Top Orange County Things to Do in November

'Anastasia'-photo-by-Evan-Zimmerman/MurphyMade

“Anastasia” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade).

This month, Orange County brings you cultural celebrations, wine-pairing dinners, Thanksgiving festivities and more. See our list of 20+ top Orange County things to do in November.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

 

Knott’s Scary Farm
Through Nov. 2. Snoopy’s favorite theme park turns sinister on select nights during the Halloween season. This year brings new live shows, mazes and 1,000 monsters lurking throughout the park. Scary Farm opens 7 p.m. Admission: $95. See website for Scary Farm event nights. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com

 

Mist
Through Nov. 2. Sinister Pointe Productions unleashes Mist, a heart-pounding Halloween scavenger group hunt to find 13 artifacts. F-Sa 7-11 p.m., Su and Th 7-10 p.m. See website for schedule. $29. 510 Westminster Mall, Westminster, 601.272.2791. sinisterpointe.com

 

Dino Dash
Nov. 3. Bring the family and join the Tustin Public Schools Foundation in raising funds for the students, teachers and schools of Tustin Unified while enjoying a morning of fun and fitness. Races include 2K, 5K and 10K run/walk; its half marathon; or its 5K, 15K and 50K bike tours. Stick around for the event expo featuring activities, booths, local exhibitors and a food court assembled by local OC restaurants. Register on website. 5:30-10:30 a.m. 2915 El Camino Real, Tustin, 714.832.6299. tpsf.net

 

Anastasia
Nov. 5-17. From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, Anastasia is the musical that transports viewers from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. The story follows a brave young woman who sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Tu-F 7:30 p.m., Sa 2 p.m.  and 7:30 p.m., Su 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $26+. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787. scfta.org

 

Jordan Winery Dinner at Watertable
Nov. 7. Watertable restaurant presents a five-course tasting menu with select wine pairings from Jordan Winery. Menu highlights include charcuterie and bar jars; oysters with finger lime pearls, chili oil and basil; pheasant with roasted pumpkin and fig; petite filet; and white chocolate cheesecake with roasted gooseberries and vanilla whip. 6 p.m. $125 (excluding tax and gratuity). Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4885. watertablehb.com

 

Peter Michael Winery Dinner
Nov. 8. Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine presents a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Peter Michael Winery. Featured courses include butter-poached lobster tails with confit leeks and caviar mousse; duck liver casoncelli with balsamic vinegar; Brandt Beef ribeye with petite potato fondant, charred caulilini and truffle au jus; and dark chocolate souffle with warm Tahitian vanilla anglaise. 6:30 p.m. $250 per guest (excludes tax and gratuity). Irvine Towers. 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.477.4810. davios.com

 

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Photo courtesy Musco Center for the Arts.

LeAnn Rimes
Nov. 10. Internationally known multiplatinum singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes has won two Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, two World Music Awards and three Academy of Country Music Awards—among many other honors. 4 p.m. $53-$103. Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

World of Taste
Nov. 13. Attention foodis: Anaheim Packing District—home of the Anaheim Packing House, Orange County’s original food hall—celebrates the venue’s diverse culinary artisans with an international tasting event. Each ticket includes 10 tastes from participating vendors such as Healthy Junk’s newest location, Fanfare, 18 Folds, 206 BCE, Orange Tei, Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar, Umami Burger, Sweetbird, Mini Monster, Adya (from Food Network’s recent Chopped winner), Pali Wine Company, Popbar, Hans’ Homemade, Kettle Bar, The Chippy and Crepe Coop. 6-9 p.m. $27.50-$30+ pre-sale, $40 at the door. Anaheim Packing House, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714.533.7225. anaheimpackingdistrict.com

 

Whole Hog at Haven
Nov. 14. Haven Craft Kitchen+Bar continues its dinner series with a whole hog dinner. Executive chef Craig Brady is serving up five courses expertly prepared from a 100-pound hog, utilizing as much of the animal as possible. Guests can expect a few surprises along the way, including tableside preparations and courses created a la minute. To complete the dining experience, each of the courses are paired with a cocktail, beer or wine. 6:30 p.m. $95. 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, 714.221.0680. Tickets

 

Aubergine
Through Nov. 16. Sometimes a meal is more than just food. A man shares his bowl of berries and a young woman falls in love. A mother meticulously prepares her son’s favorite dish to keep him from leaving home. And a Korean-American son cooks soup for his ailing father to say what words cannot. The perfect bite transcends time and cultural differences in this poetic tale of love, loss and healing by the author of The Language Archive and Office Hour. See website for showtimes and prices. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555. scr.org

 

Meet on Beach
Nov. 17. From the hills of La Habra to the ocean at Huntington Beach, enjoy an open streets event, bike and pedestrian friendly activities, live performances, food, and giveaways at pop-up sites along or near Beach Boulevard. Meet friends, families and fellow neighbors on the thoroughfare on foot or on wheels for a day filled with fun—and experience seven Orange County cities like never before. See website for more info. Free. 213.365.0605. meetonbeach.com

 

Little Onion Mexican Restaurant
Opens Nov. 19. Casual Mexican eatery opens its second location in a 4,240-square-foot space, presenting traditional Mexican cuisine, as well as creative twists to the classics, including vegetarian options. Chef Agustin Bruno helms the new location, bringing eight years of industry experience including two years as sous chef at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea. Beverages include local craft beers, crafted cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and a select wine list. Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m. F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Walnut Village Center, 14429 Culver Drive, Irvine. littleonion.com

 

Sawdust Festival’s Winter Fantasy
Starts Nov. 23. Experience this annual magical outdoor art village weekends through December 22. This event features 180 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, holiday-themed festival classes and ceramics, art demonstrations, daily visits with Santa, carolers, a petting zoo, marionette shows, falling snow, holiday photo-ops, outdoor cafes and saloon. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $8 adults, $6 seniors age 65+, $4 children ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030. sawdustartfestival.org

 

Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries
Nov. 24. Broadway master songman Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by pianist Adam Ben-David, brings his newest theater concert to Musco Center for the Arts. Diaries is a marriage of many of Patinkin’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes, along with selections from his newest recordings on Nonesuch Records. 4 p.m. $63-$113. Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange, 844.626.8726. muscocenter.org

 

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Photo courtesy of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

Dana Point Turkey Trot
Nov. 28. Kick-start your Thanksgiving Day with the 42nd annual Turkey Trot in the morning. Registered participants can walk, jog or run a 5K or 10K through picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 4-12 can also join the fun during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble race. Enjoy special Thanksgiving menu items and prices at select restaurants in the harbor. See website for details. Opens 6 a.m. $42+ for 5K race, $47 for 10K race, $22+ Kids’ Gobble Wobble. Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.1555. turkeytrot.com

 

Oak Grill Thanksgiving Buffet
Nov. 28. Chef Brittany Valles and her culinary team serve up a bountiful holiday buffet to feature traditional and contemporary dishes. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., stations offer brunch foods from breakfast pastries and breads and omelets made-to-order to selections from the carving station, salads and chilled seafood. From 3 to 7 p.m., the fare at the stations changes to celebratory hearty dinner choices, including turkey and all the fixings. A kids station is offered at both buffets, as well as many desserts. Additional highlights include live entertainment and a photo booth. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $110 adult, $40 children ages 5-12, free for children 4 and under. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.5466. fashionislandhotel.com

 

Thanksgiving Buffet at Back Bay Bistro
Nov. 28. Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $52 adults, plus $8 for endless champagne or mimosas; $25 children ages 10 and under. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144. backbaybistronb.com

 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Five Crowns
Nov. 28. Celebrate Thanksgiving like royalty at Five Crowns with world-class seasonal menu offerings courtesy of executive chef Alejandra Padilla, warm hospitality and an unforgettable atmosphere. The festive menu includes the classic oven-roasted free range turkey and prime rib of beef served in the traditional manner. Indulge with the “Best of Both” for a portion of prime rib and side of turkey with all the seasonal accompaniments. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $35-97. 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331. thefivecrowns.com

 

Thanksgiving at Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Nov. 28. Celebrate the holiday with a three-course prix fixe menu at Fleming’s in Newport Beach. Inspired by traditional favorites, the menu starts with choice of Fleming’s salad or creamy lobster bisque, followed by mixed herb-roasted turkey breast with savory turkey gravy and cinnamon-orange fresh cranberry sauce; Or select the 8-ounce petite filet Mignon with cabernet demi-glace ($15 supplement). Both entrées are served with house-made stuffing and green beans and onions, along with mashed potatoes for the table to share. For dessert, choose pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate gooey butter cake with honeycomb brittle. Guests may also order from Fleming’s full à la carte menu all day. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $52 adults, $22 children ages 12 and under; À la carte menu priced per selection. Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.720.9633. flemingssteakhouse.com

 

Thanksgiving at Seasons 52
Nov. 28. Indulge in a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving meal at Seasons 52. The main dish includes roasted turkey with savory pan gravy along with all your favorite trimmings including herb stuffing, Yukon mashed potatoes, butternut squash purée, French green beans and housemade cranberry relish. Save room for a mini pumpkin pie for dessert. Pair your dinner with a sommelier-selected wine or seasonal cocktail. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $28.95 adults, $13.95 children ages 12 and under. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.437.5252. seasons52.com

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Specials at Eats Kitchen & Bar
Nov. 28. Guests will want to give thanks for a very good time and really good “Eat” this Thanksgiving. Indulge in traditional specials including a cornucopia salad, your choice of a oven-roasted turkey or honey-glazed ham and bruléed pumpkin tart for dessert. Specials are individually priced. Reservations encouraged. 4-8 p.m. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780. hotelirvine.com

 

Thanksgiving Feast in the Backyard
Nov. 28. Savor a cornucopia of food selections in the Backyard, including brunch favorites, bottomless mimosas with an array of garnishes, plus a dessert station. There will also be live music from a solo guitarist, face painting, a photo booth and lawn games using giant pieces. Seatings: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $79 adult, $37 kids 5-12, free for children under 5. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780. hotelirvine.com

 

Queen Mary Christmas
Starts Nov. 29. Enjoy the holiday spirit aboard Queen Mary as it transforms into an epic adventure-filled wonderland. Highlights include live entertainment, festive libations, strolling performers, sweet treats, light shows, gingerbread and stocking decorating, ice-skating, and shopping. Don’t miss the meet-and-greet with Ol’ Saint Nick in his Captain’s Quarters. See website for schedule and ticket prices. $20 on-site parking. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934. queenmary.com

 

Newport Dunes Lighting of the Bay
Nov. 30. Kick off the holiday season at Newport Dunes’ 29th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration as Santa picks a lucky kid to help him flip the switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. During the event, families can enjoy live chorale performances by local school choirs, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, train rides and an outdoor holiday movie. The bay will continue to be illuminated each evening at dusk through New Year’s Day. 3-9:30 p.m. Free. Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.3863. newportdunes.com

 

Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea
Continuing. Explore Bowers Museum’s newest exhibition, which features watercolors by Arthur Beaumont that capture the grandeur of the sea and vessels that sail on it. This exhibit includes works in the Irvine Museum Collection and is curated by James Irvine Swinden. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $13-$15 adults, $10-$12 students and seniors 62+, free for ages 12 and under. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

 

Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia
Continuing. Fifty prints by modern master Rufino Tamayo, on loan from the Mixografia gallery in Los Angeles, depict silhouetted figures, celestial bodies and the seprent-god Quetzalcoatl. Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $13-$15 adults, $10-$12 students and seniors 62+, free for ages 12 and under. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.567.3600. bowers.org

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