Orange County

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October 12-15


Newport Beach Film Festival

Oct. 12. This Thursday kicks off the 24th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival. Featuring over 300 films from over 50 countries, the Newport Beach Film Festival is the premier Orange County cinematic event of the year. Don’t miss this star-studded event. For tickets and theater information, a complete list of participating films, and the event program, visit


Harvest Celebration at Ocean Ranch Village

Oct. 13. Bring the entire family for a Harvest Celebration as this special event marks the start of the season and is celebration where families can enjoy a complimentary pumpkin patch, photo opportunities, fresh kettle corn, music, games, and more. Don’t miss out on the Fall-themed fun for the whole family. Friday, from 4-6 p.m. 32341 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel.

Food + Drink

Fall Pizzas Drop at Truly

Now Available. Truly Pizza – one of the highest-rated new openings to open in recent memory – is unveiling new Fall pizzas, such as The Harvest, featuring fresh and aged whole milk mozzarella, spinach, roasted butternut squash, roasted cauliflower, purple potato, goat cheese, fig jam, and tasted pepita. Hurry, and enjoy some good pizza. Open all week except on Tuesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 24402 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point.

Aleksander Wild Game Dinner

Oct. 13. It’s time to get wild with Aleksander’s Wild Game Dinner at The Winery Restaurant Tustin. Join Sasha Vujacic and Al (Zeus) Bjekovic for an unforgettable night of wild game cuisine served up by Executive Chef/Partner Yvon Goetz and Chef de Cuisine James Chavez. For reservations call 714.258.7600. Starts Friday at 6:30 p.m. 2647 Park Ave, Tustin.

Hoptoberfest Tap Takeover

Oct. 14. Immerse yourself in a hop haven with Pizza Port San Clemente’s exclusive fresh hop and IPA tap selection. Complement your drink with their German-inspired delicacies, from the irresistible giant pretzel to their signature Festival Pizza. For just $10, enjoy a flavorful IPA pour and take the pint glass home. Prost! Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 301 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente.

Arts + Culture

Lecture with the Curator: Scott A. Shields on Breaking the Rules

Oct. 15. Embark on an artistic journey with esteemed Curator Scott A. Shields as he unveils the inaugural exhibition lecture, Breaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown. Discover the captivating odyssey of artist duo Paul Wonner, and William Theophilus Brown, a testament to their enduring legacy. More information can be found at this link. Starts Sunday at 2 p.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Bowers' Books for Kids

The Power of Photography

Now Open. Featuring over 70 outstanding original prints curated by renowned gallerist Peter Fetterman, including Steve McCurry’s The Afghan Girl, this exhibit runs through early January, but those interested should not wait to experience these stunning captures of the essence of life through the lens. Tuesdays – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana.

Grammy Winner Kalani Pe’a

Oct. 13. His 2017 debut album, E Walea, won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album, making Kalani the first Hawaiian recording artist ever to win in his category. Kalani blends his soothing melodies and powerful ballads with hauntingly gorgeous harmonies and resonant lyrics—creating a musical style all his own. Starts Friday at 8 p.m. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine.

Photo credits: All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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