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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24: GREEK FESTIVAL OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
11:00-22:00 This weekend’s annual event features music, traditional Greek dishes, dancing, vendors and more. The event is hosted by St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church. The event continues on Sunday, from noon to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online. San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion, San Juan Capistrano. 949.542.3445. sjcgreekfest.com.
Friday September 23
FARMERS MARKET IN SAN JUAN
9am-1pm Enjoy the town’s Farmer’s Market every Friday. Discover produce, breads, cheeses, craft vendors, and more. Farmakis Farms, 29932 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949.364.1270. farmakisfarms.com.
LIVE MUSIC AT IVA LEE
7:30 p.m. Local Steely Dan tribute band Kids of Charlemagne will perform. Take a trip down memory lane with renditions of classic songs. Iva Lee Restaurant, 26701 Verdugo Street, Suite B, San Juan Capistrano. 949.361.2855. ivalées.com.
LIVE MUSIC AT PADDY’S
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Crossroads Band will perform. Stop by to listen, dance and have a pint on Friday nights at this city center pub. Paddy Station, 26701 Verdugo Street, Suite B, San Juan Capistrano. 949.661.3400. paddystation.com.
Saturday September 24
9:00-10:00 The Ecology Center offers this hands-on soil and seed lab, so people can learn about gardening, saving seeds, and what foods to grow in a season given. The event is free and open to all ages, so you can learn something whether you have a child who has just developed a green thumb or you are an adult looking to grow more plants in the garden. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano. 949.443.4223. theecologycenter.org.
LIVE THEATER AT CAMINO REAL PLAYHOUSE
2:00 PM Get ready to laugh and watch the actors perform in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Camino Real Playhouse stages Little Shop of Horrorsan adaptation of the classic Broadway musical and comedy film. A later screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. The show runs until October 9. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082. caminorealplayhouse.org.
LIVE MUSIC AT SAN JUAN HILLS GOLF CLUB
6-9pm Jim Leslie will perform. Stop to listen and dance, perhaps after playing a round of golf. San Juan Hills Golf Club, 32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano. 949.565.4855. www.sanjuanhillsgolf.com.
GHOST OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
8:00 PM Learn about the bizarre history of San Juan Capistrano as you stroll through downtown and near Mission San Juan Capistrano. The walk is organized by Haunted Orange County. Participants are asked to meet at the visitor information booth near the train tracks. 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano. 866.446.7803. hauntedoc.com.
Sunday September 25
SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT SWALLOW
2:00-6:00 PM Put on your cowboy hat and boots and get ready to enjoy all the Western-style entertainment at one of San Juan Capistrano’s best-known dive bars and country music spots. The Lonnie Dawson Band will perform. Swallow’s Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.3188. swallow.com.
LIVE MUSIC ON THE ROOFTOP
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment at one of San Juan Capistrano’s popular restaurants. Mike Hamilton will perform. Get ready to order food and drinks and enjoy the patio views of downtown San Juan. The Rooftop Kitchen + Bar, 31781 Camino Capistrano, Suite 301, San Juan Capistrano. 949.503.3358. rooftopoc.com.
Wednesday, September 28
TRIVIA EVENING AT THE BREWHOUSE
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The BrewHouse hosts a trivia night every Wednesday. Test your knowledge of music, movies and other topics. The Brasserie, 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite D3, San Juan Capistrano. 949.481.6181. brewhousesjc.com.
Thursday September 29
5-COURSE DINNER AT YSIDORA
6:00 PM Enjoy an upscale multi-course meal at Ysidora Restaurant & Lounge. Dinner will be accompanied by specialty wines from California and Spanish vineyards. Advance reservations are encouraged. Hostel at Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31692 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.503.5720. ysidora.com.
Friday September 30
WOOD WORKSHOP ‘FRI-YAY FUN’
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Spend a Friday night making a unique item that will be yours. Personalize a wooden sign, bath tray, picture frame or anything else during this hands-on workshop. Registration can be done in advance online. Atelier AR San Juan Capistrano, 31107 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite B2. 949.482.1362. arworkshop.com.
LIVE MUSIC AT TREVOR’S
7 p.m. Ever wanted to relax with soothing live music outdoors while the trains come and go? Stop by Trevor’s for soothing sounds, food, and an up-close view of downtown San Juan Capistrano. Justin Froese will perform. Trevor’s at the Tracks, 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.9593. trevorsatthetracks.com.
Saturday October 1
RANCHO MISSION VIEJO FARMERS MARKET
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come and enjoy the Farmer’s Market held at the Pavilion on the first Saturday of each month. There will be vendors, food, and sometimes live music. The event is hosted by the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce. Play time for children is available inside the Pavilion Gym during the event. Follow the Farmers Market page at The Ranch on Instagram for updates and more information. 2 Tierno Road, Rancho Mission Viejo. 949.354.2055. laderararanchochamber.org.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTAR
9:00am-5:00pm Venture to Mission San Juan Capistrano to remember loved ones by placing their names on the altar or ofrenda. The altar will be on display until October 30. Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.234.1300. missionsjc.com.
Sunday October 2
CONCERT AT THE COACH HOUSE
7:00 p.m. Live music is featured at this popular Southern Orange County venue. Rock band Plain White T’s, known for the hit song “Hey There Delilah”, will perform. Tickets are $45. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949.496.8930. thecoachhouse.com.
Saturday October 8
7:30 p.m. Have fun during this comedy show. Jim Taylor, James P. Connolly Ladman and Mike Hughes will perform. Camino Real Playhouse, 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082. caminorealplayhouse.org.
Wednesday October 12
SAN JUAN SHOP TOUR
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm A tour of “She Means Business” stores in San Juan will take place in honor of National Women’s Small Business Month. Join us in supporting local small businesses including AR Workshop San Juan, Plant Depot, Wildfire Boutique, Flowering Bridal Loft, Anytime Fitness and more. The check-in starting point will be assigned once all registrations have been completed. The line dancing after the party will take place at Paddy’s Station. Participants can register online on the AR Workshop website. San Juan Capistrano. 949.482.1362. arworkshop.com.
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