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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 10, 2017 – October 29, 2017
It would be impossible to mention Orange County festivals without Oktoberfest. This part of Southern California has become the go-to destination for those with a penchant for booze, brats and babes for Oktoberfest for years now. 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, many live music options 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 Orange County’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.
47th Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival
Silverado Community Center
27641 Silverado Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676
Dates: October 14 & 15, 2017
The 47th Annual Silverado Country Fair and Art Festival will kick off in mid-October with a Western parade, live music, activities from the 1800’s, arts and crafts and more. The event begins at 9 a.m. on the first day with a wagon driven by the Silverado Outlaws. This fair explores the wonders of the areas old west culture, and features plenty of tasty food, arts and crafts, live music, 1800’s period events and activities, a petting zoo for the kids, a magic show, contests and much more! Make sure not to miss the live action robbery and gunfight at the Silverado Café and Canyon Market area too! But, don’t worry as the Outlaws will give back what they rob!
Anaheim Fest Of Ales
Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street
Anaheim, CA 92805
Date: September 16, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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 40 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, Bottle Logic Brewing, Evans Brewing Co., Anaheim Brewery, Barley Forge, Dale Bros Brewery, Saint Archer Brewing Company, The Bruery, Wicks 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, Rita’s, Brandy’s Sweet Temptations, Cross Roast, ADYA, and many more will be on hand to serve up those looking to indulge in delicious food.
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821
Dates: September 23, 2017 at 12 p.m.
This year, Ragfest is moving to a new location in Brea at the Curtis Theatre! The annual festival of ragtime music begins at 12 p.m. and goes to 6 p.m. with the ragtime revue stage show at 8 p.m. This will be the first time that Ragfest is being held outside of Fullerton. Enjoy a great afternoon and evening of music, courtesy of terrific keyboardists. Tickets can be purchased online at curtistheatre.com. Past years have featured musicians including Ian Whitcomb, Tex Wyndham, Carl Sonny Leyland, Tom Brier, the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra and many others.
14th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Date: October 1, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On the other end of the spectrum of festivals, Orange County offers its Orange County Children’s Book Festival on October 1, 2017. 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: October 6, 7 & 8, 2017
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.