Pumpkins, Phantoms & the Pacific! October Events in Southern California

October So Cal Events

It’s that time of year again, when So Cal residents dig into their inspiration bank to create innovative costumes and decorate their Taylor Morrison homes for the coming monster mash. But even if you’re not really a Halloween party kind of person, there’s a variety of fun fall happening up and down the coast this October.

Food & wine. Succulent seafood. Cold beer and the joy of visiting the pumpkin patch. Check out all the cool stuff taking place near you.


Cottages at St. Cloud in Oceanside

On October 7th, prepare for downtown Oceanside to become foodie paradise. Perhaps the most anticipated event of the year, the Taste of Oceanside brings all your favorite restaurants together for one big fat delicious rendezvous. Miller’s Table, TBG Barbecue, ZigZag Pizza Pie, Chronic Tacos and two dozen more top local eateries will be there. $30 gets you 3 hours of food tasting from 2-5pm – for just ten bucks more you can add craft beer & wine. Hurry as just 1,000 tickets are sold. Don’t miss out on your chance to ride the Taste Trolley.

Take part in the 17th Annual Dia de los Muertos at Old Mission San Luis Rey. Enjoy traditional Mexican altars, the Los Siempre Car Show, food, live music, arts & crafts and much more. Sunday, October 29th from 10am-4pm.

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Estancia at Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe

The Harvest Festival Original Art & Crafts Show is returning to Del Mar Fairgrounds October 13-15. Purchase unique handcrafted wares from countless vendors while enjoying fabulous live entertainment on the Food Court Stage.

Enter the Inn-Sane Asylum for two nights only, October 26th & 27th. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s annual haunted house is a local tradition and a spooky tour through the asylum is 100% free. Food trucks will be on hand and tickets for the dinner on the croquet lawn sold separately.

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Echo 56 in Newport Beach

Art in the Park at the Civic Green is now entering its 14th year of bringing 100+ talented local artisans together to exhibit and sell their work to Newport Beach’s many art connoisseurs. Shop handmade crafts from a variety of mediums 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 14th.

Show your support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at their Annual Beach, Brews & BBQ event. Called the tastiest charity event of the year, you’ll be licking your lips all the way back in line for seconds. Presented by BJ Restaurant at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Saturday, October 28th.

For more deliciously smoky meat, join Firestone Walker Brewing Company for ice-cold beers and endless plates of roasted swine. Porktoberfest is quickly making its name as the most anticipated barbecue event in Newport Beach. Wednesday, October 18th from 7-10pm.

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Lighthouse in Costa Mesa

Halloween Goes Hollywood is the most captivating Halloween event in town. Celebrate the scariest time of year with the Pacific Symphony and movie favorites. The interactive Musical Carnival in the lobby lets kids test drive musical instruments and participate in arts & crafts activities. Two shows on October 21st at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 10am and 11:30am. Don’t forget to come in costume!

Inspire a love of reading in your kids at the OC Children’s Book Festival on Sunday, October 1st from 9:30am to 4pm. Watch your little ones be mesmerized by professional storytellers enchanting from the big stage. 3,000+ children’s books will be on sale, including autographed copies from the authors themselves. Entrance is absolutely free.

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Pacifica San Juan in San Juan Capistrano

Mark your calendars for October 7th. The Vintage Food & Wine Festival returns to Mission San Juan Capistrano and this year’s event is better than ever. Featuring dozens of top restaurants and nearly twenty craft breweries & wineries, it’s the perfect place to please your palate.

Fall Fest at Reata Park & Events Center combines food, fun & libations with horticulture and sustainable living. Hosted by Goin’ Native Therapeutic Gardens, the event will feature gardening workshops, environmental speakers, live blue grass music and the chance to purchase live plants for your own garden. October 14th from 10am-5pm. Donate a can of food to Second Harvest Food Bank and take home a free pumpkin! (While supplies last)

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Saviero in Irvine

Spooktacular Fun Days at the OC Great Park is a great opportunity for kids to give their costumes a dress rehearsal before Halloween. Three time slots are available per day, October 14th & 15th. Pumpkin patch, trick or treating, arts & crafts and plenty of fun & games. Please bring canned goods to donate to the Orange County Food Bank in their efforts to scare away hunger this holiday season.

There’s no place to hunt down a carve-worthy pumpkin than at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. Open daily from September 16th through Halloween. Entrance to the pumpkin patch is free. Irvine Regional Park vehicle permit and activity tickets sold separately.

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Sea Summit in San Clemente

Raise your stein for a toast at Dana Point Oktoberfest on October 7th at Sea Terrace Park. Enjoy traditional German food and plenty of Lederhosen, Dirndl & Oompah from the Old World.

The 30th Annual San Clemente Sea Fest is the perfect opportunity to reignite your love of the ocean. October 1st from 9:30am to 3pm, enjoy a surf contest, countless vendors and public tastings from competitors in the famed Clam Chowder Cook-Off.

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Sol y Mar in Rancho Palos Verdes

Set aside October 7th & 8th to “Be Romanian.” Get to know this colorful Central European culture through food, beer, wine and live entertainment at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. General admission to the Romanian Festival is just $10 and kids under ten are free.

October 1st from 10am-5pm, learn how you can do your part to protect our seas and harvest fish & seafood responsibly. The Sustainable Seafood Expo is coming to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and will feature Keynote Speaker, Adrian Grenier, recently appointed UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador and Co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation.

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Spice Up Your Autumn

From all of us at Taylor Morrison, we hope you have an October filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and plenty of fall fun!

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