It’s about that time of the year, when summer is thisclose to starting. We’ve got the return of OC Night Market and a duo of beer dinners to ease you in. And if late nights aren’t your thing, then read up on our Long Beach and Laguna Beach options; we think you’ll find a good fit.
[5/17/19 – This event has been postponed.] Burnt Crumbs x Dudes’ Brewing Pairing Dinner – Huntington Beach
Chef Paul Cao of Burnt Crumbs is a fan of The Dudes’ Brewing Co, and has joined forces with them for a very special beer pairing. Save Wednesday, May 22nd, for this multi-course treat at their tasting room in Pacific City’s Lot 579 food hall. Ticket and event information can be found by clicking here. Their second course joins CalifornIPA with Cao’s California “Surf & Turf”: ahi tuna/avocado/puffed beef chips. Cheers! 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. M160, (714) 461-4111; www.thedudesbrew.com.
Wellness Event at LBX – Long Beach
LBX Fit is a free event hosted by a number of businesses at Long Beach Exchange on Saturday, June 8. Offering tastes from select eateries such as Plaid Sheep and Temakira, attendees can also sign up for fitness classes from RA Yoga, Orangetheory Fitness and Grit Cycle. Early arrivals are eligible for a swag bag, but hurry up and register to participate! The Eventbrite link for more information can be found over here. 4069 N. Lakewood Blvd., (949) 760-9150; www.longbeachexchange-lbx.com.
OC Night Market Kicks Off – Costa Mesa
The sister version of 626 Night Market, OC Night Market returns for the first of three long weekends at the fairgrounds. To avoid frustration ( plus transaction fees), hit up your local ATM prior to going. Parking is $9; entry will cost you $5, and both are cash only. Wear comfy footwear, and be ready to divide and conquer at this family-friendly event. Online ticketing options available. 88 Fair Dr.; www.ocnightmarket.com.
Las Brisas Redux – Laguna Beach
Starting Tuesday the 21st, guests will experience a new weeknight Happy Hour, including new specialty cocktails and seating between 3-6 p.m. Local musicians will also perform on select nights from 6-9 p.m. Already known for a bustling bar scene and gorgeous ocean views, their recent remodel is aimed to attract both visitors and locals alike. Take a look-see while the crowds are still manageable. 361 Cliff Dr., (949) 497-5434; www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com.
Stone Brewing x Pete’s Sunset Grill – Huntington Beach
Two great tastes that taste great together, Pete’s and Stone want to show you how collaborations work. Book a reservation for May 23 at the number below for a dinner (or email email@example.com) featuring five flavorful courses. Your evening kicks off at 6 p.m., and includes a meaty main of short rib with bacon mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and braising jus paired with Arrogant Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged Bastard. 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy. , (714) 845-4885; www.petessunsetgrille.com.
Oki Doki Shout Out – Tustin
Wanted to say “Thanks!” to the crew at Oki Doki. We found ourselves there for dinner, and noticed a short stack of OC Weekly issues while we waited outside. Our love for your saba (mackeral) bento box knows no bounds. Oh, and we’re extra thankful that you added Yelp waitlist to your features. 13681 Newport Ave., (714) 730-7051; www.okidokiizakaya.com.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.