Quarterly OC News: Fall 2019

Orange County’s Top Tourist Cities Welcome the Fall Season With Updates on What’s New, What To Do & Where to Go in The OC.

Aliso Viejo

One of A Kind Project
The multi-disciplinary Aliso Viejo Ranch project at 100 Park Avenue preserves and restores historically significant buildings, artifacts and farming implements from the 1800s and highlights the importance of the agricultural past of Orange County.


New Cast of Uncommon Characters
Visit Anaheim’s Uncommon Characters campaign has celebrated the eclectic offerings of the city through the eyes of a diverse cast of larger-than-life characters. In fact, these archetypes highlight everything from the well-known to the hidden treasures of the town. With eight new characters, you’ll be treated to even more of what’s tried-and-true and what’s trending in Anaheim.

New Developments at the Anaheim Gardenwalk
Things are blooming at the Anaheim GardenWalk. The outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment center, just minutes from the Disneyland® Resort and Anaheim Convention Center, offering visitors and locals a diverse selection of fun experiences to pass the time while visiting Anaheim.

Discover the Brewery Scene of Anaheim
Raise a glass to Anaheim! The city, founded in 1857 by German immigrants, has been brewing beer in town for over 150 years. With Oktoberfest around the corner, tourists and locals alike may be dusting off their lederhosen and readying their steins. But you can celebrate Anaheim’s brew-tiful history all year round! With over 18 craft breweries, there’s always fun on tap.

Buena Park

Bewitching Fall Experiences in Buena Park
When the spirits beckon and the ghouls are haunting your dreams, pack your suitcase full of your creepiest Halloween costumes and head to Buena Park, the Halloween Capital of Southern California. Not only is the Orange County region your beach, amusement park and dining headquarters but it goes all out for Halloween.

Halloween in Buena Park
Buena Park, California transforms into a town of terror in September and October offering several Halloween events, including the biggest in the world, Knott’s Scary Farm. For those brave enough to visit, we’ve got the gory details on all the Halloween hot spots, family-friendly experiences and drop-dead deals.

Costa Mesa

Fun and Free Things to Do This Season
Orange County might be known for its “forever summer,” but there is still plenty to do during the autumn months—and tons of free events and activities. From Oktoberfest to free museum admissions to hiking, here are our picks for what to do in Orange County during fall.

Budget-Friendly Eats in Costa Mesa
With Orange County’s only Michelin-starred restaurants, 3 Bravo TV “Top Chefs” and a bevy of amazing eateries, Costa Mesa has built a reputation for being an Eatcation™ destination for foodies. If you’re looking for bites that won’t break the bank—but still taste amazing—there are plenty of frugal options around town.

Dana Point

Dana Point Harbor Named Top Fishing Destination
Dana Point is known as a beautiful coastal destination as its harbor is known as the ideal spot to make a great catch while catching a glimpse of the magnificent marine life.

Dana Point Harbor 50-Year Time Capsule Celebration 
Hundreds of community members and local leaders will be present to witness this historic occasion, which will also serve as the kick-off celebration for the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project.

Garden Grove

Reimagined Open Air Space for Food, Drinks and Good Time – SteelCut Garden Grove
Discover a new kind of dining experience in Garden Grove! Located just a short drive from the Disneyland® Resort, the Anaheim Convention Center and the Great Wolf Lodge, SteelCraft is the latest in the city’s hip new offerings. Repurposed shipping containers come together to form a crave-worthy, outdoor food hall teeming with delicious options.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Meetings Insider Tips
Knowing how to partner with your Destination Marketing Organization or Convention & Visitors Bureau can help greatly impact efficiency and effectiveness during every phase of the planning process. Here at Visit Huntington Beach, the official DMO for Huntington Beach, we want to empower you for productive meetings.

Old World Village in Huntington Beach has been host of Orange County’s Biggest Party since 1977! This year’s Oktoberfest promises to be the best celebration yet, offering authentic German Food (voted “Best Bratwurst” in California), imported German beer, German bands straight from Germany, and other festivities, competitions, games & more.

Instagrammable Spots in Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach is known for having some of the best surf breaks anywhere and began attracting the surfing crowd long before the Beach Boys were in shorts.  The visitor’s bureau touts the town as Surf City USA! Plus, the endless beaches are perfect for play, swimming, or just perfecting that summer tan. Almost every experience here is a picturesque moment worth capturing.


Staybridge Suite Irvine Opening November 2019
The brand new 5-story Staybridge Suites Irvine extended stay hotel will be opening in November 2019. Located in Irvine CA, 4 miles north of the John Wayne Airport, Staybridge Suites Irvine will offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the SNA terminals. The hotel is located 5 miles from the South Coast Plaza and 10 miles from the Irvine Spectrum Center, only a short drive to some of the most scenic beaches in California including Laguna and Newport beaches. Some of their services include a free hot breakfast buffet each morning and free social receptions three days a week featuring light dinner and drinks.

Great Park Ice Opens New Restaurant-Bar Between The Rinks
The Irvine ice rink has opened its new restaurant, Between The Rinks. Appropriately named, the restaurant is located between ice rink 1 and 2 allowing diners to enjoy tasty bits with an overhead view of the action on the ice.

Fall in Irvine
Fall in Irvine is a wonderful time of year. Though we might not be experiencing sweater weather just yet, we still celebrate the season with festivals, harvest, and plenty of spooky fun.  From picking pumpkins to frightful nights, there is a guide to seasonal and Halloween fun throughout the city.

Laguna Beach

Making this Season on Endless Summer 
Laguna Beach and its fall forecast is perfection. It is what the “locals” call summer and they wait for it all year. With its quieter crowds at the beach and warm weather, Southern California truly doesn’t hit its prime until September and October.

Finding Zen in Laguna Beach
From epic viewpoints to actual long walks on the beach to secluded beaches that almost feel as if they are your own private sands, Laguna Beach can be as relaxing as you need it to be. And the good news is, when you are ready to join reality again, you won’t have to go far.

Outdoor Adventures in Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is famous for its beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and bohemian chic, but in addition to an array of water sports, it has also built a reputation for having an excellent network of trails that afford numerous hiking, biking, and running options in 20,000+ acres of protected land.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Happy Birthday Promotion
Celebrate your special day at Mission San Juan Capistrano. From now through December 31, 2019, the Mission is offering free admission on your birthday. Enjoy the day and explore the birthplace of Orange County.

Newport Beach

Roger’s Garden Halloween Boutique – Malice in Wonderland
Follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to experience Wonderland, a labyrinth full of strange and impossible décor to fill your home. In a world that simply is just mad, join Roger’s Garden for an unimaginable visit to Malice in Wonderland this Halloween season. We’re all mad here!

Experiencing Fall in Newport Beach
Nobody’s immune to the charms of fall. There are the obvious reasons—the weather, the pumpkin spice, the comfy knit sweaters. Not to mention, fall presents so many opportunities to go wild with zip ties, duct tape and orange-colored lights. But there’s also something else—a warm, fuzzy feeling we can’t quite put our fingers on. If you’re the sort of person who loves chasing those “fall feels”, Newport Beach has the right brew of experiences to get you in the mood for the season.

South Coast Plaza

Marugame Udon Now Open at South Coast Plaza
Marugame Udon, Japan’s premier udon restaurant company, is now open at South Coast Plaza, an Orange County exclusive. The unique Marugame experience provides authentic made-to-order udon with noodles that are freshly kneaded, boiled and cooked in an open, exhibition kitchen. Marugame Udon is one of 10 restaurants that are new to South Coast Plaza’s dining collection.


Meet on Beach
On Sunday, November 20, the city of Westminster will participate in Meet on Beach. The community event welcomes participants to experience the 21-mile walkable and bike-friendly street, which passes through seven cities in Orange County. Along the street, visitors can enjoy food, live music and performances, interactive workshops, bike and pedestrian friendly activities ending with a party on the beach at Huntington Pier.

Laguna Beach is famous for its beaches but also has an excellent network of trails in 20,000+ acres of protected land.