Calendar of Events: Orange County | Fall 2012


Calendar of Events: Orange County

Discover some of the best things to do and see in Orange County this fall.

The Mariinsky Ballet’s “Swan Lake,” Segerstrom Center for the Arts

 Seasonal Offerings at The St. Regis Monarch Beach 

Tea and Tinis  

Saturdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

Motif Restaurant

Indulge in a lavish tea buffet featuring an array of international teas, delicious delicacies and signature martinis. (949-234-3272)

Sunday Champagne Brunch 

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Motif Restaurant

Enjoy Sunday Champagne brunch with elegant oceanfront dining, timeless international dishes and unprecedented service by St. Regis staff. (949-234-3272)

Beaujolais Nouveau

Nov. 15

Celebrate the fall wine harvest with the unveiling of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Sip on wine paired with an impressive French feast, artfully influenced and chosen by Executive Chef Frederic Castan of The St. Regis Monarch Beach.

12th Annual Tree Lighting and Sand Sculpture Dedication 

NOV. 25, 4:30 P.M.; LOBBY

Join us and our celebrity guest host, Tori Spelling,  as we open our doors to the public and welcome the holiday season with our 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Sand Sculpture Dedication. Celebrate the holidays with warm cider, hot chocolate, holiday desserts, pictures with Santa, performances by the Dana Hills High School Choir and raffle prizes.


Theater and Performances

“Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” 

Sept. 25 – Oct. 21; Laguna Playhouse

Get into the Halloween spirit with Hitchcock’s comedy-thriller. This performance adds a twist to a classic love story: The story centers on an action-packed manhunt, which ensues after the object of a man’s affection is murdered. (606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach; 949-497-2787;

“Swan Lake”

Oct. 2 – 7; Segerstrom Center

The Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra performs the classic Tchaikovsky masterpiece “Swan Lake” in this exclusive West Coast engagement. The legendary Mariinsky Ballet is sure to enchant the audience with this performance. (600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;

Jake Shimabukuro

Oct. 13; Irvine Barclay Theatre

Jake Shimabukuro has mastered the art of ukulele playing and performing jazz, rock, classical and traditional Hawaiian music. The ukulele virtuoso brings his unique sounds to the mainland in this exclusive Orange County performance. (4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; 949-854-4646;


Oct. 9 – 14; Segerstrom Center

Watch as eight performers create rhythms and beats from everything but real instruments (brooms, garbage cans), building explosive percussive sensations for the whole family. (600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;

“Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” Comedy Show

Nov. 3; Irvine Barclay Theatre

“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” explores romantic blunders and mistakes in love. Mike Birbiglia shares a painfully honest story about a lifetime of hysterical miscues in a one-man comedy show at the Barclay Theatre. (4242 Campus Dr., Irvine; 949-854-4646;

“Memphis” – the Musical 

Nov. 6 – 18; Segerstrom Center

The winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this irresistible musical incorporates stunning choreography with rock ‘n’ roll music, telling the tale of love and fame during the 1950s radio era. (600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; 714-556-2787;



“Overlooking Laguna” by Clarence Hinkle, Laguna Art Museum

“California: The Golden Years”

Ongoing; Bowers Museum

This ongoing exhibition features a wide array of artwork and images of prominent figures in California history from the 1850s to the 1930s, from Impressionist paintings to iconic portraits. (2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana; 714-567-3600;

“Pairings: The Collection at 50”

Through Dec. 30; OCMA

This series contains artworks that are juxtaposed with another work of art; contrasts include 1960s art paired with contemporary pieces and painters paired with video artists. (850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach; 949-759-1122;


Events and Activities

Giant Blue Whale Migration 

Through Sept. 30; Newport Landing

Experience the magical sighting of a variety of whales, such as the blue whale, off the coast of Newport Beach this fall. Once considered to be rare in Southern California, giant blue whales have been showing up recently across coastal Orange County. (309 Palm St. Suite A, Newport Beach; 949-675-0551;

Fashion Island Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 16; Fashion Island

Kick off the holiday season at Fashion Island with the annual tree lighting ceremony. A 90-foot tree is adorned with 20,000 lights and ornaments as guests enjoy an exclusive performance from Disneyland’s Mickey Mouse and friends. (401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; 949-721-2000;

Annual Halloween Haunt

OCT. 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Dana Point Harbor Campfire Center

Celebrate Halloween festivities in a fun and safe way with state park staff and volunteers at the Dana Point Campfire Center. The event boasts a spooky area, nighttime educational booths and activities, arts and crafts and snacks. Dress in costume to get into the spirit. Guests are also welcome to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food bank. (Dana Point Harbor Campfire Center 949-496-3617;

courtesy of sawdust art festival