Fall and Halloween Events in Southern California | October 2019

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Fall is in full swing, which means it’s time to fill up your calendar with some of these amazing events in Southern California this October 2019 to give you all the seasonal vibes. From Oktoberfest and pumpkin patches to Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary Haunted Harbor and other horrors, it’s time to get into the fall spirit. Hey ghoul, hey!

Orange County Events: 

Knott’s Scary Farm


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Now – Monday, October 31st
Select Thursdays & Sundays 7PM-1AM
Select Fridays & Saturdays 7PM-2AM

Knott’s Scary Farm is where nightmares never end with 9 haunted mazes, 4 scare zones, 4 shows, and 1,000 monsters coming out to play.  Mazes, shows, thrill rides and scare zones create a creepy experience to get you in the spirits of Halloween. This year’s mazes include Paranormal Inc, Wax Works, The Curse of Calico and more. The big question is, who will be hung from the gallows this year?

Old World Oktoberfest

Now – Sunday, October 28th
Wed. & Thurs. 6:30-10PM; Fri. & Sat. 6:30PM-1AM; Sun. 2-7:30PM

Prost! Celebrate Oktoberfest in style at Old World in Huntington Beach with German bands, food trucks, beer and more for nearly two months. Sundays are Kinderfest family days with Dachshund wiener dog races (can’t miss for the kids!), Wednesdays and Thursdays are free admission, and every day is good food and good fun.

Phoenix Club Oktoberfest

Now – Sunday, October 28th
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

You’ve got options when it comes to your OC Oktoberfest celebration. Festivities include authentic German Polka Party music and live bands plus tons of beer of course at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. General admission is $10.

Irvine Park Railroads Pumpkin Patch


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September 14th – Thursday, October 31st
Weekdays 10AM-5PM; Weekends 8AM-6PM

The perfect place for the kids to enjoy some seasonal fun, the Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin patch has tons of activities including face painting, carnival games, mini train ride, pony rides, bike rentals, paddle boat rentals, hay rides, hay maze, panning for hold, John Deere racers, a small haunted house and cookie decorating. Stop by for the fun!

Haunt at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Friday, October 11th – Saturday, October 12th

Following the family-friendly Autumn Harvest Festival the week prior, the Haunt at Heritage Hill will transform for a Halloween teen/adult friendly event including scream zones, The Haunted School House Fright Maze, dance floor and DJ, screenings of horror movies and more. Dress up and join in the fun. Entrance is $10 per person, suggested for those 12 years+.

Buena Park Annual Silverado Days

Friday, October 18th – Sunday, October 20th
Fri: 5PM-12AM; Sat: 10AM-12AM; Sun: 8AM-10PM

Celebrating hometown family fun is a 3-day affair at the Buena Park Silverado Days festival. Events include the Annual Baby Classic, pie-eating contest, Mutt show and contest, Hog Calling Contest, live music, games, crafts, rides and more. Check out the website for a calendar of all the events.

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 26th
11AM Registration, Parade Begins at 6PM
The Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade is a nearly 100-year-old tradition attracting 50,000 attendees each year. Put together thanks to volunteer efforts, the community fun also includes the Miss Anaheim scholarship program. There is a kid’s costume contest as well as a Halloween pooch pawrade!

LA Events:

Hollywood Horror Nights


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Friday, September 14th – Saturday, November 3rd
7PM-2AM, Select Nights

For Hollywood quality scares, Universal Studios is the place to go. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is back with 10 terrifying mazes, a new Jabbawockeez show, the terror tram and scare zones to keep the hairs on the back of your neck raised all night long. Maze experiences include Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Curse of Pandora’s Box, House of 1,000 Corpses and more. The movie-level production on these terrifying experiences is absolutely chilling.

Alpine Village Oktoberfest

October 4th – Sunday, October 27th
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Alpine Village is the home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, located in Torrance. So if you’re going to celebrate, this Bavarian bash is the perfect place. Friday and Saturday are 21+ and Sundays are family days.

Queen Mary Dark Harbor


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Thursday, September 26th – Saturday, November 2nd
Times vary based on day

With more sinister spirits taking over the Queen Mary, this will be the scariest year yet. With 6 terrifying mazes, including a new one focused around the tragic end that came for the Captain of the Queen Mary after a rough wave damages his ship. This year features new paths, secret rooms, haunted bars, and more!

Farmers Market Fall Festival

Saturday, October 12th – Sunday, October 13th
All Day, Free Admission

The fun of the LA County fair comes to the heart of the city. Fall Festival fun includes a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, arts & crafts, pie-eating contests, and lots and lots of live music!  This is the perfect opportunity to fill your Instagram feed with enviable fall pics because the Market and its merchants will be fully decorated, with plenty of photo cut-outs throughout.

Dia De Los Muertos Festival

Saturday, November 2nd

The annual festival of the dead is back again, stuffed full of pan de muerto, performances, music, and thousands of people in the classic sugar skull dia makeup. And where better to celebrate than The Hollywood Forever Cemetery? The festival will include hundreds of Aztec Ritual dancers in full costume, four stages of music and theatrical performances, 100+ altars created by members of the community to their ancestors, costume contest, kids art area and so much more.

Inland Empire Events

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest


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Saturday, September 7th – Saturday, November 2nd
Weekends, Sat. 12PM-12AM; Sun. 12-6PM

This year Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake rages on even longer with extended dates. A true German celebration, you’ll be treated to authentic German entertainment; feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher, and enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest for more than 150 years! This year there will also be an expanded “Kinder Garten” and kid’s fun.

The Pumpkin Factory Corona

Thursday, October 3rd – Thursday, October 31st
Times vary throughout week

The fall fun is going on all month long at the Pumpkin Factory in Corona. There will be kids carnival rides, inflatable slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, face painting food and more. Share the excitement and anticipation as your kids carefully select just the right pumpkin, grown on the family farm, for you to take home and carve together.

Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 28th – Sunday, October 27th
Events all month long

All month long in Temecula you can enjoy the Harvest Festival and the iconic 12-acre corn maze. Every weekend you can enjoy the pumpkin patch, pony rides, hayrides, pillow jump, pig races, corn cannon, face painting, rock wall and so much more. Special events throughout the month include the Classic Car Craze on September 28th.

Fall Joshua Tree Music Festival


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Thursday, October 10th – Sunday, October 13th
Single Day and 4-Day Festival Passes Available

The iconic desert festival brings together the great outdoors and great music. A family-friendly global music experience, the fall festival is a four-day all weekend event with dozens of bands and artists filling the intimate outdoor space. There’s camping on site, Kidsville play area, yoga classes from sunrise to sunset, positive vibration stations, live painting and action, Astronomy Theater and experiences to accompany the great music.

Palm Springs Modernism Week Fall Preview

Thursday, October 17th – Sunday, October 20th

Modernism Week Fall Preview will feature a selection of the most popular events from the February festival, including the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale, architectural walking and bike tours, festive cocktail parties, home tours, stimulating lectures, the not-to-be-missed Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, classic cars, tours of Sunnylands, and more.

San Diego Events

Taste of North Park

Saturday, October 12th

This event isn’t just for foodies, it’s for anyone who loves to explore and learn more about the local culture in North Park. Known for great food, brew-masters and more, at Taste of North Park you will get the chance to walk and sip on 15 different craft brews form your 4-ounce sampler as well as nibble on dozens of local food stops. Tickets are available for food only, beer only, or a combo food and beer option.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival


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Saturday, October 12th – Sunday, October 13th

Pinkies up! The La Jolla Art and Wine Festival is a classy affair you don’t want to miss. Enjoy wine, beer and spirits along with live entertainment, family art activities, pet adoption, and silent auction. The event is totally free to attend and you will get to see over 150 artists from across the U.S show off their paintings, sculptures, woodwork and more. The iconic wine and beer garden highlights over 40 international wineries, local craft breweries, and craft distilleries. There’s truly something for everyone!

Borrego Days Desert Festival


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Friday, October 18th – Sunday, October 20th
Events all weekend long

Featuring festivities all weekend long, there will be a parade starting at 9:30AM on Saturday with an airshow, followed by a full festival with live music, kid’s zone, beer garden, unique booths, art, and food. Saturday and Sunday night will feature live music in the park at Christmas Circle, and all weekend long you can soak in the small-town charm and wide-open desert. This year’s theme ‘Bloom in Borrego’ brings awareness and pays homage to the beauty of Borrego Springs and the surrounding 600,000 acres Anza- Borrego Desert State Park.

San Diego Halloween Pub Crawl

Friday, October 25th

Featuring several different pub-crawls leading up to Halloween, including one on the day of, these events are a great way to celebrate and explore San Diego’s Gaslamp bars and nightclubs. Featuring drink specials, a zombie pub crawl after party and more, it will be a night of hauntingly good times.

Trick-or-Treat on India Street

Friday, October 25th

Explore the streets of Little Italy at the annual Trick-or-Treat on India Street. Everyone goes all out on the costumes so brainstorm your best group costume and hit the streets for candy, treats, and spooky fun for all ages. Maps of participating businesses will be available so you know where to collect your ghoulish rewards.

What events in Southern California this October 2019 will be stopping by to get into the fall spirit? Leave a comment and share all about it!