October 2008 Event Calendar California


  October 18, 2008


ATASCADERO - Colony Days. Starting with a parade at 10 a.m., the day is filled with celebration. Food, fine wine, contests, demos, vendor booths and costumes all make this historic-based event fun, and some say educational, to boot! colonydays.org

AVALON - Jazz Trax Festival. 22nd annual event features three weekends of live jazz music from top artists performing at the elegant Avalon Casino Ballroom. Artists in two shows are Nick Colionne and Jesse J at Noon; Euge Groove and J Soto at  7 p.m. Cost: $25 - 65. Location: 1 Casino Way, Avalon (Catalina Island), CA. jazztrax.com

BIG BEAR LAKE - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. 38th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Schedule of Events includes Log Sawing & Stein Holding Contests - held several times throughout the day. Safe Slam Beer Drinking contest every Saturday evening, the night in which . only persons 21 years and older will be admitted after 6:00 p.m. Families with children who have entered Oktoberfest prior to 6:00 p.m. will not be asked to leave.  Outside Budenstrasse Game Booths, Exhibitors, Petting Zoo Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m.  Price: $5 - 10 approx. (kids under 12 free). Location: Big Bear Lake Convention Center, Highway 18 at Division Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA. Call: (909) 585-3000. bigbearevents.com

BLUE LAKE - Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Hay rides and 7 acre corn maze add to pumpkin patch fun. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Potter's Produce. Go toward Mad River Beach, exit 101 at Guintoli, Blue Lake, CA. Call: (707) 668-5135.

BUENA PARK - Silverado Days. This western-themed event features food, entertainment, a car show, a dog show, and lots to howl about.  Enjoy a great line-up of entertainment that includes: 12:00 PM Buena Park Youth Theater; 1:00 PM Baby Classic Baby Contest; 2:30 PM Buena Park High School Dance; 4:00 PM Buena Park Community Chorus; 5:00 PM; Andy Rau Bluegrass Band at 5 p.m. and  Raymond Michael, America's Best Elvis Impersonator, at 7 p.m. Location: Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Dr. Buena Park, CA. Time: 4 p.m. to Midnight.

CALABASAS - Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. This annual event features live entertainment, pumpkin patch, pumpkin pie eating contest, seed spitting contest, a beer garden, food vendors and fun. Location: Juan Bautista De Anza Park, Entrance at Lost Hills and Agoura Rd. off Hwy 101. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free festival admission. calabasaspumpkinfestival.com

CAMPBELL - Campbell Oktoberfest. Annual event sponsored by Campbell Chamber of Commerce takes to the streets for beer, bratz, bands and fun. Location: Downtown Campbell with parking at N. 2nd Street & Civic Center Drive (behind Aqui Cal-Mex); S. 1st Street at Rincon Ave. (south of the Water Tower); South side of Orchard City Drive between S. 1st & the railroad tracks; North side of Orchard City Drive between S. 1st & S. Central; East Campbell Avenue near Central Avenue; On Railway Avenue north and south of Orchard City Drive, Campbell, CA.  Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call: (408) 378-6252. campbellchamber.com

CONCORD - Gyro's 4D Fear Factory. This Halloween Haunt is just what you need to launch your celebrating. Time: 7 - 12 Midnight.  Cost: $23.99.  Location: Waterworld California, 1950 Waterworld Parkway, Concord, CA. Call: (866) 901-FEAR (3327). 3dfearfactory.com

FILLMORE  - The Pumpkin Train. Ride a vintage train to the private pumpkin patch Ichabog. Stay for 1 to 3 hours on Jolly Jumps, Carousel, Haunted Hay Maze, arts & crafts booths, garden gifts, BBQ sandwiches sold and more. Time: 10 a.m., Noon, 2 & 4 p.m. Cost: $15 adult; $8 Age 4 -12; $6 Age 2 -3; Free for infant that sits on parents lap and doesn't occupy a seat. Location: Fillmore & Western Railway Company, 351 Santa Clara St. (Red caboose), Fillmore, CA. Reservations: (800) 773-8724. fwry.com

GOLETA - Lemon Festival. Music, entertainment, food and contests such as the pie eating competition are included in this fun event. Location: Girsh Park, Goleta, CA. lemonfestival.com

HALF MOON BAY - Pumpkin Festival. Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, now in its 38th year, features live entertainment, wine sampling, pumpkin weigh-in for contest, pie eating contest, haunted barn, costume contest, scarecrow contest, and tons of fun. Location: Downtown Half Moon Bay. Time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Call: (650) 726-9652.

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Old World Village Oktoberfest. Adults only night with a Bavarian band, live entertainment, German foods served and beers on tap, plus the pretty "shot" girls and a large dance floor. Location: 7571 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Cost: ($10/person approx.). Call: (714) 895-8020. oldworld.ws

LAKE ELSINORE - Toxic Terrors The Haunted Stadium. Three extreme walk-through attractions combine state-of-the-art effects with ultra-realistic environments, placing YOU in incredibly terrifying situations where you must make decisions, face your fears, and risk your own fate. This haunted stadium is infected with zombies and mutated creatures in a toxic nightmare. Location: Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore, Time:  7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Midnight.  Bite & Fright held tonight offers patrons a buffet, dining with monsters. Ticket: $15; $13 for groups 10+. toxicterrors.com

LATRHOP  - 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. pumpkinmaze.com

LONG BEACH - Harvest Festival with Sourdough Slim. Music, Western-themed comedy and artist quality glass art, jewelry, ceramics and gifts sold at this holiday event. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $9 Adult; $7 Senior 62+; $4 Youth 13-17; Free 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. One ticket is good for all three days. Location: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. havestfestival.com

LONG BEACH  - Shipwreck - 14th annual Halloween Terrorfest at Queen Mary ship. Explore 7 terrifying mazes on and off the ship. Revamped for new thrills in 2008. Time: 7 p.m. to 12 Midnight. Cost: $34. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA. queenmary.com

LOS OLIVOS - A Day in the Country. Join in the fun with a 5K Run, Parade, Apple Pie contest, food booths, vendors, wine, art and all sorts of wonderful things that Los Olivos enjoys in the beautiful Santa Barbara County countryside. The parade is unique in that it combines marching bands, vintage cars, and Halloween Costumes in parade entries called "Scarecrows on Parade" make it a very seasonal celebration. Location: Downtown Los Olivos, CA. Time: 7:30 a.m. begins with Breakfast at the Grange. 10 a.m. parade begins. 5K Run starts at Lavinia Campbell Park (Grand & Alamo Pintado Ave.) Cost: Free admission. losolivosca.com

ORANGE - Pumpkin Patch. A huge pumpkin patch and train ride are part of the fun in this 3rd annual event that includes train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, pony rides, thousands of pumpkins and more. Admission into the pumpkin patch is FREE. Prices for other activities vary. Location: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA. Cars are charged $3 parking. irvineparkrailroad.com

PACIFIC PALISADES - Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit Exhibit. The Society of Dilettanti takes delight in sex and the finer things in life at The Getty Villa. Open Thursday-Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required, but admission is free. Parking fee: $10/car.  Location: 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA. getty.edu.

PASADENA - Old Town Haunt. Descend into the basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building where mysterious things have happened for over 107 years. Something lives down there -- the basement was sealed shut for decades but now... Time: 7 p.m. to midnight 12 a.m. Kids Matinee Noon - 4 p.m. Cost: $10 - 18.50. Location: 20 N. Raymond @ Colorado, Pasadena, CA. oldtownhaunt.com

PETALUMA - Petaluma Valley Oktoberfest. Time: 4  to 10 p.m. Cost: $12/adult; $6/child. Location: Fairgrounds, Petaluma, California. Call: (707) 541-2595. petalumavalleyrotary.org

PISMO BEACH - Clam Festival. This 62nd annual event celebrates the pismo clam, and Pismo Beach with a clam chowder cook-off. A parade launches the event which includes food booths, contests, live entertainment and more. Location: Downtown Pismo Beach, CA. pismochamber.com

RIVERSIDE - Barn Dance. Dress up like a farmer, scarecrow or barnyard animal. Keep it g rated, please. Time: 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Cost: Free admission. Location: Cowtown, 15950 Van Buren, Riverside, CA. christiansinglesfunevents.com

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - Antique Fair along Mariposa Street in the downtown area is sponsored by San Juan Bautista Antique Committee.  Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: San Juan Bautista, CA. Call: (831) 623-4491.  san-juan-bautista.ca.us
SANTA PAULA - Faulkner Farms Rotary Pumpkin Patch. Acres of pumpkins, a giant sunflower forest for the kids, towering hay pyramids, hay rides with historic information about the area, farm animals, pony rides, mini train rides, face painting, a country store, delicious food and great entertainment are offered in this community oriented event held weekends during Halloween season. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $2. Location: 14292 W. Telegraph, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Call: (888) 522-1884. faulknerfarmpumpkinpatch.com

SONORA - Certified Farmer's Market. Includes featured entertainment. Fresh produce, crafts and live entertainment. Location: Theall and Stewart St., Sonora, CA. Time: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Call: (209) 532-7735. sonoraca.com

SPRINGVILLE - Springville Apple Festival. 28th annual Apple Festival includes food, arts, activities, music, apple pie contests and fun for all ages. Location: Downtown Springville, California. Cost: Free admission. Time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. springville.ca.us

TORRANCE - Alpine Village Oktoberfest  Enjoy live entertainment with European recording artists, and Direct from Germany bands in a covered beer garden with a stage, dancing, German foods and beer on tap. Location: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Call: (310) 323-6520. alpinevillage.net

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Halloween Horror Nights. Put on your creepy clothes and head over to the scariest place in town, Universal.  Begins at 7pm. Tickets are available for purchase at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

VENTURA - Ventura Harvest 08 ArtWalk Weekend. Ojai artist Dianne Bennett will be featured at the Museum of Ventura County during Ventura’s Harvest 08 ArtWalk weekend. Meet the museum’s ArtWalk artist on Saturday, October 18, from 1 to 7 pm, and on Sunday, October 19, from 12 to 4 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, 89 South California Street, Ventura, CA. Call: (805) 653-0323. venturamuseum.org.



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