Special Events



Tall-ShipsToshiba Tall Ships Festival

Sept. 5-7. Music, pirate encampment and tall-ship tours. Ride aboard tall ships during sunset parade, experience a mock cannon battle or go on a tall-ship-escort cruise. $8-$65. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. Shuttle from Strands Beach Park, 34100 Selva Road, Dana Point. Or park at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.2274. tallshipsfestival.com


Styleweek-OCStyle Week Orange County
Sept. 10-20. Enjoy runway shows, fashionable fun, celebrity guests and more at Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and The Marketplace. styleweekoc.com




NBFWFNewport Beach Wine & Food Festival
Sept. 19-21. Indulge in a weekend4 of tasting, sipping, learning and enjoying the finer things the culinary world has to offer at this epicurean festival. Experience celebrity chef demos (Craig Strong, Richard Blais, Jamie Gwen), wine and spirits tastings, sommelier panels, mixology courses, live jazz and more. Participating restaurants include Mastro’s Ocean Club, Driftwood Kitchen, Pizzeria Mozza, Fireside Tavern and The Golden Truffle, just to name a few and wineries include Ste Michelle, Hundred Acre, Bure Family wines and Layer Cake. newportwineandfood.com


Witch-PhotoKnott’s Scary Farm
Sept. 25-Nov. 1. Experience eleven elaborately themed walk-through mazes and interactive haunted attractions filled with trained scare masters, 4 endless scare zones, two live shows, including the return of Elvira-Mistress of the Dark, Headless Horsemen and more than 1,000 live monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, freaks, mutants, maniacs and other beasts lurking in the fog to scare even the bravest guests. $39-$65. Check website for hours. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200. knotts.com


OrchidsFascination of Orchids
Sept. 27-28. Experience thousands of exotic orchids in a beautiful outdoor setting and learn how to grow and exhibit orchids from local experts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. South Coast Plaza Village, 1631 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, 949.735.2930. ocorchidshow.com



Dark-Harbor1Dark Harbor at Queen Mary
Oct. 2-Nov. 2. Test your threshold of fear as you board the haunted cruise liner where you will have to navigate yourself through terrifying mazes and and the new Voodoo Village where you’ll encounter freaks, spirits, zombies, monsters and more. Enjoy food, drink 7p.m.-midnight. $20-$91. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com
auto-showOrange County International Auto Show
Oct. 2-5. Iconic event marks its 50th anniversary and features 2015 production-model debuts (many of which you can test drive) plus concept, custom and exotic cars. $10-$12, under 13 free. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.765.8950. motortrendautoshows.com



michael-minaSustainable Seafood Dinner at Stonehill Tavern
Oct. 16. Dine at Stonehill Tavern as Michael Mina and Executive Chef Raj Dixit create a special menu incorporating sustainable seafood and organic wine pairings. The chefs will discuss the importance of sourcing seafood sustainably as they present dishes including a sunset shellfish station on the restaurant’s ocean-view terraceand local rockfish cioppino utilizing the whole fish. Enter the raffle drawing for a chance to wine prizes such as a Chef’s tasting menu dinner, Sunday champagne brunch, an overnight stay at the resort and more. Proceeds benefit The Ocean Institute. 6:30 p.m. $165. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3318. stregismb.com

Debra-Huse---Laguna-MoonLaguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
Oct. 12-19. Visit this eight-day painting event as Laguna Beach turns into an outdoor studio. 35 nationally renowned plein air artists will capture Laguna Beach’s coastal canyons, scenic coves and surrounding areas to exhibit at the Afternoon Collector’s Soirée at The Ranch on Oct., 18, competing to win more than $20,000 in awards. Pieces can be purchased on Oct. 19. at the exhibit at The Ranch. For calendar of events, visit website. lagunapleinair.org

IndieChefsWeek-Logos2014SoCal-1Indie Chefs Week
Oct. 16-18. Join in this three-day event as a 25 talented chefs (Carlos Salgado, Eric Samaniego, Jason Quinn, just to name a few) prepare a variety of signature specialties at Taco Maria at The OC Mix. On Oct. 16-17, more than a dozen chefs will come together to create a 12-course menu along with beverages, and guests are welcome to mingle with the chefs. On the 18th, all 25 chefs will collaborate on a 20-course tasting menu.  $175-$300. indiechefsweek.com

PippinPippin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Nov. 11-23. Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical described as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, visually stunning extravaganza. The thrill of the season!” by NY1. Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? $39-$99. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121. scfta.org

JT-2014-honda-2Justin Timberlake at Honda Center
Nov. 26. The actor and singer is bringing sexy back to Orange County as he returns to Honda Center.  Watch him perform all of your favorites including “Take Back the Night,” “Suit & Tie” and more. 8 p.m. $69-$204. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500. hondacenter.com



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