Weekend Events for Families in Orange County

Weekend Events for Families in Orange County

Weekend Events for Families in Orange County – October 5 & 6, 2019 –  It’s officially October here in the OC, that means it’s pumpkin time! There are tons of pumpkin patches and Halloween events happening in Orange County! Check out all these events on this list happening here in the OC this Saturday and Sunday…some are even FREE!  

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Apple Picking in Oak Glen
Oak Glen | All Day

Time to come up to pick apples, press cider, pet animals, shop, ride horses, trains and eat many delicious local treats.

Knott’s Spooky Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm | All Day

Enjoy the spooktacular Halloween season at Knott’s Spooky Farm, a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids ages 3-11. Little ghouls can trick-or-treat through Ghost Town for Halloween treats. Fun Halloween-themed shows are in store. Camp Snoopy Theater plays host to the “Monsters are Coming” show where children can participate in the daily costume contest. The fall daytime Seasons of Fun event is included with regular park admission or your 2019 Season Pass from opening until 4:30pm.

Irvine Global Village Festival
Orange County Great Park | October 12-13 | All Day

The 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival will be one of the largest ones yet! The now two-day festival incorporates the best of Irvine’s historic fall festival to offer more food, art, and music throughout an entire weekend at the Great Park. Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, interactive activities, seek-a-treat, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy local and global cuisine, an artisan’s marketplace, music, art, and exhibits, all while attending Orange County’s premier festival. Get you tickets NOW!!!

Carnival Colossal
Vista Hermosa Sports Park | All Day

San Clemente’s four-day Carnival Colossal and Food Truck Festival is offering thrill rides, games, food, a one-day Special Needs Resource Fair and two days of games of strength presented by the International Highland Games Federation.

Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival
Silverado Community Center & Fairgrounds | All Day

The Annual Silverado Country Fair and Folk Festival is one of the best family events of the season which explores the wonders of the area’s Old West rustic culture, great live Bluegrass, Country and Folk music, Wild West reenactments, handmade arts and crafts, 1800’s activities & lock ’em up makeshift jail, tasty food, beer & wine saloon, plus some silly ‘ole timey’ contests, all nestled under the Oak trees below Orange County’s famous Saddleback Mountain. $6 adult admission, $4 kids 4-12, under 3 are free!

Gem Faire
OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa | All Day

The Largest Jewelry & Bead Show in SoCal. Admission $7 weekend pass. Fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, gold & silver, fossils & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop. Free hourly door prizes.

Halloween Boutique | Malice in Wonderland
Rogers Gardens, Corona Del Mar | All Day
Follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to experience Wonderland, a labyrinth full of strange and impossible décor to fill your home for Halloween. Enter the Red Queens domain, but be cautious of her wrath, or she will threaten to cut off your head with just a snap.  Find yourself exploring the Mad Hatter’s workshop, full of treasures, surprises and frights.

Old World, Huntington Beach | All Day
Eat, Drink, Dance & be Merry at Southern California’s BEST & Most DIVERSE OKTOBERFEST (voted by German World Magazine) with Oom-Pah-Pa Bands directly from Germany. Sample Imported German Beers, Bratwurst, Rotisserie Chicken, Hamburgers, Pork Sandwiches, Strudel, Pretzels & more. Guests can also enter the Beer Drinking & Stein Holding Contests, and of course do the Chicken Dance! Wednesday through Saturday are adult nights & Sunday’s are family day with Dachshund Races.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm | 6:30pm

The largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else. The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. This Halloween event has all the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare.

Planetarium Shows
OCC Planetarium
Family presentations at the OCC Planetarium with rotating shows – Magic Tree House 🌳 and Capcom Go! 🚀 until the beginning of October! Public programs are a cornerstone of the Planetarium’s mission. Come enjoy a rotating schedule of breathtaking full-dome experiences.

Discover Nature Family Program
Oak Canyon Nature Center | 10:30am
Join staff of Oak Canyon Nature Center weekend mornings for an hour long, naturalist-led hike through Oak Canyon and a live animal demonstration themed to the Canyon’s plants, animals, history, ecology, and more! Admission is free but a $5 per family is suggested.

Weekends on the Farm
The Ecology Center | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Every Saturday and Sunday – explore The Ecology Center and all it has to offer! Saturdays are our Farm Festival Days, While Sundays are open for self-guided exploration. Be sure to check their calendar for workshops and events happening every weekend!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Placentia Heritage Festival and Parade
Tri-City Park, Placentia | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Since 1965, this celebration of the city’s heritage includes a parade and fair booths. The festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by the parade and band review at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature many exciting activities for the entire family including the annual car show, a crafts fair, food booths, kids games and more.

Prehistoric OC
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park | 10:00am – 2:00pm

A free event that invites families to explore the prehistoric history of Orange County. Prehistoric OC will present fun and educational activities and information to the public about Orange County’s rich history and prehistory with activities, fossils and artifacts. Families can enjoy free educational entertainment in the form of hands-on activities from Dino Encounters, volcano demonstrations by the CSUF Geology Club, crafts in the Junior Scientist Camp, an Ice Age interactive live show, a giant dinosaur obstacle course and vehicles from the Jurassic Park Motor Pool. The interpretive center will also be open for viewing of real artifacts and fossils from around OC. FREE

Almost Full Moon Family Walk
Crystal Cove State Park | 6:30pm

Families with young children are invited to join a park naturalist on an easy one hour guided 2-mile Almost Full Moon walk along Moro Canyon trail.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground.) $5 sunset rate. Reservations Required to Laurel.Gifford@parks.ca.gov  FREE

Japanese Fall Celebration
Bella Terra, Huntington Beach | 1:00 – 3:30pm

Join us for a Fall Celebration honoring the beautiful Japanese culture and music on the newly finished Green. Enjoy a performance from Taiko Drummers, Koto Duo Performance, Ikebana (Flower) Arrangement Demonstration, and a Japaneses dance performance. Also, enjoy a special event menu from Kabuki Japanese Restaurant before or after the event.   FREE

Beginning Archery
Mile Square Park | 9:00am & 10:30am
Join Mile Square Park staff for a beginning archery course for first time archers! This course will include an introduction to the sport of archery and safety instruction. All archery equipment will be provided. Park in the overflow parking lot near the archery range. Ages 10 and up. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration is required. Rain will cancel event. FREE

Walk with a Naturalist
O’Neill Regional Park | 10:15 – 11:45am
Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center patio. FREE

Haunt at Heritage Hill
Heritage Hill Historical Park | 6:30 – 10:30pm
OC Parks and the City of Lake Forest welcome trick-or-treaters ages 12 and older back to Heritage Hill Historical Park for the 12thAnnual Haunt at Heritage Hill. The park will once again transform into a haunted adventure with scream zones, music, and game booths. Admission is $10 per person. Recommended for 12 years old & up. Costumes encouraged, but no masks or face paint will be permitted to enter the event. No re-entry or outside bags allowed, including backpacks and large purses. FREE

Family Hike: Mesa
Irvine Ranch Open Space | 4:00 – 6:00pm
Enjoy nature with friends and family on the Mesa. We start our program by climbing a small hill at an easy pace to reach the top. Once up on the mesa, we will hike along a fairly flat trail as we watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer.  The hike averages 2-3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced hike. Ages 8 and up. They must also (both parent and minor) be registered for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy-led program. Online Registration

Free Crafts
Lakeshore Learning Centers Laguna Hills and Fountain Valley | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Make fun seasonal crafts. No reservations necessary FREE

Animal Feeding Day at Bolsa Chica Conservancy
Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Huntington Beach | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding, we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* FREE

See Classic Cars at Donut Derelicts
Donut Derelicts
Each Saturday morning, car enthusiasts from all over gather in the parking lot of Adams Ave Donuts to enjoy a donut, a cup of coffee and a spectacle of hot rods and classic cars. FREE

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk
Crystal Cove State Park | 2:00pm

Explore the huge variety of seaweeds on a guided Seaweeds & Sea Creatures of Crystal Cove Beach Walk. There are countless species of marine algae; green, red, and brown found on the beach. Learn about the biology, ecology, and even human uses of seaweeds. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day-use fee. FREE

STC Gardenwalk 1st Annual Multicultural Food & Music Festival
Anaheim Garden Walk | 11:00am – 6:00pm
Check out the best local grub, arts and crafts, beer & wine garden, live bands and DJs, family fun zone for kids and more! Enjoy a full day from 11 AM to 6:00 PM with amazing activities for the entire family! featuring Live Music – Dance Performances – Food & Retail Vendors – Arts & Crafts – Kids Play Zone – Beer Garden & More! Free and open to the public.

Ranger Led Hike
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park | 8:00 – 9:15am
Join OC Parks rangers for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. The hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. Contact park office for hike updates. Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee). Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area. FREE

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