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Oktoberfest Small Breed Wiener Dog Races - Huntington Beach
September 30 - October 28, 2018
3 - 4 pm

Great Family Fun! Come to Old World during Oktoberfest to see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line. Arrive early and stay for the festival on their dog friendly patio.

Admission during Oktoberfest: $7 adult, $3 kids 6yrs-12yrs, Free for kids under 5yrs. Admission tickets sold at the OKTOBERFEST LINE. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

2018 Oktoberfest Dachshund Dates:
September 30, 2018. October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach September 9 - October 28, 2018
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 Sept. 30th 2pm, German Day Thursday, Oct. 4th 7pm

Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

714-696-TAP1 (8271)

UCI Illuminations presents: Reading by Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko - Irvine
Thursday, October 18, 2018
5-7 p.m.

“Luminous…a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. This story confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.”

PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative as part of the Confronting Extremism Initiative

Free admission

Crystal Cove Auditorium
UCI Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697

Choc-Littlest Angel Guild's Great Kitchens & Garden - Anaheim & Yorba Linda
Friday, October 19, 2018
10 am - 4 pm

This is “NOT YOUR MOMMA’S HOME TOUR”. At this self-guided tour, our guests will view 6 stunning homes located in Peralta Hills (Anaheim) and Yorba Linda.

There will be 2 full house tours and 4 featuring great ideas for kitchens, gardens and entertaining spaces created by local designers, contractors and home owners. "Tasty Bites" and sips from local caterers, restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available. Also, shopping can be done at the "Petite Boutique" featured at select homes on the tour. Event supports CHOC Children's Hospital.

TICKETS: $45 GENERAL - $50 At-the-Door

Homes in Anaheim & Yorba Linda

Silverado Days - Buena Park
October 19-21, 2018

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!!

William Peak Park
7225 El Dorado Drive

Annual Historical Cemetery Tour - Santa Ana
Saturday, October 20, 2018

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.

Pretend City Costume Week - Irvine
October 21-27, 2018
12pm - 2pm

Black cats and witch’s brew, we want to dress up with you! Wear your costume to Pretend City this whole week and receive 25% off your second admission!

Fee: Included in museum admission.

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA


UCI Illuminations presents: Vernon Reid’s Band of Gypsys Revisited - Irvine
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
8-9:30 p.m.

Band of Gypsies Revisited extends the music of Hendrix’s most jazz-oriented band, and Reid has assembled a prodigious quartet drawn mostly from the soul-jazz-hip-hop collective Burnt Sugar Arkestra for this one time visit to the West coast. The group includes drummer/vocalist James “Biscuit” Rouse, who spent three years as music director for Lauryn Hill, bassist/vocalist Jared Michael Nickerson, who’s toured and recorded with Charlie Musselwhite and The The and guitarist/vocalist André “Dré Glo” Lassalle, a longtime Reid collaborator whose credits include work with Miles Davis and John Scofield.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative as part of the Confronting Extremism Initiative

Free admission

Winifred Smith Hall
UC Irvine - Claire Trevor School of the Arts
4000 Mesa Road
Irvine, CA 92697

HAPPY HALLOWIENER Doggy Dress up & Kids Costume - Huntington Beach
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Doggy Dress Up & Kid Costume Party to celebrates Halloweiner & the last day of Kinderfest! There will be a Best Doggie and Kid Costume Contest on that day. It's a great family day during Oktoberfest! The kids can enjoy the dog races, carnival games, face painting, a bouncy house, DoDo the chicken, and join everyone on the dance floor for everyones favorite song, the Chicken Dance.

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.

Else *ADMISSION During Oktoberfest: $10 adult, $3 kids 6-12, Free for kids under 5
Admission Tickets sold at the OKTOBERFEST LINE.
ALL CUSTOMERS attending Oktoberfest or who simply are attending to watch the races will come through the Oktoberfest general line.

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

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 early April.

Since the Gray Whales migrate just a few miles off the coast, simple cruises from Dana Point and Newport Beach enable you to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

You can book cruises at the following locations:

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

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm - Suite A
Newport Beach, CA. 92661

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Veteran's Day Events
Sunday, November 11, 2018

List of ceremonies throughout Orange County honoring those who served our country.


Dia De Los Muertos Annual Festival
Friday, November 2, 2018
5-9 pm

Come join everyone at Moreno's Restaurant for their 6th annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration with Folklorico dancers Mariachi and Veracruz Music, featuring Danzantes del Sol.

There will also be face painting, treats and giveaway prizes. Enjoy dinner and drinks and bring the whole family to enjoy the celebration.

Moreno's Restaurant
4328 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, Ca 92869

For more information call 714-639-2181

A Taste of San Clemente - San Clemente
November 2, 2018
6-10 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 - no tickets sold at the door) includes a complimentary "Taste of San Clemente" wine glass or beer mug, food, wine, entertainment and valet parking.


Sugar Plum Fairy Tea - Huntington Beach
Saturday, November 3, 2018
4:00-6:00 pm

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fantasy as The Nutcracker comes to life at the Ballet Etudes Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. This is an event that all generations will enjoy with delicious food, treats, characters in costume, live performances, Nutcracker boutique, crafts and games and more. Plus a huge raffle with fabulous prizes.

Ballet Etudes is Huntington Academy of Dance's resident non-profit youth ballet company. Our mission is to expose a new generation of children, both performers and audience members to the beauty, grace, and athleticism of ballet; and to offer this experience at affordable prices.

Senior Center in Central Park
18041 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Click to find information on how to download a flyer and order tickets.

NH Annual Health Fair - Free screening, community resources, & entertainment - Garden Grove
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9am – 1pm

Bring your whole family - this Health & Wellness Fair is a FREE event for ALL ages! Enjoy entertainment, raffles, photo booth, resources, kid’s corner with bounce house, face painting, balloons, free food and more!

Free Flu Vaccines on Health Screening for: Dental (visual only), Vision, Glucose, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Behavioral Health, Bone Density, Hepatitis B & C, Anemia, Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer, Body Mass Index & Other Services.

Please note, space is limited for these complimentary services and Flu Vaccines. First come, First serve

NH Comprehensive Health Center
7761 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92841

Click here for more information on this event

Discovery CubePresents: Pumpkin Launch - Fullerton
Saturday, November 4, 2018
10 am - 2 pm

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 4, 2018

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


Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
Sunday, November 11, 2018
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

$3 admission fee for adults, $2 for kids. Admission Tickets sold at #38. Under 21 you must be accompanied by your parents.

December 9

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

St. Martin’s Lantern Fest & Parade - Huntington Beach
Sunday, November 11, 2018
4-8 pm

The public is invited to a festive Lantern Parade around the little village of Old World. The Lantern Fest is a beautiful family affair that will mark the start of the festive season and fill everyone with Christmas spirit. It's free and enjoyable for all ages. Join in to celebrate the story of Saint Martin with lit lanterns and traditional songs. A European tradition, Saint Martin's lantern parades commemorate the story of a Roman soldier who shared his cloak with a beggar at a freezing winter night. This soldier, Saint Martin, later on became Bishop of Tour and lived a life full of kindness, sharing and helping the poor and underprivileged.

The Lantern Fest will start with the registration from 4 pm - 5:30 pm during which hot chocolate, coffee and cake and also “Weckmännchen”, a traditional pastry, will be available for purchase. A short performance, telling the story of Saint Martin, will be followed by the lantern parade starting at 6:15 pm. Stay on after for the lantern contest results and to celebrate the season with Old World’s goulash soup and hot cider. Lanterns will be available for purchase during registration as well as tickets for goulash soup and hot cider to warm up after the lantern parade event.

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

UCI Illuminations presents: Why Our Brains Love Story - Irvine
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Band of Gypsies Revisited extends the Why our brains love story: a two-part series to better understand a naturalistic and scientific perspective on storytelling.

People tend to believe that watching their favorite television series is a way to escape, ‘zone out,’ and relax, but is there more going on in the brain? An ongoing collaboration between the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) and the ClaireTrevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is exploring why we love to sit down with a good book or movie.

Sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative as part of the Confronting Extremism Initiative

Free admission

Herklotz Conference Center at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Qureshey Research Laboratory (QRL)
309 Qureshey Research Lab
Irvine, CA 92697

Surfing Santa Competition - Dana Point
November 17-18, 2018

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.

Salt Creek Beach
Dana, Point, CA


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

The 5k, 10k and a new 10 mile course is around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park, and the Santa Ana River trail. There will be a finish-line festival with silent auction, costume contest, food, fun and more!

All of the funds raised by sponsors and race participants will directly support the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC, Irvine.

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.

This flat, scenic race features a 10k, 5k and Kids Gobble Wobble. Participants will receive a shirt and medal.


Aliso Viejo Christian School Prospective Parent Informational Tour/Luncheon
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Aliso Viejo Christian School, a highly rated Orange County private school, that serves children in grades junior kindergarten to eighth grade, invites prospective families its 2018-19 annual Open House Admission events. Come and see our facility, meet our staff, check out our curriculum and amazing programs offered. We would love to share our school with you and answer any questions. We believe in Christian education with a focus on strong academics and enrichment programs to teach the whole child.

11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Learn Admissions Presentation (light lunch & refreshments to be served)

12:00 p.m.
Optional Campus Tour

AVCS Campus - the Cove
1 Orion
Aliso Viejo, Ca 92656

Please confirm your space by calling 949-3890300, or e-mail Kim Winters at with the number of people in attendance.

Mission Fine Art Gallery Holiday Party - San Juan Capistrano
Thursday, November 29, 2018
5 to 8 p.m.

Mission Fine Art Gallery is hosting a holiday party on Thursday, November 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy artist and jewelry demonstrations, live music, wine tasting and appetizers.

Gallery artists are painting original holiday ornaments to decorate your home for the holidays. Bring a friend and try your luck at our Lucky Draw! Neighboring businesses are also staying open, and are offering special surprises to help celebrate the evening. Join us and kick off the holiday season in style!

Mission Fine Art Gallery is a historic public space that showcases award-winning original paintings, ceramics and jewelry. This artist-run gallery has a mission to serve the community by creating art that celebrates life, culture and the unique natural surroundings of Southern California

Mission Fine Art Gallery
31760 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


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