September OC Events Calendar
Fun events for Orange, Los Angeles & San Diego Counties
Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt Sept. 1
Put your detective skills to the test at the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt in Laguna Beach! Your team will be given puzzles, riddles, and clues to solve the mystery. The team to solve it first, wins! Tickets are $30-$55. Use this Yelp promo code
for a 50% discount: “FRIEND.”
Bubble Run – Anaheim Sept. 1
If you’re not into running 5K’s that’s O.K.! The Bubble Run is for adults, teenagers, and children! Run through bubbles and foam after each kilometer for a total of 3 miles. Run, walk, or dance your way to the finish line!
Tall Ships Festival Sept. 7-9
The festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are
sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. https://www.ocean-institute.org/tall-ships-festival
9th Annual Wine Soirée Spectacular Sept. 8
This fundraising event celebrates hospice caregivers and the patients and families they serve. During this event, enjoy a variety of wines, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Individual tickets start at $150. More information can be found here:
Children’s Worldwide Benefit Concert Sept. 8
The WorldWide Environmental Educators Club is hosting a charity benefit concert in Anaheim. Children of all ages will perform musical and dance numbers during the show.
Torrance Summer Music Series Sept. 8
This FREE music event is happening at the Del Amo Fashion
Center at 2 p.m.! https://www.yelp.com/events/torrance-summer-music-series-4
Oktoberfest Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Eat, drink, dance and be merry at the Old World Huntington Beach Oktoberfest! Enjoy authentic German food (voted “Best Bratwurst” in California,) imported German beers, and bands straight from Germany! This festival is sure to be the best yet!
Catalina Festival of Art Sept. 14-16
Entering its sixth decade, the Catalina Festival of Arts is expected to attract attendees from all over. This street fair will feature nationwide artists, live music, and a charity auction. This event is FREE to attend! https://catalinaartassociation.org/
Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion Sept. 21-22
Join thousands of classic car fanatics in downtown Ontario for 2,000+ vintage cars and motorcycles, food, music, and other entertainment events. Admission is FREE!
Irvine Global Village Festival Sept. 22
This one-day festival celebrates and embraces the diverse cultures of Irvine. More than 100 performances are expected along with international cuisine, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, and much more. http://legacy.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage/
J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire Sept. 22
Traditional family barbecue in a casual setting featuring live country western entertainment, activities for children, live and silent auctions and riding demonstrations throughout the evening. Country western wear is encouraged! All proceeds benefit the
programs of the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities through horsemanship. http://www.sheacenter.org
The Sweets Show Sept. 22- 23
Satisfy your sweet tooth at the biggest baking convention on the west coast! Join thousands of Californians at the Anaheim Convention Center for some sweet treats!
Ohana Festival Sept. 28-30
The Ohana Festival in Dana Point is a three-day music festival with a diverse line up. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California nonprofit that works with the state to preserve the environment and enhance
the recreational experience of the coastal parks. https://www.ohanafest.com/
Surf City Surf Dog Sept. 29
Head to Hunting Dog Beach with your pup to check out the world famous dog surfing event! Have fun on the beach with friends, family, and man’s best friend!
San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival Sept. 29-30
Be Greek for the day! Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music, dancing, shopping at the Greek bazaar, kid-friendly activities and exhibits featuring Byzantine icons and traditional Greek costumes. http://www.sjcgreekfest.org/
OC Children’s Book Festival Sept. 30
The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is tailored for children of all ages to encourage children to read. This event features authors, illustrators, booksellers, live animals, storytellers, storybook characters, train rides, arts and crafts, food, and MUCH more. http://kidsbookfestival.com/
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Hawaiian Festival Sept. 1-2
The E Hula Mau in Long Beach will feature hula competitions, live music, food, artists, and more at the Terrace Theatre. https://www.ehulamau.org/
LA Fleet Week Through Sept.
LA Fleet Week is an end of summer Los Angeles tradition. This year, it is presented by Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan”, an Amazon Prime Video and is FREE to the public. At the Port of Los Angeles, attendees will enjoy ship tours, military displays, equipment
demonstrations, live music, aircraft flyovers, and MUCH more. https://www.lafleetweek.com/
Fiesta Hermosa Street Fair Sept. 1-3
Dubbed as the largest arts and crafts fair, Fiesta Hermosa will feature 300 artists and crafters, two music stages, beer and wine gardens, and tons of family-friendly activities. This annual festival is located in downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa
Avenue, and lower Pier Avenue. http://fiestahermosa.net/
Lobster Festival Sept. 7-9
The Original Lobster Festival will be held at the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. This event will feature fresh lobster dishes, arts & crafts booths, a live reptile exhibit, a karaoke lounge, face painting, beer, wine, and cocktail stations, and MUCH more.
LA Food Fest Sept. 8
Sample food from LA’s hottest restaurants and celebrity chefs at Santa Anita Park. Choose from all kinds of cuisines and check out the beer, wine, and ice cream options! Tickets start at $65 (general admission) and include everything!
Free Yoga on the Octagon Sept. 8
Free Yoga Saturday’s at Redondo Beach Pier! All levels are
welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, towel, and water.
Taste of Pasadena & SIP-tember Finale Sept. 13
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. more than 30 restaurants and caterers will be on-hand to offer food and drink samples. Admission price includes a tasting of the four finalist cocktails in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Tickets are $30 in advance or $50 at
the door. Find more information here:
Dogumenta Sept. 14-23
It’s an art show for dogs! For the FIRST time, the show will debut in downtown Los Angeles and will feature pieces catered to the canine senses and spirit. You will find doggie-inspired works that incorporate color, sound, smell, scent, and other elements. Limit to one dog per person. Ordering tickets in advance is encouraged
but walk-ins are welcome.
Coastal Clean-Up Day Sept. 15
Heal the Bay organizes efforts in LA County for the world’s largest volunteer day. Volunteers are needed to help protect our environment and oceans. Choose from 50 cleanup sites throughout the county or join the Venice Beach team on the south
side of the pier at 9 a.m. http://www.visitveniceca.com/calendar/volunteers-needed-forthe-sept-15th-coastal-cleanup-day/
VintageVibe Festival Sept. 15
The VintageVibe festival is LA’s ultimate throwback music event. Four stages will feature 21st century bands and artists with a 20th century feel. The festival begins at 12 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Brew HA HA Sept. 15
The 9th Annual Brew HA HA Craft Beer Festival will showcase more than 100 craft breweries! Shuttle service is available to transport attendees from the event to the Tustin Metrolink Station to grab a Lyft, Uber, train, bus, or taxi. https://www.ocbrewhaha.com/
The White Dinner Sept. 29
The Le Dîner en Blanc is a fabulous dinner event for couples. Dress in white, bring your own food and dine in a secret location! Details here: https://losangeles.dinerenblanc.com/register
Mid-Summer Moon Festival Sept. 29
The 80th Annual Mid-Summer Moon Festival celebrates the full harvest moon. In Chinatown, the festival will include cultural demonstrations, bands, Chinese bakeries and much more. http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/80th-annual-mid-autumnmoon-festival/
Baja Splash Cultural Festival Sept. 29-30
The 17th Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival celebrates Latino Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day. Live entertainment, music, food, educational sessions, mural painting, and much more will be featured. The event begins at 9 a.m. and
concludes at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
LA Chocolate Salon Sept. 30
It’s the day chocolate lovers have been waiting for. The LA Chocolate Salon event features top chocolatiers, tastings, and presentations at the Pasadena Center!
Day of the Drum Festival Sept. 30
The 36th Annual Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival is celebrating culture, jazz, gospel, food, arts and crafts, and much more. This event is FREE to attend.
Dinosaur Festival Sept. 29-30
Meet world-renowned paleontologists and celebrate the dinosaurs’ prehistoric past. View fossils and explore all the National History Museum of Los Angeles has to offer!
Vegetarian Festival Sept. 29-30
The 3rd Annual Vegetarian Food Festival is taking place at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Enjoy food samples, guest speakers, fitness activities, and cooking demonstrations. http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/
Abbott Kinney Festival Sept. 30
The 34th Abbott Kinney Festival embraces the Venice Beach
community with music, food, adult beverages and art. Learn
more here: http://www.visitveniceca.com/calendar/abbot-kinneyfestival-2/
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Labor Day Stickball Tournament in Little Italy Sept. 1-3
The Labor Day Stickball Tournament is your chance to relive your childhood and pay homage to this East Coast pastime. It’s your chance to indulge in some summertime nostalgia by cheering for 8-12 teams on India St. (between W. Ash St. to W. A St.) and
Columbia St. (between W. Beech St. to W. Cedar St.).
Big SoCal Euro 2018 Sept. 2
One of the biggest European car shows on the west coast is taking place at SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature more than 3,000 European cars, raffles, drag racing, auto vendors, and much more. Bring
your family and friends and don’t forget to use the official event hashtag #BIGSCE on social media! General admission is FREE!
Beach Polo Cup at Hotel Del Coronado Sept. 7-9
Hosted by Polo America, the 3rd Annual Beach Polo Cup is taking place on the private beach of the Hotel Del Coronado. This year, players from the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Switzerland will compete on Coronado’s breathtaking white sand
beaches. This posh weekend will also feature fashion shows, jewelry boutiques, designer clothing, and yachts. Reserve your tickets today!
5th Annual Carlsbad Brewfest Sept. 8
More than 34 local breweries and cider houses will be featured at this year’s Brewfest! Enjoy a day of local tastings, food pairings, and entertainment with your closest friends. Tickets are $20-$55.
San Diego Blues Festival Sept. 8
Hosted by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, the San Diego Blues Festival will feature nine acts on two stages. The event will feature music, food trucks, arts and crafts stations, and vendors. Children under 12 are free with paid adult admission.
The Food Bank asks all attendees to bring at least two canned food items to donate. All proceeds will benefit the North County Food Bank Chapter. For more information please visit, https://www.sdbluesfest.com/
Burgers and Beers Sept. 8
Sample burgers from 20 of San Diego’s best restaurants and vote for your favorite! Wash down your burgers with an ice cold craft beer from more than 40 local breweries!
Cardiff Greek Festival 2018 Sept. 8-9
Greek food, pastries, Greek folk dance performances, church tours, musical performances, kids games, market/deli, and more. Dance to live Greek music. Parking is FREE! http://www.cardiffgreekfestival.com
South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival Sept. 8
The annual celebration of South Bay’s LGBTQ pride features music, dancing, food, vendors, and exhibitors. http://southbaypride.org
Taste of Downtown Sept.13
The 26th Annual Taste of Downtown Festival is expected to be the largest yet! Spanning from East Village, Gas Lamp, and City Center, the Taste will feature mouthwatering treats from 40 different restaurants. The cost to attend is $35-$40.
San Diego Bayfair Sept. 14-16
This 40-year-old family tradition is back at Mission Bay! This 2.5 mile powerboat race is an exciting event for all ages. More information can be found on the event website:
KABOO Del Mar Festival Sept. 14-16
The KABOO Del Mar Festival is not your average music festival. This event is jam-packed with music from more than 40 artists from different genres, comedy acts, art, and much more. Single day passes, three-day passes, and hotel packages are available
on the event website. https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/
Julian Music Festival Sept. 15
The Annual Julian Music Festival originally began as a banjo and fiddle competition. In its 49th year, the Festival will include bluegrass, Americana, and contemporary jazz acts. Attendees are welcome to bring a lawn chair and tickets are available both
online and at the door. https://julianmusicfestival.com/
Miramar Airshow Sept. 28-30
The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is honoring 100 years of women in the U.S. Marine Corps at this year’s airshow. Known as the biggest airshow in the country, the show will feature exhibits, food, beer, and dazzling performances by current military pilots and the world-famous Blue Angels! http://www.miramarairshow.com/
Art & Craft Show Old Town Sept. 30- Oct. 1
Enjoy art displays featured by 75 local, regional, and international
artists at the Art & Craft Show in Old Town. The show will also
feature international food, tequila tastings, craft beer and a wine
San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 23- Sept. 30
For one week only, over 180 restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixed dinner menus for $20, $30, $40, or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixed lunch menus for $10, $15, or $20 per person. The restaurants span across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the North and touch on all cuisine types and cravings. http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/
Adams Avenue Street Fair Sept. 29 – Sept. 30
This FREE music festival will feature 90 different musical acts in the Normal Heights neighborhood. This is an event for all ages that includes carnival rides, beer gardens, food, and games. It is FREE to attend with craft beer tasting costing $20.
Encinitas Oktoberfest Sept. 30
The 23rd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest will feature authentic German music , food and dancers, as well as, carnival rides and 200 street vendors! Parking is FREE with FREE SHUTTLE service! http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/