Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Sept. 19-21. Indulge in a weekend of tasting, sipping, learning and enjoying the finer things the culinary world has to offer at this epicurean festival. Experience celebrity chef demos from Rick Moonen, Shirley Chung, Craig Strong, Richard Blais, and Jamie Gwen; along with wine and spirits tastings, sommelier panels, mixology courses, live jazz and more. Participating restaurants include Mastro’s Ocean Club, Driftwood Kitchen, Oak Grill, Tortilla Republic, Pizzeria Mozza, Fireside Tavern and The Golden Truffle, just to name a few and wineries include Ste Michelle, Hundred Acre, Bure Family wines and Layer Cake. $95-$350. See website for schedule of events. 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach,


LN_ANAH714_HalfwaySt.Pats-PROMO_430x367Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party at House of Blues Anaheim
Sept. 19. Yes, this is the halfway point to the festive holiday! Celebrate with Irish lassies, whiskey flights, corned beef sliders and live entertainment by The Young Dubliners. $25-$40. 6 p.m. All ages. House of Blues at Downtown Disney, 1530 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583.


Brea-Jazz-FestivalBrea Jazz Festival
Sept. 19-21. Enjoy a weekend full of jazz with headliners including Poncho Sanchez, Bleeding Harp and Derek Bordeaux. Other activities include fine arts and crafts, a beer and wine garden and a kid’s zone. F 5 p.m.; Sa-Su 1 p.m. Free; $25 for reserved seating. East Birch Street and South Brea Boulevard, Brea, 714.674.0801.


BloomingdalesThe Makeup Date at Bloomingdale’s
Sept. 20. Watch an exclusive runway show featuring the latest beauty trends in eyes, lips and skincare hosted by TV personality and fashion expert Lawrence Zarian. Enjoy one-on-one sessions with expert makeup artists and take home a limited-edition train case with samples. 9 a.m. $25 reservation fee credited towards beauty purchase. RSVP to Bloomingdale’s at Fashion Island, 701 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.6641.


Lido-Boat-Show36th Annual Lido Boat Show
Sept. 18-21. Compare more than 150 new and ocean-tested boats at the West’s biggest fall boat show. Along with larger yachts, show-goers will find a wide selection of 35-65 footers on display, plus the latest marine accessories, gear, electronics, engines, generators and marine services, including financing and insurance. Th noon-7 p.m.; F-Sa 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lido Marina Village, 3420 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, 949.757.5959.


Shirley-McClaineShirley MacLaine at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Sept. 20. Join the Academy Award-winning actress, dancer and author as she shares a montage of memorable film moments and private revelations about her extraordinary life, career and spiritual journey. A longtime outspoken advocate for civil rights and liberties, women’s rights and spiritual understanding, MacLaine remains committed to boldly speaking her truth, unedited and uncensored. 8 p.m. $39-$100. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


HornblowerWild Goose Dining Cruise
Sept. 21. Hop aboard the yacht that was once the private playground for actor John Wayne. The Wild Goose boasts three decks of woodwork, priceless paintings, intricate carvings and unique amenities for a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy this brunch cruise from your private table with scenic harbor views and includes free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider, buffet, soda, juice, coffee and tea. 12 p.m.; boarding at 11:30 a.m. $64.95. 2431 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.646.0155.


ExploroceanJames Nestor’s DEEP, ExplorOcean Lecture Series
Sept. 18. Join award-winning author, James Nestor as he discusses his new book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. After witnessing a freediver dive 300 feet and return to the surface four minutes later in perfect health, he was inspired to explore the human connection to the ocean. 4 and 7 p.m. $15. Reservations required. ExplorOcean, 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.


Tedx1TedxOrange Coast
Sept. 19-20. A tweet. A bankruptcy. A virus. Instances so powerful they reshape our society. “Tipping Point” is the theme for the 4th annual TEDxOrangeCoast, which features 18-minute talks presented by 32 speakers as diverse as Jack Andraka, who at age 15 created a paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes; Ronald D. Rotunda, former assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee; and Janet Evans, the greatest female distance swimmer in history. Single day $100; students $50; two-day pass $185. 1 University Circle Street, Aliso Viejo. For complete program or to register, visit

SinatraFrank Sinatra Night at Quattro Caffe
Sept. 20. Dress to impress at this throwback to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Frank Membrilla Jazz Quartet performs while the restaurant’s full menu will be available for your dining pleasure. 6:30-10 p.m. Limited seating; reservations recommended. Quattro Caffe at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.754.0300.



93.1 Jack FM’s Annual Jack’s 9th Show
Sept. 20. See classic bands perform their hit songs that have resonated with listeners from the 80s through today. The roundup of artists include Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Collective Soul, Billy Squier, Violent Flames, Bow Wow Wow and Naked Eyes. 5:25 p.m. $37.50-$136. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.940.2900.


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Calivino Wine Pub
Try new menu items from the pub that serves up savory dishes and small plates using locally-sourced ingredients and is conveniently located near Angel Stadium and The Honda Center. New dishes include pork belly burger, short rib poutine, duck confit pot pie, bacon dates and bread pudding. The pub also boasts an impressive selection of wine and craft beers that rotate weekly. 2410 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.939.7735.


F&O-NB---DecorFig & Olive
Through Oct. 11. The French Riviera inspired restaurant is offering a three-course dinner prix-fixe menu to celebrate the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Experience signature dishes such as crab and heirloom tomato, zucchini blossom and goat cheese ravioli and chocolate pot du crème for just $65. Each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m., gather at the Veuve Clicquot table in the lounge to enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and enter to win tickets to the Polo Classic on October 11 in Los Angeles. Fig & Olive at Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.


Pizza-Mac-LElbows Mac n’ Cheese
Now Open. Try a new twist to an American favorite, using vegetables, gourmet cheeses and high-quality meats with specialty creations like fajita mac, pizza mac (pictured), Cajun mac, and an option to build your own mac n’ cheese. Salads, soups and gourmet melts are also available. 215 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.784.6613.


Lemon-DropLemon Drop Fresh Pressed Juicery and Farm Shoppe
Now Open.  Try fresh pressed juices and organic living cuisine that is local, non-GMO, vegan and raw. Featured juices include four lemonade varieties, including the signature Lemon Drop with coconut and lemon; Pink Lemonade with strawberries, green apple and lemon; and Green Lemonade with green apple, spinach and lemon. There’s a plethora of other blends as well in addition to fresh salads, fresh young coconut and various kombucha options. Anaheim Packing House, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 657.208.3434.


Driftwood-KitchenDriftwood Kitchen
Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz introduces new dishes with a fall focus including Maine lobster and Dungeness crab gazpacho with lemon agrumato and a sherry reduction; vegetarian Tuscan kale and Du Puy lentil soup with water chestnuts and shaved parmesan; butternut squash gnocchi with sage brown butter, pine nuts, caramelized butternut squash, speck and ricotta and New Bedford sea scallops with alba truffle risotto and portabella mushroom confit. 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, 949.715.7700.


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