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Food, Comedy and Music, Oh My! A Look at the Best Fall Events in Orange County

Posted on August 28, 2018 | 2:52pm | Travel Costa Mesa


Summer may be coming to an end but the fun doesn’t have to. With Southern California’s constant sunshine, some of Orange County’s best theater and arts, and major new events hitting the OC scene this year, Costa Mesa is the place to explore! Find out for yourself at one of these fall events in Orange County.


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Get a TASTE of Orange County

Presented by The Los Angeles Times, TASTE – Costa Mesa will bring together some of the best restaurants in Orange County for a three-day event held at The Met in Costa Mesa. Beginning on Friday, October 19th, the foodie fest will feature different restaurant tastings, expos and more.

Secure your tickets now!

Find hotel packages for TASTE – Costa Mesa! 

“Beautiful” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Winner of two Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise from a 16 year old songwriter to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.


Known for its award-winning architecture and exceptional performance hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is the perfect location to take in the breathtaking show October 9th through 15th.


Before the show, stop by Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar or Center 360 located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a light pre-show dinner and drinks.

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Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza

For nearly 20 years, Festival of Children has celebrated the magic of childhood with an entire month of family-friendly Orange County programing. Hosted at South Coast Plaza, the celebration includes more than 100 activities and performances from arts and crafts to fashion shows, live dance performances and animal shows hosted at the international shopping destination.


Festival of Children also showcases more than 70 local children’s charities working tirelessly in the community. Learn more.

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Big Adventure

The first-ever Big Adventure festival comes to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa November 3rd and 4th. The festival presented by Alt 98.7 will bring some of the biggest names in comics, comedy and music, turning a two-day event into its own mini comic con.


Expect performances by musical artists like Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram and Cold War Kids, and comedy from more than 10 comedians, including Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, Jim Jefferies and Maria Bamford.


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OC Japan Fair

One of Southern California’s largest Japanese culture festivals, OC Japan Fair, returns to the OC Fair & Event Center October 19th through 21st. Check out traditional craft and clothing exhibitions, dine on delicious food from vendors from across the country and enjoy live performances and games through the weekend. Expect performances like a kimono fashion show, cosplay show and J-POP artists. Learn more and see the lineup here.

Want to find more fall events and things to do in Orange County? Check our calendar of events for more including farmers markets, vintage fairs and more kid-friendly activities! 


See our list of things to do in Orange County all year round.


Download the Travel Costa Mesa visitor guide for tips on where to stay, what to do and where to eat!