order jiggly (and fluffy) soufflé pancakes, served with butter-glazed fresh peaches, peach whip, and double-peach ice cream from local ice cream shop Han’s Homemade. Sa-Su 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Los Olivos Marketplace, 8549 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.502.5998.

Mix Mix Kitchen & Bar's cocktail line up photo credit Ron De Angelis

Fall Cocktails at Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

Now Available. Cheers to the new season (and to Mix Mix Kitchen Bar turning five years old in October) with a new fall cocktail lineup at this Santa Ana favorite. Must-tries include frothy bourbon libations such as the Autumn & Eve (made with bourbon, lemon, rosemary syrup, egg white, Pilsner and rosemary sprig) to seasonal fruit-forward numbers like Mother Figure (an ode to the fig, made with brandy, orange liquor, lemon, fig syrup and fig) and Pear Pressure (made with pear vodka, St. Germain, lemon, pear slice and cherry). W-Th 5-9 p.m., F-Sa 5-10 p.m. 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.836.5158.

Blinking Owl Distillery's Sunday Brunch spread photo credit Ron De Angelis

Sunday Brunch at Blinking Owl Distillery 

Now Available. If you’ve been looking for a new brunch spot in O.C., Santa Ana’s Blinking Owl Distillery has just launched its own new Sunday brunch. Come hungry to get a taste of the Cacio e Pepe Bacon Breakfast Pie, the Baller Steak & Eggs, the Blini Stack (cream cheese blini pancakes with salted butter and strawberry compote) and more. Let’s not forget about brunch cocktails! There’s Blinking Owl’s take on the classic bloody mary, Bloody Vikings, except with its signature Aquavit, housemade Bloody mix and horseradish; the OC Orange Hootius Slushie; and (coming soon) the Cold Brewski. Su 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, 714.852.3947.

Don Chingon taco and Bad Hombre margarita at Descanso photo courtesy Descanso Restaurant

National Taco Day at Descanso

Upcoming | Oct. 4. Every day is taco day in our book, but we suggest celebrating this nationally recognized day at Descanso Restaurant in Costa Mesa. The modern taqueria invites guests to come and enjoy its special dine-in offer that pairs two menu favorites for $10—the Don Chingon taco and Bad Hombre margarita. This offer is available for dine-in only and can be enjoyed inside the restaurant or on the spacious outdoor patio. 3-9 p.m. 1555 Adams Ave., Suite 103, Costa Mesa, 714.486.3798.

Arts + Culture

Pianist Emanuel Ax photo courtesy Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart at Segerstrom Center

Oct. 1-2. Celebrate Pacific Symphony’s return to the concert hall during opening weekend with pianist Emanuel Ax performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17. Maestro St.Clair concludes the evening with Tchaikovsky’s moving Tchaikovsky’s moving Fifth Symphony. Note: Ticket holders must wear a mask and provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance. Preview talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m. $25. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center's fall workshop with pinecone wreaths photo courtesy Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Muzeo’s Fall Fun Workshop: Pinecone Wreaths

Oct. 2. Get in the fall spirit with Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center during one of its Fall Fun Workshop. This family-friendly workshop series takes place outdoors at Muzeo, and this weekend, stop by between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to learn how to make a pinecone wreath to take back home. Participants will be using hot glue, so parents are required to participate with their kids. All supplies are provided. Space is limited. Free with required RSVP. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.765.6450.

"LEGEND- 200 Years of Sleepy Hollow" art courtesy Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

LEGEND: 200 Years of Sleepy Hollow Exhibit

Through Oct. 31. Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center presents a celebratory exhibition that explores the origins of the classic short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the lasting legacy of one of America’s first pop culture icons, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. The artifacts in this exhibit come from 200 years of publishing, film adaptations and collectable memorabilia. There’s also an art show component, showcasing work created for this exhibit by local and national illustrators and artists. W-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.765.6450.

Photo credits: JoJo’s Hideaway courtesy Outshine PR. O Sea courtesy Moxxe PR. Blinking Owl Distillery, Burnt Crumbs and Mix Mix Kitchen Bar credit Ron De Angelis. O Sea courtesy Moxxe PR. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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