Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

oc-bbq-festFOOD + DRINK
OC BBQ Bonanza
Aug. 17-19.
It’s a Texas-sized barbeque feast as America’s top pit masters gather together to grill juicy pork ribs, pulled pork, tri tip, sausages, chicken and more. Enjoy endless summer sides to go with the BBQ fare, non-stop country western entertainment, carnival rides, games and artisan exhibits as well as beer and wine cantinas. Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, 562.495.5959. ocbbqbonanza.com

costa-mesa-restaurant-weekCosta Mesa Restaurant Week
Aug. 17-24.
Experience the best of Costa Mesa cuisine during Costa Mesa Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants such as Charlie Palmer, Marché Moderne and Scott’s Restaurant and Bar offer special prix fixe menus or discounts on regular menu items. Featured restaurants are not only the top dining establishments in Costa Mesa, they are some of the greatest in Orange County. Consult website for full restaurant list and menus. travelcostamesa.com

flavors-of-ocFlavors of Orange County
Aug. 19.
Culinary event spotlights Orange County’s premier chefs and creates a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience where a chef crafts your meal tableside. The gala opens with a cocktail reception and silent auction benefiting the American Liver Foundation. Participating chefs include chef Tim Kast of Seasons 52, chef Franco Barone of Il Barone and chef Oge Daken of Chapter One: The Modern Local. Radio talk show host and chef Jamie Gwen serves as the Mistress of Ceremonies. 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 310.670.4624. liverfoundation.org

fresh-grillerFresh Griller
Get your fill of flavorful salads, bowls and wraps at Fresh Griller, a new fast casual concept that prides itself on delivering ingredients from the farm straight to the fork. Customize your meal with grilled steak, chicken or vegetables on top of a healthy bed of kale or wrapped in a brick-oven baked lavash. A wide variety of sauces add Asian, Latin and Mediterranean influences to entrees. Finish your meal with a fruit blend so delicious, it has been dubbed “Nature’s Candy.” All products, from dining to décor, are sustainable. 2 Hutton Center Drive, Santa Ana, 714.434.7455. freshgriller.com

gala-of-the-starsDANCE
Festival Ballet Theatre: Gala of the Stars
Aug. 17.
Festival Ballet Theatre simultaneously attracts the best in professional dance to its home base while sending its own dancers out as artistic ambassadors to the world. Gala of the Stars showcases internationally revered guest artists from prestigious dance companies from around the world, FBT’s accomplished resident company dancers and gifted, up-and-coming talent in a breathtaking program filled with energy and electricity. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646. thebarclay.org

angelsSPORTS
Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Aug. 16-19.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the Tampa Bay Rays in their continued World Series quest. On Friday night, enjoy a pre-game concert at the Gate 1 Music Garden inside the stadium. After the Halos play, watch a fantastic display of fireworks as part of the Big Bang Friday series. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 888.796.4256. losangeles.angels.mlb.com

reverend-horton-heatMUSIC
Reverend Horton Heat
Aug. 16.
Reverend Horton Heat, aka Jim Heath, performs country-heavy tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands and his beloved Lone Star State from his latest album Laughin’ and Cryin’ at the Coach House. While the new material strays from the hard driving punkabilly of his prior album, Laughin’ and Cryin’ is full of honky tonk tunes. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930. thecoachhouse.com

big-and-richBig and Rich
Aug. 17.
Country music stars Big Kenny and John Rich form the popular duo Big & Rich. Best known for their hit single, “Save A Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” Big & Rich’s new album, Hillbilly Jedi features the single “That’s Why I Pray,” which is the highest debuting song on the country charts for the duo. 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583. houseofblues.com

pacific-symphonySymphony in the Cities
Aug. 19.
Pack a picnic dinner and end the weekend with Target Symphony in the Cities final free concert of the summer with the Pacific Symphony in Lake Forest’s Pittsford Park. “Spanish Nights and American Flair” features guitar ensemble Triada as well as Spanish-flavored and American pops, classical tunes and patriotic songs. The “Musical Playground” is a fun way for children to interact with instruments before the concert. Pacific Symphony Maestro St. Clair even leads a conducting clinic.  21701 Pittsford Drive, Lake Forest, 714.755.5788. pacificsymphony.org

the-dunwellsFESTIVALS
Flights and Sounds
Aug. 17-18.
The Orange County Great Park in conjunction with Irvine Barclay Theatre presents two days of British and Celtic culture at the Palm Court Arts Complex. Performers include the Dunwells, hailed as “the next U2” and Solas, the quintessential Irish-American band. Guests can view a variety of exhibitions and engage with artists in the Artists Studios and Palm Court Plaza. Orange County Great Park, Sand Canyon and Marine Way, Irvine, 866.829.3829. ocgp.org

third-thursdayART
Third Thursdays
Aug. 16.
Enjoy dinner and tours of the Orange County Museum of Art’s groundbreaking exhibition Jack Goldstein x 10,000 as well as special programming. Nosh on gourmet corndogs from the Viking Truck before the staff-led tour, Beneath the Surface, which delves into Goldstein’s work by exploring the space between image and object. Also featured is a lecture from artist Elad Lassry, who reflects on his own work and how he was influenced by Goldstein. 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122. ocma.net 

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