Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Taste of Balboa and Newport to Ensenada Launch Event
Apr. 13. Kick-off the annual boat race with a day filled with family-friendly activities in Balboa Village, home of the Fun Zone. Sailing enthusiasts can enjoy a day of live music, nautical displays, art exhibits, a La Strada dell’ Arte chalk festival, children’s boat building and more. Don’t miss the first-ever Taste of Balboa with food tastings ($1-$10) from local restaurants, such as Bella Luna Café, Harborside Restaurant, Ruby’s Diner, The Porch, Sabatino’s Lido Shipyard Sausage Company and the The Sliding Door Café, just to name a few. Tour a selection of official race boats docked by the ferry and learn about some of the crews’ preparations for this world-famous event. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.


LBGPToyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Apr. 11-13. See a seven-race lineup headlined by the IndyCar series, with stars like series champion Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Heelio Castroneves, Takuma Sato and Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel. The entire family will enjoy non-stop activities in the Lifestyle Expo and Green Power Prix-View with a Family Fun Zone, plus concerts and more. $28-$135. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.981.2600.


Big-CheeseThe Big Cheese: Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition
Apr. 14. Watch Orange County chefs such as Greg Daniels from Provisions Market, Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Craig Brady of Haven Gastropub, Noah Blom of ARC, Danny Godinez at Anepalco’s Cafe and Eric Samaniego from Little Sparrow compete as they present their own spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Taste the different concoctions and vote for your favorite while witnessing top chefs in action. 6-8 p.m. $18; advance tickets required. Provisions Market, 143 N. Glassell St., Orange,


Tavern-and-BowlTavern + Bowl Grand Opening
Apr. 10. Join the newest boutique bowling, restaurant and bar’s celebration with a DJ, giveaways, complementary food, drink specials and more. Play on one of the ten state-of-the-art lanes or simply enjoy the gourmet food and some of the 40 beers on draft. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Miracles for Kids. The Triangle, 1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949.438.2320.


Ella_Kids_Live_well_Apron(2)Fun with Food Cooking Class for Kids at Bluewater Grill
Apr. 12. Kids are invited to have some fun with food as they learn the basics of healthy eating, while playing games and learning to cook their favorite meals. Participants will receive a yummy lunch, a nutrition report card, recipes and a Bluewater apron. For children ages 6-13. Space is limited; reservations required. $25. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The District at Tustin Legacy, 2409 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.3474.


Viet-Film-FestViet Film Fest
Apr. 10-13. Catch one of the many films showing diversification of Vietnamese cinema around the world including How to Fight in 6-Inch Heels, a romantic comedy that travels across the high-fashion worlds of New York and Saigon or Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon, a rare film resurfaced from the 1970s featuring the evocative landscapes of South Vietnam before the end of the war. See website for schedule and locations.


Speakeasy2-webThe Golden Scarab Club
Apr. 10. The Muckenthaler’s Speakeasy is back with dazzling dames, handsome gents and plenty of spirits to go around. Grab a partner and Charleston the night away with the live band, Brad Kay and Those Syncopating Songbirds and try your luck at games of chance. Wear your 1920s best. Secret password is “Orange Juice.” $25. 7:30 p.m. The Muckenthaler, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595.


Imaginology@OCFEC_GroupatFarm_SMOC Fair Imaginology
Apr. 11-13. Experience a weekend of fun, free, hands-on activities for the whole family including competitions, exhibits and activities designed to explore the fun of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Enjoy gourmet food trucks such as Dos Chinos, Kona Ica, The Melt, Dogzilla, Chunk N Chip, Cousin’s Maine Lobster and more. F, 9 a.m.-3  p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking $7. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500.


The Lure of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities at Bowers
Opens Apr. 12. Learn how artists have played a pivotal role in documenting the historical changes and contributed to the perception of California’s Chinatowns and their residents. Composed of paintings from the 19th-20th centuries that reveal artists’ interest, curiosity, idealism and romanticism with the unique cultural customs, fascinating architecture and rich aesthetic of the Chinese communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Through Aug. 31. Photo by Dong Kingman courtesy of the Michael D. Brown Collection. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.


SarkisianSarkisian & Sarkisian Exhibit
Opens Apr. 13. View a survey of art by Peter Sarkisian and his father, Paul, including  22 perception-challenging video sculptures by Peter and nearly a dozen 60s-era avant-garde paintings by Paul. Through July 27. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949.759.1122.


AndreisEAT | DRINK
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Preview the new Spring/Summer menu until April 12 with dishes such as spiced lamb spring rolls; brie, asparagus and prosciutto panini; pistachio-crusted Alaskan halibut; vegan spring vegetable pasta and more. On tax day, April 15, save your pennies with 50% off all happy hour drinks from 3-7 p.m. 2607 Main St., Irvine, 949.387.8887.


Lark-CreekLark Creek Newport Beach
$1 Oysters and Beer! Indulge in a daily rotating featured variety of oysters and six-ounce craft beer for the shockingly low price of $1 each. Complement this steal of a deal with cocktails, wine and food specials from the restaurant’s daily happy hour menu. Available to patrons in the bar area and outdoor patio. Su-Th, 3-7 p.m.; F-Sa, 3-6 p.m. Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.6700.


Fig-&-OliveFig & Olive
Dine on Executive Chef Pascal Lorange’s new Spring menu, which highlights Southern California’s seasonal bounty. New dishes include salmon tartine, vegetarian tartine and zucchini blossom and goat cheese ravioli. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 212.924.1200.



Ways-&-MeansWays & Means End of Tax Season Celebration
Apr. 15. Have a seat at the oyster and cocktail bar and receive a complimentary cocktail as well as passed appetizers from Old Towne Orange’s favorite seafood dining destination. If you are a tax preparer, accountant, financial advisor or in the finance industry, enjoy the same deal on April 17 from 4:30-8 p.m. Must bring a business card to verify finance industry employment. 513 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, 714.516.1800.

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