10 ways to enjoy May in Irvine

Find the best concerts, comedy shows and more.

1. Korean Cultural Festival

The 11th annual Korean Cultural Festival features family-friendly entertainment with dance and singing competitions, prizes, food, crafts and more. Irvine Civic Center, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 14, kpomp.com.


2. ‘Star Wars’ weekend

Pretend City is calling all young Jedi Padawans to report for duty. Dress in your best “Star Wars” outfit to receive $1 off admission and enjoy “May the Fourth Be With You” activities. Pretend City Children’s Museum, May 4, pretendcity.org.


3. Comedy festival

You’ll get plenty of laughs during a four-day free comedy extravaganza featuring an improvisational ensemble composed of undergraduate students from UCI. Claire Trevor School of the Arts, May 4-7, improvrevolution.org.


4. UCI Symphony

The orchestra performs music from the standard repertoire as well as recently created works and world premieres. Join Maestro Stephen Tucker for a pre-concert conversation at 7 p.m. Irvine Barclay, May 27, thebarclay.org.


5. Farmers market

Check out this weekly tradition that sells items ranging from hard-to-find fruits and vegetables to scratch-made baked goods. This is the place to be for chefs and at-home cooks. Mariners Church, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, destinationirvine.com.


6. ‘Doctor Strange’

Sit back and watch Dr. Stephen Strange and his allies travel into the multiverse to face a mysterious new enemy in Marvel Studio’s latest movie. Regal Irvine Spectrum now features king-size recliners and motion-synchronized seats. May 5, regmovies.com.


7. Comedy show

Comic Max Amini brings his highly anticipated 2022 World Tour to Irvine. Through an array of
eccentric impressions and novel storytelling, Amini’s observational humor delivers a strong message about family ties, cultural trappings and social topics. Irvine Barclay, 8 p.m. May 28, thebarclay.org.


8. UCI jazz show

Enjoy an evening of music and improvisation as the UCI undergraduate jazz program presents its quarterly concert to showcase the small-group student ensembles. Winifred Smith Hall, 8 p.m. May 11, arts.uci.edu.


9. Modern Makers Mart

Modern Makers Mart is an artisanal outdoor shopping experience for the senses, filled with handcrafted items and live music. Woodbury Town Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14-15, and Woodbridge Village Center, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28-29, modernmakersmart.com.


10. Hawaiian guitar concert

Enjoy the slack-key guitar mastery of Makana, whose personal songs weave the roots of Hawaii’s musical palette into a universal sound. His distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawaii and his own brand of “slack-rock.” Irvine Barclay, 8 p.m. May 13, thebarclay.org.

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