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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

Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta - Dana Point
September 4-7, 2014

Four days of events in the Annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta that include: Marine Fishing, Sailing Regatta including the Audi Cup, SUP Events, Juniors Regatta, Fishing Tournament, Poker Run, and VIP/Sponsor Event. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Dana Point Yacht Club, which features a breathtaking clubhouse and panoramic views of the Dana Point Harbor.

Dana Point Yacht Club
Dana Point, CA


Orange County Beer Festival - Silverado
September 6, 2014

This year there will be over 70 award winning breweries serving over 170 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.

This event raises thousands of dollars for the Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund

5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Silverado, CA


Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
September 6-7, 2014

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.

Dana Point Harbor / Ocean Institute
Shuttle service from Salt Creek Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road & from Dana Hills High School)


Annual Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
September 7, 2014
10 am - 4 pm

Featuring an extraordinary display of show cars from distinguished European and American Classics to racy Street Rods, Sports Cars and custom Woodies. The seaside setting for this event is an exciting venue for family, friends and extreme car enthusiasts. Vintage & dealer select automobiles in 13 classes will be at this judged event. Festivities include live entertainment, food & beverages, unique vendor exhibits, VIP hospitality and awards ceremony emceed by Automotive Commentators Dave Kunz (KABC) & Art Gould (KPFK).

Big Corona del Mar State Beach

Annual Southern California Brain Tumor Walk - Anaheim
Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Southern California Brain Tumor Walk is an inspirational, all-ages fundraising walk and community day to support the brain tumor cause. Form a team of family, friends and co-workers and help make a difference in the fight against brain tumors!

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA

Annual Walk for the Animals - Huntingon Beach
September 14, 2014
9 am - noon

Come join presenting sponsor, The Walking Company, and over 800 animal lovers and dogs for a morning of fun at the 17th Annual Walk for the Animals to benefit the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This year’s theme is pure country which will be full of fun, prizes, and entertainment! We’ll be seeing lots of cowboys, cowgirls, bandits, and varmints in the best country western costume and best trick contests. The Grilled Cheese Truck, Dogzilla and Waff-N-Roll will be on hand to serve up some mighty fine vittles.

Huntington Beach Central Park East
(Goldenwest and Talbert Avenues)

(714) 964-4445

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


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


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

St NorbertFest - Orange
2014 info TBA

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!

St. Norbert Catholic Church
300 E. Taft Avenue
Orange, CA 92865

(714) 637-4360

A Harvest of Quilts - Aliso Viejo
2014 info TBA

The Flying Geese Quilters Guild presents their annual Quilt Show where over 300 traditional and non-traditional style quilts will be on display. It brings together the “best of the best” in quiltmaking, with aisles of displays, retail exhibits, live quilt auction, antique quilts display, and hours of hands-on workshops.

SOKA University
1 University Dr.
Aliso Viejo

Dozynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
2014 info TBA

Celebrating Polish culture with food, music dancing and exhibits. Held at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center.

3999 Rose Dr
Yorba Linda, CA



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Halloween Events

Haunted Houses, parades, carnivals and much more!

Events listed by city.

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.

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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Largest Of Whales Begin Their Migration Southward In November - Newport Beach

Blue whales have been feasting on krill in ocean waters for months and begin their journey southward many speculate to have their young in the warmer waters of the tropics. November is the end of the typical blue whale migration and can see a large number of blue whales traveling south along the Newport Beach coastline. Great weather and lots of whales make November one of the best months of the year for whale watching. Add many of varieties of whales during this month and the grand slam of whale watching can become a reality.

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

Ice Rink at the Spectrum
Opens early November

Outdoor skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum. Located in Giant Wheel Court adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy's.

Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive


Dia de Los Muertos Annual Festival - Orange
November 1-2, 2014

Please join us at Moreno's Restaurant in Orange to remember families and friends that we all lost.

Featuring Danzantes Del Sol • Veracruzano • Ballet Folklorico • Mariachi.

November 1st, 6:00 pm 9:00 pm
November 2nd, 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Moreno’s Restaurant
4328 E Chapman
Orange, Ca 92869

Make your reservation today! - 714 639-2181

Discovery CubePresents: Pumpkin Launch - Fullerton
November 1, 2014

Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!

Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, California, 92831


Dinosaur Dash - Tustin
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Run for Education! A fund-raiser for the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, this year you can run and ride for education! The Dinosaur Dash features 4 events: 5k and 10k timed races for all ages, a 2k non-timed “Fun Run” and the non-timed 50k bike tour. After the race, there will be entertainment, a Food Court and Expo with games, activities and more. There's fun for the whole family.

The Marketplace


A Taste of San Clemente - San Clemente
November 7, 2014
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Held under the stars, this annual event serves up culinary masterpieces from over twenty of the areas finest restaurants, as well as sixteen premium wineries from throughout California, ice cold Microbrews and more.

Tickets are limited to 250 guests. The ticket price ($95) includes a complimentary "Taste of San Clemente" wine glass or beer mug, food, wine, entertainment and valet parking.


Annual La Palma Days - La Palma
Saturday, November 8, 2014

This annual tradition event has been celebrated in our community for over 28 years, encouraging residents, business partners and friends to celebrate La Palma’s community spirit.

The event features Miss La Palma Pageant, Parade & Band Review, Activities, Entertainment, Cultural & Historical Activities & International Food & Product Vendors

La Palma Central Park


Nutcracker Craft Boutique - Brea
November 21-22, 2014

Get your holiday shopping done at our Nutcracker Craft Boutique! The Boutique features unique, hand crafted gifts from over 200 vendors. You will be able to find something for everyone on your shopping list.

$2 admission with proceeds benefit the City of Brea's Youth and Family Programs.

The Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way (Corner of Madison & Randolph)

(714) 990-7771

Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique - Tustin
Friday, November 21, 2014

Three Tustin showcase homes are available for touring from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. This year’s theme is "California Classics" and represents a unique collection of three iconic architectural styles that helped define California lifestyle of the past century, which are found here in the North Tustin and Orange area. Enjoy lunch and shop our gift boutique at the Tustin Community Center.

Tustin Community Center
300 Centennial Way
Tustin, CA 92705

Surfing Santa Competition - Dana Point
Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:30 am

A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.

Saturday is also the opening of the Holiday Surfboard Auction where unique surfboards are up for auction on-line and are displayed throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel through December 31.

Salt Creek Beach
Dana, Point, CA


Plymouth Rock N' Run 5k - Anaheim Hills
Thanksgiving Day

The 5k and 10k course is around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park, and the Santa Ana River bike trail. There will be live music throughout the event, courtesy of CSUF jazz combomusic, prizes, food, and a 1k kids fun run for 12 & under.

All of the funds raised by sponsors and race participants will help Reeve-Irvine research to battle spinal cord injuries and other neurological afflictions such as stroke, Alzheimer's, and multiple sclerosis.

Yorba Regional Park
Anaheim Hills

Turkey Trot - Dana Point
Thanksgiving Day

California's Largest Thanksgiving Day Run Event - The Dana Point Turkey Trot - One of America's Most Scenic Runs... hosted by The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point.

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, the host of the Dana Point Turkey Trot, has partnered with the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group to help our Marines during the Thanksgiving Holidays.


Starr Ranch Sanctuary - Family Nature Workshops - Trabuco Canyon

The staff at Starr Ranch Sanctuary, a 4000-acre nature preserve east of Dove Canyon and Coto de Caza, invites you to join us for our biannual “Family Nature Workshops.”

We invite you and your family to experience first-hand the beauty of wilderness in our rapidly urbanizing county and to learn together during workshops and walks offered by our staff, guest biologists, and docents that will include: Cougars; Bobcats, and Coyotes; Hawk Research, Wild and Beautiful: Natural History of Open Spaces in Orange County, Starr Ranch Ecosystems (during a truck ride around the Ranch), Starr Ranch History Walk, Plant Walk, Snakes 101 & Nature Walks. Admission is free, but by RESERVATION ONLY. Donations accepted. Space is limited, so make your reservations soon. Each person chooses two workshops during the 9 am sign-up on a first come first serve basis. Tables will be available for picnic lunches. Toilets are available. No pets are allowed. Rain cancels.

Starr Ranch Sanctuary
100 Bell Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon

For questions call 949-858-0309 or sign up online at:

CTSA Open House - Irvine

Claire Trevor School of the Arts invities you to their annual open house to celebrate the arts! There will be art exhibitions, concerts, dance and information.

Free admission - all are welcome!
(there are fees to park on UCI campus)

Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
4000 Mesa Rd
Irvine, CA


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