(credit: Fabrizio Ferri)

(credit: Fabrizio Ferri)


Welcome to March, Orange County. This week is all about the finer things in life including food, wine, live theater, and dance. O.C. Restaurant week kicks off giving you week-long access to some of the best culinary deals in the region. Two fabulous wine-themed events bring out the wine connoisseur in all of us, and the World-Premier of the American Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty takes the stage at Segerstrom. Get ready for a high-class week with lots of fun.

Monday, March 2
(Credit: Fig & Olive Newport Beach)

(Credit: Fig & Olive Newport Beach)


Celebrate OC Restaurant Week
Throughout Orange County
www.ocrestaurantweek.com

Spend your week dining on fabulous prix-fixe meal options as Orange County celebrates O.C. Restaurant Week through March 7. A few great finds include: FIG & OLIVE’s truffle risotto or rosemary lamb; CUCINA enoteca’s shortrib papardelle; BRIO Tuscan Grille’s handmade lasagna bolognese; Del Frisco Grille’s prime cheeseburger; Tommy Bahama Grille’s roasted BBQ Kalua pork flatbread; as well as special menu offerings at Blue C Sushi, True Food Kitchen, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant; Bluefin Fine Japanese Cuisine; Lucca Café; and so much more.

Find the Best Restaurants To Eat At For OC Restaurant Week

Tuesday, March 3
(credit: Fabrizio Ferri)

(credit: Fabrizio Ferri)


The Sleeping Beauty
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787
www.scfta.org

Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes will lead the opening night cast of the American Ballet Theatre’s World Premiere of the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed by Marius Petipa with collaboration by ABT Artist in Residence Alexi Ratmansky, the company will stage this classic ballet with the aid of the Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Free pre-show lobby activities include viewing costume sketches and a set model, coloring stations for children, and a pre-show talk discussing fun facts about The Sleeping Beauty. Through March 8.

(credit: Cucina Enoteca)

(credit: Cucina Enoteca)


Gaia Gaja Wine Luncheon
CUCINA enoteca
951 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 861-2222
www.madmimi.com

One of the biggest names in Italian winemaking, Gaia Gaja, will host an intimate Three-Course Luncheon & Wine Pairing event at Fashion Island’s California-inspired Italian restaurant and wine shop, CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach. This rare opportunity to meet one of Italy’s star producers and sample varietals from the famed family-run estates of GAJA in Piedmont and Ca’Marcanda in Tuscany will include a carefully crafted menu by Chef Brent Omeste to pair with Gaja’s most exquisite wines.

Wednesday, March 4
(Credit: Laguna Playhouse)

(Credit: Laguna Playhouse)


The Odd Couple
The Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2787
www.lagunaplayhouse.com

The Laguna Playhouse, one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theaters on the West Coast, presents the beloved Neil Simon comedy, “The Odd Couple,” directed by Andrew Barnicle, with previews beginning tonight. Starring Maxwell Caulfield and Kip Gilman in the leading roles of Felix and Oscar, this Tony-Award winning classic of mismatched roommates runs through March 29.

Thursday, March 5
(Credit: Celebrity Cruises)

(Credit: Celebrity Cruises)


A Night To Remember Event
Life Time Athletic Laguna Niguel
25600 Rancho Niguel Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 238-2700
www.celebritycruises.com/SoCalPR

Celebrity Cruises in partnership with Life Time Athletic in Laguna Niguel, presents its first ever “A Night to Remember Event,” giving guests the unique opportunity to stay aground while enjoying the live entertainment, food and wine pairings from Celebrity Cruise destinations including Asia, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Italy, and the Galapagos Islands. Guests can learn about Celebrity Explorations during the event, can tour Life Time Athletics’ luxe health and fitness areas, and will even have the chance to win prizes including a Celebrity Cruise-for-two while sampling exceptional food and wine from the various regions.

Friday, March 6
(Credit: Suzanne Mapes)

(Credit: Suzanne Mapes)


End of the Rainbow
International City Theatre
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-4610
www.InternationalCityTheatre.org

The 30th Anniversary Season of International City Theatre in Long Beach kicks off with “End of the Rainbow,” a tour de force musical drama spanning the final days of Judy Garland. Directed by John Henry Davis and staring Gigi Bermingham in the role of the legendary actress and singer, Peter Quilter’s play follows Garland through Christmas 1968 where she clutches at straws to save her career and finances with fiancé number five, Mickey Deans, at her side. The show features some of Garland’s most celebrated songs including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

Saturday, March 7
(Credit: Pacific Coast Wine Festival)

(Credit: Pacific Coast Wine Festival)


Pacific Coast Wine Festival
The Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, 92660
(714) 876-2364
www.PacificCoastWineFestival.com

An evening of extraordinary wine tasting and excitement returns to Southern California as the 8th annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival heads to the Island Hotel in Newport Beach this Saturday. In addition to tastings and an exceptional wine-paired feast, silent and live auctions will give guests the chance to win one-of-a-kind experiences including wine vacations to vineyards in Italy, Oregon, Napa, and Santa Barbara, as well as the opportunity to own two highly coveted wines by Domaine de la Romancee-Conti Montrachet.

Sunday, March 8
(Credit: Dana Point Festival of Whales)

(Credit: Dana Point Festival of Whales)


Festival of Whales
Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point, CA 92629
www.dpfestivalofwhales.com

This weekend begins the start of the Dana Point Festival of Whales, celebrating the roundtrip migration of the California Gray Whales, who make their annual pilgrimage from Alaska to Baja and back each year. The two-weekend long event includes not only exceptional whale-watching tours, but also an art show, street fair, parade, and sand sculpture competition, among other events and opportunities. Don’t miss the Polynesian cultural experience, classic and vintage boat exhibits, learn-to-sail or paddle classes, and kids activities.

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.

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