Future planned socials sponsored or organized by the conference committee will be revealed in the near future. In the meanwhile, here are some things to do within or near Irvine.


Balboa Pier

Balboa Fun Zone (great for kids)

Bella Terra (shopping + entertainment)

Corona del Mar State Beach

Crystal Cove State Park (gorgeous hiking with non-strenuous trails)


Fashion Island

Huntington Beach Pier

Irvine Spectrum Center + Ferris Wheel

Karaoke (in Garden Grove, Korean Town)

K1 Indoor Racing

Newport Pier (good place to bar crawl)

Orange County Great Park + Hot Air Balloon

Paddleboarding in the Newport Back Bay

South Coast Plaza

SOCO District

The Lab

The Wedge (surfer’s galore)

Triangle Square (good option to bar crawl, club @ Sutra)

Tustin Market Place + Bowling

Food Places

Balboa Pier:

Seaside Bakery (open late; recommend jalapeno croissants)

Fountain Valley (10 minutes from campus off the 405):

Afters Ice Cream (best ice cream in the area)

Shinsengumi (best Ramen in the area)

Tsuruhashi (Highly recommended Japanese BBQ)


Annapoorna (Indian Buffet)

A&J Restaurant (Taiwanese)

Boiling Point (Taiwanese Hot Pot)

Fukada (Japanese)

Mick’s Karma Bar (Burgers)

Little Saigon (15-20 minutes from campus; well worth the drive):

7 Leaves (highly recommended; boba drinks/coffee)

Brodards (best spring rolls in town)

Pho 79 (beef pho)

Pho Lu (beef pho)

Seafood Cove #2 (Dim Sum)

Seafood Cove #1 (good for big groups)

SOCO District:

Portola Coffee Lab

Habana (highly recommended)

Milk & Honey (drinks / dessert)

South Coast Plaza:

Boiling Crab (seafood)

Din Tai Fung (famous Taiwanese dim sum chain)

Ritters (seafood)


Gen Korean BBQ (highly recommended)

Ohshima (most recommended!; best omakase sushi in USA)

University Town Center:

Blaze Pizza

Cha for Tea (Boba)


Mendocino Farms (highly recommended)