Summer’s not officially here yet, but the outdoor fun and festivals that happen in the summer are beginning to arrive. Here are our 15 picks for this weekend:
CAR FESTIVAL: The Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival, the oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d’Elegance, with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns this weekend. The event raises money for charity. Hot rods are Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 and kids under 12 are free. Music will feature live jazz, blues and rock by The Pleasure Tones. The Concours d’Elegance is Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 and kids under 12 free. That event features early Jazz, Tin Pan Alley & Vaudeville tunes of the 1920s and 30s by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys. There will also be vendor booths. 1201. W Malvern Ave., Fullerton. Information: muckcarshow.org.
OC NIGHT MARKET: OC Night Market is back at the fairgrounds for its 4th season and it offers hundreds of food, merchandise, arts, crafts and entertainment options at one of the biggest food festivals of the year. Welcome back old favorites and a lineup of new vendors to satisfy your palate, browse our merchandise, art and crafts vendors, and enjoy live entertainment with friends and family. It runs from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21. Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday 4 to 11 p.m. Admission $5 cash at the door only. $3 admission Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Parking $8. Most vendors are cash only. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Check #OCNMDeals for more specials and discounts. If you miss it this weekend, the market returns June16-18. Information: ocnightmarket.com
MOZART & DON QUIXOTE: Pacific Symphony, featuring pianist Orli Shaham, will perform the overlooked work Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major this week at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18-Saturday, May 20. The program also includes Maurice Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso” and Richard Strauss’s “Don Quixote.” 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets $25-$195. Information: 714-755-5799, scfta.org or pacificsymphony.org. (Read more about the show.)
‘HANA’S SUITCASE’: This true story begins in March 2000, when a suitcase arrives at the children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo. On the outside, in white paint, are the words: “Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, Waisenkind” (the German word for orphan). The center’s curator, Fumiko Ishioka, searches to find the answers. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Laguna Playhouse. $15-$25. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 949-497-2787, ext. 1, or lagunaplayhouse.com.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL: Travel to Greece without leaving Orange County at the 2017 Greek Food Festival. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional dancing and music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides & games and other children’s activities and more. 3-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 405 N. Dale St., Anaheim. Admission is free-$3. Information: ocgreekfest.com.
PUBLIC SAFETY OPEN HOUSES: OCFA, Newport Beach Police, Santa Ana Police, Buena Park Police … are all having open houses
ORANGE COMIC-CON: The Orange Public Library is hosting its first-ever Comic-Con this weekend. Comic, fantasy and science-fiction aficionados of all ages are invited to attend the free event, featuring contests, giveaways, crafts and much more. Comic artists and authors will be on hand to showcase their works. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Orange Public Library, 407 E Chapman Ave.
TUSTIN LOBSTER FEST: Love lobster? Tustin Lobsterfest is on Saturday, May 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. Lobsterfest serves up unlimited whole lobster, tri-tip beef and all the sides and desserts you can handle. There will also be live music from Then Again Band, a ’60s ’70s and ’80s music cover band. A ball drop opportunity draw gives cash prizes of up to $1,000. Tickets are $85 in advance (online until 5 p.m. May 19) and $100 at the gate. The event is hosted by the Tustin/Santa AN Rotary and benefits local scholarships, awards and events. Pepper Tree Park, 230 W. First St., Tustin. Information: tustinlobsterfest.com.
‘THE PAINTED GARDEN’: Interactive dance and multimedia show, performed in the round, in which children are invited to accompany dancers in the world on stage, a world filled with sensors that respond to movement and sound. 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 & 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $20. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Information: 714-556-2787 or scfta.org.
TASTE OF SANTA ANA: Come down to the Assistance League of Santa Ana’s 2017 Best Taste of Santa Ana food festival featuring tasty samples from restaurants, cafes, caterers and bakeries, wine and beer, entertainment and a silent auction. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Third and Sycamore in Santa Ana. $30 at the door. Information: assistanceleagueofsantaana.org or 714-664-0547.
FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE: Backhausdance is presenting an engaging, athletic and entertaining outdoor performance for the community to enjoy on the Newport Beach Civic Center green on Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. In addition to two repertory works, this critically-acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Dance lovers from around Orange County are invited to dress comfortably and enjoy this free, unique interactive dance experience. It’s a family afternoon of dance suitable for audiences of all ages. Bring a picnic and beach chairs to enjoy the performance outdoors in front of the Central Library.
BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK: The 23rd annual Balboa Island Artwalk, featuring more than a mile of art and live music, is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the area;s summer season. The event is Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Performing musicians include Gary Gould, Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose, and the Rick Sherman Duo. Limited-edition artwalk posters and T-shirts are available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront.
PARTY FOR THE PLANET: The Santa Ana Zoo is hosting Party for the Planet on Sunday, May 21, from noon to 3 p.m. The event features games, demonstrations, crafts and more, all focused on conservation. It’s included in the price of admission ($9-$12) or free to zoo members. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. Information: santaanazoo.org.
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