Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
To Live & Dine OC 2016 Sept 1
Please join Modern Luxury and Chef Amar Santana for an exciting evening at Soka University of America, featuring tastings from famous Orange County restaurants, showings from the best in Orange County home design, and our very exciting Chef’s Challenge! Featuring live entertainment from Soultones.
The 34th Annual Great Labor Day Cruise Sept 2
Enjoy the 34th year of this three-day hot rod car show. Proceeds benefit the Freedom Station assisting wounded soldiers returning to civilian life.
International Street Fair Sept 2-4
International foods, crafts, folk dancing and music. Many different ethnic foods and costume. The Street Fair has become known for the variety of food reflecting cuisine from around the world. They provide food, drink, entertainment and crafts to the visitors.
48th Annual Costa Mesa Speedway Bonanza Sept 10
The most exciting, colorful and unpredictable live action racing event in the nation. Costa Mesa Speedway has put fans right on top of all the action from the comfort of Arena style grandstand seating since 1969. Suitable for the whole family.
Seal Beach Arts & Craft Fair Sept 10-11
More than 90 artisans with original handmade art: Painters, Jewelry makers, Stained Glass, Ceramics, Clothing, Novelties, Recycled Art, Free Face Painting Free Sidewalk Chalk Drawing along the pier.
Tall Ships Festival Sept 10-11
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 tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea.
Dachshund Races Sept 11, 18, 25
Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift ‘wiener dogs’ race to the finish line once a month at Old Wold Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.
Oktoberfest Sept 11 – Oct 30
Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with live Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany. Come get your prost on with one of your favorite Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more.
Anaheim’s 4th Annual OC Fest of Ales Returns! Sept 17
With brews, food and music, Anaheim’s fourth annual OC Fest of Ales will support local non-profit organizations during the one day, hop-filled event on Center Street Promenade.
St NorbertFest Sept 16
The annual St. Norbertfest (formerly Oktoberfest) continues to grow and helps to build the parish, school, and the Orange community. There will be great food fun games such as Sumo Mania, bingo, raffles, exciting ridesand awesome entertainment for everyone-it’s a perfect time for fellowship!
Surf City Days Sept 13-18
A great way to end the summer! Spend this weekend at Huntington Beach Downtown and engage in your favorite activities as a participant or spectator.
Dozynki Harvest Festival Sept 17-18
Celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. Dozynki is a celebration of thanksgiving after a bountiful harvest that dates back to 16th century Poland. It remains a long-standing tradition in Polish communities throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.
Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair Sept 24
Visit the Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair to shop for one of a kind handmade items from local crafters. No multi-tiered marketers. Real art and handmade items! Attention foodies! Food will be sold, including Eastern European favorites, baked goods and homemade jam! Free balloon animals! All day raffle!
Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show Sept 24
The world’s largest one day car show dedicated to helping find a cure for Prostate Cancer. Live music, food and vendors. www.cruisinforacure.com
Orange County Craft Beer Festival Sept 24
This year there will be over 90 breweries serving over 200 craft & import beers plus awesome food, live entertainment, beer seminars, all at the best location in Orange County. This is one beer fest where you won’t feel like you are choosing from the same brands you can get in your grocery store. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.
Orange County Children’s Book Festival Sept 25
The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is designed specifically for children of all ages. This family-fun festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors who will be entertained and delighted by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much, much more.
Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Sept 29
The Thrid Annual Newport Bech Wine and Food Festival returns to bring the best culinary experinces to Orange County. This four day event provides a host of food and wine events that will delight foodies and wine enthusiasts alike. Attendees can taste delicious food, sip various wines & cocktails and learn about the culinary arts during the course of this diverse event.
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Cinecon Classic Film Festival Sept 1-5
A 5-day celebration of movies, specializing in rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era. It features screenings of over 30 classic films, celebrity guests and film book and movie memorabilia shows. Most films are screened in 35mm and silent films include live piano accompaniment.
E Hula Mau Polynesian Festival Sept 2-5
A celebration of Hawaiian culture including hula and chant competitions, arts and crafts workshops and island cuisine in Long Beach.
LA Times The Taste Sept 2-4
The Taste attracts foodies of all types to the Paramount back lot for a weekend to sample some of the best food and wine LA has to offer. “Opening Night” welcomes the LA Times’ top-tier food staff and many of the weekend’s featured chefs for a spattering of tastings (both edible and drinkable) from dozens of eateries around the city.
Los Angeles County Fair Sept 2-25
he LA County Fair kicks off Labor Day weekend and runs for a full month. Live music, rides, livestock, gardening and gadgets galore.
Fiesta Hermosa Sept 3-5
Three-day arts and crafts festival with 270 vendors, live music and a kiddie carnival.
L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Sept 10
Chef Suzanne Goin – along with business partner Caroline Styne of Lucques and husband David Letz of Hungry Cat – host the seventh annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event. The day-long cookout brings in top chefs from across the country, including Giada De Laurentiis, Nancy Silverton and Thomas Bellec, as well as leading vintners and mixologists from around the country.
Sunset Sip 2016 Sept 10
Please join us in raising a glass in honor of our 70th anniversary! Jim Fox, Los Angeles Kings Alumnus/Television Color Analyst, will once again host this intimate evening that includes a wine tasting contest, light hors d’oeuvres, and a live and silent auction. Special guests, community leaders, and Los Angeles Kings alumni will also be joining us for the evening’s festivities.
Oktoberfest at Alpine Village Sept 11 – Oct 31
The longest-running Oktoberfest in the LA area is at Alpine Village in Torrance. It includes a German dance band, sing-along and German food and beer for purchase. Fridays and Saturdays are for adults and Sundays are for the whole family.
Oktoberfest at OldWorld in Huntington Beach Sept 13 – Nov 1
Old World in Huntington Beach is the second-oldest Oktoberfest in the area, including Oompah bands straight from Germany, Shot Girls in dirndl dresses, Sunday family festivities with Dachshund Races, and an Oktoberfest Parade. Friday and Saturday are 21 and up. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are family-friendly.
LA Green Festival Sept 16-18
From food to clothing to transportation, it’s easy to go green without confining yourself to fallen fruits, hemp jumpsuits and cars that run on vegetable oil. Find out how at the LA Green Festival, where 250 exhibitors come together for a weekend of lectures, demonstrations and merchandise.
Hushfest: Santa Monica Pier Sept 17-18
HUSHconcerts is back with its incredible monthly silent disco concerts on the west end of Santa Monica Pier. The shows start at 7pm in time for the sunset over the ocean. Hear some of Southern California’s finest DJs playing to the world’s most spectacular backdrop.
www.hushconcerts.comTaste of Pasadena Sept 21
The Pasadena Chamber hosts the third annual Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Finale at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink tastings from twenty four of Pasadena’s finest restaurants on September 21st. Admission includes tastes of the four finalist cocktails in the SIP-tember challenge.
Redondo Beach Lobster Festival Sept 23-25
The Redondo Beach Lobster Festival welcomes crowds for surf & turf specials. Live music, mechanical bull rides, and family activities for all.
St. Anthony Greek Festival Sept 23-25
Visit Greece without ever leaving Los Angeles and join the endless summer fun with Los Angeles’ Greek community at the 56th Annual Pasadena Greek Fest hosted by the community of Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena, CA.
Abbot Kinney Festival Sept 25
The Abbot Kinney Festival, now in its 32nd year, takes place along a mile-long stretch of the world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard, arguably the “coolest block in America”. The Boulevard’s eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries and influential art galleries infuse the festival with a local flavor that makes this event unique and not to be missed.
18th Wiggle Waggle Walk Sept 25
Get your walking shoes on and grab a leash, it’s Wiggle Waggle Walk time. Animal lovers and their canine friends are invited to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s 18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk – a community fundraiser for animals at Brookside Park adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The walk will start at 8:00 AM
Surf City Surf Dog Sept 25
Start teaching your pooch how to carve waves because Huntington Beach’s annual surf dog competition is right around the corner. The event starts out with two days of “yappy hour” specials and surfing exhibits, followed by the competition itself on Sunday.
Harvest Moon Celebration Sept 27
The Harvest Moon Celebration at the Huntington Library will be held in the lovely Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. Delight in the flavors, sounds, and sights of what is a traditional Chinese celebration. Guests can enjoy live music beneath the moon-lit sky performed by the Beijing based Chinese Music Orchestra.
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Applecrate Country Open House & Craft Fair Sept 1-3
Enjoy the largest free public star party in Southern California at the annual Julian StarFest. Look through telescopes and see the wonders of the night sky: the rings of Saturn, Mars the red planet, nebulae where baby stars are being born, open clusters of stars shining like diamonds, globular clusters with hundreds of thousands of stars packed together in a ball, and other galaxies, far-far away.
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo Sept 2-5
The event has become one of the world’s most important sand sculpture competitions and has been named one of USA Today’s Top 10.
Bacon Fest Sept 3
San Diego’s premier and original Bacon Fest is the only way to celebrate International Bacon Day. This all-inclusive sampling event features bacon-inspired dishes from local eateries and beverages from craft breweries and local distilleries.
Surf for the Sea Sept 9
This is an Oceanside Firefighter’s Charity surf event and memorial for the environment in honor of local surfers who have passed away. Sponsored by Surf for the Sea/Surfrider Foundation, San Diego.
Fall Home Decor, Gift, and Craft Show Sept 9-10
Handcrafted autumn gifts and more created by local artisans including wood products, jewelry, baked goods, home decor, soaps, pillows, antiques, and unique one-of-a-kind items. Info: 619-987-6640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disaster Preparedness Expo Sept 10
Get the tools and information you need to be ready. Natural disasters can strike quickly and without warning. Attend a free community event to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones in case of an emergency. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grass area, 1900 Park Blvd. at Presidents Way, Balboa Park
Hullabaloo Family Music Festival Sept 10
The Hullabaloo Family Music Festival is a one-day celebration of music for kids and their grown-ups featuring performances by Kathryn the Grape, the Singing Lizard, and Hullabaloo. The event also features hands-on music classes throughout the day by Blossom Music Together and Songbirds Music and a “Mom Made Market” featuring handmade products by crafted my local moms.
Brazilian Day San Diego Sept 10
Ninth annual event, the largest Brazilian Festival on the West Coast with a parade, food, shopping from local businesses, a fair, carnival entertainment, live concert with a Grammy winner from Brazil.
Fleet Week Sea & Air Parade Sept 10
The best of the U.S. military on display and in action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, and landing craft in addition to a demonstration of SEAL capabilities, Coast Guard Search and Rescue, a fly-over of contemporary Navy and World War II aircraft, and more. View the action all along the San Diego region waterfront from the South Bay to Coronado, the Embarcadero, Harbor and Shelter Islands.
San Diego Blues Festival Sept 10
The lineup includes Los Lobos, Bobby Rush, Nikki Hill, Watermelon Slim, Bey Paule Band with Wee Willie Walker, Chris Cain, Billy Watson & Junior Watson, the Holla Pointe, and Big Jon Atkinson.
Santee Bluegrass Festival Sept 10
The 7th annual Santee Bluegrass Festival features wine and beer tasting, food samples, a silent auction, opportunity drawing, and live bluegrass music. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071 (On Riverwalk and Park Center Drive)
Cardiff Greek Festival Sept 10-11
Authentic Greek food, pastries, Greek folk dance performances, church tours, cooking demos, musical performances, kids games, market, and deli. Dance to live Greek music.
Cork & Craft Two-Year Anniversary Party Sept 13-18
Every evening we will have a specially themed dinner with wine and beer pairings and live music. Celebrate with us at San Diego’s first and only winery, brewery, and restaurant in one.
Heart & Stroke Walk Sept 17
American Heart Association’s 25th Anniversary Heart & Stroke Walk, the association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke.
California Coastal Cleanup Day Sept 17
See complete list of sites at: bit.ly/2aSVf68.
National Scholastic Surfing Association Open Season Surf Contest Sept 24-25
This is a scholastic surfing competition and free for spectators to attend. The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete.
Del Mar Mud Run 2016 Sept 24
The 7th annual Del Mar Mud Run promises an epic edition of the mud run this year + all your past favorite obstacles. http://www.nssa.org