These fall festivals have something for everyone. If chocolate, seafood, international cuisine, surfing, cars, beer or carnival rides interest you, then you are in for a treat. The OC festivals below celebrate life with a multitude of experiences for young and old.
Annual Anaheim OC Fest Of Ales And Beer Run 5k
Center St. Promenade and Lemon St.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Combining beer with running sounds like an unlikely combination, but at the Annual Anaheim OC Fest of Ales and Beer Run 5k, the two serve as a perfectly acceptable pair. However, you may want to sample the comprehensive selection of 80 brews after the run. The fest will also showcase live entertainment and have food trucks on site to satisfy your appetite. There’s even a pancake breakfast (made with beer of course) in the morning to give you enough fuel to partake in the busy day of activities.
San Clemente Seafest
San Clemente Pier
611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
The San Clemente Seafest encompasses fun-filled activities for the entire family. You can participate in the chowder cook-off and share your flavorful creation with festival goers, take part in a surfing contest, browse arts and crafts and even compete in a hula-hoop or gum-blowing contest. In light of this sea-themed event, fresh seafood will be available for guests from Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar. You can walk along the beach while enjoying the catch of the day.
The Heritage Festival And Parade
2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870
The Heritage Festival and Parade provides the community with a variety of fun events to engage in. Car lovers can enjoy the car show, kids can play games and art enthusiasts can explore the arts and crafts booths. Additionally, the parade is full of lively entertainment for attendees. The celebration will also consist of a pancake breakfast to kick off the festival and have food trucks to accompany the day of fun.
William Peak Park
7225 El Dorado Drive
Buena Park, CA 90620
Oct. 18 to 20
If you want to feel young at heart, Silverado Days may help lift your spirits. The festival has carnival rides that will evoke child-like excitement and fun no matter how old you are. There will also be a bike raffle and even a Miss Silverado contest. Additionally, an international food court is on site, so you can indulge on more food than just the typical festival fare of burgers and fries.
Orange County Chocolate Festival
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Some argue that chocolate makes everything better and maybe it’s true. There is an entire festival devoted to this rich, decadent ingredient that satisfies taste buds, and it is held right in Orange County. It’s called the Orange County Chocolate Festival and offers guests a chance to explore some of the area’s finest chocolates. There’s even wine served to pair with the array of tasty treats. Don’t miss this fun-filled day of indulgence and be sure to wear your stretchy pants.
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