This september there are some seriously fun events in Orange County. Kick off the month with the Orange International Street Fair and don't miss all the music festivals, food events, beer tastings, and family fun to follow. Ranging from art and culture to food and fun, there are tons of things to do in Orange County this September 2017.
Orange International Street Fair
Friday, September 1st – Sunday, September 3rd
Fri. 5PM-10PM; Sat. & Sun. 10AM-10PM
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. 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. It’s a Labor Day weekend tradition; we’ll see you there!
Laguna Dance Festival
Thursday, September 7th – Sunday, September 17th
Performances for the Laguna Dance Festival include three unique stylistic shows. The festival kicks off on Thursday the 7th with the Art Walk including performances at Kyble Dance Theater and Entity Contemporary Dance. Attracting both dancers and dance lovers to this idyllic resort setting, Laguna Dance Festival is dedicated to audience awareness and appreciation through major annual performances, as well as education and small group opportunities, as well as through major annual performances. Support the local arts and enjoy moving dance performances all month long.
Tall Ships Festival
Friday, September 8th – Sunday, September 10th
Sat & Sun 10AM-4PM
In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. This extraordinary event takes place each year the second weekend in September. History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, ship tours, and much more.
Harvest Moon Celebration
Friday, September 8th
Solutions for Urban Agriculture ("SFUA") will be celebrating their 2nd annual regional urban agricultural alliances dedicated towards local food solutions and ending hunger in Orange County and beyond. Hosting nationally recognized speakers, enjoy an amazing selection of locally grown foods prepared by some of your favorite local chefs. Get your dancing shoes ready to enjoy the live music. All proceeds from the event will go toward eradicating hunger and providing important educational programming about food, wellness and the impacts urban farming can make in our communities.
The Ohana Fest
Friday, September 8th – Sunday, September 10th
In addition to offering a full day in the sun with a diverse music lineup, Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. The festival includes craft beer, wine, signature cocktails, artisan food from local restaurants, food trucks and entertainment all day long. Headliners include Social Distortion on Friday, Eddie Vedder on Saturday and Jack Johnson on Sunday.
Old World Oktoberfest
Sunday, September 10th – Sunday, October 30th
Wed. & Thurs. 6:30-10PM; Fri. & Sat. 6:30PM-1AM; Sun. 2-7:30PM
Yes, Oktoberfest begins in September. 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.
Savor Santa Ana
Thursday, September 14th
Savor Santa Ana is a night of tasting the latest artisanal foods in Downtown Santa Ana. $10 gets you five tastings of your choice with 40 restaurants to choose from. Walk or hop on the free historic trolley to make it to your next delicious location and explore DTSA. The event will include music, craft beer and of course great food from all the cool new restaurants in town.
Saturday, September 16th
Local chefs, farmers, fishermen, and vintners collaborate on an unforgettable farm to table dining experience in support of The Ecology Center for the 9th annual Green Feast. 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.
Anaheim Fest of Ales
Saturday, September 16th
This beer festival held in Downtown Anaheim includes a home brew competition, unlimited craft beer tastes with over 80 brews to sample, live music, games, and unlimited gourmet food tastings. Partial proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the non-profit organizations, The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade, and Downtown Anaheim Association.
San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival
Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 17th
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 taverna 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. Admission and parking is free!
Sunday, September 17th
This all-ages event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the beautiful Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Children 5 & under are free and will not require a ticket. Discover the newest trends in popular baby brands at the region's soon-to-be most popular family music and arts festival. Stick around for a variety of engaging activities for children, a vendor-filled shopping village and live music.
Tastemakers of Orange County 2.0
Wednesday, September 20th
This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage and gives guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. The celebration at SOCO and the OC Mix in Costa Mesa will include food tastings, fun entertainment, opportunity drawing, and a silent auction all hosted at the SOCO and The OC Mix Farm Stands.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Thursday, September 21st – Tuesday, October 31st
Select Thursdays & Sundays 7PM-1AM
Select Fridays & Saturdays 7PM-2AM
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. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s mazes including Fiesta de los Muertos, Shadow Lands, Paranormal Inc., and a new experience called Trick or Treat Lights Out where all you have is a faulty flashlight to get you through a completely dark maze with hidden horrors.
Newport Beach Taste of History
Friday, September 22nd
Enjoy a delicious dinner with friends overlooking picturesque Newport Harbor featuring cuisine stations from all time favorite local Newport Beach restaurants, live entertainment, historical programs, local celebrities, opportunity drawings and more. Held at the Historic Balboa Pavilion, the 50th anniversary fundraiser event will raise money for the Newport Beach Historical Society.
Brew Ha Ha Beer Festival
Saturday, September 23rd
It’s time again for the annual Brew Ha Ha, now it’s its 8th 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. Did you know that for $85 you get access to the rare beer selection? Check out the website for more details.
Coastal Country Jam
Saturday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 24th
Brett Young, Eli Young Band, Old Dominion and more play with headliner Lady Antibellum at Huntington State Beach for a country concert in the sand. Enjoy tons of BBQ options, beach bars, bean bags, hammocks, line dancing, bull rides, carnival rides, a silent disco and of course great music. Get your two day festival ticket online, general admission starting $139 for early bird.
Global Village Festival
Saturday, September 23rd
This all-day event features more than 100 performances representing cultures from around the world; international cuisine; kids' crafts and activities; cultural and religious exhibits; and an international marketplace. Festival admission and parking are free. A variety of sample-sized servings of food will be available for purchase, with prices ranging from $2 to $5; please bring cash.
2017 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure
Sunday, September 24th
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world's largest, most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer. The race series includes more than 140 events on four continents, with over one million participants coming together every year to take part in the fight against breast cancer. The annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors around the world who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause.
Orange County International Auto Show
Thursday, September 28th – Sunday, October 1st
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, there are over 600 new cars, trucks and SUVs to check out at the OC International Auto Show. Check out the list of cars available for test drives from tons of companies from Jeep, Mazda, and Kia to Nissan and Ford. General admission is $12, kids 12 and under are free, senior and military tickets are $10.
OC Weekly Decadence
Friday, September 29th
Enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from over 40 restaurants, bars and pourers. Put on by OC Weekly, this is Orange County’s larges foodie soiree. Skip the line with early entrance with your VIP ticket or opt for general admission. Participating restaurants include Five Crowns, SideDoor, Brasa Rotisserie, Burgerim, Texas de Brazil, Saint Marc, Cucina Enoteca, House of Blues and more coming to Hotel Irvine for the big night.
Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st
Grand Tastings Sat & Sun 2:30PM-6PM; Various VIP events throughout the weekend
Newport Beach Wine & Food is the most exclusive, intimate and world-class epicurean lifestyle event in Southern California. You’ll enjoy one-of-a-kind dinners by celebrity chefs and local masters, taste bites from 40 different top restaurants with their executive chefs and sip from over 250 varieties of wines, spirits and craft brews. VIP events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, master sommelier tasting panels and interactive mixology courses will all be offered throughout the weekend festivities.
What event in Orange County this September 2017 are you most looking forward to? If we missed your favorite event in our line-up, leave a comment and tell us all about it!