Orange County 2010-model OC Auto Show.
New cars, crossovers, sport/utility vehicles,
trucks and more take over the Anaheim Convention
Center in an automotive extravaganza featurung
futuristic concept cars, eye-popping exotics,
pre-production models, interactive ride and
drives and the latest alternative fuel options
for showgoers looking to go green. Additionally,
the auto show will pump up the energy with
exciting bikini contests, aftermarket
accessories and the latest in car customization.
Time: October 17 - 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday,
October 18 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost: $6-10.
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, 800
West Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA.
AVALON - Jazz Trax
Jazz Concerts on Catalina Island. Top jazz
artists perform Oct. 8-11; and Oct. 15-18. Costs
BUENA PARK -
Knotts Berry Farm-
Knott's Scary Farm Haunt is world's largest theme park event.
Shocking walk-through mazes, re-themed rides and one scare
experience, with Knott’s Annual Haunt and 1,000 costumed
creatures wandering the park, mazes and rides. Knott’s Berry Farm closes at 5:30 p.m. each evening and reopens
at 7 p.m. as Knott’s Scary Farm. The fear continues until 1 a.m.
(2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Tickets: $37-54/person. Opens
at 7 p.m. knotts.com
Oktoberfest. Campbell's two day Oktoberfest
is the best. Held in Downtown Campbell, the
event offers entertainment with Bavarian bands,
beer garden and more. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Call:
(408) 378-6252. campbellchamber.com
COSTA MESA - Fall Concert Series at Orange
County Market Place.
Believing, a Journey Tribute at noon and 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with Market Place admission.
Location: Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair
Drive - Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa,
(949) 723-6660. ocmarketplace.com
- Haunted House. The Downtown Business
Association offers a haunted house experience in
a 15-room Grand Haunt filled with ghosts and
ghouls, a mad scientist and a funeral parlor. It
will feature live actors, scary surprises and
smoke and mirrors. Admission is $10, with a
special $15 front-of-the-line pass. Cost is $5
for younger children for the 'Lights-On' version
of the haunted house. Time: 5 to 10 p.m.
Wednesdays - Thursdays; 5 p.m. to midnight
Fridays -Saturdays. Location: Haunted House, 333
E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025. Contact:
Ragfest 2009. Dancing, music, and more.
Cost: $25 admission. Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the
Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through
November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest
celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of
visitors venture to this historic East County
mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains,
to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple
pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres
of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and
breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops
and live entertainment. julianca.com
- Fat Tire Festival. Annual event.
Kernville, CA. Call: (760) 376-6553.
- Stampede Rodeo. Held at John E.
McNalley Arena, Kernville, CA.
Dell'Osso Family Farm Pumpkin Maze. This
11th annual event includes an awesome maze to
work your way out of, plus pumpkin blaster where
you can shoot miniature pumpkins, Kiddie Land,
Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, Face Painting,
Tractor Train, free Hay Ride, free Hay Bale
Pyramid, free Speedway, free Hay Bale Labyrinth,
Maze Bridges, food & fun. Cost: Free to $12.50.
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Location: 501 S. Manthey
Rd., Lathrop, CA 95330. Call: (209) 982-0833.
LONG BEACH - Shipwreck - 15th annual Halloween Terrorfest at Queen Mary ship. Explore
5 terrifying mazes on and
off the ship. Time: 7 p.m. to
12 Midnight. Cost: $29; Fastpass: $40. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long
Beach, CA. queenmary.com / shipwreckhalloween.com
- Fall Festival at the LA Farmer's Market.
This popular event has included pig races,
Halloween costumes, marching bands and other
festive entertainment. Time: All Day.
Location: 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA.
Call: (323) 933-9211. farmersmarketla.com.
Monterey Bay Aquarium 25
Year Anniversary. Join the silver
anniversary and 25 years of inspiring ocean
conservation. The weekend celebration includes
live music; sustainable seafood cooking
demonstrations and tastings; a scavenger hunt;
prizes; a family craft room and more. Programs
and activities include: Sustainable seafood
demonstration and tasting prepared by Portola
Restaurant's Chef David Anderson on the
ocean-front deck, and learn how to make seafood
choices that will assure a future with abundant
ocean wildlife (Saturday only). Live music from
Caribbean steel drums and Latin jazz by Derek
Smith in the Marine Mammal Gallery from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Family crafts in the Discovery
Labs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Scavenger hunt
includes finding 25 items that have been at the
Aquarium since 1984. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $17.97 - 29.95 (kids under 3 free).
Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. Call:
(866) 963-9645. montereybayaquarium.org
Western Heritage Weekend. Includes stunt
ropers, country music, cowboy poetry, a medicine
show and more. At 3:00pm, the Wild West rides
off into the sunset, but the Catterwailers heat
up the Harvest Stage with their high-energy
bluegrass music. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost:
$10. Location: Underwood Family Farms, 3370
Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA.
ORANGE- Irvine Park Railroad
Pumpkin Patch. Fun for all ages, but
designed for kids. Ride the train, play carnival
games, hay rides, maze, haunted house, and
pumpkins. Pumpkin Patch time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: No admission, parking fee at Irvine
Regional Park is $3 weekday, $5 weekend.
Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA.
SlaughterHaunts Haunted House. Time: 5:30-7:30
Kid Friendly 7:30pm-11pm Ages 7+. Cost:
5:30-7:30pm $5 Kid Maze; 7:30-11:00pm $16
SlaughterHouse $6 Ghost Tunnels; $19 Both
Attractions; Phone: 707-332-6171; Address: 15
Copeland Petaluma, CA. slaughterhaunts.com
Oktoberfest. This annual Petaluma Rotary
Oktoberfest is great fun for the community to
come out and dance, sing, and sample Bavarian
delights. Beer Garden, Steve Balich orchestra, great German
food, fine Lagunitas beer, polka dancing, lots
of fun, camaraderie and atmosphere. Plus it’s
all for a great cause – Lend a Hand to Education
and other important Rotary projects. Silent
Auction. Time: 4 to 10 p.m. Admission: Advance
sales adults $10, day of $12; under 21 $4, day
of $6. Location: Herzog Hall, Petaluma
Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Drive off E Washington
Street, Petaluma, CA.
Farmer's Market. Amnesia is featured
entertainment. Fresh produce, crafts and live
entertainment. Location: Theall and Stewart St.,
Sonora, CA. Time: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Call: (209)
Springville Apple Festival. Pie eating
contest, 5 & 10 K Apple Run, Fat Tire Classic,
carnival, clowns, and plenty of food in this
downtown event that celebrates the fall harvest,
and the pick of the crop. Time: Daily. Cost:
Free admission. Location: Springville,
California. Call: (559) 539-0619.
Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Peltzer Farms. Open daily 9 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Located 6 miles east of 1-15, take Rancho California
Road Exit to Calle Contento. Peltzer Farms, 39925 Calle
Contento, Temecula, CA 92591. Call: (951) 695-1115.