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By Eric Heinz

The grand opening of the Outlets at San Clemente will feature a weekend of events.

The first is a private ribbon cutting on Thursday, Nov. 12, and shops will have special offers starting that day open to the public, according to Outlets representatives.

The inaugural Tree Lighting Concert, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, will feature the band American Authors, known for their Billboard Top 40 song “Best Day of My Life;” 2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani; and up-and-coming singer from the first season of The X-Factor, John Lindahl.

The concert is free to the public and will be hosted by Valentine of 104.3 FM’s morning show.

The Christmas tree is from Mt. Shasta and is decorated with 3,000 lights and holiday ornaments.

Opening weekend events and entertainment include:

  • Saturday, noon-4 p.m. – Custom Toms painters, Sun Diego
  • Saturday, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Tree lighting and concert, Center Court
  • Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – Meet Jesse Lozano from Star 94.1, Center Court
  • Sunday 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. – Duende Flamenco performs, Center Court

“The opening will feature fast-casual eateries and more than 35 retail stores such as Bass Factory Outlet, Calvin Klein, Chico’s Outlet, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear Company, Converse, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Levi’s Outlet Store, Nike Factory Store, The PUMA Outlet Store, Tilly’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Vans and White House Black Market,” Outlets representatives said.

The Outlets will host Moonlight Madness, an all-night shopping extravaganza on Thanksgiving, beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 26. Shops will remain open all night and throughout Black Friday until 10 p.m. on Nov. 27. On Dec. 5 there will be a charity fundraiser featuring $50,000 in prizes. Ticket are $35 and include a private catered lunch, wine and craft beer tasting, entertainment and a $25 donation of choice to one of 18 nonprofit organizations.

For a complete list of shops and more information, visit www.outletsatsanclemente.com/stores.

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