Events in Southern California September 2021

This September there are some seriously fun events in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Inland Empire. 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 Southern California this September.

Orange County Events

First Team Anaheim Hills Blood Drive

Wednesday, September 1st
10am – 4pm


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After a successful Red Cross Blood Drive back in June, our team in Anaheim Hills is back with another chance to give back and save a life! Join us for the next Red Cross Blood Drive at 8028 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92808. Follow the link above to secure your appointment time now.

Orange International Street Fair

Friday, September 3rd – Sunday, September 5th
Friday 5-10PM | Saturday & Sunday 10AM-10PM

The Orange International Street Fair is BACK for 2021! Filling Old Towne Orange with food booths from around the world, the street fair is all about delicious eats. Each street leading out of the Old Towne Plaza features a selection of international food and drinks, including German, Irish, English, Polynesian, American, Greek, Japanese, Swiss, Italian, Lebanese, Australian, and Mexican areas. Enjoy live music all weekend long plus the Children’s street, arts and crafts, community booths, beer booths, and more.

Maritime Festival in Dana Point

Friday, September 10th – Sunday, September 12th
Fri. 4-8pm | Sat/Sun. 8am-8pm

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.

Brew Ska Ska Beer Festival

Saturday, September 11th
Unlimited beer tastings until 4pm

The Ohana Fest

Friday, September 24th – Sunday, September 26th
Weekend & single day passes available

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.

Old World Oktoberfest Parade

Sunday, September 26th
Details coming soon

Orange County’s favorite Oktoberfest celebration at Old World isn’t a sure thing for 2021 yet, but they will be hosting a Parade on Sunday, September 26th. Check in later for updates to find out what’s in store this fall!

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival

Saturday, September 25th – Sunday, September 26th
Sat. 11am-10pm | Sun. 12-9pm

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!

Los Angeles Events

Long Beach Greek Festival

Saturday, September 4th – Monday, September 6th
Opens daily at 12pm

The Long Beach Greek Festival and Cultural Event is a community celebration of Hellenic culture. During the festival, our church grounds transform into a Grecian Village complete with all the best the Greeks have to offer. The festival includes authentic Greek dance performers, free Greek dance lessons, authentic Greek food and pastries, cooking lessons, full meals, beverages, vendor booths featuring an array of exotic gifts and artwork, a children’s carnival area, and continuous live Greek music

Bite-Sized LA County Fair

Friday, September 10th – Sunday, September 26th
Weekends only, limited tickets available

The mini version of the LA County Fair you all know and love, Bite-Sized will tide you over until the full-scale LA County Fair returns next May.  

Long Beach Lobster Festival

September 9-11, 2022
Fri. 5-10pm | Sat./Sun. 12-10pm

The lobsters are coming to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach for the annual Lobster Festival. The fun live entertainment, kids stage, inflatable bounces, and more. This is more than just a chance to chow down on delicious lobster, the fun includes carnival games, more food, arts & crafts booths, and plenty more to explore.

Redondo Beach Kite Festival

Sunday, September 19th

Street Food Cinema

September 4th, 5th, 18th and 25th 
Locations Vary

These Saturday night movie events include live music, a movie and food trucks.

San Diego County Events

12th San Diego Spirits Festival

Saturday, September 11th – Sunday, September 12th
Sat. 2-6pm | Sun. 1-5pm

San Diego Festival of the Arts

Saturday, September 11th – Sunday, September 12th

San Diego Design Week

Wednesday, September 8th – Sunday, September 12th
Check online for more details

San Diego Design Week is an annual five-day celebration of design featuring presentations, studio tours, workshops, and self-guided tours hosted by groups throughout the local design community. Including everything from interior and landscape design, to fashion, graphic design, and technology, there’s something for everyone.

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, September 9th – Sunday, September 12th
Tickets available online

SeaWorld Spooktacular + Howl-O-Scream

Friday, September 17th – Sunday, October 31st
Weekend Events

Halloween time at SeaWorld brings candy, costumes, and your favorite Sesame Street friends. Treat the whole family to festive fun at SeaWorld Spooktacular weekends. And if you want to get scary with the adults, come out for Howl-O-Scream, a separately ticketed night event with haunted houses, scare zones, live entertainment, DJ dance parties, access to themed bars, rides, and coasters inside the park, and more.

Inland Empire Events

Grape Stomp at South Coast Winery

Friday, September 10th – Sunday, September 26th
Event held Fridays and Sundays

Riverside Tamale Festival

Saturday, September 18th 

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 11th – Sunday, November 7th

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.

Explore Riverside Together

Saturday, September 25th 
Check-in time slots available between 9am – 12 pm

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