Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Orange County.
HAVE BEER, WILL DRAW – Arrive to this unique beer fest ready to sip—and sketch. The theme encourages attendees to wear white tees and bring pens to decorate them. Designed to ignite new friendships, this event will take place at the Westin Southcoast Plaza on October 12 and will offer more than 40 craft beers and live music.
PICK A PUMPKIN HERE – The 44th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch kicks off in Newport Beach October 13 at 10am—swing by to peruse a broad array of pumpkins, take pics in the photo booth, have your face painted and purchase autumn-themed crafts.
SIP ROSÉ ALL DAY HERE – Soak in the sun and views of the sea at the California Wine Festival in Huntington Beach. On October 26 from 1pm to 4pm, a grand selection of wines will be poured and served alongside artisanal cheeses, breads, olive oil, shellfish, salads, chocolates and cakes. Prefer beer? Regional craft brews will be on tap too.
ENJOY ROCK AND REGGAE HERE – KROQ’s On The Water Festival at Huntington State Beachis the perfect autumn jam fest with reggae, ska and rock performances scheduled from Slightly Stoopid, 311 and The Expendables, among others. Don’t miss the food—a Taste Of Baja will offer fish tacos and fruit bowls (and of course, there will be margaritas).
BRING YOUR APPETITE HERE – October 19 marks the 5th annual Beach, Brews and BBQ festival at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Taking place from 2pm to 8pm, this event will be stocked with games, beer and BBQ. What could be better?
CALLING ALL CAR LOVERS – Get an up-close view of more than 600 new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and more at the Orange County International Auto Show. Taking place October 3-6 at the Anaheim Convention Center, this is one of the largest auto shows in the country. Plus, the food truck fare promises to be tasty—think street tacos, loaded fries and fresh gyros.
GET SPOOKED HERE – Called one of the “Top 10 Most Haunted Places on Earth” by Time Magazine, the 85-year old Queen Mary is a paranormal powerhouse—and the perfect place to celebrate the Halloween season. Through November 2, the iconic ship will host The Queen Mary Dark Harbor, an interactive tour filled with mazes and monsters (and probably some very real ghosts, too).