October Events in Orange County 2018
Plan your month with our October Events in Orange County 2018 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, Halloween festivals and our favorite fall activities!
Knott’s Scary Farm Sept. 20-Oct. 31
The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and
attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking
in the fog and hiding in every corner.
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park www.knotts.com
Octoberfest Orange County Sept. 29-Oct. 21
Every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy German beer, traditional Bavarian food,
live entertainment, dancing, music and more on the oceanfront.
12-8pm / Newport Dunes Waterfront www.octoberfestoc.com
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Summer Concert Series Through Oct. 12
Fridays. Another summer with world-class music, fine wine and dining at
the intimate Back Bay Amphitheatre of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road http://series.hyattconcerts.com
Huntington Beach Oktoberfest Through Oct. 28
Wed-Sun. Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken,
Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can enter
the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests and do the Chicken Dance!
Old World Festival Hall www.oldworld.ws
Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival Oct. 4-7
You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters,
taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and
sip from over 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews.
Newport Beach Civic Center www.newportwineandfood.com
Tustin Tiller Days Oct. 5-7
The event provides an opportinity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s
agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival,
rides, food and entertainment. Fri 4-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm / 17522 Beneta Way
714-573-3326 / www.tustintillerdays.org
Autumn Harvest Festival Oct. 6
Trick-or-Treat stations, Adventure Maze, and visit the Haunted School
House. Children of all ages can participate in ghoulish games, costume
contests and the pumpkin decorating zone.
4:30-8:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Oct. 6-14
North America’s most renowned, plein air landscape painters will compete
for prestigious prizes and participate for the week of events including
public paint outs and artist meet and greets.
Festival of Arts Grounds www.lagunapleinair.com
San Clemente Sea Fest Oct. 7
This event features a Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Surfing
Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard
Search & Rescue Demo Operation.
9:30am-3pm / San Clemente Pier www.scchamber.com
Sandcastle Contest Oct. 7
Thousands of sightseers will descend on “Big Corona Beach” to view
amazing sand sculptures created by participants ranging from the novice
to the expert.
10am-3:30pm / Corona del Mar State Beach www.newportbeach.com
Haunt at Heritage Hill Oct. 12-13
Haunted House, Mazes, Goblins, Music, Stage Performances, Classic
Horror Movie Screening. Wear your costume!
6:30-10:30pm / Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
949-923-2230 / www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage
Boot Hill Oct. 12-13, 19-21 & 26-28
The unearthly spirits from the Old West town of Bridgewood will materialize
for 8 nights, transforming the residence into the old church and cemetary
that once occupied this hallowed ground.
16 Goldenrod Lane, Irvine www.legendofboothill.com
Art in the Park Oct. 13
Stop by to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle
with the artists and craftspeople who will be exhibiting and selling their
original art and fine crafts.
10am-4pm / Newport Beach Civic Center
Spooktacular Fun Days Oct. 13-14
Enjoy traditional family-friendly fall activities such as a treat town, pumpkin
patch, petting zoo, entertainment, crafts, inflatables, face painting,
community booths, carnival games, food concessions and more.
9am-4pm / The Great Park, Irvine www.cityofirvine.org
Surf City 10 Miler/10K/5K Oct. 13-14
The spectacular 10K is long enough to challenge your endurance yet is the
perfect distance for achieving a PR. The Flat Fast course along California’s
famous Pacific Coast Highway is perfect for a leisurely 5K jog.
21100 PCH, Huntington Beach www.motivrunning.com
Haunted Trails Oct. 18-19
Dare to walk the Haunted Trails experiencing medieval life and all of its
tales. When the sun sets, the trails will open, guides will escort groups of 10
guests through the halls and tents.
6:30-10pm / Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel
949-425-5100 / www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us
Yappy Howl-O-Ween Oct. 25
The chance for pups to strut their stuff in their costumes.
4-7pm / The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com
Halloween Spooktacular/Moonlight Movies Oct. 26
Carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, a costume parade and
entertainment. “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” and “Poltergeist”.
3-9pm / Dana Point Community Center www.danapoint.org
Halloween Howl Oct. 31
Costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes and candy.
3-5pm / Columbus Tustin Activity Center www.tustinca.org
Fall Family Festival Oct. 31
Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment, inflatables and bounce houses,
partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade. 2-
5pm / Rancho Santa Margarita Central Park www.samlarc.org