Newport’s Best Bets in Arts & Entertainment

From Live Theater to Community Happenings, get out and enjoy

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Blue Whale Migration Spring/Summer 2016 Cruise | Through Sept 30

The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings hundreds of blue whales each spring and summer to the waters off Newport Beach. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off Southern California, but over the last seven years this has changed dramatically with hundreds of giant blue whales spotted each summer. Along with whales, giant pods of common and bottlenose dolphin are also very likely to be spotted. 

Contact: 949.494.4514, www.newportwhales.com

Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., #A, Newport Beach

Admission: $36

Patti LuPone, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda | Sept 9 at 8 p.m.

This Tony and Olivier Award winner performs Broadway musical favorites with a live orchestra.

Contact: 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets start at $19

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Tony Award winner Patti LuPone lights up on the night on Sept 9

8th Annual Newport Beach Fire Dept. Disaster Preparedness Expo and 2nd Annual Green on the Green Newport Beach Eco Expo | Sept 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Exhibit booths, “green” products, educational displays, free electronics recycling and document shredding.

Contact: 949.729.4400, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.newportbeach.com

Newport Beach Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach

Pacific Coast Triathlon • Duathlon | Sept 11: Triathlon starts at 7 a.m.; Duathlon at 7:30 a.m.

Sprint Distance Triathlon (750m Swim, 20K Cycle, 5K Run) and Sprint Distance Duathlon (1.5K Run, 20K Cycle, 5K Run)

Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Highway, Newport Coast

Concert on the Green - The Springsteen Experience | Sept 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. 

A tribute to “The Boss,” by Josh Tanner and his explosive band

www.newportbeachca.gov

Newport Beach Civic Center Green, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach 

Big Canyon Charity Golf Classic | Sept 12. Check-in: 11 a.m. Tee-off: 12:30 p.m. 

Benefits the 1/1 Marine Foundation

To register, visit www.NBPAgolfclassic.org. Contact Officer Vlad Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach

Cost: $300 per player or $1,200 for a foursome. Includes entry to all events, 18 holes of golf, cart, polo shirt, lunch, dinner and various awards.

An Evening with Renee Fleming | Sept 13 at 8 p.m. 

America’s reigning diva for more than a decade makes a rare OC appearance, and is in concert with the Pacific Symphony.

Contact: 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets start at $50

7th Annual Sunset Jazz at Newport, Gordon Goodwin’s Little Phat Band | Sept 14 from 6-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. with table service featuring food & beverage at reasonable prices.

Contact: 949.759.5003, www.sunsetjazzatnewport.com

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa (Rose Garden), 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Tickets $30/$42/$53

The Bank of the West Summer Concert Series | Friday Nights

Enjoy world-class music, fine wines and gourmet dining. Prior to the concerts, guests have the option to pre-purchase a gourmet dinner buffet at the Hyatt’s signature restaurant, SHOR American Seafood Grill, featuring fresh-from-the-docks daily specials.

Concert Line-up:

Sept 16: Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra

Sept 23: Smokey Robinson

Sept 30: Will Downing and Special Guests

Contact: 949.360.7800, www.hyattconcerts.com 

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson performs here in Newport Beach on Sept 23 

Balboa Island Centennial Celebration | Sept 18 from 1-5 p.m.

Mingle among neighbors and other community lovers to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Balboa Island being incorporated into the city of Newport Beach. Enjoy live entertainment, food, carnival games and more!

www.explorebalboaisland.com

127 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island

Wild Kratts - Live! with the animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris | Sept 18 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. 

Contact: 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets for this family show start at $29.75

Kern Plays Rachmaninoff | Sept 22-24 at 8 p.m.

Pacific Symphony’s season of celebration begins with Dvorák’s festive “Carnival Overture” on a program that also holds an exciting world premiere by pianist and composer Conrad Tao and Respighi’s musical postcard, “Pines of Rome.” Olga Kern, pianist, plays “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman at 7 p.m.

Contact: 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets start at $25

RVCA & City of Newport Beach Surf Championships | Sept 24-25

Recreation amateur divisions from age 11 and up

Contact: 949.644.3151, www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Takes place at 54th or 56th Street, depending on where the waves are best

Fee: $30 to compete (includes an event shirt); free for spectators

25th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure | Sept 25 at 7 a.m. 

This 5K run/walk is the largest annual fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.

Contact: 714.957.9157 ext. 34, www.komenoc.org/race

Fashion Island, 700 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

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Courtesy Susan G. Komen OC

More than 15,000 people participated in last year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Fashion Island – including over 1,200 cancer survivors

19th Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner | Sept 29 at 5:30 p.m. 

Special recognition awards for Lifeguard Supervisor of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and Seasonal Lifeguard of the Year. The evening includes a gourmet dinner, live music and cocktails.

Contact: 949.729.4400, www.newportbeach.com

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa (Rose Garden lawn), 900 Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island

Cost: $60 per person (includes dinner and parking); $600 for table sponsors

Farruquito Flamenco | Sept 29 at 8 p.m. 

From the legendary Los Farruco dynasty, the first family of Gypsy flamenco dance, Farruquito, or Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya, is regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro. Son of the singer El Moreno and dancer La Farruca, he is the chief proponent of the unique dance style founded by his grandfather, the famed El Farruco.

Contact: 714.556.2787, www.scfta.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets start at $39

3rd Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival | Sept 29 - Oct 2 from 1-5 p.m. 

Tap, sip and revel in the epicurean talent in Newport Beach. Enjoy celebrity chef cooking demos and book signings, interactive wine panels with master sommeliers, mixology courses and live music. Grand Tasting Pavilions boast 30 of the OC’s finest restaurants with more than 200 wines poured for tastings. Must be 21 years and older to attend festival events.

Contact: 888.511.FEST, www.newportwineandfood.com

Held outside at Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach

Ticket prices vary

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Rick Bayless, chef and Mexican cuisine guru of RED O, Fashion Island, will be doing a cooking demo on Saturday, Oct 1

CERT Training by the Newport Beach Fire Dept. | Sept 29 - Nov 5, Tuesday-Thursday evening programs and all day Saturday programs.

To register: Mail a completed CERT program application to Matt Brisbois, 

100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660. 

Applications available by calling 949.644.3112 or visiting www.nbcert.org

Movie in the Park features Disney’s ZOOTOPIA | Sept 30 at 6 p.m. 

Contact: 949.644.3151, www.newportbeachca.gov/recreation

Cliff Drive Park, 301 Riverside Ave.

A Whole New World of Alan Menken | Sept 30 at 8 p.m. 

For the first-time, this eight-time Oscar winner performs his own music and shares behind-the-scenes stories.

Contact: 714.556.2787, www.scftag.org

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Tickets start at $49