Friday, September 7, 2012

Drink It Up, OC: Things to Do This Weekend

If we're lucky enough to get a little reprieve from this heatwave that never ends, there could be beer, movies, and food in your future. This weekend has a lot going on, so here's a rundown on a couple of the highlights:

3rd Annual O.C. Brew Ha Ha
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
There is some serious beer consumption to be had at this event, with over 60 breweries being represented and over 150 different types of craft and import beers being served. Throw in some popular food trucks and live entertainment and your Saturday is booked!

Regular ticket prices start at $40 ($15 for designated drivers!), and the proceeds will benefit the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids surviving spouses and children of Orange County Firefighters lost in the line-of-duty.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the event's website.

The 3rd OC Film Fiesta
Santora Arts Building, Santa Ana
The gorgeous Santora Arts Building oozes history and glamour
(image via NewSantaAna)
Now running in its second week, the OC Film Fiesta continues on Saturday, transforming downtown Santa Ana into "a cinematic mexi-pop wonderland." With free screenings (visit website for complete film descriptions), live music and the added Taste of Santa Ana, attendees will have their share of entertainment.

Rita Hayworth as Gilda (image via
Highlights include a screening of the 1946 classic Gilda, starring one of Hollywood's most famous Latinas and sometime Santa Ana visitor, Rita Hayworth. To honor the event, the OC Film Fiesta will be teaming up with the United Artists of Santa Ana to recreate a 1940s cabaret, with live flamenco entertainment and a tour of the Santora Arts Building, including the dance studio that once belonged to Rita Hayworth herself.

For $10, you can sample the food of the city's most popular restaurants at the Taste of Santa Ana, with proceeds benefiting the UASA. You can purchase tickets here.

For the festival's complete schedule, visit the OC Film Fiesta's website.

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