Fall in the OC

Fall In The OC

Fall is officially here and Orange County knows just the right way to celebrate the season. It’s that special time of year to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. Do you have what’s it take to survive a night at Knott’s Scary Farm? The art scene is picking up with a collection of various stage performances in Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa. Check out what’s coming up in The OC and plan for a fun fall season.




Mickey’s Halloween Party
September 20 - October 31, 2017
Make dreams and screams come true at the ghoulest celebration of the year—select nights only.

City National Grove of Anaheim

98° at Christmas
December 20, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.

Honda Center

Anaheim Ducks Home Opener
October 5, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Ducks vs. Coyotes

Imagine Dragons
November 16, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Anaheim Convention Center

Expansion Grand Opening
September 26, 2017 | 11 a.m.
Anaheim City and Convention Center officials will gather for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Anaheim Convention Center’s official opening of ACC North. The center’s seventh expansion features a 200,000-square-foot modern, expansive building overlooking Katella Avenue. The new building will be open to event attendees and showcase a variety of immersive experiences, highlighting the many uses and exciting capabilities of the new flexible space.


Buena Park

Knott's Berry Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm
Sepetember 21 - October 31, 2017
The largest Halloween event in the world, Knott’s Scary Farm returns with over 1,000 monsters, unimaginable scares and innovative thrills for its 45th season with 13 uniquely haunted mazes and attractions including the interactive zombie hunting experience, Special Ops Infected. Get your killer ticket deals by clicking here. Knott’s Scary Farm takes place on select nights and is not recommended for children under 13.

Knott’s Spooky Farm
September 30 - October 29, 2017
On weekends, families can join in on the ghoulish fun with interactive adventures throughout the theme park, starting with a special trip around Camp Spooky on the Grand Sierra Railroad with added 2D and 3D Halloween fun effects. Camp Snoopy Theater will play host to the “Monsters are Coming” kid’s show where children are also encouraged to brew-up their perfect Halloween disguise for the Spooky Farm Costume Contest. The fall daytime Seasons of Fun event is included with regular park admission.

Vampirate’s Halloween Show
October 2 - October 31, 2017
Pirate Dinner Adventure
Beware of the bite at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Halloween show - Vampirate’s! The haunting begins October 2nd and continues through the entire month of October. Enjoy dressing up in your favorite sweet or spooky costume, with contests held each Saturday and Sunday for ghouls and goblins of all ages. The show follows the evil Captain Sebastian the Black and his horde of Vampire Pirate's as they take to the high-seas.

Rock & Brews Monster Beer Fest
October 21, 2017 | 12 p.m. - 5p .m.
Enjoy over 100 different bone-chilling beers from 50 different breweries at Rock & Brews Annual Monster Beer Fest in Buena Park. Admission goodies include: unlimited beer tasting, discounted food, live music, and costume contest. Tickets go on sale October 1st.

Olde Tyme Fall Festival 
September 30, 2017
The "Boo-uena Park" Old Tyme Fall Festival on September 30th showcases the City's historical structures with haunted tours of the Whitaker-Jaynes Estate, storytelling in the Bacon House and much more! From 2pm to 5pm kids can create fall-themed crafts, watch a thrilling magic show and play fun old-time games. Take in the sounds of local entertainment and tastes of local food vendors, including tacos from Buena Park's newest restaurant, Poquito Mas. Halloween-themed vendors will also be onsite selling tricks and treats for the whole family. Admission is free.

Silverado Days Festival 
October 20 - 22, 2017
Come down to William Peak Park for the Annual Silverado Days Festival. The free three day event entertains with delicious food, thrilling rides and family-friendly competitions. Participate in the world amateur arm wrestling championship, professional horseshoe contest, pie eating contest, hog calling and much more. With over 20 rides, 16 food options, 20 games and 90 arts and crafts booths, Silverado Days is fun for the whole family.

R.I.P Halloween Hotel Deals
After a long day of thrills, rest in peace in comfortable accommodations just minutes from Knott’s Scary Farm and local attractions. Buena Park offers a wide array of hotels that suits every budget and save even more with free parking, no resort fees and complimentary shuttle service from most major hotels to local attractions including Disneyland®. Click here to book your Halloween hotel deal or package today.


Dana Point

Monarch Beach Resort

The Monarch Beach Resort fills the fall season with rest, relaxation and fun. On select weekends from now until early November, the Miraval Spa combines leisure, health and luxury during their Miraval Retreat Weekend events. Throughout the season, visitors can “fall into fun” participating in fall activities at the resort and around Dana Point. Adding to the joy of the coming holiday season, Montage offers a great sty during Thanksgiving Weekend starting with the Dana Point Turkey Trot.

Fall in The OC - Monarch Beach Resort 


The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Hope for the Ocean
Now - January 4, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents a curated exhibition of marine life art by renowned artist Wyland. The exhibit is open to the public and includes 25 original oil paintings, Chinese sumi brush paintings, giclees on canvas, aluminum, watercolors, a bronze sculpture, and a mixed media coffee table. Laguna Beach-based marine life artist Wyland has built an international reputation for his commitment to marine life conservation, most notably through his monumental marine life murals, the Whaling Walls.

Holiday Surfboard Auction
November 18 to Sunday, December 31
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents its Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction and Surfing Santa Competition – which this year has expanded to a two-day competition that includes stand up paddle boarding. The Holiday Surfboard Auction showcases a selection of hand-painted surfboards from various artists that are displayed at the resort and auctioned off to benefit Surfers Healing, the original surf camp benefiting children with autism. Surfboards are on display at the oceanfront resort throughout the holiday season and bids can be placed at www.BiddingforGood.com/SurfersHealing.

Surfing Santa Competition
November 18 & November 19, 2017 | 7:30 a.m.

Salt Creek Beach
A fun, two-day surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday-inspired characters and surf or stand up paddle board to benefit Surfers Healing. 60 Entry Fee. Enter at www.surfingsantacontest.org | (949)-240- 2000

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy holiday music and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids or canned goods and non-perishable food items to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission. Complimentary with stay.


Thanks-For-Giving Buffet
Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Raya Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Three-course holiday menu and a limited a la carte menu

enoSTEAK Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 23, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Full enoSTEAK menu and special Thanksgiving menu

Holiday Tea
November 27 - December 14, 2017 (Mondays - Thursdays)
Treat someone special to the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea in Bar Raya featuring an array of teas, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant ocean view setting.

Yappy Howl-iday Celebration
Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the “Big Dog” himself – Santa Paws. Guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats or dog toys to support animals in need.

Holiday Storytelling
Friday & Saturday, December 8, 9, 15, 16, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Guests are asked to bring a new children’s book to be donated to Miracles for Kids. Complimentary with stay.

Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating
December 17, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gather with family to decorate your very own gingerbread house and holiday cookies. Children enjoy complimentary hot chocolate. Other beverages will be available for purchase.



Irvine Global Village Festival
September 23, 2017
Orange County’s largest multicultural festival celebrates Irvine’s diversity. More than 50 cultures are represented, with music and dance on five stages. Cultural and religious displays, international cuisine, a world marketplace and a giant interactive Kids Village. Bill Barber Park, Irvine. (949) 724-6606

U-Pick Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms
Now-October 31
Hay rides, face painting, Halloween bounce house, and more.

Irvine Park Railroad's Pumpkin Patch
Now-October 31
Hay rides, face painting, Halloween bounce house, face painting, and more.

Moods of California (exhibit)
October 7, 2017-February 8, 2018
Irvine Museum
The Golden State is a multi-faceted expanse of land that boasts seven unique ecological regions, each with distinctive flora, fauna and climate. These regions are: North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast, Shasta-Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Central Valley and Desert. This exhibition explores the various landscapes that characterize California.

OC Chill Ice Rink
November 1, 2017-January 7, 2018
Irvine Spectrum Center
Skate amongst palm trees, Irvine Spectrum Center's outdoor ice rink is a tradition the whole family can enjoy. Located in Giant Wheel Court adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy's.

Holiday Faire
November 3 - 4, 2017
Irvine Fine Arts Center
More than 150 vendors displaying arts and crafts, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations and more. Irvine Fine Arts Center.

Photos with Santa & Nightly Tree Lighting
November 24 - December 24, 2017
Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine Park Railroad’s Annual Christmas Train
December 1-23
Pictures with Santa Claus, story time with Mrs. Claus, carnival games, Christmas cookie decorating, a coloring corner and more.

UC Irvine

UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts has a wide range art, dance, drama and musical shows for everyone. You can find a complete list of their shows and more information their upcoming performances here.

The Irvine Barclay Theater has a wide range of live performances this season. You can find a complete list of their shows and more information their upcoming performances here.

UCI’s Anti-Cancer Challenge Celebration Concert featuring Sheryl Crow
October 21, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.
UCI Bren Events Center
Buy tickets here!

Fall in The OC - Sheryl Crow 


John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport is pleased to announce non-stop service to two new destinations. Alaska Airlines launched daily service between Albuquerque and John Wayne Airport on August 18. Delta Airlines will initiate daily nonstop service between Detroit and JWA on September 10. John Wayne Airport provides daily non-stop service to more than 20 destinations. Learn more about out non-stop services here.


Laguna Beach

The Secret Life of Girls
September 22 - 24, 2017
Laguna Playhouse
In this humorous and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl angst, a window is opened into the tumultuous and destructive world of girls’ bullying. Performance times and ticket prices vary.606 Laguna Canyon Road. Call 949.497.ARTS (2787).

Sunset Serenades
September 22 & 29, 2017
Enjoy an evening of music in the amphitheater at Heisler Park above the Pacific Ocean.
9/22: Ginger Root Summer, grooves from Chapman University Band;
9/29: JodiSiegel, singer, songwriter, guitarist.

Smithsonian Magazine Day Live!
September 23, 2017
Laguna Art Museum
This coincides with the final weekend to view the Phil Dike: At the Edge of the Sea and Ben Messick: Memories of Los Angeles exhibitions at Laguna Art Museum. Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. For tickets and information, visit, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day- live-2017

21th Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cookoff 
September 24, 2017 | 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Tivoli Too!
Admission: Pet registration ($5 per pet category, from Most Handsome Male to the Happiest Pet Rescue), 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Adults, $5; Children 16 and under are free. Local judges award top chili honors. Entertainment for kids. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors, the event benefit local pet organizations. www.lbr-caf.info 777 Laguna Canyon Road

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. 
September 28, 2017
Laguna Beach Art Museum
Heather MacDonald of the Getty Foundation introduces the Getty’s Latin-American themed collaboration with museums across Southern California. Free with museum admission. Laguna Beach Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. Call 949.494.8971. www.lagunaartmuseum.org

Children’s Poetry Workshop
September 24, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Laguna Beach Public Library, Children’s Poetry Workshop (ages 7 - 12) is led by Laguna Beach Poet Laureate Kate Buckley for young, aspiring writers from 1 - 2 p.m. 363 Glenneyre St. Call 949.64.6645, www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Laguna Beach Live! - The Real LALA Land. 
September 30, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm.
Montage Laguna Beach Resort
This special outdoors concert is a musical showcase from the perspectives of former jazz club bartender and singing waiter Dave Damiani and trumpeter Bijon Watson. Like Ryan Gosling’s character in the film, Damiani and his group of talented jazz musicians are in pursuit of bringing back the class, style and swagger of iconic clubs like the 500 Club, The Copacabana, To Copa Lounge and the Cocoanut Grove. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Tickets are $30 - $100. Valet parking at the Montage is $5. Call 800.595.4849.

12 Angry Men
October 4 - 22, 2017
Laguna Beach Playhouse
Be part of the courtroom action in this classic drama in which 12 jurors decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. What will be the verdict? Find out in this suspenseful thriller that pits passionate jurors against one another in a bold examination of the American Justice System. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Call 949.497.ARTS(2787).

First Thursdays Art Walk
October 5, November 2 & December 7, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year ‘round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This educational monthly art event celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public. Come meet local artists and enjoy wine & cheese receptions. Takes place at galleries throughout Laguna Beach. Free shuttle service. Laguna Art Museum offers free admission on Art Walk evenings. Call 949.683.6871.

17th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
October 7 - 15, 2017
Saturday, Oct. 4. - Collectors Gala Showcases 40 of the nation’s top landscape artists. Events include: Quick Draw Paint Out at Heisler Park above the Pacific Ocean, Meet & Greet Artists Reception at Festival of Arts and more. Throughout the week, watch artists paint “en plein air” throughout the village. Advance price Collectors Gala tickets, $150

City of Laguna Beach: Juried Fine Art Exhibition.
November 2, 2017
An annual juried exhibition of Orange County artists. Free; view exhibition during regular City Hall business hours. City of Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.

Lagunatics #25: Spreading Rhyme Disease Since 1992
October 13 - November 5, 2017

Nov. 2 | 25th Anniversary Gala
No Square Theatre
This musical parody proudly skewers the unique madness of Laguna Beach, from goats in the greenbelt to smokers on the sand. Original song parodies and irrelevant humor galore is presented by No Square Theatre, 384 Legion St.

Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca
October 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Laguna Beach Art Museum
Since 2000, this Los Angeles-based artist has made regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with Mexican master printer Fernando Sandoval. The exhibit focuses on the prints McCleary has made at the Taller, mostly etchings and other forms of intaglio, along with related paintings and drawings. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. Laguna Beach Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. Call 949.494.8971.

California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820 - 1930
October 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Laguna Art Museum
Artistic and cultural exchange between California and Mexico has flourished since the time when California was part of the United States of Mexico. The exhibition highlights this vital aspect of the state’s history through a panorama of works by artists on both sides of the border, from scenes of mission and rancho life through images of romantic Old California, to the emergence of a cross-border modern art scene. The museum is closed on Wednesdays. Laguna Beach Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. Call 949.494.8971.

Laguna Beach Outreach for the Arts (LOCA): Holiday Decorating Ideas.
October 19, 2017
Laguna Beach Nursery
Horticulturist Ruben Flores presents ideas for artistic holiday decorating, from clean and classic to over-the-top creative! Laguna Beach Nursery, 347 N. Coast Highway. LOCA members, free; adults, $20. Call 949.363.4700. www.locaarts.org

Taste of Laguna 2017 presented by Nick’s Restaurant
October 19, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Festival of Arts
Enjoy tasty bites and delicious drinks from Laguna Beach’s finest restaurants. Takes place at the Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. Admission: VIP, $90; General, $70.

Film Night: Seven Cities of Gold
October 19, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Laguna Art Museum
This 1955 film about Spanish soldiers and missionaries in California is introduced by UC Irvine professor Horacio Legras. In 1769, a Spanish expedition to California seeks to conquer the land and discover its famed gold treasures while missionaries aim to gain new converts and establish a network of Catholic missions. Included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended. Laguna Beach Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. Call 949.494.8971.

Sister’s Halloween Catechism – The Holy Ghost and Other Horrifying Tales.
October 23 and 27, 2017
Laguna Playhouse
Sister is preparing her classroom for another long year of Catechism. You are in store for another hysterical lesson, where you’ll find out the Church’s take on all the familiar Halloween tales of ghosts and ghouls. Full of Sister’s signature “class” (audience) participation, you might get hands-on experience on how to build a Catholic appropriate Halloween costume. Performance times and ticket prices vary. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Call 949.497.ARTS (2787).

Lecture: Jesse Lerner
October 26, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
Laguna Beach Art Museum
The Los Angeles filmmaker and writer discusses artistic exchanges between “Alta California” and Mexico. Included with museum admission. Advance tickets are recommended. Laguna Beach Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. Call 949.494.8971.

5th Annual Art & Nature presented by Laguna Art Museum
November 2 - 5, 2017
Laguna Art Museum
The special art event includes special exhibitions, commissioned outdoor works, lectures, panel discussions, films and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. This festival showcases Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo’s Seascape, an installation off Main Beach, specially commissioned for this event. In addition, his exhibit will be on display at the museum through December 2, 2017, and guests will have the opportunity to meet Lugo on Friday Nov. 3 t 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) during an opening evening lecture at the museum. Advance tickets are recommended for this discussion. Ticket prices vary for events; some are free of charge. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive. Call 949.494.8971.

LOCA (Laguna Arts Community Outreach) Tours
November 11, 2017
Pacific Marine Mammal Center LOCA (Laguna Arts Community Outreach) presents a docent-led tour and workshop at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Participants can join artist September McGee in the classroom and create an oil pastel of a squid. Finished art can be taken home. All supplies are included, free on-site parking. Fee: Adults for $20; youth ages 6 - 18 for $15. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.locaarts.org. Pacific Marine Mammal Center, 2016 Laguna Canyon Road.

Oliver! The Musical! 
November 11 - 19, 2017
Laguna Playhouse
In this Tony award-winning musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, 9-year- old orphan Oliver Twist falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger and masterminded by the criminal Fagin. Songs include “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” and “I’d Do Anything.” Performance times and ticket prices vary. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Call 949.497.ARTS (2787).

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
November 18 - December 17, 2017 (Weekends, open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Sawdust Art Festival
Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, where the Sawdust Art Festival grounds transform into a winter wonderland with 175 artists creating, displaying and selling original creations over the course of five weekends. The Winter Fantasy offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. Enjoy live entertainment, outdoor cafes, art classes & demos, a petting zoo, Santa and much more. Great holiday photo opportunities! Tickets: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 6 - 12; under age 5 are free. Season passes for $12 are also available. Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. Call 949.494.3030.


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