Orange County

Weekend roundup

October 19-22


Mini Market

Oct. 21. Come enjoy a small celebration of the season this weekend with food, fun, and complimentary tastings of some world-class spirits, including Nosotros Tequila, Dead of Night Distillery, The Pfeiffer Brewing Company, and more. This is a perfect opportunity to get ahead of holiday shopping, stock up before Thanksgiving, or simply enjoy the flavors of the season. 2981 Bristol Street Suite A1, Costs Mesa.

Newport Beach Film Festival photo courtesy Newport Beach Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Fest Finishes

Oct. 19. The Newport Beach Film Festival enters its final day and winds to a close in style. This is guests’ final chance to participate in the festival, and it should not be missed for those who adore films and film culture. An Orange County experience like no other, the Newport Beach Film Fest will leave an ever-lasting memory on those who attend. For a complete program, as well as showtimes and film locations, visit

Knott’s Scary Farm Turns 50

Now Haunting. A frightfully good time awaits at one of Orange County’s most iconic haunted events as Knott’s Scary Farms is well underway. This year marks 50 years of frights for attendees to enjoy as well, which makes a scary good reason to attend and enjoy all of the various attractions at the park. Ticket information and a complete list of events taking place at the park can be found here. 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park.

Food + Drink

Wahlberg at Wild Goose

Oct. 19. Celebrity icon Mark Wahlberg will be behind the bar this week, showcasing his new tequila – Flecha Azul. Mark will be pouring specialty Flecha Azul-based cocktails at the Wild Goose. The bar will be open seating, with first come, first serve availability. Come discover from the man himself what makes this new tequila brand so special. Thursday, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 436 E. 17th Street, Costs Mesa.

Oktoberfest at SteelCraft

Oct. 21. Oktoberfest is BACK as SteelCraft Garden Grove welcomes a full day of fun festivities for guests to enjoy. There will be a wide range of events, ranging from a Best Dressed competition, Wiener dog races, stein hoisting competitions, and more, all enhanced by live music and great food for all to enjoy. Saturday, 2 p.m.-10 p.m. 12900 S. Euclid Street, Garden Grove.

Fall into New Cocktails in Laguna Beach

Now Available. Broadway by Amar Santana features one of Orange County’s most progressive and provocative bar programs. Now, guests can enjoy the flavors of Fall with their new cocktail menu. Featuring an array of new, creative drinks for guests to enjoy – including for the first time in 12 years, the first non-alcoholic cocktail to make the new, seasonal menu. Open daily, starts at 5 p.m. 328 Glenerye St, Laguna Beach.

Sour Fest Begins

Now Available. Sour Tap Takeover returns to Lido Bottle Works, as a series of breweries will be taking over several taps at the restaurant with their signature sours. There are four sours, and the team at Lido Bottle Works is pairing them with 4 different types of oysters to showcase the unique flavors and styles. Part of the proceeds from one sour from Cascade Brewing also benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Hours vary per day. 3408 Via Oporto Suite 103, Newport Beach.

Arts + Culture

Storytime Saturday

Oct. 21. This month’s selection is Outside In: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby. Kids will participate in an engaging read-aloud led by our education staff as well as in-gallery and art-making activities that encourage us to evaluate our connection to nature. Starts Saturday, at 11 a.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach.

Pacific Symphony Presents: Phantom of the Opera

Oct. 22. Just in time for Halloween, organist and internationally renowned silent-film accompanist Dennis James provides a chilling soundtrack to the classic 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. Experience this haunting rendition as your senses are immersed into the experience through the 4,322-pipe organ. Starts Sunday, at 3 p.m. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Photo credits: Sour Tap photo courtesy of Lido Bottle Works. Broadway by Amar Santana courtesy of Sarah King. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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