November is a time of reflection, to give thanks for all that 2019 has given you and the ones you love. With events like these, there is plenty to be thankful for at the start of this holiday season!
A Taste of San Clemente Nov. 1
Held under the stars, this annual event serves up culinary masterpieces from over twenty of the area’s finest restaurants, as well as sixteen premium wineries from throughout California, ice cold Microbrews and more. Includes a complimentary “Taste of San Clemente” wine glass or beer mug, food, wine, entertainment, and valet parking.
6-10pm / Casino San Clemente
Discovery Cube Presents: Pumpkin Launch Nov. 2
Pumpkin Launch is a free community event for students and families to participate in a fun-filled STEM festival at a university campus. Contestants use the principles of STEM to build trebuchet machines that send pumpkins high in the sky and towards targets that line the field.
10am-2pm / Cal State Fullerton
Art Exhibit and Sale Nov. 2
Opportunity for art lovers to view and purchase original artwork. This multi-media art show will feature live music, paintings, drawings and other original fine artwork by local artists.
10am-3pm / Laguna Niguel City Hall
Orange Dia De Los Muertos Nov. 2
Iconic Mariachis, Folkloric Dancers, and music native of the state of Veracruz, featuring the talented Los Danzantes del Sol. There will also be face painting, treats and giveaway prizes.
5-9pm / Moreno’s Restaurant
Exposure Open 2019 Nov. 2
Already registered are over 120 participants from 20 countries around the globe. With over 5 thousand attendees each year this free public event is family-friendly with game zones, interactive booths, and so much more.
9am-8pm / Vans Skate Park, Huntington Beach
Los Alamitos Museum’s Christmas Craft Fair Nov. 2-3
Woodwork, handmade goods, jewelry, candies, Christmas decor. Sat 2-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm / 11062 Los Alamitos Blvd.
Arts & Crafts Bonanza Nov. 2-3
Laguna Woods Village’s talented artists and craftsmen present an extensive collection of works for purchase. Browse a unique array of gifts, home décor, wall art, jewelry, accessories and more. This event will also have live music, food for purchase and beer/wine.
9am-3pm / Laguna Woods Village
Dinosaur Dash Nov. 3
This year you can run and ride for education! 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.
The Marketplace, Tustin
AVCA Children’s Concert Nov. 7
This is a free concert, geared towards children and their parents. Hullabaloo band members write songs that make kids laugh, think, sing and dance. 11am / Grand Park/Town Center Amphitheater, Aliso Viejo
Coast Film Festival Nov. 7-9
It will be a celebration of everything coast related shared through the best of film, photography, art, and music. The purpose is to bolster awareness and participation with this incredible resource as well as educate the public on how best it should be enjoyed and cared for.
City of Laguna Beach
Cypress Veterans Day Luncheon Nov. 8
Veterans will receive a complimentary lunch and are asked to check-in between 10:15-10:45 am to ensure their spot. Regular check-in will begin at 10:45 am. Lunch is on a first-come, first-served basis.
10am-1pm / Cypress Senior Center
Senior Health & Wellness Fair Nov. 8
Receive a flu shot and participate in other health screenings. Learn about programs and services for seniors and caregivers.
9am-12pm / La Habra Community Center
Costa Mesa Salute to Veterans Nov. 9
Featuring music, food, and activities for kids. The A-4M Skyhawk memorial dedication ceremony will begin at 11am.
10am-2pm / OC Fair & Event Center
Honoring Our Vets Nov. 9
An interactive event for families, veterans, active-duty military and our wonderful community.
5-9pm / Los Alamitos Race Course
St. Martin’s Lantern Fest & Parade Nov. 10
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 freezing winter night.
5-8 pm/ Old World Village Festival Hall, Huntington Beach
CBA Holiday Harvest Gathering Nov. 13
Appetizers from the Yorba Linda Country Club. Cash Bar. Please bring a door prize for extra recognition.
6-8pm / Yorba Linda Country Club
Meet on the Beach Nov. 17
From the hills of La Habra, down to the ocean at Huntington Beach, enjoy 1.5 miles of open streets, bike and pedestrian-friendly activities, live performances, food, giveaways and much more at seven pop-up sites along or nearby Beach Boulevard.
La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster, and Huntington Beach
Holiday Home Tour and Gift Boutique Nov. 22
A tour of three beautiful homes and a garden tour of a neighboring home. All the homes are decorated for the holidays and feature fantastic views and fabulous landscaping. Lunch is included in the ticket price and served at the Clifton Miller Community Center, where guests can view and purchase special items from over 30 vendors.
10am-5pm / Clifton Miller Community Center, Tustin
Surfing Santa Competition Nov. 23-24
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
Plymouth Rock N’ Run 5k Nov. 28
The 5k, 10k and a new 10-mile course are around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park, and the Santa Ana River trail. A finish-line festival with a silent auction, costume contest, food, fun and more! All of the funds raised will directly support the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC, Irvine.
6 am/ Anaheim Hills
Dana Point Turkey Trot Nov. 28
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.
Dana Point Harbor
Causelife Turkey Trot Nov. 28
This 5K/10K Turkey Trot features a flat ocean-front course and a 1K walk for kids 12 and under. Funds raised from this event go to Causelife, which provides clean water to those in need in developing countries.
7-11am / Huntington City Beach
Turkey Trot on the Ranch Nov. 28
The race features a 5K and 1K Little Gobbler’s run. Start a new family tradition and join the fun! Proceeds from the race will benefit The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo connecting Orange County residents to nature through school programs, on-site education, and recreation.
7:30 am/ The Pavilion & Sendero Field, Rancho Mission Viejo
Lighting of the Bay Nov. 30
Live chorale and concert performances by various artists, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations.
3-8 pm/ Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort