There’s always something to look forward to celebrating with the many fairs and festivals in Orange County. Take a look at this list and find the next great OC event to enjoy with friends and family. Don’t miss out on all the fun Orange County has to offer.
Winter Fest OC
December 21 – January 7
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626
Enjoy the magic of winter at Winter Fest OC with Santa, snow, carnival games, delicious food, and more. Stroll through ten holiday themed lands in the Festival of Lights, build a snowman in the snow play area, and explore Alpine Village where guests will enjoy a snow tubing slide, inflatable maze, craft tent, and food trucks. There’s a tree lighting ceremony every night at 5:30 with fresh falling snow and a parade, with fireworks to light up the sky. Kids will delight in the magic that Winter Fest offers including the petting zoo, bounce houses, and Meet & Greets with favorite characters like Thomas the Train, PAW Patrol, and Rusty Rivets. The whole family will feel the spirit of the season as they wander through the winter wonderland.
Black History Parade & Cultural Faire
February 2, 2019
West Center Street Promenade, Anaheim CA
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Black History Parade & Cultural Faire is held every year on the first Saturday in February to kick off Black History Month. Now in its 36th year, the annual event is organized by the Orange County Heritage Council and was founded by Helen Shipp. The parade features “noted community members and elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas.” The parade is followed by the cultural faire which includes educational and informational booths and activities, vendor and business booths, youth village and activities, health information and screenings, entertainment, and food.
Laguna Beach Music Festival
February 6 – 10, 2019
606 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates classical and contemporary music. The event includes concerts, community outreach and educational programs, and special events. Guests will enjoy meet-the-artist events, salons, rehearsals, discussions, and during festival week, local schoolchildren will enjoy live music in school. Festival events include the Festival Prelude at the Laguna Art Museum and the Music Meets Dance Opening Night Event.
February 8 – 10, 2019
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
$6 per person, ages 2 and under free
The Tet Festival is the celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in Vietnamese culture. According to the Festival page, “Tết celebrates the arrival of a new spring where families reunite, enjoy each other’s company, forget about the troubles of the previous year and look forward to a better upcoming year.” The Tet Festival includes a Vietnamese Culture Village with exhibits, galleries, performers, vendors, and replicas of traditional Vietnamese villages. There are also several contests to enter, including the Pho eating contest, balut eating contest, children’s pageant, dance contests and more.
Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration
February 23 – 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
The Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating 23 years in business and will be hosting a weekend of fun with $2 tickets for train rides – the original price for a train ride when they opened in 1996. There are many other events during the anniversary celebration including panning for gold, carnival games, moon bounce, hay rides and face painting. Activities are one to two tickets per person and cost $2 per ticket. Free activities include live entertainment, raffle, and picture stands. Popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream can be purchased for $2 each. Additional food and drinks are available for purchase at the train depot snack bar.
Dana Point Festival of Whales
March 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2019
Dana Point Harbor
34555 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
The Festival of Whales is a popular annual event that celebrates the return of the Gray Whales that migrate off our Coast. The two-weekend event will feature multiple events for the whole family including whale watching excursions, sand sculpture competitions, paddle board clinics, water play, art lessons, car shows, educational lectures, live music, great food, kids fishing clinics, and a parade to kick the whole thing off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd.
Orange County Food & Wine Festival
March 3, 2019
Marconi Automotive Museum
1302 Industrial Dr, Tustin, CA 92780
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Orange County Food & Wine Festival is an annual fundraiser that benefits selected youth charities and programs. Participants will enjoy food and wine from leading Orange County restaurants and wine from California wineries located in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and the Santa Barbara areas. The event will also include gifts, products, travel and entertainment items in our silent and live auctions. The venue showcases a collection of high performance race cars, street cars, and other collector’s vehicles and memorabilia.
Musink Music Festival & Tattoo Convention
March 8 – 10, 2019
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Musink Festival is back again. Now in its 12th year, the event, presented by Blink 182 member Travis Barker, will be packing 1000s of tattoo artists and msuic lovers into the OC Fair and Event Center for the 3-day festival and convention. There will be performances by over 10 bands including Orange County’s own Suicidal Tendencies, plus TSOL, Limp Bizkit, Hatebreed, Travis Barker, The Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, Anti-Flag, and more. The event also features a car show, a vendor village, tattoo contests, and the Miss Musink Competition.
OC Wine Fest
March 9 – 10, 2019
A Stones Throw Winery
29943 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The 2nd Annual OCWineFest brings wines and craft brews from all over the world to the historic Swanner House at A Stones Throw Winery. The fun, laid back event also features boutiques, gourmet bites for tasting, artisan vendors with goods for sale, live presentations, a DJ, and a commemorative glass. Educational lectures are available with additional ticket purchase.
OC Cherry Blossom Festival
March 15-17, 2019
Huntington Beach Central Park Bandstand
18000 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The annual Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in Huntington Beach Central Park near the bandstand located behind the Central Library. The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese American Culture in Southern California. The 3-day event is free and open to the public and includes a variety of family-friendly activities. There will be over 20 performers and musical groups, more than 50 vendors, a Sakura Night Market on Friday and Saturday, contests and dancing, arts and crafts, exhibits, games, and so much more. The Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its sixth year, was started by a Girl Scout who wanted to showcase Japanese Culture in Huntington Beach.
Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Faire
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Downtown San Juan Capistrano
Parade begins at 11:00 a.m.
The Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire are the culminating events for the three month long festival celebrating the return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano from their winter home in Argentina. The parade is one of the largest non-motorized parades in America. The celebration dates back to the 1930s. The Swallows Day Parade is part of the Festival de los Golondrinas. The Festival includes multiple events such as the Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, Hoos’Gow Day, and more. The Mercado Street Faire offers delicious food, fun for the whole family, a kids play zone, shopping, and entertainment.
1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival
March 30, 2019
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival takes place at various locations around the country at different times. The purpose of the festival is to bring people in the community together with a mission to “help people to connect with their hopes, dreams, and loved ones, past and present.” The event includes live entertainment, music, food, and the lantern launch. Adults are $40, ages 10-13 are $15, and children 0-9 are free.
Coastal Country Jam
April 6, 2019
Huntington State Beach
21601 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Coastal Country Jam is a country music festival with art installations, food, line dancing, attractions, and beachside bars. Come out and enjoy headliners Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, and Dylan Scott. More artists will be announced prior to the event. Children five and under are free with any paid adult admission.
Wild West Steam Fest
April 6-7, 2019
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W. Harvard Street, Santa Ana, CA
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Wild West Steam Fest storms into town at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. The Old West and Steampunk merge into one, for a unique and exciting family-friendly event. Saturday is all about the Old West and Sunday is all about Steampunk. Come for one day, or both and enjoy all that the Wild West Steam Fest has to offer, including living history tours, cosplay, workshops, vendors, panels, live performances and more. A weekend pass is $40 for adults and $30 for youth.
April 12-14, 2019
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Imaginology is a STEAM fest that is free for all ages. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math come together to inspire and engage. The annual family event features hundreds of booths and vendors that offer information and hands-on activities to explore and discover. From making music to planting seeds, to building models of molecules with toothpicks and marshmallows. See science fair projects and live performances, find new hobbies and enter contests like building a scarecrow or a steampunk hat. Imaginology is packed with fun for the whole family.
Spring Garden Show
April 25 – 28, 2019
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The 30th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza is a four-day garden event that features 50 unique plant and garden vendors. Visitors will see 10 display gardens from leading landscape designers, and a 25-foot floral centerpiece. Guests can participate in more than 20 children’s events and activities and there will be daily seminars presented by industry professionals.
CA Wine Festival
April 26 – 27, 2019
April 26: Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dana Point Yacht Club
24399 Dana Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
April 27: Beachside Wine Festival 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lantern Bay Park
25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Wine lovers look forward to the annual California Wine Festival Events. The Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting event is an evening of some of the best, rarest wines from the region plus delicious delicacies from top chefs. The Beachside Wine Festival features hundreds of fine wines, regional craft brews, and a variety of foods to sample from local chefs. The event also features artisanal cheeses, breads, olive oil, salads, shellfish, chocolates, desserts, and more, plus live music for the afternoon oceanside event.
Back to the Beach Festival
April 27 -28, 2019
Huntington State Beach
21601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Back to the Beach Festival is a family music festival at Huntington State Beach that includes live music, craft beer and cocktails, beach games, artisans and vendors, food, and fun in the sand next to the Pacific Ocean. This year’s lineup includes Blink-182, The Used, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, Story So Far, Less Than Jake, and many more. The event will include a kidzone with healthy food options and play areas plus clean, shaded space with handwashing stations and family-only restrooms. Kids 10 and under are free to the event with a paid adult admission.
Spring Citrus Fair
May 3 – 5, 2019
321 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90631
The la Habra Spring Citrus Fair is a Youth Expo and Livestock Show. The three day event features a variety of exhibitions, vendors, carnival rides and games, and so much more. Participants will explore honey bee exhibits, robotics events, the livestock show and junior auction, enjoy dancing and entertainment, and mingling with friends and neighbors.
Brea Bonanza Days
May 17-19, 2019
Brea Bonanza Days is a three day country music festival held in the streets of Downtown Brea. The event features vendors and food, live music and dancing, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook Off
June 2, 2019
El Camino Real & E. Main St. Tustin, CA 92780
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook Off is held every year in Old Town Tustin. The World’s largest single-day chili cook-off features carnival rides and games, a salsa competition, a family plaza, family friendly contests, beer and wine booths, food booths, craft and vendor booths, entertainment, and music. Now in its 35th year, the Street Fair and Chili Cook off is an exciting community event for the whole family.
Doheny Surf & Art Festival
June 22 – 23, 2019
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Doheny Surf & Art Festival is an annual event at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point that celebrates the surf culture, art, and lifestyle of Southern California. This family-friendly event features a variety of activities and events including a vendor village, arts and collectibles, surf contests for kids and adults, a surf tricks exhibition, a beer garden, classic cars, live entertainment, dancing, demonstrations, and more. This event is definitely worth a trip. Visitors to Doheny State Beach will find a visitors center with an aquarium featuring 6 tanks with tidepool displays and local marine life. Beach front camping is available here with 33 sites just steps from the sand. Call in advance to reserve your spot.
June 28 – September 1
935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily
General Admission $8, Seniors 65+ $6, Children 6-12 $4, Free for ages 5 and under
The Sawdust Festival began in 1966 and has become a well-known annual event in Laguna Beach featuring artwork from over 200 local artists including paintings, sculpture, photography, clothing, and more. The festival includes a variety of special events throughout the summer including theme days such as Country Western Day, Mardi Gras Day, and Beatles Day. Visitors can also enjoy Taco Tuesday, Art Alive!, fashion shows, auctions, and live entertainment from musical acts and roving performers. Food and refreshments are available for purchase at the festival from a selection of vendors including Deb’s Deli, the Sawdust Saloon, Fran’s Popcorn, Evan’s Gourmet Bistro, and more. The family friendly event offers something for art lovers of all interests. At classes are also available during the Sawdust Festival.
Festival of Arts
July 5 – August 31
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Weekdays 12:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $5 – $15
The Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is a community tradition that has taken place since 1932, along with Pageant of the Masters. The Festival displays artwork from 140 artists from Orange County, displaying all forms of art including paintings, jewelry, clothing, wood, sculpture, and more, most of which is available to purchase. The event also features art workshops for all ages, demonstrations, art tours, live entertainment and more. There are on-site restaurants to enjoy and a variety of special events including concerts on the green, fashion shows, Tribute Tuesdays, Art & Story Time, Family Art Day, and more.
Pageant of the Masters
July 7 – August 31
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tickets range from $15 – $240
The Pageant of the Masters is a Laguna Beach tradition that began in 1932. Every year, the community comes together to put on a 90-minute theatrical performance, bringing a selected classic or contemporary artwork to life on stage with live actors, recreated artwork as the set, and musical accompaniment by a full orchestra. A narrator tells the story of the famous work of art, taking audience members through a theatrical experience unlike any other. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and drinks, and guests over 21 may bring their own alcohol. There are also two on-site restaurants to purchase food and drinks at the event. Attendees to the Pageant of the Masters may also enjoy the Festival of Arts event.
Orange County Fair
July 12 – August 11, 2019
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open Wednesday through Sunday until Midnight
General Admission (13-59) $12 Wednesday – Friday, $14 Saturday & Sunday
Youth & Seniors $7 (ages 5 and under are free)
Parking $10 per car
The Orange County Fair is the event of the summer. People from all over Southern California can come to the family friendly event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The delicious fair food will delight diners big and small with eats and treats for every appetite from traditional favorites like roasted corn on the cob and funnel cake, to new and unique options like Caramel Crack Fries and spaghetti donuts. The Pacific Amphitheater will feature headlining musical acts and performances, and local entertainment is featured in The Hangar. Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel and other classic fair rides in the midway or try your hand at winning at one of the many carnival games here. Exhibits, shopping, vendor display booths, and special events are located throughout the fairgrounds. Get your fill of action at the Sports Arena with rodeos, derbies, monster trucks and much more.
Cypress Community Festival
July 27, 2019
Oak Knoll Park
9600 Graham St, Cypress, CA 90630
The Cypress Community Festival is a celebration that originated when Cypress was a community with more cows than people, and the town was called Dairy City. The celebration kicks off with a 5K/10K Run Walk, and is followed by a day packed full of events including a car show, chili and salsa cook off, vendor and information booths, a business expo, arts and crafts activities, live entertainment, games and rides, public safety island with booths and demonstrations from local police and firefighters, softball games, and more.
Center Street Promenade Anaheim
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The annual Vegan Faire in Anaheim is presented by Healthy Junk, a local vegan cafe with a mission to promote the vegan lifestyle. The one-day Vegan Faire will be celebrating with food, entertainment, dancing, goods, and more with an expected draw of 6,000+ attendees for this exciting event. Listen to reggae bands on the Main Stage, quench your thirst at the beer garden, or “paint your heart out” with artist Kim Tabay. The Vegan Faire is a free community event showcasing a wide selection of healthy lifestyle goods and services and local artisans. There will also be booths and workshops focusing on food, the environment, and wellness.
Orange International Street Fair
The Weekend Before Labor Day
Old Towne Orange Plaza at Glassel & Chapman
5 p.m. to 10 p.m Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Free street parking in surrounding neighborhoods; fee collected at public lots
The Orange International Street Fair started in 1973 and highlights food and entertainment of the different cultures throughout the world. Participants can sample and purchase food from Germany, Polynesia, Italy, Greece, Asia, Lebanon, Mexico, and more. Little one’s will enjoy Children’s Street with an entire section dedicated to entertaining and educating through games, crafts, and snacks. Informational booths and vendors selling goods line the streets and multiple stages throughout the area provide culturally diverse live entertainment.
Festival of Children
September 1- September 30
South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Saturdays and Sundays during mall hours
The month of September is National Child Awareness Month. For 17 years, the Festival of Children has raised awareness for charities and organizations that work to improve the lives of children in the United States. The event features a variety of fun, family focused entertainment and activities including free Lego builds, face painting, performances by local groups, Back to School Fashion Shows, construction with canned goods, and so much more. Come out and support these great sponsors and learn how you can help improve the lives of children in your own community and around the country.
Dana Point Tall Ships Festival
September 7 – 9
Dana Point Harbor, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, California 92629
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Some activities go later)
Tickets are required for admission; $8 (ages 8-13) $10 (ages 14 & up)
Some activities may require an additional purchase
Free parking at Dana Hills High School & Strand Vista Park
Celebrate California’s maritime history at the annual Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point. A fleet of historic tall ships sail into Dana Point Harbor with historical reenactors working as crews on the ships and living history displays that include adventures with pirates and mermaids, cannon fights, and tours of the ships. Participate in the tall ship Parade of Sails and enjoy a trip sailing on the ocean, or enjoy Sails n Ales for a craft brewery tasting experience and views of the Parade of Sails. Kids will enjoy having breakfast with a mermaid or learning to be a pirate at Cap’n Jacks Pirate School. Throughout the weekend, the festival will have many activities for the whole family to enjoy from squid dissections and sailor’s life tours to candle making, gold panning, and knot tying. There will be plenty of food available for purchase from local restaurants and food trucks. There will also be live music to enjoy. Bring the family and enjoy a day at the harbor for this fun annual event.
September 9 – October 28
Old World Huntington Beach, 7561 Center Avenue, Huntington Beach, California, 92647
Open Wednesday through Sunday, times vary
Wednesday & Thursday, Free admission; Friday & Saturday $10 – $15; Sunday $3 – $7
Free admission with valid Military ID every day
Old World Huntington Beach has hosted Orange County’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration since 1977. The annual festival features traditional German food, German bands, competitions, events, and German beer. Old World is a small village-like area known for it’s traditional German restaurant and fun special events. Enjoy some of the best Bratwurst in town, saurkraut, German potato salad and much more. Participants won’t want to miss the Oktoberfest Parade that travels through nearby Bella Terra shopping center and ends at the Old World Festival Hall. The parade will include historic horse-drawn carriages, traditionally decorated floats, and the Oktoberfest bands. The 2018 parade will be held on September 30 at 2:00 p.m. Every Sunday is Kinderfest, a family friendly day of celebrating with dog races, carnival games, face painting, a bouncy house, DoDo the chicken, and a dance floor for everyone to join in dancing to the popular song, the Chicken Dance. There will be a doggy dress up and kid’s costume party on the last day of Oktoberfest, October 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dachshund races will be held every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Old World Beer Garden.
Tacos & Taps – Anaheim Fest of Ales
September 15 (Tickets on Sale July 15)
Downtown Anaheim at 201 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Come out for Anaheim’s annual Fest of Ales, with a twist. Enjoy beer from local craft breweries and vote for your favorite while dining on delicious food from taco vendors. The event will feature live music and games. The winning brewery takes home the Mayors Trophy, and the best taco wins the Taco Supreme Trophy. Come out and enjoy this fun, one night festival with delicious food and drinks.
Irvine Global Village Festival
Orange County Great Park – 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Irvine Global Village Festival celebrates cultures from around the world, with music and performances from over 100 groups and entertainers. Multi-cultural food will be available to purchase from over 40 local restaurants and food trucks. Shop for international goods from vendors and artisans offering textiles, gifts, crafts, and art. The Kid’s Village will include kid-inspired music, crafts, sports, and games, as well as kid-friendly food options. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day including martial arts, tennis, crafting, music, and dancing. Educational and interactive exhibits will be available for guests to learn and enjoy.
San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival
San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The annual San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival is returning in September at a new location, the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Come out for a weekend of fun celebrating Greek culture through dancing lessons, performances, live music, a market with vendors, children’s activities, and food and drink available to purchase. Try a delicious gyro or decadent Greek pastries and enjoy shopping, dancing, and exploring the event all weekend long.
Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Orange Coast College – 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Children’s Book Festival in Orange County is fun for the whole family and proves that reading is cool. Guests will be able to visit booths of booksellers, educators, literacy organizations, vendors, and more. There are more than 120 authors and over 25 illustrators in attendance. Guests can visit a variety of stages including the Illustrators Stage to see how popular characters are drawn, a Favorite Authors Stage where authors will read from popular children’s books, a teen stage with discussion panels, an entertainment stage, and more. There will also be a wild animal stage and a live petting zoo. Plenty of food vendors will be available to purchase meals to feed hungry readers of all ages.
The Vintage Food & Wine Festival
October 5, 2019
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The annual Vintage Food & Wine Festival is held at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and features delicious dishes from over 40 dining establishments, plus samples from local wineries, breweries, and spirit makers. The event includes live music and an opportunity drawing. Ticket prices include unlimited tastes for the evening. Optional mixed drinks from the no-host bar are available for purchase. Don’t miss this exciting annual event that features the best bites and beverages that San Juan Capistrano has to offer.
Tustin Tiller Days
17522 Beneta Way Tustin, CA 92780
Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$10 event parking, or free street parking where available
Tustin Tiller Days has been a regular tradition since 1957, celebrating Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Local non-profit organizations get the opportunity to promote their cause and raise funds, while participants enjoy carnival rides and games, delicious foods, and browsing booths of local merchants and artisans. New this year is a preview night on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with all rides only $2. Tustin Tiller Days will include an annual pancake breakfast on October 6th from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Tustin Library Courtyard for $5 per person, followed by the Tiller Days Parade at 10:00 a.m. starting on the corner of Main and Pacific and finishing up at Prospect and Beneta at the festival grounds. There will be a Backyard Brew Festival Hand Crafted Beer Tasting, a Tiny Tillers pageant, and live entertainment.
San Clemente Seafest
San Clemente Pier – 611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free admission, $8 for chowder tasting (includes five tastings)
The 31st Annual San Clemente Seafest is set to be held at the San Clemente Pier in October. The free community event features a chowder cook-off ($8 for five tastings), a surf competition, fresh seafood from Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar, contests for kids and teens, arts and crafts exhibits and activities for kids, entertainment, and a search and rescue demo from the U.S. Coast Guard. Come out for a great day at the beach packed with fun activities for the whole family.
Silverado Country Fair & Folk Festival
October 13 – 14
Silverado Community Center – 27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA, 92676
Saturday Fair: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday Live Music until 10:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to dusk.
Adults $6, Kids ages 4-12 $3.
The Silverado Country Fair & Folk Festival has been a community tradition since 1970. The event kicks off Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the “Unparade” led by the notorious wagon driven Silverado Outlaws! The unparade will include Western horseback riders, members of the Acjachemen tribe, scouts, dancers, and classic cars along Silverado Canyon Road to the “fairgrounds. Watch out for the live action robbery and gunfight at the Silverado Café and Canyon Market. Wear your favorite hillbilly western wear and join the fair to enjoy music from folk and country bands, local arts & crafts merchants, 1800s period activities, fun contests, delicious food, a kid’s pumpkin patch, and much more. Don’t miss the wild west reenactments throughout the weekend and enjoy the demonstrations, dancing, food, and fun.
The Great Pacific Airshow
Huntington Beach Pier
Ticket prices start at $99
Airshow: Noon – 4:00 p.m. daily
Beach & Street Festival: All day
The Great Pacific Airshow is coming to Huntington Beach once again (formerly the Breitling Airshow). All weekend long, viewers will enjoy flyovers and performances from a variety of planes including The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Gregory “Wired” Colyer T-33 “Ace Maker II”, U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo, the FedEx 757, Blackstone Aviation, HB Police Department Air Support, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Air Support, Mike Wiskus Lucas Oil Aerobatics, and Lyon’s Air Museum C-47 Skytrain. In addition to air displays, the beach and pier will feature festival activities and vendors. The main seating area for the air show that requires tickets will be on the south side of the pier. Ticket prices vary, beginning at $99 for early bird general seating and extending to over $1000 for group tables. Parking for the event is in the Huntington City and State Beach lots, or farther down at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Street parking may be found in the nearby communities. Beach parking fills up early.
California Wine Festival
October 25-26, 2019
Paséa Hotel & Spa – 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Friday: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ticket Price TBA
The California Wine Festival is one of the most prestigious events in Southern California, featuring California’s best wineries offering rare and vintage wines, complemented by delicious gourmet appetizers prepared by the region’s top chefs and specialty food purveyors. Guests will enjoy live music and ocean views at the Pasea Hotel & Spa. Friday’s event is the Sunset Rare & Reserve, with live jazz, a champagne reception, and trophy wines. Saturday’s event is the Beachside Wine Festival, which will be held both indoors and out, in the warm Southern California sun with an ocean breeze.
Heidi Deal is the author of the 6th edition of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles (includes Orange County), an expert at exploring all that Orange County has to offer, and a children’s book author specializing in history and improving human rights.