The Best Orange County Things To Do In September 2013

The best Orange County things to do in September 2013


Tall Ships Festival

Find the best Orange County things to do in September 2013, in our events roundup.

Orange International Street Fair
Through Sept. 1. Join the celebration of over 40 years of international food and culture with more than 42 food and alcohol booths. Shop for handmade arts and crafts featuring local artists while enjoying eight stages of entertainment. An entire street will be dedicated to kids with crafts and games. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Plaza Square Park, Orange, 714.633.4816.

Laguna Dance Festival
Sept. 5-8. See Parsons Dance Sept. 5-6 as they perform a sexy, athletic and exuberant evening of dance. Included is David Parson’s masterpiece, Caught, which features more than 100 leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer repeatedly fixed in mid-motion by the strobe lights to create an illusion of flight. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs on Sept. 7-8 in three unique works by master choreographers, Ty McIntyre’s Like a Samba, Jorma Elo’s Over Glow and Last by Alejandro Cerrudo. Ranging from the accessible to the sophisticated, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s repertoire resonates with eclecticism and energy while exuding a European aesthetic that is grounded in American rigor. $35-$60. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

The New Painters
Sept. 5-Oct. 31. When a brush cannot be found, use a brick. Salt Fine Art presents an exhibit of artists who are revolutionizing the grand tradition of painting through forward leaps in style, content and technique. View works by Alejandro Campins, Adriy Halashyn, Cisco Merel, Joaquin Rodriguez Del Paso and W. Opening reception Sept. 5 from 6-9 p.m. 949.715.5554.

Sept. 7. Check out the first-ever Space-SNA artist-driven event featuring more than 20 artists from Southern California as they take over 4,500 square feet of blank space in historic Santa Ana. This one-night event will coincide with the Santa Ana Art Walk and artists are free to create anything in the space they desire—the building will be the canvas with no rules or agendas. Guests are invited to experience a variety of murals, installations and fine artwork from some of the area’s leading creative thinkers. $10 per person. 6-11 p.m. 307 N. Spurgeaon St., Santa Ana, 949.300.7118.

Green Feast OC
Sept. 7. The Ecology Center will host its 5th annual much anticipated Green Feast where notable chefs (including Noah Blom, Scott Brandon, Greg Daniels, Yves Fournier, Ryan O’Melveny Wilson, Rich Mead, Erika Tucker, Ryan Adams and Rob Wilson among others), organic farmers, ranchers, fisherman and vintners will delight more than 200 supporters of the eco-education facility with hors d’oeuvres using farm-grown, artisanal foods—all sourced within 250 miles—and a family-style four-course outdoor dinner across its lush green expanse. The al fresco evening begins with an Eco-App Off, where Orange County’s most talented chefs come together in a friendly competition to create hors d’oeuvres for guests. As dusk settles, the twinkling lights surrounding the 200-foot long communal table setting and candles will illuminate four culinary creations entirely prepared in an outdoor kitchen. Enjoy live folk music as you meander the gardens and visit with friends. 4 p.m. $200-$250 per person. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223.

Tall Ships Festival
Sept 6-8. Explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships at the 29th annual event. The opportunity to sail aboard the tall ships will be available Friday night during the Sunset Sail and Saturday and Sunday for cannon battles. On shore, learn about the history of pirates and the seafaring arts. F, 5-7 p.m.; Sa-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults, $8 children under 12. Free parking and shuttle at Salt Creek Beach Park, 34100 Selva Road, Dana Point, 949.496.2274.

Brea Jazz Festival
Sept. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. Listen to the region’s best in swing, blues, R&B and smooth latin, contemporary and traditional jazz. Peruse fine-arts and craft show, kids’ zone and a beer and wine garden. Free. E. Birch St. and S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.674.0801.

Oktoberfest at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Sept. 12-Nov.1. Get a jump start on the upcoming Oktoberfest by embracing the traditions of the German festival with food and beer specials at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. Celebrate with a beer sampler highlighting both “Old World” and “New World: variations of Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest and Dunkel brews. To soak up the Oktoberfest suds, Chef Gabe Caliendo shares his take on schnitzel made with a pretzel crust and served with German potato salad and a housemade green apple and napa cabbage ‘krout. Locations throughout Orange County. 240 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 714.529.9300; 16310 Beach Blvd., Westminster, 714.500.1140; 13290 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.731.9700; 1623 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.769.7020.

Rockstar at Laguna Playhouse
Sept. 17-29. Catch the limited engagement of Hershey Felder’s book adaptation as he stars as Franz Liszt, the piano rockstar of the 19th century, in this musical play about romance, scandal and intrigue—all played out on the keys. This is the fifth installment in his series of genre-defying productions that integrate live performance with stirring portrayals, illuminating the music, performer and composer. $41-$61. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.

Martin Ray Wine Dinner at 21 Oceanfront
Sept. 19. Indulge in a special dinner featuring duette of crepes with smoked salmon mousse and lemon dill, scallops and shrimp vol au vent served with a light mushroom cream sauce, petite filet mignon and grilled shrimp and more including wine pairings from Martin Ray Vineyard and Winery. $90 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30 p.m. 21 Oceanfront, 2100 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
Sept. 21. Relish the last day of summer with live music as well as tastings from more than 80 locally-made craft beers, a home brew challenge and delicious grub from local food trucks and booths. Participants in the beer run will stride through a beautiful residential course in a historic area of Anaheim. Expect wacky on-course activities, a foamy finish and awards for best group theme, best team name and best dressed team. After the run, participants can enjoy beer-batter pancakes served up by the Anaheim Fire Association. Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street, Anaheim, 714.956.3586.

Festa Dell’Autunno Weekend
Sept. 20-22. The Resort at Pelican Hill presents its third annual autumn festival bringing the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village. Experience authentic Italian cuisine, wine tasting, visual arts, automobile exhibitions, olive oil pressing demonstrations, live entertainment and children’s activities. See website for full listing of events. 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 949.467.6800.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Sept. 26-Nov. 2. There’s nowhere to hide at Knott’s Scary Farm as it transforms itself at night into a massive Halloween celebration. Enjoy 12 elaborately themed walk-through mazes and haunted attractions, four terrifying scare zones and over 1000 live monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other beasts lurking in the fog to leave you breathless. Don’t miss Elvira’s Sinema Séance show through Oct. 31. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.

Style Week OC
Sept. 28-Oct. 5. See fall fashion trends as they take center stage at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center. Experience designer runway shows, fashionable fun, celebrity guests and more. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.721.2000; Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180.

Fascination of Orchids
Sept. 28-29. Witness one of the largest assortments of orchids from around the world in a beautiful outdoor setting. Learn how to grow and exhibit orchids from local experts. South Coast Plaza Village, 1631 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, 949.735.2930.