With all of the election madness, it’s been quite a week! The weekend is always a welcome relief for most of us and going into the stretch without some plans could complicate things. We’ve provided a list of some realistic options of how best to spend your weekend in Orange County.

Friday, November 11
(credit: Shanon Y./yelp)

(credit: Shanon Y./yelp)

Pacific Symphony Plays Home Alone
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787

While the holidays are still technically a few weeks away, the Pacific Symphony under the baton of conductor Richard Kaufman is looking to ignite the spirit of the season a bit ahead of schedule. The Segerstrom will screen the Chris Colombus classic movie, Home Alone, as the symphony simultaneously performs the score during the film in real time. The family-friendly film is a generational treasure and the kind of movie that almost needs to be revisited at least once a year for nostalgia. Being able to see the film with the score performed live will enhance the experience for those familiar with the flick. For those that have never experienced the holidays with Kevin McAllister, this should be especially memorable.

Saturday, November 12
(Credit: Brian Bloss)

(Credit: Brian Bloss)

Driftwood Festival
Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629

It seems like a no-brainer to have live music in a picturesque setting like Doheny State Beach, but in recent months, concert production has really ramped up along the shore. This weekend Driftwood marks yet another main stage production on the beach that marries country music, Americana, and over 100 different breweries and wineries. As much of the experience as the music, the beer and wine is a meticulously curated collection that aims to showcase the best the state has to offer when it comes to booze. In addition, ticketholders get to enjoy live sets from the likes of Jerrod Nieman, Rodney Atkins, The White Buffalo, Parmalee, and Mariachi El Bronx to name a few. Southern California is unique in that here, we can enjoy a concert in November with our toes in the sand. Take advantage of it.

(credit: Brea Improv)

(credit: Brea Improv)

Aries Spires
Brea Improv
120 S Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 482-0700

Likely best known for his time on network television and mad TV, Aries Spears continues to pound the pavement as a veteran voice of the stand-up comedy stage. Armed with insightful wit and an Arsenal of impressions that are jaw-droppingly accurate, Spiers is the kind of comedian back and find a way to work in any room with any group of people. Set to perform multiple sets across a three-day weekend stretch, cancel once again experience one of comedies most versatile performers in an intimate setting. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, Spears will find a way to tickle your funny bone.

Sunday, November 13
(Credit: Alex Lienerth)

(Credit: Alex Lienerth)

Newport Beach Farmer’s Market
Newport Beach Pier
110 McFadden Place
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Spending a Sunday morning strolling near the beach is always a great weekend option. Giving you a bit more incentive to head out to Newport Beach, a certified farmers market sets up shop every Sunday. With a host of vendors that offer everything from farm fresh produce to artisan goods, A walk to the Isles is certainly a feast for the senses. Organize and operated by the same folks that run farmers markets in Playa Vista, Hermosa beach, and Costa Mesa to name a few the qualifications of vendors must meet in sure that not only is there produce fresh but it is cultivated in California and certified organic. This is the farmers market that genuinely meets the needs of farmers.

(Credit: Irvine Spectrum)

(Credit: Irvine Spectrum)

Shop At Irvine Spectrum
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

To call this place a retail center just really doesn’t do it justice. In terms of restaurants, the range runs from casual to upscale featuring the likes of Umami Burgers to the stylish Javier’s Cantina. As far as shopping, the spectrum offers everything from familiar favorites to fashion forward destinations like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters. Outside of the traditional offerings of an outdoor mall, the Spectrum regularly hosts special events and seasonal attractions. Guests can ride the carousel or maybe hit the gigantic Ferris wheel in between shopping stops. The spectrum is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.
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