Best Fall Festivals In Orange County

September 17, 2012 6:00 AM

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Whether you’re looking for a night out drinking German beer and eating bratwursts or you would like to take the whole family out for a day of fun activities, these Orange County festivals have something that will pique your interests. The festivals below highlight the cultural, artistic and culinary diversity in Orange County and provide opportunities to try food from all over the world, explore international art and music and shop an extensive collection of children’s books.

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Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 895-8020

Dates: Now through October 28

Now through October 28, celebrate German culture at the 35th Oktoberfest in Huntington Beach. Not only will beer be imported from Germany, but also will the bands playing at the event, including Struwwwelpeter and Schwaubapower. And of course, Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without bratwursts, sauerkraut and pretzels, which will also be available at the festival. Wednesday evening is family night and admission is free. On Sundays, admission is $5 for adults, and on Friday and Saturday nights, admission is $15 for adults. Click here for $5-off coupons for the event.

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Annual Taste of Newport
Fashion Island
600 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 729-4400

Dates: September 14-16

Check out the 24th Annual Taste of Newport during the weekend of September 14-16. The event will provide food from some of Newport’s best restaurants, wine from several of California’s top wineries, tasty cocktails, beer and live entertainment. This year, Andy Grammer, Blondie, Devo and Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Supertramp will be performing on stage. Children under eight years old will have free admission and tickets purchased online will be sold at a discount. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 and VIP tickets will be available for the stage performances.

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Orange County Children’s Book Festival
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 432-0202

Date: September 30

On Sunday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the Orange County Children’s Book Festival will give children of all ages the opportunity to buy autographed books, take part in face painting, try out some crazy hair styles, create book marks and more. There will also be a main stage area that will have celebrity authors speak about their books. To learn more about the long list of activities provided at this family-friendly, educational event, click here.

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Global Village Festival
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-6606

Date: September 29

The Global Village Festival will be held on September 29 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and will showcase a variety of international dance and music performances, art exhibits, offer activities for children and provide over 50 food trucks with an array of international food. Some options include Japanese dumplings, Chinese pastries, Persian kabobs, Korean Mexican fusion tacos, German pretzels, American-style hot dogs and Chinese dim sum. Celebrating cultural diversity and harmony, the festival will also host a “Walk for Unity” 5K walk at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. A full list of activities offered at the festival can be found here.
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Tustin Tiller Days
17522 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 573-3326

Dates: October 5-7

During the weekend of October 5-7, check out the 55th Tustin Tiller Days. The festival celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage and will include a parade, entertainment, a carnival, a pancake breakfast and musical entertainment. To learn more about the this fun family festival, click here. If you’re interested in being a vendor at Tustin Tiller Days, go to

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at

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