(Credit: Muckenthaler Cultural Center)

(Credit: Muckenthaler Cultural Center)

Sometimes, spending your workweek looking forward to those couple of days off can sometimes be anticlimactic. The weekend finally arrives and zero planning leaves you all dressed up with nowhere to go. Lucky for you we have done a bit of homework. If you are out in Orange County, there are plenty of things happening that are worth your time and money. Here is a look at the best options when it comes to quality time this weekend.

Friday, May 13
(Credit: Alton Brown Live!)

(Credit: Alton Brown Live!)

Alton Brown: Eat Your Science Live
Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787

As one of the Food Network’s most recognizable personalities, Alton Brown has cultivated a reputation for explaining the science behind food in a way that is both informative and entertaining. Brown will be spending his Friday night in Orange County for his latest stage production, “Eat Your Science.” Hinting that he will be able to do things that he can’t run with on television, Brown manages to tastefully include some humor and hi-jinks while providing us with the scientific details of our dining experience.

Saturday, May 14
Radio personalities Kevin Ryder (L) and Gene 'Bean' Baxter speak backstage during the 22nd Annual KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Music Center on May 31, 2014 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

(Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

The Finale: KROQ Weenie Roast
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
8808 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 855-8095

This weekend is bittersweet as the final Weenie Roast will be roasted at Irvine Meadows. Playing host the summer kickoff party since 1993, this is the final season before the Meadows are torn down. Before the gates close one last time, KROQ has pulled out all the stops for a proper send off. With headlining duties helmed by Red Hot Chili Peppers, the hoorah will definitely rekindle memories of Weenie’s past. With diverse line-ups that ranging from Oingo Boingo, the Pretenders, and Devo to Sublime, No Doubt, and Rage Against the Machine, there is plenty of history down in Irvine. It’s very likely the crew will be going out with a bang.

(credit: OC Night Market)

(credit: OC Night Market)

OC Night Market
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

You are going to need to come strapped with cash for this one. The same folks behind the 626 Night Market in Arcadia return to the OC Fairgrounds with a full weekend of imaginative crafts, delicious gourmet food, and what looks like a festival of live entertainment. Pooling all of the engaging elements of an art walk, a craft faire, a food truck meet-up, and a live concert, the OC installment is brimming with inventive vendors and craftsmen. With aisles and aisles of things to see, taste, and of course the stage, this is the perfect date night and or family night all in one.

Sunday, May 15
(Credit: Old World Huntington Beach)

(Credit: Old World Huntington Beach)

Dachshund Wiener Dog Races
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 895-8020

Old World of Huntington Beach has been part of the city’s fabric since the late 70’s. An institution for German food and drink, the place is best known for their rowdy Oktoberfest parties and for the fast-paced four-legged hustle of the monthly Wiener dogs races that happen on the grounds. Spend your Sunday knocking back imported beer from massive steins and cheering on some of the most adorable racers to ever set foot on a track. Guests can also sample authentic German faire in between races and suds.

(Credit: Muckenthaler Cultural Center)

(Credit: Muckenthaler Cultural Center)

Muckenthaler Motor Car Show: Concours D’Elegance
Muckenthaler Cultural Events
1201 W Malvern Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833

Celebrating their 22nd gathering, the Muck devotes one weekend a year to the rich automotive culture of Southern California with their Automotive Festival. Sunday’s itinerary is devoted entirely to timeless luxury cars in a field of machines that are carefully selected from a pool of collectors all looking to showcase their prized pieces. From vintage luxury, to pre-78 German sports, to Thunderbirds specific to 1955-1957, the 8-acres of green at the Muck will be full of automotive treasures all being judged by a field of industry professionals. The rest of us will get the opportunity to stare, drool, and appreciate these rare gems up-close and personally.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.