Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend

andreisFOOD + DRINK
BBQ Week at Andrei’s
Through Aug. 25. Join Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails for Barbecue Week—Andrei’s Style. Chef Yves Fournier’s special barbecue menu offers several dishes to spice up your summer including beef brisket with pomegranate glaze and horseradish cream; spicy bacon potato salad; chipotle Caesar salad; red chili and honey salmon; and chocolate-chili bread pudding. Known for its superb cocktails, Andrei’s also offers specialty Southern concoctions and non-alcoholic such as watermelon moonshine and honey-mint sweet tea. 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 969.387.8887. andreisrestaurant.com

taste-of-brewsTaste of Brews
Aug. 25. The premier beer-tasting festival features dozens of seasonal, craft and micro-brews paired with cuisine from high-end gastropubs and eateries. Noon–4 pm. $32.50–$50. Lighthouse Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132. tasteofbrews.com

shakespeareTHEATER
Shakespeare in the Park
Aug. 23-26. The Dana Point Theater Company hosts Shakespeare in the Park at Lantern Bay Park. This year, the company presents “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged),” a parody of the plays written by William Shakespeare, all performed in shortened form. Bring low-backed lawn chairs or blankets. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.291.5083. danapoint.org 

rita-rudnerRita Rudner: Act 3
Aug. 24-26. Award-winning comedian and Las Vegas headliner Rita Rudner returns with her sophisticated wit and clever oneliners to The Laguna Playhouse for an exclusive engagement. Rudner’s sharp timing and soft-spoken voice have become her trademarks while delivering hilarious and witty observations on everyday life. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787. lagunaplayhouse.com

newport-dunesCINEMA
Newport Dunes Movies on the Beach
Aug. 24-25. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie on the beach at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Friday’s feature is the classic candy adventure Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. On Saturday, watch Po the Panda become a Dragon Warrior in Kung Fu Panda. Concessions are available. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863. newportdunes.com

elvisEVENTS
The Magic of Elvis
Aug. 26. Pay tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a full day of special events at the Orange County Marketplace. Festivities include a Crème de la King Elvis singing competition, Elvis fan clubs, a full lineup of Elvis tribute artists and special guests Darlene Tompkins (Elvis’ co-star in Blue Hawaii) and author-photographer and long-time friend of Elvis, Jimmy Velvet. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 949.723.6660.  ocmarketplace.com

311MUSIC
311 & Slightly Stoopid
Aug. 24. Alternative rock bands 311 and Slightly Stoopid perform at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre as part of the 311 Unity Tour, which visits 40 amphitheaters nationwide this summer. Special guest SOJA also performs. 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. livenation.com

pacific-symphonyTchaikovsky Spectacular
Aug. 25. Tchaikovsky Spectacular, a Pacific Symphony summer festival tradition, features the composer’s most stunning pieces and includes with a thrilling climax of thundering cannons and spectacular fireworks in the “1812” Overture. Also, enjoy Mozart’s delightful Overture to “Don Giovanni” and Tchaikovsky’s popular Violin Concerto and “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy Overture. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre gates open at 6 pm for picnicking. Guests can also purchase gourmet picnic meals from Bristol Farms on site. 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714.755.5799. pacificsymphony.org

pageant-of-the-mastersART FESTIVALS
Pageant of the Masters
July 7-Aug. 31. Each night during the summer season, the Festival of Arts presents its most famous attraction, the Pageant of the Masters. Enjoy ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures)—incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. This year’s theme is The Genius with Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” returning as the traditional finale. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582. foapom.com

festival-of-artsFestival of Art
Through Aug. 31. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Festival of Arts is California’s longest-running outdoor fine art exhibition. Running July 1 – August 31, the show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Special art-related attractions and special events such as jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and art tours provide entertainment for all. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145. foapom.com

Sawdust-facadeSawdust Art Festival
Through Sept. 2. The Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach artists, who exhibit and sell their original art and handcrafted items in an enchanting outdoor eucalyptus setting in Laguna Canyon. Visitors can experience the awe in artwork being created right before their eyes, including the large glass-blowing enclosure where glass masters perform their skill at the furnace. Guests can enjoy live entertainment on three stages, eye-catching artist demonstrations, hands-on art workshops for all ages, and delicious food and drink, including beverages offered at the Sawdust Saloon.  935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustartfestival.org

art-a-fairArt-A-Fair
Through Sept. 2. Laguna Beach’s Art-A-Fair presents an expansive exhibition of artists from around the world and in other parts of the country as well as those who live right here in Orange County. Visitors are invited to leisurely walk among the artists as they create unique pieces and learn what inspired them or just quietly absorb the lovely garden ambiance of this artist’s haven. Two and three dimensional art abounds in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. Enjoy live entertainment every weekend and a delicious meal at Tivoli Too!, which serves epicurean cuisine daily. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514. art-a-fair.com

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