Musical Opens at Vanguard
"Americans All," featuring music by retired Orange County Judge James P. Gray, opens at Vanguard University's Lyceum Theater, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Performance begins at 8 p.m. For tickets, go to vanguard.universitytickets.com.
Big Whiskey Band
The Big Whiskey Band, a Dave Matthews Band cover act, performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. The event is free. For more information, call (949) 640-4110.
Flashback Heart Attack
Flashback Heart Attack, an 1980s KROQ cover band, will perform at 9 p.m. at the Harp Inn, 130 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. The show is 21 and older only and cover is $5. For more information, visit http://www.flashbackheartattack.com.
FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY
Opening of OCC Theatre Season
The Orange Coast College Theatre Department opens its 2011-12 season with "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer," by playwright Don Nigro. Friday night show is at 7:30 p.m., Drama Lab Studio Theatre, OCC, 2701 Fairview College. Advance tickets are $6 and tickets at the door are $8. For more information, call (714) 432-5880 or visit http://www.occtickets.com.
'West Side Story'
The Grammy Award-winning "West Side Story" comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Segerstrom Hall. Tickets start at $20. For showtimes and more information, visit http://www.scfta.org.
TILL SEPT. 25
Canstruction Orange County
Check out the 15 structures made out of canned foods that will be displayed throughout South Coast Plaza during Festival of Children, all of which will later be donated to the Orange County Food Bank.
TILL SEPT. 30
Festival of Children
The 10th annual Festival of Children — a month-long family oriented event featuring live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, and more — returns to South Coast Plaza. More than 75 youth-serving organizations will also be showcased. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.festivalofchildren.org.
TILL OCT. 9
'Pride and Prejudice'
South Coast Repertory presents Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. The shows will be at the Segerstrom Stage. For showtimes and ticket information, visit http://www.scr.org.
The third annual Wooden Boat Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 291 Yacht Club, 215 E. 15th St., Newport Beach. Tickets cost $10 and include boat shuttle service to the tall ship Irving Johnson, which will be open to the public at the Lido Marina Village docks.
Meet the Mayor
Newport Beach Mayor Mike Henn will visit a firehouse in Santa Ana Heights from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The event at Fire Station No. 7, 20401 Acacia St., will be open to the community and people are invited to come by to have coffee and chat with Henn about city issues.
Green Thumbs Workshop
The Orange County Great Park holds the first of its free programs in its 2011 Fall Garden Workshops series. Workshop begins at 11 a.m. in the park's Farm & Food Lab. For more information, visit http://www.ocgp.org. Saturday's workshop, "The Edible Landscape," will be on how to grow blueberries and other things by making them part of your landscape.
Solo Projects at The Camp in Costa Mesa presents the work of artist Steven Kirsch. A reception will take place at 7 p.m. in the Solo Building, 765 Baker St. For more information, visit http://www.solo-projects.com.
Midnite Whiskey, a blues and rock band, will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Celtic Bar at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. The event is free. For more information, call (949) 640-4110.
DJ Josh One
DJ Josh One, who specializes in playing soul, funk, and pop classics, will perform at 9:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach. The show is free.
SATURDAY TILL OCT. 31
The Irvine Railroad Pumpkin Patch opens its Fall season with a bounty of pumpkins and activities geared for families. Pumpkin Patch will be at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. For information, call (714) 997-3968 or visit http://www.irvineparkralroad.com
The Swim for Life Foundation holds its ninth annual ocean swim at Corona del Mar's main beach to promote water safety. Olympians Janet Evans, Jason Lezak and others are expected to come out to show their support for the 1-mile swim. Proceeds go toward the Tustin-based foundation's "Safer 3" program promoting water safety. There is a $30 entry fee for swimmers 18 and older and $15 for swimmers younger than 18. Swimmers younger than 15 must swim with a parent or adult. Call the Swim for Life Foundation at (949) 874-7567 to register for the event, or visit http://www.swimforlife.org for more information.
Early California Days
Costa Mesa Historical Society hosts an educational event, "Early California Days," from noon to 4 p.m. at the Diego Sepulveda Adobe in Estancia Park, 1900 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa. At 1 p.m., Paul Apodaca, an expert in California history from Chapman University, will talk about Pre-Mission Period Indians. The free event features artifacts, adobe brick-making, corn-husk doll making and other activities. Call (949) 631-5918 or visit http://www.costamesahistory.org for more information.