Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Fall Boutique & Crafts Faire Oct 1
Don’t miss this popular annual event! More than seventy-five vendors will be selling unique, handcrafted items. A great opportunity to buy gifts, home décor, jewelry and a variety of beautifully crafted items. Free admission! Food will be available for purchase. Additional parking available on Yosemite St. See flyer link for details.
Movies In The Park ‘The Lego Movie’ Oct 1
Parks make life better by bringing families together, so please join us for this free movies in the park series. Movies begin at dusk. Drop off blankets and chairs early. Refreshments are available along with fun games and music.
Dana Hills Football Golf Tournament & Dinner Oct 1
This year Dana Hills Football and the 12th Man Booster Club is bringing back our annual golf tournament! We have slots for 120 golfers and those slots are filling up fast. Dinner is included for all golfers with additional dinner tickets available if you would like your significant other to join you afterwards.
San Clemente Seafest Oct 2
The Seafest features a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show, Surf Contest, Children & Teen Contests, Children’s Complementary Arts & Crafts, Entertainment and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation all taking place at the historic San Clemente Pier area.
Performing Arts Family Fun Night: Michael Mezmer “Haunted Hypnotism Show” Oct 7
The Phenomenist will be presenting his award winning “BrainStorm” magic phenomena show. Embark on this spine-chilling journey as he makes contact with Sarah Winchester of The Winchester Mystery House and many other mind-blowingly frightening mysteries. Michael has performed in 25 countries around the world, come and see this intimate performance of unique magic and get the entire family into the spooktacular spirit. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis
2016 Huntington Beach Green Expo Oct 8
The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th Annual Green Expo, an event in conjunction with the Green Forum and co-sponsored by the City of Huntington Beach
2nd Annual Shopping Extravaganza Oct 8
Support 25 local charities and save on your favorite brands. Join us for a simply wonderful day of exclusive experiences and deep discounts at the 2nd Annual Shopping Extravaganza. The event will take place Saturday, October 8th at The Outlets at San Clemente.
Dana Point State BBQ Championship Oct 8
Enjoy delicious bbq samplings, a bbq competition, live music, and a variety of beer selections! The Dana Point State BBQ Championship is named 1 of 6 must attend BBQ events by USA Today.
Autumn Harvest Festival Oct 8
Lake Forest | Heritage Hill Historical Park | 25151 Serrano Rd.
$5 per person
18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Oct 8-16
This event showcases the nation’s top plein air landscape painters who compete for prestigious prizes and participate in a 9-day plein air celebration that includes public paint-outs, painting demonstrations, PleinTalk conversations, and educational events and activities.
Haunt at Heritage Hill Oct 14-15
Lake Forest | Heritage Hill Historical Park | 25151 Serrano Rd.
$8 per person
Dana Point Oktoberfest Oct 15
Enjoy a wide variety of beers, delicious food and entertainment at the Dana Point Oktoberfest!
Spooktacular Fun Days Oct 15, 16, 22, 23
Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as a pumpkin patch, treats, games, crafts, gourmet food trucks and much more. Come in costume! Scare away hunger by bringing nonperishable food items to support local food banks. Registration required for each child ages 1 month to 12 years; space is limited. Free admission and parking.
San Clemente Surf Classic Oct 16
The 2nd Annual San Clemente Surf Classic is a competition dedicated to San Clemente youth.
Hallow’s Eve Bowl Jam Oct 22
Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest | 20028 Lake Forest Dr.
$20 entry fee
Walk4ALZ – Laguna Niguel Park Oct 22
Walk4ALZ is Orange County’s largest fundraising event for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Every year, over 12,000 people participate in our Walks. Thanks to the incredible support and participation of our community, our events have grown more successful year after year.
Dana Point Lantern District Car Show Oct 23
There will be great entertainment, hundreds of custom and classic cars on display, along with awards such as Best in Show, Mayor’s Cup and more. This event is free for spectators and open to all ages.
Pumpkin Pickin’ & Carvin’ Oct 28
Enjoy tasty snacks and delicious hot chocolate while you create your own masterpiece with helpful patterns and suggestions from staff. Cost of $18 per family includes one pumpkin; additional pumpkins $5 each. If registering online, click on the “Details” button under costs prior to check out to add pumpkins. Ages 2+. Registration required; enroll online in course #171816(link is external) at irvinequickreg.org
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Street Food Cinema Oct 1-29
For your one-stop-shop in LA summer entertainment, follow the food trucks. Saturday evenings throughout the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together an epic outdoor party, complete with live music, tasty street fair and a screening of your favorite movie. The screenings are held in parks throughout LA, which vary from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule for details before schlepping your dog, friends and picnic supplies all over the city.
Fatten up at KCRW’s 7th Annual Good Food Pie Contest Oct 2
In which a billion people make pies, and then you go and eat a billion pies, and everyone wins, except the people who made pies that don’t win, but aren’t you, so you win.
Eastside Food Festival Oct 2
The festival supports local sustainability, featuring locally owned / operated businesses including over 30 local vendors including restaurants, celebrity chefs, caterers, locally owned brands, and more. With a focus on the evolving and diverse scenes of LA’s EastSide neighborhoods, the festival highlights all aspects of culture in our communities.
Monday night residencies at the Satellite Oct 3-31
Silver Lake’s legit little music venue offers up some of the best local music in the city every Monday night… for free. Check out LA bands that are about to make it big (acts like Fitz & the Tantrums, Superhumanoids and even Local Natives have graced the residency stage) without spending a dime—well, except on maybe a beer, or a round for the folks onstage. Check the Satellite calendar to see who’s on the bill each month.
Get down at The Bluegrass Situation Oct 3
Don’t let the name turn you off: this Americana-themed festival features great bands (some of which don’t have banjos) like headliner Dawes, plus a big ol’ all-day food festival featuring a full pig roast from Cassell’s.
Public Star Party Oct 8
Head out to the Observatory’s expansive lawn among hundreds of other star enthusiasts and check out the views through a wide variety of telescopes, with savvy amateur astronomers happy to discuss what you see through their equipment. The views of celestial objects above and LA’s majestic city lights below make this a special evening for the whole family.
La Feria de los Moles 2016 Oct 9
The largest Mexican Food Festival in the USA.
Experience Oozefest Oct 10
This is an all-you-can-eat cheese festival. We repeat: all-you-can-eat cheese festival.
High Five Art Contest Oct 13
The Autry is hosting its second annual public art contest: an open call for submissions for a large banner that will face the 5 Freeway and LA River at the rear of the museum. Seven finalists who created murals addressing Californians’ interactions with the environment were selected by committee, and the Autry is throwing a party to celebrate the winning artist. Cast your vote by September 9, then grab a ticket for the party on October 13 and enjoy live music, create a community chalk mural and buy a taco or two.
Burbank Beer Festival and Street Fair Oct 15
The Second Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Fall Street Fair returns to beautiful Downtown Burbank Saturday October 15th from Noon- 7pm with TWO sessions of Craft Beer to choose from!
Session 1 Noon-3pm or Session 2 4pm-7pm. Each session will feature over 85 Craft Beers on Tap, Live Music and Entertainment. The Fall Street Fair is FREE to the public and will line the streets of Downtown Burbank!
Taste of Soul Oct 15
The annual soul food festival returns for its 10th year, with ribs and chicken and greens and other things that will also make you super hungry right now.
VINO-Palooza Oct 18
This benefit for a Tourette’s charity is gonna be one of those fundraisers you’ll actually want to be at, with tastes from 10 wineries, and music including the dude from The Calling, who’ll follow you wherever you will go.
Montebello Pet Fair Oct 22
The goal of the Montebello Pet Fair is to provide education and resources for area pet owners. The date of the fair is Saturday October 22 from 9am to 3pm at Montebello City Park located at 1301 W Whittier Blvd in Montebello.
Hollywood Forever Día de los Muertos Oct 29
At this Día de los Muertos festival, revelers are invited to participate in the tradition of dawning a calaca (skull or skeleton) costume. They can expect to observe over 100 altars built by local families in honor of their loved ones as well as traditional folklorico performances, Aztec blessings and of course, lots of delicious Mexican food.
Halloween PubCrawl Oct 28-31
Put on your coolest, scariest or sexiest costume and head out to Hollywood for this massive Halloween Pub Crawl over three Spook-tacular nights with half dozen bars.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Pumpkin Patch Thru Oct 31
Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides.
oktOVERfest Oct 1
Participants can sign themselves and two other players up to play in the East County’s official Over the Line tournament for $75. The tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., feature two divisions (Men’s and Women’s League) and will be double-elimination style with no gloves.
Pacific Beachfest Oct 1
Join us and over 50,000 visitors for the biggest party on the beach! PACIFIC BEACH, Calif. – There will be plenty of free, fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk. Join in on the action for the Pacific Beachfest 5k and fun run, the only fun run along the sand and boardwalk!
La Mesa Oktoberfest Oct 1-2
This free event is spread out over nearly 6 city blocks in the La Mesa Village and features hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, outfits, games and of course beer.
Dine out for the Cure Oct 5
For one delicious day, local restaurants across San Diego will participate in Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Dine Out for the Cure®. It’s simple. Eat at a participating restaurant and you’ll help San Diego breast cancer patients become breast cancer survivors. For every dollar you spend, anywhere from 10-25% of the restaurant’s profits for the day will go to Komen San Diego.
San Diego Fire Rescue 5K & Kids Run Oct 8
To kick off Fire Prevention Week, the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is holding a 5K Run/Walk & Kids Run on October 8, 2016. The run not only allows San Diegans to have fun running with local firefighters but it also raises much needed funds for the foundation. The money helps support their mission of providing enhanced equipment, training, and to support their community education program.
22nd Annual Little Italy FESTA! Celebration Oct 9
The streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood will be filled with over 120,000 visitors from all over the world to pay tribute to the Italian heritage and culture that created this iconic neighborhood.
Del Mar International Horse Show Oct 12-30
Taking place at one of Southern California’s finest horse show venues, the Del Mar International Horse Show encompasses two full weeks of world-class competition which attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders.
7th Annual A Taste of Coronado Oct 12
Spend a night with us on Coronado Island, indulging your senses and enjoying amazing bites prepared by our local chefs. Take a culinary trip around the world sampling from our local bistros. Meander along Orange Avenue or take a ride on the complimentary trolley.
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National Scholastic Surfing Association Competition Oct 15-16
The National Scholastic Surfing Association promotes the qualities of discipline and competitive excellence while supporting the merits of academic achievement to young surfers and is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete.
JazzDiego International Jazz Festival Oct 15
JazzDiego International Jazz Festival features modern, contemporary, and independent jazz artists from around the country, including Paul Brown, Marc Antoine, Gregg Karukas, Jessy J, DW3, and more. The event includes wine tasting, boutique beer, chocolatiers, a cigar lounge, and art displays.
Home Improvement Show Oct 21-23
Exhibits with variety of home-improvement products, furnishings, decorating and remodeling ideas, display gardens, seminars. In O’Brien Hall.
Fit Foodie 5K & 10K Oct 22
Ultimate Fit Foodie race registration includes 5K run/walk participation and race bib, Fit Foodie finisher’s medal, cash reward for top finishers, entrance to the John Hancock Vitality Village post-race celebration featuring, food and beverage samples, culinary demonstrations, mini fitness classes led by acclaimed professionals.
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Oct 21-23
Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts throughout hundreds of booths over three days — jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more.
DogFest San Diego Oct 29
A community dog walk and festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Join in the fun as we raise money to provide highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans, free of charge.
San Diego Monster Bash Oct 29
This eerie extravaganza spans over eight city blocks, features over 20 DJs from San Diego and beyond, and activates five stages and nightmarish themed areas San Diego Monster Bash is known for its five out of this world Mega Clubs that feature shocking spectacles and blood curdling bass.
Temecula Half Marathon & 5K Oct 30
Serious athletes, novice runners, walkers, families, and wine lovers can take a leisurely three-mile walk or a challenging 13.1 mile run.