October Orange County Events Calendar

Heavenly Horses June 14 to Oct 16
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Bowers Museum, located in the heart of Orange County, is pleased to present its latest exhibition of “Heavenly Horses: Two Thousand Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art.” During this Year of the Horse, Bowers celebrates these animals that continue to fascinate and inspire people around the world. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana

Oktoberfest Sept. 14 - Nov. 2
If you love to drink beer, eat bratwürst and sauerkraut and enjoy dancing to “Oompah-pa music, then you’ll love the Oktoberfest at Old World Village with its traditional German festivity. Complete with German bands imported from Europe, dancing, and imported beers and tasty German foods from bratwürst to potato salad to hot pretzels and apple strudel, Oktoberfest has something for everyone. 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach (714) 895-8020. 

Southeast Asia DayOct. 4 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                                                                                                   The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate its tenth annual Southeast Asia Day. The festival’s program will highlight the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.Guests will enjoy live performances, including music, dance, and cultural craft demonstrations. Ethnic dishes will be available for purchase, and children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts. The Aquarium of the Pacific,100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Dana Point State BBQ Championships Oct. 410 a.m. - 6 p.m.                                                                       There will be no outside food and drinks allowed in the venue. You may purchase food and drinks from the various vendors at the event. Samples will be sold for $2 each. Proceeds benefit the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Sea Terrace Park, 33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point 


Annual Sandcastle Contest - Corona Del Mar Oct. 4                                                                          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. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, it’s a perfect way to spend the day with family and friends. Corona del Mar State Beach (Marguerite & Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar) / (949) 729-4400 / www.newportbeach.com 

Empty Grave at Anaheim GardenWalk                                                                                             Oct. 5 - 7, 12 - 14, 19 - 21, 25 - 28, 30 - Nov. 3                                                                                               Located just a few blocks from Disneyland, this haunted attractions offers 50,000 square feet of terror featuring state of the art special effects, live actors and animatronics. 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim (949)25.SCARY / themtgrave.com 

Art in The Park Oct. 11                                                                                                                     10:00 A.M. to 4:00. 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. View and purchase works by over 100 artists. Civic Green at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive

Kids In Action Oct. 19                                                                                                                                      12 p.m. - 3 p.m. SOCO! Ripple Kids, a nonprofit organization seeks to inspire and empower kids to take action in their communities. This event will engage kids in a number of hands- on service projects addressing a variety of different causes. SOCO, 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa 

Great Park Pumpkin Harvest Oct. 20                                                                                                  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Orange County Great Park fifth annual Great Park Pumpkin Harvest. Pick a free pumpkin (for children 12 and under, while supplies last) from the Great Park pumpkin patch and have the master carver show you how to create of autumnal art. Enjoy a hay maze, carnival-style games, Monster Mash puppet show, petting zoo and cooking demos. Visitors dressed in costume are given an opportunity to win a family four pack of tickets to How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Honda Center. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable canned or packaged food items for donation. Great Park Balloon and Preview Park, Perimeter Road, Irvine (866) 829.3829 / ocgp.org

Orange County Ride for AIDS Oct. 25 7 a.m.                                                                                                         The Orange County Ride for AIDS 5 is Orange County’s most supported and enjoyable charity ride event! There are 3 routes to choose from: Route. OCRA includes an inspiring opening ceremony, delicious breakfast, Pit-Stops and Technical Support on the routes, support vehicles and sweeps to ensure everyone is safe and that no one is left behind, a delicious lunch, massage stations and fun Post Ride Festival. 18712 University Drive, Irvine (949) 809 5750 

Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K - Huntington Beach Oct. 26                                                                 This Classic 10 Miler is the perfect training run for your fall or winter marathon. 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 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach (888) 422-0786 / www.surfcity10.com / info@runsurfcity.com

Yappy Howl-O-Ween Oct. 30 4-7 p.m.                                                                                                                   Canines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween. This seasonal Yappy Hour celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume. A panel of judges will determine which canine will take home the prize in the costume categories of Scariest, Funniest, Most Glamorous and, of course, Best in Show. Ritz- Carlton, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point (949) 240-2000