In an effort to help you avoid getting stuck in the planning stages of what could potentially be a great weekend, here is a quick little cheat sheet of cool things happening in Orange County. Whatever the budget, company or pace, there is a little something for everyone here.

Friday, November 10

Wayne Brady speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City. (credit:Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Wayne Brady
Brea Improv
120 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 482-0700

As a fixture on television, Wayne Brady is the kind of household name that is known for wearing multiple hats. Among his many talents, Brady is a veteran of the stand up comedy stage. This weekend Brady will likely sing, dance, and split plenty of sides during a stint at the Brea Improv. With the ability to carry a tune, nail a multitude of impersonations, and do all of this off the cuff, there are just few talents that can work a show like Wayne Brady. The Improv stage makes for very intimate confines and an ideal place to get up close and personal with some of your favorite performers. Score you tickets for a show this weekend and see just why Wayne remains relevant.

Saturday, November 11

(Credit: Towne Park Brewery)

DUBS Was Here – 5th Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
Towne Park Brewery
1566 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 844-2492

Purveyors of the premium mustache cream DUBS Was Here decided some five years ago to quit messing around and create the ultimate platform to showcase their product on a proper stage. The momentum going into the fifth annual OC Beard and Mustache Competition is such that each of the previous four events has completely sold out of tickets. Awarding bragging rights and cash prizes to the tune of $250 for best in show, this gathering feels much more like a party then it does a competitive pressure cooker. Combined with the new digs of Anaheim’s latest haven for premium craft beer, Towne Park Brewery, the refreshments will be on par with the company.

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Santa’s Arrival
Pacific City
21010 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

As the beginning of the holiday season starts to manifest in Christmas songs and decorations galore, Santa will begin making his rounds at shopping plazas everywhere. Considering Pacific City is unlike most retail destinations, they are making sure Santa’s arrival is a stylish one. This Saturday Santa will touch down on the sands of Surf City USA and will be escorted by the Pacific City Pedal Squad. Following the big guy’s return to the throne, there will be photo ops, caroling, candy canes, and Santa hats for the guests in attendance. It’s a must to get a photo with Mr. Claus. You might as well ensure the backdrop is picturesque.

Sunday, November 12

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Visit The Family Art Studio
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971

For a more hands-on experience this weekend, the Laguna Art Museum is offering the chance for a full family to create a work of art together. Taking lessons and techniques from the exhibits in current rotation at the museum, the Arts Council supervises a new project every third Sunday of the month. The museum provides all the materials and ensures that each participating family leaves with a work all their own.

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The Mom Made Market
The Hangar
100 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

If getting ahead of the holiday shopping is on your list of things to do this weekend, who better to help find the right gift than Mom? The Mom Made Market offers a unique twist on the local artists marketplace by curating a host of vendors that are spearheaded by mothers. Offering a collection of crafts ranging from home décor to fashion accessories, guests are guaranteed to find something that will encourage some holiday spending. Naturally there will be a visit from Santa along with a parade of food and drink vendors to ensure shoppers stay fueled up.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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