September 21, 2015

Top Ten Things To Do in Orange County This Fall 

Top things to do in Orange County this fall fun family friendly California activities in Orange County Fall 2015
Orange County has earned the title of “the land of forever summer” for a reason. Even after all the hubbub of packed crowds and jammed beaches fade, festivals, events and attractions still are going strong. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a relaxed evening of live music in the park, or entertainment for young children, Orange County has it all–every season of the year! Come enjoy the mild 70 degree weather of Autumn, and experience some of the fantastic experiences Southern California has to offer!

Festival of Children
Where: South Coast Plaza
When: Every weekend in September

Come celebrate childhood with free events open to the public every single weekend of September! Watch your children’s eyes sparkle as they watch different forms of dancing, magicians, fashion shows, animal shows, and children’s choirs! Then head over to get their faces painted and let them try their hands at an arts and craft. Have fun, get crafty, and enjoy the community!

Laguna Sunset Serenades

Where: Heisler Park Amphitheater
When: Every Friday evening in September beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Looking for a fun, relaxing way to spend the evening? Head over to Laguna’s Heisler park and enjoy free live music every Friday evening! Better yet, bring a picnic dinner and soak up the salty air and groovy tunes.

Dana Wharf 2 Hour Whale Watching Adventure
When: September 18th – November 30th
Where: Dana Wharf

Catch rare glimpses of Marine life sightings on one of Dana Warf’s ocean adventure cruises! With two hours to explore the wonders of the ocean, Dana Wharf’s expert captains narrate your scenic journey and guarantee sightings of whales, dolphins, sea loins, and other exciting marine creatures! Learn about the underwater world, and search for the hidden treasures of the ocean!

Spooky Disneyland Resort
Where: Disneyland Resort
When: September 12th – October 31st

Visit the happiest place in the world, bursting with spooky Halloween themed surprises! Didn’t think it was possible to experience fright and delight at the same time? Think again! At Disneyland, anything is possible!

Irvine Pumpkin Patch
Where: Irvine Railroad Park
When: September 19th-October 31st

What is fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch? At Irvine, however, “Pumpkin Patch” means a lot more than just searching through a field look for the perfect pumpkin. From hay rides, tractor races, and cookie decorating, to a Halloween bounce house, carnival games, pony rides, and panning for gold, Irvine offers a full day of fun for the whole family! Enjoy great food and make memories that will last a lifetime. Click here to see a full schedule of events.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Where: Knott’s Berry Farm
When: September 24th – October 31st

Experience the largest and most terrifying Halloween experience in Southern California with a groundbreaking new maze, haunted hospital, and many more sadistic surprises in 2015! Assist the fight against evil during a Zombie apocalypse, escape the clutches of the blood-chilling snow queen in The Dead of Winter, and allow the Mistress of Darkness to return in a legendary new show of music, comedy, and terror.

Food Tours
Where: Orange County
When: September – November

Savor the combination of culinary artistry and cultural experience on one of the many beachside food tours in and around Orange County! Satiate your taste and visual palettes with gorgeous beaches, galleries, ambiance and rich flavor at Flavors of Laguna, Old Towne Orange Walking Food Tour, or Flavors of San Juan Capistrano, to name a few.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Where: Buena Park
When: September – November

Leave the modern world behind, and enter a land of chivalry, royalty, and epic battles of skill. While sipping wine and savoring a 4-course meal fit for a king, enjoy shattering lances at live jousting matches, bravery and brutality during adrenaline rushing sword fights, and expertise with inspiring horsemanship and falconry. Your appetite and craving for action will be satisfied at this all new show of honor and intrigue perfect for the whole family. See more information here.

17th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
Where: Laguna Beach
When: October 17th – October 25th

Known for it’s stunning art galleries and world class art exhibitions, Laguna is packed with artists and beauty. Celebrate the artistic legacy of Laguna beach by wandering along the coast watching prestigious
artists paint original creations, or visit the two-day art show showcasing the nations top plein air landscape painters.

Holiday Tree Lighting
Where: Fashion Island
When: November 14th – 16th

Join us for a little bit of Disney and Holiday fun at Fashion Island’s annual tree lighting hosted by Mickey Mouse & Friends! Sing festive wintertime favorites, experience the giant Christmas Tree glittering to life with thousands of lights, and watch magical snowfall drifting slowly to the ground!

Newport Beach Whale Watching
Where: Newport Landing
When: Year Round

Enjoy year-round whale watching at one of the top what watching destinations in the world: Newport Beach! View mega pods of dolphins and over half a dozen types of whales, including the big blue. If you are a guest at Beachside Vacation Rentals and would like to find out more or book a whale watching tour, CLICK HERE .

Ready to experience Orange County this fall? We’re here to help you book your reservation before it’s too late! Contact us at, or give us a call: 1.800.408.1822.

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