Long Beach BBQ Fest 2024: Flavor, Fun, and Festivities!

May 23, 2024

On May 25, 2024, the scenic Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach will come alive for the second annual Long Beach BBQ Festival. Hosted by Axiom Kitchen in partnership with LB Living, this event offers a day brimming with food, entertainment, and fun.

Visitors can expect an exhilarating atmosphere where the rich aromas of BBQ fill the air. Local chefs and BBQ aficionados will present a range of culinary delights, from time-honored recipes to creative new takes that reflect Southern California's diverse flavors. Live music from local bands will provide a festive soundtrack to the day, alongside a DJ who will keep the energy high on the dance floor.

The festival's lineup includes a chili cook-off for those who love a bit of spice, and smoking demonstrations that will offer tips and techniques for perfecting BBQ skills. Art lovers can stroll through exhibits showcasing local creativity, while thrill-seekers can enjoy carnival games. For relaxation, lounges will serve up local brews and whiskey tastings, encapsulating the essence of Long Beach.

This all-ages, family-friendly event not only celebrates the art of barbecue but also the community spirit of Long Beach. With a vendor list that includes Full Send BBQ, Brother's Keeper BBQ, and many others, plus musical performances by Indica Roots, Ms. B Royal, and special guest emcee HOOZAY, the Long Beach BBQ Festival promises to be a key event in Southern California's culinary and cultural calendar.

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite, hosted by Axiom Kitchen and Noah’s Arc Foundation in collaboration with LB Living. Don't miss this day of delicious food, vibrant music, engaging arts, and exhilarating fun!


Newport Beach Wine Festival Returns to Balboa Bay Resort

May 23, 2024

This Memorial Day Weekend, Balboa Bay Resort proudly inaugurates the summer season with the much-anticipated return of the Newport Beach Wine Festival. Set against the stunning waterfront backdrop of the luxury resort, the 19th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival promises an extraordinary experience featuring an impressive selection of premium wineries and distributors, a lavish Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch, exclusive Justin Winery Limited Release Wine Dinner, world-class cuisine, live music, and much more throughout the three-day celebration.

Starting on Friday, May 24th, the exclusive Justin Winery Limited Release Wine Dinner initiates an evening of indulgence. Guests will enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner meticulously crafted by Balboa Bay Resort’s Executive Chef Prabeen Prathapan and accompanied by the expertise of Master Sommelier Joseph Spellman. Experience JUSTIN's new wines from Sonoma County Chardonnay to Russian River Valley Pinot Noir while taking in breathtaking views of Newport Harbor from the elegant Lighthouse Room. Tickets for this seated event start at $215.

On Saturday, May 25th, the Newport Beach Wine & Spirits Festival takes the spotlight, offering a Grand Tasting featuring over 40 esteemed wine and spirits vendors. Sample selections from renowned names like DAOU, Whispering Angel, Flecha Azul, and Macallan, accompanied by live music and delectable buffet stations, all against the stunning backdrop of the bay. Join from 1-5 p.m. in the Lighthouse Room, extending onto the boardwalk and Bayfront Lawn. Tickets for this event start at $150.

Wrapping up the weekend in style is the unmissable Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch on Sunday. Delight in an extravagant buffet showcasing fresh seafood, caviar, traditional brunch favorites, and live music while enjoying free-flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne. Held in the elegant Lighthouse Room, tickets for this indulgent brunch experience start at $145.

As a special offer, guests reserving a room for the Wine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend will enjoy a 10% discount on guest room rates and a 10% discount on festival tickets. To ensure convenience, Balboa Bay Resort has partnered with luxury electric vehicle brand Lucid Motors to provide complimentary chauffeur rides from their Fashion Island studio. RSVP for this service and secure your spot at each event through the website. With limited parking available, guests are encouraged to utilize this complimentary service as well as ride-sharing options for a stress-free experience.

Reserve your tickets and accommodations now for an unforgettable experience by the bay.


Gospel Voices of OC: Sacred Sounds, Soulful Queens

May 23, 2024

Musco Center and Chapman University present
Produced by Debora Wondercheck of Arts & Learning Conservatory
Gospel Voices of OC: Sacred Sounds, Soulful Queens
Saturday, June 8 at 7 PM
Free outdoor concert by Jeff Littleton Jazz Trio at 5 PM

Join Musco Center for an extraordinary event on Saturday, June 8, chronicling the lives of African American artistic masters across choral, dance, band, and theater genres. In its third season, Gospel Voices of OC commemorates June 19, 1865, to present day.

This year, the theme is: "Sacred Sounds, Soulful Queens", as they honor women who helped shape artistic history in our nation. Come and experience a Juneteenth celebration of freedom and excellence, sure to inspire people of all ages.

Exclusive performance by a multi-Grammy nominated guest!

For tickets and more information, visit muscocenter.org.

Musco Center for the Arts is at 337 N. Cypress St., Orange.

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