What You’re Doing This Week: October 8

October 8, 2012 11:15 AM

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You really can’t avoid fall festivals or Halloween events even though we’re still weeks away from the spooky night. If you can’t beat ‘em…

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Monday Oct 8, 2012

Irvine Park Railroad – 7th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch

1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, California 92869
(714) 997-3968
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Start the week off celebrating autumn and all it has to offer at family-friendly Irvine Park Railroad. Monday the park will be celebrating its’ 7th annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch. Kids can enjoy train rides and panning for gold or enjoy a mild, child-friendly spooktacular haunted house, hay maze, and moon bounce. Kids will feel like they are on the farm watching John Deere tractor races, and of course meandering through hundreds of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Tuesday, October 9

Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival

33320 Temecula Parkway
Temecula, California 92592
(951) 389-4621
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One of Temecula’s long standing working farms is opened Tuesday Oct 9. Have fun running through a corn maze and visiting a pumpkin patch at the Harvest Festival. Each year the farm opens up its grounds to the public so they can experience one of the treasures in the Valley: The corn maze is situated on 11-acres with rides, contests, and fun for the whole family. Come on down to the farm & plan to spend the day.

Call the special MAZE -Line for all your questions and inquiries, but please be forewarned, the farm chores take precedent – so please leave a detailed message if they don’t answer.

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Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012

Fullerton Haunted Walking Tours

301 N. Pomona Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-6545
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Wed and Thurs. at 6 p.m.

Did you know Fullerton has ghosts lurking at every corner? This tour is great way to spend time with your family, learn history and at the same time be spooked by the town’s paranormal activity. Learn what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours and what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then. These tours celebrate local legends.

“Ghost hunters” will walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. Cost is $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public.

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Thursday Oct. 11, 2012 10:30am-1:30 p.m.

Flavors Of Laguna Food Tasting Tour

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Get introduced to Laguna Beach’s cuisine with A Food Tasting & Historical Tour. This one of a kind tour allows you to be introduced to the secret “gems” and that truly possess a cultural experience. You will begin the tour at a specific point and time. From there, a tour guide will meet you and by foot you will venture to the places that will show you some of the unique bites that Laguna Beach has to offer combined in an informative, organized and unique manner. This tour is casual & fun perfect for family, friends, and tourists.

$45 per adult, $20 ages 13-18

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Paranoia Haunted Attraction in Santa Monica

315 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 899-0999
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When night falls, the spirits of Hollywood’s past elite will shock your soul. Spend Tuesday evening at the 3rd Street Promenade Mall in Santa Monica visiting the Infirmary, Insomniac Clowns Playhouse or Granny’s Manor of Mayhem.

More than 50,000 square feet of mazes are yours to wander through. The mazes are wood panels and are movable. The movable walls always are rearranged to make the event fresh and exciting. The actors are very committed to scaring the bejeebers out of guests so don’t be surprised if one or two stalk you through the mazes.

October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 30-31.
General Admission $24 online, $30 door. VIP Skip the Line: $39 Online, $45 door.

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Friday Oct. 12, 2012


Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2121 or (714) 556-2787
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See what all the noise is about.

STOMP will perform at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Friday. This show is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has received numerous awards, rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

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Saturday Oct 13, 2012

Ventura Oysterfest

911 San Pedro Street
(on the grounds of San Buenaventura State Beach)
Ventura, CA
(805) 798-4944
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Load up on omega-3 this weekend as The Jolly Oyster teams up with Friends of Channel Coast State Beach Park in the first Ventura OysterFest. The Oysterfest is a sustainable event featuring local crafted beer, local food and local music. There will also be cooking demos, a forum on sustainable farming, shuck and suck competition and kid activities. The oysters being served are sustainable fresh farmed, organic Kumamoto and Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Mark Reynolds, owner of the Ventura-based Jolly Oyster, invites the public to attend the festival and learn how these oysters create a healthy source of protein that doesn’t disturb the natural marine habitat or create an unhealthy product. Free shuttles will be offered from Downtown Ventura and free valet bike parking will be available.

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Saturday Oct 13, 2012

Balboa Beach Music Fest

100 Main Street
(Peninsula Park)
Newport Beach, CA 92661
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The inaugural Balboa Beach Music Fest benefiting the Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach. The festival will feature a full day of music in support of the renovation of the historic Balboa Performing Arts Theater, which is a 300-seat concert venue and Newport Beach landmark currently undergoing major renovation under architect John SergioFisher. Top pop and indie rock performers will include: Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, A Fine Frenzy, Maria McKee and Lucy Schwartz. Graham Robby Band, Stacy Clark, Justin Soileau and Enjuillet have also joined the show billing. Gates open at 11 a.m. and live music will be presented until 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $45, Premium Circle tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $200. VIP tickets include premier stage views, catering, private restrooms and backstage access.

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Sunday, Oct 14 2012

Anaheim Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA
(415) 447-3205 or 800-346-1212
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Attention arts and craft fans! The ultimate shopping entertainment experience is this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event expects to draw in more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, live music, demonstrations, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, specialty foods, and more. Guests can enjoy all-day stage entertainment featuring The Hollywood Beetles and Scott Land Marionette. Kids can have a blast at the KIDZONE! Discovery Science Center will host the interactive Kidzone where children can tap into their creative talents and let their imaginations run wild with Halloween “make ‘n’ take” arts & crafts fun.

Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in Orange County. Connect with her on Twitter.

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