Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Pig Out 3.0
Aug. 24. Feast on all things pig including a 250-pound Templeton Rye Duroc Pig, which has been fed a special diet utilizing the spent grain by-product from the Templeton Rye whiskey. See a pig deconstruction demonstration, a pig farmer Q and A and a knife skills demonstration while tasting dishes from some of the county’s best restaurants such as Broadway by Amar Santana, A Restaurant, Arc Restaurant, Little Sparrow Café, Fireside Tavern and more. Mixologists from Napa Rose, 320 Main, The Playground and more will be serving special concoctions. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit Inspire Artistic Minds which provides scholarships and educational experiences to advance the areas of taste, sight, and sound. $75. 2-7 p.m. California Scenario (Noguchi Gardens), 611 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa,


Long-Beach-BBQLong Beach BBQ Festival
Aug 22-24. Go to town at the Texas-sized barbeque spread as some of the nation’s top pit masters gather together to grill juicy pork ribs, pulled pork, tri tip, sausages, chicken and more. Enjoy endless summer sides with your BBQ,  non-stop live country-western entertainment, artisan exhibits, sports tent, beer and wine cantinas and a children’s area. $13-$30; $80 VIP all you can eat access. $10 parking. F 5-111 p.m.; Sa 12-11 p.m.; Su 12-7 p.m. 300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach,


AlJarreauA Night Under the Stars
Aug. 23. Attend this celebrity benefit concert for an evening of music and a special performance of Pageant of the Masters. Enjoy an intimate concert on the Festival green by Al Jarreau followed by a raffle drawing before the curtain rises for the production of The Art Detective. Celebrity hosts include Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, A. J. Cook, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore of Criminal Minds as well as Delta Burke, Charles Shaughnessy and more. $40-$250. 5 p.m. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.


Brews-and-BBQBrews, Blues ‘n BBQ
Aug. 23. Enjoy Blues sensation Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers as they rock the garden and taste a wide variety of beers from some of California’s best breweries such as Bootlegger’s Brewery, Anaheim Brewery, Shock Top and more while feasting on delicious barbeque. 5:30 p.m. $45; includes admission, souvenir tasting glass and ten 4oz. tastings. Additional beer and wine tastings as well as food available for purchase. 21 and over onlyzx. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton, 657.278.4010.


Serve-it-upServe it Up for the Troops
Aug. 23-24. Partake in match play during this mixed doubles tennis tournament with the winner receiving an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2015 U.S. Open. In addition to the tournament, there will be a player party Saturday night including dinner, silent auction, raffle and tribute to the men and women that protect our nation in the course of service in the armed forces. $75. 10 a.m. SeaCliff Country Club, 6501 Palm Ave., Huntington Beach,


GT-DAK-672x424_dinosizedmovieWalking With Dinosaurs Movie Night at Honda Center
Aug. 22. Join Honda Center for a dino-sized outdoor summer movie night. See this double-feature with The Land Before Time followed by Jurassic Park on giant outdoor screens. Food and drink will be available for purchase from local OC food trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Dogzilla, Ms. Kettle and more. 6-10 p.m. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.


blushington_fashion-1101-EditBlushington’s Fall Fashion Event
Aug. 22. Enjoy a glass of champagne and a complimentary makeup application as Fashion Island’s personal stylists showcase some of their favorite trends of the fall season. Reservations requested. 4-8 p.m. 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.640.8800.



21-Oceanfront-Dining-Room,jpgTrefethen Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront
Aug. 21. Join the restaurant for a special four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Miroslav Rusev including thai scallops with gorgonzola gnocchi truffle oil; orange glazed halibut with little gem salad; medallions of beef with caramelized risotto and haricot verts and amarena cherry walnut brownie with passion fruit gelato. Each course will be paired with wines by Trefethen. 6:30 p.m. $95. 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.


soap_box.1188x0All American Soap Box Derby at the Queen Mary
Aug. 23-24. Watch as the granddaddy of all inertia motor-sports makes its formal Long Beach racing debut as a special track will be installed adjacent to the Queen Mary. See Soap Box competitors, first time builder-racers and youngsters from area clubs and associations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Parking $15. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.


ELVIS-bluegrass-kirk115th Annual Elvis Festival
Aug. 24. Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n Roll with a day long tribute packed with impersonators, tribute artists and other themed events in honor of the one of the most beloved entertainers of all time. King emulators will shake, rattle, roll and sing on four stages while contestants compete in karaoke, ice cream eating, Elvis hairstyles and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2. Orange County Market Place at OC Fair & Event Center, 949.723.6660.


ScottsScott’s Restaurant & Bar Silver Anniversary Party
Aug. 25. Celebrate the restaurant’s 25th anniversary with a silver carpet soiree featuring delectable food, handcrafted cocktails, live entertainment, opportunity drawings and more. 6-9 p.m. In honor of the restaurant’s anniversary, Silver Plate Specials will be offered through October featuring signature dishes including Chilean sea bass, Delmonicao steak and lobster tail for only $25. 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.979.2400.


F&O-Chocolate-Pot-de-CremeEAT | DRINK
National Pot de Crème Day at Fig & Olive
Aug. 25. Indulge in the restaurant’s most beloved dessert on National Pot de Créme Day. Fig & Olive’s  chocolate pot de crème showcases the pure classic taste of chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch with crunchy praline financiers and vanilla cream, and a shaving of orange zest. $10. Fig & Olive at Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.


DriftwoodDriftwood Kitchen
Try Pastry Chef Rene Baez’ new lineup of decadent desserts including unique takes on classics like the banana split, carrot cake and Rocky Road–each delivering a memorable experience laced with a bit of nostalgia. 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7700.



Bruxie-banh-miNational Waffle Day at Bruxie
Aug. 24. Celebrate the foodie holiday with Bruxie’s one–day-only BBQ pork belly banh mi sandwich. Made with layers juicy roasted pork belly, a generous drizzle of spiced cola BBQ sauce, pickled vegetables, and fresh cilantro–all enveloped in an airy, crisp waffle shell. $11.95. See website for locations.


SapphireSapphire Laguna
The Laguna Beach gem has added 15 new globally-inspired items from the garden, land and sea, to their latest seasonal menu. Chef Azmin Ghahreman’s menu highlights include grilled pork loin chop paired with bacon roasted brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes and mustard essence; wild King salmon with miso glazed eggplant, vegetable udon noodles and mushroom dashi; and summer nectarine salad of watercress, frisee, crispy Jamon Serrano, Valdeon Blue and banyuls vinaigrette. Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.9888.


Behind the Picket Fence
Aug. 23. Check out Orange County’s newest vintage and handmade marketplace where you’ll find more than 50 talented vendors selling one-of-a-kind vintage, shabby chic, rustic, refurbished and romantic handmade items. Piecemakers Country Store, 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa,


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