September 24, 2018

Events in Southern California Fall 2018

October:
Laguna Beach Plein Air Paining Invitational:
Oct 6-14, Laguna Beach

This year marks the 20th annual Plein Air Painting invitational in Laguna Beach! 50 artists will gather to create masterpieces before your very eyes. Watch the painters at work while you also take in a view of our stunning Pacific! There's even a kids' paint out to raise funds for local schools!

The plein air painting invitation is a beautiful fusion of local community, talent, and gorgeous Southern California scenery. Take a look at the events and plan your visit here !

San Clemente Seafest at the Pier
Oct 7, San Clemente

What could be better than a day at the San Clemente Pier? A day at the San Clemente pier complete with a surf contest, craft show, and chowder cook off! This is one of our favorite events in San Clemente each year as it helps bring local residents, businesses, restaurants, and travelers together for a day of community and fun.

So come visit, and get an extra special taste of our Spanish Village by the Sea! Learn more and plan your experience here.

Corona Del Mar Annual Sandcastle Contest
Oct 7, Corona Del Mar

Have you built a sandcastle recently? How did it turn out? If you consider yourself a sand sculpting pro, you may want to try your hand at building during the Corona Del Mar Annual Sandcastle Contest! Each year teams compete to create the most awe-inspiring works of sand-built art. Whether you decide to enter a team or not, it's sure to be a beach day like no other!


Surf City 10
Oct 13-14, Huntington Beach

Known as California's "Perfect 10" this race offers a 5k, 10k, or 10 mile course, all on flat ground, with beautiful cool temperatures, beach views, and ocean breezes. No wonder it's called the Perfect 10! Whether you want an active beach day with family, or an opportunity to train for a longer race, the Surf City 10 is a great way to get some exercise, challenge yourself, and bring some fun to your fall!

Expo takes place Saturday the 13th from 11 AM to 4 PM where participants can pick up their bib and participant tee, and the race begins Sunday the 14th bright and early at 6:00 AM! Learn more and register here!

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch:
Sept 15-Oct 31, Irvine

There are lots of pumpkin patches in Southern California, but Irvine Park Railroad is one of our favorites. We love the not-too-scary haunted house, picture stands, and hay maze, all of which are free! The railroad also offers ticketed activities like train rides, hay rides, carnival games and more. It's a great festive fall experience for the whole family.


Halloween Events:
From haunted houses to theme park extravaganzas, there's always a lot happening in Southern California at Halloween time! Here are just a few local happenings, including family-friendly events and horrifying haunts:
One of the largest scare experiences in SoCal, Knott's Scary Farm never disappoints with it's thrills and chills! This truly frightening event takes place at night, and is not recommended for kids, but your younger spooks can enjoy Knott's Spooky Farm during the day! Get more information about Knott's Scary Farm here , or Knott's Spooky Farm here .
LEGOLand hosts another spooky event that is fun for the whole family. Brick or Treat Party Nights at LEGOLand include festive extras like costume contests, treat stations, dance parties, and more! Take a look and plan your visit.

Prefer to sit back and enjoy a swashbuckling Halloween adventure over dinner? Pirates Dinner Theater is always a blast, but in October the swashbuckling swordplay, daring drama, and death-defying stunts take a spooky turn with a Halloween inspired tale. Take a look!

The Scream Zone (San Diego)
The Scream Zone is San Diego's largest haunted experience made up of three sections: KarnEvil, the House of Horror, and the Haunted Hayride. And don't miss The Running Dead, a 30,000 square foot obstacle course where you can flee for your life as you're chased by brain-eating zombies! There's also a Scream Zone lounge area where you can wait for your friends or family if you're too scared to go in yourself. Learn more here.

The 17th Door (Fullerton)
If none of the above sound quite scary enough, if you're looking for something truly terrifying, then The 17th Door Haunt experience in Fullerton might be for you. The 17th Door has been described as 30 minutes of psychological terror, and all guests (13 years and older only!) must sign a waiver before going in. Still interested? Take a look and plan your visit.

November:
Taste of San Clemente:
Nov 2, San Clemente
Dancing, wine tasting from area vineyards, mircobrews, silent auction, and more. It's all at the 28th annual Taste of San Clemente happening this November at the beautiful historic Casino San Clemente. Come in cocktail attire and enjoy a night of fine food and entertainment.


St. Martin's Lantern Festival
Nov 11, Huntington Beach

Get in the Christmas spirit and get a taste of German culture at Old World in Huntington Beach. The event starts with hot chocolate, coffee, and pastries, followed by a performance telling the story of St. Martin. At 6:15 the magical lantern parade begins, followed by goulash soup and hot cider. It's a night of light and delight, so come join us!


Surfing Santa Competition
Nov 17-18, Salt Creek Beach

Love to surf or SUP? Celebrate the holiday season California-style at the Surfing Santa Contest, a surf competition and costume contest in one.This event is as fun to watch as it is to participate in, as you watch surfing and SUP racers dressed as Santa, elves, and reindeer. This event for a cause benefits Surfer's Healing, a surf camp that brings the therapeutic effects of the ocean to kids with autism.


Nov 22, Dana Point

Whatever you do, don't miss the 41st annual Dana Point Turkey Trot! Enjoy a beautiful start to Thanksgiving as you run along Doheny State Beach and around Dana Point Harbor. This race has events for everyone, even a kids one mile "Gobble Wobble," so bring the whole family and work up an appetite for that Thanksgiving dinner!


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