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Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 8 - November 3, 2019
EVERY Wednesday through Sunday

Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany.

Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can also enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course do the Chicken Dance! Wednesday through Saturday are adult nights & Sunday’s are family day with Dachshund Races.

Special dates to remember
Oktoberfest Parade: Sunday September 29
German Day: October 2, 2019

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

31st Annual Crab Feast and Auction Under the Stars - Fullerton
Saturday, September 14, 2019
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Mark your calendars now for an evening of dinner, music, dancing, and silent & live auctions throughout the evening.

Money raised from the annual Crab Feast and Auction Under the Stars is used to support YMCA programming for under-served children and families in the community. One such example is our fully subsidized afterschool care program at the Richman Neighborhood Center in Fullerton.

LOCATION:
Fullerton Family YMCA
2000 Youth Way
Fullerton, CA 92835

Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade - Santa Ana
September 14-15, 2019
12 noon-10 pm

This annual tradition celebrates Santa Ana‟s vibrant Mexican culture with a parade, beer garden, performers each night, delicious food, vendors, interactive activities, and exciting carnival rides for children of all ages

LOCATION:
Downtown Santa Ana

SunDay FunDay -- DIY Illuminated Succulent Bottle Workshop - Tustin
Sunday, September 15, 2019
2-4 pm

Have a Blast with Drafts and Crafts! Learn how to create these one-of-a-kind fresh succulent illuminated bottles -taught only by The Artsy Plant.

Ticket includes DIY Workshop, Brewery Tour, Appetizer and Flight of Beer!

LOCATION:
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room
15501 Red Hill Ave
Tustin, CA

Oktoberfest Small Breed Dog Races - Huntington Beach
Sundays
September 15, 2019
3 - 4 pm

Great Family Fun! Come see these small dogs race to the finish line during Oktoberfest at Old Wold Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

2019 Oktoberfest Race Dates:
September 15, 22, 29, 2019
These 3 weeks will be the events for Dachshund & ALL OTHER SMALL BREEDS Dog Races during Oktoberfest (Under 25lbs. to Race)

LOCATION:
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

St NorbertFest - Orange
September 20-22, 2019

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!

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

INFORMATION:
(714) 637-4360

Chance Theater presents: The Vandal
September 20 - October 20, 2019
Tickets on sale starting June 28, 2019

Strangers, a woman and a boy, on a cold road at night, next to a cemetery, waiting for a bus. The bus is late. The woman sinks into herself, her coat hanging crooked, too thin for this cold night. Things couldn’t be worse. She has some ominous connection with the nearby hospital. She’s unresponsive to the fast-talking teenager who works to engage her with everything from philosophical riffs to brash seduction. Neither knows what this night holds in store. Hamish Linklater’s funny, and ultimately spooky debut play explores life, death, and Doritos as these two characters cling to a temporary escape from loneliness.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and up. Contains adult language.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "WOMAN20"

LOCATION:
Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at www.ChanceTheater.com/Vandal

Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair - Anaheim
Saturday, September 21, 2019
9 am - 4 pm

Visit the Anaheim Craft and Vintage Fair to shop for one of a kind handmade items from local crafters.

• Local crafters and artists
• No multi-level marketing vendors
• Food sale including Eastern European favorites, homemade jam & bake sale
• Church talks at 11:00am & 2:00pm
• Convenient parking
• Handicapped accessible
• Stop on by and have a great time!

Please share with your clubs, groups, parish and stop on by to support this great craft/art/food event.

LOCATION:
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church
995 N. West St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center Annual BBQ and Family Faire - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, September 21, 2019
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.

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

INFORMATION:
949-240-8441

Toast to the Casa 2019: The Enchanted Garden - San Clemente
Saturday, September 21, 2019
5:30 - 10 pm

Support access to the arts, history and education at Casa Romantica's annual Toast to the Casa gala!

Event includes Multiple stages with live entertainment, Eclectic food and beverage fare (sample food, wine, beer, spirits and cigars from nearly 30 local vendors all evening), Exciting prizes and auction items, & a flawless patron experience with valet parking, ample seating and white glove service.

LOCATION:
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K - Huntington Beach
September 21, 2019

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

LOCATION:
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA

INFORMATION:
888-422-0786

Dozynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda
September 21-22, 2019

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.

The Dozynki will feature Polish folk dancers in traditional costumes plus delicious polish food such as freshly prepared stuffed cabbage, traditional pierogi, authentic Polska Kielbasa and Polish beer.

LOCATION:
Pope John Paul II Polish Center
3999 Rose Dr
Yorba Linda, CA

INFORMATION:
714-996-8161

Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show
Costa Mesa

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cruisin’ for a Cure is the world’s largest one-day charity car show with over 3,500 vehicles on display and over 200 vendors and exhibitors. They get to cruise through the OC Fair & Event Center for 1.5 miles and/or park and just display their vehicles.

Live music, food and vendors. Cost: $15.00 or $13.00 with your AAA card, Kids under 12 are FREE! Parking is $9.00

LOCATION:
OC Fair and Expo Center
Costa Mesa

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival - San Juan Capistrano
September 28-29, 2019

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.

$3 admission. Kids 12 and under, Active Military & First responders Free

LOCATION:
San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

INFORMATION:
(949) 542-3445

Annual Sandcastle Contest - Corona Del Mar
September 29, 2019
10 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.

LOCATION:
Corona del Mar State Beach
(Marguerite & Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar)

INFORMATION:
949-729-4400

Whale Watching - Dana Point & Newport Beach

Gray Whales migrate annually along the west coast of North America. They can be seen from the Orange County coast from December through April.

Summer and fall bring the giant blue whales. They can be seen from May through October

Humpback whales, finback whales, & minke whales are viewed year round. Giant marine protected park provides pristine habitat for whales and dolphin and means a simple 2-2.5 hour cruise is all that needed to see whales and dolphin from Dana Point and Newport Beach

LOCATIONS:
You can book cruises at the following locations:

DANA POINT:
NEWPORT BEACH:
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
400 Main Street
Newport Beach Ca 92661
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661
$16 Cruise Special!
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October

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Haunted Houses, parades, carnivals and much more!

Events listed by city.

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 8 - November 3, 2019
EVERY Wednesday through Sunday

Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany.

Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can also enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course do the Chicken Dance! Wednesday through Saturday are adult nights & Sunday’s are family day with Dachshund Races.

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

German Unity Day Celebrations - Huntington
October 2, 2019
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

We’ve serving FREE FOOD to the 1st 500 people in line. Free food is served at 7pm. In order to get the FREE FOOD you have to have a ticket and be one of the 1st 500 guests.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE on Thursday during Oktoberfest. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

LOCATION:
Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

Tiller Days- Tustin
October 4-6, 2019

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 entertainment.

No admission fee

LOCATION:
17522 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780

INFORMATION:
714-573-3326

Chance Theater presents: Goosebumps
October 4 - 27, 2019

Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they’re acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they’re being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters.

Recommendation: Wonderful for the entire family, ages 4 and up.

20% off tickets. Limited availability. Use code "ZEKE20"

LOCATION:
Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Tickets and Information at www.ChanceTheater.com/Goosebumps

Craft & Artisan Faire - Rancho Santa Margarita
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9 am - 4 pm

Come on out and experience our 4th annual Craft and Artisan Faire!

Join community crafters and artists for unique, one of a kind handmade goods. Seasonal and year round gifts will be available. This is a perfect time to get some Christmas shopping done and support our local talent. BBQ, drinks and other treats will be available for purchase.

LOCATION:
Bridge Fellowship Plaza
29582 Aventura
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Laguna Beach
October 5-13, 2019

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.

LOCATION
Festival of Arts Grounds
Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Sunday, October 6, 2019
9:30 am to 4:00 pm

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.

Admission and parking are free.

LOCATION:
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa

INFORMATION:
(714) 838-4528

San Clemente Sea Fest - San Clemente
Sunday, October 6, 2019
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.

LOCATION:
San Clemente Pier
611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente

INFORMATION:
949-492-1131

Mystery at the Monster Mixer
October 11, 26, 27, & 30, 2019
7:00pm-9:30pm
Show begins at 7:00 sharp!

A night of ghouls, grub, and gut-busting laughter awaits you at Mystery at the Monster Mixer! Klubhouse offers a fully-immersive dinner party that has you enjoying a delicious spread and solving a puzzling mystery whilst sitting amongst vampires, phantoms, demons and more!

It’s 2019 and monsters have reformed their wicked ways, but some are having a bit of trouble acclimating into regular society. So, ZomBrian (the former human, recent zombie) has arranged a night for their old human kin to mix and mash with his new monster buds! All is fun and frights until a chilling murder happens! It’s up for the guests to help Detectives Monty Frankenstein and Eliza Frankenstein-Webb solve the mystery and catch the culprit! Costumes or festive-wear highly encouraged!

LOCATION:
The Romeo and Juliet Room @ Angelo & Vinci’s Ristorante
550 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA

The Heritage Festival and Parade - Placentia
Saturday, October 12, 2019

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.

LOCATION:
Tri-City Park
2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Placentia

INFORMATION:
(714) 524-8535

Irvine Global Village Festival - Irvine
October 12 - 13, 2019
10 am - 5 pm

Two day festival features more than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids' crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace.

Immerse yourself in cultural displays, indulge in international cuisine, explore the International 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.

LOCATION:
Orange County Great Park
6000 Great Park Blvd.
Irvine, CA

INFORMATION:
949-724-6606

Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival - Silverado
October 12-13, 2019

The Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival is one of the best family events of the season which explores the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live Bluegrass, Country and Folk music, Wild West reenactments, handmade arts and crafts, 1800's activities & lock 'em up makeshift jail, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, plus some silly ‘ole timey’ contests, all nestled under the Oak trees below Orange County’s famous Saddleback Mountain. $6 adult admission, $4 kids 4-12, under 3 are free!

LOCATION:
Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds
27641 Silverado Canyon Rd
Silverado, Ca

INFORMATION:
714-649-2411

Silverado Days - Buena Park
October 18-20, 2019

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

LOCATION:
William Peak Park
7225 El Dorado Drive

HAPPY HALLOWIENER Doggy Dress up & Kids Costume - Huntington Beach
Sunday, October 27, 2019
1 - 7:30 pm

Doggy Dress Up & Kid Costume Party to celebrates Halloweiner & the last day of Kinderfest! There will be a Best Doggie and Kids Under 12 Costume Contest on that day. It's a great family day during Oktoberfest!

While the kids are having fun, the adults can enjoy the the great selection of German Beers and menu options which include some amazing sausages you'll love.

LOCATION:
Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach

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