Special Events

Special Events

Laguna Dance Festival
Sept. 3-13.
Robust schedule of ticketed and free performances and master classes at venues throughout Laguna Beach. lagunadancefestival.org Map G15

Festival of Children
Sept. 7-27.
One hundred family events on weekends centered on child-focused charities. Singing and dance performances plus arts and crafts activities. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 877.492.5437, festivalofchildren.org Map J13

Style Week OC
Sept. 10-19. O.C.’s original fashion week returns with runway shows, fashionable fun and celeb guests. Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine; Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach; The Market Place, 2961 El Camino Real, Tustin. styleweekoc.com Map D5, L15, C4

Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
Sept. 12-13.
Music, pirate encampment and tall-ship tours. Ride aboard tall ships during sunset parade; mock cannon battle; and tall-ship-escort cruise. $5-$65. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point; park at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.2274. tallshipsfestival.com Map J16

Oktoberfest
Sept. 13-Nov. 1
. German food, music and activities including yodeling and dachshund races. Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020, oldworld.ws Map C2

Knott’s Scary Farm
Sept. 24-Oct. 31.
Snoopy’s favorite theme park turns sinister on select nights during the Halloween season. This year, its 43rd, includes new lives shows, mazes and 1,000 monsters lurking throughout the park. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200, knotts.com Map G8

Fascination of Orchids
Sept. 26-27.
Exhibit and sale features a huge assortment of orchids. Experts speak on how to grow and display the flowers. 10 am-5 pm. Free. South Coast Plaza Village, 1631 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, 949.735.2930, fascinationoforchids.com Map J13

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival
Oct. 2-4.
Tastings from local restaurants, mixology classes and cooking demonstrations by celeb chefs such as Rick Bayless and Hubert Keller. Proceeds go to charities. One day $160, weekend pass $250. Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 888.511.3378, newportwineandfood.com Map E4

Solar Decathlon
Oct. 8-11; 15-18.
Tour solar-powered houses and learn about energy-saving in the competition of collegiate teams to design, build
and operate the best solar-powered homes.
Orange County Great Park, Sand Canyon at Interstate 5, Irvine, solardecathlon.gov Map D5

Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities
Oct. 15-Nov. 29.
Reality is relative under Cirque du Soleil’s blue and yellow big top. Its new show is set in the 19th century. O.C. Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 877.924.7783, cirquedusoleil.com Map K13

Orange County International Auto Show
Oct. 15-18. Iconic event features 2016 production-model debuts—you can test drive 100 of them—plus concept, custom and exotic cars.
$10-$12, under 13 free.
Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.765.8950, motortrendautoshows.com MapJ10

Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
Oct. 17-25.
Thirty-five plein-air artists take the scenic beauty of Laguna Beach as their subject, recreating its canyons and coves; the results will be available for purchase. Heisler Park, 375 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 949.376.3635, lagunapleinair.org Map H15

Winter Fantasy Weekends
Beginning Nov. 21.
The Sawdust Festival grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland; 175 artists display and sell their creations as holiday gifts. Plus food, art classes, petting zoo and Santa Claus. 10 am-6 pm. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, sawdustfestival.org Map G15.

Turkey Trot
Nov. 26.
Thanksgiving Day run tours the beaches, cliffs and coves of Dana Point. 6-11 am. $35-$50; Kids’ Gobble Wobble 1-mile race, $15. Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.1555, turkeytrot.com Map J16