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We're always in the process of updating our posted events, but would like to encourage you to click on the links below to get current updates. Due to ongoing health department restrictions, some events may experience date or venue changes.

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October

Halloween Events

Haunted Houses, parades, carnivals and much more!

Many events running throughout the month of October.

Newport Beach Film Festival - Newport Beach
October 21-28, 2021

Set in beautiful Newport Beach, a few blocks away from spectacular coastline and less than an hour from Hollywood, the Festival annually host several premieres and galas for a singular festival experience. This year's festival will be screening over 300 features and short films and welcoming over 500 filmmakers and 50,000 film fans to Orange County.

LOCATION:
Various theaters in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa & Santa Ana

CONTACT:
949-253-2880

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Costa Mesa
Special reading challenge will begin October 22, 2021. The Festival will return in 2022.

For 2021 - Announcing an out-of-this-world event presented by the Orange County Children’s Book Festival Launching on October 22, 2021 is the first S.T.E.A.M. Race to Space Reading Challenge! Rocket over to ReadSteam.org to learn more!

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

Walk to End Alzheimer's - San Clemente
October 23, 2021
Registration at 8 a.m.
Ceremony at 9 a.m.
Walk at 9:30 a.m.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don't stop when something's in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

Walk to End Alzheimer's is happening — and you can join us at your local event or Walk From Home in your neighborhood. No matter where you participate, know that your health and safety are our top priorities. All local events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, we ask that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site.

LOCATION:
Outlets at San Clemente
101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92672

16th Japanese Classic Car Show - Anaheim
Saturday, October 30, 2021
9 am - 3 pm

America's 1st & Original Large Scale Japanese Car Show Dedicated to Old School Japanese Cars at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. More than 400 of all Japanese brands automobiles of 60s to 90’s kyusha will be gathered.

This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our show within a show, the Japanese Classic Motorcycle Show! We will also honor those we lost last year, including Hot Wheels designer Ryu Asada and Yutaka “Mr K” Katayama’s friend and assistant, Johnnie Gable. And of course, our title sponsors such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Acura and Yokohama Tire will have large displays as well. As a special bonus, because this year’s show falls close to Halloween, we welcome JDM-themed costumes

LOCATION:
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim CA 92806

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
Ticket $15/ adult & kids under 12 are free with an adult entry

Comedy & Motown Tributes with After Party 70's Dance - Westminster
Saturday, October 30, 2021
7:30pm – Showtime
9:30pm – After Party 70’s Dance

We have a fun way for you to meet new people!

Legends of Motown Comedy Slamm
Hosted by Lamont Bonman (TBN’s Comedy Specials). This show will feature:

BATTLE OF THE MILLENNIUM
KING OF POP (by Rem J) vs PRINCE (by Jahm Star)
ARETHA FRANKLIN (by Vickey Love) vs DIANA ROSS (by Candy Cretekos) Enjoy the
The Hilarious MONTY B. SHARPTON
The Seville Band as SMOKEY ROBINSON and THE MIRACLES
AND MUCH MORE!

70's Dance Party
Have fun at the 70’s Dance Party at the beautiful, new QD VENUE. DJ Felony will play a variety of 70’s music, R&B, Salsa, Line Dances & More.
The dance is included FREE with your show ticket, or you can get a "Dance Only" ticket.

LOCATION:
QD VENUE
7724 Garden Grove Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
**GENERAL TICKETS $25 prepaid/$35 at door
**VIP SILVER $30 prepaid/$40 at door
**VIP GOLD Table $47 prepaid/$57 at door
**DANCE ONLY 9:30-Midnight: $10 prepaid/$15 at door
CALL: 714/622-4977 or online

70's Dance Party - Westminster
Saturday, October 30, 2021
9:30pm-midnight

Singles and couples are welcome. Ages 19 to 91!

70s DANCE PARTY with DJ Felony playing a variety of music including: 70s music, R & B, Salsa, Line Dances & More. Come out and have fun at this 70’s Dance Party at the beautiful, new QD VENUE. Costumes are optional (G-rated please). Mention this party for discounts at AliciasCostumes.com

LOCATION:
QD VENUE
7724 Garden Grove Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683

INFORMATION / TICKETS:
CALL: 714/622-4977 or online

Dance Only Tickets (9:30pm-midnight): $10 prepaid or $15 at the door or - a FREE DANCE TICKET when you purchase the full show The "Comedy & Motown Tributes" show ticket includes the dance (7:30pm-midnight): $25 prepaid or $35 at door

CALL 714/622-4977 to ask about the SILVER & GOLD VIP TABLES Tickets are non-refundable. Performers subject to change without notice.

Dinosaur Dash - Tustin
October 31, 2021

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.

LOCATION:
The Marketplace
Tustin

INFORMATION / HOTLINE:
714-832-3060

Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach
September 19 - October 31, 2021

This year's OKTOBERFEST has been modified!

Join us for a new casual drinking and dining experience in our spacious outdoor patio & Biergarten. Come enjoy the sounds of OKTOBERFEST with German Music, Food, and of course Imported Beer. OKTOBERFEST is different this year due to the pandemic, please note masks will be required upon entry and at all times when not seated at your designated area.

LOCATION:
Old World Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach

INFORMATION:
714-696-TAP1 (8271)

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November

Dia de los Muertos at Pretend City
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hola Amigos! Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Hispanic tradition that celebrates loved ones who have passed. At Pretend City, we are celebrating Dia de los Muertos with vibrant, educational activities for little ones. Bring a photo of your loved one to add to our special Altar and partake in the celebration!

• Smart Art (Times Vary): Colorful skulls are a symbol of Dia de los Muertos. Stop by the Art Studio to explore sugar cubes and watercolor, along with sugar skull molds and sensory materials!

• Sensational Storytime: Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember loved ones who have passed on from this life. Join us for this short story that introduces the traditions of this celebration and how we can honor our deceased loved ones. After the story, children will make their very own marigold to take home.

COST: Included with Museum Admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

A Taste of San Clemente - San Clemente
Friday, November 5, 2021
6-10 pm

Join us at the beautiful and historic Casino San Clemente for live music and dancing, delicious food and tastings from our favorite area vineyards and microbrews. 2021 will mark the 30th year celebrating the Taste of San Clemente, and will deliver a refreshed and exquisite format.

The cocktail-style event will include complimentary valet parking, a commemorative Taste of San Clemente wine glass or beer mug and a fabulous silent auction with over forty wonderful baskets and gifts.

INFORMATION:
949-492-1131

2021 SDCCU OC Running Festival- Newport Beach
November 6-7, 2021

2021 SDCCU OC Running Festival races will include the OC Half Marathon, the OC 5K, and Kids Run the OC. Virtual and In person runs will be available.

INFORMATION:
(949) 222-3327

Free Online Workship: Creating a Culture of Enthusiasm - Online
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
9:00 - 10:30 am

Free Online Webinar

Today, with so many things causing an increased amount of stress on employees, many organizations are dealing with eroding employee morale and energy levels. This interactive 90-minute webinar will be focused on driving five interrelated areas for your team: self-confidence, people skills, communication, leadership, and worry and stress. In today’s work environment where risk, challenge, competition, and change go together, we call these fundamentals the Five Drivers of Success.

What You’ll Learn
In this webinar, you will examine tools to help develop skills for yourself and your team to be more flexible, enthusiastic, open, and approachable. Leveraging these tools will help reengage your team and gain their enthusiastic cooperation enabling you and your organization to be more productive.

LOCATION:
Online - Dale Carnegie of Orange County

INFORMATION:
949-833-3253

Coast Film Festival - Laguna Beach
November 10-14, 2021

Located in the iconic coastal art community of Laguna Beach, CA, Coast Film Festival is a multi-day film and art festival that showcases filmmakers, artists and social changemakers that feature topics related to the land and sea. Founded in 2019, Coast Film Festival crisscrosses the globe in search of diverse and inspiring films about people and cultures from the worlds of action sports, outdoor adventure, and environmental conservation; those who approach life with an unyielding sense of curiosity about the world around them. CFF donates a portion of the event proceeds to support social causes that support up-and-coming filmmakers, and a variety of environmental awareness and activism efforts.

LOCATION:
At Festival of Arts and other theaters throughout Laguna Beach

TICKETS / INFORMATION:
Online

Veteran's Day Events
Thursday, November 11, 2021

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

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World Kindness Day at Pretend City
Saturday, November 13, 2021

We strive to teach little ones how to develop their moral compass and character traits. For World Kindness Day, we are focusing on activities that promote the importance of kindness!

• Smart Art (Times Vary): Kindness Rocks > We think being kind is cool! Stop by the Art Studio to create a kindness rock that will remind your little gem to be kind every day.

• Sensational Storytime: Please join us for this beautifully presented book, “Whoever You Are,” that teaches children the basics of good manners and gracious behavior. We’ll also learn how to express some basic phrases in sign language.

COST: Included with Museum Admission.

LOCATION:
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA

Surfing Santa Competition - Dana Point
November 20-21, 2021

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.

LOCATION:
Salt Creek Beach
Dana, Point, CA

INFORMATION:
949.240.5088

Swedish Christmas Fair - Huntington Beach
Saturday, November 21, 2021
11AM- 4PM

The SWEA Christmas Fair is an amazing collection of handmade gifts, clothing, crafts, baked goods, unique Christmas decorations, sweets, treats, Swedish themed artwork, paintings, food, festivities and Glogg.

The Swedish Womens Education Association of Orange County (SWEA) will hold their annual Christmas Fair at Old World, Huntington Beach, right before the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. This will be the 7th year the SWEA Christmas Fair comes to Old World. The SWEA Christmas Fair, takes full advantage of the large Old world Festival Hall and spacious outside patio and beer garden to accommodate the large number of vendors and the 1,000+ people that attend the event.

LOCATION:
Old World Village Festival Hall
7561 Center Avenue #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA

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.


INFORMATION:
949-496-1555

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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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