Summer is finally here, and there’s no shortage of things to do this week. Take the party outdoors with a movie in the park or celebrate southern style at the bayou festival. Looking for more to do? Cool off inside at an interactive museum exhibit or enjoy a hit musical. Top the week off by celebrating dad’s special day with brunch, supper, or a chili cook-off.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Step into 1890s London and immerse yourself in the history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. Featuring original manuscripts, artifacts, and investigation tools, you’ll be taken through various stations like Doyle’s study, Baker Street Underground Station (get your photo taken 1895 style!), and Holmes’ and Watson’s sitting-room. Use your detective’s notebook and clues throughout the interactive exhibits to help solve a mysterious crime. Runs through September 7th.
Motown the Musical
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The 1960s are back as Motown the Musical hits the stage. Featuring over 40 classic hits like “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this hit production is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy. It tells the history of how he became a music mogul who launched the careers of some of motown music’s most famous artists. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to help create the soundtrack of change in America. The show opens today and runs through June 28.
American Society of Interior Designers Wine + Design
3303 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Orange County’s top interior designers have come together to create stunning vignettes at SOCO’s design showrooms, including Design Within Reach, HD Buttercup, Environment, and more. These creative presentations will highlight the latest trends in interiors and home decor. Gain inspiration on this progressive tour while sampling delicious light bites and wine pairings, and vote for your favorite designer’s vignette. A closing party will announce the winning designer, as well as prizes for attendees donated by participating showrooms. Tickets are available online, and the event runs from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
This is the last week to see La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts’ production of Mary Poppins.
This book turned Disney movie turned stage show tells the story of young and mischievous Jane and Michael, who haven’t had much luck keeping a nanny around until Mary Poppins blows into town. Using a little magic, common sense, and the world’s deepest purse, she helps bring the dysfunctional Banks family together. With seven Tony Award nominations under its belt, this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical is sure to captivate both young and old.
Movie on the Lawn: Hoosiers
Orange County Great Park
Irvine, CA 92618
It’s a Flashback Friday film night as Movie on the Lawn presents Hoosiers – the classic story of a coach trying to lead his underdog basketball team to a state championship. Watch the boys “run the picket fence” on a giant outdoor screen under the stars. Pack a picnic or grab some grub available at one of the food trucks or snack bar at the event. The evening starts at 8pm and is free to the public.
29th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival
Rainbow Lagoon Park
E Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
Make a short trek up the coast to Long Beach this weekend to enjoy this 2-day family festival celebrating New Orleans and Louisiana Bayou Country. Feast on Cajun and Creole cuisine, get down with Zac Harmon and other musical acts, and take in the sights and sounds of the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band led Mardi Gras parade. The annual watermelon and crawfish eating contest return, as does the Kids’ Corner packed with children’s activities like costume making, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, and games. Gates open at 11:00am, and the festival runs Saturday until 9:00pm and Sunday until 8pm.
Father’s Day Brunch at FIG & OLIVE
FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
As a special treat for dad, FIG & OLIVE’s Newport Beach location is offering a Riviera Brunch Buffet from 11:00am – 3:00pm for $24. The buffet-style brunch features a sirloin carving station, and an endless selection of some of the French Riviera style restaurant’s favorites, including: quiche, fig tartlets, carpaccio, charcuteries, apple tarts, and more. A seasonally driven three-course prix-fixe dinner is also available from 5:30pm – 10pm. Both meals offer an optional sommelier wine paring for an additional cost. Reservations strongly recommended.
Sunday Supper at SOCIAL
SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
If dad would rather sleep in and skip brunch on his special day, head to supper at SOCIAL for a little Southern hospitality. Cajun-style fried chicken is on the menu this Sunday, sided with a few comfort food favorites like collard greens, buttermilk biscuits, pimento cheese grits, and more. Whether ordering a half or whole chicken, dads will get a complimentary Gunslinger cocktail with their meals. A top seller, the Gunslinger is poured tableside, and is made of rye, bourbon, black tea syrup, hickory smoke, and citrus oil.
8th Annual Chili at the Beach
Downtown Huntington Beach
1 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
What dad doesn’t love a good bowl of chili? At this year’s Chili at the Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting Contest, dads can enjoy not only an array of chili samples, but also products and activities geared toward men’s interests, including gifts for dad. Two stages with musical acts and roving street performers will provide entertainment for the crowd, along with children’s activities and games to keep the little ones busy between bites. Attendance is free, with unlimited chili and salsa tasting tickets at $10 online ($15 at the event). Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Beach.