Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Oktoberfest-BBBEVENTS
OktoberFestival at Balboa Bay Resort
Sept. 27. Celebrate with the Balboa Bay Resort as they kick-off the launch of Octoberfest season. Enjoy beers from around the world, modern and creative Bavarian delights and live music all afternoon. Mix and mingle with other party goers as you participate in drinking games, sample more than 15 beers and taste Bavarian food. $55. 2-5 p.m. 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach,844.272.3946. balboabayresort.com

 

RT_ANAH814_Octoberfest_430x367Octoberfest at House of Blues Anaheim
Sept. 25. Enjoy seasonal brews, live entertainment and inspired food specials all night long including bratwurst brochette on grilled cheese with beer cheese; German potato pancakes; potato beer soup and soft pretzels with beer cheese. Partake in stein hoisting and a pretzel-eating contest to win tickets to a future show. 6 p.m. All ages. House of Blues at Downtown Disney, 1530 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.778.2583. houseofblues.com

 

 

OrchidsFascination of Orchids
Sept. 27-28. Experience thousands of exotic orchids in a beautiful outdoor setting and learn how to grow and exhibit orchids from local experts at this annual event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. South Coast Plaza Village, 1631 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, 949.735.2930. ocorchidshow.com

 

 

BlackMagic_WartHeadKnott’s Scary Farm
Opens Sept. 25. Experience eleven elaborately themed walk-through mazes and interactive haunted attractions filled with trained scare masters, four endless scare zones, two live shows, including the return of Elvira-Mistress of the Dark, headless horsemen and more than 1,000 live monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, freaks, mutants, maniacs and other beasts lurking in the fog to scare even the bravest guests. $39-$65. Check website for hours. Through Nov. 1. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com

 

GatsbySoireeWEBGatsby’s Black & White Soirée at The Muckenthaler
Sept. 25. Be transported to an opulent night of 1920s panache complete with dancing ladies, magical marvels and scrumptious cuisine. Magic Castle magician Joe Monti hosts the evening and dazzles you with his sleight of hand. Also enjoy live music by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys and fine dining by Colette’s Catering Extraordinaire. Bid on trips, adventures and more benefitting children’s programming. Wear your best black-and-white attire. 6 p.m. $100. The Muckenthaler, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714.738.6595. themuck.org

 

Wizard-of-OzWizard of Oz Sing-A-Long and Costume Contest at Newport Dunes
Sept. 26. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beloved movie with a special free screening as part of the resort’s Movies on the Beach. Dress as your favorite character and sing along to all of your favorite Oz tunes including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Prizes will be awarded to the top three costume finalists. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144. newportdunes.com

 

Joshua-BellMUSIC
Joshua Bell and Pacific Symphony
Sept. 25-27. Violinist Joshua Bell, plus two orchestral showpieces, open the season launching Musical Director Carl St. Clair’s landmark 25th anniversary. Hear the stunning Romanticism of Alexander Glazunov’s violin concerto and Revel’s “Daphnis and Chloe.” Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Natalie-ColeNatalie Cole at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Sept. 26. See the multiple Grammy-winning artist who has been performing since the age of eight. Expect to hear tracks from her latest album “Natalie Cole En Español,” which revisits the rich repertoire of ageless Latin standards. 8 p.m. $100-$120. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, 949.360.7800. series.hyattconcerts.com

 

Neon-TreesNeon Trees
Sept. 30. Watch the fun pop group perform their catchy tunes including “Sleeping With a Friend,” and “Love in the 21st Century” from their third album Pop Psychology. Mixing new wave, dance rock and pop, Neon Trees will have you dancing when they stop at The Observatory. 8 p.m. $25. All ages. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600. observatoryoc.com

 

Beach-BoysThe Beach Boys Play Laguna
Sept. 27. Join the KX 93.5 Festival of Music featuring Southern California’s most legendary band as they perform their long roster of hits including “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and more. Opt for the Club Kokomo pass for a meet and greet with Mike Love and The Beach Boys. $45-$225. 5:30 p.m. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9713. etix.com

 

Brett-RubbicoART
A to Z Exhibit at Brett Rubbico Gallery
Through Oct. 25. See new work by artists Craig Antrim, Casper Brindle, Christopher Georgesco, Donald Karwelis and Eric Zammitt at this gallery for contemporarty art. Exhibit on display through Oct. 25. M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appointment. Brett Rubbico Gallery, 361 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.515.5102. brettrubbicogallery.com

 

Dax-GalleryBody of The Palace Exhibit at Dax Gallery
Sept. 27. See work by a collection of artists showing tribute to their late CalArts professer, Michael E. Mitchell. Creating abstract forms, shapes and using vibrant colors, they have interpreted personal journeys in their lives by telling an open-ended story where the audience can fill in the blanks. Featured artists include Samir “Evol” Argandiwall, Jeremy Bernstein, Tony Caropino, Dave Creek, Linda Dorn, Jon Gomez, Nick Jeong, Morgan Keilly, JR Smith, Jimmy Thompson and Chris Wood. 6-10 p.m. Free. Through Oct. 21. 2951 Randolph St., Costa Mesa, 714.957.1706. daxgallery.com

 

Fireside-salmonEAT | DRINK
Fireside Tavern
Try new menu items that highlight the comfort foods of fall including a tavern skillet scramble with Nueske bacon, Tillamook cheddar, avocado, roasted tomatoes and skillet potatoes for breakfast; Royal Red Rock shrimp hush puppies and grilled flatbread with Spanish chorizo and smoked mozzarella for lunch; and grilled Loch Duart salmon with chilled heirloom tomato gazpacho or grilled Colorado lamb chop with harissa marinade and a roasted vegetable and red quinoa risotto with mint gremolata for dinner. Don’t miss strawberry rhubarb pie in a jar or the decadent ice box cake for dessert. 3131 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.3000. firesidetavern.com

 

All-American-Stack[1]Veggie Grill
With football season here, keep the flavor of game day traditions alive with healthier alternatives such as plant-based ‘buffalo’ wings served with traditional celery sticks and creamy ranch dressing; mondo nachos made with a blend of veggie proteins, caramelized onions, mashed avocado, VG-cheese, jalapeños, soy cream and corn chips or an all-American stack sandwich made with Veggie-steak, pickles, lettuce, tomato, crispy onion rings and thousand island dressing. Irvine Spectrum Center, 81 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.727.9900; 4213 Campus Drive, Irvine, 714.949.509.0003. veggiegrill.com

 

Behind_The_BarBacchus Bar & Bistro
Stop in this neighborhood spot for a selection of more than 350 bottles of wine and 30 craft beer options, including six on draft. Aficionados will appreciate a selection of up to 60 wines made available by the glass. Visit their Secret Cellar which houses more than 75 tops shelf wine selections. Chef Charity serves up a selection of delicious small plates, cheese boards, sandwiches and desserts. Live music Th-Sa 7:30-10:30 p.m. 6735 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, 949.502.4600. bacchusbarandbistro.com

 

Bari-and-Lorna-JaneFITNESS
Bari Studio and Lorna Jane
Sept. 27. Celebrate with the activewear store for their 2nd birthday at Irvine Spectrum Center with a day of fun and fitness. Bari, Orange County’s latest fitness studio, will be hosting a free class of their hybrid workout, which incorporates a trampoline. Try the class firsthand to see why the workout is so much fun. Afterwards, enjoy delicious treats, exclusive deals and more. Space is limited for the fitness class; RSVP to reserve your spot. Lorna Jane at Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.450.0023. thebaristudio.com

 

 

 

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