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5 Best Fall Events In Orange County

Fall is a fantastic season in Orange County, and is seriously one of my favorite times of year in Southern California! There is just something about the Fall season that makes me so excited to get out and about and explore our community. I don’t know if its the sweet Halloween treats, fun filled trips to the pumpkin patch with the whole family, fun Halloween themed shows, or carving my own pumpkin. It’s truly a fun time of the year, and I’m so excited that there are so many great fall events happening around Orange County.

If you’re wanting a fun list of fall activities for the entire family, here are my 5 favorite fall events in Orange County!

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Irvine Park Railroad & Pumpkin Patch

A trip to the pumpkin patch is one of the best fall traditions, and the perfect way to spend time together fun this fall! It’s always a fantastic time filled with laughter, cute photo ops, and maybe even a little pumpkin spice magic! The Irvine Park Railroad has all the things a family could ever want to experience during the fall season. It’s one of my family’s favorite events in Orange County, and it really gets us in the Halloween spirit. We all love the train rides, hay ride, searching for the perfect pumpkin in the patch, pumpkin decorating, and carnival games at the event. This is definitely a family friendly event, and the kids love the moon bounce house, face painting, John Deere racers, and panning for gold! Plus, there’s tons of delicious food!

Event Details:

The fall event starts September 16 and runs through October 31, 2023, and is open 7 days a week, weather permitting. Keep in mind that there are parking fees ($3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends), and activity tickets cost $7. Tip: You can get a book of 15 activity tickets for $90. For more information and hours, click here.


  • 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Apple Picking at Oak Glen

Stock up on fresh apples for baking pies and making cider at Oak Glen! One of my favorite fall activities, I recommend heading over to Riley’s Farm for apple picking. While you’re picking all the apples you could want, the family can also enjoy the beautiful farm and walking trails, archery, and cider pressing. One of the best fall events for the family in Orange County!

If you’re wanting to sample some amazing fall food, you have to try the caramel apple dumpling. It’s simply amazing! And if you’re wanting a meal, I definitely recommend the ranch hand plate at the Heritage Homestead BBQ. So good!

Event Details:

The apple picking just started this past weekend (Labor Day weekend), and ends on Thanksgiving weekend. So you have plenty of time to head to the farm for a fun afternoon! Riley’s Farm is open on Saturdays (11 am – 4 pm) and Sunday (10 am – 4 pm) for apple picking fun.


  • 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade

Grab your Halloween costume and the whole family and head over to the Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade to prepare for a spooktacular Halloween season! This event has been a staple in Orange County since 1924, and is one of the best fall festivities of the year! There’s plenty of fun to be had, with delicious food trucks, live entertainment, costume contests, and a haunted house!

Event Details:

The fun starts at 11am on October 28, 2023! Be sure to get there early for the kid’s costume contest that starts at Noon. And if you have a furry friend, the dog costume contest starts at 3pm. Plan to stay for the main event and enjoy the Halloween parade that starts at 7pm. Such a fun fall activity and one that I look forward to every year!


  • Downtown Anaheim

Brew HAHA Craft Beer Festival

This fun fall activity in Orange County is for the adults! If you like sipping on an assortment of different craft cocktails and beers, head over to the Brew HA HA Festival where you can try 160 different beers and hard ciders. Plus, there will be live music and plenty of food at the event, so plan for a fun night out!

Event Details:

While they are still planning the date of the event, the festival is held at the Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Be sure to try the food from the Sausage King. The beer mac and cheese were absolutely amazing! And, if you feel like munching on a pretzel, Stone Brewing Company made a good and warm pretzel that was so good (all that was missing was the cheese dipping sauce). As soon as they announce the date for this event, I’ll be sure to update the post here!


  • 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Rd. Silverado, CA 92767

Corona Del Mar Sandcastle Contest

If you want to enjoy the beautiful fall weather in California, you can always head to the beach! One of the longest fall traditions in Orange County is the sandcastle contest that’s held in Corona Del Mar State Beach. This annual fall activity has been taking place for over 60 years.

This events attracts many creative groups who build some of the most amazing creations and sandcastles I have ever seen. The theme for this year is the zoo, and I can’t wait to see the detailed animals and creations.

Event Details:

This years event will be held on October 1, 2023 from 10 am – 4:30 pm. There will be lots of food, music, and kid friendly activities. If you decide to attend the event and are looking for food recommendations, near the state beach, I recommend trying Sidedoor and Mama D’s Italian Kitchen. The Sidedoor prime rib and cuban sandwich are fantastic. And the calamari and any of the pastas at Mama D’s are mouthwatering. You can’t go wrong with any choice!


  • 3100 Ocean Blvd. Newport Beach, CA 92625

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