(credit: Knotts)

(credit: Knotts)


From a first-of-its-kind culinary event hosted in this area to an Avant Garde lecture series, and plenty of Halloween themed fun, there’s plenty for Orange County residents to explore this week. Fans of his music won’t want to miss Ne-Yo, performing live this week at the Anaheim House of Blues. And, if you are up for the ultimate splurge, consider a sustainable seafood dinner fit for a king or queen.

(credit: OCMA)

(credit: OCMA)


Monday, October 13

Visionary Lecture Series: Exploring the Avant Garde
Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122
www.ocma.net

The Avant Garde Collection at the Orange County Museum of Art is on display now through the end of the year, but if you visit today, you can take part in their month-and-a-half long Visionary Lecture Series: Exploring the Avant Garde. Timed with the centennial of the start of World War I, the series will examine the context behind which this movement began to flourish. Artists studied include Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Vassily Kandinsky, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall.

(credit: Ne-Yo)

(credit: Ne-Yo)


Tuesday, October 14

Ne-Yo
House of Blues
1530 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 778-2583
www.houseofblues.com/anaheim

Since 2004, Ne-Yo has produced five studio albums, written and produced songs for other singers including Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and Rihanna, and will release his newest album, Non Fiction” on November 11 next month, which will feature the already popular “Money Can’t Buy” with Young Jeezy. Make sure not to miss Ne-Yo’s only OC stop at the House of Blues tonight.

(credit: Crystal W./Yelp)

(credit: Crystal W./Yelp)


Wednesday, October 15

Vampirate’s
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
7600 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 690-1497
www.piratesdinneradventure.com

The always exciting live dinner theater extravaganza, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, in Buena Park, has added a fun twist for the Halloween holiday. Don’t miss Vampirate’s, the Vampire themed musical event on the high seas running every day in October; although the show is a bit more frightful than their normal pirate theme, most kids of all ages will still enjoy the presentation, dinner, drinks, and fun.

(credit: Jody Tiongco)

(credit: Jody Tiongco)


Thursday, October 16

Sustainable Seafood Dinner
Stonehill Tavern
1 Monarch Beach Resort N.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 234-3200
www.michaelmina.net/restaurants

Renowned Chef Michael Mina and Executive Chef Raj Dixit are serving up a three-course Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort this Thursday evening. With proceeds benefitting The Ocean Institute, the main course will consist of a local Rockfish Cioppino, utilizing the whole fish. $10 raffle tickets will be awarded throughout the evening for resort and restaurant prizes. $165/person.

(credit: Anne Watson Photography)

(credit: Anne Watson Photography)


Friday, October 17

Indie Chefs Week
Taco Maria
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 538-8444
www.indiechefsweek.com/socal/

Indie Chefs Week, originally produced in Austin, TX, will be heading to Costa Mesa this week, running October 16-18th at Taco Maria. Founded in 2013, the week brings together chefs from across the country to showcase their talents at a pop-up style event. Chef Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, an Indie Chefs Week veteran, will help host. Guests can socialize with more than 25 chefs throughout the event while enjoying a 12-course menu, specially prepared for the event, with a culminating final event on Saturday.

(credit: Knott's Berry Farm)

(credit: Knott’s Berry Farm)


Saturday, October 18

Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
www.knotts.com

For the OC’s scariest Halloween amusement option, head to Knott’s Scary Farm, a SoCal Halloween tradition since 1973. Hosted by Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, the night boasts more than a thousand monsters hiding in the park’s 160 acres, terrifying mazes, spooky shows, and access to all of Knott’s most thrilling rides. Consider purchasing Fright Lane with Skeleton Key for front-of-the-line access to all mazes and exclusive terror scenes for the hard-to-impress.

(credit: Queen Mary)

(credit: Queen Mary)


Sunday, October 19

Dark Harbor
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 437-2934
www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor

Board the haunted Queen Mary for a night of scary thrills and chills as you explore Dark Harbor, boasting two brand new mazes for the 2014 season: Soulmate, following the story of Graceful Gale, a first class passenger on the ship in 1939, and B340, following the story of a third-class passenger in a trans-Atlantic voyage in 1948 who was locked away in room B340 for violence, and later found dead in the same room. Additional activities have returned for the season including The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster, live entertainment, food, and more.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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