Orange County is a wonderful destination to visit all year long, but during the fall there are specific activities that will leave you coming back every year. From theme parks that celebrate the Halloween holiday in true frightful style to beer festivals, you will not be disappointed. Here are the best activities to take part in during the fall season in Orange County.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Dates: September 24, 2016 – October 31, 2016
A great local treat is the local theme park, a great visit any time of the year. Every fall, the theme park transforms into a spectacular Halloween treat with haunted attractions, zombie hunts, mazes and overall a fun and scary ways to spend your Halloween holiday. If you enjoy horror, this is the place to visit during the October month and enjoy all of the activities that come out specifically at this time of the year. This year, there are plenty of new attractions to get you excited at Knott’s Scary Farm. Boasting two exciting shows, three scare zones, eleven mazes, and 1,000 monsters (yes, 1,000!), this month long event is one you should be looking forward to! There will also be a return of some of the more popular shows and attractions, however they will have new components and experiences to keep it fresh. New experiences include ‘My Bloody Clementine,’ where you’ll travel the Calico Mine Ride and look for the ghost of Clementine, as well as ‘The Dead of Winter,’ a maze unlike any other. Other new attractions include ‘Paranormal Inc,’ a groundbreaking new maze with aerial stunts, and scares as guests move through a hospital where patients have been tortured for decades. New additions to returning attractions include ‘The Hanging,’ ‘Black Magic,’ ‘Forever More,’ ‘Pinocchio Unstrung,’ ‘Tooth Fairy,’ ‘Trick or Treat’ and many others. For detailed information on all the new attractions, and returning favorites, visit What’s New This Year.
55th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Corona Del Mar State Beach
3100 Ocean Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Date: October 2, 2016 from 10am to 4:30pm
Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Sandcastle Contest is back again this year! Join other locals who will gather at Corona Del Mar State Beach for this annual sandcastle contest. This year’s theme will be ‘Fantasy Castles & Cars’ so you can expect great sandcastles featuring classic cars, and grand castles. Thousands come every year to see what participants create, and those who participate in the event this year will receive a free T-shirt. Enjoy a day at the beach and see who comes out a winner with their sand design this year.
Wine & Food Festival
Newport Beach Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Date: October 1 & 2, 2016 from 2pm to 6pm
The wine and food festival will celebrate again this year in Newport Beach for two days of delicious eats and drinks. The daytime festivities will be held at the Newport Beach Civic Center and there are plenty of events to take part in. Tickets for each type of ticket category can be found here, and you’ll have your choice of attending for both days with a festival pass, a general admission one day pass, or step it up a notch and get the VIP treatment for additional events. Events include a master sommeliers wine tasting, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, endless food, wine, spirits and beer tastings, and much more. Visit The Festival Schedule for all events.
17522 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780
Date: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Celebrating 59 years of a long standing tradition, Tustin Tiller Days has brought the community together with a great celebration filled with rides, food and music. A mix of carnival and a coming together of the community, this year the festivities will be held on three days. This is a great activity to bring the whole family together. The weekend is filled with parades from local schools, baking contests and musical performances.
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Dates: September 11, 2016 – October 30, 2016
The European tradition has headed over to Southern California and has become one of the staple festivals in the Orange County region. Oktoberfest has made a home in the Huntington Beach region for the beer enthusiasts and brat lovers during this time of the year. The Old World Village is a great location that brings the German-inspired festival to life with lots of amazing food options, live music and libations for all to enjoy. This year the festivities run from September 11 to October 30, 2016 for a month long celebration. This is one Fall event you won’t want to miss! Each year, the event steps it up, so this year promises to be even better than years past.
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