Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Tortilla Republic
Oct. 31. The modern Mexican restaurant pairs stellar views with it’s first annual Boo Ball, offering a costume contest at midnight, photo booth and more. Nosh on Boo Bites including seared Albacore tuna bites with ancho chiles, mango and radish slaw, avocado and salted chili lime; Huarache de Hongos Bites with crispy corn flatbread, cremini and oyster mushrooms, roasted shallots, baby arugula and Monterey Jack and Manchego cheese; TR Boo Sliders with three mini hamburgers made of American Wagyu beef, roasted poblano, carmelized onion, chipotle aioli, watercress and sweet potato fries with cilantro and lime zest; and Prime Tenderloin Steak Taco with fajita rub, salsa de mesa and tequila slaw. 480 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.393.4888.


Fig&OliveFig & Olive Yelloween Soiree
Oct. 31. Celebrate the spooky holiday in style with Halloween cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne (hence the Yelloween), special décor and a Yelloween photo booth. The bewitching bash will be amplified with soulful house and new Downtempo music by St. Tropez’s celebrity DJ Julien Nolan. Sit in the lounge–complete with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a complimentary dessert plate (limited seating available)–or reserve a table in the dining room to enjoy a prix-fixe menu ($45) or a la carte options. Walk-ins welcome though reservations are strongly suggested. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Fig & Olive at Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.


Black-Magic-Grande-Finale-SceneKnott’s Scary Farm
Through Nov. 2. Get ready to scream with 12 haunted attractions, including five new mazes, four terrifying scare zones, six shows and more than 1000 monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, freaks, mutants and other beasts lurking in the fog to scare you.  Elvira Mistress of the Dark performs in “Elvira’s Sinema Séance” through Oct. 31. Pre-scare dinner available for $24.99 in advance or $29.99 day of and includes early park entry and a VIP dinner. Hotel packages start at $149 and include a hotel night and two tickets. $38-$62. Check website for schedule. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.


MESAdragon-tree-janMasquerade Ball at Mesa
Oct. 30. Join Mesa as they celebrate their 4th annual masquerade ball with entertainment by Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation, Bianca G, Thomas PM, DJ Trust and Ist Nature. Cocktail attire and masks suggested. Dinner reservations and bottle service available. 9 p.m. 21+. 725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.6700.


RBJKBlazin’ Dueling Pianos at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Oct. 30. Say farewell to dueling pianists Tom and Scott at the last night of the popular show. Arrive dressed in your best Halloween costume to compete for prizes as you witness the ultimate playoff between the dazzling duo. 9 p.m. Downtown Disney, 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.776.5200.


AtmosFearAtmosFear Halloween at the Yost Theatre
Oct. 31. Join KIIS FM’s DJ Drew for a fun night of costumes, dancing and more. Enjoy four DJs, two levels, two areas of music and one insane good time. 18 and over, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25-$30. 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana, 323.604.6030.


Dark-Harbor1Dark Harbor
Oct. 31. Ghosts, monsters and freaks—oh my! Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for several nights of terrifying Halloween fun. A circus-themed maze and a “Ferrisqueal” (that’s Ferris wheel) top the new attractions at this year’s scare fest, which also includes food, drink and undead entertainment. Not recommended for children. 7 pm–midnight nightly. $20–$109. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.

Check out our complete list of Orange County Halloween Events

Pedal & Pig with Pedego Electric Bikes and Five Crowns
Nov. 2. Enjoy the fresh air, sight-seeing, exercise and delicious food and beverages for this fun event. Meet at Five Crowns’ parking lot for pre-ride refreshments before taking a bike ride through Newport Beach. Meet back at Five Crowns for a pig roast feast afterwards. 1-6 p.m. $40 for Pig Roast and riding your own electric bike; $60 with Pedego Electric Bike rental. Reservations required. 949.612.7989.


AnqiChina Poblano Themed Dinner at AnQi
Nov. 3. Indulge in an exclusive Viet-Latino fusion dinner created by award-winning chefs Helene An, Ron Lee and Tony Nguyen for just 18 guests. Reserve your spot at the private Chef’s Table. $198. 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679.


Liquid-SeminarLiquid Art Series
Nov. 5. Up your Jack Daniels IQ as you taste three exciting American whiskeys, create whiskey cocktails and pair with delicious chef-inspired treats. After the event, opt to stay for a special prix-fixe menu at Bambu Restaurant ($65). Guests staying for dinner will receive their whiskey tasting complimentary. 6-7 p.m. Tasting $20; includes valet parking. RSVP to Bambu at Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.476.2001.

Danny-ElfmanDanny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton at Honda Center
Nov. 2. Celebrate Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton, a unique concert with the Hollywood Studio Symphony’s 87-piece orchestra and 45-person choir conducted by John Mauceri. View screen film clips as well as artwork by Tim Burton as you are transported to all 16 films that Elfman and Burton collaborated on. $55-$150. 7:30 p.m. 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2400.

ShortRibEmpanadas_Bar_092614_DetailEAT | DRINK
Late Night Happy Hour at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Indulge in appetizers and craft cocktails from 8-10 p.m. daily with the restaurant’s new 8 for $9 ‘til 10 late-night happy hour bar offering. Dishes include savory ahi tuna tacos, filet Mignon flatbread, short rib empanadas, lobster lettuce wraps and deconstructed Balvenie S’more. Eight wines like the Chateau de Parenchere Bordeaux and Palacios-Remondo La Montesa Rioja as well as signature cocktails such as the Chocolate Lava Milkshake and Winter Chai Mule are only $9 too. The restaurant’s popular 5 for $6 ‘til 7 offers food and drink steals for earlier evening diners, making for good deals available the majority of each evening. Fleming’s at Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633.

Oak-GrillOak Grill
Mondays. Football fans are welcome to gather at Oak Grill to watch Monday Night Football on the big screen. Offering NFL meat trios such as sausage, short ribs and brisket served with mashed potatoes and vegetables or southern-themed sausage or pulled pork with potato salad and corn on the cob. Other menu items include Buffalo wing flat bread pizza, paired with draft beer flights of three 7 oz. glasses of featured beer. 5 p.m. Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.

Aqua-LoungeAqua Lounge
Thursdays. Orange County’s latest hotspot features live DJ’s spinning throwback music, blended with today’s hits. Enjoy featured drinks such as the Moscow Mule and the Cucumber Cobbler, as well as shareable bites like charred shisito peppers, fried green tomatoes and specialty flatbread pizzas. Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.

Heavenly Horses: Two Thousand Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art at Bowers Museum
View this exquisite exhibit representing the horse’s impact on both Chinese and Japanese culture. Horses carried goods, people and ideas over the Silk Road, were indispensable to the military–and polo–and figure prominently in their philosophy and religion. Through Feb. 22, 2015. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600.


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