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Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 14 - November 2, 2014

If you love to drink beer, eat bratwürst and sauerkraut and enjoy dancing to "Oompah-pa music directly from Linzerbuben, Austria, 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 (of course) 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


Pirate Party! at Pretend City - Irvine
Friday, September 19, 2014

Visit Pretend City for a swashbuckling adventure to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day! With special pirate themed story times taking place every hour and facilitated activities throughout the day, this will be a journey you won't want to miss.

Buy one admission ticket and receive one free admission when a child dresses up in their best pirate garb.!

Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Brea Jazzestival - Brea
September 19-21, 2014

The Jazz Festival is a crowd favorite from people in and around Orange County. The outdoor event draws well over 12,000 people during the four-weekend musical jazz extravaganza in the month of September. A prime seating area is set up for visitors. People can also bring their chairs and watch the festival from their vantage point, as Brea Downtown sets the ambiance.

There is a beer and wine garden, VIP seating area, fine arts & craft show and kid’s zone. Attendees can plan a grand Jazz night out by including dining and shopping at the various choices of restaurants and retail shops in Brea Downtown. General admission and parking is free.

Downtown Brea


National Drive Electric Week - Huntington Beach
September 20, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm

This is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles - and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, surfboards, skateboards, bicycles, and more.

The event will feature displays by multiple automobile manufacturers, including static plug-in models to view and sit in, test rides and drives of select electric vehicles, commercial and retail vendors displaying plug-in vehicles, components, and support products, a moderated panel discussion, food sales, and children's activities, including interactive displays and inflatables.

Huntington City Beach
Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show
Costa Mesa

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

The world's largest one day car show dedicated to helping find a cure for Prostate Cancer.

OC Fair and Expo Center
Costa Mesa

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire - San Juan Capistrano
September 27, 2014
Gates open at 4 pm

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.

The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
26284 Oso Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
September 27, 2014
10 am - 6 pm

Boasting artistic cultural performances on five stages, the Festival's live entertainment is a mosaic of music and dance representing more than 50 cultures from Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Immerse yourself in cultural displays, world religion and demonstrations, indulge in international cuisine, explore the world marketplace and keep the little ones in motion with hands-on art projects, games and activities in a giant, interactive Kids Village. Festival admission and parking are free.

Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92618


San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival - San Juan Capistrano
September 27-28, 2014
11 am

Be Greek for the day! Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and dancing, shopping at the Greek bazaar, kid friendly activities and exhibits featuring Byzantine icons and traditional Greek costumes.

FREE Admission and FREE Parking. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the SJC Metrolink Station.

27129 Calle Arroyo
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 542-3445

Annual Fascination of Orchids International Show - Costa Mesa
September 27 & 28, 2014
10 am - 5 pm

One of the largest orchid shows in the world, in addition to many orchid lectures, there will be over 100 orchid exhibits and thousands of orchids available for purchase from world wide growers.

South Coast Plaza Village

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, September 28, 2014
9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is designed specifically for children of all ages. This family-fun festival attracts more than 20,000 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.

Admission and parking are free.

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

(714) 838-4528

Fall Blue Whale Migration - $20 Cruises Daily To View These Giants - Newport Beach

September is a special time along the coast of Orange County with warm and mild days and huge numbers of blue whales feeding sometimes just several hundred yards from shore. The Blue Whale Migration is in full swing in September with cruises often seeing several blue whales or more during a single whale watching cruise. And if blue whales weren't enough, finback whales, and minke whales or also viewed regularly. A great opportunity for even the most seasoned whale watcher. Newport Beach is regarded as one of top whale watching destinations worldwide. See why.

Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661

Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari *With Underwater Viewing* - Dana Point

Daily trips depart conveniently from picturesque Dana Point Harbor, the “Whale Capital of the West”. Join Capt. Dave for a chance to get up close and personal with magnificent whales including huge blue whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and more, plus mega-pods of dolphins up to 10,000 strong aboard our high-tech, never crowded, catamaran sailboat with 2 Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins without getting wet! Experienced naturalists narrate while you enjoy our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets, hydrophone, & micro museum. Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies served complimentary aboard the most unique whale watching boat in the world. 2 and 1/2 hours. Reservations recommended.

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point CA 92629

(949) 488-2828

OC VeinCare - Laguna Hills

Now offering FREE vein Screening at our new location. Call to schedule for the first 20 callers.

Dr. Altuwaijri uses the latest minimally invasive techniques to effectively treat your leg veins. She completed her vascular surgery fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic under the most renowned venous experts in the world. She is recognized for her experience and superb technical skills in the treatment of veins and specializes in quickly and effectively treating spider and varicose veins with minimal to no down time. Make an appointment today if you have symptoms such as tired legs or heaviness in the legs, leg swelling, leg pain, varicose veins or spider veins. Most treatments are covered by insurance.

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Blue Whales Make For An Exciting October In Newport Beach - Newport Beach

Want to see Giant Blue Whales lunge feeding October is great month to do just that. Newport Landing in Newport Beach offers cruises daily to view these incredible mammals as they feed in fall sunlight. Huge amounts of krill can be found in coastal waters of Newport Beach in October creating a smorgasbord for all types of whales, but especially the giant blue whales. Often viewed with mouths agape the giant blue whales slurp in huge amounts of ocean water and krill. Want to add viewing a blue whale lunge feeding this is the month to do it.

Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach Ca 92661

Tiller Days- Tustin
October 3-5, 2014

Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular event in Tustin since 1957. The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County's agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainmnet

17522 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780


Dana Point State BBQ Championship - Dana Point
October 4, 2014
10 am - 5 pm

Heading into it’s third year, The Dana Point State Barbecue Championship has already become the largest BBQ event on the West Coast. More than 100 teams from all over the country compete for cash and prizes in this Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event. Last year the event drew more than 10,000 people who got to sample some of the best BBQ they will ever eat. The FREE event will feature great live music (TBA), a wide variety of microbrews, a vendor midway, Kids Zone, fun activities and more.

Sea Terrace Park
Dana Point

San Clemente Sea Fest - San Clemente
October 5, 2014
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Sponsored by the San Clemente Chamber, this event features a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman's Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation which all takes place at the historic San Clemente Pier area.

Free shuttle parking is available at the San Clemente High School.

611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente


First Annual "Stomp Out Breast Cancer" Wine Tasting - Irvine
October 5, 2014
1:30 am to 4:30 pm

Be Aware Foundation will host their inaugural "Stomp Out Breast Cancer" wine tasting and grape stomping contest. Some of California's top vintners will sample their select wines along with an expansive chance-format auction, live auction, beer tasting and wonderful food. An event highlight is a unique grape stomping contest where teams will compete for prizes.

TICKETS, $150 per person (reduced price for pre-purchase)

Oak Creek Golf Club
1 Golf Club Dr
Irvine, CA 92618


Annual Sandcastle Contest - Corona Del Mar
October 5, 2014
11 am to 4:30 pm

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)


Annual Silverado Country Fair and Art Festival - Silverado
October 10-12, 2014

The ANNUAL SILVERADO COUNTRY FAIR kicks off at 9 am with an annual Silverado Country Fair “Unparade” of canyon characters, Country Fair, Arts & Crafts, Western shows, Live Music, Finger lickin' Food, Silly Contests & Children's Games! Bring yer' whole family and dress western!

Silverado Community Center
27641 Silverado Canyon Rd
Silverado, CA

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show - Anaheim
October 10-12, 2014

Unique reigns supreme at the celebration revered as the west coast's largest and finest indoor craft show, a fall tradition over 40 years in the making. Exhibitors hail from throughout North America, specializing in "made in the USA" handcrafted items at affordable prices.

There’s something for everyone in the family, including more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, specialty foods, and more.

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave

Info and tickets are available at or call 800-346-1212

The Heritage Festival and Parade - Placentia
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Since 1965, this celebration of the city's heritage includes a parade and fair booths. The festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by the parade and band review at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kids games and more.

Tri-City Park
2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.

(714) 524-8535

Dana Point Oktoberfest - Dana Point
October 11-12, 2014
Noon - 7 pm

The Orange County Oktoberfest will take place over the last three weekends in October in Dana Point. Each weekend is anticipated to draw 5,000 people for a total of 15,000 over the course of three weekends! The event will feature authentic German music, German food, German costumes, German games and of course German and other beer selections. In fact, this event will become known as having more German and Craft brews on tap than any other event in Southern California. Unlike most Oktoberfest celebrations, the Orange County Oktoberfest will be free to attend and is family friendly, featuring games of heritage for not only the adults, but for the kids as well. Free Admission

Sea Terrace Park
Dana Point

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Laguna Beach
October 12 – 19, 2014

The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational will be held in Laguna Beach, a famous seaside community and historic artist colony. North America’s most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including public paint outs and artist meet and greets.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

For more information or tickets for the Soiree please visit or contact

Silverado Days - Buena Park
October 17-19, 2014

Held each October, this community festival includes games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Featured contests include Featured contests include World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, Amateur Horseshoe Contest, Pie-Eating Contest, Hog Calling, Baby Contest, Dog Show, Chili Cook-off and much more!!

William Peak Park
7225 El Dorado Drive

Memory Walk - Tustin
October 18, 2014

This Memory Walk is part of a national movement to help those battling Alzheimer's and related memory loss disorders.

2 or 4 mile walk options. Wheelchair and dog friendly. There will also be a food concession and kids zone.

The District at Tustin
2437 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92606

RagFest, the Orange County Ragtime Festival
October 18-19, 2014
NOON - 6

RagFest is the only annual festival of Ragtime music in Southern California. Soloists, duets, combos, orchestras, vocalists and more performing vintage and contemporary ragtime music.

Downtown Fullerton
Festival HQ is Steamers Jazz Club
138 W. Commonwealth Ave.

(714) 525-6669

Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K - Huntington Beach
October 26, 2014

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, CA


Annual Historical Cemetery Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10 - 3

Presented by the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society. This guided historical walking tour features costumed actors portraying colorful men and women who share stories from Orange County’s past. Docents will guide visitors through scenes that played important roles in the history of the county, culminating in a presentation in Fairhaven’s beautiful 1916 mausoleum. Comfortable shoes are recommended for the hour-and-a-half long walking tour.

Fairhaven Memorial Park
1702 Fairhaven Ave.
Santa Ana

714-547-9645 - Reservations are recommended.

Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
October 26, 2014
9:00am to 4:00pm

A great mix of civilian and military helicopters and aircraft, plus a custom car show featuring classics, muscle cars and more than 300 varieties plus a vendor fair with more than 100 exhibitors selling food and car or aircraft related items. This family event also has games, a kids corner and live entertainment.

Joint Forces Training Base
Los Alamitos

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