Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Silver Trumpet
Indulge in lakeside dining this Thanksgiving for a brunch buffet featuring live entertainment and all of your holiday favorites with the restaurant’s signature twist such as mini turkey sliders, ambrosia salad, roasted pumpkin soup, bone-in brown sugar crusted ham, pumpkin ravioli, prime rib, roasted turkey, and pumpkin, apple and pecan pie. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $55 adults; $17 children. 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593.

Feast on a buffet including kabocha squash soup; rosted Brussels sprout salad; roasted free range turkey; red wine braised short ribs; buttery Yukon mashed potatoes; apple sage stuffing with maple bacon; warm corn bread, citrus cranberry sauce with candied orange zest, pumpkin pie, bourbon chocolate pecan pie and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $46 adults; $19 children 10 and under. A full to-go menu is available as well. See website for details. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.559.0906.

Choose to dine-in or order take-away, as either way, Taps will provide a Thanksgiving feast. The dine-in buffet ($43.99 adults; $14.99 children 3-10) includes fresh oyster bar, shrimp cocktail, sliced charcuterie and artisan cheeses, honey smoked salmon, roasted lemon Brussels sprouts, balsamic glazed beets, pumpkin bisque, carved-to-order herb-brined turkey, prime rib or honey-glazed ham and a cornucopia of holiday desserts. For guests that prefer to order take-away, a three-course dinner with all the trimmings includes Caesar salad, sourdough loaf with balsamic dipping sauce and three and half pounds of carved turkey breast alongside traditional stuffing, housemade gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, chef’s vegetables, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato mash and pumpkin pie for $130; serves four. 101 E. Imperial hwy., Brea. 714.257.0101.

Take the stress out of preparing an overwhelming Thanksgiving dinner and opt to have Zov’s prepare an all-inclusive feast for take-out. The complete meals serve 12-15 people and include roasted free-range turkey; wild mushroom and jasmine rice stuffing with black currants and pine nuts; sage gravy; maple-glazed roasted yams; garlic mashed potatoes; buttered green beans with almonds; cranberry citrus relish; classic creamed corn; baby mixed green salad with vinaigrette; fresh baked rolls, and choice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie. $450. Reserve by Nov. 19 and pick up is on Nov. 26 from 1-5 p.m. Zov’s Bistro, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855.

Hornblower-Thanksgiving-TopLeftHornblower Cruises
Enjoy a stress-free, mess-free Thanksgiving by letting Hornblower do all the work while you relax and spend time with friends and family. Indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, boarding glass of champagne and live entertainment. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $86. 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.631.2469.


Turkey-TrotTurkey Trot
Join Southern California’s premier Thanksgiving Day run and tour the beaches, cliffs and coves of Dana Point. 6-11 a.m. $35-$50. Kid’s Gobble Wobble one-mile race is $12. Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.1555.



See our complete Guide to Thanksgiving in Orange County


Justin Timberlake at Honda Center
Nov. 26. The actor and singer is bringing sexy back to Orange County as he returns to Honda Center.  Watch him perform all of your favorites including “Take Back the Night,” “Suit & Tie” and more. 8 p.m. $69-$204. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.


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Nov. 26. See this lighted wonderland with an imaginative twist on traditional holiday lighting. With more than one mile of larger-than-life sea sculptures and moving light tunnels dotting the coastline, every step is sure to enchant, excite and electrify your night. From octopus and sharks, to starfish and surfers, the dazzling displays are highlighted by a towering glow-motion tree, light tunnels stretching longer than a football field and more than a dozen gigantic lighting sculptures so big, you can walk through and inside the belly of a glowing 40-foot Blue whale. Experience roaming street performers, glow merchandise and “Whale Eyes” 3D glasses for a must-see holographic look at this holiday spectacle. Su-Th 5-10 p.m.; F-Sa until 11 p.m. Free. Parking $2/hour at Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive lot. Through January 4, 2015. 24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.923.2255.

Amziz-AnsariComedian Aziz Ansari at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Nov. 26. Fans of live-stand-up comedy will flock to see the popular actor and comedian who currently stars on Parks and Recreation. Laugh hysterically at his rapid-fire wit and energy as he muses on family, technology, factory farms and of course, love. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $39. Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787.


Irvine-SpectrumDisney Magical Holiday Lights at Irvine Spectrum Center
Beginning Nov. 28. The holidays will shine brighter with a fun and unique music and lighting moment each evening at 5:30 p.m. and every hour on the hour thereafter. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the holiday music and light displays before you tackle your holiday gift-giving list. Through Jan. 4. 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.


DunesLitesNewport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina Lighting of the Bay
Nov. 29. Watch Santa take center stage as he arrives by lighted paddleboard and flips the switch to illuminate 50 electric Christmas trees situated by the bay. Festivities include live musical performances, Christmas carol sing-a-long and seafood chowder and hot cocoa from Back Bay Bistro. 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, 800.729.3863.


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Coats for Kids
Nov. 28. 5 Points Plaza makes giving back this this holiday season fun with a community event featuring games, music, prizes, free BBQ and hot cocoa. Bring coats, gloves, beanies, blankets and more to donate to underprivileged youth. 11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. 5 Points Plaza parking lot, 18593 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714.841.0036.

HarlowsBlack Friday Happy Hour at Harlow’s Kitchen
Nov. 28. Enjoy an extended happy hour until 9 p.m. in the bar with $5 well drinks, craft beers and featured wines. Food specials include caprese flatbread; bacon wrapped dates and beef machaca tacos. 31111 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.8100.



Beginning Nov. 30. Have Sunday brunch at Costa Mesa’s newest hotspot. Executive Chef Jeffrey Boullt will be serving up traditional Louisiana gumbo; breakfast grits with market berries, whipped salted vanilla mascarpone and granola; cinnamon French toast with white chocolate, maple, apples and granola and chicken and waffles with Louisiana hot sauce and cane syrup. Bar Director Mike West is mixing up brunch cocktails such as Mother’s Milk made with rye, whiskey, herbisant, hazelnut, cream, torched bitters and cinnamon; The General’s Coffee with rum, Borghetti espresso, vanilla, meringue and nutmeg and Lil’ Cutie with gin, tangerine, Breckenridge bitters, lemon and basil leaf. Enjoy live music by Michael Cartwright who takes inspiration from Miles Davis and Michael Jackson and has the stage presence similar to The Dave Matthews Band. 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2425.

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