Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

ritz-carlton-chefs-tableFOOD + DRINK
Mushrooms, Mushrooms, Mushrooms
Apr. 19.
Executive Chef Andres Jimenez of The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel invites guests to enjoy this month’s chef’s table dinner themed Mushrooms, Mushrooms, Mushrooms. A very versatile ingredient, mushrooms are low in calories, fat and cholesterol free and can even be creatively used in desserts! Chef Jimenez presents four wild mushrooms expertly prepared in four delicious ways. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.5020.

california-wine-festivalCalifornia Wine Festival
Apr. 20-21.
Sample wines from more than 70 wineries at the 3rd Annual California Wine Festival at the beautiful oceanfront venue of Doheny State Beach. Participating wineries include Herzog Wine Cellars, Rutherford Wine Company, Wiens Family Cellars and Dry Creek Vineyard. The festival also features gourmet food from delicious restaurants like 118 Degrees, K’ya Bistro Bar and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar. Listen to music from jazz guitarist Roy Swanson and Reggae jammers UPSTREAM throughout the weekend. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 800.797.7753.

scottsEarth Day Celebration
Apr. 22.
Scott’s Restaurant & Bar celebrates Earth Day by offering a three-course family style menu featuring organic produce from unity farms and sustainable seafood form Santa Monica Seafood. Enjoy delicious Russian kale with Medjool dates and Alaskan halibut with flowering arugula followed by raspberry bisque with almond and lemon mousse for dessert. Wine pairing is available for an additional cost. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400.

Elizabeth Charles
Apr. 19.
High-end, multi-brand boutique Elizabeth Charles brings its unique mix of sophisticated clothing and accessories to Newport Beach. Shop from fashion forward brands such as Thakoon, Joseph and KARL by Karl Lagerfeld. In-house stylists are always on hand to help create a stunning look for a special occasion or to assist in revamping an existing wardrobe. 1649 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.645.2300.

ecommunityEARTH DAY
Apr. 21.
The CAMP, Costa Mesa’s environmentally friendly shopping center celebrates increasing awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment with ECOmmunity: An Earth Day Festival. Begin the day with a Crossfit workshop hosted by SEED People’s Market and Lole before enjoying shopping promotions and refreshments throughout the center. Make eco-friendly arts and crafts, learn to preserve produce with a canning demonstration and try your hand at chic succulent arrangements while listening to live performances from McKenzie Brandon and Moonsville Collective. 2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.966.6661.

st.-pats-day-earth-festivalIrish Spring Earth Day Festival
Apr. 22.
The Orange County Market Place adds an interesting twist to Earth Day with the Irish Spring Earth Day Festival, which not only features eco-friendly education but Irish dancing as well! Learn about earthworm and food composting, zero waste zones and recycled auto windshield art while watching performances from champion Irish dancers and enjoying Irish potatoes and other Irish fare from gourmet food trucks. Browse eco-friendly vendors for arts and crafts and enjoy entertainment ranging from magic and comedy to face painting and stilt walking. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.723.6660.

La Boheme
Apr. 19-24.
The Pacific Symphony presents one of Puccini’s most popular and heartbreaking operas, La Boheme, in a semi-staged production conducted by Carl St. Clair. Follow the tale of young bohemian start-struck lovers as they cope with poverty, hunger and illness on the streets of Paris. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.

The Anoushka Shankar Project: Traveller
Apr. 22.
In a groundbreaking performance, Anoushka Shankar boldly blends the passionate and diverse music of Spain with the vibrant, ancient forms of the Indian classical tradition. The tracing the thousand year musical journey of Gypsies from their Indian homeland through the Middle East and Europe before reaching the final destination of Spain, Shankar shows the connection between Spanish and Indian music. Bursting with flashing rhythms and intricate melodies, the concert brings together the Indian sitar and Hindustani vocals with the Spanish guitar and gypsy cante like never before. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Apr. 20-May 20.
Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable when a young artist who sculpts baby dolls begins to suspect that a demanding client may be the mother who abandoned her. The psychological thriller examines the dangerous power of creation as the artist begins to unravel the mystery, discovering a haunting path that leads to her own “reborning.” Chance Theater. 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, 714.777.3033.

To The Arctic 3D
Apr. 20-May 10.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, To The Arctic 3D takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they navigate the ever-changing scenery of the Arctic wilderness over the course of five days.  The WHERE family is especially proud of this film as our editor-in-chief’s son, Noah, sings on the soundtrack, which also features outstanding songs by Paul McCartney. The film aims to increase the public’s understanding of the severe issues facing Arctic landscape and inspire greater protection for this majestic terrain. Irvine Spectrum IMAX Theater, 65 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.450.4920.

Imagination Celebration: Imagining Future Landscapes
Apr. 21.
Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Outreach for Community Arts (LOCA) invite families to participate in a fun-filled day of hands-on art projects with green, environmentally-friendly themes at Imagination Celebration: Imagining Future Landscapes. The event also features face painting, live performances, complimentary refreshments and the “Art Detective Game,” which encourages careful observation of pieces currently on display throughout the museum. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. 949.494.8971.

Orange County Fashion Showcase
Apr. 19-21.
The Orange County Fashion Showcase is an innovative way of bringing together members of the local fashion and business communities to support shared philanthropic goals. The event features fashion shows, industry seminars and musical performances. This year, OCFS raises funds for Working Wardrobes, an organization which aims to outfit men, women and young adults with professional attire to give them confidence in their job searches and workplaces. Visit the event website for venue details.

newport-boat-showNewport Boat Show
Apr. 19-22.
The 39th Annual Newport Boat Show returns to Lido Marina Village with more boats in the water than any other event in the West. Browse more than 200 pleasure boats—including brand-new models making their West Coast debuts as well as ocean-tested brokerage yachts. Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach, 949.757.5959.

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