(Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival)

(Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival)


From cheesy competitions in honor of Grilled Cheese Month to the return of the Newport Beach Film Festival to world-premiere entertainment, this week boasts a lot for Orange County residents. Families will find plenty to do including teaching your kids about altruism through fun and service, seeing Disney on Ice or heading to the Big Top for a circus spectacular.

Monday, April 20
(credit: The Deck on Laguna)

(credit: The Deck on Laguna)


The Big Cheese
Provisions Market
143 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
www.universe.com/thebigcheese

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month at Provisions Market as they join forces with OC Baking Company to host The Big Cheese, Orange County’s grilled cheese festival and competition. OC Chefs will compete for the title of “The Big Cheese” tonight, with proceeds from the event donating to You Are Special, a local nonprofit that operates a food pantry for Orange County residents. A ProAm competitor, chosen from #thebigcheese2015 Instagram contest, will also compete for the prize. Tickets ($45) include limited tasters of select craft beer.

Tuesday, April 21
(credit: Segerstrom Center for the Arts)

(credit: Segerstrom Center for the Arts)


An Evening with Sarah Lewis
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
South Coast Plaza
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org

The Arts Orange County’s 6th annual Creative Edge Lecture series brings author, historian, curator, and critic Sarah Lewis to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage this evening. Her 90-minute lecture will discuss the world’s greatest innovators including the spark of creative endeavors and how to utilize so-called failures to lead to transformation and breakthrough. The one-night only event is open to the public.

Wednesday, April 22
(Credit: Michael Lamont)

(Credit: Michael Lamont)


“Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice A Musical”
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
(714) 994-6310
www.lamiradatheatre.com

Direct from the New York Musical Theatre Festival, head to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts for “Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice,” a brand-new World-premiere musical hitting the California scene for the first time. The compelling love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy unfolds on stage under the direction of Igor Goldin, Timonty Splain (musical direction), and Jeffery Denman (choreography). The music, lyrics and book were written by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs, based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austin. Join the production this evening for an after-the-show “Talkback” with the cast and creative team.

Thursday, April 23
(Credit: Circus Vargas)

(Credit: Circus Vargas)


Circus Varges AlreQuin
Orange County Great Park
Irvine, CA 92618
www.circusvargas.com

Circus Vargas, America’s favorite traveling Big Top circus, heads into Orange County this week with their 2015 show, ArleQuin, under the big top at Orange County Great Park through May 1st. Prepare to be astounded with feats of strength, agility, and showmanship as ArleQuin takes to the stage. The story follows a sleeping boy who dreams of joining the circus and is led by a magical band of characters including ArleQuin, a harlequin friend and guide to the Big Top.

Friday, April 24
(Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival)

(Credit: Newport Beach Film Festival)


Newport Beach Film Festival
Lido Live
3459 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival brings some of the best studio and independent films from around the world to Southern California’s beautiful backdrop. The first-class international film program runs April 23-20, 2015 at a variety of theater venues in Newport Beach as they screen over 350 films from 50 different countries.

Saturday, April 25
(Credit: Disney on Ice/Feld Entertainment)

(Credit: Disney on Ice/Feld Entertainment)


Worlds of Fantasy, Disney on Ice
Citizens Business Bank Arena
4000 Ontario Center Pkwy.
Ontario, CA 91764
www.disneyonice.com/worlds-of-fantasy

Bring the whole family out for a night of non-stop fun with Disney on Ice’s presentation of Worlds of Fantasy, presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The action-packed show features stunning ice skating skills and showmanship while showcasing the beloved characters from Disney Pixar’s “Cars” and “Toy Story 3,” including some incredible on-ice stunt scenes, and Disney’s “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Sunday, April 26
(credit: shutterstock)

(credit: shutterstock)


Ripple Kids in Action
SOCO Collection
3303 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.southcoastcollection.com

Bring the whole family out to Costa Mesa’s SOCO Collection today for the Ripple Kids in Action event designed to inspire families to make Orange County a better place. The free event features an assortment of fun, hands-on service projects including planting milkweed, making toys for shelter animals, and packing birthday party kids for kids in need. In addition to the service projects, kids will learn healthy recipes from professional chefs, enjoy live music, tasty food, and much more.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.