Orange County

Weekend roundup

October 20-23


Pumpkin Palooza Festival

Oct. 21. Head to the Discovery Cube for some festive Halloween fun. Let the kids run wild in their favorite costumes as they learn all about pumpkins with “Pumpkinology 101” lessons and activities, Halloween-themed dance parties, bumper cars and more. Tickets and more information can be found here. 2500 N. Main Street 
Santa Ana, 714.542.2823.

OC Japan Fair

Oct. 21-23. Come to the OC Fair Grounds and immerse yourself into all aspects of Japanese culture as the OC Japan Fair brings its sights, sounds, and flavors to this 3-day night and day market. Grab your friends, and celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California. Enjoy the experience of shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. Tickets and additional information can be found here. Parking via gate 1 or 10. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Food + Drink

Khan Saab Celebrates Diwali

Oct. 21-24. Known as the festival of lights, Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The team at the Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winning restaurant, Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton, has thoughtfully constructed the following dishes in honor of the festival. Deconstructed Samosa Chaat, Hara Bara Kabob, and Mushroom Korma highlight the offerings. 229 E Commonwealth Ave Unit A, Fullerton, 714.853.1081.

Oyster Night at Glasspar

Oct. 20. Every Thursday dive into the delicious world of oysters and champagne at the premier seafood dining experience in Orange County. Glasspar offers $2 oysters and $5 glasses of bubbly for your enjoyment. Chef Rob Wilson curates an ever-changing rotation of delicious oysters from all over North America for guests to choose from, so settle into a seat and order away. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.6243.

Pink Drink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All of October. For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Freelance Coffee Project has created a drink that embodies the strong women battling this cancer. The Pink Drink is a specialty single-origin latte made with a house-made raw sugar-based syrup infused with rose, violet, and vanilla extract. The latte is bold and beautiful like the women it resembles, and throughout October, 15% of all Pink Drink proceeds will go towards Hoag Breast Cancer Center. 882 Production Place, Newport Beach, 949.877.8862.

Endless Summer at Rum Social

Now Available. Rum Social in downtown Laguna Beach has allured locals and visitors alike with its menu of bold island dishes, rum-based cocktails, and luxe tropical design. As fall fast approaches, the Island-inspired eatery debuts a new menu designed to entice all the senses and offer guests an escape into the elusive ‘endless summer’ lifestyle. From supper to brunch and everything in between, the new menu aims to delight at every turn. 448 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.549.4014.

Oliboli Turns Four

Oct. 22. Oliboli celebrates its fourth anniversary with a Golden Ticket Giveaway. Three tickets will be placed in three different random donut boxes. If you find the ticket in your box you win an Oliboli donut a day (any donut) for a year. Doors open at 7 a.m. for this wonderful birthday celebration at one of Orange County’s best donut shops. 135 W. First Street, Unit B, Tustin, 714.760.4876.

Arts + Culture

Festival of Arts’ SOUTH Off-Site Exhibit Debuts

Now Open. The historic Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach is continuing its commemorative festivities in celebration of the Festival’s 90th anniversary. The iconic arts organization is pleased to announce the debut of its latest off-site exhibit: People & Places. Experience and browse through until January 15th, 2023. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. 1006 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.

Kronos Quartet & Mahsa Vahdat

Oct. 21. For over 45 years, Kronos Quartet – David Harrington and John Sherba on violin, Hank Dutt on viola, and Sunny Yang on cello – has performed music that responds to contemporary and historic societal issues. In this concert, Kronos is joined by Mahsa Vahdat, a prominent performer of Persian vocal music, who collaborated with the quartet on the evocative 2019 recording “Placeless.” 8 p.m. 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, 949.854.4646.

Photo credits: Freelance Coffee Project and Rum Social courtesy of Outshine Public Relations. Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen courtesy of Ajenda Public Relations. Festival of the Arts courtesy of Victori Solutions. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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