There are many Fall activities in and around the Orange County area to enjoy with the whole family. From apple picking and pumpkin patches to haunted houses and hay rides, here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss this fall.
Please visit our Halloween Events and Fairs & Festivals pages for a full list of fall festivals and Halloween events and check out this list of Fall Activities and fun things to do.
Fall Bucket List
Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade
Broadway & Clementine, Anaheim, CA
The community of Anaheim has taken to the streets for nearly 100 years, celebrating the season with a Fall Festival and Halloween Parade. Guests 12 and under are invited to dress up in their best Halloween attire and take part in the Kiddie Costume Contest. The best-dressed pets can take part in the Halloween Pooch Pawrade. The parade travels down Center Street Promenade through Downtown and ends at the Anaheim Packing House. The first Anaheim Halloween parade was held in 1924, and led by baseball legends Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson. At the peak of popularity, the Anaheim parade drew nearly 150,000 spectators into the streets, and the event was televised in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Apple Picking in Oak Glen
12201 S. Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399
Labor Day – Thanksgiving Weekend
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Weekdays by appointment only
Not in Orange County, but so close you can almost smell the cider. About an hour’s drive takes you to Oak Glen where you can enjoy one of the best fall traditions – apple picking. Riley’s Apple Farm is the original SoCal destination for this outing and they have more than just apples. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities (for a fee) including tomahawk and knife throwing, cider pressing, and archery. Enjoy a delicious lunch on weekends at the snack bar with BBQ chicken apple sausage, apple pie, sub sandwiches, cider floats, and raspberry shakes. Riley’s also features a gift shop and native wood for sale so you can stock up on logs for cozy fall evenings by the fireplace. There are several other ranches, orchards, and restaurants in the area to explore including Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho with picnic grounds and nature trails to explore.
Find more U-Pick fun at these SoCal U-Pick Farms, Orchards, and Tours.
Discovery Cube OC’s Annual Pumpkin Launch
Cal State Fullerton – 800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Every year, Discovery Cube OC teams up with Cal State Fullerton for a smashing STEM event. Pumpkin Launch contestants use their engineering skills to build trebuchet machines that send the pumpkins sky-bound at the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Field. In addition to watching pumpkins launch and smash into targets, spectators will enjoy a variety of fun challenges and hands-on activities. Food trucks will be on site for visitors to purchase food and drinks at this fun annual event suitable for the whole family.
Fall Festival & Market
Union Market Mission Viejo
4PM – 9PM
Celebrate the season with free train rides, candy apple decorating, crafts, food, shopping, and live music!
Great Park Balloon Jack-O-Lantern
6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
Guests are invited to the Orange County Great Park to see the big orange balloon transformed into a giant jack-o-lantern. Every year a large crane lifts balloon pilots up into the air to attach the black vinyl tarp to the side of the balloon. “Jack,” as the Great Park Pumpkin is affectionately known as, will remain in the park until November 1st.
Irvine Nights: Fall Fest
Orange County Great Park
Palm Court, Carousel Plaza & Hangar 244
8000 Great Park Blvd, Irvine, CA
Irvine Nights: Fall Fest is a food and entertainment festival celebrating the best of Irvine. Focusing on local & international gourmet snacks & foods community entertainment, shopping, fall-time kids activities, activities, costume contest, kids dance party, lawn games, live music and wine/beer. Plus unique and exciting attractions including evening activities for residents and visitors alike.
Irvine Global Village Festival
Orange County Great Park
6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA
The Irvine Global Village Festival returns to Great Park for a full day of food, art, music, and a celebration of Irvine’s diverse community. Celebrate 20 years of fun as the annual festival incorporates the best of Irvine’s historic fall festivals and includes kids’ activities, local and global cuisine, an artisan’s marketplace, music, art, and exhibits.
Turkey Trots and Fun Runs
There are many 5Ks, 10K, marathons, and fun runs happening during the fall season. See our list of events that are lined up for 2022.
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, CA
Parking Passes are required. They are free Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 11:30 a.m. From 12PM Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday, parking is $10.
Admission $10 per person
Please see the Tanaka Farms page for full details.
Come out to the biggest Pumpkin Patch in town at Tanaka Farms. Visitors can wander the fields and choose their own pumpkin from acres of pumpkins. Visitors can also enjoy wagon hayrides; a petting zoo with goats, sheep, and an alpaca; a corn maze; and a u-pick vegetable patch.
More Pumpkin Patches
There are lots of fun pumpkin patches in and around Orange County to explore, play games, enjoy fall festivities, and pick your perfect pumpkin. Here’s a list of some of the best pumpkin patches OC has to offer.
Underwood Family Farms
Moorpark Farm Center
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA
Somis Farm Center
5696 E. Los Angeles Ave, Somis, CA
Both farms are open year round
Located about ninety minutes from Orange County these farms offer a variety of activities year round including a Fall Harvest with many activities lined up. The Animal Centers have baby pigs, bunnies, ducks, sheep, alpacas, chickens, and numerous other animals. The Farm Markets carry the includes many types of pickled vegetables, honey, nuts, juices, dried beans, farm fresh eggs and much more. You can even Pick Your Own (PYO) roma tomatoes, oranges and a variety of berries. Wagon rides are available on a first come, first served basis plus farm tours and camps.
More Farm Fun
Looking for more farm fun? Here’s a list of family friendly farms open to the public in and around Orange County.
Want to have some down home farm experiences? Check out these places to hitch a hay ride.
If you like to take the kids to see the animals, check out these local Petting Zoos.
Haunted Orange County
Did you know Orange County has many many haunted locations? This fall go on a historical ghost walk and explore the paranormal. Ghost walks are available through Old Town Orange, Santa Ana, San Juan Capistrano, Black Star Canyon, Fairhaven Cemetery and the historic Kellogg House.
More Haunted Locations
Check out these places in Orange County with haunted histories including Los Rios Street, The Anaheim White House, the Red Cross House, and even Disneyland!
If you’re up for a drive, head out to Calico Ghost Town. During the month of October, they have two weekends of Calico Ghost Haunt with trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, a carnival area, live entertainment, and haunted attractions.
Biergarten at Old World Huntington Beach
7561 Center Avenue #49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Get discounted Oktoberfest HB tickets through Goldstar discount tickets.
This Oktoberfest is one of the oldest running Oktoberfest events in California and is held in a real Bavarian village. The Oktoberfest includes chicken dancing, amazing German food (voted “Best Bratwurst” in California), over 60 beers on tap, Oom pah pah bands, DJs, Dachshund races, The Biergarten Shotzie Girls, competitions, craft cocktails all in a 10,000 square foot open air Biergarten and ginormous Fest Hall. There are activities for both adults, families and kids including family nights and kinderfest.
The Phoenix Club in Anaheim also hosts a great Oktoberfest.
There are several other Oktoberfest events throughout the Orange County area during September and October. See our list of Oktoberfest celebrations for details.
Get Into The Halloween Spirit
Here are a few ways to make the most of spooky (and not so spooky) season:
- 50 Halloween Activities & Fun Things To Do
- Dia De Los Muertos Events
- Doll In The Hall (Takes Elf on the Shelf to a new level!)
- Halloween Games for Kids
- Halloween Time At Disneyland
- Knott’s Scary Farm and Camp Spooky
Embrace The Fall Season
- 50 Fun Fall Things To Do
- Ways to Embrace The Fall Season
- Home Décor Ideas For Fall
- Go On A Fall Camping Trip
- Fall Programs with OC Parks
- Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities
- Volunteer Opportunities in OC
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