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October 29-November 1


Fall Festival at The Promenade on Forest

Begins Oct. 28. It’s finally sweater weather and The Promenade on Forest in Laguna Beach is celebrating with a month-long festival through November 29. Come enjoy activities such as hay bales and pumpkins, a pumpkin carving contest, and Thanksgiving “Thankful Wall’—plus special Fall Festival menu items from local restaurants, “Passport for Your Palate” partnership with Chamber and an Armed Forces holiday card drop-box. Open daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Forest Avenue between Coast Highway and Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach.

Beach Yoga at Tower 10

Oct. 30. Kick start your Friday morning with a vinyasa flow class at Huntington Beach’s Tower 10. Take in the view of the Pacific Ocean while instructor Meg of Namaste Family Yoga leads this all-ages and level class. All levels welcome; modifications offered for the newer students, as well as the advanced yogis. Please bring a mat (or beach towel) and water. Located between PCH and 9th Street. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free, donations happily accepted. Sign Up

Garrison Brothers Whiskey x Macallans Public House

Nov. 1. Indulge in family-style Texas barbecue with sips from Texas’s first legal whiskey distillery at Macallans Public House! This special evening is to celebrate the release of Macallans Pubs’ very own barrel of Garrison Brothers bourbon. Come meet Dan Garrison himself who will be sharing the story behind the award-winning bourbon while tasting five expressions (some, incredibly rare!) of Garrison Brothers’ bourbon paired with the barbecue. 5-8 p.m. $120. 330 W Birch St., Brea, 714.529.1224. Tickets

Halloween Weekend

Scarolers at Bella Terra

Oct. 30. Stumble upon spooky “scarolers” lurking around the open-air dining, shopping and entertainment center in Huntington Beach. They’ll be singing frightening Halloween songs and ghoulish scarols for a terrifyingly good time. 5-8 p.m. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, 714.897.2534.

Urban Legends Haunt Drive-Thru

Through Nov. 1. Enter (if you dare) into the Urban Legends Haunt drive-thru experience at the O.C. Fair & Event Center—brought to you from the producers of Winter Fest O.C. and the original creators of Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Expect immersive scenes, coordinated lighting and sound effects, live performances and special effects. Limited tickets and time slots per day. W-Su 7-11 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.

Food + Drink

National Seafood Month at Slapfish

Through Oct. 31. Get a taste of the casual chef-driven sustainable seafood restaurant’s not-to-miss dish, lobster “wings,” before National Seafood Month ends! This unique menu item is a combination of lobster and shrimp, pressed into wings, cooked until crispy, tossed in a buttery buffalo sauce and served with a fresh house-made garlic-spiked lemon herb sauce. On Halloween, bring your costumed youngsters to receive a free boxed kids meal. For the real treat, Slapfish is also giving away full-size candy bars and locally made sweets (no purchase is required). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 19696 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, 714.963.3900.

Día de Los Muertos at Gracias Madre

Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Sip, sip hooray! Come celebrate Día de los Muertos at the plant-based Mexican eatery in Newport Beach with a special holiday-inspired cocktail, created by bar manager Erick Cruz. Named the Ofrenda, this festive libation features Tamarind Cordial, chile ancho, hibiscus, peach and mezcal. The restaurant will also be decked out with a Día de Los Muertos altar, perfect for photo ops. On Halloween night, dine-in guests can enjoy live music spun by a DJ. 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach, 949.978.2170.

Full Moon Feast

Continuing. If you’re a fan of the world-renowned Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung, don’t want to miss out on its Full Moon Feast! Inspired by the new Netflix family film Over the Moon, this feast—offered through November 30—includes cucumber salad; sweet and sour baby back ribs; kurobuta pork xiao long bao; shrimp and kurobuta pork pot stickers; and much more. Each order also includes sweet and savory bun sampler sets, plus two of the Moon Crafts kits with activities such as a rocket, lanterns or finger puppets for the whole family. Limited supply, available daily. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.549.3388. |

Arts + Culture

Blues Roots and Diaspora

Oct. 29. Calling all blues fans! Join this in-depth conversation about the history of blues music and the expansive diaspora with Dr. Paul Apodaca and Dr. Sean Heim (pictured), presented by Musco Center for the Arts. Learn about blues roots and legacies, the passing down of oral and musical traditions, and the future of blues music informed by each of the artists and educators experiences. 7 p.m. Free.

Chrysanthemum Show and Sale

Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Stop and smell the chrysanthemums at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar! Visitors can view creative floral sculptures on display and a large selection of beautiful mums from the Orange County Chrysanthemum Society, which are available for purchase. Entrance is included with garden admission. Face coverings, physical distancing and other safety precautions will be in effect. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 garden admission, free for members. 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.2261.

Photo credits: Full Moon Feast courtesy Din Tai Fung. Dr. Sean Heim by Scott Stedman. All other images are courtesy of the venues/organizers.

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