Hells Kitchen Las Vegas

A look at my most recent visit to Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas. I am a fan of the show and I finally checked out the restaurant that opened last year. I am also sharing a few tips for you if you are planning a visit.

 

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The world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant opened last year at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Inspired by the hit reality television show starring Chef Gordon Ramsay, this was described as a place where guests will feel like they are on the studio set.

l recently visited the restaurant while in Las Vegas.

Hells Kitchen entrance

The restaurant is located in front of Ceasar’s Palace. When you walk in, you can feel the energy of the eatery and its staff and patrons.

Hells Kitchen Las Vegas Bar

The bar was full when we checked in for our dinner reservation. You are first greeted by a video of Gordan Ramsey and a wall full of photos of Hell’s Kitchen alumni from the television show.

The restaurant is large and open and you can in fact see the chefs in the in the familiar red and blue kitchen.

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We were seated in a lovely table next to the window, overlooking the fountains in front of Caesar’s Palace. The menu offerings included many options including two Prix Fixe options (one of which came with a wine pairing).

Hells Kitchen

We started with the Lobster Risotto and were not disappointed. The lobster was high quality and wonderfully cooked over a bed of creamy risotto. Such a great way to start the meal and perfect when shared. You can order the risotto with or without truffles.

Hells Kitchen Lobster Risotto

We debated about trying the Prix Fixe menu, but when it came to deciding I could not help but order the signature dish, the Beef Wellington. The Wellington was absolutely wonderful with a thin, flakey crust and superior flavor.

The Wellington only comes medium rare, so do not even try to order it any other way. And why would you?

The dish was served with a potato puree and a  couple of unmemorable carrots.

Hells Kitchen Beef Wellington

At the suggestion of our server, we ordered  the Pineapple Carpaccio which was a perfect light way to end the meal. It is served with a dry ice container which makes for a fun and Instagram-worthy presentation.

Hells Kitchen dessert

The food and service at the restaurant was top notch. Truly worth a visit if you are in the Las Vegas area. The restaurant was a wonderful dining experience and I would definitely recommend you checking it out.

Tips for Visiting Hell’s Kitchen Las Vegas

The restaurant takes walk-ins, but you are better off trying to get in for a late lunch as dinner is a  pretty popular time at the restaurant.

While we did not see Gordon Ramsey at this meal, he does visit the restaurant about three times a year.  They do have a day of filming planned at this location in March.

We did catch a glimpse of Michelle Tribble, winner of season 17 in the kitchen. The transition to season 18 winner Ariel Contreras-Fox was to take place sometime this month, according to our sources.

Hells Kitchen Las Vegas Chef

 

If the price tag is a bit steep, try visiting at lunchtime for a lower-priced menu.

Hell’s Kitchen
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hells Kitchen

 

 

 

Sabroso Festival Returns to Orange County

Friends, It was just announced that the Sabroso Festival is returning to Orange County in April. This year the event will be held for two days at Doheney State Beach. Don’t wait to get your tickets to this fun and tasty festival.

Sabroso Festiva

Now in its 6th year, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito has announced its biggest event yet. The event in Dana Point, CA has sold out for the last two years in a row. Due to popular demand, this year’s Southern California festival expands to two days on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. The event will take place at Doheny State Beach, with additional tour dates for early 2019 to be announced soon.

Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) and California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature performances from The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag, and more, with craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. Delectable tacos from the region’s top chefs and restaurants will be available for purchase, and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more.

Performances From The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Good Charlotte, Black Flag & More

Unlimited Tastings From Over 150 Craft Beers,

Gourmet Tacos, Lucha Libre Style Wrestling & More

 Tickets On Sale now at http://www.sabrosotacofest.com/

For more on Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito, visit:

Website: www.SabrosoTacoFest.com

Facebook: @sabrosotacofest

Instagram: @sabrosotacofest

Hashtag: #sabrosotacofest

Where To Watch The L A Rams

It’s going to be raining this weekend, but there are lots of places that you can get out to and enjoy watching some football. The big game is featuring our LA Rams and what better way to enjoy the game than with fellow locals?

These are all great places to watch the game but my suggestion is to go early, VERY EARLY. I have been to some of these places and if you get there an hour before kickoff, you are too late (and that’s during the regular season).

Where to watch the Rams Game this Sunday

All the sports bars in Orange County and Los Angeles County will be hosting the game. You can also find the game at most local breweries that have TVs. But if you are looking for a special experience, you may want to try something new.

Looking for big screen TVs, all you can eat wings and drink deals that can’t be beat? Rally the crew and head to Hollywood & Highland for special discounts and Super Bowl promotions

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  • Dave & Busters: Located on Level 3, Dave and Busters’ Touchdown Package features access to a private event space, unlimited soft drinks, and a tailgate themed buffet with favorites, like buffalo wings, salty pretzel dogs with habanero dip and more for only $45.50. To purchase tickets, click here.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Located on Level 1, Hard Rock Cafe’s Big Game Watch Party is all about the screens. At the Hard Rock Cafe, there is no bad seat in the house with the game broadcasted on 32 TVs and a 12-foot video wall. For fans looking for a guaranteed seat, the Hard Rock Cafe Tailgate Party Package includes reserved seating, four drink tickets and a choice of the Jumbo Combo or Classic Nachos for $50. To purchase tickets, click here.
  • Lucky Strike Live!: Located on Level 1, Lucky Strike Live! will show the game on seven big screens and offer guests special game day pricing as well as prizes and giveaways. For more details, click here.

Before settling in to watch the big game, football fans can pick up official Super Bowl LIII merchandise and NFC Champions Los Angeles Rams hats and shirts at Lids on Level 2. In addition to blue and yellow gear, fans can grab a dozen specialty Ram’s themed donuts at Randy’s Donuts on Level 1. These must-wear gameday pieces and delicious treats are available while supplies last.

Hollywood & Highland also recently introduced the 2019 VIP ACCESS booklet, which extends discounts to 25 of the center’s retailers and is available to all guests upon request.

Evans Brewing Company located 138 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton CA 92832

Big Wangs located at 5300 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601


Boomtown Brewery located at 700 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Where ever you decide to watch the game! Let’s hope for a great game and a Rams win!

 

Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival 

The Annual Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival is coming to Orange County.

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The 7th Annual Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival will be here on December 8, 2018. This event will be held in the garden gazebo area of the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. The beer festival will run from 12-4 p.m and if it is anything like last year’s event, it will be a phenomenal festival.

This sell-out event comes courtesy of the Brew Ha Ha Productions team, who continue to develop the most acclaimed beer festivals in the United States.

The Brew Ho Ho! Holiday Ale Festival, dubbed OC’s favorite festival in the craft beer community, offers a festive, intimate experience with one-of-a-kind, rare and limited release holiday beers. Beer aficionados and admirers alike will gather to sample over 100 craft beers from the finest local and national breweries.

Of the many exciting seasonal beers offered at Brew Ho Ho! is “Beard Envy,” a collaboration beer named in honor of Brew Ha Ha Productions founder, Cameron Collins’ signature beard and how envious he and Brian Giesen of Docent Brewing in San Juan Capistrano are of Santa’s epic beard. The beer, an imperial stout that incorporates toasted pecans and coconut, is layered with Simpsons Malt, balanced with chocolate wheat, brewed with Magnum Hops and boiled for two hours to create a distinct festive flavor. The collaboration beer will be the first-ever canned release for Docent Brewing.

“The great thing about Brew Ho Ho,” says Brew Ha Ha Productions founder, Cameron Collins, “is that all the breweries that come out bring their very best, with a variety of rare beers that you don’t see at other events. That is what defines this festival and why we are so excited to partner with Docent Brewing to create such a unique beer for the event.”

In true Brew Ho Ho! tradition, festivities will also include live music and dancing. The Gabba Gabba Hey’s, a Ramones tribute band, will be performing the punk rock group’s classic hits. Fast Times, the ultimate 80s’ tribute band, will also be performing classic 80s’ hits for attendees to enjoy as they sip their seasonal beers.

Back by popular demand, the annual Brewery Merchandise Expo returns, offering guests a one-stop shopping experience perfect for stuffing the stockings of fellow beer lovers. Santa will be onsite, trading in his milk and cookies for craft brews and taking photos with enthusiastic attendees. Have a jolly good time with tasty food trucks, fine cigars, interactive games, ugly Christmas sweaters, decorated beards and plenty of holiday beers.

Brew Ha Ha Productions and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire have a successful and growing relationship working events together resulting in tens of thousands of dollars to the charity each year.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters improve the lives, in dramatic ways of over 2,700 local children each year. https://www.ocbigs.org/#

Tickets are on sale now for $55 online, and pending availability will be available the day of for $65 online or at the door.  Designated driver tickets will be available for those accompanying a paid guest. Unlimited tastings will be provided in a complimentary commemorative tasting cup. Tastings will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. with the Brewery Merchandise Expo, music and food open until 5 p.m.  Brew Ho Ho! is a 21+ only, rain or shine event. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.brewhoho.com.

OC Wine Fest 2018

It was all fun and wine at the OC Wine Fest 2018!

Wines at OC Wine Fest 2018

The first ever OC Wine Fest kicked off on a slightly damp Saturday last weekend, but that did not stop anyone from having a good time.  The event provided a multitude of wines in a casual and comfortable outdoor setting. Based at the Stone’s Throw winery, many people came out to drink wine, beer and enjoy some tasty bites.

OC Wine Fest 2018

Local wineries such as Rancho Capistrano Winery were there to pour delicious varietals. Their winery is a gem and a favorite of mine.

We had a chance to meet the proprietors of Cowboy Canyon Winery. After listening to their story and hearing about the winery’s upcoming events made me wonder how I have not been to a tasting there there yet. Their wines were divine and the winery sounds like itis in a beautiful setting in Silverado Canyon. We are adding it to the list to visit.

The folks at Wedell Winery had a nice sampling to offer that day, and did I mention it was unlimited pours? This central coast winery offered some wonderful Pinots and Syrahs and their wines are available in many restaurants and wine stores in Southern California.

The day of discovery continued as we had a chance to try Orange County-based Color Wine.  At the helm is Parker Theo, a twenty-five year old entrepreneur whose started making wine as a project. The name comes from the fact that the first thing you do in a wine tasting is to check the color of the wine, according to Parker. The Rosé  I tasted was lovely and refreshing!

Besides the nearly three dozen wineries, there were cider vendors and breweries as well.

Wine seminars were also available both days of the festival. There were also vendors with wine-related merchandise and I really wanted to take this sculpture home!

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The first every OC Wine Fest was a great success and a lovely experience.  Proceeds from this inaugural event helped raise awareness for the OC Wine Fest’s charitable partner, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

OC Wine Fest

Stone’s Throw Winery
San Juan Capistrano, CA
www.ocwinefest.com
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Sabroso Taco Fest 2018

The KLOS Sabroso Taco Fest returns to Orange County!

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The KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival Returns! We loved this festival last year. It has all the things you could ask for in a great festival -craft beer, lots of tasty tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling, great music, all in a beachside setting.

The KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point as its first stop on its new multicity road trip.

Sabroso Taco Fest 2017

The Sabroso Taco Fest is in its fifth year in Southern California and festival-goers will have the opportunity to sample over 150 brews and a variety of delectable tacos while watching lucha libre style wrestling, playing games, and enjoying live performances by The Offspring, and other bands including Pennywise, The Vandals, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Unwritten Law, and Los Kung Fu Monkeys.      

Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival bring together a diverse array of supreme breweries and the region’s top chefs and restaurants to spotlight the West Coast’s growing craft beer community (see photo of participating breweries below).

 
Food fans will of course have the opportunity to savor the scrumptious tacos provided by Fiesta Gourmet (VIP only), Chicana Vegana, Panchos Tacos, Good Fellas Taco Catering, and more.  Chronic Tacos, will also serve their fan-favorite tacos, filled with choice of veggies or meat. Many participating restaurants are serving new and exciting taco creations like Romega’s alligator stuffed taco and Chef TLC’s Sidewalk Café’s Korean street tacos with kimchi for some innovative tacos at the Sabroso Taco Fest. To top off the array of flavors, those with a sweet tooth will be satisfied with Coned Ice Cream’s beer-infused ice creams.


While at the festival. attendees are invited to sample all flavors of The Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland’s top rated hot sauce – Gringo Bandito!

New at the Sabroso Taco Fest this year:

In 2018, the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival brand expands to include dates in Sacramento, Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Auburn, and Portland during April and May.

Sabroso Taco Fest Breweries listed

Sabroso Taco Fest Ticket Information

Doheney State Beach-Saturday, April 7

Tickets start at $65.50 and VIP Lounge + Early Entry Tickets are sold out. Day-of Festival General Admission Tickets (if available) will be $75.50 per person. Check out the Sabroso Fest website for tickets.

Complimentary craft beer tastings last until 4 p.m. and tacos will be available for purchase while supplies last. Festival General Admission.

Sponsors for KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito include SUBARU, Sweet James Bergener, Gringo Bandito, Avery Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, Chronic Tacos, Milagro Tequila, Cosmic Fog and many more. The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

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OC Wine Fest 2018

The inaugural OC Wine Fest brings wines, brews, music and more to Orange County this weekend.

OC Wine Fest

Guests at OC Wine Fest will learn all about wine and sip award-winning wines from around world. The Wine Fest team has also specially curated some tasty craft breweries into the mix for beer fans.

There are seminars and classes Saturday and Sunday, led by wine experts, so any guest who wishes can further hone their tasting and pairing skills. These classes require a special entry.

This event also helps raise awareness for the OC Wine Fest’s charitable partner, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

OC Wine Fest

The OC Wine Festival will be held at A Stones Throw Winery.

A Stones Throw Winery is located at:
29943 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Saturday – March 10, 2018 1-5pm
Sunday – March 11, 2018, 1-5pm

Ticket includes:

  • a commemorative tasting glass
  • unlimited wine and beer sampling
  • Music
  • Water, coffee & food

OC Wine Fest Parking is available for $5 at:
Saddleback Valley Christian School, 26333 Oso Rd., San Juan Capistrano

Serra Catholic High School, 26351 Junipero Serra Rd., San Juan Capistrano

We’ve got a promo code for you – OC Wine Festival Promo Code

Purchase an all-access ticket to this weekend’s inaugural OCWineFest and you’ll get to sample wines from an additional 14 boutique wineries. Get a 30% discount when you use promo code OCSpecial at checkout. Head to the OCWineFest website for details.

OC wine fest

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Paws FUR Pink Dog Friendly Run/Walk

Mark your calendars! The sixth annual Orange County Paws FUR Pink run/walk is coming back soon.

Starting line of racers at Pars Fur Pink

Looking for a great way to get some exercise with your pet? Check out the Orange County Paws FUR Pink® run/walk will be held on Sunday, February 18at Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Whether you and your pet want to walk in celebration of life or to honor a friend or relative, it is a great way to raise money for a good cause and make some friends in the process.

Participants can register to run or walk with their dogs and raise funds for charity paw-tners, which include Susan G. Komen Orange County and The National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). Other activities include a pet costume contest, a pet expo and an award ceremony.

paws fur pin great dane dog

“It’s an honor to be chosen for the sixth year as a charity partner of Paws FUR Pink,” said Lisa Wolter, executive director of Komen Orange County. “Every day in Orange County, five women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one dies from the disease. The funds raised at Paws Fur Pink are critical to save both human and canine lives.” Since the event’s inception, close to $50,000 has been raised, the equivalent of 400 mammograms.

Partial proceeds from Paws FUR Pink® will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County to support breast health education, services and research, as well as The National Canine Cancer Foundation. Five percent of the net proceeds from the pledge money raised and a $5 donation per 5K and 1-Mile will be allocated post-event to the charity of the participant’s choice.

“We, at Book That Event, place an emphasis on women’s health and wellness and understand that cancer affects not only our daughters, sisters, friends and mothers, but the pets in our lives as well. We created an event that includes dogs because we understand how the love from our pets can make us feel better,” said Lisa Scolman, co-founder of Paws FUR Pink. “We’re dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the necessary research, treatment, care, hope and inspiration to those affected by cancer.”

The event features:

  • Hearty Hound 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Dawdling Doodle 1-Mile Walk
  • FURever Yours Expo w/Yoga in the Park and pet demonstrations
  • PAWsitively Pink Costume Contest
  • Each participant will receive a custom Paws FUR Pink branded participation t-shirt, wine glass, doggy frisbee and sunglasses.

SCHEDULE/LOCATION:

All events on Sunday start/finish at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

7:00 a.m. – Registration & Packet Pick Up Opens

7:00 a.m. – FURever Yours Expo Opens

8:30 a.m. – Hearty Hound 5K Run/Walk Starts

9:00 a.m. – Dawdling Doodle 1-Mile Walk

9:50 a.m. – PAWsitively Pink Costume Contest

10:00 a.m. – Paws FUR Pink® Awards

Registration fees range from $15 to $48.  For more information and to register for Paws FUR Pink®, please visit PawsFURPink.com or send an email to info@bookthatevent.com.

Check out the Taste Travel Explore Events Calendar on our Facebook page for other great local events.

 

Orange County Los Angeles County Museum Free Admission Days

If one of your goals this year is saving money this year, you might like this list of Museum Free Admission Days for Los Angeles and Orange County Museums.

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Here is a list of Orange County and Los Angeles County Museums and the dates that they offer free admission. Website links to the museums on this list will give you additional information on parking, operating hours, tours and special events.  Note that if you have a large group, you may want to check out the museum website to get additional information.

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Southern California has many museums and offers an educational experience for the entire family. Many have eateries within their facilities or close by. I always love to peruse the gift shops for unique gifts for friends.

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Note that museum information is subject to change so be sure to check the museum website before you go.

Wanderlust Guide to Museum Free Admission Days

 

Museum Which Free Day Website Notes
Children’s Museum at La Habra http://www.lhcm.org/
Nat Hist 1st Tue https://www.nhm.org/
Page La Brea 1st Tue http://www.tarpits.org/museum
Huntington Library 1st Thu http://www.huntington.org/
Pasadena Art 1st Fri http://pmcaonline.org/
Norton Simon 1st Fri Nite https://www.nortonsimon.org/
Pacific Asia 2nd Sun http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/ Closed until May 2017
LA County Art 2nd Tue http://www.lacma.org/
Gene Autry 2nd Tue https://theautry.org/
Descanso 3rd Tue https://www.descansogardens.org/
LACO Arboretum 3rd Tue http://www.arboretum.org/
South Coast Botanic 3rd Tue http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/
Japanese American 3rd Thu http://www.janm.org/
MOCA every Thu Nite http://www.moca.org/
Laguna Art Museum every Thu Nite https://lagunaartmuseum.org/
craft & folk art every Sun http://www.cafam.org/
Latin American every Sun https://www.molaa.org/
Skirball every Thu http://www.skirball.org/
Long Beach every Fri http://lbma.org/
Orange County Museum of Art every fri https://www.ocma.net/
The Broad every day http://www.thebroad.org/
Calif Science Center every day https://californiasciencecenter.org/
African American every day http://www.caamuseum.org/
Dominguez Rancho every day http://dominguezrancho.org/
UCLA Fowler every day http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/
Griffith Observatory every day http://www.griffithobservatory.org/
J Paul Getty every day http://www.getty.edu/museum/
UCLA Hammer every day https://hammer.ucla.edu/
Holocaust every day http://www.lamoth.org/
Travel Town every day http://traveltown.org/
USC Fisher Museum every day https://fisher.usc.edu/
UCLA Meteorite every day http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/
Holywood Bowl every day http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/visit/hollywood-bowl-museum
Annenberg Space every day https://www.annenbergphotospace.org/
Wende every day http://www.wendemuseum.org
Center for Land Use every day http://clui.org/page/los-angeles
Paley Center every day http://paleymusuem.org
Rancho Santa Ana select days http://rsabg.org/free-days
Fullerton Arboretum every day http://fullertonarboretum.org
Old Orange County Courthouse every day http://ocparks.com/historic/oldcourt/
Beall Center for Art every day http://beallcenter.uci.edu/
Muckenthaler Cultural Center every day http://themuck.org/
Irvine Museum every day http://www.irvinemuseum.org/
Free Museum Day! 1/29/17 1/29/17 http://www.socalmuseums.org/free-for-all/

Don’t forget to bookmark this page.

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Free Museum Days Los Angeles and Orange County

Summer is here and the weather is getting warm. For those days where you have spent all your funds, here is a list of free museum days in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas that offer complimentary admission at least once per week.

There is nothing like exploring a good museum on a warm summer day. And while admission is free at these museums, many of these fine organizations will accept donations and it is important to support our local arts.




Refer to the corresponding link to get information about location and events.

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles & Orange County

Museum Which Free Day Website
Laguna Art Museum every Thu Nite https://lagunaartmuseum.org/
craft & folk art every Sun http://www.cafam.org/
Latin American every Sun https://www.molaa.org/
Skirball every Thu http://www.skirball.org/
Long Beach every Fri http://lbma.org/
Orange County Museum of Art every fri https://www.ocma.net/
Fullerton Arboretum every day http://fullertonarboretum.org
Beall Center for Art every day http://beallcenter.uci.edu/
Muckenthaler Cultural Center every day http://themuck.org/
Irvine Museum every day http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

Check out this article for more practically free things to do this summer.