There’s fun at the beach, including country music, surfing dogs and a Balboa carnival, as well as plenty of live theatre, Tustin’s 90th birthday and cruising cars.
Here are our picks for the weekend:
COASTAL COUNTRY JAM: This two-day event takes place at Huntington State Beach and features some of country music’s best artists, amazing BBQ and food options, beach bars, bean bags, hammocks, line dancing and bull riding. Enjoy music from Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Eli Young Band, Brett Young, Michael Ray, Chris Hawkey, Honey Country and more. $139-$499. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Brookhurst Street & Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach. Information: coastalcountryjam.com.
‘DEATH BY DESIGN’: “Death by Design” depicts the goings-on at the country home of a well-heeled playwright and his actress wife, where the light comedic atmosphere is shattered by the murder of one of the couple’s guests. Newport Theatre Arts Center’s production of the 2013 revised version has the distinction of being the play’s Orange County premiere. It’s also loaded with Noel Coward-like lightheartedness and, after the murder, a touch of Agatha Christie-like atmosphere. Through Oct. 15. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Newport Theater Arts Center, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. Tickets: $20. Information: 949-631-0288, ntaconline.com. (Read more about the play.)
‘THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS’: Being bullied can be devastating. And as the cast of Laguna Playhouse’s Youth Theater production of “The Secret Life of Girls” is learning, it’s a problem that nearly everyone can relate to – even the bullies. The play delves into the world of teen bullying and explores the impact it leaves on students and their families. 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 22. 1 and 5 pm. Sept. 23-24. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Tickets $18 and up. Information: 949-497-2787 or lagunaplayhouse.com. (Read more about the play.)
‘IN A WORD’: In its Southern California premiere at Chance Theater, Lauren Yee’s “In a word” will indeed make you think about every angle of losing a child: What it means to be a parent, what it means to love a child you’ve adopted vs. given birth to, how the child’s presence affects the marriage and how the loss of that child can affect it even more. The story framing “In a word” is that of childless young couple Fiona and Guy Hamlet (Amanda Zarr and Chance Dean), who adopt Tristan as…