October Orange County Events Calendar

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor     Oct. 3-Nov. 2
Queen Mary’s (1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach) Dark Harbor returns for 17 terrifying nights this October with a sinister new circus themed maze, horrifying freak shows and more. Experience thrills and chills in mazes so daunting you’ll sell your soul for a chance to survive. (877) 342-0738 /www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor

2014 Model Orange County International Auto Show     Oct. 3-7
Ignites the auto show season with hundreds of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more. Showgoers are invited to check out the newest rides, sit behind wheels, experience the latest in-car technology and even take a test drive in more than 100 hot models. Anaheim Convention Center. (714) 765-8950 /www.autoshowoc.com

Orange County Fire Authority Open House     Oct. 5 & 12
Bring your family and friends to meet your local firefighters.  Discover fire safety information in a fun-filled environment. Admission is free. Oct 5: 9am-2pm. Fire Station 30: 23831 Stonehill Drive, Dana Point. Oct 12: OCFA RFOTC: 1 Fire Authority Road, Irvine.

Dana Point State BBQ Championship     Oct. 5
Over 100 BBQ Teams, Public BBQ Tasting, Food & Vendor Area, Micro Brew Garden, Kid’s Fun Zone, Live Music.  Free shuttle bus service from Dana Hills High School from 9am to 6pm. Sea Terrace Park: Pacific Coast Highway & Niguel Road. $5-$10. 9am-6pm. www.danapointbbqchampionships.com

Vintage Food & Wine Festival & “Farewell to the Swallows”     Oct. 5
Dancing under the stars to live music by Family Style, World Class Wine Tasting, Sample foods from the best local Restaurants, Casino Games, Silent Auction. 6-10pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano: 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 493-4700 / www.vintagesjc.com

Sandcastle Contest     Oct. 6
This long-running event is presented by the Commodores Club of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and attracts thousands of spectator and contest participants ranging from seasoned professionals to first-timers. Corona Del Mar. (949) 729-4400 / www.newportbeach.com

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show     OCt. 11-13
Shopping and entertainment combine for a fun-filled weekend. The Anaheim Convention Center comes alive with hundreds of artisans showcasing more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, specialty foods, and more. (800) 346-1212 /www.harvestfestival.com

Laguna Plein Air Invitational     Oct. 13-20
North America’s most renowned plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate in the weeklong events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets. Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course: 31106 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. (949) 376-3635 / www.lagunapleinair.com

Columbus Day Drive for Special Olympics     Oct. 14
Join us, as we celebrate a decade of hitting the links for Special Olympics Orange County, by saving the date for the 10th Annual Columbus Day Drive. Your participation is greatly valued, as is your desire to empower such extraordinary athletes. 9am-8pm. Marbella Country Club. www.columbusdaydrive.com

Silent River Film Festival     Oct. 17-20
Dedicated to the independent filmmakers of the world has been established with a vision to bring East and West together to share their best work of films and Cinema and Causes on one platform to raise awareness about the issues that are important to us. Edwards West Park 8 Cinema and other premium locations in Irvine. 949-394-5148 / www.silentriverfilmfestival.com

Be the Change Event: Newport Beach     Oct. 18-20
Be the Change will be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach (1107 Jamboree Road) where one can nourish your body, enlighten your mind and feed your soul. Guests will also experience which a beachside firewalk led by Miguel Ruiz, Jr & HeatherAsh Amara. (949) 729-1234 /www.bethechangenewportbeach.com

Silverado Days     Oct. 18-20
The 3-day festival at William Peak Park includes games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family.You can even enter to win great prizes! Admission is FREE. William Peak Park: 7225 El Dorado Dr., Buena Park. www.silveradodays.com

AVP Championships     Oct. 18-20
The Association of Volleyball Professionals will host the final stop of its 2013 national championships tour in Surf City USA. Tickets are required for viewing on all courts, including the 1500-seat main stadium court. $5-$10. 9am-6:30pm. Huntington City Beach. www.avp.com

Autumn Harvest Festival     Oct. 19
Adventure-filled festival with family fun attractions that include trick-or-treat stations, adventure mazes, the haunted school house, American adventure story telling and a Halloween costume parade. 4-9pm. Heritage Hill Historical Park: 25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest. http://ocparks.com

Relay for Life in Dana Point     Oct. 19-20
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps our community celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.  Come join us at Lantern Bay Park (25111 Park Lantern) for a 24-hour walk from 10:00am – 10:00am.

Doheny State Beach Halloween Haunt     Oct. 26
Bring your family and friends to 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.  The event runs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and meets at picnic sites A & B. dohenystatebeach.org

Senior Surf Invitational     Oct. 26
Growing in popularity, the Third Annual Senior Surf Invitational returns to the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. Seniors fifty and older are invited to compete by showing off their wave selection, maneuvers, fluidity, and style. 7:30am. http://huntingtonbeachca.gov

Surf City 10 Miler     Oct. 27
The spectacular 10K is long enough to challenge your endurance, yet is also the perfect distance for achieving a personal record. The Flat Fast course along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for a leisurely 5K jog. Huntington City Beach: 21100 PCH. 7:15am. 760-434-1587 /www.surfcity10.com

Halloween Fest     Oct. 31
The spooky festivities include a moon bounce, petting zoo, Ferris wheel, pumpkin carving, costume contests and more. The Halloween festivities will take place in downtown Huntington Beach along Main Street and 5th Street. 4-8pm. 714-536-8300 / www.hbdowntown.com

Laguna Beach Beautification Fundraiser     Oct. 31
“Little Shop of Horticulture.” Join us at The Montage Grand Ballroom (30801 Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach) for a very special Halloween evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auction and dessert. Tickets are $100. 5-9pm. 949-497-5887

This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.