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. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park 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.
12-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront www.octoberfestoc.com
Huntington Beach Oktoberfest Through Oct. 28
Wed-Sun. 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! Old World Festival Hall www.oldworld.ws
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.
7-10:30pm / Old World Village Huntington Beach 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.
Newport Beach Civic Center www.newportwineandfood.com
Tustin Tiller Days Oct. 5-7
The event provides an opportunity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food, and entertainment.
Fri 4-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm / 17522 Beneta Way 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.
4:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest 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.
Festival of Arts Grounds www.lagunapleinair.com
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.
9:30am-3pm / San Clemente Pier www.scchamber.com
Sandcastle Contest Oct. 7
Thousands of sightseers will descend on “Big Corona Beach” to view amazing sand sculptures created by participants ranging from the novice to the expert.
10am-3:30pm / Corona del Mar State Beach www.newportbeach.com
Haunt at Heritage Hill Oct. 12-13
Haunted House, Mazes, Goblins, Music, Stage Performances, Classic Horror Movie Screening. Wear your costume!
6:30-10:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest 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.
16 Goldenrod Lane, Irvine 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.
10am-4pm / Newport Beach Civic Center www.newportbeachartsfoundation.org
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.
Tri-City Park, Placentia www.placentia.org
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.
Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds 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.
9am-4pm / The Great Park, Irvine www.cityofirvine.org
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.
21100 PCH, Huntington Beach www.motivrunning.com
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.
6:30-10pm / Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel 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. 10am-4pm / Anaheim/Yorba Linda www.littlestangelguild.org
Silverado Days Oct. 19-21
Games, crafts, contests, rides, food, and fun. 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!
William Peak Park, Buena Park www.silveradodays.com
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.
Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana 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. 5:30-8:30pm / Picnic sites A and B www.parks.ca.gov/doheny
Yappy Howl-O-Ween Oct. 25
The chance for pups to strut their stuff in their costumes.
4-7pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com
Halloween Spooktacular/Moonlight Movies Oct. 26
Carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, a costume parade and entertainment. “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” and “Poltergeist”.
3-9pm / Dana Point Community Center www.danapoint.org
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.
6pm / Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim www.anaheimhalloweenparade.org
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.
4-7pm / Community Center: 100 N Calle Seville www.san-clemente.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. Food, drinks, live music, cars, and shopping! 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center 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.
2-7pm / Old World Village Festival Hall www.oldworld.ws
Main Street Halloween Fest Oct. 31
Pony rides, petting zoo, costume contests and more.
4-8pm / Downtown Huntington Beach www.hbchamber.com
Halloween Howl Oct. 31
Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy. 3-5pm / Columbus Tustin Activity Center www.tustinca.org
Fall Family Festival Oct. 31
Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment, inflatables and bounce houses, partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade. 2-5pm / Rancho Santa Margarita Central Park 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.
6-8pm / King of Kings Lutheran Church/School, Garden Grove 714-530-6584 / www.kingofkingsgg.org