Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Apr. 24-May 1. Catch the best of classic and contemporary film making from around the world as The Newport Beach Film Festival showcases a diverse collection of both studio and independent films such as Lovesick, A Five Star Life and Jon Favreau’s Chef. See website for schedule. 949.253.2880.


NB-to-Ensenada-Race65th Annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race
Apr. 25-27. Every year, yachts from around the world set sail from the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach to Ensenada, Mexico. See the race kick off on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. with the last boat passing by at approximately 1:30 p.m. during this world-famous 125-mile overnight race. Trophy presentation on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 949.644.1023.


Wine-FestivalCalifornia Wine Festival Orange County
Apr. 26. Taste hundreds of world-class California wines and sample delicious gourmet food while enjoying live music under the sun. Learn about the new California Wine Festival at Sea with Celebrity Cruises and enter to win a cruise to Alaska. Noon-4 p.m. $59; $15 parking at Doheny State Beach with shuttle. Lantern Bay Park, 25511 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point.


Taste-of-HB-logoTaste of Huntington Beach
Apr. 27. Sample unlimited tastes from popular Orange County restaurants such as Slaters 50/50, Eureka, Slapfish, RA Sushi, Duke’s, Sandy’s Beach Grill, Watertable, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Shades, Zimzala and more while enjoying boutique wines, craft beers, raffle drawing, silent auction and live entertainment by OC’s own Party Jones. Noon-4 p.m. $55. HB Sports Complex,  18100 Goldenwest, Huntington Beach.


DYLNDYLN Inspired Launch Party
Apr. 29. Join the brand as they celebrate the opening of their new store at The OC Mix. Featuring next generation activewear and accessories, their exclusive VitaPearl fabric with far-infrared technology enlivens the body, making it easy to experience the energy of nature. Enjoy light bites from Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, signature cocktails from The Mixing Glass and Birdie Bowl & Juicery, tea tastings from Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs, raffle prizes and a show of yoga acrobats from EKAM Yoga. Receive a gift with purchase with 10% of all proceeds benefiting Infused Fitness which helps underprivileged communities find peace and happiness in health. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,


BeadBazaarArt of Adorning Bead Bazaar at Bowers Museum
Apr. 26. Shop this premier artisan showcase with more than 65 exhibitors of one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry created by local artisans, handcrafted ethnic beads, plus embellished fashion designs and more. Presented by the Bead Society of Orange County, the event highlights creators, importers and distributors of historic and contemporary beads along with hand made adornment, fabrics, buttons and artifacts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Key Courtyard, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.


absenceofcolorAn Absence of Color Event at Dax Gallery
Apr. 26. View the Embodiment exhibit as well as a silent auction featuring designer clothing and accessories benefiting Working Wardrobes. All black attire required. 6-10 p.m. 2951 Randolph Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.957.1706.


SCPSpring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza
Apr. 24-27. See the 25th annual presentation created by landscape architects and university horticulture students during the four-day show. Shop from more than 70 specialty garden vendors, learn about gardening and get tips from garden professionals. Garden projects, crafts, storytellers and exotic animal shows for kids. Th-F, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sa,  until 8 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888.


EnvironmentEarth Day Sale at Environment
Through Apr. 27. Shop timeless contemporary collections for your home that respect the planet at Environment, the shop that carries a range of products made from sustainably harvested wood, salvaged maritime shipping beams, recycled pulp honeycomb cardboard, vintage military shelter halves and more. Save 20% off all case goods and in-stock upholstery. SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.557.3100.


21-Oceanfront90 Points Plus Rated Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront
Apr. 29. Indulge in top rated wines paired with a five-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Miroslav Rusev. Highlights of the meal include carpaccio of scallops with lime oil infused micro greens; Maine lobster and blue crab cake with papaya coulis and crusted sweet red bell pepper petite filet. $110. 6:30 p.m. 21 Oceanfront, 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.


RVExplorer[1]Bioluminescence Cruises at the Ocean Institute
Apr. 26. Learn about the exciting luminous underwater world with a cruise that provides insight about the remarkable ability of how some marine animals glow in the dark. 8 p.m. $35 adults; $22 children ages 4-12. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.


Sleeper Agent at Constellation Room
Apr. 27. See the rising garage-pop sextet from Bowling Green, KY as they perform songs off their latest album About Last Night. Their hit “Waves” was a favorite at SXSW last month and the band will join Fitz & The Tantrums for part of their tour in June. Holychild and Pagiins open. $10. 8 p.m.  3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.


The-WantedThe Wanted at House of Blues
Apr. 29. The English-Irish boy band performs their hits “Glad You Came” and “Lightning.” Cassio Monroe and Midnight Red open. $37.50. 8 p.m. Downtown Disney, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583.


Chapter-OneEAT | DRINK
Chapter One: The Modern Local
Try classic Filipino recipes inspired by the grandmothers of Executive Chef Jason Montelibano and Sous Chef Rizzi Manzon. During Filipino Sunday Yum Yums, the chefs tap into their Filipino heritage to take the classics they grew up on and make them more approachable and contemporary such as lumpia (Filipino eggrolls) filled with marinated pork and beef; sisig fries with pulled pork, pig ears, pork belly, pig jowl, salsa criolla and fried egg and Hamachi collar in a tamarind broth with tomato-onion relish. 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714.352.2225.


Ways-and-MeansWays & Means
Kick off the weekend with Fizz Fridays where you can enjoy a trio of $6 champagne cocktails such as the Sorbellini, a twist on the classic with a scoop of housemade sorbet. Complement your libations with a half-dozen fresh oysters for only $10. On Saturdays, resident mixologist Felicia Chavez mixes up 70’s inspired cocktails for just $7 at the bar such as the Harvey Wallbanger and the Singapore Sling. Sundays present a three-course prix fixe menu for $35, featuring seasonal dishes. 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.516.1800.


A-RestaurantA Restaurant
Chef Jon Blackford just unveiled his new spring menu featuring dishes such as Brussels sprout leaves with capers, lemon, butter, shallots and grilled croutons; BBQ octopus with crispy chickpeas, black olives, avocado, orange and cumin seed; free range veal chop with Anson Mills grits, hedgehog mushrooms, baby spinach, leeks and marsala reduction and slow cooked lamb shank with flageolet beans, Swiss chard, lamb jus and fava bean gremolata. Pair new craft cocktails and desserts with your meal. 3334 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.6505.


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