Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Big-BaconEVENTS
Big Bite Bacon Fest at Queen Mary
Aug. 2. Try unlimited samples of more than 40 bacon and pork infused dishes, from bacon-wrapped shrimp to ribs to hog pockets, at this celebration of the world’s most beloved protein. Taste dozens of California’s favorite craft brews including Pyramid Breweries, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Green Flash Brewing Co. to wash down all of the bacon and pork goodness. $35-$65, includes self-guided access to the majestic Queen Mary. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

 

Balboa20th Annual Gentleman’s Smoker & Lobster Clambake at Balboa Bay Resort
Aug. 1. Take part in this time-honored tradition as Balboa Bay Club hosts their annual elegant beach party. Enjoy tray passed oyster shooters, beef tenderloin and shrimp kabobs amongst a plethora of Orange County’s movers and shakers. Next enjoy, a five-course dinner of Executive Chef Vincent’s delectable creations. Each course will be paired with wines and spirits while live music plays from the stage. Benefits Newport Beach and Costa Mesa school districts. 6-10 p.m. $300. 1221 Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4201. balboabayresort.com

 

Events_Runway_Elseberry2The Festival Runway Fashion Show
Aug. 2. Experience an imaginative fashion show as Festival of Arts’ artists compete to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials. Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru hosts. 1-4 p.m. Free with Festival of Arts admission, $10. Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582. foapom.com

 

SOCO-NightsSOCO Nights
Aug. 5. Grab the family and enjoy pizza by the mobile wood burning pizzeria Urban Pie, a beer and wine garden, live jazz and an outdoor movie screening of The Big Lebowski. Bring  your own chair and blankets and settle in for a night of fun. $10 includes one personal size pizza; kids are free. Beer and wine available for purchase. 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949.760.9150. sococollection.com

 

Flying-Dolphin-DanaPride-2009Harbor Cruise with Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Aug 2. Experience live band Cali Conscious from the deck of the Dana Pride as you enjoy a complimentary glass of pride punch while cruising through beautiful Dana Point Harbor. Full cash bar available. 8-9:30 p.m. $15. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794. danawharf.com

 

fence-2-picTed Z and the Wranglers at The Wayfarer
Aug. 2. Join The Wayfarer for a special evening of music, art and giveaways as Ted Z and the Wranglers celebrate their record release of Like a King. Other performances include blues/roots trio The Record Company, fresh off their tour with BB King, Ranger and Hank and Her Ponies. This unique event also features performance art from Christiana Lewis and Steady Jenny photos. Attendees will enjoy giveaways from Jack’s surfboards, KOCI, Music for Humanity and more. $10. 21 and over. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, wayfarercm.com

 

Wines-and-WishesWines and Wishes
July 30. Enjoy a festive summer evening of wine tasting under the stars, featuring 20 boutique and renowned wineries such as Justin Vineyards and Cakebread Cellars, small bites from local restaurants, live jazz, raffles and more. 6-9 p.m. $60. Benefiting Make-A-Wish Orange County. Kaleidoscope Shopping Center, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, gokaleidoscope.com

 

Vans-US-OpenVans U.S. Open of Surfing
Through Aug. 3. Part pro surfing competition, part beach lifestyle event: watch some of the world best pro surfers compete while you also enjoy skate and BMX spectacles, community movie nights and more. Main Street and Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, vansusopenofsurfing.com

 

PopRocksDonutOrange County Fair
Through Aug. 10. Experience action sports (rodeo, BMX, pig racing), concerts, carnival rides, livestock competitions, a petting zoo, wine tasting and fried food galore at this year’s fair themed Summer Starts Here. Try Chicken Charlie’s deep-fried Doritos and deep friend chicken skin and one of the giant donuts such as cherry Pop Rocks or banana chocolate cream from Texas Donuts. W-Su; through Aug. 10. $7-$12, under 6 free; $10 parking. O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, ocfair.com

 

Taco-MariaEAT | DRINK
Taco Maria
Taco Maria has extended their hours and now offers an a la carte dinner menu on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Expect a taco selection including mole de pollo tacos made with Jidori chicken, ancho-almond mole, queso fresco, and onion and carnitas tacos made with Berkshire pork belly, onion, pickle, and salda de aguacate as well as dishes such as torreados with charred pardon peppers, almond, chile, lemon, and pork powder and gazpacho with spot prawn, early girl tomato, Persian cucumber, and Baja olive oil. As usual, the original four-course prix fixe menu will continue to be offered Thursday-Saturday. The OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.538.8444. tacomaria.com

 

Tortilla-RepublicTortilla Republic
The new Laguna Beach restaurant is now serving both lunch and brunch. Try signature lunch dishes such as sweet potato and beef empanadas with chimichurri sauce and cilantro and short rib chile verde burrito with tomatillo and jalapeño chile verde sauce, Montery jack cheese, rice and black beans. For brunch, the restaurant features fresh roasted corn and blueberry pancakes; seared albacore tuna and sweet potato hash and huevos rancheros. 480 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.393.4888. tortillarepublic.com

 

FigandOliveFig & Olive
Cool off this season with new summer cocktails featuring refreshing blends of muddled fruit and savory ingredients including the new blood orange olive-oil based cocktail called The Fig & Olive with cucumber-infused vodka, blood orange puree, celery, egg white, simple syrup, and lime juice. Pair the new cocktails with the restaurant’s seasonally-driven Apertivo menu, available at the bar from 4-6 p.m. Apertivo menu highlights include baby beets with raspberry dressing; manchego, fig jam and Marcona almond crostini and mushroom, artichoke and parmesan crostini. Fig & Olive at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005. figandolive.com

 

Tacos-at-tangataTacos and Tequila Tasting at Tangata
July 31. Join Chef Chris Brodeur for a menu of unique and bold signature tacos. Each is paired with a selection of tequilas, creating smooth yet complex flavor profiles. 6-8 p.m. $40. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906. bowers.org

 

Farrow-and-BallSHOPPING
Farrow & Ball
Opens Aug. 2. Visit Britain’s renowned paint and wallpaper manufacturer’s first Orange County showroom at SOCO Collection in Costa Mesa. Featuring the full range of interior and exterior eco-friendly paints as well as a prominent display of their complete collection of handcrafted wallpaper, the showroom also offers in-home color consultancy and in-store color advice. 3323 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.438.2448. us.farrow-ball.com

 

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