Fall in Orange County might not feel like it does on the East Coast, but there are plenty of activities and events to usher in the start of the season. From beer drinking to excellent live music, Orange County offers plenty of things for you to spend your nice fall day and night doing. While some focus more on the arts and others make more of a cultural and community connection, chances are you will find something on this list that will pique your interest.
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Dates: September 11, 2016 to October 30, 2016
It is kind of impossible to talk about Orange County festivals without mentioning Oktoberfest. For whatever reason, this part of Southern California has become the go-to destination for those with a penchant for booze, brats and babes. Old World Village puts this massive German-inspired party together every year when it isn’t running Dachshund races or hosting World Cup drink-a-longs. Expect some high class food options, tons of live music to dance to and some gigantic glasses filled with libations. This is certainly an adults-only kind of scene, so drop the kiddies off and call a cab if you plan on joining this vintage celebration of life. The event, which has been OC’s biggest party since 1977, promises to be the best celebration yet and is conveniently located in the heart of Huntington Beach at the Old World German Village.
46th Annual Silverado Country Fair and Art Festival
Silverado Community Center
27641 Silverado Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
Dates: October 8, 2016 from 1pm – 3pm
The 46th Annual Silverado Country Fair and Art Festival will kick off in the beginning of October with a Western parade, live music, activities from the 1800’s, arts and crafts and more.. The group putting on the event will also be offering delicious finger lickin’ food, silly contests and children’s games as favorable attractions. So, bring your favorite cowboy hat and head on down for this fun and exciting annual event.
Anaheim Fest Of Ales
Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street
Anaheim, CA 92805
Date: September 17, 2016 from 12pm – 4pm
Located in the heart of Downtown Anaheim, the Annual Anaheim Fest Of Ales is back again for a day of fun in the sun! Boasting over 35 craft breweries, along with delicious food parings, games, live music and more, there is plenty to take in at this event. Top breweries including Anaheim Brewery, Angel City Brewery, Barley Forge Brewing, Bootleggers brewery, House Beer, Legends Craft Brewery, Saint Archer, The Bruery, Wicks Brewing Co., Main Street Brewery, King Harbor Brewing Company and more will be participating. For food, festival-goers are in for a real treat. Restaurants including Umami Burger, The Phoenix Club, The FIFTH, Tony’s Original Deli & Bottle Shop, Slater’s 50/50, Brandy’s Sweet Temptations and many more will be on hand to serve up those looking to indulge in delicious food. In past years there was a 5k run, as well as a home brew competition, however this year you’ll have to do with the amazing selection of beer and food!
138 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Dates: October 15, 2016
Fullerton hosts a ragfest each year, with hours of old-time music on display for anyone who wants a little blast form the past. Even better, the festival has an “open piano” policy that allows anyone with the right amount of ragtime skill to hop on stage and give it a whirl. There is no charge, zero need for reservations and you will experience some of the best ragtime musicians in the area. This year’s festival will feature musicians including Ian and Regina Whitcomb, Brad Kay and Those Syncopating Songboids, ragtime vocalist Erika C. Miller, The Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, pianist Andrew Barrett, and many others.
13th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: September 25, 2016 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
On the other end of the spectrum of festivals, Orange County offers its Orange County Children’s Book Festival on September 25th. In past years, the festival has offered over 150 authors from around the world, and illustrators as well. Each year this festival gets better and better and this year promises to be the best one yet! If you love books, this is the perfect place for you to come with friends, or family and enjoy multiple stages with author and illustrator presentations, many food vendors offering delicious bites, as well as train rides for kids, and many family activities like face painting, crazy hair styling, an animal petting area, musicians, dancers, drawings, readings and much more!
Tustin Tiller Days
17522 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780
Date: September 30, 2016 – October 2, 2016
Tustin Tiller Days is back again for some Fall fun! A community event since 1957, this festival offers an opportunity for the local community to come together and celebrate Orange County’s agricultural history, and for non-profit groups to raise much needed funding. As in years past, the event will offer a parade, beer tasting, baking contents, fun carnival rides, live entertainment, and plenty of food tents.
Global Village Festival
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
Date: September 24, 2016 from 10am – 6pm
Held at the end of September this year, The Global Village Festival is put on by the City of Irvine, and is a multicultural event with delicious international food, live entertainment, a kids village with arts and crafts and other activities, as well as cultural and religious attractions and exhibits, and an incredible international marketplace. Festival admission and parking is free as well, making this event even more popular to attend. The Kids Village, a special section of the festival with music, dance performances, an inflatable play area, interactive games, and kid friendly food, is perfect for kids aged 3-12, and will feature temporary tattoos for kids, a puppet theatre, and more. There will also be a ‘Walk For Unity’ pre-event which is put on to bring Irvine’s community together in support of global harmony and in celebration of cultural diversity. The 5k walk will start at the corner of Harvard and San Juan at 9am, but make sure to get there at 8:30am and enjoy a breakfast. After that, enjoy artistic performances which are symbolic of Irvine’s diverse community, food and drinks from more than 40 local restaurants and gourmet food trucks, as well as interactive and educational demonstrations. Their International Marketplace is a popular activity each year as well. With local, regional and international vendors, shop for unique gifts, crafts, artwork, and more.