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Knott’s Scary Farm Sept. 20-Oct. 31
The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
Contact: 714-220-5200 / www.knotts.com
Octoberfest Orange County Sept. 29-Oct. 21
Every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy German beer, traditional Bavarian food, live entertainment, dancing, music and more on the oceanfront.
Time/Place: 12-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront
La Habra Movies in the Park Through Oct. 12
Join the Recreation staff for an outdoor, family-friendly movie on Friday nights. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can enjoy food vendors and the Bamboo Kids Club. Movies begin at dusk.
Time/Place: See website for schedule.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series Through Oct. 12
Fridays. Another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheatre of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
Time/Place: 7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road
Huntington Beach Oktoberfest Through Oct. 28
Every Wednesday through Sunday. Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests and do the Chicken Dance!
Time/Place: Old World Festival Hall
German Unity Day Celebrations Oct. 4
We’ve serving FREE FOOD to the 1st 500 people in line. In order to get the FREE FOOD you have to have a ticket and be one of the 1st 500 guests. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.
Time/Place: 7-10:30pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws
Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Oct. 4-7
You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from over 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews.
Time/Place: Newport Beach Civic Center
Tustin Tiller Days Oct. 5-7
The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainment.
Time/Place: Fri 4-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm / 17522 Beneta Way
Contact: 714-573-3326 / www.tustintillerdays.org
Autumn Harvest Festival Oct. 6
Trick-or-Treat stations, Adventure Maze, and visit the Haunted School House. Children of all ages can participate in ghoulish games, costume contests and the pumpkin decorating zone.
Time/Place: 4:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Oct. 6-14
North America’s most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.
Time/Place: Festival of Arts Grounds
San Clemente Sea Fest Oct. 7
This event features a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation.
Time/Place: 9:30am-3pm / San Clemente Pier
Contact: 949-492-1131 / www.scchamber.com
Sandcastle Contest Oct. 7
Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, thousands of sightseers will descend on “Big Corona Beach” to view amazing sand sculptures created by participants ranging from the novice to the expert.
Time/Place: 10am-3:30pm / Corona del Mar State Beach
Contact: 949-729-4400 / www.newportbeach.com
Haunt at Heritage Hill Oct. 12-13
Haunted House, Mazes, Goblins, Music, Stage Performances, Classic Horror Movie Screening. Wear your costume and come be part of this scary tradition.
Time/Place: 6:30-10:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Contact: 949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage
Boot Hill Oct. 12-13, 19-21 & 26-28
The unearthly spirits from the Old West town of Bridgewood will materialize for 8 nights, transforming the residence into the old church and cemetary that once occupied this hallowed ground.
Time/Place: 16 Goldenrod Lane, Irvine
Contact: 818-633-0300 / www.legendofboothill.com
Art in the Park Oct. 13
Stop by to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Newport Beach Civic Center
The Heritage Festival and Parade Oct. 13
Parade and fair booths. The festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30am followed by the parade and band review at 9:30am. The festival begins at 9:30am and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kids games and more.
Time/Place: Tri-City Park, Placentia
Silverado Country Fair & Folk Festival Oct. 13-14
Explores the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live music, Wild West reenactments, handmade arts and crafts, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, and contests.
Time/Place: Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds
Contact: 714-649-2411 / www.silveradocountryfair.org
Spooktacular Fun Days Oct. 13-14
Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as a treat town, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, entertainment, crafts, inflatables, face painting, community booths, carnival games, food concessions and more. Come in costume!
Time/Place: 9am-4pm / The Great Park, Irvine
Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K Oct. 13-14
The spectacular 10K is long enough to challenge your endurance yet is the perfect distance for achieving a PR. The Flat Fast course along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for a leisurely 5K jog.
Time/Place: 21100 PCH, Huntington Beach
Haunted Trails Oct. 18-19
Dare to walk the Haunted Trails experiencing medieval life and all of its tales. When the sun sets, the trails will open, guides will escort groups of 10 guests through the halls and tents.
Time/Place: 6:30-10pm / Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-425-5100 / www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us
Choc-Littlest Angel Guild’s Great Kitchens & Garden Oct. 19
This self-guided tour, our guests will view 6 stunning homes located in Peralta Hills and Yorba Linda. “Tasty Bites” and sips. Also, shopping can be done at the “Petite Boutique.” Event supports CHOC Children’s Hospital.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Anaheim/Yorba Linda
Silverado Days Oct. 19-21
Games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Car Show, a World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, a Amateur Horseshoe Contest, a Pie-Eating Contest, a Baby Contest, a Dog Show, a Chili Cook-off and much more!
Time/Place: William Peak Park, Buena Park
Historical Cemetery Tour Oct. 20
Docents will guide visitors through scenes that played important roles in the history of the county, culminating in a presentation in Fairhaven’s beautiful 1916 mausoleum.
Time/Place: Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana
Contact: 714-547-9645 / www.santaanahistory.com
Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt Oct. 20
Celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe environment with good ole fashioned spookiness, arts and crafts, a fun zone, and an array of educational booths.
Time/Place: 5:30-8:30pm / Picnic sites A and B
Contact: 949-496-6172 / www.parks.ca.gov/doheny
Yappy Howl-O-Ween Oct. 25
The chance for pups to strut their stuff in their costumes.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Contact: 949-240-2000 / www.ritzcarlton.com
Halloween Spooktacular/Moonlight Movies Oct. 26
Activities from 3-5:30pm include carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, a costume parade and entertainment. The Moonlight Movie begins at 5:30pm with a special showing for the little ones of “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” and at 7pm 1982 “Poltergeist”.
Time/Place: 3-9pm / Dana Point Community Center
Anaheim Fall Festival/Halloween Parade Oct. 27
Game and food booths, live entertainment, craft fair, haunted house, pumpkin patch, a children’s costume contest and trick-or-treating. Food and craft booths are available.
Time/Place: 6pm / Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
Spooky San Clemente Oct. 27
A haunted maze, a mystical magic show, a costume contest and parade, a movie on the lawn (MONSTERS, INC at 6 pm), and ghostly games.
Time/Place: 4-7pm / Community Center: 100 N Calle Seville
Contact: 949-361-8200 / www.san-clemente.org
Los Alamitos Trunk or Treat Oct. 27
Trunk-or-treating, treasure hunting, games, costume contests and more! Be sure to dress in your Halloween best and bring a bag for all of your loot!
Time/Place: 5-7:30pm / Little Cottonwood Park
Contact: 562-430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org
Jack O’Lantern Jamboree Oct. 27
Spooky train, carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, goodies, and more! Pumpkins available for sale at the Pumpkin Patch.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Atlantis Play Center, Garden Grove
Halloween Fun with Family and Friends Oct. 27
Games, DJ entertainment, costume contests, non-profit food booths and a howling good time for everyone. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bag!
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Stanton Park
Villa Park Halloween Fest Oct. 27
Costumed children will have the opportunity to visit local merchants for treats throughout the Towne Centre. There will also be hayrides, a coloring contest, food, commemorative photos and pumpkin carving.
Time/Place: 4-7:30pm / Villa Park Towne Centre
Casa Creepy: Haunted House Oct. 27, 28 & 31
Encounter ghosts, mummies, and creepy surprises around every corner during spooky tours of our historic 1927 home.
Time/Place: 7-9pm / Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
Contact: 949-498-2139 / www.casaromantica.org
Dia de los Muertos Car Show & Concert Oct. 28
Trophies for top 15 cars/trucks, top ten motorcycles, top five bikes/pedal cars, and top three Ofrendas. Come out for food, drinks, live music, cars, and shopping!
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Contact: 714-557-0420 / www.ocmarketplace.com
Happy Hallowiener Doggy Dress Up & Kids Costume Oct. 28
The kids can enjoy the dog races, carnival games, face painting, a bouncy house, DoDo the chicken, and more..
Time/Place: 2-7pm / Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach
Contact: 714-895-8020 / www.oldworld.ws
Kidz Block Party Oct. 31
Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.
Time/Place: 5-9pm / Downtown Brea
Cypress Halloween Carnival Oct. 31
Family Games, Entertainment and Trick or Treat! Food will be sold for an additional cost at the event.
Time/Place: 6-9pm / Cypress Community Center
Main Street Halloween Fest Oct. 31
The spooky festivities include a pony rides, petting zoo, costume contests and more.
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Downtown Huntington Beach
La Palma Halloween Carnival Oct. 31
Carnival games, an area for children under the age of 5 to play games, and those who dare to find their way through a maze PLUS, new this year is the Carved Pumpkin Contest!
Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / Central Park
Halloween Howl Oct. 31
Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy.
Time/Place: 3-5pm / Columbus Tustin Activity Center
Fall Family Festival Oct. 31
Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment, enjoy multiple inflatables and bounce houses, partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade.
Time/Place: 2-5pm / Rancho Santa Margarita Central Park
Contact: 949-709-0010 / www.samlarc.org
Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 31
A safe Halloween event with trick or treating, games and meal. Kids come in costume and there will be photo opportunities.
Time/Place: 6-8pm / King of Kings Lutheran Church/School, Garden Grove
Contact: 714-530-6584 / www.kingofkingsgg.org