Fun Things To Do In September



Sept 2nd – 4th
Orange International Street Fair – Orange

Come hungry to the Orange International Street Fair because it’s all about the delicious international cuisine and you’ve got to try it all. This is one event our family never misses out on!  You’ve got all weekend after all! There’s more entertainment to go along with stuffing your face including several stages with live entertainment all weekend long, arts and crafts booths, community booths and more.
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Sept 9th
Parade of Sail – Dana Point

Join the armada as you cast off for adventure aboard a historic tall ship at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. Sing sea shanties, haul up sail, or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival. Enjoy picturesque views and a sunset sail aboard an old fashioned tall ship.
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Sept 10th
Green Feast 2016 – San Juan Capistrano

Local chefs, farmers, fishermen, and vintners collaborate on a magical farm to table dining experience in support of The Ecology Center. The Ecology Center is located in San Juan Capistrano and is a non-profit educational center that teaches hands-on environmental solutions to life at home, in the office and in the community. Tickets for the dinner fundraiser start at $250 for members and $300 for non-members. Guests will enjoy fresh food prepared by local chefs with an auction to follow.
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Sept 10th – 11th
Fiestas Patrias – Santa Ana

The festivities for this Santa Ana cultural street fair start at noon on Saturday the 10th and go through Sunday’s Parade from 4-6PM through the streets of Downtown. The family oriented festival includes carnival rides, games, great food, info booths, and a venders market. Live entertainment for the weekend includes Latin Grammy award winner Ana Barbara and Banda Machos.
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Sept 11th – Oct 30th
Oktoberfest – Huntington Beach

German bands, food trucks, beer and more fun is going on for nearly two months at the Huntington Beach Old World Oktoberfest celebrations. Sundays are Kinderfest family days with Dachshund wiener dog races, Wednesdays and Thursdays are free admission and every day is good food and good fun.

Sept 17th
Anaheim Fest of Ales

This beer festival held in Downtown Anaheim includes a home brew competition, unlimited craft beer tastes, unlimited gourmet food tastings, and one lucky brewery will be awarded the Mayor’s Trophy. Partial proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the non-profit organizations, The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, and Downtown Anaheim Association.
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Sept 22nd – October 31st
Knotts Scary Farm

13 Haunted Attractions and 1,000 monsters come out to play this year at Knott’s Scary Farm. Mazes, shows, thrill rides and scare zones create a creepy experience to get you in the spirits of Halloween. This year’s mazes include Black Ops: Infected, Fright Lane with Skeleton Key, Paranormal Inc, Tooth Fairy, Trick or Treat and Voodoo – Order of the Serpent. Whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…
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Sept 23rd – 25th
San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival

San Juan Capistrano’s Annual Greek Festival is hosted by the Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church. All weekend long come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece. Enjoy Greek wine tasting and beers at the sports bar tavern while listening to live Greek music. Watch a Greek folk dance performance and learn to dance like Zorba. There will also be kids activities, a Greek shopping bazaar and church tours.
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Sept 24th
Brew Ha Ha Beer Festival

It’s time again for the annual Brew Ha Ha, now it’s its 7th year bringing Orange County 205+ craft and import beers. General admission is $45 and gets you a commemorative glass for 3 hours of unlimited tastings. While you sip on IPAs and all the latest fall inspired stouts and ales, check out some lawn games from giant battleship and Jenga to life-size fooseball, homebrew exhibitors, live entertainment and cigar booth and lounge.
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Sept 24th
Global Village Festival – Irvine

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Irvine Global Village Festival – the City’s largest and most attended community event. Global Village features more than 100 performances on five stages plus a wide range of international, a bustling international marketplace and interactive, educational and entertaining cultural displays and demonstrations. Kids can enjoy a vibrant and interactive kids village and everyone is welcome to explore a world religions area, providing guests with an opportunity to discuss and expand spiritual knowledge of locally practiced religions.
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Sept 30tth – October 2nd
Tustin Tiller Days Festival – Tustin

An annual event since 1957, the three-day festival celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage and allows nonprofits to raise much needed funds. Enjoy carnival rides and games, food, Tiny Tiller contest, baking contest, live entertainment and more fun all weekend long. Admission is free and carnival ride and game tickets can be purchased at the event.
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Fun Things To Do In August 2016

OC FairIt’s summertime, which means tons of events in Orange County this August 2016 from the OC Fair to beach Lobsterfests. Check out our list of all the fun things to do around town and make the most of your summertime in SoCal. For some real good clean fun straight out of Mayberry, don’t miss the La Habra Corn Festival & Parade with an apple pie baking contest!

OC Fair

Now – August 14th Open Wednesday – Sunday

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The OC Fair is here with endless fun at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Enjoy the carnival rides, games, exhibits, livestock, courtyard wine seminars, live music and entertainment and so much more all month long. Check out the list of performers at the Pacific Amphitheater with everyone from Styx, The Offspring and Boston to Train, Hunter Hayes and Ziggy Marley. There will also be several events at the action sports arena including Broncs & Bulls, Extreme Rodeo, Xtreme Freestyle Moto-X and demolition derbies.


Segerstrom Center’s FREE Movie Mondays

Monday, August 1st and 8th

Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa finishes their free summer movie series outdoors this August for two more Monday nights of movies under the stars. Set-up begins at 5:30PM, with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, snacks and picnic suppers. There will be food trucks so you can get your grub on with great movies all month long.

August 1st – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off | August 8th – Labyrinth

American Family Housing Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons Festival

Friday, August 5th – Sunday, August 7th Fri. 5-10PM, Sat. 10AM-10PM, Sun. 10AM-5PM afhusa.orgribs

All weekend long there’s live music, watermelon and rib eating contests, a car show, family-friendly fun and plenty of smells of smoked meat wafting through the air. Friday night and Sunday will feature bluegrass and country bands and Saturday will include a reggae festival with 7+ bands. General admission is $9 and good all weekend long!

La Habra Corn Festival & Parade

Friday, August 5th – Sunday, August 7th Fri. 5PM-11PM, Sat. 11AM-11PM, Sun. 12PM-9PM

The La Habra Corn Festival hosted by the Lions Club is the ultimate clean-cut family fun festival. The whole weekend is filled with rides and attractions, food, games, crafts, live music, contests and Miss La Habra, the club queen and her court. All-American contests include the apple pie baking contest and the baby contest. The Parade will be held Saturday, August 6th at 9AM, running down West to East down La Habra Blvd between Idaho and Cypress Streets.

OC Fair 5K

Sunday, August 7th 8AM

Race fee includes your race tee shirt, timing chip, commemorative finishers medal and entrance to the OC Fair. Race day registration (if available) and bib pick-up will be available from 6AM to 7:45AM on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the Start/ Finish Line inside the gate at the OC Fair Main Gate, 88 Fair Drive. Award ceremony at the Main Stage happens at 9:15 and the fair opens at 10AM so you can enjoy a full day of fun after the race.

Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

Sunday, August 7th 3PM-8PM

Lobsterfest at Newport Back Bay is all about summer fun and giving back to the community. General admission is $60 and includes one whole Maine lobster and grilled steak plus all the fixings from potatoes, corn on the cob, and rolls to desserts. While feasting you will enjoy live entertainment from a local band plus swimming and use of the playground on the beach for the kids.Lobster fest

Shakespeare by the Sea

Throughout August Various locations

Free Shakespeare in the Park. This year the company will be putting on performances of Othello and Cymbeline throughout Los Angeles County with a handful of shows in Orange County. Here’s the lineup of OC shows you can catch:

Soka University in Aliso Viejo: Wed, August 10th @ 7PM – Cymbeline Laguna Niguel | Crown Valley Park: Sun, August 14th @7PM – Othello Irvine Valley College: Wed, August 17th @ 7PM – Cymbeline

Huntington Beach Beer Festival

Saturday, August 13th 7PM-10PM

The Huntington Beach Beer Festival will celebrate craft beer and live music in a collaborative effort of #rockstarbeer Productions and breweries to raise money for Wrech Check Charities. The event will showcase multiple local and regional breweries as well as local bands and DJ’s. Held at Meadowlark Golf Club, general admission is $35 for admission and samplings of over 100 craft beers. VIP admission is $50 and includes early entrance at 6PM.

18th Swingin’ on the Promenade & Art Crawl Experience

Saturday, August 13th 6PM-10PM

Stop by as Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim is transformed into an outdoor 1940’s swing club. Swing night just happens to coincide with the “Art Crawl Experience” or simply “ACE”, a visually invigorating, tastefully titillating, and an auditory explosive art walk and arts festival that takes place quarterly at Downtown Anaheim. Come early for free dance lessons from 6-6:30PM and stay all night for live bands, great food and indie craft vendors.

The San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival

Sunday, August 14th 9AM-7PM

This will be the 63rd Anniversary Music Festival in San Clemente. Enjoy live music all day alongside the salsa challenge, contests and games from the tortilla toss to pie eating, arts and crafts vendors, motorcycle show, kids activities, action sports expo, exhibits, face painters, jugglers and more. Admission is free and there’s a wide array of fabulous food available, provided by local non-profits. Remember, the more you eat, the more you benefit local philanthropic programs!

Auto Enthusiast Day

Sunday, August 14th 10AM-5PM

4th annual Auto Enthusiast Day will take place on Sunday, August 14th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The show is free for all spectators, car show participants, and vendors and will include a variety of activities, such as drifting and off-road demonstrations, a vendor midway featuring automotive products and giveaways, food trucks and much more.Auto

Dana Point Lobster Beach Fest

Saturday, August 20th 4PM

Didn’t get enough lobster in Newport earlier this month? Chow down on more surf and turf in Dana Point for their 7th Annual Lobster Beach Fest hosted by the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. Enjoy gourmet appetizers, no-host bar, fresh east coast lobster, smoked tri-tip steak, desserts, live music, DJ, dancing and an amazing Silent Auction. The best beach party of the summer awaits!

Taste of Paleo

Sunday, August 21st 1PM-6PM

Taste of Paleo boasts the distinction of being the first paleolithic food festival and spotlights the Caveman diet, which emphasizes real, whole food, including grass-fed meats and organic fruits and vegetables. The festival gives people a chance to explore the paleo lifestyle by tasting samples and perusing vendor booths, and there’s also (non-paleo) beer and wine, guest speakers and cooking competitions between paleo chefs.

Plum Fest

Sunday, August 21st 2PM-6PM

Admission is free for the 21st Annual Plum Fest at Old World in Huntington Beach. Come enjoy a fun family day with carnival games, face painting, wiener dog races and tons of great food. Chow down on plum cakes, plum crepes, berliners, BBQ and more while you browse the arts and crafts vendors and take in all the fun. The Dachshund Wiener Dog Races will start at 3PM and are coming soon again for Oktoberfest celebrations.

Ohana Fest

Saturday, August 27th – Sunday, August 28th

Ohana Fest is a weekend beach concert festival with headliners Eddie Vedder and Lana Del Rey. In addition to offering fun in the sun with a diverse music lineup, Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that works to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s coastal parks. Festival general admission allows roaming throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching the sand.Ohana

Annual Fit Expo Anaheim

Saturday, August 27th – Sunday, August 28th 10AM-5PM

Your ticket to the two-day Fit Expo includes admission into the exhibition floor filled with cutting edge companies displaying, promoting and selling fitness, health and well-being products and services. You’ll also get into all of the competitions taking place on TheFitExpo Anaheim exhibit floor! There will be free seminars, demonstrations and celebrity autograph sessions and of course, tons of free samples.

Food, Wine, & Jazz

Saturday, August 27th – Tuesday, August 30th Various events throughout the weekend

Featuring the culinary talents of celebrity Chef Michael Mina, this weekend of events will be an excursion into. VIP ticket holders are invited to attend an exclusive private event with Chef Mina, set against the stunning backdrop of Stonehill. Subsequent festivities include 2 Grand tastings, Champagne on the Beach, and finally a Seaside Jazz Brunch. This celebration of food and spirits will bring the best of the culinary and wine worlds together, as patrons drink and dine in beautiful Dana Point at the St. Regis.

Dana Point Harbor 50 Year Time Capsule

Monday, August 29th 4PM-6PM


Fifty years ago on Monday, August 29, 1966, a rock-placing ceremony sponsored by the County of Orange, the Orange County Harbor District marked the start of construction of Dana Point Harbor. At Doheny State Beach, during the event, a capsule was sealed into a rock chosen from those forming the breakwater. It’s time for the capsule’s contents will be revealed – exactly 50 years after the signature event. The unveiling Ceremony will begin at 4PM with a welcome address by Supervisor Bartlett and a BBQ dinner to follow.Dana Point



Fun Things To Do In July!

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Dana Point Fireworks Extravaganza

Come for a day at the beach and stay for the amazing fireworks show launched from a barge  off shore. This is one of the most popular  events at Doheny, so if you’re planning  to spend  the day at the beach  and see the fireworks in the evening, get an early start—the park fills up early. You may walk into the park any time during the day with no fee charged. Park hours are 6 am–10  pm. Fireworks start at 8:45 pm. Bring a personal  FM radio device and listen to the patriotic music accompanying  the fireworks on FM 88.5,  KSBR.

Time: 8:45–10  pm Location: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point Harbor extravaganza


112th  Huntington Beach Celebration

Celebrate  the Fourth with three  days of fun, featuring  live entertainment, exhibitions, food vendors, and family activities. On the 4th, enjoy a Lake Park Breakfast, a 5K and Fitness Expo, and the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade. Fireworks Over the Ocean begin at 9 pm. Refer to website for full list of activities. Time: Refer to website for schedule Location: Main & Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach Pier


Newport Beach “Old Glory” Boat Parade Cheer for your favorite boat-float in this festive water-borne parade.  This year’s theme is Celebrating Our Heroes; boat parade registration  is free to those wishing to decorate and participate. In addition  to the parade,  a pancake  breakfast,  lunch buffet, live music and fireworks make for a full day of fun. Refer to website for pricing. Time: Refer to website for schedule Location: Newport Harbor

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Fullerton Festival and Fireworks Show Enjoy fireworks, food, and entertainment! Fireworks begin at 9 pm and last for approximately 20 minutes.  Reasonably-priced  food will be offered by local charity organizations. No alcohol is served or allowed in the area. Live music will include Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics. Nominal fees may apply for activities ($2 to $4). Time: 5–9 pm Location: Fullerton High School Stadium, Berkeley & Lemon 4th_of_july.asp


July 7–Aug.  31, Pageant of the Masters

Experience a 90-minute stage  show of “living pictures”—incredibly faithful art re-creations  of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers  have won recognition  for the Pageant  as the best presentation of its kind. Time: 8:30 pm, performance dates vary Location: Festival of Arts 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach


July 10, German Heritage Day

Be one of the first 500 people to the celebration and you can enjoy free food!  The fun will also include Donau Schwaben , Folk Dancers, Wiener Dog Races, and a German-American  Brass Band. Time: 2–6 pm

Location: 7561 Center Ave., Old World Village, Huntington Beach


July 15–Aug.  14, Orange County Fair

Don’t miss carnival rides and games,  art exhibits, flower and garden  shows,  farm animals, car shows, delicious food, live music, contests, and more!  There’s something for everyone at Orange County’s premier family attraction. See website for details.

Time: Refer to website for schedule Location: 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa


July 15–31,  The Curse of Capistrano

Come enjoy a picnic in the park and experience  sword fighting,  flamenco  and romance! The Curse of Capistrano is based  on a 1919  serialized novel of the same name,  which was the first work to feature the fictional California character  named  Zorro. It is set in the historic Spanish mission of San Juan Capistrano,  California and the rural California countryside. Time: 7:30 pm, performance dates vary Location: Camino Real Playhouse in the Park 31776  El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano!prettyPhoto

July 16–17,  San Clemente Ocean Festival Come to San Clemente  for “The Greatest  Show on Surf”! Waterman and Waterwoman competitions, a 5K beach run, surf and bodysurf contests, fishing derby, Woody car exhibit, ocean  art show, Great Rubber Duck Race, and lifeguard competitions are just a few of the events at this year’s Ocean Festival. Time: See website for schedule Location: San Clemente  Pier, San Clemente


July 21, Yappy Hour Share libations with your human and canine friends at Yappy Hour. Human guests  can relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. For the canines,  there will be a variety of bacon,  chicken, beef or vegan-flavored  waters.  Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items will be available for purchase. Proceeds from Yappy Hour will benefit  the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence. Time: 5–8 pm Location: Ritz-Carlton, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point overview/press-releases/yappy-hour-returns


July 23, Cypress Festival Join thousands of others  for one of the largest one-day  festivals in Orange  County. This event includes a 5K/10K run, pancake breakfast,  Chili Cook-Off/Car Show, a coloring contest, family games,  food booths,  the Chamber  of Commerce  Business Expo, children’s rides, arts and crafts booth, and four stages  with non-stop entertainment! Admission is free. Time: 9 am–5 pm, see website for schedule Location: Oak Knoll Park, 9600  Graham  St.; Cypress Community Center,  5700  Orange Ave.

Main Floor Master Bedroom Home on Cul-De-Sac in Mission Viejo

Beautiful Ventana home on a cul-de-sac street with soaring cathedral ceilings and picturesque sunset views.  Open floorplan with loads of light streaming in through the new triple pane windows.  Hard to find main floor master bedroom featuring a double door entry and his and her closets (she gets the walk-in).  Remodeled kitchen with granite counters and a new stove top. Formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen.  Interesting architectural lines.  Currently configured with two bedrooms downstairs and an over-sized loft upstairs complete with closet inset and an amazing view from the walk-out balcony. Central air and a whole house water filtration system.  Attractive hardscape in both the front and back yards, fruit trees, gardening area and a private gazebo to enjoy the romantic sunsets.  Award winning schools.  Walk to nearby shops, restaurants and parks . Low tax rate and no mello roos.  Just perfect. Welcome home!

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75 Best Places To Eat Out In Orange County

Does everyone love eating out as much as we do?  I just discovered this list of the 75 best places to eat in Orange County.  The Dublin Pub has been one of our favorite go-to places for a couple of years now. It is just down the hill from our Mission Viejo home in Pacific Hills.

One of the reasons Orange County real estate is so desirable is because of all the things to do here including great places to eat.  Try some of these yourselves and let us know what your favorites are!